Thursday, 19 April 2012

The ultimate size 9-13 shoe guide

DUO goes up to a size 9 with three widthsUpdated March 2014

Shoe shopping for me and my size 9 feet used to be complete hell. As a teenager, I was lucky enough to be heavily into the skater scene and so spent all my time in trainers. But no more! I love boots, heels and saucy brogues and the only time I wear trainers is when I'm going for a jog.

Things have improved a lot for girls with larger-sized feet over the years, and not everything looks as though it's been designed by a builder armed with a set square. While I do like to write about shoes for larger feet on Domestic Sluttery, a request from a reader over on our Facebook page made me think it would be a good idea to have a post that covered the places to buy them.

Size 9s have more options than other girls which is just unfair, but I hope there will be something for everyone. At 6'1, the idea of being 'large' is one of my most hated terms; for years I slumped and hunched around trying to make myself a bit more dainty. Bollocks to that. You can still have size 9+ feet and wear dainty shoes that look brilliant, whether you want heels, brogues, flats, pumps, or boots.This guide runs the gamut from cheap, cheerful and flimsy (although having nearly broken my toe recently in some cheap ones, I would say fork out for decent ones) to investment shoes. Onwards!

November 2013: Amber and Jade has closed. This is very sad news. Hooray for all the other shops, and thank you for your suggestions!


May 2013: Hurray for Shoes of Prey who go up to 13.5!

February 2013: Sadly Amber and Jade and Tall Girls have stopped making size 13s which means the cupboard is bare. I will keep my eyes peeled for decent shoes, don't worry.

January 2013: This page has become something of an encyclopaedia so I'm making sure it's updated with your suggestions, and any new shoes I find. Happy shopping!

The shoes


Shoes of Prey (up to 13 and a half)
Price: £109-£169
An absolute godsend for women with large, differently sized, or simply awkward feet. Shoes of Prey lets you design your own shoes, from the choice of heel and toe, to fabric and finish. You get charged a set amount per shoe type: £109 for sandals, ballet shoes or flat oxfords for example, or £169 for ankle boots or heeled oxfords, and the rest is up to you. Tell them your shoe width, whether one foot is larger than the other, and Shoes of Prey will make it happen. AMAZING patterns and fabrics too - wow.

Shoesissima (up to 12)
Price: £60-£99.99
I'm quite wary of online-only ready to wear stores, just because returning things can be such a faff. One way that Shoesissima looks to address this is by providing precise sizing for each model - get the width right, and you're on your way to comfy shoes. Their real sweet spot is flat sandals: they have oodles in bright and exciting colours.

Amber and Jade (up to 12)
Price: £74-£89
A wonderful variety of flats, heels and boots in sizes 9 to 12 13. Yes, 13. Their Aretha Onyx heels were my best purchase of 2011 and A&J strike a decent balance between good workmanlike shoes (as in sturdy, not making you look like a builder) and quirky fun editions. They often do wine, chocolate and shoe parties in London, and pop-up shops (they don't have a fixed location) so browse online and join their mailing list for details of their next shindig.Tall Girls' jewel pumpTall Girls (up to 12)
Price: £29-£99
A staple of mine from my teenage years (their showroom is near Alton in Hampshire, where I went to sixth form) Tall Girls also does the odd pop-up in London. Happily, their shoe selection is vastly more stylish and extensive than when I was 17; there's plenty of pretty shoes for size 12 girls here (size 13s might get a bit bored of their selection of trainers and boots).

Magnus (up to 12)
Price: £25.95-£119.95
I'd previously ignored Magnus after a particularly depressing trip to their Baker Street store with my mum when I was 15, but a quick look on their site now shows some decent shoes that run from a 9 to a 12. Sift through the boring (and pricey) stuff and there's some gold. Well done Magnus.

Long Tall Sally (up to 11)
Price: £28-£130
LTS used to veer solely between the hideously sensible, or unrealistically skyscraper, but they've been sneaking in some really pretty styles recently. I have a huge penchant for small wedged shoes (comfier than those ghastly ballerina pumps) and there are some lovely sparkly and patent versions this season. They also stock other brands like French Sole, Hush Puppies, Converse and Sam Edelman.

Hush Puppies' Freya Hush Puppies (up to 11)
Price: £45-£90
I know! Or rather, I thought I did - I had HP down as tedious, earnest shoes until I had lunch with my friend Elizabeth the other week. She was sporting the most beautiful, fun pair of size 10s - the Freya, which comes in so many colours that I'm tempted to start collecting them. Hush Puppies go up to a size 10 and offer different widths in some styles. Definitely worth a rummage as there are some really beautiful shoes on offer.

The Shoe Tailor (up to 11)
Price: £20-£70
I only found these guys while researching another post idea on shoes for girls with wide feet. Hallelujah! Nice shoes from various brands at around the £25-35 mark that go up to a 9 and come in three widths. Super. They also offer a few designs of mule, and some Hush Puppies, in a 10 and 11.

