- Mar 21, 2013
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This topic may have come up over the years, but I have yet to find a logical explanation for why there are so few medium size shirts, suits, and pants and so few 10.5/11 size shoes for sale online, on styleforum classifieds and on eBay. This also is the case for consignment shops, Goodwill and sales racks at Barneys/Saks/Nordstroms. I rarely see dress shoes for sale in size 10.5-11 on this site or eBay, but an abundance of size 7,8,9 and 12,13. Diesel jeans are rare in sizes 31/32 but plenty of them in 29/30 and 34/35/36. Suits can be found all the time on sales racks or consignment stores in size 38 or 44/46 and plenty in short and long. I've been offered explanations like 42R and size 11 shoe are the most popular so the demand is higher... but if that's true, wouldn't it stand to reason that there would also be proportionately more donated to Goodwills and consignment stores because there are more wearers and would stores order more size Mediums and 42Rs and size 11 shoes since those are the least probably ones to be found on clearance or on sale, or even in regular inventory? Wouldn't there also be proportionately more size 10.5/11 pre-owned shoes on styleforum because there are more people wearing them? I have frequented Brooks Brothers and typically find overcoats and suits in smalls or large but the middle sizes are often not in stock. I would love to be educated on this phenomenon. Thanks folks.