Do you like shoes? Even if you don't hold a special place in your heart for stylish kicks, you probably have more than one pair.
Girls might have sneakers for school, flip flops for the beach, high heels for dances, cleats for soccer, slippers for sleepovers, boots for bad weather and all sorts of casual shoes for various occasions. If that sounds like a lot of shoes, it can be!
Of course, boys can have just as many — if not more — shoes, too! For example, boys might have have tennis shoes for school, cleats for football, high tops for basketball, dress shoes for special occasions, boots for hiking, and the list goes on and on.
You get the picture. Most people have all sorts of shoes for different occasions and types of weather. In addition to shoes being designed for many different occasions and conditions, they also come in all sorts of sizes. Why? Because not everyone has the same size feet!
Some people have tiny feet, while others have huge feet! Your feet might be small, large or somewhere in between. When you're born, your feet are teeny tiny and so cute. As you get older, they grow and grow until they reach their full-grown size when you're a young adult.
As your feet have grown over the years, you know how fun it can be to get new shoes when you outgrow your old ones. Not only is it fun, it's also necessary. Comfortable shoes that fit well are important. If your shoes are too small or too big, you can end up with foot pain that makes you feel bad all over.
You probably know what your shoe size is, but did you know your shoe size is actually different depending on where you are in the world? That's right, countries and regions throughout the world use different sizing standards. For example, men's shoes that are listed as size 7.5 in the United States and Canada are a size 40 in European countries. The same shoes are a size 7 in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico, but a size 25.5 in Japan.
Not only do your feet grow bigger as you grow up, but the average size of people's feet have grown over the years, too. In the early 1900s, the average woman's shoe size was about a size 4. By the 1940s, this had increased to about a size 5.5. In the 1970s, the average woman wore a size 7.5. And today? Even bigger! The average modern American woman wears shoes sized between size 8.5 and size 9.