Upper Street (up to 10)
Price: £195-£265 and any embellishment costs
Now, like you lovely readers I've spent hours playing "design my dream shoes" on Upper Street's website, but had dismissed the fun as a pipedream as a) they're spendy b) I didn't think they'd do my size c) I am horrifically indecisive and could never settle on a design. But no. If you've got money to spend on your perfect, personalised pair of shoes then you can get anything from ballet pumps to heels in sizes 1.5 to 10. Well jel.

Redfoot (up to 10)
Price: £29.99-£44.99
If you're ever wanted a pair of those handy folding flats for your handbag, Redfoot's large is a size 9-10 (mine fit more like an 11!). Lots of really lovely styles and well worth a look. Great fun.

DUO (up to 9/10)
Price: £65-£280
I bang on about DUO so much I should probably get a commission. They have shops in Bath, Edinburgh and Covent Garden as well as a good online shop and their niche is selling shoes up to a size 9 - size 10 in boots - in three widths. Great boots , beautiful flats and heels and never fail to make me feel normal rather than 'large' - they also have a handy online outlet store.

Evans (up to 10)
Price: £19.50-£45

Evans used to do a couple of shoes in a size 11 but has sadly stopped doing this - well, not that sadly. They weren't terribly sexy. Evans kills two birds with one stone: large sizes and wide ones too. The flats offer significantly more support than many other high street shops which is a blessed change.Irregular Choice's John LemonIrregular Choice (up to 9)
Price: £59.99-£124.99
I salivated over the bonkers offerings from this shop for years but could never afford them. I still can't really afford them, so treat them, like DUO, very much as investment shoes. Their Carnaby Street store has always had a size 9 in whatever I've asked for and some of my happiest shoes have come from here. Their online shoe outlet is also a hive for bargainous 9s.

Clarks (up to 9)
Price: £34.99-£79.99
Yes, yes, they do the madly sensible options, but there's also some really pretty stuff on offer. (update 2014: their brogues are AMAZING. Some of my favourite shoes are now Clarks.) And, because they are a sensible shoemaker, they're not going to completely screw your feet over. Available in a variety of widths too, and there's even a couple of their Liberty range on offer. Although not all, obviously. Size 9+ girls clearly aren't deserving of the entire range *seethe, mutter, boil*

Russell and Bromley (up to 9)
Price: £95.50-£250
Russell and Brom have finally done up their website to actually feature the shoes they sell - progress! - and they do an enormous selection of size 9s. I still have lovely memories of the Chanel-like black patent quilted pumps I bought from them a few years ago for an eyewatering £70. Prices have got even more staggering in subsequent years, but if you're in the market for them, you feel very good indeed having R&B inscribed on your soles.

Nine West (up to 9)
Price: £45 - £110
A reader left a comment saying that she bought all her glam shoes from Nine West in the US. I did a little check and lo! Nine West in the UK do size 9s in a great variety of styles. They're pricey, but worth a look if you're going to buy from the States anyway.

Aldo (up to 9)
Price: £30-£90
I've bought a pair of pretty, mid-size stiletto heels from Aldo in the past but I just don't find them tremendously comfortable. Still - you don't know unless you try and at least they're out there - albeit divided mostly between flat sandals and skyscraper platforms at present.

The High Street (up to 9)
Price: £7-£99+

I'm putting this lot together in one because the quality differs wildly, and so few of them are available in store. This makes me so cross! How am I supposed to see whether something can fit unless I can try it on?

That said, I'm a big fan of Office, less the stores which tend to be uniformly horrible shopping experiences, but for its online sales which have served me extremely well over the years.

Debenhams stocks quite a few size 9s (its own Debut collection; the rather flimsy-looking Red Herring and - God love 'em - odds and sods from the now defunct Faith) but I've got my eye on Henry Holland's H! range which I found via the absolutely splendid All The Tall Things blog. Cheap and cheerful and some really splendid-looking flats.

Topshop and New Look. I'd stay well away from most of their flats unless you want to do your feet some serious damage on the pavement (heels made of paper! Paper!) but New Look's wedges and heels are particularly strong. I spent most of July 2010 giddily strutting around in the most unnecessary, but fabulous, pair of coral wedges. (Confusingly, while Next and Dotty P use 43 to indicate a size 9, Topshop uses a 42.)

Next also purport to do size 9s, but I've NEVER SEEN THEM in store. Not even on Oxford Street. I really, actively dislike going into shops and asking for my size only for the shopkeepers to look confused and generally react as though I've asked for a giant crocodile for each one of my feet. Luckily, their website has lots of 9s on there and some really nice options.

