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Women with not-so-petite feet can find fashionable shoes

Posted Sep 8, 2010 by Cloe Cabrera

Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 03:06 PM

I’ve worn a size 11 shoe since I was age 11. I know how hard it is to find shoes. I remember not being able to find shoes for my sixth grade graduation in a size 11. I wound up wearing a pair of not-so-attractive pair of orthopedic clodhoppers that looked like they were designed for a line cook. I learned at a very early age never to fall in love with the must-have shoe of the season because more likely than not, they cut-off is a size 10. I probably will never own a Manolo Blahnik’s.

Still, large fashionable shoes have come a long way.

Amy Tricoche-McFarlane opened Big and Elegant shoes in Town ‘N Country at 6752 Memorial Highway (813) 928-8609, because she was tired of wearing her grandmother’s shoes. McFarlane wears a 10 wide. She has an array of dressy pumps, sassy sandals, strappy stilletos and walking sandals for women with wide feet up to size 12.

You can also find stylish shoes online. Here are some of the websites I’ve seen that offer shoes in extended sizes. If I missed any, PLEASE shoot me an email so I can include it for all my big-footed sisters. Thanks!

American Eagle Outfitters at (one of my favs) (one of my favorites)

The folks at Kohl’s also carry some big stylish shoes at

Reader Comments

Por (Rita) on September 12, 2010 (Suggest removal)

I totally understand your issue, as I have the same problem, only opposite. I have a small foot (Size 3 to 5 depending on the shoe) and I have a very difficult time finding shoes my size and style for my age. I also sometimes require a wide width and that also presents a problem. Most manufacturers think that if you wear a small size your foot is also skinny. Unless I want to display Barbie, Dora, Spongebob or other juvenile decor it is very difficult to find anything else. I’m all for cute, but that is a little too cute for my age. I would appreciate anyone who could provide info on places to purchase shoes that also don’t cost a fortune for those of us who do have petite feet.
Rita Manetta
Zephyrhills, FL

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Por (Cloe Cabrera) on September 15, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Hi Rita
Wow, you have the oppostie of my problem. A size 3 shoe must be as difficult to find as an 11. I feel your pain. I was able to find quite a few online sites offering larger size shoes for women. I wonder if some of them offer small women’s sizes. It would be worth a try. I just googled large women’s shoes and got more than a dozen sites. Perhaps you would have the same luck with shoes for women with small feet. Have you tried that? thanks for the email.

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