I recently spent a few days in London - any shopper’s paradise! So here’s the lowdown on where to find shoes in size 9+ UK (43+ EU, 11+ US) in central London.
The good news is that the niche shops specialising in larger sizes are all located together on Chiltern Street. Baker Street is the closest tube station and Madame Tussaud’s is the nearest major tourist attraction. All the shops are on the lower end of the street, between Blandford Street and Dorset Street, about a 15 minute stroll from the main department stores on Oxford Street. Here’s a Google map with all the Chiltern Street shops marked on it, and if you zoom out, I’ve also marked in the department stores mentioned below:
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Crispins, 28-30 Chiltern Street - up to size 11 UK
Working from the Blandford Street end, the first shop you come to is Crispins. This shop has some lovely elegant styles, mainly priced at the higher end. They do stock some casual, everyday styles also. Crispins also cater for narrow foot widths, but I found plenty of styles to fit my normal to wide size 9 foot. Bonus points for the lovely air conditioning, which was heaven during the heatwave!
Long Tall Sally, 21-25 Chiltern Street - up to size 11 UK
Next up, across the street, is Long Tall Sally. This is a clothes shop exclusively for taller ladies. The shoe department is downstairs in a fairly small space. There wasn’t a huge selection when I visited, but this may have well have just been bad timing at the end of the summer sale.
Magnus, 44 Chiltern Street - up to size 12 UK
Crossing back again, you come to Magnus. This shop has the best selection of casual, everyday styles, or shoes to suit the more mature lady. It is also the only shop on Chiltern Street to stock size 12 UK. As well as the main part of the shop you walk in on, there is a separate room towards the back you might miss.
Totally…, 39 Chiltern Street - up to size 11 UK
Cross the road again one final time and you will reach Totally…. I spent longest in this shop as, despite nearing the end of the summer sales, it had a good selection of smart everyday and dressy styles suitable for year round wear.
Department Stores with size 9 shoes
If you don’t find shoes in Chiltern Street, or just don’t have time to visit, some of the larger department stores are worth a look if you take a size 9.
Debenhams, Oxford Street
The huge Debenhams in Oxford Street is open late every weeknight and has a large shoe department downstairs on the lower ground floor. I visited during the summer sale when there was a section of racks with just size 9 shoes, which was great to see. As well as their own Designers at Debenhams labels, casual Hotter styles featured prominently.
TK Maxx, Charing Cross Road
TK Maxx can be hit or miss when it comes to larger shoes, but I found that the Charing Cross Road branch had a good selection to choose from. It has a large shoe department down in the air conditioned basement, with plenty of size 9s available when I visited. I picked up a pretty pair of Birkenstocks for £13! Remember that if you are looking for sports styles it’s worth checking the men’s section too. I also visited the Long Acre Covent Garden branch but didn’t find many big shoes there. If you’re a size 9, it’s always worth dropping in to any TK Maxx you come across as you might just get lucky and find your dream shoes at a bargain price. Overall, central London still has the most shoe shopping options for women with big feet out of the European cities I’ve visited. So, if you’re ever in London with some time to spare, take a stroll down Chiltern Street and enjoy trying on all the shoes in the shop for once!