Dorothy Perkins also have some lovely shoes on offer online, but very rarely in store. I went in the New Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road branch recently and spotted two pairs. Le sigh. Still, there's plenty to feast your eyes on their website, and at good prices.Giuseppe Zanotti heels from The OutnetDesigner shoes (up to 9)
Price: A millionty pounds
A bit of wishful thinking, this, but size 9s again get spoiled. If you do happen to have £400+ to spend on a pair of shoes, you could go for Givenchy, Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chloé, Miu Miu, Yves St Laurent - I'm going to stop now because this is basically making me cry. Have a perve over on Net-a-Porter for a lovely selection or The Outnet for a smaller (but cheaper!) set of options.I hope that's restored your faith in shopping for shoes - if I've missed out your favourite, let me know!

116 comments:

  1. I thought having size 7 feet was bad. I stand corrected.

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    1. When I was 6 years old, I remember trying on a pair of my Mum's pumps one day... my feet WOULN'T fit into the shoes, as they were wider than the USA Ladies size 6.5 (UK Ladies 4.5) shoe... by the time I was 16 (1988), they grew to a USA Ladies size 13 (UK Ladies 11)

      I spent pretty much my ENTIRE teenage years in either trainers (o.k. for high school girls in Canada) or MEN'S shoes (not o.k. for high school girls anywhere)

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  2. Kat,

    This is fantastic thank you! As a size 9 footed woman it's so good to see so many options.

    Not forgetting Asda - the most comfortable pumps and boots I own!

    Thanks - you're a star!

    Cat (Aka fatcatslim)

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    1. Asda do size 9s?! See, this is what you gain from living in Brighton, and what I lose from only having the Old Kent Road Asda to hand. Brilliant tip!

      Shelbycat, mail order is your friend! (Who am I kidding. It's a total nuisance, but at least it provides access to shoes). Some of the stores I've listed do free postage which is rather obedient of them.

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    2. Check out PrettyBigFeet. They do size 8 - 13s stylish stuff flat and high heels. My 17 year old size 12 daughter loves them.

      Hard working mum

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    3. Totally large shoes on Chiltern strett also v good

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    4. http://www.totallylargeshoes.co.uk

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  3. This is great, I have size 10 feet and live in trainers. I just wish some of these shops were in Wales.

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  4. This is such a fantastic post - thank you so much for sharing Kat! I have size 8-9 feet and really struggle. Especially with shops who decided an 8 is a 41! No it cobbing well isn't - an 8 is a 42!!! Gah!

    Have bookmarked this page to shop the crap out of it for my next pair of shoes, thank you again - so helpful!

    Jem xXx

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  5. Totally agree with the size 41 not being a size 8 - who cam eup with that? It means a lot of shops don't even go up to an 8 let alone 9 or 10. Fab post, thank you!
    Rachel

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    1. I'm with you on the 41 size 8 debate.
      A 42 is really a true size 8
      I have an online shop for us ladies with large but lovely feet.
      Please visit www.lovelylargeshoes.co.uk
      There are ballerinas and heels up to a size 11
      Happy hunting
      Amanda

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    2. To add to the confusion Kurt Geiger shoes in size 41 do fit a size 8 foot. Seems they've sized up on the sly to flatter their customers, bit like how in m&s their clothes are a size bigger than whats on the label! Does my head in why can't shoe companies all just agree on one size!!!!

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  6. I have size 6's but I always love a shoe post. I've got two pairs of boots from Duo though, they are great as they sell different sized calf widths.

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  7. Bloody brilliant. That's covered everything! I'm a big lover of Next for reasonably priced, quickly delivered size 43s. And yes, I am having a total moment over Henry Holland @ Debenhams. I haven't taken his gold sandals off since I bought them... despite the grizzly London weather! Thanks for the mention too, you're a love. :)

    L xxx

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  8. Fab post - as a 6'1" size 8 shoe gal sometimes it's hard enough to get nice shoes that aren't stratospherically high too, so this is really helpful. Shops that say 41 is an 8 are clearly clueless! (that said, Next's 41s are nearly always the right size for me...)

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  9. Thanks for this. It's a great guide.

    I always pop into John Fluevog when I'm in New York (or do the mail order when I just *have* to have a pair which are in the sale). Expensive but worth it. I am a size 41, so not quite large large, but Fluevogs are comfortable and stylish and male my feet look quite dainty-ish. Not clodhoppers anyway. And one sales assistant said sweetly to me, after I'd been lusting after the men's shoes as well: "with your show size, you have access to any of the shoes in this shop." Which was an utterly sweet and very American way of saying my feet were so large I could wear the men's pointy-toed brogues.

    I have two pairs of these: http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w[0]=gender%3Awomen&w[1]=attribute%3AShoe&pp=1&view=detail&p=21&colourID=3123

    One in purple with tan trim, the other in blush with grey trim. And about 4 other pairs in other styles

    http://www.fluevog.com/

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  10. I was thrilled to see this post! I am the Editor of The Grand Mademoiselle Shoe Blog and I focus on larger size women's shoes. They are unfortunately difficult to find, but there are some great resources online like Barefoot Tess, which will ship to the UK. Find them at http://www.barefoottess.com and my blog at http://www.grandmshoeblog.com

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    1. Hello hello! I'm reluctant to promote international shops to UK buyers though because we get hit by whopping duty bills and shipping isn't cheap. It's great to know the option is there though and thank you for the recommendation!

