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WHY VISIT A CHIROPODIST?

Unless you’ve lived in bare feet and slippers since you learnt to walk, the likelihood is that your feet need a little TLC from a chiropodist now and then. So why visit a chiropodist?

why visit a chiropodist bare feet on grass

I found that reaching the age of 30 (some years ago) not only brought the “tick-tock” comments from older relatives, but also a scattering of corns. Delightful.

What causes corns? Simply pressure or friction. This can occur with any type of shoes.

  • Pumps too short = corns on the tips of your longest toes
  • Shoes too narrow = corns on the sides of your little toes
  • Boots too wide = corns on the balls of your feet due to movement
  • Heels too high = corns on the balls of your feet due to pressure

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Corns are the body’s way of building a sort of armour to protect your feet.

So why would you want to get rid of these helpful little shields? Well they can be quite uncomfortable. I find if I don’t have the corns on the balls of my feet removed, I can’t wear high heels comfortably. Similarly the ones on the sides of my little toes prevent me from wearing pointed shoes.

At this time of year when your feet are exposed in sandals, you’ll want them to look their best.

bricks flower bed why visit a chiropodist

Can you prevent corns from forming altogether? If so, how?

  • Rotating your footwear collection, and avoiding wearing the same style on repeat can help keep the corns at bay.
  • Alternate heels and flats, and pointed and round toed styles
  • Wear styles which fit you perfectly so they don’t squeeze your feet, and neither do your feet slosh about. Your shoes should comfortably hug your feet.

Why visit a chiropodist? Comfort, beauty, and the ability to wear all of your lovely shoes this summer.

gold black sandals beach sea why visit a chiropodist

For essential tips on how to find comfortable, beautiful footwear, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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7 ESSENTIALS FOR SELECTING TIMELESS SANDALS

  • Multi-coloured styles are easier to match to your clothes than combos of just two colours. The more colours in a sandal, the more shades it complements.
  • The beauty of this sandal is in the simplicity of the design and quality of materials. Dark navy is a more flattering summer neutral than black.
  • White is an easy summer neutral which complements any colour. The toe bumper protects your manicure, and the rubber sole helps to prevent slips.
  • These soft gold leather sandals have stable block heels a little over 3" in height. The ankle ties give a feminine touch, perfect for summer evenings.
  • Dark tan is a warm shade which complements even the palest skintones. These wedges give you a small lift, and they'll look lovely with a midi or maxi skirt.
  • A pretty style with lasercut detailing and multiple slim straps: this flat offers plenty of support, while the silver finish gives a day-to-night hint of glam.
  • A simplifed gladiator style in "natural" leather. Wear with shorts, flowing skirts or just a bikini and sarong. Practical for all your summer adventures.
  • Styles you can wear year-after-year don't have to be dull. This simply-shaped canvas flatform is adorned with gold stripes for a touch of sparkle.

 

With no guarantee of a long summer in the UK, I always advise my VIP clients to select timeless sandals which will last them for several years.

Rain clouds call for timeless sandals

So how do you select styles which won’t date and look wrong next year?

Here are my 7 essentials for picking your timeless sandals:

palm tree on beach mauritius timeless sandals

1. Avoid heavily embellished styles (e.g. beading, embroidery, appliqué) as they can date easily.

2. Don’t buy a pair because it’s on-trend. Buy it because it suits your feet and your style.

3. Only choose prints and colours you love and won’t get sick of.

4. Do select colours which complement your entire summer wardrobe. Chances are the weather won’t justify a drastic change to these seasonal items any time soon.

5. Never buy distinctive sandals which you’ve seen on a celebrity: they’re bound to be copied by every high street chain and will look “so last year” next year.

6. Avoid exact high street copies of styles from the catwalk. There’s too much chance of having the same sandals as someone else.

7. Buy quality leather sandals which will be comfortable, mould to your feet, and last for a long time.

One of my favourite brands for flat lace-ups and boyish slip-ons Hudson have launched a highly wearable selection of timeless sandals. Click through the slide-show at the top of the page to find your favourite.

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MEET THE DESIGNER – CALLA SHOES

I love to champion new British brands, and my latest find is Calla Shoes. Named after the beautiful lily, Calla Shoes make flattering footwear for women with bunions.

Calla lilies

With almost half of adults suffering from bunions (1), this is a timely business to launch. I couldn’t wait to ask the founder and CEO Jennifer Bailey all about her brand.

Meet Jennifer Bailey

photo of jennifer bailey with her shoe designs

Q. What has been the most successful pair of shoes you’ve designed?

A. The most popular pair of shoes is the black high heeled court shoe called the Sophia. This is a staple pair of shoes for every woman’s wardrobe and will go with everything so I’m not surprised it’s so popular.

black court shoes for bunions

Q. Can shoes change your life? If so, how?

A. When you have awkward feet, especially bunions, this can affect your life in so many ways. From my own personal experience and the feedback I’ve had from customers, just being able to own and proudly wear a pair of beautiful shoes, when you may have struggled to find a pair for years and years is an incredible feeling.

cream beige wedge sandal for bunions

One customer emailed me recently to tell me how amazing it was that she was able to wear our heels every night on a recent holiday away – something she’s not been able to do for a long time – and she said we’d helped change her life. She wanted to feel glamorous and elegant and felt very strongly that a lovely pair of heels was key to creating this feeling.

