I HATE My Big Size 12 Feet! Teen Wants to Shoe Shop Like Friends

Shoe Lady!

I HATE my big feet!!! All my friends can find shoes so easily and get such cute shoes while I am suck wearing ugly sneaker since no but PAYLESS selling in my size!!!! What are some shoes I can get in my size that look similar to what my friends wear? (wish uggs came in size 12)
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OH MY!  This is most unfortunate!

I am sorry you are in such distress.  But I am confused as to why you think there are so few choices for your size 12 feet!
I’d like to hear more from you about where you get your information?
It is quite true that you will not find size 12 shoes in regular “brick and mortar” shoe stores, at least you won’t find more than about two or three styles.  But until the shoe industry starts paying attention to the data and realize how many of you there are…. I estimate that between 4 – 5 million women in the USA wear size 12 shoes… then you must learn to find those fashion styles by shopping on line.
By the way, Uggs does make size 12’s.  But they may not make them in all the “girlie” styles you want.  I suggest you write to them directly and protest.  They are owned by Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
495-A South Fairview Ave
Goleta, CA 93117
Main Telephone: 805.967.7611
As Sheryl Sandberg says, “lean in”.  Let them hear your voice!
Now as for other size 12 choices, today I find 1353 styles in size 12M (medium width) at this website:  http://www.designershoes.com/all-products?sizewidth=129
Not sure what your taste is in shoe styles, but I’m adding an example of a red suede low heel knee high boot in size 12M, on sale for $96 from Aerosoles.  It is in the “Teen Collection”.
Again, Asha, you can find some great styles and not just at Payless.  But you have to shop smarter than your friends.  You have to shop on line.  You can still enjoy going store shopping and mall shopping with them… but you’ll need to stick to socks.  At least until places like Deckers wake up and discover how many of you there are!
Best to you,
The Shoe Lady

Poll Results: Are You Shopping for Dressy or Casual Shoes?

The most recent results from the Community Poll at DesignerShoes.com has 2381  responses.  Here’s the result.

Are you shopping for dressy or casual shoes?
REALLY dressy! 922 39%
Job interview dressy 487 20%
Casual but chic 631 27%
Casual & comfortable 341 14%
2381

Looks like REALLY dressy won for Spring!  Big Prom and Wedding season.  Need Dressy shoes for those occasions!

Now that summer is here, let’s see what the poll will reveal.

The Shoe Lady

DesignerShoes.com – Bye Bye Winter Sale – 60 – 80% Off

Even though the pesky ground hog says 6 more weeks of winter, we at DesignerShoes.com are saying Bye Bye to Winter and HELLO spring!

Bella Vita Katie Brown Suede at DesignerShoes.com

Bella Vita Katie Brown Suede

Regular Price: $93.00
SALE: $67.89
Browse all NARROW width shoes ON SALE now!

Bella Vita Sangria Red Silk at DesignerShoes.com

Bella Vita Sangria Red Silk is a Mid Heel Casual Slingback

Regular Price: $67.00
SALE: $48.91
Browse all MEDIUM width shoes ON SALE now!

Bella Vita Wow Pewter Kidskin at DesignerShoes.com

Bella Vita Wow Pewter Kidskin is a Mid Heel Dressy Pump

Regular Price: $89.00
SALE: $69.73
Browse all WIDE width shoes ON SALE now!

Bella Vita Checkmate Pewter at DesignerShoes.com

Bella Vita Checkmate Pewter is a Low Heel Casual Mule

Regular Price: $96.00
SALE: $89.99
Browse all EXTRA WIDE width shoes ON SALE now!

Happy Shopping!

Silver HIGH HEELS in women’s size 12 or 13 wide

Dear Shoe Lady,
I am looking for Silver HIGH HEELS in women’s size 12 or 13 wide. Can you help me?

Silver is a striking color that works with a variety of other hues. I like to think of it as jewelry on your feet. A touch of a shimmer or metallic reflections can really help to complete a look. Here are a couple of options to get you started!