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  11. I'm a size 9.5 and I struggle completely on shoes. I order a lot from American Eagle in the States, I love their boots but all 3 pairs of boots have recently had to be binned due to 2/3 years of wear out of them. Also not cheap for a 24 year old to order! :(

    This post is amazing.

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    1. Oh crikey - I can't believe you've had to buy everything from the States! I completely sympathise on the price problem; I lived in very paper-thin flats when I was 22, although I developed a dependency on character dance shoes, which I bought off eBay.

      I really hope this post helps you to suss out some great new shoes!

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  12. Thanks for this - as a fellow Size 9 I feel your pain. I find that an American 11 from Nine West fits as a normal UK 9. I get my good shoes from there and my cheaper fashion shoes from Next Directory (ordering online).

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    1. Thanks for the tip on Nine West - I just checked their UK site and they do 9s. No more need to buy from the States! http://www.ninewest.co.uk/shoes.html?size=size%7C9 I'll update the list.

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  13. Um, I just order some shoes from Javari.com [which is why I'm only telling you now, after I got the shoes I wanted]. They're an affiliate site of Amazon, so you can collect your nectar points if you decide to shop as well!

    I also like La Redoute for their boots, Brantano's is also very good, Magnus Shoes, Viva LaDiva, After 8 shoes and Tall Lady.

    If you're on a budget, try BigShoeBoutique [a spin off shop of Barratts] but I don't use them any more because the quality reflects the price :/
    Also, google Joerg's site for Tall Women - a veritable resource for tall clothing and shoes.

    And now I shall get off my (very tall) shoe box and go and have some biscuits.
    Have fun if you do decide to look at some of those sites!

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    1. Oh, and most of these sites do above a size 9 as well, for those who get a bit bored of that being the cut off point.

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    2. As a size 44, I'm extremely bored with the 43 cut off point..... Although German 43 can be good - wider. Italian 43 = forget it. Ditto Russell and Bromley, which makes me want to shriek and shriek and shriek with Disappointment.

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    3. Amazon UK are now doing up to a size 44 (9.5) in Gabor and a few up to a 46. Free delivery and returns.

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  14. Wow. thank you so much. this has made my day. Irregular Choice never used to do a nine, but now you can even get them at outlet prices. *takes day off to celebrate*

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  15. Irregular choice go up to a size 10 now.

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    1. Really? Amazing news! Oh - unless you're getting fooled by the 43 sizing, that's actually how they class a 9.

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  16. Hotter Shoes - for 'sensible' comfort and sizes up to 9. Well-made, durable, occasionally cuter, but intended for the more mature woman (and man) who's not forever on the pull.

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  17. What a great list - I loathe buying shoes but hopefully this will help!

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  18. My size 10 (shoes) female relative tells me there is a shop in (I think) Kingston called 'One Over The Eight'. Very droll, but comes up with the goods.

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  19. It's got so much better over the last few years. I've found 9's also in the Nine West concession in House of Fraser, River Island (!), Primark do size 9's in their wide fit range (although I haven't seen any for a while), Shoe Zone & Brantano do 9's and are good because all the shoes are out and you don't have to ask for sizes. I've found a few pairs of Accessorize/Monsoon & Tesco shoes in an 8 which have come up quite large.

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  20. This all sounds great, but unfortunately many stores have cut their range of size 9/43s back, especially my (was) favourite shop NEXT, Grrrr.
    I would love to be able to buy fashionable heeled boots like my sister, but i'm stuck with mostly low heeled/flat designs.
    Thank GOD for DUO!

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  21. Thank you thank you thank you!! I'm trying to find suitable shoes for my wedding, but finding nice shoes in a size nine is near impossible at the best of times, and I don't want to be tramping down the aisle in high street tat. Also, I'm a teeny bit taller than my fiance, so nice flat shoes in a size 9.

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  22. I am bookmarking this page! But I still find that i can't get "fashionable" shoes in a 9. A lot of the shoes on offer always seem not as nice. I also struggle to find wide fit also, it like the range changes when they do larger sizes and becomes blander, plainer and much less variety!

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    1. Here's somewhere with really comfortable - but just as importantly, FUN & STYLISH - shoes up to size 10: www. zinniashoes .co.uk & The Zinnia Shoe Boutique in Malvern, Worcs. Bright red suede Audrey Hepburn courts, anyone? Prices £70-£90 (& good 'special offers' on regular basis)

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  23. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion in the last couple of months!

    Wedding flat shoes: Have a good look through the links here; you'll easily find what you're looking for.

