when feet betray
My mother was somewhat odd because we would walk into a shoe store and she would try on shoes two sizes too small. This happened every time we walked into a shoe store. She would ask for shoes two sizes too small. Then she would ask for the next size up. Still too small. Then she would ask for the next size up again. And then the shoes would fit.
My mother told stories about my grandmother’s feet growing. My mother had different theories for why. One was when my grandmother moved to California she went barefoot a lot and that made her feet grow. Another was when my grandmother was pregnant the babies made her feet grow. Both kind of suspect theories to me and my grandmother never spoke about such things so I figured my mother just liked those stories because she liked saying my grandmother had big feet.
One day a friend told me her feet grew and now half her shoes did not fit. This was a much more credible source than a family member.
I used to have pretty small feet as feet go. Guys in a kitchen I worked in made jokes about the day I would tip over on my Cinderella feet. But I guess adult feet do grow. Mine just did that. It is not all bad. I tend to get shoes big so most of my shoes still fit. But my favorite favorite black patent leather pumps that always fit perfectly do not fit now. They are too small.
Patent leather does not stretch.