I received a couple of items for Christmas that were quite lovely, but weren't exactly what I needed/wanted, so with the money I received on my returns, I purchased two pair of shoes.
I already have a few pair of boots, all for different circumstances, but I didn't have something that would help in the cold and the rain. Spending most mornings a week walking my 2nd grader and Preschooler to school can be rather chilly and wet and we haven't even hit the wettest part of Winter yet.
I had heard a fair amount on Hunter boots, but didn't pay attention to most besides how cute they were. I went to Amazon to do some window shopping. After asking some lovely ladies on Twitter, I learned that the the sizing of Hunter boots can run large. What I didn't know was how large? Instead of hoping for the best and order via Amazon/UK retailer, it was suggested to go to Nordstroms to try on a couple of pairs. The difference? ONE WHOLE SIZE. Plus, there is still a little wiggle room in there.
I decided on the navy glossy pair due to their super cuteness and how well they went with my waredrobe. I really wanted the gray, but Amazon didn't carry them. I think my second choice was good enough!
On a whim, I purchased some Toms flats at Nordstrom Rack while I was returning a belt for my husband from Christmas. The Size 8s, my actual size, were too big, so I grabbed a 7 1/2 and booked it out of there. I was with my youngest son who thought throwing Cheerios on the floor was SUPER FUN. When I got home, I realized they were too big. I asked around and learned they do run big, as well, but also can stretch. By the time I went back to return them, the color I purchased was no longer available, so I purchased these teal courdoroy ones and am certainly glad I did!
Have you had issues with shoe brands running too big? Is this the new thing? I get to buy a smaller pair of shoes and feel better about myself? HA.
Seriously. Why isn't an 8 an 8 anymore?!
(photo credits: me)