Sometimes for a woman, an option is to try on men's shoes. When I wanted a pair of hiking boots, I ended up buying a pair of men's since they didn't have a style I wanted in the women's sizes. Works for me, for sneakers or trainers or boots. No so much, for "dress" shoes hehe.
I don't think the standard sizes have really changed; I saw a thing on Rachel Ray yesterday that talked about people's foot shapes and how square toed shoes are better for people with feet shaped a certain way, etc. And I think maybe that's where the difference lies-- a squarer toe or pointier toe or rounder toe, would fit better depending on your foot shape. So what I see and "like" in a shoe, isn't necessarily the shape that would fit my foot best.
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