UK plus-size clothing chain Evans is in financial trouble & went into administration on Monday.
Dorothy Perkins, which sells size 9 UK shoes and has a tall clothing range, is also affected along with all other Arcadia brands.
Evans' closure would be a major loss for women with larger shoe sizes, especially if you have wider feet. Here's what you need to know along with some alternative shoe shops for Evans fans.
Is Evans clothing closing down?
Evans stores and the Evans.co.uk website continue to trade during the administration process. It is hoped that a buyer can be found to save the brand.
Evans' future is uncertain at this stage. Even if a new owner is found, it could become an online only business or change in other ways.
Can I still use my Evans gift voucher?
According to the Evans UK support website, gift cards cannot be used online. They can still be used in store, but only for up to 50% of the total cost.
If you have an Evans voucher, I'd suggest using it ASAP. Even if a new owner is found, there is no guarantee they will accept old gift cards. Take it from someone who was left with a useless House of Fraser voucher. 😒
New Evans gift cards cannot currently be bought online.
I buy all my shoes in Evans. Help!
If you rely on Evans shoes, consider stocking up now in case they go out of business.
On the plus side, they will have good offers in the run up to Christmas. But others may be stockpiling too, so stocks could run low fast.
Evans is the only high street chain where you can just walk in & easily try & buy wide size 10/11 UK shoes. So it's natural to feel gutted if Evans is your go-to for shoes.
Hopefully Evans will be saved, but I'd suggest starting to look into alternative shoe stores now. That way you can have a few shops in reserve & won't panic if you have a shoe-mergency!
The good news is that there are plenty of wide fit shoes in big sizes available online. Check out my top recommendations below.
Alternative shops to Evans for wide shoes in large sizes
Top tip: Evans shoe sizes are generous, so you may need to go up a size in other brands.
Irish online shoe store specialising in large sizes. Shipping worldwide & popular in the UK. Wide selection of brands & styles.
Free returns in Ireland. Free UK & international returns possible if you pay with PayPal.
Cinderella Shoes quick links:Go to Cinderella Shoes website →
This major French brand offer their own La Redoute Collections Plus shoe designs in wide fit.
Styles are very fashionable & good value with frequent discount codes & reductions. Pay later plans also available.
La Redoute UK quick links:
- Wide fit shoes in size 43 EU (9 UK)
- Wide fit shoes in size 44 EU (9.5 UK)
- Wide fit shoes in size 45 EU (10-10.5 UK)
Spanish online shoe store offering free UK delivery over €50. All price points catered for and some of their own brand designs are available in extra wide fit.
Andypola quick links:
- Wide shoes in size 43 EU (9 UK)
- Wide shoes in size 44 EU (usually 9.5 UK, 10 for certain styles)
- Wide shoes in size 45 EU (10.5 UK)
The online giant offers their own ASOS Design brand shoes in wide fit. Raid & Simply Be brands are also available in size 9 wide fit.
Affordable prices & discount codes are common.
ASOS offer free delivery (min. spend), free returns & there's a 10% student discount too.
ASOS quick links:Go to ASOS website →
There are lots of Pavers branches across the UK with Irish branches in Dublin & Cork. They also ship worldwide online.
Not as fashion focused as Evans but Pavers offer a good range of styles including some stylish staples - ballet flats, everyday shoes & boots, slippers etc.
The website has many wide & extra wide fit size 9s in a variety of brands & a small selection of wide size 10s in their own Pavers designs.
Pavers usually have competitive prices & often have shoes on special offer. They offer free returns to store & cheap postal return options.
Pavers quick links:Go to Pavers website →
There are several Hotter stores in mainland UK as well as stockists across UK & Ireland.
Hotter are all about their comfort technology. They even have 3D scanners available in store to ensure a precise fit.
UK postal returns are free & international return postage could be refunded if you pay with PayPal.
Hotter quick links:Go to Hotter website →
Popular chain stores with wide size 9 shoes
Some of Britain's most famous chains even have wide fit styles available in size 9 UK. While you can buy these online, they may not be readily available in store though:
- Find wide size 9 shoes in George at Asda - great value!
- Clarks also do some of their size 9 styles in wide fit
- M&S have a few wide fit size 9s in their small but growing size 9 collection
Fingers (& toes!) crossed Evans will be around long term, but I hope this list helps you find some new fave shoe stores too. ❤️