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I'm 5ft8, long legged, big boobed and yes, as a teenager I was embarrassed about being the huge footed one of our friends. When my average height friends were trying on each others shoes I would just watch longingly Now I'm proud of my feet. Any smaller and I'm sure my bust and height would topple me forwards! I am happy to confess that I look clown like if I'm walking off pointe in pointe shoes but I love my shoes, I can wear the highest heels and they always seem to look fabulous and it's so much easier finding 8s in the sales
Yep, same with the 9s - now seeing 9s labelled as 42. I tend to go with the European size as that seems to be more accurate to my size - ie a 43, in some cases a 44. I did wonder if it was some sort of vanity sizing so that people were less embarrassed about having large feet, but that's pointless if the label still says size 9!
Apparently M&S started doing size 9s a few years back but they stopped, claiming lack of demand. Er, probably because they didn't publicise it! Next size 9s seem to vary by manufacturer - some of their 9s fit me fine, others are too small. I just wish I could order a size 9 and know it was going to fit, as I'm too far away from any big cities to be able to try stuff on.
It really pisses me off too about the resizing of European/Uk sizing. Used to be a 41/7 now sometimes they are describing a 40 as a 7 and 41 as an eight - have the European sizes got bigger? Or am I now a size 8 because its not just Office that have made the change - it's across the whole industry. I'm not bothered about being a size 8/41, it's not knowing what shoe size I am anymore.
It's tiresome, limiting and expensive but not embarrassing. I was a 41, had 4 dc in 5 years and they're now 43!! I wear unisex vans, converse, clarks, fit flops, hush puppies and dr martens. Sometimes long for footwear that's less practical and more frivolous but then my feet would hurt and I'd look daft anyway. Lots of good shops listed here, some new to me so thank you!
Also Clarks online is good for size 9s - I ask them to order them in to my nearest shop and then try them on before buying. They've got some really nice styles and aren't too dear (which is the other problem with having massive feets, the shoes can be horribly expensive).
I'm posting it in the hope that other bigfoots might find shoe shops on it that offer the sizes they need. I should add that I'm a narrow size 9 (43) and occasionally a 9.5 or 10. Currently planning a trip to the States to visit Barefoot Tess and relieve them of all their stock.
I am an 8 (or sometimes a 9, depending on the shoe). It isn't embarrasing. It is a bit annoying when the 8 is too small and they don't come in a 9, but it is far easier to find shoes now than it was 20 years ago. I remember being mortified as a toddler when a snotty sales assistant looked down at me and told me that "Ladies shoes don't come in a size 8!".
wewerehere not sure of street names, but at the top of the hill on the main shopping street last time I went. I'm in the midlands so I order online, you have to send measurements and draw around your feet. Then they send you the half-made shoes to check the fitting. It is a great service and mine always fit perfectly.
I'm an 8 (41) too. I have very often found that the style I wanted is not in stock in my size, or only goes up to a size 7. Yes, there are often many size 8s in the sales, but minging ones that I would never BUY.