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It is a rare woman who can just walk into a store and indiscriminately shop, since most of us have something we have to work around to find something in a standard size industry. Wide width shoes are one of the hardest things to track down. I am blessed in that, although I am a size 10/11, my foot is relatively narrow so I can usually find plenty of options IRL, but I have several friends who almost exclusively have to shop for their footwear online. Less than optimal, but better than nothing, right? In the spirit of sharing resources, I have put together a list of retailers that cater to this particular need. Every company is one that I or someone I know closely have had success with in the past.
With a company like this, there really isn’t a defined “style”. There is a bit of everything, but with some digging and a little luck, you can find something really great. The only drawback I saw was that their wider widths didn’t always come in sizes larger than a women’s 10 and a lot of the women I know who need wider shoes trend towards the extended sizes.
A little more sedate, these shoes are built mostly for comfort, but they offer great basics for your daily life.
Very on-trend, lots of fun flashy footwear. Sometimes you may have to sacrifice a bit of comfort for the sake of fashion, but there are still plenty of options that satisfy both.
While the options are a bit limited, this is a great place to go for fun quirky footwear. Designs are rotated out with each new collection, so if you see something you like, keep an eye out and it’ll most likely be in sale in just a bit.
At first glance, this might not be seen as the most fashionable alternative, but with a selection this large, there is always something special if you just look for it. This site also has the added benefit of extra-wide widths.
This site comes in somewhere between Clarks and Woman Within when it comes to their options. The focus is mainly on comfort, but there are some wonderful wardrobe staples to be found.
The down side is that many of these shoes comes with the elevated price tag that is standard with anything that is outside of the industry “normal”, though many of them have email newsletters that let you know when there are going to be sales or special coupons. I am definitely willing to sort through some spam if it means getting a crazy good deal. Just saying.
What is your shopping dilemma? Do you have any go-to retailers that you swear by?
I’m trying so very hard not to jump the gun and go all out on the Christmas insanity. After all, I am not quite ready to bid farewell to fall in favor of a winter wonderland. The appeal of changing leaves and light layers cannot be denied. The internet, however, is trying to very hard to change my mind. Just the other day I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I found myself on the Keds website, and I was so very tempted to forget those convictions and go ahead and buy myself my holiday sparkle sneakers, a tradition that I started in college. I mean, the Holiday Sparkle & Shine Collection is just so damn beautiful! How am I supposed to say no?
Usually I go for straight up glitter kicks, but the more subtle shimmer and gilded patterns are really speaking to me. Actually, not so much of a “no” as a “later”. Later, with the hope that maybe they have a sale between now and Christmas so I don’t have to feel guilty about the price tag. A little more than I usually invest for something that only get worn a few times a year, but it’s tradition, right?
If you’ve ever seen the movie In Her Shoes, you probably remember Rose’s quote about the source of her shoes obsession, “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.” Ever since puberty hit and I shot up and got all sorts of curvy, this statement has been true for me as well. While I have perfectly practical shoes for day to day, occasionally I like to splurge and add something truly special to my “rarely worn” collection. I recently discovered Kurt Geiger shoes while flipping through Instagram and fell instantly in love.
Of course, the brand also has some seriously gorgeous party/special occasion shoes, but I really struck me was the incredible amount of detail and fantasy that went into the “casual” shoes.
They’re a little outside of my budget at the moment, but you can bet that I am going to be stalking some of these bad boys online as well as setting aside a little cash here or there to make sure I’m ready when the time comes. If you’d like to see more amazing options from Kurt Geiger, you can check out the brand’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Images from here.
I once read that if you have to get dressed everyday you might as well have fun doing it. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in work environments that don’t support creative dressing. Since I was 14, I have worked in fairly conservative offices, so I’ve learned some tricks for dressing that allow me to express myself without having to incur the wrath of HR. One of those tricks is shoes. Shoes spend most of their time hiding under your desk, and they are one of the last things people look at when you are talking to them. So as long as you don’t go completely crazy, you can usually work fun footwear into your work wardrobe. Being 5’10” I forgo heels mostly in favor of ballet flats.
These are six of the pairs I am currently coveting. Since I wear my flats most days, I tend to go through them pretty quickly, even if I have several pairs in rotation. So I am almost always on the look out for my next pair. If you are starting your collection from scratch, it’s always a good idea to look at your wardrobe and think about the colors you wear the most. For me, I wear a lot of blacks and jewel tones so I tend to lean towards embellished black and/or metallic shoes. It also helps you decide how to get the most for your money. I always invest a little more in my black shoes because I know they will get the most wear. If you already have some good basics, don’t be afraid to throw in a pattern or texture. Shoes are fun, and you’d be surprised at what a difference a great pair can do to your confidence.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved shoes. It started with glass slippers (jelly shoes) and ballet dance shoes, and I’ve never gotten over them. Even when I went through my “I hate my body; I’ll only wear baggy clothes” adolescent phase, I still adored cute footwear, if anything probably a bit more because most days they were the only thing I put on that made me feel pretty. Now that I am an adult, maturity-wise a bit debatable, but the math lines up, I have cultivate quite a collection of shoes. I even have to seperate storage locations. A huge storage cube in the front hall for the every day flats and sandals (Andy uses this area, too) and a rack in my walk in for the “special occasion” or more expensive pairs. As you might have guessed, I am never not in the market for a cute pair at the right price. Enter the deal on Goby shoes on Zulily.com this week. Artsy, funky, and all sorts of quirky. I could do some massive damage to my bank account if I wasn’t careful.
Since I can’t be trusted to be completely rational when it comes to shoes, Andy and I have come up with a pretty good trick to make sure that I really, REALLY, truly want what I am buying. If I find something I like, I have to walk away for at least 24 hours and, if I remember that I want them or if I want them badly enough to go back for them, then we consider making the investment. Not 100% fool proof, but it has cut down seriously on my impulse buying and has the added benefit of helping me work towards having a wardrobe vs. having stacks of random shoes and garments that don’t work together.
All images from Zulily.