Ok you size 8/9 shoewearers, tell me all your secrets! :-)

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SnoopyLovesYou Tue 02-Jul-13 20:43:24

I've been wearing a 42 for a long time but have only recently decided that I need to start investing in nicer shoes! I'm a reasonably narrow foot and I think one foot is slightly bigger than the other, which makes for even more shopping fun! Do please tell me your online places to browse for modern and gorgeous shoes or your real life shoe shop secrets! :-D

At the moment I have a pair of dressy Jones Bootmakers shoes and all my other shoes are casual (and boring!)

twoboots Tue 02-Jul-13 22:17:09

I'm an 8/9 and shoe shopping has literally brought me to tears over the years. It is so disheartening when the 9 doesn't fit and the sales assistant says that maybe you should come back when your feet are less swollen and puffy. One tip is to get them to bring two pairs of the 8/9 out (the shop assistants can get a bit arsey about that) you may notice a difference.

I once got some amazing second hand Ferragammo pumps in a boutique in manhattan (many moons ago!). I was informed by the owner of the boutique were pre loved by a transvestite! They were so comforable and I wore them out. I've realised since that Ferragammo dont often make bigger sized shoes, and I can afford them anyway!

I often get insoles for 9's to get them to fit better, rather than compromise my circulation with an 8. If you do have leather 8's that are a bit tight you can try stretching them them freezer by filling them with ziplock bags full of water

My standby brands:
T K Maxx you can find the odd gem-
Duo Boots- for my standard winter knee/calf high boots I get a few seasons of hard wear out them. Yet to try their shoes

Hush Puppies can be nice but can look a bit blocky and variable in size

Hotter: but they can look like granny shoes that are trying to hard and somehow just look wrong: have sent back most: I have 2 pairs of brogues that I love:

Evans for ballet flats: most of the other shoes there are generally too wide for even my lardy feet

New look for ballet flats too, but I think the sizing is so random- again sometimes the 8 is too tight and the 9 is too big.

Converse and Merrils for trainers and walking shoes/sandals.

I generally avoid Aldo, M&S, faith and nine west because of bitter previous disappointments.

My Current favourites:

I love these and may get them in red and cream

I'm currently in my 3 rd year of these in black in an 8

These are the most comfortable heels that I have ever worn. I can wear for hours and look great when your all in black, I have been told by colleagues that they are very TOWIE, but I love them. Just seen that they are on sale and may get the other designs/shapes

I got these hush puppies in a past season caramel in TK Maxx for £16.99 on Monday: size 9.

Good shoe hunting!

SaltedCaramels Tue 02-Jul-13 22:23:44

Crispins are great - they only do size 41 up. Bit expensive but they have a sale at the moment. http://www.crispinsshoes.com/

steppemum Tue 02-Jul-13 22:35:58

I envy you size 8/9
I am size 10, and now have knackered toe joints so can only wear flats. sad

Brandtano do a few cheaper ones, have had nice sandals and boots
Evans are a bit hit and miss, because they are all wide, but boots seem to work for me
I can't buy online as I have to try on, but when I do online searches I always hit the tranny sites!!

BikeRunSki Tue 02-Jul-13 22:48:51

Dr Marten (fashion range, nit workboots!)
M&S sometimes, also Next sometimes
Amber and Jade
Land's End
Just got some Duckfeet boots which I love, but I can see are not every one's taste
White Stuff - where they do an 8 it is generous, although not every style goes to an 8. I collect their wedges.

BikeRunSki Tue 02-Jul-13 22:52:56
BikeRunSki Tue 02-Jul-13 22:53:48

Fitflop 8 is huge too.

angeltulips Tue 02-Jul-13 22:59:09

I am a v narrow 42 and I regret to inform you that there is no solution to this that doesn't involve spending loads of money and/or jumping on a plane to somewhere that has more people with bigger feet.

The 2 brands of shoe that fit me best are Calvin Klein and lanvin - ie really fucking outrageously expensive. I look for them in sales/outnet etc and buy judiciously - I find I wear them so much more than any other shoe (lanvin ballet flats in particular are divine, the ones w cap toes look best on long feet).

LK Bennett are ok length wise but I find them to be quite wide - hit and miss with styles. Top shop do some ok stuff too for a 42 (again, depends on style - and the boots have the widest calves on them of all time which doesn't suit me either).

