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

Celebrity women with bigger shoe sizes | 40plusstyle.com

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 wears green ballet flats and a print skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Nadine (above) wears an eye-catching pair of green ballet flats and a butterfly-print skirt.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, printed skirt, ballet flats, bag, sweater, hat, earrings and sunglasses.

Color blocking

Sally wearing a classic pair of two-tone pumps | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her outfit with this similar tank top, leather pants, pumps and necklace.

Wear flared or bootcut jeans

Ashley wearing wide-legged pants and silver shoes | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Check out this similar top, pants, cardigan, loafers and necklace.

For more style inspiration on how to wear your pair of loafers, see our article on the best loafers for women over 40.

Consider heels

Tanasha adds a pop of orange to her outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Heels naturally tend to make your feet look smaller as the line of your shoes runs diagonally rather than horizontally.

Tanasha (above) is wearing a pair of heeled sandals from Shoedazzle.

Steal her look with this similar dress, jacket, bag and earrings.

Choose a color that contrasts with your skintone

Saraphina wears Tory Burch flip flops with her shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Opting for a shade that is completely different to your skintone can also break up the lines of your foot, creating a shortening effect.

Saraphina (above) wears a pair of flip flops from Tory Burch.

Complete her look with this similar blouse and denim shorts.

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.

Tory Burch

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.

shoes for women with big feet - Tory Burch 'Miller' flip flop | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch ‘Miller’ flip flop


Naturalizer is a good brand to opt for if you need arch support, and is also a great go-to if you’re looking for larger sizes.

Shoes for women with big feet - Naturalizer 'Sandara' flat | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer ‘Sandara’ flat


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.

Shoes for women with big feet - Earth 'Marietta Seren' sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Earth ‘Marietta Seren’ sandal


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.

Shoes for women with big feet - Clarks® 'Un Capri Step' platform wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Clarks® ‘Un Capri Step’ platform wedge sandal


Zappos is a fantastic go-to for women with bigger feet, as you can refine your search so you only see those in larger sizes.

Shoes for women with big feet - French Sole 'Gypsy' flat | 40plusstyle.com

French Sole ‘Gypsy’ flat


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.

Shoes for women with big feet - PIKOLINOS 'Mahon' platform sandal | 40plusstyle.com

PIKOLINOS ‘Mahon’ platform sandal

David Tate

Have you tried the David Tate brand? You’ll find sizes available up to a 13 in styles including sandals, sneakers, pumps and booties.

Shoes for women with big feet - David Tate 'Adeline' sandal | 40plusstyle.com

David Tate ‘Adeline’ sandal


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.

SoftWalk® 'Pomona' sandal | 40plusstyle.com

SoftWalk® ‘Pomona’ sandal


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.

Trotters 'Erica' skimmer | 40plusstyle.com

Trotters ‘Erica’ skimmer

Fly London

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.

Fly London 'Wena' sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Fly London ‘Wena’ sandal


For sneaker options, many Converse styles come in larger sizes, including the low-top tie dye style (below).

Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® tie dye low top sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® tie dye low top sneaker

Nine West

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.

Nine West 'Sloane' wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Nine West ‘Sloane’ wedge sandal

Stuart Weitzman

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.

Stuart Weitzman 'The Simple Sandal' | 40plusstyle.com

Stuart Weitzman ‘The Simple Sandal’

Bella Vita

Bella Vita has plenty of sandal choices in bigger sizes for summer, whether you’re looking for a formal or more casual pair.

Bella Vita 'Sarah II' slingback pump | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Vita ‘Sarah II’ slingback pump

Jessica Simpson

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.

Jessica Simpson 'Zayrie' studded moto bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Jessica Simpson ‘Zayrie’ studded moto bootie

Vince Camuto

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.

Vince Camuto 'Retsie' pointed toe pump | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto ‘Retsie’ pointed toe pump

Sole Society

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.

Sole Society 'Samyrah' espadrille loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Sole Society ‘Samyrah’ espadrille loafer


One of Nordstrom’s own brands, Caslon is a small, but stylish range of larger size shoes. This season, you’ll find slides, sandals and wedge sneakers.

Caslon 'Kailee' slide sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Caslon ‘Kailee’ slide sandal

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

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.

Manolo Blahnik 'Allurasa' slingback pump | 40plusstyle.com

Manolo Blahnik ‘Allurasa’ slingback pump

Christian Louboutin

There are plenty of choices if you want to invest in one of Christian Louboutin’s classic red-soled shoes, with much of the range going up to a 12.

Christian Louboutin 'Kate' pump | 40plusstyle.com

Christian Louboutin ‘Kate’ pump

Jimmy Choo

Another designer which does larger sizes well is Jimmy Choo. The block heels (below) would be a great investment as they are such a timeless, go-with-everything style.

Jimmy Choo 'Jin' square toe sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Jimmy Choo ‘Jin’ square toe sandal

Continue reading:

  1. The Best Shoes For Wide Feet: 20 Of The Most Fashionable Wide Width Shoes For Women This Season
  2. How To Dress When You Are Tall And Where To Buy The Best Clothes For Tall Women
  3. Best Shoes With Arch Support – Comfortable Walking Shoes To Walk In All Day!

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