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Gaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!! Buying shoes is such a nightmare if you're a size 8...

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MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 22:53:25

I used to be able to buy shoes most of the time but these days I think either my feet have grown or sizes have shrunk. I'm not sure which.

Where do big-footed girls buy funky, interesting footwear that's not going to burn a hole in their pockets? I am probably between an 8 and a 9, and have relatively slender feet so Evans are far too wide (and also horrible styles). I reckon a reasonable price for a pair of shoes is £50-£65, and I wear mainly flats/ low heels.

Any help gratefully accepted!

nancy75 Sun 21-Jun-09 22:54:52

clarks go up to a 9, but not in all stores and not in all styles (helpful i know) you could try giving their customer services a call and see which would be the best store close to where you live.

LastOrders Sun 21-Jun-09 22:56:42

Brantano are good.

I'm a size 8 and don't find it a prob, but then again I do live in trainers!!!

thumbwitch Sun 21-Jun-09 23:00:09

Mrs MH!!!
I sympathise, I really do! Even though I am only a size 7-7 1/2, I have had this ishoo all my life too until the last few years when 7s seem to be more accepted as a size. Certainly in my teens and twenties I had real probs getting nice trendy shoes that fit

Because of this I loathe shoe shopping so sorry, am not much use! You could try going to a Far Eastern country for a holiday and getting a few pairs handmade to fit you, so they last for the next few years! grin

plimple Sun 21-Jun-09 23:02:05

I had this problem the other day and intended to spend about £50/£70 on a nice pair of comfy Summer shoes. I tried on allsorts and most size 8s didn't fit!! Ended up buying trainers in TKMax and flat shoes from a discount shop - only place I could fit into size 8s. They were only £8, but they weren't the super comfy summer shoes I wanted.
I'm pregnant and wanted a trainer/shoe hybrid that looked pretty - I know they exist, just not in my size it seems.
Or am I now a size 9?

thumbwitch Sun 21-Jun-09 23:05:07

plimple your feet have probably "spread" or something equally horrid now you are pg - mine did - so you may well be a 9 now.

psychomum5 Sun 21-Jun-09 23:05:55

after having been on a long shopping trip this weekend with two friends, both of whom are sz8 shoes, I feel for you....they had a good few issues.

however, they found a pair each in primark, oasis also do pretty slim fitting shoes, altho my friends only bought from the sale rail, and then newlook also have started doing up to sz9 and seem pretty good!


Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:08:34

I have this problem too i used to be an 8 which wad bad enough but since ds was born mine have got bigger. I think this can happen after pregnancy. I used to live in Kingston on Thames and would buy a lot from here You can buy on the website but I could never work out what size I was so would just try them on in the shop. I have pairs that are 9 and 10 from them but I don't think they are UK sizes - maybe they are US ones. They do narrow fittings as well.

Now I have moved to the provinces I shall be barefoot soon - I can't find any shoes.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:08:51

thumbwiiiiitch! I hate shoe-shopping, too. When I hear people talking about how much they love shoes and that they own 700 pairs, my first thought is: 'That's not a creative way to spend your money' (that's my alter ego Self-Righteous Judge Merry speaking); and my second thought is: 'I cannot imagine ever juxtaposing the two words love and shoes'.


Not that I have designs on Imelda's Impeccable Collection; I just want to be able to have my feet look nice and feel comfortable.

I will try Brantano (or Asia!).

I hate trainers. I will only wear them for exercise. I don't mind trainer-inspired shoes for mucking around, though, and have just bought these, then checked online and realised they do a size 9 (filled with horror at the thought of going up a size from my massive flippers). So I'll have to order a new pair for exchange (I think my house move will take precedence).

Am I now blethering?

Plimple - maybe you like those Next shoes? Huge sympathy to you.

TequilaMockinBird Sun 21-Jun-09 23:10:25

MrsMerryHenry, I'm pleased it's not just me!

I too am an 8 and thought that either my feet were growing again or sizing was getting smaller! I find it's not just the length but also the width which seems to have gotten smaller!

I bought a new pair of shoes the other week before going away on holiday and I got them from New Look! They go up to 9 now and also do wide fitting.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:10:40

Foot spreading...hmm, that sounds familiar.

Thanks for link, Lazycow, not my style, I'm afraid, but I'll keep the link just in case.

Cadelaide Sun 21-Jun-09 23:12:23

I've bought some nice size 9s in Next before now

Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:15:45

Actually I've just checked and they have a great section on size and fitting so I might try ordering some.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:16:26

I normally don't like Next for anything apart from clothes for DS. However, when one's feet are so mighty, you have to suck up your pride...their shoes aren't too bad, though, if you look hard for the goodies.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:17:38

Nancy - I feel depressed that most of my shoes come from Clarks already! I used to be able to buy shoes anywhere, but now it has to be leather and it has to be Clarks.


plimple Sun 21-Jun-09 23:18:41

Size 9 feet, bloody hell now I really feel like an ugly sister. Please say they'll go back to the more reasonable 8??
Don't mean to offend any size 9ers out there, but I've always felt clumpy at 8.

Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:20:47

What sort of thing are you looking for?

Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:23:14

Plimple - They may well go back to your normal size but sometimes they don't. Mine didn't. Something to do with spreading ligaments I think.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:28:37

Plimple - I guess that makes me your ugly twin! So far my feet haven't gone back but I still have a stone to lose.

Lazycow - anything! Just shoes that will fit me and look nice, for all occasions.

I have a pair of size 8 sky-high wedding shoes from Schuh (own brand) which fit beautifully (bought those post-preg as well) but they're not great for chasing DS round the playground...also their shoes are borderline teen/twenties, and I'm definitely beyond my 30s!

thumbwitch Sun 21-Jun-09 23:33:48

have you tried ebay? They might have some that work for you - the shops on there I mean, rather than the individual sellers. But again, you have the risk that they won't fit so well.

Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:34:05

How about htpp//

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:37:38

thumbwitch, I did ebay a beautiful, funky pair of heeled Doctor Marten's - I love them (mine are pink!). But they were ever so slightly small and even though I've worn them a dozen times they are still not comfortable enough to walk in for a whole day.

MrsMerryHenry Sun 21-Jun-09 23:38:53

Great link, lazycow!! <<hugs and tears of gladness>>

Lazycow Sun 21-Jun-09 23:40:54

Am going to order some myself I think.

plimple Sun 21-Jun-09 23:42:40

Wow at bigshoeboutique!!! Thanks

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