As a child, I was obsessed with getting Clarks magic steps shoes & crushed when they didn't come in my size. The first disappointment of many!
By my 11th birthday, I already needed size 6½ shoes. Just a few months later my feet were suddenly size 8 uk. Through secondary school, I played the game of trying to squeeze into size 8 shoes for as long as I could. I felt like one of the ugly sisters out of Cinderella trying to make the shoe fit!
I was so grateful my feet stopped growing in my early teens. But finding size 9 shoes pre-internet was still a nightmare.
I had just 3 options for buying shoes (other than men's runners of course). There was Evans, who had a very small range of shoes in my local stores. Clarks could order limited styles in size 9 which took several weeks. Finally, there were a few specialist stores from the UK & Ireland who would sometimes travel to Dublin for a pop-up roadshow event in a hotel. That sounds quite exciting, but unfortunately the selection was anything but.
I can still remember my first trip to London, where at the time there were 4 specialist large size shoe shops on the same street! For the first time in my life, I could pick out any shoe in the shop. I was so giddy, I had to stop myself from trying on ALL THE SHOES.
Suddenly I realised this is what shoe shopping is like for other women. So easy & fun! That's how it should be for everyone.
About Pretty Big Shoes
I started Pretty Big Shoes in 2010 to help women with big feet. I was fed up & frustrated about how hard it was to find shoes in large sizes.
The global list of women's large size shoe shops has been growing ever since. Unfortunately, I've seen many specialist retailers - big & small - come & go over the years. Large size shoes has always been a tricky niche, but I hope that online shopping will be its saviour.
One silver lining of 2020 is that it has accelerated ecommerce. Even the smallest stores are now selling online, with many shipping worldwide. So if your local shops have no shoes in your size, a whole world of shoes is just a click, or tap, away online.
I love to promote specialist large size shoe stores. Often these are very small businesses run by women with larger shoe sizes themselves.
We are lucky to have a growing number of brands designed exclusively for larger shoe sizes too. Imagine that? Designer shoes available only in our sizes - the shoe is on the other foot now! 😍
I want to help your big feet find beautiful shoes
You can find stores selling shoes in your size in the global shops directory.
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