This 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!
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