Most girls with big feet will admit that they have at some point in their lives felt uncomfortable about their feet. Whether it stemS from the frustrations of shopping for beautiful big shoes, teasing endured at school, or just feeling different because you were unable to wear the types of shoes bird-footed friends were lucky enough to parade around in. Big feet confidence is a topic that comes up again and again not only for us here at Isy B. but also on a myriad of online forums where girls like us who rock shoes bigger than ladies size 10, seek expression for their personal shoe experiences and find answers to their questions on the topic.
There’s no doubt that many of us avoid talking about our feet, and when we do, we’ll often use humor to deflect attention from ourselves. Could having big feet be that last remaining fashion taboo that girls with big feet, fashion editors and mainstream shoe designers alike skitter around to avoid dealing with the issue directly?
Even celebrities are not immune to big feet confidence issues
Shoe entrepreneur and socialite heiress Paris Hilton admitted to desperately hating her size 11 feet in her 2006 biography.”It sucks,” she lamented, “because I see all these super-cute shoes in the stores: Guccis, YSLs, Manolos. And when they’re brought out in my size, they look like clown shoes on me!” Her solution; avoid flats and she always wear high heels to shrink her long feet.
Missy Franklin (pictured), Olympic gold medalist caused an international press frenzy when she disclosed her feet size this summer at the London Olympics. Missy told NBC’s Michelle Beadle, “I’m proud of my size 13 feet. They’re definitely hard to find shoes for, which isn’t the best, and I absolutely hate going shoe shopping—because everything is so cute, but nothing ever fits.”
How we got our big feet confidence
So what’s a girl with big feet to do? For me, big feet confidence came with being a little older and a lot wiser. I was totally self-conscious as a teen growing up with what seemed like huge feet. Don’t believe me? check out my story.
The big shoes that available were so awful that it was hard not to be.It was either sink or swim, I could either remain shy about my big shoes for the rest of my life, slowly sliding my feet out of view whenever someone even glanced in the direction of my shoes or I could learn what looked good on my feet and go out there and find them. The downside of this was the resulting obsession with shoes and my shrinking wallet, but the upside? Big feet confidence in spades!
It’s a similar story for many of our Isy B. shoes buddies with blessed with the triple threat of generously sized feet, shoe smarts and big feet confidence by the bucket-load. Big shoe blogger Leah from Bigfootstrikesagain is 5 feet 11 inches and rocks a mean shoe size 12 and a funky personal style we love says; “Shoe confidence… I think the fact that I was so quiet/shy growing up that by the time I hit college something changed in me and I figured how that I could dress how I wanted and that included awesome shoes. I really love live music and dancing so I dress up when I go out. If my shoes happen to make me 6’4″ so be it.”
“I think confidence just takes practice. It helps that I have a great group of gal friends who all bond over shoes. We’re always there to compliment one another. So if you have a great support group of people to help you feel good, that’s always a plus.”
New to the big shoe blogging scene is our fellow blogger and twitter pal Wendy from Feetnotpetite, a shoe size 13 mother of three including an 11 year old daughter with size 12 feet. At 5 feet 8, she is proof that you don’t have to be super tall to have big feet! Wendy’s big feet confidence comes from her beliefs. She says “I used to question why my feet were so long, especially since I am not very tall, but one day I finally accepted that God made me the way that I am and that he made me the way that I am for a reason. Having big feet means I have a strong foundation. ;-)”
“I would tell women that are uncomfortable with their shoe size to not be ashamed of it because it makes them unique. I would also tell them to learn to embrace their entire being, which include their lovely long feet.”
Girls with big feet rock
It’s true. We do. Some of the most successful women in the world including icons like Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Audrey Hepburn have made it with their big feet firmly planted on the ground. Be proud of yourself. You are beautiful just as you are. Let your big beautiful shoes should be a reflection of who you are.
You know what they say about girls with big feet?! At last, we’ve finally got figured it out. We all have bags of confidence just below the surface just waiting to be unleashed the minute we start believing in ourselves.
Check out our new Isy B. shoes house rules for getting your big feet confidence on. You wanna be in our gang? You gotta play by our rules!