    Fashionable shoes: DUO, New Look and some of Amber & Jade (they all do wide fits as well)

    Heeled boots: DUO, Topshop and Office.

    I'd not seen Zinnas before, thanks for the tip.

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  24. Thank you!! Have bookmarked this page - now have a good range of potential suppliers and my faith has been restored. It`s always struck me as odd that up to size 34 clothes are available but to be larger than a size 8 shoe is perceived as socially unacceptable.
    You`re a star!
    B x

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  25. Love the website, when will retailers get our message that we want to have the same pleasurable experience as other women when shoe shopping - start stocking an we will buy!

    I'm desperate for a dull pair of brown court shoes in a size 9. I've tried all of your links and emailed many to see if they can get some. I need them for work and am willing to pay for quality. Help!

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    1. Try these x

      http://amberandjade.com/acatalog/large-size-womens-shoes-peggy-antique.html

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    2. For well-made basic styles, try Padders and Hotter shoes. Both have websites and online sales. Prices for shoes start around £50 (ballpark figure) but they are properly constructed and will last.

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  26. Katie, if there's nothing quite right for you then I'd suggest Upper Street or Selve - that was you can design your own shoe. As far as I know they both go up to a size 9.

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  27. I have size 9 feet and i'm only 13 so this helped me loads

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    1. That's great Victoria! There are so many options for you.

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  28. Fitflops also do size 9s in some sizes in shoes, boots and sandals. Another place to try is LaRedoute who also do size 9s and possibly 10s in some styles. Thanks for the info. Have just spent a fortune at Amber & co on one pair of boots. For cheap as chips shoes, Primarks also does size 9s in some sizes in wide fittings.

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  29. Or come visit Europe! I can always buy any and all shoes retail, with my size 10.5. Even in Rome, or especially in Rome I should say!

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    1. Crikey, things must have improved in France and Italy since my year abroad (which admittedly was 10 years ago ;) )

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  30. I am a size 10 and have groaned for years when it's time to replace the shoes, boots or sandals. Magnus designs don't seem to get too exciting, and i dread the trip to Baker Street, even though I live in London as i usually come home empty handed. so I tend to turn to Katie Long Shoes as her stock is really good. Katie is also very helpful. the postage is an absolute pain. I went to Paris over Christmas and was delighted to find a Gabor shop. lovely choice of size 9 and 10 boots. made me cross that we don't have this in the UK. After 8 shoes is ok. I complained about their poor stock and choice in my size. They agreed and have plans to improve this. I'll wait and see. You haven't mentioned Crispin Shoes - quite expensive but a good place to visit.

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    1. Hello! If you're bored of Magnus (and rightly so) I really would recommend giving DUO a go. They do great boots and shoes in a size 10.

      I've never heard of Crispin Shoes! Will check them out now and update the guide. Ditto Gabor - although I googled them and they had quite a few stockists in the UK? Their website's a bit of a bore though isn't it. What's the point of not letting you search by size, shoe manufacturers!

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  31. I'm 17 and am size 9, this is the best thing ive read when looking for shoes in my size. THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

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    1. HOORAY! Now, go about your life without getting red marks on your feet from squeezing your feet into size 8s.

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  32. I am very grateful for this blog. It not only provides fantastic info and choice but also serves to stop people like me feeling like they are the only size 9 on the planet. I do struggle with the difference between 42 and 43. I also feel that I was always an 8 and either my feet grew a size in my 40's or shoe sizes changed. Thanks for making me feel normal x

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    1. I think I've got something in my eye.

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  33. Wealth of information ... thank you !
    Can someone please clarify for me what EU size 44 is in UK sizing.
    I'm thinking probably a 10 ?
    I live in Paris, and my favourite store for large sizes is Sacapuce which is up by Montmartre ... they go to size 48 in selected styles.
    I stumbled across a Gabor store on the rue Saint Lazare today, but they only had size 9/43 as the largest, and the woman said that Gabor don't come in size 44 ... but ... on Javari.com, they have Gabor shoes in size 44.
    Who to believe ?

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    1. Great tip for Sacapuce, thank you! Yet another excuse to get myself to Paris for the first time in 15 years.

      A 44 is indeed a 10, but if in doubt try them on. Have you tried giving Gabor's main headquarters a ring just to clarify completely? The lady in the shop may have got it wrong, or Javari.com may size differently. If the postage isn't too heinous, it might be worth giving them a go if you're very keen.

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    2. The Gabor size 9/43 in the store were a bit snug, so I am tempted to buy online from Javari.fr ... but am wondering if what they size as 44 may really be a size 9.
      There's nowhere else that I know of to try Gabor, so I guess I'll go with online and see what I get (the postage is actually FREE so I won't be out of pocket)
      Sacapuce has a website, www.sacapuce.fr, and they have some lovely styles, and great boots.
      A lot of their stuff is Remonte Dorndorf.

