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.