Only 1% of Women’s Shoe Brands Make Shoes for over 25% of Women!

Dear Shoe Lady,
I am very certain that I am not the only woman in the world that has a size 10 1/2 shoe. Why do manufacturers not make 10 1/2 shoes?  Tens are too small and 11 are like boats on my feet.   How can I get a hold of any shoe manufacture to suggest that they start making them? Also my heel is very narrow and I can never fit in any shoe.Ros_Hommerson_Ruby_Black_Kid-200x150

Yes I can buy one of those heal add-ons but then my foot moves forward and shortens the shoe.   Then my toes are very long and there is never enough space in the toe area for them.  I have a nightmare trying to find shoes that fit. I love when I can wear sandals but I can’t wear them in the winter.  I don’t know exactly how writing this letter can help my situation but I found you on the Internet and I thought I would give you a try. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Christine Bennett


Dear Christine –
Approximately 25% of all women in the USA wear shoes OVER size 10, yet fewer than 1% of all brands selling shoes in the USA actually make shoes over size 10.
They say that capitalism is a great way to get products to meet market demand.  But that does NOT hold true in the women’s shoe industry!  I have no idea why there is such a huge mismatch between production and market need, but there is.  The shoe industry folks who make these decisions still think it is 1952 and the average women’s shoe size is 6.
Here are some brands that make women’s shoe size 10.5: Naturalizer, Bella Vita, Ros Hommerson, Aerosoles-Outrider-250x Stuart Weitzman.  Find the brands that make the shoes that fit you and let them know you love them!
Best to you and your toes,
The Shoe Lady

Heels Slip Out While Dancing

Dear Shoe Lady,
About 15 years ago I bought a pair of easy spirit shoes that fit me better than any shoes I have ever had. I believe they were labeled something like M A/B but I don’t remember exactly. I am a size 7 and 1/2 but the ball of my foot is wide and the heel is narrow and my arch is high. My feet look great in most shoes but I like to dance and have trouble with fitting my high arch and wide ball into a pair of 7 and 1/2 heels so I have to buy an 8 and then my heel slips out. Dangerous while dancing! Help! What size should I look for?

Dear M,
Please measure the length and width of your foot. Compare the data to our size chart. – Most likely you are a 7.5 wide (W) if an 8 is too big and a 7.5 too narrow width wise. The acronyms for shoe width can be confusing so below I will provide a break down.

SS = AAAA = “extra slim” or “quad”, the narrowest size generally available. Even these widths are increasingly rare.
S = AAA= “slim” or “triple”
AA = N = “narrow” or “double A”
M = B = “medium”, the most common or “average” width for that size.
W = C or D = “wide”
WW = EE or EEE = “extra wide”

Don’t fret over wearing a wide size. The majority of women do not have a medium width even though the manufacturers would like us all to believe. I selected a couple of sexy heels perfect for dancing the night away in size 7.5 wide.

Naturalizer Iman Black at

Iman by Naturalizer is a High Heel Dressy

Perfect booties to pair with a short mini dress or skirt. On sale now for $84.10. Marked down from $117.00.

Sofft Ramona Ii Sand Patent at

Ramona Ii by Sofft is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Peep toe nude pump elongates the leg and works well with patterned or bright color dresses.

Happy Dancing!
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

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

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

Lynsey by Sofft is a Low Heel Sandal

Enjoy your trip to Florida!
The Shoe Lady

A Chic Woman’s Guide to Shoes

A Chic Woman's Guide to Shoes

A Chic Woman's Guide to Shoes

Your choice in women’s shoes can speak volumes. Whether you’re going to a formal gala or hitting the gym, the right pair of shoes can simultaneously pull together an otherwise blah-outfit, while creating a chic, classy appearance. Here’s a list that will give you tips on expressing your personal style- through your footwear!

Dare to Wear Brights
A dramatic hue can liven up a look instantly, and that includes outfits in colors other than denim and black! Try wearing vibrant shoes with khaki, pastels, and white. A scarlet red dress, however, warrants neutral footwear.

Takera Elena Coral Leather at

Elena by Takera is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Choose One Attention Getter
A good rule of thumb is to keep your shoes toned down if you’re wearing a flamboyant gown, but if your look is more modest, an eye-catching shoe (something like this pair would certainly qualify!) adds excitement.

Montaege Talani Black w. Crystals at

Talani by Montaege is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Dress for the Occasion
Flats can be too casual for a cocktail party, while peep-toe sandals may be too risqué for a more conservative gala. Keep your sneakers relegated to gym clothes or casual jeans. When in doubt, you can’ go wrong with a classic black pump like this pair.

