Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shoesday Tuesday: Big feet

Do you ever see a perfectly adorable pair of shoes in a store and absolutely HAVE to try it on? Have you ever been handed that same shoe by a salesperson and that shoe is no longer recognizeable? This could be due to big-feet-syndrome. I personally suffer from it, although not to the extent that other might. I'm always envious of the people who can try on the sample shoe. They just grab the shoe right off the display and pop it onto a foot. The rest of us have to give the sample to the salesperson, and wait for them to bring it back or worse, hear them say, "We don't have your size in stock." It's torture! And I'm only an 8 1/2-9. I can only imagine how much more difficult it must be for women with size 10 and up. And for men over size 12, too! Guys struggle with this dilemma as well, you know!

Today's Shoesday Tuesday post is for all of you men and women out there with larger size feet. You deserve to be stylish, too!

I'll start with the guys (since I seem to neglect you all too often).

Oddball is a great source for men sizes 13-20 and all widths. And their shoes aren't all boring and ugly. They carry mostly designers and name-brands like Steve Madden, Puma and Skechers. Check out these gorgeous Steve Madden boots:

And they even have original Vans in a huge assortment of colors and prints:

Don't stop there- they also carry mens dress shoes like these beauties from Johnston & Murphy:

Endless is another great site for larger feet (for both men and women). If you haven't figured out that I love Endless, then you're not reading my blog enough! Endless offers mens shoes up to size 20 and up to 5E widths. They also offers womens shoes up to size 16 and up to 4E width. And they're not all hideous, either. There are designer brands including Steve Madden and Kenneth Cole, as well as lots of basics from reputable manufacturers like Lacoste, Florsheim, Rockport and Timberland, and of course plenty of athletic shoes from Adidas, New Balance and Puma. The selection at Endless is quite comparable to Zappos and as both offer free shipping both ways, I see no reason to discriminate.

Some might say that women have it easier than men, but let's be honest, once a woman's foot is into the double digits, they either start to look appropriate for an Amish farm or for a drag queen, and little room in between for anyone who wants to be both stylish and comfortable. Fortunately, there's Barefoot Tess, a site that offers womens shoes from size 11 to 15. And they're super cute! Check out these adorable flats:

And these heels are so hot, I WISH my feet were big enough for them!

Another stylish large-shoe site for women is Montaege. Their selection may not be as large as some others, but their mission statement is clear: to offer stylish shoes to women size 9 1/2 to 13. I'm in love with these boots:

Bernardo Footwear is yet another manufacturer offering up to size 13. I'm a fan of these simple sandals:

And these wedges:

Finally, Gwyneth Shoes seems to offer the best prices of them all, and let's be honest, that's an important factor. You might be thrilled to find a pair of shoes that are stylish and fit well, but what good are they if you can't afford them, right? I'm a huge fan of these blue croc heels:

And I also love these pumps with the criss-cross detail:

Lesson learned today? No matter your shoe size, there is something out there for you that's fashionable and affordable. You may have to look a little harder, but I promise you, they are out there!

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