WHEN DESIGNER SHOES, FIRST STARTED OUT THEY HAD THE MOST STYLISH, TREND, NON- TREND, SHARP SHOES IN LARGER SIZES. I USE TO SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS AT EACH ORDER… WHAT HAPPENED???
WITH NO DIS-RESPECT MEANT: THE SHOES ON YOUR WEBSITE ARE OLDER STYLES, AND ARE HORRIBLE… THERE’S A MARKET FOR STYLISH, TREND, AND CLASSIC SHOES IN LARGER SIZES WOULD HAVE THOUGHT AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS DESIGNER SHOES WOULD HAVE “GOTTEN IT” GUESS THIS IS WORKING FOR YOU..
Alas …. too bad you can’t walk a day in the ShoeLady’s shoes! Up and down the aisles with hundreds of vendors at huge shoe show conventions asking…. “do you have styles in size 12″? Years ago it was hard enough to find attractive shoes in larger sizes. And, if you remember, DesignerShoes.com will not carry a brand unless it goes, AT LEAST to size 12!
I thought it would get easier as more shoe companies came on line. I do believe DesignerShoes.com always had the best “eye” for stylish shoes for “women who leave a larger footprint”. But the companies DSC used to buy from, Vis a vie, Pancaldi, Danny Black, Valentina, the list goes on and on…. They are out of business. The shoe industry is tough. And when the recession hit in 2008 companies that had been in business for almost 100 years did not make it through. Many of these companies closed even earlier as the Euro outgrew the Dollar and made Italian and Spanish made shoes more expensive than USA customers were willing to pay. I fondly remember the days of ordering small batches of a variety of different styles and colors in unique fabrications from companies that were willing to make size 12’s and 13’s… and knew how to do it.
The industry has changed. I think DesignerShoes.com does a great job offering styles from the smaller and larger companies that are willing to make these sizes. Maybe when the economy improves, there will be more choices again. In the meantime, the ShoeLady continues to pace the aisles of the shoe shows…. searching.
The Shoe Lady
Your prompt response, is appreciated, and Yes, I can understand, walking a day in “The Shoe Lady’s Shoe”s, being , that I am, a business women who, was hit “Hard ” by the recession (regardless of the industry).
As I mentioned earlier, I meant, NO-DISRESPECT to You! The average shoes size for young girls not even in high school is a size 10 (USA) , I have a list of over 30,000 young girls , and women who wear size 12-14, and whom, want stylish shoes so, i know, THERE IS A BIG MARKET FOR LARGER SIZE SHOES!!!
Guess, I’ll have to find a manufacture, and design my own shoes for females whom leave a larger foot print.
I too know there is a HUGE market. And DesignerShoes.com does have some very stylish shoes. They just carry a LOT more styles (4000 compared to about 200) than they used to. And since most of those styles tend to be boring, black and comfort oriented, the fashionable, fun stuff can seem to get lost.
I don’t suggest trying your own manufacturing unless you own the factory. I’ve seen too many fail at this… it is very tricky. But mainly, the shoe business has changed. In 1997 DesignerShoes.com could order shoes made in batches of 6 to 12 pair. Now…. 4,000 pair (mixed sizes, same color) is more typical. So if you want to offer stylish women’s shoes in a few different styles and colors…. you have to order, at minimum, several hundred pair per style/color. And the fewer you order, the higher the price…by a lot.
If you do decide to make your own, let me know. I’m sure DesignerShoes.com would be delighted to carry them!
The Shoe Lady
Thank you, Very Much, for your insight !.
I too know, of the “Horrible” Drama’s , that could happen when one does Not, have total control of producing
your product or at least, an “Honest” business partner who, may own a manufacturing plant.
I wish You, all that is “Positive” in your business, and if, I do start the manufacturing of larger size shoes
You’ll be one of the first person’s I contact.
Thank you Wanda!