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    3. An enormous hurrah for free postage! Happy shopping x

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    4. Paris has a couple of other big-shoe options - Sagone and Palais de la Chaussure are both good and have shops almost opposite each other just next to Parmentier metro. Sacapuce is also great and the lady who runs it is very friendly and helpful.

      I have a blog at www.sizeninefeet.blogspot.co.uk with loads of links - please feel free to copy across any you don't have, although some of mine have gone out of business and I need to update them. I have a lot of overseas links in case that's useful.

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  34. Thank you so much your site is fantastic, my daughter is 14yrs and a size 9. We have struggled so much in the past to find her shoes, but not anymore tahnks to you! You made a young girl very happy!

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    1. That's great news - hope you both find some cracking shoes soon!

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    2. My daughter is 11 and she is already a size 9 and some of those are starting to get a little tight.
      This thread has given me some fantastic new areas to look for girly shoes for her.

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  35. This is great! I have found a few pairs of Joe Browns good via Viva La Diva...but a lot of dross on there too! I wonder if anyone has tried the designer shoes? How do they come up- a true 9? A 9 but mega skinny in width (like Topshop in my view).

    Not worth saving if they are all pretendy 9s ;)

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    1. I usually take a size US12 shoe. I had a pair of Jimmy Choo baxen wedges in a size 43 for Xmas. Glitter silver with mirrored wedge.
      THEY FIT PERFECTLY! SO EXCITED!

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  36. Anyone know when boots start coming out for a new season?? I alwyas manage to miss all the simple, flat size 9 boots somehow because some size 9 wizards manage to buy them all up befor ei even see them :(

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  37. This Page is great!
    I thought I was the only size 10 on the planet,
    all my friends have such small feet, and it's so annoying when we go shopping and I can only find what I like online!
    Barefootess is quite good, although the taxes on Imports to the UK can be a bit crazy!
    Try out andypola.com they're websites a bit cluttered, but they do sizes up to 13 I think!
    (:

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  38. Also I'm looking for some pretty Black (high heels) in size 10, for an upcoming party any suggestions?

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    1. Just start clicking Anonymous! You'll find what you're looking for.

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  39. Hello all you bigfoots. great to hear that the large size shoes are more attractive than the boxes they come in!!!!!! why do all these shops still come up with the old chestnut the large sizes always go first- well order b---=y more then.
    come on Britain make more large size shoes and beat the recession. eve

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  40. hi, glad its not just me that thinks 43 should be size 9,it drives me insane that most shops don't seem to stock 9s or they say go online, its just soooo annoying, they look at you like you are some kind of freak!I can sometimes find footwear in TK Max
    Cat

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  41. OMG! You are a life-saver! So sick of having to buy shoes annually. This is amazing! Thank you! :D :D :D

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  42. So glad I've found this entry! Very useful for my size 10 feet.

    Have you tried Medissa? www.medissashoes.com They do larger sizes but also for narrow feet which has been my biggest problem - I've got long feet - not big feet!

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    1. Medissa shoes are a lifesaver. They are a bit low on fashionable or even OK looking shoes, especially in wider fittings, but they are the only place I can buy extra wide size 10.5 shoes.
      They are expensive because they have to import shoes from outside the EU and the shoes are subject to a high duty to discourage cheap imports from China (!) - lobby your MP!
      They travel round the country doing shoe sales at weekends so you don't have to rely on mail order.

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  43. So, update on Gabor !
    I bought a pair of size 44 online from javari.fr and they are only a 9.5 (written isnside the shoe).
    A bit too short, but the width was good.
    Great thing about Javari is that the postage is free both for delivery and returns (you print a returns voucher and attach it to the box and don't pay at the post office ... woo hoo !)
    I'm going to stick with Remonte Dorndorf in size 45, as they fit really well, and I guess must be a true UK 10.

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  44. This is an absolute treat. Thank you! :)

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  45. http://www.alternative-footwear.co.uk/

    Here is another link for you, they do some styles up to 13 and you can filter to the size you want. :). Great article by the way.

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  46. Lovely blog, I am lucky enough to have small feet myself but one of my friends has a nightmare time finding shoes.

    http://www.alternative-footwear.co.uk/

    Here is another link for you if it helps. They do some styles up to a 13 and you can filter to the sizes you want.

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  47. i have size 10 is so hard to find shoes. the other major problem is the price! £70 for a shoe that is half the price for a regular size shoe!
    i suggest AVOID the bigshoeboutique they never have anything above a 9 in stock. pathetic

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  48. Hi Girls!
    Thanks for the info! This Spanish shop offers a large and small size range: soniadiaz.es (the only problem is the crazy postage charge €25).

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  49. Thanks for the info!
    I am Spanish and I was struggling every time I had to buy nice shoes. Lucky me I live in UK now and is not that horrible. Here is a Spanish shop that makes shoes up to EUR 46. They are nice the only problem is the postage to europe (25€...).

