Big feet. How do you find "cool" shoes?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by MidwestMom, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    My 12 year old wears a size 11-12 woman's shoe. That's right. You read it correctly. She gets upset because she can't find "cool" woman's shoes in her size (athletic shoes mostly) and hates to always get men's shoes. We are willing to order online. Any suggestions? I went to Nike's big sizes and decided that $120 a pair was a bit out of our price range ;)
  2. Woofens

    Woofens New Member

    Do you have a JC Penney? If you do, if they have a pair she likes they can order it in store in a larger size. That is what I have to do. They deliver it to the store for no charge, you just have to go pick them up. The last pair I got are Nike, on sale for like $40.

  3. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Try You can search by size. I just ran a quick search and they have over 8,000 styles in women's size 11 alone. They aren't always the cheapest, but maybe she can find something affordable that she likes. Shipping is included most of the time.
  4. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Do you have any outlet malls by you? The Shoe Dept? DSW? The Shoe Rack? Most of these stores carry 11 and 12 now.
  5. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    My son wears a 15.......and we have run into the same thing. Just know that from this point forward you will have to order most shoes online. I usually just google what I want - like "mens size 15 sandals" and get a host of choices.

    It is annoying. Matthew hates it - but as time has progressed I have found more and more places that sell big sizes.
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I would check ebay and also go to and ask. The people on the forums there know ALL the best places to buy things. Registration is free on gottadeal, and you will get tips to all sorts of places with things you need.

    You also might try Sierra Trading Post.

    Though I found many large sizes of woman's shoes at the clearance room at a locally owned shoe store here. Jessie is a 9 1/2 (which is NOT close to a 12, but is still pretty big for a 13yo). and I managed to find her Croc sandals for $3.50 in a bright yellow. She loves them and so do all her friends.

    Good hunting!
  7. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    We have a Plus size store called Avenue that has great shoes in bigger sizes.
  8. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. I'll try. She's picky about her shoes at her age, but she'll have to find something she can fit into.
  9. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    I know that problem. i wear size 11 womens shoe. Sometimes, depends on the brand I can easily go 10.5 up to 11.5. I could never purchase online because seems as if the sizes vary a great deal in that range.

    i actually look at men's shoes when it comes to athletic or boot like shoes.

    Is she tall? That is my problem. i am 6ft tall. You would THINK that the makers of shoes would kind of understand that big feet usually is related to tall people. But noooooo, they make size 11 shoes with 4 inch heals. Like I could really walk around like that. Then I would have to have my clothes specially made because they wouldn't make 40" length!

    I wear flats because I am taller than anyone I know.

    If you find a good shoe and she really likes it - buy two.
  10. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    This is going to sound bizarre, but bear with me. Maybe it's because I'm from Sydney, Australia, the home of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras...

    We have a number of female performers with big feet. One in particular, Rhonda Birchmore, is very feminine, a dancer and singer. So she HAS to look good AND be able to move around in what she buys.

    She has openly admitted to buying her shoes from a shop that specialises in really glamorous shoes for drag queens and transvestites. We have a few shops in Sydney that are worth looking out for someone like Rhonda. And they love her to bits, as well.

    So my suggestion - for really special shoes with extra "bling" or pizazz, check out suppliers for drag queens and trannies. And for sports shoes, they may also be worth a look, there has to be a market for larger shoes, for women (or those who want to look like women) that are not so over the top.

    And yes, they WOULD specialise in mail order because a lot of their customers, by definition, are shy.

  11. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure how widely available these shops are in the U.S. It's a Canadian company, but I think they've branched out and have stores in the States. I think they might also have an online store.

    I can attest to the quality and the cuteness of the shoes. Despite my diminutive height (5' 2"), I have giant feet (size 9) and can fit into some of their smaller sizes.

  12. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    Holy Smokes Trinity. Maybe it is just me, but I am in no way willing to fork out that kind of money for shoes. My athletic shoes have holes in them, but until I see some under $40 I won't even consider it.
  13. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks again. Yes, twelve year old is already five foot six. He paternal grandmother had size 13 feet (sigh). She is taking after that side of her birthfamily. The women are all quite tall. Her birthfather is 6'2.
  14. eekysign

    eekysign New Member

    Hot Topic and Torrid (their "plus" sister store) both carry larger shoe sizes---online and sometimes in-store. My roomie's a size 11, she has loads of cute flats from HT. If that's not your daughter's style scene, I'm out of ideas. ;)
  15. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    Try TJ Maxx.
  16. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Sadly, shoes up here in the Great White North cost WAY more than they do in the U.S. I don't know why. Differences in the dollar? Import charges? Because Canadians are meek and will put up with overpriced shoes?

    I don't know...

    (Even Payless up here costs a fortune...sigh)