How to shop for shoes when you are tall

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how to shop for shoes when you are tallThis is the first of a series of guest posts from some of the other fabulous ladies out there blogging about the trials and tests of owning a large pair of feet, how they found their fashion mojo — and lessons learned that they can pass on to the rest of us!

Angie K. over at NOT Another Tall Blog is an expat living in the UK, and busy Mum of two who writes about shopping, books, movies, heavy rock music and progressive metal, often interviewing her music heroes for the site. If there is a tall connection then that’s great, but the site is all about what she loves – because, as she says, “Being tall is not all I talk about.”

How to shop for shoes when you are tall

Being tall… Having large feet… Story of my life! Feeling like a weirdo. Taking insults from strangers. Putting up with sarcastic comments and nasty questions… And why? For one reason: being different.

Rule No 1. Accept Who You Are

Being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing, does it! This is what I came to realise with age and becoming confident about my appearance. Being tall is just who you are. This is what my blog is about. Being tall doesn’t mean that this is all we can talk about. There is more to life to get us excited… and one of them is shoes!

I grew up in Bulgaria, a former communist country, where shoes for women only come up to size EU 41, while mine is… EU 43-44 (US 12- 12.5). I used to spend ages looking, with the vague hope to find something to fit me. Realistically, what I was shopping for was men’s shoes that didn’t look too masculine.

Rule No 2. When You Have No Choice, Turn Your Disadvantage Into Uniqueness

What you normally do is buy an outfit and then shoes to match it… Not me! I had to adapt my clothing style to fit my shoes: exactly the opposite to what is “normal”. Still, no point dressing up in a nice skirt with clumsy men’s shoes, is it!

This is how I developed my own style: semi sporty, semi elegant. I had no choice. But it helped that this suited my 6’4” figure. I learnt to make the disadvantage my uniqueness. Why the drama, if there is nothing you can do about it? This is what the market was – full stop.

Although, there was one solution: finding a good shoemaker! Yes, I experienced that, too. Bitter memories from my prom! The shoes made especially for me… were a bit too small. I never wore them again. They didn’t even last to the end of the prom. So, that was the first, and the last, time I resorted to using a shoemaker.

Needless to say, I hated shopping for shoes. As I did for clothes. Sheer nightmare!

Rule No 3. When Given a Choice, Enjoy It!

Twenty odd years on, things have changed. Enormously! And for the better. Living in the UK, I find that there is more choice in finding shoes. It is still restricted, but shall I quote my son… who looked at the shoe cupboard the other day, and exclaimed: “You have more boots than all the shoes I own altogether, mum!”

Shopping for large shoes is the same for all of us, regardless of out height. We all face the same issues, and this is where websites such as Isy B. Shoes come to hand. Things are getting better all the time. Who knows, maybe one day the price of large shoes will not be as ridiculously high as now. Maybe I won’t have to be a savvy shopper and wait for the sales before deciding what I can afford this season…

But, until then, I will enjoy the choice I have, albeit limited. After all, I am different – and this doesn’t have to be a bad thing!

P.S. Oh, there is actually one thing tall women need to look out for: the ankle curve on the boots can only come up to the middle of you ankle… But oh well, I can live with that – can you? ☺

So there you have it ladies. How to shop for shoes when you are tall — with confidence!

Do you have a big size shoe tip to share, or a story to tell? Contact us here at with your post idea! Isy B. Shoes is a community, so we would love to hear from you.

How to shop for shoes when you are tall was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by akocontent

8 thoughts on “How to shop for shoes when you are tall

  1. I can relate to your post about buying shoes. Even though I’m not tall-5’2″-I still have issues when it comes buying shoes. I’m sure your post will be comforting to many ladies-tall and short. Blessings.

    • Hi Emma, thanks for your comment. Yes, it is challenging for many of us, regardless of our height! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, all the best.

  2. I have resorted to shopping online for most of my shoes. Amazon and Zappos each have user-friendly websites that allow you to sort by size and width as well as style. Additionally, Maryland Square and Massey’s issue regular paper catalogs with hard-to-find sizes.

    With the ever-increasing number of transvestite males in the US, the need for fashionable women’s shoes in large sizes has grown, and at least a few manufacturers have risen to the challenge – to the benefit of us fabulous tall gals!

  3. Thanks for reading and commenting! I find Isy B. Shoes very helpful, as they have lots of information about large shoes resources. I have covered this topic one on my blog as well with a couple of articles (Amazon is featured there, but the rest mentioned by you are new to me, thank you!).

    Here is where you can check out what I have found so far:

    I hope this helps, thanks for your comment!

  4. I wish all manufacturers used the same measurements for their shoes. I have a 11″ foot and find that some stores have my length as a US size 9 and others a US size 13/14 depending on the different brands. This is so confusing that I now have to keep a list of which brands have which size so I don’t buy the wrong size. Can’t the show companies get their act together and make it easier for everyone ????

  5. hi guys! thank you very much for this information. I’m 1.8 meter tall lady with 28cm foot. I struggle to get shoes & even nice dress. I stay in India, thought I’m the only one with this struggle.

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