Basically, if you figure this out please let me know!

steppemum Tue 02-Jul-13 22:59:35

Oh yes I wear skechers tone-up fitflops and they are officially a size 8 and I am a 10!

BadRoly Tue 02-Jul-13 23:06:59

I have just discovered a love of Clarks! I got TWO pairs of size 9s in their sale. I go for the wide fitting so my splayed toes (from wearing men's shoes for years) are not squished although my feet are not especially wide just used to sloppy ill fitting on my feet men's shoes

Otherwise I do like a hush puppy and I have a variety of fit flops. Our local Asda stock a variety of cheap and cheerful size 9s that are hit and miss on fit but worth a look.

Likewise I have some New Look shoes that I have managed to find in a bigger store.

I have given up completely on Evans as their shoes are worse than men's shoes for width.

BikeRunSki Tue 02-Jul-13 23:12:41

Angel, have you tried Amber and Jade?

SnoopyLovesYou Tue 02-Jul-13 23:48:47

Two boots can you tell us more about your most comfy heels pls? Your link didn't work :-)

SnoopyLovesYou Tue 02-Jul-13 23:52:43

Amber and Jade. I've never ordered any as they always look a bit unflattering on their website!!! Is that just me? Also I found a pair in a charity shop once and the leather on them was so stiff so that put me off too. Are they ok?

ArtemisKelda Tue 02-Jul-13 23:55:50

Watching with interest, I need some nice work shoes for when I go back.

Evans shoes are awful if you have a narrow foot.

SnoopyLovesYou Tue 02-Jul-13 23:56:04

I too have found some hush puppies in tkmaxx. Also found some Guess fancy heels in there the other day. They're very bejewelled and jewelly and stuff. Not sure if its 'me.' (Used to men's shoes too!!!!)

Do you know what I LOVE? Ankle straps and a small/ medium heel. Can't see any anywhere though!

Thanks so much for all the links above! Keep 'em coming! ;-D

angeltulips Tue 02-Jul-13 23:56:46

Bikerun yes I did I ordered some heels which were nice but I was in between the size, and some brogues which unfortunately I found quite ugly

I keep looking at the site though!

angeltulips Tue 02-Jul-13 23:57:49

Ooh actually I have just discovered Lucy choi London - still expensive but less so than others (esp in sale!)

MsMarple Wed 03-Jul-13 00:02:23

Have you looked at Longtallsally? They have sizes 7-11.
If you sign up to their catalogue/mailing list there is often a % off and free delivery offer.

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 00:24:32

Angeltulips I am drooling over the Lanvin ballet flats. Mmm!

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 00:33:30

Hmm I looked at the L Choi website. It says size 8 is the biggest. Not sure if this will be big enough for me. Is it a big 8?

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 00:44:31

As for LTSally, their shoes aren't even leather. Well the sandals I looked at... So that's no good for me as I need softish leather

angeltulips Wed 03-Jul-13 01:10:52

As I say, I am a 42 and the l choi 8 fits me comfortably

ALSO (am remembering all my tricks now!) obv no good for heels but order MENS SHOES. There is a us brand called John varvatos that do fantastic slightly effeminate unisex NARROW suede boots & the like. And there are lots of nice flat styles generally in men's shoes - for some reason they don't seem to be as wide, and they're always v well made.

angeltulips Wed 03-Jul-13 01:12:17

Oh and Joseph azagury also has nice narrow shoes (but you have to go to the store, the website is shit)

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 11:32:34

I tend to buy most of my shoes on eBay. They're educated guesses really but have got some gems for £10 and £20 this way and get to avoid the disappointment in shops!

Accessorize are good Angel for narrow 42s and they cost next to nothing :-D

loraflora Wed 03-Jul-13 12:52:55

I mostly use Clarks which has a limited range of 9s but free post and returns online, so I order 3, pick the best fit then send one or two back. D fitting but I don't find them massively wide. I have also tried Next online but found the sizing inconsistent/shoes less comfy. Same for LTS - I only needed 8 in their boots while ballerina size 9s were on the tight side.

I have also heard of http://www.after8shoes.co.uk/ for size 8+ and their sister company http://www.specialfeetures.com/ for narrow feet including some large sizes, but can't vouch for them personally as I haven't got around to trying them yet.