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  50. As a girl with size 10s, I've also struggled to find attractive shoes that do not make me look like a tranny -I've recently found Castaluna on-line. On Chiltern St. (near Baker St tube) both Crispins shoes & Totally Shoes do large sizes and both retail on-line too.

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  51. Hi guys I'm 12 years old nearly 13 and I'm size 10 in feet I have quite norrow feet and need shoes with a bar in to hold my insoles in. I need some good school shoes because I keep on getting shouted at because I have to wear tranier. I feel really upset because I can NEVER find shoes to fit me Please help this is my last resort !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi anon,

      Kat, our resident tall girl is actually away at the moment. My recommendation would be to have a hunt through the shops listed - they're all listed by size. There are some personal recommendations in the comments as well! Hopefully you'll find something really lovely.

      Sian

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    2. Tall Girls have nice shoes which in some cases go up to size 12 and there are some nice strappy 'school' shoes...I would definitely advise you to have a look...Also I get my shoes from France and find Sagone really great - All sorts of nice shoes in size 44...Also Andypola [Andres Machado] do large sizes from Spain - Nice cheap shoes not massively good quality but useful site...and you can also get them on Amazon.co.uk...There's a nice strappy one at the moment....Good luck...I remember the days when a Size 8 was impossible to get but now that my feet have expanded over the years [!!!] it is even harder to get a 9 or 10...but they are out there particularly if you shop online. Cinderella have nice ones and so do Medissa shoes....all online.....

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  52. Im a size 10 and also thought a was the only size 10 girl in the planet lol there is also a shop called deichmann which do up to size 10, some pretty styles too. But you have to be quick in-store because they sell out pretty quickly. You can buy online too. Happy shoe shopping ladies :-)

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  53. :( I came to this site hoping for inspiration, as I've been a size 13 since I was 13(!) and have never been able to wear anything but men's shoes. I managed to find some naff-looking, plasticky shoes in a transvestite shop in Brighton, but they're not exactly professional-looking nor comfortable! Anyway, I'm a student and definitely can't afford the prices the single up-to-size-13 website recommended on here charges. Shame. All of you women in the comments section saying, "I'm so happy; I've always felt like the only size 9 in the world," believe me: you've got it easy!

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    1. You have my complete sympathies Hayley. The simple answer is that the other shops offering size 13s have just stopped doing so. I'm constantly looking for new ones and I update the list when things change. We will find some! Good luck, and please let me know if some turn up.

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    2. Hayley don't be discouraged... always watch out for bargains during the sales. for uk size 13 try http://www.barefoottess.com/ it should be a US size 15. You can get shoes from $50 to over $100 but shipping would be extra. again watch out for the sales. Good luck

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  54. Hi Hayley A,
    If you find just one pair of nice shoes for going out for the next 5 years, it's better than men's sneakers !
    Here in Paris, Sacapuce goes up to size 48, with a good range of styles.
    I would say a size 13 would be size 46 or maybe 47.
    The prices are not so bad, so I guess you just have to save up for one purchase a year, during the June-July sales.
    Postage for one or two pairs to EU countries is 15€
    Have a browse ...
    http://www.sacapuce.fr/index.php

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  55. girl do any of you know where to get high heels(4.5-5 inch)size 10?

    Thank you

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  56. Hi all you ladies, I had a size 10 1/2 shoe in 1969 at the age of 14, I spent years depressed and often ridiculed. Things today are great I have dozens of pairs of foot-wear but I will never allow anyone to say I have 'big-feet' Our feet are a wonderful functional part of our bodies celebrate them, wear toe rings, nail polish and stand tall. Your web site is a blessing, thank you..........

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  57. A great resource-most I had researched, but some I hadn't......
    Not sure if anyone's mentioned it ( haven't read ALL comments!) but if you've got time to browse http://www.northernconcord.org.uk/shoes.htm is also a great resource.
    I'm a size 10/11 and don't like 'ordinary' shoes and boots-also at 6'2" I'm not big on heels so can be tricky....!!
    Good luck all!
    Caro.

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  58. Hey, I'm not sure how you feel about self advertising on this thread, but as a woman with size 10 feet I set up www.shoesforruby.co.uk to try and alleviate the issues we larger footed ladies have in this country.
    I'm a wholesaler for the Barefoot Tess brand, which means I can get their shoes in the country cheaper than a normal customer can - I also have quite a few styles in stock at the moment.
    Although I'm obviously trying to make a living from selling shoes, I feel really strongly that a change has to happen soon, a conviction which is strengthened every time I read this thread.
    It is so nice to hear from all these other women who feel the same way - surely it can't be long until more high street stores get the message and start stocking larger sizes on a more regular basis?!

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    1. Hi - I love barefootess but shipping and delivery is a real pain! - You mentioned that you are a wholesaler for the brand, how would I go about buying some shoes?!

