Adult shoes, a scam?


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Men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes are all somewhat comparable in size. (Photo courtesy of calon catpictures)

Finding shoes that fit your style and needs can be difficult. Not only should they fit well and feel comfortable, but styles and colors are important as well. What if shoe companies have been lying to you about which shoes to wear? Turns out kids shoes are remarkably cheaper than adult shoes and come in similar sizes. What other secrets have shoe companies been keeping? 

“I usually buy boys shoes because they are cheaper and are comparable to my size,” said sophomore Delaney Smith.

The average woman wears an 8.5 in most shoes, which is equivalent to a 7 in girls. Brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and many others upcharge women’s shoes anywhere from 10-50 dollars. The same shoes, same size, same color, and design are placed on the market at different prices. Many women have no idea that this idea of buying children’s shoes is even an option. Women’s shoes are the most expensive out of men’s and children’s by a large percentage. 

“The most I’ve ever spent on shoes was $100,” said senior Luke Mulcahy. 

The average man’s closet consists of $469 worth of shoes compared to a woman’s $750 closet compiled of shoes. This can be explained because women, on average, have more shoes and the costs of men’s verses women’s shoes. Men’s shoes can also be comparable to women’s sizes; a man’s shoe is two sizes larger than a woman’s shoe. So, a 9 in women’s would be the equivalent of a 7 in men’s at a reduced charge. This fact is also not broadcasted from shoe companies even though it is prevalent. 

“I think kids shoes should definitely be made cheaper because they grow so fast and parents shouldn’t have to be paying so much money for shoes when they only last a few months,” said sophomore Riley O’Bleness. 


Even though children’s shoes are the most inexpensive, they can still be costly. Shoes can be made very inexpensively, but as soon as a logo is added, it is more high-priced. Kids are still growing and go up to new sizes in shoes every year. Kid’s shoes can range anywhere from $15- $100, and this is for a pair of shoes that a child will only wear for one season or year. 

“I feel that biases exist when buying shoes for women because we are held to a higher standard of dress than men. Men could wear the same thing every day, and no one would notice,” added O’Bleness.

The biases among women when buying shoes are very real. Women are told to have shoes that match every outfit and practically never wear them twice. The prices in women’s, men’s, and kid’s shoes prove this. Companies exploit this disadvantage of women by pricing shoes at a higher cost. 

All shoes are made inexpensively, but the biases held by differences between ages and genders are unfair. Shoe companies need to be more aware of this bias and should inform their buyers of their options when purchasing a brand of shoes.