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 13:24:53

Anybody worn Boden shoes? Are they generally wide or narrow?

Well made? Comfortable?

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Jul-13 13:25:38

If you have narrow feet you could check out James Inglis - they specialise in narrow fitting and import from the US and Europe.

They are expensive but often have sales. Some styles are a bit plain etc but they have a lot of jazzier stuff too.

Here's a link:


SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 16:15:01


Do these look a little bit dodgy to you Angel?

angeltulips Wed 03-Jul-13 16:38:05

Snoopy - yep, the sole is different (on real patent leathers you can't see a join on the sole at the back - the leather goes the whole way down to ground level on the outside of the internal heel).

But you knew that already didn't you? ;)

courgetteDOTcom Wed 03-Jul-13 16:41:27

I try on any 8/9 I see! It is disheartening and I think one of the biggest problems is they tend to be too narrow, so I can't get into an 8 but a 9 is often too big. My parents often buy me shoes for Christmas and birthday knowing how hard it is to get.

I used to love my heels even if it did make me stand over 6'! (I guess you're all tall as well?) But when I did my back I had no choice but to go to flats. I don't wear trainers, I don't even own any, I tend to live in boots or sandals if the weather is OK for it.

I refuse to look in the men's sections, which we often had to do as children! Our old MP (also Education Secretary at the time) ended up getting involved when my sister wasn't allowed back to school over her shoes (smart black, just too high on the collar) and told she'd have to get men's. MP wasn't impressed, school suggested to my parents they contact her (all sarky like they wouldn't take them up on it lol) which was foolish because she didn't stand messing.

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 18:59:20

I don't know the shoes Angel but was a bit suspicious of the dodgy English on the website! :-D

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 19:02:12

How much do you like to pay for your ballet flats Angel? I see some for £200 and £300?

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 19:03:40

I'm not wealthy but I think it might be worth it to have some good shoes. And when you have good shoes, suddenly your wardrobe has so much more in it!

QuiteOldGal Wed 03-Jul-13 20:44:08

M & S have got a few pairs online. Some are ok like the autograph pumps

8.5 - 9

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 03-Jul-13 20:54:15

I am a 9 but narrow and shoes are a nightmare.
I've spent £35 this wek alone in postage returning unsuitable shoes to Ketie Long and after 8.

I have very bony feet with enlarged tendons(like a skeleton) and they tend to make shoes rub.

I bought 2 pairs from Crispins last month (£190) and they cripple me...probably end up on ebay.

Chandon Wed 03-Jul-13 21:33:28

Go to Holland or Germany when the sales are on

Chandon Wed 03-Jul-13 21:34:10

I find Gabor comfy and good quality

BikeRunSki Wed 03-Jul-13 22:05:48

I have had joy in Barratts too, although the shoes aren't great.

SnoopyLovesYou Wed 03-Jul-13 23:27:19

Hmm Chandon I could do that. When I was in Germany, I found lots of the shoes not very nice but perhaps there are some good German/Scandinavian websites to save us the journey?

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 04-Jul-13 07:26:20

Gabor hurt my feet sad

Chandon Thu 04-Jul-13 07:35:57

Don't think there are great German makes, they often sell good Italian made shoes on the continent.

Good Italian shoes are comfy as well as stylish.

To me a place like Clarks is a mystery, badly made , uncomfy and ugly.

So if looking on line I would look for " made in Italy"

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 04-Jul-13 07:40:08

Crispins sell gorgeous Italian shoes...lovely quality.
One make is Attilio something something...they fit like a dream for me, but only do odd styles in 9.
I have some of their boots...had them for 8 years.

Chopstheduck Thu 04-Jul-13 07:43:16

If you are anywhere near London, take a trip to Chiltern street (W1U)

Crispin shoes is there, as well as long tall sally, and at least 2/3 more shoe shops. Crispin does varying width and i LOVE them. I got a pair of ballet flats in a Chanel style, in the softest leather ever!

My favourite online store is http://www.prettybigfeet.co.uk/ I have a couple of pairs from there, normally wait for the sales. The ones I got were dansi, a spanish brand and very well made, leather soles etc.

whatshallwedo Thu 04-Jul-13 08:13:19

If I buy a 9 and it's a bit big I put a heel grip or two in the back and it usually makes them ok.

