Wider Width Feet

Dear Shoe Lady,
I was so excited to find your website as the only shoes that fit my feet are thong sandals.

I have measured my feet as your site describes, and the measurements are as follows:
Length 24.5cm
Width 11.75cm
Please can you tell me what size I am?

Kind regards,
Michelle (Australia)

Hi Michelle,
We LOVE our Aussies! With a length of 24.5CM your size would be an 8.5 which equates to 26.4CM.

Your shoe width however, is a bit tricky. An 8.5WW measures 11.1cm. You width is 11.75cm so I am afraid an 8.5WW will be too snug. I would suggest trying an 8.5WWW. The downside with tripe wide widths is the styles are very limited.

Another option would be to try a 9WW and play around with the use of insoles. Also be selective in choosing shoes with soft, stretchable material to accommodate your wider width feet. Here is a nice 9WW size option –

Annie Gable Brown Velvet Suede at DesignerShoes.com

Annie Gable Brown Velvet Suede is a Low Heel Dressy Flat

One more thing Michelle, what size/width thong sandals are your currently wearing?

Happy Holidays!

Boots and Casual Shoes for Women’s Size 11 Wide

Dear Shoe Lady,
I have an 11 wide foot. Last winter I got frostbite at Christmas and then was diagnosed with Reynards Syndrome due to Fibromyalgia. I have to wear 2-4 pairs of socks in the winter and need a shoe that has lots of toe box, and last year wore a size 12 mens sneaker to have enough room. Do you have a recommendation for a casual dress shoe, possible lace up, and a warm boot that I can wear either with jeans or long dresses. Thanks so much! I just found your website and love what I see and have several selected!

Dear Lorrie,
First of all, you sound like a trooper! I can feel your positivity and I have just the thing for you! Aerosoles Brown Suede boots are not only super-stylish, but these sleek shoes will keep your legs and toes warm under, or even over any outfit (not to mention, they’re on SALE)! If you prefer a wider selection of women’s boots make sure to check out one of my favorite (besides us) shoe shops!

Aerosoles Gather Round Brown Suede at DesignerShoes.com

Gather Round by Aerosoles is a High Heel Casual Boot

For a more casual look, I would again recommend another shoe by Aerosoles, called the Rebecca Nickel. I absolutely LOVE these shoes not only for their comfort, but also for their versatility. As flats, they can be worn to spruce up a pair of jeans or combined with a nice cocktail dress for an evening out on the town!

Aerosoles Rebecca Nickel Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Rebecca by Aerosoles is a Low Heel Casual Pump

Happy Holidays!

Wide vs. Extra Wide Width

Dear Shoe Lady,
How do you know what size to order wide vs. extra wide?

Dear Maddie,
Thank you so much for your question! To achieve the most comfortable and accurate width fit you MUST measure the width of your feet. Women do not believe the width measurement is an important one but they couldn’t be more wrong! Think about the difference in inches between a wide and extra wide width. It’s 0.4 inches. Imagine having to cram your toes into a shoe that is a half an inch too small. Painful!

The benefits of taking the time to measure your width will help prevent toe crowding, bunions, blisters and long painful nights are the dance floor. Not to mention heel slippage. Use our handy size chart to compare your width data then start shopping for comfortable shoes!

I wanted to spotlight an extra wide classic black pump ON SALE for $39.94. Marked down from $81.00.

Ros Hommerson Ruby Black Kid at DesignerShoes.com

Ruby by Ros Hommerson is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Happy Shopping,
The Shoe Lady

Sandals for a High Instep

Dear Shoe Lady,
Can you suggest some sandals that accommodate a high instep? I am traveling to Florida this winter and desperately need a new pair. I’m looking for sandals that are slightly dressy (1-2 inch heel) but also comfortable to walk in. I have good luck with Sofft shoes but they don’t always accommodate a high instep. I also have a wide toe area so I prefer either a wide width or a thong style.

Dear Lu,
Have you tried our shoes by Aerosoles? The brand is known for it’s comfort and most styles come in wide. I recommended the Aerosoles Chlose Encounter. They are slip-on style with a .75 inch heel, cushioned footbed and comfortable wide bands.

Aerosoles Chlose Encounter Nickel Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Chlose Encounter by Aerosoles is a Low Heel Casual Sandal

For a thong style sandal I would recommend the Naturalizer Brand. Widths range from medium, wide and extra wide. The cushioned footbed with a 1.25 inch heel is fantastic for a high instep.

Naturalizer Havaro Coral Kiss at DesignerShoes.com

Havaro by Naturalizer is a Low Heel Casual Sandal

Finally, since you love Sofft brand shoes I thought you might this youthful cute sandal with a 1.25 inch heel. Perfect for a summer dress.

Sofft Lynsey All Spice Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Lynsey by Sofft is a Low Heel Sandal

Enjoy your trip to Florida!
The Shoe Lady

Women’s Size 13 WW

Dear Shoe Lady, I have just been looking at the new arrival list and as I see there is NOTHING over a women’s size 12 I need a size 13WW which in your last e-mail you said had arrived. Can you tell me will there be any thing in the size I require soon as I do not which to wear sandals in a English winter!!
Looking forward to your reply,

Hi Jane,
I am sorry to hear of your trouble searching, but am more than happy to suggest some new styles for you. Here are some new arrivals in size 13WW for you to look through that would be more suitable for an English winter. We aim to bring in the widest selection of shoes in a variety of large sizes.

Antia Marisa Black at DesignerShoes.com

Marisa by Antia is a High Heel Casual Bootie

Antia Marisa Black Bootie has a 2.75 inch heel height. Stacked-Leather wrapped heel height featuring full grain upper leathers, and authentic premium leather and cotton linings with an exclusive laser leather sock design, and a full high quality foam, a well shaped arch support leather piece for a great cushioning.

