Larger feet in summer? Smaller in winter?

#1
I've been a size 4UK since I started dancing last fall. I bought my first pair of shoes back in October. Then suddenly around the end of May, I started feeling toe pains everytime I come back from dancing. I have a few pairs of size 4 from different makers and they all used to fit me, now they all seem to be too tight...

1. Do feet increase in size in the summer and shrink in the winter? Shall I get larger shoes for the summer and keep my regular shoes for the winter?
or
2. Does ballroom make your feet larger over time?
 

Anna

New Member
#2
I noticed the same thing this summer (the first since I've started that I didn't take most of the summer off), my feet are at least 1/2 a UK size bigger than the shoes I was wearing last winter. But my shoes wear out so fast that I needed to buy new shoes anyways.
 

Anna

New Member
#3
I guess I'd recommend keeping the buying a new pair and keeping the old ones around in case they shrink back in the winter.
 

Katarzyna

Well-Known Member
#4
Funny, I was thinking the same thing. I have some shoes that were barely staying on, now they are very very tight.. wonder if that's the heat?
 

Twilight_Elena

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#5
I think my feel definitely have not grown bigger. I actually think that maybe they have shrunk because of dancing. As for summer/winter differences... can't say I've noted any.

T_E
 
#7
Ballroom definitely gave me thicker ankles over time. I couldn't buckle my first pair of Latin shoes any more after a few years of standard (too bad I'd trimmed the strap, so I couldn't go to a longer hole) - I think it was from developing all the foot muscles.
 
#8
Heat, poor circulation, or being overweight can all be culprits of swollen feet. Make sure you are getting plenty of fluids because the lack of it can cause also your feet to swell-cut amount of salt in your diet. Do something to get your circulation going..since we wear such tight shoes..take them off when you have a break and laying on your back roll your ankles. This is something I learned in college in one of my technique classes..we had to take anatomy too. Hopefully this will help those of you who are having a problem in this area.
 

Joe

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#9
It could also be the humidity. If you hadn't noticed, things like wood doors expand with humidity in the summer, sometimes making them hard to close/lock.
 

cornutt

Well-Known Member
#10
tuxedosam said:
1. Do feet increase in size in the summer and shrink in the winter? Shall I get larger shoes for the summer and keep my regular shoes for the winter?
or
2. Does ballroom make your feet larger over time?
Well, I suppose that muscles in your feet, like any other muscles, will gain mass with regular exercise. So I guess it could happen. The summer/winter thing might be explained by there being more activities to do during the summer.
 
#11
Feet swell in the summer because of the heat. This will make your feet feel bigger in the summer and smaller in the winter. I think Anna's idea is a good one, buy a pair of shoes 1/2 size bigger for the summer. I have two sizes that I switch off in the summer/winter. If I don't, I feel like my feet are sliding everywhere in my shoes during the wintertime.
 
#12
Watch for fingers and hands, too- I know this has noting to do with dancing, but for rings, watches, bracelets, etc... When my hands are unswollen, I'm (finally) a size seven ring. When they're big, I'm a size NINE.
 

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