Women’s large size shoes are generally worn by tall women. So considerations in choosing large size shoes differ somewhat from those for petite to average-sized women.
You’ve probably realized that women’s large size shoes are not too commonly found in stores. Most retailers carry shoes only up to size 10, some have sizes 11-12 but very few have 13 and up. It is easier to find women’s large size shoes online. You will be pleasantly surprised to find how many selections there are of shoes for women in bigger sizes, even up to size 16, if you just know where to look.
Getting a proper fit in women’s large size shoes
Large is a very general term. Everyone’s feet differ from those of others in size and shape. When shopping, be sure to consider the width of your foot as well as the shoe size. Some shoes are available in various widths.
Never sacrifice comfort for fashion. There are so many wonderful shoes out there even for the rare extra large sizes. So many attractive shoes are available with wide roomy toes, so why cause yourself pain and foot problems by squeezing your feet into narrow toeboxes? Take care of your feet by choosing good shoes for them and they will serve you well.
If you are shopping online, read customer ratings to help you select a good shoe. These comments will usually give you an idea of whether the shoe is comfortable, if the fit is true to size, if the shoe is really as attractive as it looks in its pictures, and so on. Ideally, it would be best to fit shoes in a store, but since as mentioned earlier it can be hard to find women’s large size shoes in the shops, shopping online may be your only recourse.
If you want to keep your poise, then you would be wise to choose shoes that are stable. High heels are available in women’s large size shoes, but unless you are a model, you would probably not be comfortable wearing something that will make you towering. More importantly, you don’t want to wear something that will make you teeter.
Look for shoes that flatter your particular type of foot. Remember that shoes that suit little feet will not necessarily look good in women’s large size shoes. Steer clear of pointy toes, whatever the trend. They make long feet look longer while chunky feet look unnatural in them. Oval toes look much better on big feet.
Online stores specializing in women’s large size shoes
But where does one go to find attractive shoes in sizes 10 and up? Fortunately, there are now several shoe retailers who specialize in large-sized shoes for women. Barefoot Tess carries shoes for women only in sizes 10-15. They have a wide selection of fashionable shoes, whether dressy or casual, in various widths. Barefoot Tess sells not only its own line of shoes but various brands with large sizes at its online store. Check out barefoottess.com to browse their wide selection of boots, flats, sandals, heels, and sneakers.
DesignerShoes.com, whose tagline is “for women who leave a larger footprint,” stocks shoes up to size 16, though you’ll have more luck finding fashionable shoes in size 15 and below here. Both casual and dress shoes of many different styles can be found at this online store.
Friedman’s Shoes also specializes in large-sized shoes. Shoes for both men and women are available at its website, largefeet.com. The available sizes depend on the brand of the shoe. There are plenty of elegant dress shoes, boots, and sandals to choose from at Friedman’s Shoes from classic neutral pumps to flirty flowered sandals.
For athletic shoes, try WeFitShoes.com, which sells New Balance shoes. Find walking, running, tennis, trail shoes and more in sizes up to 12D. The shoes are available in extra wide widths, are comfortable, and give good support. And if you should happen to have a foot problem, the site can recommend shoes that will help your feet to feel comfortable given their condition.
Stores that have women’s large size shoes
Payless shoe stores also carry many brands and styles of shoes in up to size 13 and in various widths. You can also shop for their shoes online at payless.com and pay only $5.95 for delivery anywhere in the United States except in Hawaii and Alaska, for which there is a surcharge. Or dispense with the delivery fee if you choose to pick up your shoes at the nearest Payless store.
A number of popular shoe brands such as Hush Puppies, Naturalizer, and Lane Bryant have shoes in sizes 10-12 and in wide widths. If you can, go to a store where you can fit the shoes but if your size is not available, go online. With a little effort, you’ll find women’s large size shoes for you.