Touch Ups Jillian Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Jillian by Touch Ups is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Special Occasions Paola Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Paola by Special Occasions is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Touch Ups Twilight Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Twilight by Touch Ups is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Browse the additonal shoe options by clicking here!

Good Luck,
The Shoe Lady

Large Women Shoes

Dear shoe lady,
A desperate call from a plus size lady. I’ve been wearing mens shoes for almost a decade. I can’t even wear women’s shoes anymore because the sizes are too small. I used to wear women’s size 13 until load and behold my feet spread because of my weight which is fine but I learned at a young age to take care of your self and always be professional. I wear size 13 in mens because there comfortable and wide enough not to hurt my feet but there too long in the length.

I am flat footed and I am on my feet eight to ten hours a day and I love to walk. I am starting school again and there are no professional shoes in any store in NYC that cater my size. I swear off spikey heels because of the fear of the heel breaking and me falling. I measured my foot which is 11 and a half inches to 12 inches in length and 5 and a half inches in width. I will love to learn to wear thick heels for the office. I experiment on shoes in the size of 13 wide but they were tight in the width so I’m thinking 13 double wide to 14 is my size but unsure. Shoe lady you are my last hope HELP!!!! PLEASE A DESPERATE CALL FROM A PLUS SIZE LADY.

Dear Shannel-
DO NOT DESPAIR! Here is the goal. Men’s shoes or women’s shoes, we want to get you the right shoes so that you feel terrific when you are at school and at work.

First, I question your measurements. If you wear a size 13 in men’s shoes and you measure your feet at 11.5 inches to 12 inches, then you need to be looking for a woman’s size 15. They are hard to find. But DesignerShoes.com has 131 styles. Trying to fit into a size 13 shoe will be very depressing indeed.

Second, understanding your real requirement for width can be tricky too. A 5.5 inch measurement for width is a WW or extra wide in a size 15. When you narrow it down to WW, there are only seven choices. But width is deceiving. You may need an even wider width if your feet are thick from top to bottom. Or you may be able to wear a medium or wide if the shoe is long enough, and the right style and your foot is flexible. Read more about wide feet here.

Now back to the problem at hand. As much as we don’t like it, a whole lot of us, your Shoe Lady included, have had to shop in the men’s department for shoes sometimes. For work and for school, I recommend finding a shoe with a thick cushioned sole that is wide enough and long enough. Try the Clark by Tamarac.

Tamarac Clark Antique at DesignerShoes.com

Clark by Tamarac is a Low Heel Casual Loafer

I also recommend going to a store that carries New Balance shoes and finding something comfortable in your size. And, one more thing…. in New York City, you may not be able to find shoes in your size, but you can find shoe stores that have pedorthists. Your main goal MUST be to care for those hard to fit feet. Don’t punish them. A good pedorthist will help you understand how to do that. And a pedorthist may be able to help you find some men’s styles that will be appropriate for work and school.

As for those 131 size 15’s – once you have comfortable, every day shoes, then look for shoes for play. There are some very cute ballet flats. In a couple of weeks we will have some “Ugg” style boots in your size. Some of the styles that work may be fabric shoes. Look at the Sanuk styles. Look at the Cape Clogs styles, they are made in Scandinavia with wood soles. We have two styes available now that go to size 15. I recommend the gold –

Cape Clogs Gold Gold at DesignerShoes.com

Gold by Cape Clogs is a Mid Heel Casual Mule

, not something you’ll find in the Men’s Dept.! And look at the new Fit In Clouds line. If the size 14 in that brand works for you, you will have party shoes at less than $30 a pair!

I wish the choices were greater. I know those Shoe Fairies at DesignerShoes.com are working on it for you.

Best wishes in your new academic program,

The Shoe Lady

Understanding USA Shoe Widths – A European Question

Dear Shoe lady,

I’m from Malta and have a very large foot size unfortunately here the maximum size available for shoes for women is a 9 which is not even close to my size so i have been wearing mens shoes most of my life. As you can imagine this is not flattering at all and restricts my wardrobe to trousers as men’s shoes look hideous with dresses or skirts!

