While there are no official statistics about average shoe size, it’s generally thought to be around a US size 8 or 9, or a UK size 6. But what if your feet are longer than that? How do you find stylish shoes for women with big feet?
You’re definitely not alone if this is a struggle you are facing. Just as women’s clothing size is now bigger on average, so too is shoe size. In fact, over the past few decades, the average women’s shoe size is believed to have increased by two sizes.
But while women’s foot sizes have increased since the 1970s, many shoe makers and stores have not kept pace with the trend, so it’s often tricky to find shoes that are more than two sizes above the current average.
A focus on fast fashion rather than quality has also compounded the problem, with many stores preferring to only stock sizes that are close to average.
However, change is now afoot, and more brands are waking up to the needs of women who need bigger shoe sizes. In this article, you will find some of the best brands to look out for.
Take a look at this article average shoe size if you want to know more.
Celebrity women with bigger shoe sizes
If you do have larger feet, you’re in good company. There are many stylish celebrity women who also need a larger shoe size.
They include Uma Thurman, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Whoopi Goldberg and Paris Hilton, who are all a US size 11, as well as Elle MacPherson who is a US 12. And, it’s not just modern day style icons who have larger feet than average. Audrey Hepburn famously wore a US 10.5.
How to make your feet look smaller
You may love having larger feet. The US swimmer Missy Franklin certainly loves hers, as she says they help her to swim faster. But, if you do want to make your feet look smaller, below are some of the considerations to think about:
Pointed or round-toe
You may prefer a round toe rather than adding extra length with a pointed style.
Nadine (above) wears an eye-catching pair of green ballet flats and a butterfly-print skirt.
Another tip if you want to make your feet look smaller is to go for shoes that have color block features. If the toe cap is in a different color, for example, this will “break up” the length of the shoe.
Sally (above) wears a classic pair of pumps in black and tan.
Wear flared or bootcut jeans
These will cover up the top part of your feet and make them look smaller.
Ashley (above) teams her classic wide leg pants with on-trend silver shoes.
For more style inspiration on how to wear your pair of loafers, see our article on the best loafers for women over 40.
Heels naturally tend to make your feet look smaller as the line of your shoes runs diagonally rather than horizontally.
Choose a color that contrasts with your skintone
Opting for a shade that is completely different to your skintone can also break up the lines of your foot, creating a shortening effect.
The best brands to find stylish shoes for women with big feet
Let’s make this a great resource for women who have larger feet and need stylish shoes. Let me know your own favorite brands in the comments at the bottom.
Looking for a stylish flip flop for summer? Tory Burch’s iconic Miller style goes all the way up to a US Size 13, although you will find that your color options are more limited compared to the smaller sizes.
Peep-toe booties are a great transitional shoe that you can wear with your summer dresses as the weather starts to cool a little. The Earth booties (below) are available in a range of neutral shades that should go with everything in your closet.
Looking to add a pop of color to your summer outfits? The Clarks platform wedges (below) in red would look lovely worn with a pair of white jeans or white dress and is available up to a size 12.
If you’re looking for a great neutral option, metallics can be a stylish choice as they go with everything while adding some pizzazz to your outfits.
Have you tried the David Tate brand? You’ll find sizes available up to a 13 in styles including sandals, sneakers, pumps and booties.
With a low-stacked heel, the Softwalk sandals (below) would be a good day-to-night vacation option. You’ll find they go up to a size 12.
Gold shoes are particularly on trend right now. The Trotters flats (below) feature an asymmetrical leather-fold detail at the front in a fresh take on the traditional bow.
If you’ve been reading me for a while, you’ll know I’m a fan of the Fly London brand. It’s also a good option for you if you do need larger sizes as you’ll find options up to an 11.5 or 12.5 depending on the style.
New York-founded brand Nine West has a wide range of stylish options in larger sizes, so you won’t have to compromise on size over style.
You’ll find options for sandals, boots, wedges and flats in larger sizes at Stuart Weitzman. I like the simplicity of the style but boldness of the color of the block heeled sandals (below). They would look beautiful teamed with white or beige.
Bella Vita has plenty of sandal choices in bigger sizes for summer, whether you’re looking for a formal or more casual pair.
She may only have US Size 8 shoes herself, but Jessica Simpson hasn’t forgotten women with larger foot sizes in her own shoe range. A pair of studded booties could be a perfect choice if you have a rock style personality.
A good choice if you are looking for timeless classics, Vince Camuto is also a great starting point if you need a larger shoe size.
There are lots of stylish options this summer at Sole Society, with everything from sandals, pumps, mules and booties to espadrilles in larger shoe sizes.
Designer shoes for women with big feet
You may be surprised to know that some of the biggest name designers are actually very mindful when it comes to making shoes for women with big feet.
Far from sticking to the shoe equivalent of a size 0, there are some designers who cater very well for women with large feet, meaning you could invest in a designer name for a special occasion or to wear for many years to come.
Manolo Blahnik does tend to run small, so you will have to take this into consideration when trying to find the right size for you.
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