Online shoe shopping is great, but nothing beats being able to try on shoes in store. I still remember the magical feeling of being able to try on any shoe in the shop for the first time in my life on Chiltern Street in London many years ago.
If you're in Ireland, or planning a trip, you can now visit Cinderella Shoes' brand new showroom full of pretty big shoes.
With around 250 styles on show, the rest are available in the warehouse upstairs. So you can try on any shoes you like from the huge range on their website. That's hundreds of size 9, 10 & 11 shoes. Plus some 12s & even 13s too. Can you even imagine? 🤩
This big shoe superstore is in Rathangan, Kildare, around an hour's drive from Dublin City. It's a bit off the beaten track, so you'll need a car. I don't drive unfortunately, which is the only reason I haven't hot footed it there myself yet!
Here's a Google map showing the Cinderella Shoes shop (marked with a red star) along with nearby attractions (more info below).
Because Cinderella Shoes is a family run business & primarily an online store, it's best to book an appointment to visit their showroom.
They are usually open Monday to Friday, with Saturday appointments available from September to November as a trial. See their online booking calendar for current opening hours & availability several weeks ahead so you can pick a time that suits you to visit.
Walk ins are possible once they are open & the best times would be between 11-2pm Monday - Friday. But it's best to call ahead to check they'll be open before you head out.
There's no charge to visit the showroom & no obligation to buy. You can either pick out styles in advance from the website or just browse when you're there. Try on to your heart's content with oodles of shoes available in your size. Sounds like shoe heaven! 😍
Here are a couple of attractions you could combine with a visit to Cinderella Shoes for a great day out in Kildare, which is around an hour's drive from Dublin city & part of Ireland's Ancient East region. I've marked all 3 on the Google map above.
Kildare Village is a pretty shopping outlet with 100 stores & food spots is part of the same group as Bicester Village in London. There's a nice relaxed vibe with pretty planting and decorations all around. Pottering around the boutiques is a lovely way to spend a few hours, even if you don't find any bargains.
It's a 15 minute drive from the Cinderella Shoes showroom. In the map above Kildare Village is marked with a purple shopping icon and Cinderella Shoes with a red star.
There are also several trains & buses daily connecting Dublin city with Kildare Village & hotels usually have 10% off passes too.
Tip: weekends are busiest, but weekdays can be lovely & quiet, especially afternoons.
For shoe shopping:
- The Clarks outlet has some size 9 women's shoes (11.5 us) including a few wide fits.
- Hobbs can have a few 9s too if you're lucky.
- LK Bennett and Kurt Geiger can have some 42s which they say are 9 uk, but I find them too small.
- If you've a high budget, there's a Jimmy Choo boutique but they only do up to 42 or 43 unlike Jimmy Choo online that has heels up to size 45.
There's also several big sports brands where you can try on large size women's and unisex sneakers (Nike, Adidas, Puma, Asics, New Balance & Under Armour). The shoes are all out in boxes ready to try on, but not sorted by size, so you need to scan the stacks for your size.
Tip: Sneaker sizing varies even within the same brand & half sizes are common, so try on a mix of styles and sizes if you have time.
It can get a bit tedious, but it's a great opportunity to find out your sneaker size in various brands. I'm usually size 9 uk & it's a real luxury being able to try on an 8.5, 9 and 9.5 together to get the perfect fit. It's amazing how different they can all feel on your feet.
The stunning Japanese gardens date back to the early 1900s and St Fiachra's garden, set in 4 acres of woodland and lakes, opened in 1999. Plus if you're a horse racing fan, you'll enjoy visiting the national stud & the new interactive Irish Racehorse Experience.
The Irish National Stud & Gardens is just a 5 minute drive from Kildare Village shopping outlet. It's marked with an orange tree icon on the map above, with nearby Kildare Village marked with a purple shopping icon and the Cinderella Shoes shop up & to the left marked with a red star.
So if you're ever near Kildare, check out Cinderella Shoe's big shoe superstore & have fun trying on ALL the shoes for once. 😊