Dear Shoe Lady,
Every pair of shoes I own are too tight in the toes and too loose in the heels. This is a real problem if I want to dress up and wear pumps as the shoes with actually fall off my feet at the back yet be causing me such pain in the toes. I have bought heel grips and they changed nothing. I have doubled them up with thick tissue and still they won’t stay on my feet. I would like to dress up for a wedding and wear classic pumps. Is it possible? What can I do to my shoes to make them fit? I try different sizes in the store and I think I get one that works but 10 minutes into wearing it, it slips! argh!
Takes one to know one! And I do sympathize! Here’s the deal. It is not about your shoe SIZE, it is about learning to pick a style that matches the shape of your foot!
Heel grips are worthless. I’ve tried them hundreds of times before I learned about fit. I have definitely “been in your shoes”!
You say you want pumps. You must get them wide enough at the forefoot for those web shaped toes. Look for styles that have a wider toe box. Also consider slingbacks, which adjust better to a narrower heel. And, of course, mary janes which have a strap over the vamp of your foot to hold the darn shoes on!
Once you understand the physics and geometry of your situation, you will learn to choose styles with a wider toe box for toe room and a higher vamp to anchor the shoes onto your feet. Boots, T-Strap shoes, ankle straps, etc.
Here are some styles to give you an idea. You can definitely look glamorous at that wedding!
The Shoe Lady