Q. What are the elements that make a high heel comfortable?

A. There are several: heel height, pitch of the heel, insole, volume in the toe box, quality of materials used.

gold high heeled sandals for bunions

In Calla shoes we try to make them as comfortable as possible, and provide additional advice with every pair sold on how to look after your feet when wearing heels. Heels can make bunions worse and although we appreciate the fact that women have certain occasions when only heels will do, we can’t advocate the regular use of them if you want to keep the pain at bay.

Q. What inspires you?

A. I’m inspired by people. By other entrepreneurs who have achieved so much and also by amazing start-ups filled with bags of motivation and passion.

photo of Jennifer Bailey's mother
My mother has inspired me as she has always worked full-time and has brought up four children – she made me realise that it wasn’t an impossible task to be very busy in your work life as well as having a family.

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Q. What’s your favourite place you’ve traveled with work?

A. My factory is based in Porto in Portugal so outside of the UK that’s where I go every few months. Porto is a very beautiful city and so accessible from the UK.

lunch in Porto

Q. How did you become a shoe designer?

A. Technically I’m not! My background is in marketing and the driver for starting the business was to solve a personal problem. I know which styles of shoes work for women with bunions, and I use two great shoe designers who have their own collections of shoes, and completely understand what I’m trying to achieve with the designs.

Porto shoe factory

 

If you like this feature, you’ll love the other interviewees in my Meet the Designer series: Sarah from Yull and Katie from Sargasso & Grey.

Do have a look at Jennifer’s beautiful styles on the Calla Shoes website. If you’re lucky enough not to suffer from bunions, you’ll almost certainly have a friend or family member who does. Please share this fantastic brand with them, so they can feel glamorous despite their bunions.

For essential tips on how to find shoes for your unique feet, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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WIDE WOMENS SHOES FOR WIDER FEET

Having trouble finding wider fitting womens shoes in the UK? The great news is you can find shoes in D, E, EE, EEE, EEEE, 5E & 6E fittings. Beautiful wide womens shoes, boots or sandals for your wider than average feet are within your grasp.

Marilyn Monroe quote give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world on shoe consultant logo background

This list of retailers who stock wide fitting womens shoes means your poor squashed feet can finally breathe. You don’t need to compromise on style either. There are plenty of options for the style conscious.

Many of the companies listed here are UK-based. I’ve also included some from other countries who will dispatch to the UK.

 

Sargasso & Grey

British shoe company making elegant and stylish shoes for everyday or occasion, in a wider fit.

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Calla Shoes

Elegant and stylish heels and flats specifically designed for women who suffer from bunions.

calla wide fitting womens shoes

Clarks

This high street stalwart offers a good selection of options in E fitting, and a few in EE.

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Ellie Dickins Shoes

Numerous classic and comfortable options in width fittings all the way up to 8E.

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Medissa Shoes

Options in E and EE fitting.

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Shoes of Prey

Fully customisable styles, available in E and EE widths. Select your preferred combination of colour, material and style.

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Charles Clinkard

Classic, comfortable and more modern styles in wide and extra wide fittings.

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Fashion World

Stylish affordable options from E up to 5E width fitting.

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VivaLaDiva

An assortment of well-priced fashion forward styles in E to EEE fitting.

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Elegant Steps

Specialists in bridal and occasion styles, offering glamorous shoes and sandals up to EEE fitting.

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Marisota

Plenty of classic and comfortable styles in E and EEE widths, with a few options in 5E fitting.

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New Look

Many wide fitting versions of on-trend styles, and a large selection of classics.

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Evans

E and EEE fittings offered in a broad range of styles, all at affordable prices.

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Simply Be

Lovely stylish shoes and basics in E and EEE fitting.

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Cosyfeet

Extra wide EEEEE+ fitting offered in all styles. Comfort for those with medical issues is a focus.

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Sandpiper

Comfortable footwear for those requiring extra wide 4E-6E fittings.

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Dorothy Perkins

Stylish and feminine heels and flats in wide fitting.

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Amazon

Numerous wide fitting options with useful reviews.

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Shoeaholics

A few wide fitting options from Canadian brand Solea.

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Gabor

Wide fit is offered in many classic and comfortable styles from this German brand.

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Mohop

Beautiful sandals and clogs customised to your specifications. Available in wide fitting.

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If you know of any other great companies selling wide fitting womens shoes, please share their details in the comments.

Looking for shoes for Small, Large, Narrow feet, Slim calves, or Wide calves?

I’m writing specific posts for the other shoe types right now, and will share links here when they’re ready. If you’d like to know when they’ll be published, please join my mailing list, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For essential tips on how to find great quality footwear, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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NARROW WOMENS SHOES IN SLIM FITTING

Having trouble finding narrow womens shoes, boots or sandals in AA, B and C fittings for your slim feet? This list of retailers who stock narrow womens shoes is perfect for your feet.

