Taking no chances

I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought of this as a precautionary measure, but it makes a certain amount of sense:

I wasn’t sure which size to go for with these Valentino Rockstud City Sandals as I’m a 40 in the heels in patent leather, but I know with sandals you always need to size down if there’s an open back and an open toe. I ordered both the 39.5 and the 39 on my credit card and I kept the 39. The 39.5 did fit me, but there was too much gapping at the toe area and the straps weren’t as tight, so they were definitely too big. I recommend you size down if you are buying these as they need to fit securely and will probably stretch a bit from the heat during the hot months.

A 40 on the Continent is about a 9½ in the States, so she ended up with what we would call an 8½. (I’m not about to compare our “hot months” with theirs.)

And I did not know about downsizing for sandals. Maybe it’s something specific to women’s shoes; me, I tend to be grateful for anything that comes close to fitting.

There’s just one potential hangup with this procedure: these shoes were priced at £650 — $940 a pair. Charging two pairs might be beyond some people’s credit lines.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2016 · 12:10 pm

    I take a full size smaller in dress shoes than I do in athletic shoes, and I don’ t think that can just be accounted for by socks.

    (In Euro sizing, I’m a 38. In US, 7 1/2 on dress, 8 1/2 on athletic.)

  2. ETat »

    8 May 2016 · 1:50 pm

    Chaz, she charged 2 pairs but sent back the one that didn’t fit – and got a credit.
    Zappos, f.i., will allow you to do it for free; I’m sure there are other firms doing the same. They like a return business and a satisfied customer…

  3. CGHill »

    8 May 2016 · 2:21 pm

    But they had to charge her for both pairs to begin with; only upon the return of one pair did she get the credit. (I’ve handwaved away the shipping charges, if any, which didn’t matter that much.)

  4. ETat »

    8 May 2016 · 7:00 pm

    If she paid her bills, the limit on the card gets increased without even cardholder’s knowledge.

    If charging 950euro is beyond somebody’s card limits, they shouldn’t jump above their heads… “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it”

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