Last February my mother went on holiday in the United states and bought me 2 pairs of women’s shoes in size 11 W – the length of the shoe is fine however the width is simply too small. When I measure my feet according to the chart on this website I still get a size of 11 W however since I have 2 pairs of shoes in that size which do not fit I am hesitant in buying another pair in the same size. so I was wondering if you could tell me how to better measure the width of my foot to be able to buy the appropriate size.

I have recently finished a Master degree in Pharmacy and will start working with a pharmaceutical company my job will involve many functions with other professionals and I would like to be able to wear women’s shoes since first impressions are important in this business furthermore the fact that I have never owned a pair of womens shoes greatly influences my self esteem.

Many thanks in advance for your advice
Marisabelle

Dearest Marisabelle! I am here for you!

We want you to be the most attractively shod pharmacist on the continent! A size 11W is roughly 26.7 cm long and 10.9 cm wide. But there is a small difference between and 11 and a 12, only 0.6 cm, so your measuring has to be very exact. You’ll need to do a bit more reading about measuring your feet. Also on that page, read about shoe size and shoe width. You MUST make judgments about the SHAPE of your feet beyond what the size charts tell you.

Also, I don’t know which brands your mother bought? Some brands are terrible at making wider sizes, others are great. This article tells you about wide feet and lists some of the better brands to consider. Let me know more information about the shape and size of your feet after you read the articles and I’ll make more suggestions for you.

Keep in touch,
The Shoe Lady

Get Friendly With Your Feet

Dear Shoe Lady,

I always wear down my shoes on the inside bottom of the heel area. Is this significant?

Marli

Dear Marli,

EVERYTHING about shoes is significant! Your shoes are telling you that you are probably a PRONATOR. Don’t worry, you will neither be arrested or required to change your voter registration. But knowing this will help guide you in your selection of shoes. A pronator has a type of foot that rolls far inward during the weight-bearing phase of the stride. This type of foot is characterized by a very low or flat arch.

Arches in your feet are more than just decorative features. According to the folks at Northwestern Health Sciences University: Discovering what type of shoes, (especially running shoes) you need has a lot to do with simply looking at your feet, which is the first step to finding the right shoe for you. There are three different foot types, based on the height of your arches. A quick and easy way to determine your specific foot type is called the “wet” test. Pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan; wet the sole of your foot; step on a shopping bag or blank piece of heavy paper; step off and look down; and analyze the shape of your foot and see if it matches with some of the foot types mentioned below.

Normal (medium) arch: If you only see about half of your arch you have the most common foot type, meaning you are a normal pronator (your foot can support your body weight without problem). You can wear just about any shoe but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support or medial stability.

If you are a lightweight runner, you may favor a stability shoe with a moderate level of arch support or medial stability. Lightweight runners may want neutral-cushioned shoes without added support or a performance training shoe that provides some support but less weight for a faster feel.
Flat (low) arch: If you see almost your entire foot, you have a flat foot, meaning you are an overpronator (your foot and ankle have problems stabilizing your body and shock isn’t absorbed properly). Mild to moderate overpronators need stability shoes or motion-control shoes that have devices such as dual-density midsoles and supportive “posts” to reduce pronation. Severe overpronators, as well as tall, bow-legged runners or people over 165 pounds need firmer support devices.
High arch: If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot and thin line on the outside of your foot, you are an underpronator (meaning the force of impact is not evenly distributed, resulting in too much shock traveling up your legs). Neutral-cushioned shoes are recommended for you because they have a softer midsole to encourage pronation. No stability devices should be added because they reduce pronation.

