I teetered on six inches of heel and 1 inch of platform as I dragged the slightly too big, studded lattice sandal/boots along the clearance aisle wishing they were just half a size smaller. Had they fit the teetering would have stopped and the buying would have started. I tore through the clearance racks hoping against hope for a size 10 1/2. No dice.
"Those are incredible!" said a women also trying on shoes in my aisle.
"Thanks," I replied. "I want them, but they're a little big."
"I wish I could wear shoes like that." she said. "My feet are too big for big shoes. I wear a 10."
"I wear a 10 1/2 or 11. I love statement shoes!" I responded.
She isn't the first woman I've met who said the size of her feet required her to find dainty looking shoes. Big feet means no "big" shoes for a lot of women. I read several tweets about this during the Twitter party we hosted last month. Many women never even pick a shoe up because they think their feet will look too big.
My mom and I have the same size feet, and my mom rarely lets the size of her feet stop her from wearing fun shoes. In fact, Mom and I usually celebrate if a crazy shoe actually comes in anything larger than a 10. Because of my mom's shoe fetish, I've never had a problem buying "big" shoes. (Side note: My mom is short so big shoes on big feet don't only work for tall women.)
I will concede that some shoes may take on clown proportions on larger feet. Super pointy flats make any foot several inches longer, which means my feet look boat-like. And, yes, some comfort shoes with thick soles and overly-rounded, deep toe-boxes look like clown shoes. I would argue they look like clown shoes even on little feet, but I'll admit bigger feet make those particular kind of shoes a little worse. (Another side note: Many of the women I meet who complain about their feet looking big are wearing Crocs of Uggs. Anyone wearing those shoes is not allowed to complain.)
Lattice sandals, glittery pumps, studded boots, gladiators, and sky high heels with platforms all look great on my big feet. The length of my feet actually makes it possible for me to comfortably wear higher heels than many of my small-footed friends. (Yet another side note: The higher the heel + the longer the pants = the smaller my foot looks). I'd love to bet most women with large feet would be surprised by bold shoes if they'd only give them a chance. Often a big shoes work better on a larger foot because it doesn't overwhelm the foot. I think there is usually a nice balance there.
Does your foot size (large or small) dictate the kinds of shoes you buy or try? In what ways?