I know it's not a 'popular' place but Primark goes up to a 9 in some styles and can even be found in leather.

Robotindisguise Thu 04-Jul-13 09:05:41

For posh shoes, LK Bennett's Bury in 42 is lovely and not too high. I have them in black leather and patent leather taupe. Otherwise Clarks really - their 8 is a 42, which is how it should be.

I'm also interested in what Boden 42s are like...

teacher123 Thu 04-Jul-13 13:31:31

I have size 8 quite wide feet. I find Nine West are quite good for boots, Evans for ballet flats and Clarks for sandals. I find court style shoes the hardest to find, they just all seem so uncomfortable. I quite like wedges, they tend to fit well and support my feet better.

newestbridearound Thu 04-Jul-13 15:53:52

I'm a size 9 and have been for a long time; when I was a teenager I basically lived in trainers because all nice girly shoes back then only seemed to go up to an 8 unless you paid a lot of money. It's nice that more shops now sell size 9s, although I still get frustrated when I find beautiful shoes that I just cannot squeeze my feet into!

My go to places tend to be Next, New Look and Dorothy Perkins. I also like Evans (although sometimes too wide for me) and Clarks. George at Asda do surprisingly pretty shoes up to a 9 at very good prices (I always seem to buy cheap shoes and replace them regularly... maybe I need to start investing in quality!)

SnoopyLovesYou Thu 04-Jul-13 18:17:30

Well... some news on the heeled shoe front... Was in TK Maxx today and picked up a pair of gorgeous Clarks black suede heeled shoes with leather interior. Supersoft and not high heel. £25. Woo!

SnoopyLovesYou Thu 04-Jul-13 20:04:58

Still got my eye on those Lanvin ballets though! Angel (and anyone else who wants to join in) what length are your feet when you put them on a ruler so we can compare exact sizes. Meant to go into Clarks today and get a width measurement but forgot!

SnoopyLovesYou Thu 04-Jul-13 20:06:47

Yeah NewestBride I used to wear trainers only too!

Oh Dorothy Perkins are they good?

So... apart from the M&S ones, does anybody know any ballet flats like the Lanvin ones that aren't as expensive? One day, one day...

newestbridearound Thu 04-Jul-13 20:49:42

I like some of the styles that DP have, I find that I can't fit into their ballet pumps or flats because they are just too narrow for me and a bit tight across the toes but their heels tend to fit perfectly.

Great news about the Clarks shoes, what a nice bargain!

SnoopyLovesYou Thu 04-Jul-13 21:04:31

Yes they're very LK Bennett!

SnoopyLovesYou Fri 05-Jul-13 12:41:44

Wow just tried them on with various skirts and dresses and they look lovely. Ok not 100% comfortable. Maybe 95% comfortable. Bit squishy in the toes but are court shoes ever 100% comfortable??

Now I just need some nice flats...

SnoopyLovesYou Sat 06-Jul-13 00:19:42

Ok there has been a twist to this tale. Wore shoes tonight. Massively squashy and uncomfortable. Probably the wrong side of 42. Sigh! Back to the drawing board!!!

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 06-Jul-13 02:08:51

I'm an 8 and have to get a 9 in Topshop
New Look come up way too small so stopped buying them there
Office is true to size for me
Irregular Choice i love, but come up soooo small usually

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 06-Jul-13 02:09:38

I wear Fly London the most...true to size, super comfortable, and last well. boots, sandals, wedges.. you name it

BikeRunSki Sat 06-Jul-13 07:52:39

I find that Fly London are far too small for me. Every winter I try on their boots, every winter I.go home dissapointed. I find the shoes smler tbs..the boots.

newestbridearound Sat 06-Jul-13 10:56:04

I love irregular choice shoes, they are gorgeous, but alltoomuch if you say an 8 comes up small then I think the chance of me ever squeezing my size 9s into them is a pipe dream. Unless I chop a few toes off...

SnoopyLovesYou Sat 06-Jul-13 14:21:55

I love fly London and rocket dog and once owned a pair of rocket dogs that I adored in a 42 but haven't seen any since that fit. Are irreg choice comfy?