And, of course, I recommend reading up on shoe fit here, too. http://www.designershoes.com/about-size/measure-feet

Aren’t you glad you asked?!?
The Shoe Lady

DesignerShoes.com Semi-Annual Sale Starts Today

I couldn’t figure out how to view the shoe sale. No matter where I clicked, it wouldn’t take me to the sale!
Phyllis

Dear Phyllis,
Here is the link for that GREAT semi-annual shoe sale at DesignerShoes.com:
http://www.designershoes.com/on-sale

Thanks,
The ShoeLady

Shoes for my daughter?

Dear Shoe Lady,

I am interested in ordering shoes for my daughter but am unsure what size to order. We are from Canada and she usually wears a sz 10.5 but they are never wide enough in the average sizes.  How do you measure for width?

C is how wide as apposed to d width or E?

Thank you
R S

Dear RS-

Glad to hear from you!

I’d start by clicking on our site to the section on how to measure feet.

Then click here to estimate what size and width you will need.

If it turns out that 10.5 is the right length, then compare the width measurement of her widest foot to this.

Medium: 3.88 inches
Wide:  4.25 inches
Extra Wide (WW):  4.63 inches

If she has wide feet, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find that she might really need a size 9WW!

Please email us back if you have more questions.

Thanks,

Shoe Lady

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WOW! What a Shoe Collection!

Dear big foot print people

This is great to find so many shoes for my feet. Pity I did’nt know  of you
before I got very sore feet and  can only now wear flat shoes. But still
you have enough to choose out of.

Questions:
1. What would it cost to ship shoes to South Africa. Registered is  best
as some post gets “lost” here
2. The width of my biggest foot, including bunion, is 11.3 cm. What  would
you advise? W or WW

And in Europe I mostly bought size 44 but according to your  charts I
need a 11.5.
But I suppose the make of the shoe is the  most important. I am really exited that I have found you and that I can have a pair  of
elegant shoes on my feet again. My last pair of very beautifull shoes (200 euros) that I took  with
me from Europe were chewed up by my puppy. My thoughts were of strangling her but of course I
didn’t.

Kind regards
Joyce

Joyce-

I’m so glad you found us!
…. and so glad you didn’t strangle your puppy.  Believe me you are not the
first of our customers who’ve lost precious larger size shoes to their
puppies!

In short, I’m going to suggest a 12 W.  But remember – finding the right
shoe size is an art not a science.  And even if shoe makers were consistent
about making all their shoes to exact standard measurements (they are NOT!),
much would still depend on how those particular styles fit your particular
feet.  Here’s why I think you are a 12W.  If you’ve been buying 44Euro size,
that is a smallish size 12.  But Euro size shoes are a bit wider than US
12M.  Your width, 11.3 cm or 4.5 inches in a size 12, according to charts,
is a W or wide.  Your length for a 44 should be around 27.3 cm or 10.75
inches?

We have 621 styles in 12W, including some terrific ones on sale. Click here to see them.

Shipping to South Africa IS expensive.  We can tell you the cost of shipping
but you should expect additional duty and customs fees on your end.  If the
shoes do not fit, you can send them back but that is expensive.  We would
suggest you try to resell them locally.  Most of our international customers
batch their shoes and have them sent at one time.  Starting yesterday and
running through June 1, 2009 we have a special coupon code for international
customers to save you some money.  Buy at least $100 and save 50% off your
international shipping when you use the coupon code INTERNATIONAL.  (Doesn’t apply to sale shoes, but they can ride along if you order $100 on regularly priced shoes.)

We can use UPS worldship but find it is much more expensive for our
customers.  Some of our customers have accounts with shipping companies and we can use that, too.   95% of our international customers have us use US
Postal Service which hands over the package to the South African postal
service.  On our end it starts out as an Express International package.  It
does get a registered number and is trackable.  But once it gets into the
country, that tracking can be lost.  We just lost a package in Kuwait.  But
generally the process has been very satisfactory.

South Africa is in group 7 on this chart:
http://www.usps.com/prices/express-mail-international-prices.htm
Figure a pair of shoes is about 2.5 pounds.  Two pair will cost $53.  4 pair
will cost about $79.

We look forward to providing you with some great new shoes!

Thanks,

The Shoe Lady