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  59. Hi, all I have trawled through so many sites looking for ballerina style bridal shoes in UK size 9.5 but have had no luck. Most go up to a size 9 and the really nice ones are so expensive. I am getting married next year and am getting a little desperate.
    Can you suggest any sites?

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  60. There are some bridal flats here in size 9 and 10, from 40 to 60 pounds ...
    http://www.girlsofelegance.co.uk/acatalog/Caring-Size-9-and-10-Wedding-Shoes-Aura-Paradox.html
    Another idea would be to buy plain white silk ballerinas, and then add your own decorations - it is easy to glue beads or flowers or even attach a glitzy brooch to the toes.

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  61. Thank you for this post! I have been struggling to find interesting large shoes (being a size 8.5 is so annoying). We should start a campaign to make 8 = 42. I've noticed that in mens shoes that 8 does equal 42, just not in ladies. Sooo annoying!

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  62. This site is a life saver! As a 16 yr old with size 9/10 feet, all i ever find are boring sensible shoes. I always had to go to evans for school shoes but they were always too wide. I never knew there were so many sites to look at! I have bookmarked this page. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  63. Great post, thanks so much!

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  64. I am a size 10/11 and have justcome across this one: http://shop.louloushoes.co.uk/index.asp

    They do up to size 11

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  65. You are an excellent person - thank you for compiling and sharing!

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  66. Thanks so much for posting this!! I have been struggling all my teens and now my adult life to find pretty size nine shoes. I cant believe you left out Cinderella Shoes though!!?? They have been my lifeline but nice to see more sites catching up!!

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  67. Thank you, thank you for allowing me to find you! Purely by accident I came across your site and totally understand what all of these woman have been experiencing as I am a size 9 -9.5 extra wide depending on the style and brand of the shoe. I willbe saving this site in my favourites - love you loads xx

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  68. I'm obviously trying to make a living from selling shoes, Katie is also very helpful Which was an utterly sweet, I also like La Redoute for their boots! - pandadress

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  69. Thank you for sharing this! I'm a size 9 and have spent my entire adult life wandering sadly from shop to shop. My search for slippers on the high street during last year's freezing cold winter actually reduced me to tears. I'll be checking out a lot of these. My difficulty is that I'm a slim size 9, and for some reason they tend to make size 9s to fit bigger calves. Short of either abandoning my love for calf-height boots or spending ridiculous amounts on getting them custom-made, I'm stuck...

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    1. Try Special Feetures for narrow fittings and longer sizes. Most of their shoes come from USA so start from about £70 to £160 for boots. But their staff are very good, and wear the shoes themselves so can advise.
      Send an outline of your feet

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    2. DUO! Always DUO for tricky-shaped calves in the UK Gemma, and have a look at Special Feetures too!

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  70. I just discovered your blog recently and I can totally relate at 6ft1 size 9s too :) I definitely recommend Evans, The Shoe Tailor, Viva la Diva and After 8 (online and in Kingston, nr London) - all do fab shoes in a variety of widths and styles. I had to wear men's boaters for most of my school life in the 1990s as they just didn't make size 9s in any nice shoes - hooray for Online shopping and the rise of the taller woman (no pun intended!).


    Keep up the blog - love it!

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  71. I did a post about my feelings regarding shopping for women's size 9 shoes as a teenage girl, I'd really appreciate it if you would take a read and maybe spread it? thank you!

    http://sonotgucci.blogspot.co.uk/

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  72. Can I add SimplyBe and Yours Clothing for size 9 and extra wide shoes, Yours I think only go up to size 9 EEE but they do have them in store.

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  73. Can anyone give me any pointers for size 9 boots for a size 18, 5'10" lady? I'm not a fan over the current riding style boots and prefer a mid cone heel and almond toe. I've seen that Gabor 'mouse tall bar' meets my criteria, but I'd be keen to hear whether anyone had any other suggestions. Until recently I wore a pair of Evans Essence boots, which I loved, but they've finally come apart - after 10 years of use. Thank you.

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  74. hi: I quite like Ellie Dickens shoes in London, too. They go all the way up to 12!
    limited choice in the higher sizes but still..
    http://www.elliedickinsshoes.co.uk/
    sx

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  75. you forgot to mention Nordstroms.com they have a great fashionable selection for ladies with larger sizes albeit the prices can get a bit high.

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  76. Thanks so much for this list of large shoe retailers. It is so useful to me. After having my daughter, my feet have expanded from a size 8 normalish width to a size 9 extra wide and I have been really struggling to find shoes that fit, particularly as my feet are very sore most of the time. I went to a wedding recently and couldn't find the one pair of sandals that fit me and would have looked okay with my dress so I ended up wearing a very casual, worn black pair, more suitable for work than for a wedding. I felt so self-conscious the whole day long. Now I can see that there are places to get elegant but comfortable large, wide fit shoes. I am SOOOOO happy! The Birds of Prey site looks amazing, I am so tempted to design my own shoes, can't wait for the next invitation so I have an excuse to do so.

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