I’ve worn a size 11 or 12 shoe since I was in 6th grade so finding fabulous women’s shoes in a larger size has always been quite the undertaking. Selection and availability have definitely improved over the years. To see all of my shoe reviews, click here.
Here are a few places where you can find generously sized shoes:
Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack – Nordstrom has been my all time favorite shoe buying destination for years. Back in the olden days, Nordstrom started out as a shoe store so it’s no wonder they’ve realized that there’s a market for extended size shoes (unlike many other department stores who only carry up to a size 10). On the website (and sometimes in the stores), they go up to size 14. I’ve definitely seen size 13 and 14 shoes sitting out at the Nordstrom Rack stores. Sign up for the mailing list to find out about special “extended shoe size” events.
Shoes of Prey – Australia-based Shoes of Prey allows you to custom design your shoes so you can literally create your perfect shoe. If you live in Australia, visit one of their stores. The shoes go up to a size 15 and SoP ships globally. In November 2014, SoP announced an exclusive U.S. partnership with Nordstrom and will provide custom shoe design studios in 6 different Nordstrom locations! Check out my write-up here.
Poppy Barley – Another custom shoe company catering to North America with sizes ranging from 5-12! They offer amazing custom made boots and flats and are based in Canada with shipping throughout North America. If you’re near Edmonton, you can make an appointment to design your shoes in person!
Autograf New York – Monika, the 5’10 founder, wears a size 12 shoe. She is dedicated to bringing high quality handcrafted Italian shoes to us tall ladies. Available in sizes 5-13 and ships globally. Check out her fascinating story and vision on The Height of Style.
Horsch – Horsch has a few locations throughout Germany as well as an online shop.
Shoeissima – Shoeissima offers shoes exclusively in sizes 10-14 and ships globally.
LLXLLQ – Gorgeous handmade Italian shoes in sizes 10-12. Ships globally
Uncommon Ground – Wide variety of shoes in sizes 10-14. Based in Australia and ships globally.
Long Tall Sally/Barefoot Tess – Along with its fabulous selection of clothes for tall chicks, LTS carries a plethora of shoes in sizes 10-15. Brands include Nine West, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Blondo, Betsy Johnson and over 30 more. LTS recently bought the specialty shoe brand Barefoot Tess which specializes in sizes 11-15.
Zappos – The site lists women’s shoes up to a size 20 but when I had a gander at the shoes in sizes 17-20, they all looked unisex to me (Converse, various athletic shoes etc.) It looks like their selection of women’s shoes goes up to size 16. Zappos offers FREE shipping (although items may take 4-5 days to arrive so Zappos isn’t quite as speedy) and FREE returns. Can you tell I love getting stuff for FREE?
Marmi – Marmi’s selection is mostly for the more “mature” leggy lady but I do see something that strikes my fancy every now and again. The go up to size 13 and have several locations throughout the US.