One of the things I inherited from my mom was a love of fashionable shoes, and while you petite divas would love to be my supermodel level height, it comes with the problem of trying to find those fashion forward shoes in a double digit shoe size.
I wear a size 12, but sometimes I’ll go up one size when it’s available for comfort. Many department store shoe departments stop at size 10, or have very few shoes in sizes 11, 12 or 13 where many women are increasingly having to shop as the average women’s shoe size gets larger.
Nordstroms is one of those that does carry a nice variety in sizes 11 or 12. Some brands like Nine West have them up to size 12, but once again, you have to order them online. The same is true for DSW and Rack Room that only carry up to size 11, and you have to special order other styles that they carry in a size 12. Shoe Carnival stores only carry them up to a size 10 or 11.
There are other online outlets like Zappos.com, shoes.com or Long Tall Sally for example, but it’s always preferable to see and be able to try a pair of shoes first before you buy them. Sometimes that shoe color looks great online but when you actually get it may not be exactly be the shade that you’re looking for to go with an outfit and sometimes you can’t return them if you bought them on sale..
And then there’s the cost. $75 and up, which is another problem when you’re low income or on a budget.
Its 4400 stores and 22,000 employees in the US and Puerto Rico have been a lifeline for many trans women trying find those nice shoes, flats, boots and pumps to go with a work or dressy outfit or simply for everyday wear.
And when it’s BOGO time, I’m going to be buying those shoes I’ve had my eye on. One of my current fave pair of Christian Siriano black pointed toe heels I bought during a BOGO sale for $10 and get a lot of compliments when I wear them.
Was saddened to hear that Payless filed yesterday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be closing 400 stores immediately, with another 500 possible.
I have already lost one of my fave Payless locations in downtown Houston right on the METRORail Red Line at the Main Street Square Station when it closed in February. I noticed that when I went to Louisville on vacation last summer, the downtown Payless on 4th Street I used to find shoes in up to size 13 when I lived there had closed.
So it will be interesting to note which Payless stores in Houston will be shuttered, and I hope they aren’t the few locations where I can get my shoes in a 13.