Either my feet keep changing size or there’s something seriously wrong with shoe sizing in this country. For most of my early teens, I was a UK size 5. By the time I headed off to university, though, I had shrunk! Or my feet had, anyway. Suddenly I was a UK size 4, and I remained that way right up until last month when I popped into first Matalan and then New Look on what I like to think of as a “drive-by shoe-buy”.
The Drive-By Shoe-Buy basically involves heading into a store, grabbing a cute pair of shoes, paying (Always remember the “paying” bit, kids…) and then heading back out, without so much as trying them on. For a long time, this worked perfectly well for me. I was a standard size 4, so if I bought shoes in a size 4, they’d fit. Until recently.
I hit up Matalan, who were doing a “Two pairs of ballet flats for £12” offer. Well, who am I to resist that kind of bribe. I drove by, and I shoe-buyed. Bought. I bought my size fours, got them home, and – oops! – they were too big. I was stepping out of them when I walked. I went back and bought the size threes – OUCH. Ouch, ouch, ouch. (Also: GOD, why am I so stupid?)
No matter, though, for New Look, they did have a sale, and in the sale were some gold ballet flats, for £7. Seven. Pounds. Those babies were mine. For all the good they were, though, I’d have probably been better off just taking the £7 and tying it to my feet. Too small? Oh hell yes.
Why am I telling you this? I can’t remember. Oh, wait, I got it: the upshot of all of this is that I still need some new ballet flats, and so, my friends, do you, because let’s face it, you can never have too many pairs of little metallic ballet flats, can you?