I say “if they work for me” because this would be my first ever closed-toe/back Dansko shoe purchased in a size 43 and I’m not sure if they will fit
Welcome to the life of a woman with big feet
Sit back and listen up
I’ve been tall all my life. I clearly recall being 5’8″ tall on my 10th birthday and hitting 6′ even by the next year (yes…that’s what you call a “growth spurt” ). Anyhoo…I’m used to being tall and love it. I’m also used to having large feet…but don’t love that so much . I remember joking that the saying “act your age and not your shoe size” didn’t apply to me because I was 11 years old and my feet were size 11 . Some time during college I moved up to a size 11W then started buying 12s. Like I said, I’ve had large feet my whole life & I’m reluctantly used to not having the selection that others with normal shoe sizes have:
- I can’t just run into a department store/shoe store/any store and grab a pair of shoes to wear tonight…it doesn’t happen.
- IF per chance it does happen the pair of shoes they will have in my size will 9 times out of 10 be uglier than sin
- They don’t make every shoe in my size so even if I had the time to search online or other stores the shoe may not even exist
That changes how you shop, how you are actually, if you care about your outfits (like I do) and how you present yourself to the world (like I do). Long story short is if I had smaller feet I would have a serious shoe game on lock but alas it is not possible
So imagine my sheer horror when I hurt myself in March of this year and was immediately relegated to clogs
I’m not hating on Dansko one bit, matter-o-fact I owned the clogs already, my mom bought them for me on my request several years ago but that doesn’t mean I thought/think they are cute shoes. On the contrary, I think they are hideous shoes that are hella comfortable. However when you can’t walk in anything but clogs lemme tell ya them clogs sure start looking real nice real fast.
Moving right along…
My clogs are a size 44 but as the weather heated up I soon moved on to open-toed styles by Dansko in hopes of uping the cuteness factor AND finally rocking all my beloved dresses (which I won’t wear with clogs…I’m not in THAT much pain ). I called the company and asked if they made women’s styles in a size 44 and they said ‘no’ but for open-toed styles a size 43 should work, and it did!
As you may already know I opted for the black patent leather Surraya style
then the brown patent leather one a couple months later both in size 43
and I have been beyond pleased with both pairs based on comfort and style. Truthfully before I hurt myself I wouldn’t have even given them a second glance but now I love them so much and will wear them long after I am fully healed.
So why this post you ask?
Here’s my beef
Just like my post about it being hard out here for a brown girl, to my SHOCK, even the “healthy foot” shoe companies (Dansko, Birkenstock, Sanita, Merrell etc.) don’t seem to cater to women with larger feet! . Seriously, can I flippin catch a break, finding a cute pair of supportive shoes is like trying to spot Big flippin Foot
These Dansko styles come in sizes up to 42 but I need a 43 or 44
This Birkenstock style only comes in up to 42 as well…
in all the feminine colors/blings etc. And there are more from other companies but I’m sick of posting stuff I can’t buy.
[edited on 10/12/2010 to add: I found size 44 in this shoe on eBay and plan on ordering. I will report back if I actually get what I should]
[edited on 10/19/2010 to add: I purchased a different style from this seller (click4you2) on eBay and had a great experience (although shipping is sloooow but they are coming from Germany so…]
[edited on 10/11/2011 to add: Wow I totally forgot. The size 44 works perfectly but I got the narrow by mistake. I can feel the difference BUT they still wear well. Do a search on eBay because click4you2 hasn’t had items in their store for a couple months now.]
Talk about LITERALLY adding insult to my injuries . I’m used to be being shiested by the mainstream shoe makers but of all the people the shiest me Dansko is dangling stuffing in my face I can’t even buy . So now I not only can’t wear most of my regular shoes because of falling arches and tendinitis BUT I can’t even get the few pairs of remotely cute shoes from the companies that generally sell the frumpy shoes
I can’t I just can’t! … I have $ I want to spend at their company and I can’t even do it…
I don’t want to talk about it
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Nappyness
*The first pair did not fit me … I could get them on but they are too tight and need to go back. They say 43 is a 12.5-13 but I’m convinced that is NOT the case. Seems I ultimately will always need a 44 for closed shoes and well…they just don’t make girly girl shoes in 44
Edited to add:
Last night’s twitter conversation (initiated by) Zappos.com:
Zappos_Service: @glamazini I’m sorry they did not fit! Can you DM your order #, so we can check for future purchases in the 44? We are happy to help!
I DM’d my order number and they wrote back in DM as well.
They didn’t help me find a new shoe option (still clogs ) BUT they came in, tried to help AND I DIDN’T EVEN ASK THEM TOO!!! I mean seriously when will other companies flippin catch the vision? I’m obviously gonna return the shoes to Zappos so they lost a sale but they are still helping me! This is why I flippin Zappos!
Which brings me to these other bobos .
I called Dansko this morning to ask if they make custom shoes. Obviously I love their shoes and the arch support they avail me to and I would so love the Brooke style (1st pair pictured above) if they made them in a 44, even if I had to pay more money. So I call and ask and am told ‘no’ they are a stock shoe company only. I ask if they can recommend other companies that make custom shoes. She said a couple stock shoe company names. When I asked if the arch support was comparable to Dansko she chuckled and said “no, there are lots of good companies in the comfort shoe industry but they won’t feel like a Dansko”. Then she basically told me “beggars can’t be choosers” in essence when I asked why the feminine styles only go to 42 or 43 and said I was on the verge of tears because the clogs just don’t go with my wardrobe.
All I have to say is this (so I don’t lose my Jesus). I was emotional on the phone so I know she can’t do anything about that BUT her tone was snide and unhelpful, kinda like “chick, your feet are big, buy the clogs and shut it” . If it wasn’t for the 1st dude who helped me when I initially called Dansko several months ago she woulda made me say *$&@(% it to ever buying shoes from that company again.
Zappos has trully spoiled me in the customer service department.
Off to look for cute shoes in my size
Edited to add:
Dropping off websites for larger shoe sizes being suggested to me:
http://www.cinderellashoes.ie/categories/Size/European-Sizes/Size-44/?page=6&sort=featured (suggested in comments below)
http://www.tallwomen.org/shoes/usa/ (suggested in comments below)
http://evans.co.uk (UK) (suggested in comments below)
http://www.swedishhasbeens.com/ (suggested on twitter)
I haven’t taken a look so don’t know if arch support is available but they seem to atleast help out women w/ larger feet.
[editing on 10/12/2010 to add sites below]
[editing on 10/19/2010 to add sites below]
[editing on 10/11/2011 to add site below]
** I’ve purchased from them