I think I'm a 42 in about a C width. I have a high arch.

slug Sat 06-Jul-13 19:11:51

Try Joseph Siebel for sandals. I'm a very wide 41 with a post injury need for soft leather and padded soles. They fit the bill nicely

Kernowgal Sun 07-Jul-13 07:57:02

Try French Sole for ballet flats - they go up to a 10 (44) from what I recall. Also Barefoot Tess in the States have an amazing range and often deal with international customers so give plenty of info on measurements etc.

I'm a 9.5/43 and get so frustrated at shops labelling a 42 as a 9. Jones Bootmaker are guilty of this and Topshop too.

Ages ago I put together a blog with big shoe sites, nowadays am skint so rarely update it and some links may be wrong but there are a few Italian, Spanish and German sites on there.


I find shoe shopping utterly soul destroying but hey ho. Nothing I can do.

SnoopyLovesYou Mon 08-Jul-13 00:03:26

Ooh thanks for that!

Well those Clarks ones were a disaster so I have just bought a pair of DonnaKaren high heel sandals in a style I love on eBay. Totally random but have sometimes got very lucky on eBay.

Do French sole really go up to 44?!

I imagined that their 42s would be squishy. Anyone any experience of French Sole?

Mrsrobertduvall Mon 08-Jul-13 08:34:12

Crispins do a huge range of French Sole...I know, I have tried on every style and they do not fit me! Either too wide or very tight across the toes.

And the French Sole shop in the Kings Road are very snooty...prancing around in their size 5s.

I am waiting to get back in my comfy Duo boots.

Kernowgal Mon 08-Jul-13 17:26:59

I haven't tried them myself (can't afford 'em!) but noticed they had 44s on their website.

My fave shoes at the moment are my Converses but obviously no good for smart wear. A friend bought some beautiful electric blue suede peep-toe sandals from M&S and I loved them but guess what - only up to an 8.

It's so bloody depressing!

FairPhyllis Mon 08-Jul-13 18:13:49

You think a C fitting is reasonably narrow? <hollow laughter from a size AA>

This is my list of large sizes:
Special Feetures (mostly fugly)
James Inglis (super fug)
Stuart Weitzman for the very high end option
Nordstrom website - delivery from the US
M&S has just started doing 8.5 and 9s again, online only.
Possibly LK Bennett?
I have had some success with open toed shoes from Accessorise and have also got some Boden boots that fit OK.

Resign yourself to a lifetime of paying top dollar for shoes that fit (No, you can never wait until the sales - they will all be gone), and seizing the opportunity of buying any shoe that fits no matter whether you need it or not. I have a pair of future wedding shoes quietly stashed away because of this problem.

Kernowgal Mon 08-Jul-13 18:17:15

I never find any that fit! Hence when clearing out my shoes a few years back and keeping the ones that fit well, I was left with three or four pairs. The rest all went on Ebay.

It does mean top dollar, meh. Mind you the Nordstrom site makes me live in hope. So much choice and not all of it high end!

Mrsrobertduvall Mon 08-Jul-13 19:59:05

Special Feetures is a circle of hell.
I have been to their showroom where I was the youngest customer by about 30 years, and I am in my 50s.

Revolting American orthapoedic type shoes which take the word sensible to a whole new level.

FairPhyllis Mon 08-Jul-13 20:13:05

I am hopeful that Zappos and Amazon Fashion (which does a lot of shoes) will start shipping to the UK, or set up a UK business, because they had so much choice for big/narrow sizes.

Kernowgal Mon 08-Jul-13 21:58:47

I recall going to a Special Feetures roadshow-type-thing many years back. I think that may have been the time when I seriously considered binding my feet or chopping my toes off.

There do seem to be new companies popping up from time to time but only Amber & Jade have had anything approaching stylish shoes at reasonable-ish prices. Tall Girls are OK but a lot of their stuff isn't leather and I'd rather pay a bit more for leather stuff.

Sagone in Paris has by far the best choice I've seen in Europe. Plus it means going to Paris, though they do do mail order.

SnoopyLovesYou Tue 16-Jul-13 14:19:33

Thanks Kernow.

Well I've got 3 pairs of eBay shoes (sandals, ballets and court shoes) winging their way to me. Varying between 15-40 £. I tend to sell them on if they're no good for me. Will let you all know if I'm selling any size 8/9s! :-)

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