I can not believe how long it has been since I last posted. My apologies! Life seemed to get in the way and there was nothing I could do about it. I guess that is what happens despite how much control you think you have on your life, you can blink and it’s out of your control. I won’t go into detail here. Time to move forward – onward and upward.
For my first post back I thought it would be fitting to talk about something else I have little control over … my feet!
Since I was in grade 3 I knew I would never be able to swap shoes with my friends.
By grade 5 I was already in a size 8. There was no stopping it – I have big feet. And, just when I thought they had stopped growing and I confidently accepted it, I had my son and … size 11.
To be honest, I grew over my big feet embarrassment pretty earlier on. They proved to be quite useful on the basketball court, running track and balancing in the centre of a subway car during rush hour. My biggest issue, till this day, is the lack of NICE choices available to me and my big feet. I can’t tell you how many times I visited a website and as soon as I narrowed my search for MY SIZE all those pretty choices disappeared.
Just because I have big feet doesn’t mean my only options should be Birkenstocks or rain boots 24/7 (no ill will towards the brand, I actually own a pair). It’s just that I don’t understand why my choices should diminish drastically the higher my shoe size is – the average women’s shoe size is so much higher than it was 20 years ago, so what’s available in stores should reflect that. (Don’t even get me started on the fact that most brick and mortar retailers only carry up to a size 10). The standard response I almost always get, “yes we carry that size, but you’ll have to go online.”
Try and see it from my perspective, it’s more than simply finding a shoe that fits, slapping it on your foot and calling it a day. Why should I be asked to give up any sense of personal style because Canadian retailers haven’t accounted for the fact that the average shoe size has gone up?!
Big feet are the new black people. Get with it.
So, if the struggle is real for you too, please don’t ever try and squeeze your feet into a cute pair of shoes again. There is hope. Here are a few e-retailers that get it – big shoes can still be beautiful (RANT OVER):
Nordstrom (Special Sizes) – Offering shoes for extended sizes in almost all the designers you love!
Barefoot Tess – Now teamed up with Long Tall Sally. The site offers fabulous styles for sizes 10-15, and in various widths.
Shopbop – Only goes up to size 12, but if you’re 12 or under, you’ll definitely discover some gorgeous DESIGNER finds.
Revolve – Actually offers shoe options up to a size 13, although the options drop drastically after size 11!
Blue Fly – Great for high end designer finds from Giuseppe Zanotti to Valentino.
The Bay – You might even be able to find a pair you love on sale here!