Antia Abella Mocha at DesignerShoes.com

Abella by Antia is a Low Heel Casual Pump

Abella by Antia is a textured ballet flat that can be appropriate for winter paired with opaque or woolen tights.

Antia Nikita Black at DesignerShoes.com

Nikita by Antia is a Low Heel Casual Bootie

Nikita by Antia has a solid raised and negative heel.

Good luck,
The Shoe Lady

Womens Wide Feet

Dear Shoe Lady,
My feet are abnormally wide. I can never find the right shoe size. I am a 11.5 wide and I can never find shoes that look good on my feet, like dressy shoes and tennis shoes. Please help. ASAP.

My Dear ASAP! Cute name!
I too am a women’s size 11.5 and I can tell you, very few places make these sizes. So you need to learn how to think more flexibly about buying by size. First, some homework. Read this: http://www.designershoes.com/about-size/size.

Shoe sizing, when it comes down to hundreds of different manufacturers using hundreds of different factories, can be less than completely precise. And, come to think of it, our feet aren’t exactly precise either. They can change a full size or width between morning and evening on a hot day. Pregnant? Double that.

So take 11.5 wide as your base. Then look at your feet. Are they wider in front? Do you need a wide size because they are thicker from top to sole? Do you need a wide size to accommodate bunions? Keep the shape of your feet in mind when you consider shoes. Look at the shape of the shoe. If your feet are squared at the toes, a square toe box will work well, for example.

Can’t find anything in 11.5W? Look at 11WW. Look at 12M.

But maybe you are saying 11.5W is not fitting correctly. Put all your weight on one foot, standing on a piece of paper. Have someone draw a TIGHT line around the edge of your largest foot. Your foot should be 10.7 inches long and 4.4 inches across the widest width. But be very suspicious of the width. If your foot is thicker (like mine!) you may need to move to a wider width, no matter what the chart says.

If you decide to move to a wider size, here’s another problem. Your heel may slip out of the flats or pumps. And, of course, here is the solution. You just can’t wear flats or pumps. You need to look for flats and pumps with a “maryjane” strap or a high vamp so the shoe will stay on your foot, and still fit across the top.

Take a look at these size 11.5W styles.

And, with a good sense of the shape and thickness of your feet, take a look at these 11WW styles.

Trotters Jaden White Navy at  AskTheShoeLady.com

Jaden by Trotters is a Low Heel Dressy Slingback

A shoe that I wear myself!

Happy Hunting!

The Shoe Lady

Transsexual shoes

Q: I want to know how to find women’s shoe’s in my size I’m a male to female transsexual who wears a size 12ww in mens shoe’s.

A: The general rule of thumb in converting mens sizes to womens is to add around 1 to 1.5 to the current number. If you wear a 12ww the size range in womens might be between 13 and 14. It isn’t an exact science, but the fun part is trying different styles within that range. You may also search directly for your target sizes and closest widths on DesignerShoes.com. Mens shoes are generally wider than women’s shoes, so I recommend getting certain styles stretched when necessary for maximum comfort. Consulting our Size Chart is a helpful jumping off point.

I own a pair of these amazing boots. Summer isn’t boot weather but they work under jeans or with a cute skirt or dress depending on my mood. I have large calves and don’t find these snug. Very supportive.

Samanta Viv Boot Black at AskTheShoeLady.com

Viv Boot by Samanta is a High Heel Dressy Boot

Triple wide dress shoes for women

Q: where can i find triple wide dress shoes for women? i have tried to wear dress shoes size 11.5 ww and its too narrow for my feet my feet width is pretty wide my feet size is 11.5 please respond asap thank you , Annette

A: Presently there are no triple wide 11.5 dress shoes. If you need an instant summer workaround, then you might consider buying double wide dressy sandals. This way your feet will have more freedom with less shoe material. When searching for closed-toe shoes remember that restretching them is also a possibility in gaining that perfect fit.

Ros Hommerson Lite Silver Sheep at AskTheShoeLady.com

Lite by Ros Hommerson is a Low Heel Dressy Sandal

Ros Hommerson makes wide width sandals.

You may also try ordering a half size larger in order to allow for the increase in shoe space.

Annie Jax Silver at AskTheShoeLady.com

Jax by Annie is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Jax Silver by Annie could also work because of less enclosed space. When considering a style, remember that your foot shape and thickness are key factors within the context of the shoe shape.

Good luck,
The Shoe Lady

Wide widths with heels

Q: Having trouble finding a glamorous shoe with a 3 to 4 inch high heel in a size 12 ww. Can you suggest some?

A: Tell me about it! The closest heel height in our current collection for a 12ww is 2.75 inches. Here are some options that might work for you! Another possibility is doing a search for wide shoes, and consider taking them to be professionally stretched.

Andiamo Athena Black Patent White Trim

Black Patent by Andiamo is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Athena by Andiamo is accented with a patent white piping for old Hollywood glamour.

Annie Bright Gold

Bright by Annie is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Bright dress sandal by Annie uses an embellished t-strap to add highlights to a simple and elegant design.

Annie Alvina Silver Satin

Alvina by Annie is a Mid Heel Dressy Slingback

Annie’s Alvina in silver features an extra flash of sparkle in the toebox straps.

Good luck,
The Shoe Lady

Learn How to Measure your Feet CORRECTLY!

Q: How should I measure my foot to determine if I need wide or extra wide sizes?

A: Julie-
This is a simple question with a complicated answer. Fortunately, I’ve written it all down for you right here: http://www.designershoes.com/about-size/width

DesignerShoes.com Size Chart

DesignerShoes.com Size Chart

Let me know if you have more questions?