Women's shoes come in different styles, shapes and sizes. They also come in different widths; narrow medium, and wide shoes. As a woman with large size legs I find it challenging to choose or to get a great a pair of shoes that will fits. Most of the companies do not make large sizes shoes for women. This is why when I buy a shoe, it must be worth the price, the comfort and the sweat.
Here are some pointers that I use to find shoes that I have stayed with for a long time and with no regrets attached.
Size of the shoe.
The first thing you want to look for, and it goes without saying, is the size. It is simple, but it can be complex. Shoe companies have different outcomes when it comes to sizes. Some shoes run small and some other run large for the same sizes.
It is ridiculous.
I know that for sure since Aerosoles shoes do run large for size 11 sometimes ( not all styles). Do not just pick a shoe because it is your size. Try on the shoe and see if it fits. The thing to consider nowadays is to look at your range so if you are a size 11 like me you have to consider size 10 1/2, size 11, size 11 1/2 and probably size 12 for those that run really small, if it is a great shoes that you really want.
Another thing to consider in size is the width; medium, wide and extra wide. If you have large size legs then the wide sizes are very crucial. I have slender legs, not so thin as to warrant a narrow shoe but definitely now a wide size or extra wide unless in special conditions, as you will see below. I mainly do medium size shoes.
I have found that a size 10 (wide) may fit my legs if it is an open shoe or sandals or wedges. With wedge shoes I look for size 10 wide most of the time. They fit well and leave toe room. I have to be carefully not to have my toes sticking out but it is always great getting a smaller size shoe for large size legs. It trims the size.
And for those that wear narrow try the narrow and the medium. Some medium shoes would really fit well and give you a great toe room in the shoe.
Look for comfort in a shoe.
The other thing to look for in a shoe is comfort. Having large legs I sometimes just get desperate and pick up a shoe because I am tired and I really want to have a shoe on or end my search. A big mistake.
Comfort is very crucial. I have a pair of Clarks shoes that have stayed with me for years. They were comfortable right out of the box and they have been comfortable all through.
Some shoes do require a break in. What is a break in? You wear the shoe they will hurt or pinch for a few days then fit. Such shoes sometimes end up being the best shoes because once they have expanded they will feet your leg and toes really nice and can stay that way for a long time. The only down side with this breaking in thing is that, if they are bad shoes and you walk in a long time with your toes crunched and squeezed they may leave you with a life long blister. And as a precaution, no matter what, if the shoe is pinching right out of the shelf or after a few minutes in your legs,do not squeeze in it, it you may leave you with deformities for life.
On the other side when you slip into a shoe and it fits well and leaves some great toe room, watch out, such shoes may expand and expand and after some months they will look like baskets. I have some Aerosole shoes that have done that with me and it has not been good.
Look for shoes that compliment your wardrobe.
I love black shoes since they can go with just about anything in my wardrobe. So,yes, black should be one of the colors to look for.
With the current times and trends women are adorning some striking, bold-colored shoes colors that are great. Red is great color if you can find a toned down leather in red. I have seen some green that would do well with long skirts. Some people go for white shoes, but I have never been one to consider white shoes so much.
The best thing is to look at your wardrobe and buy a shoe or sandal that will go with many of the clothes in there. Well, unless you are Gayle and you can afford 1000 pairs of shoes. 1000 pairs of shoes is not good for the environment if you think about it. Less is more. Help others if you have more to spare and spread the love.
Choose Your Heel size According to Situation.
Heel size, heel size, very crucial. Rule of thumb: If you are going for an official presentation then choose a raised dress shoe. There is no forgiving if you are putting on an official attire with flat shoes. A raised shoe gives you the edge. And of course you will not put in a raised wedge sandal for an official presentation or with a suit.
Long skirts, long summer dresses and shorts are great with raised wedge sandals and flat shoes.
The heel you prefer depends on what you are doing and how much walking you will do with the shoe and the occasion involved. Just make sure they are comfortable.
Price of the shoe.
That is left for each one of us depending on our pockets. Men have it easy ( at least my husband) they buy one expensive pair of shoes and they stay with that shoe for years, well worth for their money. With women we love having new things over and over again. Sometimes a cheap shoe goes a long way, most times cheap shoes are just that, they are cheap, they look cheap, they spoil, they look fake and they are uncomfortable.
Expensive shoes can get you in debt and still pinch your toes and bruise your ankle.
The main thing to look for is comfort and if the shoe compliments your wardrobe. Buy shoes that will go with you a long way at a price that you can afford. Simple.
The shoe brand.
Some companies make shoes for money and others makes shoes with the customer in mind. I always look for brands that tend to make shoes that stay a long time. I look for brands that make comfortable shoes in my size. I look for brands that evolve with the times. I look for brands that put quality in their equation. I look for brands that make shoes that are true to size.
I look for companies that price shoes in relation to normal people..the 99 % of they do not target the chosen few. Companies that make a shoe that we the majority can afford and feel satisfied with the purchase.
The shoe brand you choose is subjective. As for me, having large size legs I am limited to the brands that I can buy from, mainly Aerosoles and Clarks if I am hurried for time and others if I dig dipper. If I had smaller legs I would have a plethora of brands to choose from and others to snub.
I know you have your own reasons and brands for buying a particular shoe. For all women it all boils down to affordability, comfort and the purpose of the shoe as the main reasons for womens shoes. Choose wisely and tip your heel.