Naturalizer Lennox Black Shiny at

Lennox by Naturalizer is a High Heel Dressy

Going Outdoors? Say No to Stilettos
Not only will you ruin your shoes, but it will be decidedly ungraceful to try and walk when your heels keep sinking into the ground. Flats will work with a more casual look, but if you want height, wedges are ideal.

Sofft Tremblay Twine Tan at

Tremblay by Sofft is a High Heel Casual Sandal

Leave an Impression
While a bow-emblazoned kitten heel veers more toward cute, a spindly stiletto sandal is all about looking sexy. Decide what look you want to capture, and work it.

Special Occasions Valentina Black at

Valentina by Special Occasions is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

There is a Time and Place for Sultry Stilettos
Nighttime is the best time for eye-catching shoes. If you still want to rock a killer look throughout the day, choose a closed or peep-toe pump.

Ellie Brande Red W Black at

Brande by Ellie is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Couple Sky-High Shoes with Tame Hemlines
When going for major air, keep your hemlines at an inch above the knee. But when wearing a short skirt or dress, wear a lower heel or flat — it will balance you out and keep you from showing altogether too much leg.

Sofft Reiko Black at

Reiko by Sofft is a High Heel Dressy Bootie

Pair Flats with Neatly Hemmed Clothes
If your clothing isn’t tailored, you’ll run the risk of looking unkempt. A pant leg should fall at or above the ankle, while skirts or dresses should halt above the knee.

Annie Sally Black at

Sally by Annie is a Low Heel Dressy Flat

Look Pretty and Poised
Shoes are all about balance- and I’m not talking about the kind you need to walk! Thicker-heeled shoes create frightfully layered look, while more delicate heels could look off balance. The same is true vice-versa. Pair a dainty outfit with a thinly-strapped sandal for a cute match!

Dyeables Riley Gold Snake at

Riley by Dyeables is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Polish Your Look with Boots
Boots can give you a rugged country look, an equestrian vibe, or a trendy, urban charm; they allow you to get wear out of your lighter dresses and skirts when it’s cold. Try picking a pair that’s fitted around your leg but not so tight that your skin bulges out from the top. There shouldn’t be more than a half inch of space between your leg and your boot.

Annie Ellie Brown Croco at

Ellie by Annie is a Low Heel Casual Boot Black Friday Specials!

I thought I should do a summary post of all the amazing deals is offering for the Black Friday Weekend and beyond. Remember you can only use 1 coupon code at check out!

1) If you plan on buying shoes register for an account! . started a loyalty program and if you register between 11/25/11 and 11/27/11 (Black Friday weekend) you receive 250 loyalty plus you are eligible to win a $250 shopping spree!

2) Coupon Code – BLACKFRIDSC – Free Ground Shipping within the USA – Black Friday Weekend

3) Coupon Code – BLACKFRIDAY – Buy $100 and save 10% store wide – Black Friday Weekend

4) Coupon Code – BLACKFRIDAYBONUS – Buy $200 and save 15% store wide – Black Friday Weekend

5) Coupon Code – SUPERBLACKFRIDAY – 20% off Sale Department Shoes– Black Friday Weekend

Naturalizer Barstowe Black Leather On Sale At

Barstowe by Naturalizer is a Mid Heel Dressy Boot

Regular Price: $122.00
SALE: $97.60

6) Coupon Code – FITCLOUDS – 5% off Fit In Clouds Shoes – Offer valid until 12/31/11

7) Coupon Code – RANGONIDSC – 10% off Rangoni Shoes – Offer valid until 12/31/11

8) Coupon Code – TAMARAC – 5% off Tamarac Shoes – Offer valid until 12/31/11

9) NO Coupon Required – Select Annie Brand Shoes currently marked down by 25%. Starting on Black Friday (11/25/11) ALL Annie Shoes are marked down by an additional 20%. That’s 45% off comfort, fit and stylish Annie Shoes! Offer good until 11/27/11.

10) NO Coupon Required – 25% of select Naturalizer Brand Shoes. Offer run from 11/25/11 through 11/27/11

Durable Winter Shoes

Dear Shoe Lady, I go to school in Rochester and there is a lot of snow. Because of that, there is salt everywhere during the winter. What shoes will best endure the salt while looking good to match every outfit? I have UGGs but I’m afraid the salt will eat them, even though it is lambskin. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Hi Heidi,
Thank you for your inquiry, and that is an important shoe concern. One of the keys to shoe longevity is periodically cleaning them. If you know that your shoes will become exposed to harsher elements like salt, a quick wipe with a vinegar and warm water solution should help. This is only useful for standard smooth leather shoes or synthetic uppers. If suede protection is your aim, then you will want to pre-treat it with weatherproofing spray. It can be found in most sports stores or even pharmacies.

