I've written before about the agonizing sojourns I've taken into the wilds of suburbia to get my mother shoes. She and I wear the same impossible to find size (5), and both have sore sensitive feet from wearing shoes that don't fit right. So I again ventured out to seek some footwear for myself. Though I know what size I wear and am not likely to claim the shoes are too big or too small as my mom does (she does the same with clothes these days), the search was fruitless, except for a pair I ordered off ebay. I hope they arrive okay and that they fit. It is difficult to say whether they will or not.
I can go years without finding suitable shoes that I am can buy, and then, generally, I find a slew of them, and if they are affordable, buy all of them. I have to since I don't know when I will next be able to find any.
It doesn't make sense to me that shoe manufacturers don't produce more shoes in my size. There are evidently quite a few people who wear 5s, including a number of teenagers and adults from Asian countries. Whenever the stores get a few pair of 5s, they disappear right away, unless they are obscenely expensive or otherwise impractical.
It's annoying being invisible.