Originally Posted by Saratorial_Splender
Shoes in small sizes are slightly better looking than the cardboard box they come in. No details, small vamp, boxy and tiny. Feel sorry for you with small feet.
Actually, Most standard shoe styles are designed for the MID-SIZED foot. Proportions are picked to be at the "most pleasing ratio" for the most common wearer
(it would be pretty stupid to design a shoe shape based on either Giant or Tiny foot, while ignoring the majority of those who will actually buy the shoes). 9.5 to 10 is ideal. Much smaller and the ratio leans on the wider size. Much larger (13-ish??) and the ratio tends toward more length and less curve...
For me, I enjoy 1930's- 1940's Vintage NOS, so my size 8 1/4 feet are a Blessing.