Naturalizer Rayne Black Smooth at

Rayne by Naturalizer is a Low Heel Casual Boot

Rayne by Naturalizer is a good cold weather choice. Rubber soles are also great for safeguarding against the more slippery months.

Stay warm,
The Shoe Lady

One Day Only Halloween Sale – 30% off High Heel Shoes

For all our loyal readers we are having a 30% ONE only Halloween sale on ALL high heel shoes including shoes already on sale! Use coupon code – HAPPYHALLOWEEN – at check out on!

Naturalizer Carmen Elephant Skin at

Carmen by Naturalizer is a High Heel Dressy

Regular Price $94.00
30% Sale Price $65.80

Aerosoles Recoil Mink Suede at

Recoil by Aerosoles is a High Heel Casual Bootie

Regular Price $150.00
30% Sale Price $105.00

Aerosoles Roler Rink Grey Combo at

Roler Rink by Aerosoles is a High Heel Casual Pump

Regular Price $79.00
30% Sale Price $55.30

Aerosoles Therapeutic Tan at

Therapeutic by Aerosoles is a High Heel Casual Bootie

Regular Price $99.00
30% Sale Price $69.30

Browse ALL 602 High Heel Shoes on sale! Don’t forget FREE Shipping on US orders over $75.00!

Women’s Shoe Size Question

Dear Shoe Lady, The length of my foot is 26.5 cm and the width is 10.5 cm.
 What is my correct shoe size? I have never been able to find a perfect fit.

Hi Katerina,
Our shoe size chart is a great jumping off point for shoe sizing. Based on your measurements, it appears that you could fit into a 10.5w to 11w comfortably. You want to make sure that you don’t wear widths that are more or less than 0.635cm (1/4”). You don’t want any slippage or pinching with your shoes. You always want to remember that the styles and manufacturing of a shoe will make a difference in the final fit. A ballet flat versus a padded sneaker might require a reduction or increase in the size you wear.

Naturalizer Creston Black Leather at

Creston by Naturalizer is a Low Heel Casual Flat

Creston by Naturalizer has a casual look that can be paired with skirts or pants. I am a huge fan of dual use for shoes, and strive for comfort!

Happy browsing,
The Shoe Lady

Wedged Heels for the Summer?

Q: Dear Shoe Lady, Are wedged heels still in for the summer?


A: Hi Nicole,

Wedged heels are still popular this summer. They have the ability to add that extra boost of height. Wedged heels have the beach-ready look that easily puts the summer into city style. The styles range from classic corked wedges to more solid bases. Here are a few selections to get you started. The best part is browsing to find the one that suits you!

This yellow slingback wedge, Sherene from Naturalizer, also comes in red and white stripes. It harnesses the spirit of summer with its woven base and sunny yellow upper.

Softwalk San Pedro in Mocha Found at

Softwalk by San Pedro shows exposed stitching details to create an earthy look.

Fruit Plush by Aerosoles Found at

Fruit Plush by Aerosoles has a sueded footbed that adds a soft touch for all-day wear. The crossed straps create a dynamic finish to the shoe.

The Shoe Lady – June Blow Out Sale – 25% Sale Items!

I wanted to let all our loyal readers know is offering 25% off over 900 shoes already marked down as much as 80% off. Offer expires on July 4th! Use coupon code – JUNEONSALE!

Forgotten Soles Caprie Black



Forgotten Soles shoe is marked down by 50%. Add the additional 25% coupon – JUNEONSALE – that’s saving 75% at!


Naturalizer Falconette New Tan Leather

Falconette by Naturalizer is a Mid Heel Casual Sandal



Falconette by Naturalizer shoe is marked down by 60%. Add the additional 25% coupon – JUNEONSALE – that’s saving 85% at!

Annie Dainty Black Patent And Black

Dainty by Annie is a Mid Heel Dressy Slingback

Dainty by Annie shoe is marked down by 40%. Add the additional 25% coupon – JUNEONSALE – that’s saving 65% at!

Aerosoles General Bronze

General by Aerosoles is a Mid Heel Dressy Boot

General by Aerosoles shoe is marked down by 20%. Add the additional 25% coupon – JUNEONSALE – that’s saving 55% at!

Happy shopping!