Finally got up the courage to brave the large dance store nearer the big city. Went there once before and was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff jammed in there, but I knew from that experience that they carry a wide variety of shoes, so figured I should be able to find some new slippers there that I actually liked.
It was, as before, chaotic. There appeared to be a group of teens there from one dance school getting fitted for their first pairs of pointe shoes. Quite darling, but the accompanying moms were taking up all of the benches that were a mere 2 feet away from the slipper selection. They seemed utterly unfazed by the fact that I was trying to shop. Argh.
Tried on a few different varieties of Blochs as well as a couple Mirellas and a pair of Russian Pointe flats. At the end of all of this I decided that nothing beat the Bloch Pumps and I really just wanted a new (complete) pair. The pair I had were a size 6.5B and I thought they were a little baggy, so decided to see if they had a size 6 somewhere out back. A nice girl went and found a pair. I tried them on and they were… enormous! Whaaaaa???
Eventually the girl reappeared and asked how it went. I told her and she disappeared to go rustle up a 5.5 and also brought a size 5, just in case. The 5.5s were okay, but they were a C width and just a little baggy. But workable. I doubted that the size 5s would work, figured they’d be far too small, but decided to give them a try since they were there and… they fit like a glove. What the….???
There is no way that my feet have shrunk a size and a half in the past year. So what the heck is going on here? I can only assume that Bloch changed their sizing (did they go the way of vanity sizing? as if the old sizing methodology wasn’t strange enough?). I actually have a couple other models of Bloch slippers in 6.5 and they fit fine. All I can say is that I am exceptionally grateful I was smart enough to go buy slippers in person rather than just ordering online and ending up with huge sacks for my feet.
And now… for the photo evidence.
Hard to see the model number on the old shoe, but it is exactly the same.
And here you can see how they fit. The old were definitely a bit bigger, but not a size and a half worth of bigger!