Now you can treat your feet to well-fitting shoes which will hug them securely.

cinderella prince illustration once upon a world Sandra Equihua

Most of the companies listed here are UK-based. I’ve also included some from other countries who will dispatch to the UK.

 

Medissa Shoes

A good selection of comfortable shoe styles for all occasions in AA, B and C narrow women’s fittings.

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Shoes of Prey

Fashionable shoes available in narrow and extra narrow widths. Customisable so you can choose colour, material and style.

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James Inglis

Retailer of comfortable shoes for all occasions in AAA, AA & B fittings. They have a useful remote measuring service.

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Narrow Fit Shoes – was Special Feetures

Classic and casual comfort options in AA and B fittings. In addition, they stock a few well known trainer brands in narrow fits.

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Charles Clinkard

A few narrow fitting womens styles from famous brands.

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Elegant Steps

Specialists in footwear for occasions. Bridal, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, wedding guest, the races… you name it. A few styles in AA width, and many lovely B fit options.

elegant steps narrow womens shoes logo

 

If you know of any other great companies selling narrow fitting womens shoes, please share their details in the comments.

Looking for shoes for Small, Large, Wide feet, Slim calves, or Wide calves?

I’m writing specific posts for the other shoe types right now, and will share links here when they’re ready. If you’d like to know when they’ll be published, please join my mailing list, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For essential tips on how to find great quality footwear, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

 

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LARGE WOMENS SHOES FOR LARGER FEET

Do you struggle to find UK size 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 large womens shoes, boots or sandals? This list of retailers who stock womens big shoes is perfect for your larger than average feet.

Michelle Obama showed us that it’s easy to look elegant with larger feet in the right shoes. She wasn’t shy to show off her US 11½ (UK 9½/10) feet in stunning larger sized footwear.

illustration and text: since all great journeys start with a single step you should probably have on a cute pair of shoes

There’s no need to compromise your style by wearing trainers. Now you can find heels and sophisticated womens flats which fit your feet! I’ve compiled this blog post, so you can easily click through and explore the pretty comprehensive selection of retailers who stock larger sized shoes.

Many of the companies listed here are UK-based. I’ve also included some from other countries who will dispatch to the UK.

 

Clarks

Broad selection of work, casual and fashion styles in UK size 9 with a very few in size 9½.

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Ellie Dickins Shoes

Plenty of options up to a UK 11, with a limited selection of size 12s. Styling is classic, with a few more trend-driven looks.

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Medissa Shoes

UK size 11½ well catered for, with some options up to 12½. Styling is mostly classic and elegant or comfortable and functional.

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Autograf New York

New York based company who source their handcrafted women’s shoes from Europe. Sizes go up to a US 14/UK 12.

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Shoes of Prey

Completely customisable stylish shoes up to a UK size 13.

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Ted & Muffy

Premium quality shoes, boots and sandals available up to a UK 9.

Ted and Muffy large womens shoes logo

Narrow Fit Shoes – was Special Feetures

Narrow fitting styles available up to a UK 10. Smart classic and casual options.

 

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Charles Clinkard

Classic and casual womens styles up to a UK size 9.

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Fashion World

Many affordable styles for the trend conscious up to a size 9.

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VivaLaDiva

Stylish and affordable footwear available up to a UK size 9.

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Elegant Steps

Shoes for brides and occasions. A few styles in UK 10 but a wider selection from size 9 downwards.

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Shoetastic

Not just petite shoes. This Ireland based company also stock some larger sizes.

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Carobella

A small and stylish selection from this relatively new brand. UK 8, 9, 10 & 11 available in all styles.

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Katie Long Shoes

Sizeable selection of feminine styles in sizes 8-12.

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Marisota

Broad selection of styles up to a size 9.

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New Look

Affordable and trendy options up to a UK 9.

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Evans

Wide fitting boots, shoes and sandals up to a UK size 11.

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Simply Be

The same company as VivaLaDiva with the same stylish, affordable options.

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Eleanor Anukam

Unusual and beautiful shoe styles worth shipping from the USA. Sizes up to UK 11.

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Long Tall Sally

Many trendy or classic options available up to a UK size 13. Affordable for most budgets.

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Light in the box

Budget-friendly options up to a size 10½.

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Amazon

Good selection of styles up to a UK 12. A few options in size 13 too.

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Freemans

Branded footwear with most options up to a size 9 and a few in a UK 10 and above.

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Gabor

Classic and comfortable styles up to a size 9.

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Crispins Shoes

High quality classic styles available in sizes up to a UK 12.

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If you know of any other great companies selling larger sizes, please share their details in the comments.

Looking for shoes for Small, Narrow, Wide feet, Slim calves, or Wide calves?

Read my guide to finding small shoes for petite feet here.

I’m writing specific posts for the other shoe types right now, and will share links here when they’re ready. If you’d like to know when they’ll be published, please join my mailing list, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For essential tips on how to find great quality footwear, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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SMALL SHOES FOR SMALLER FEET

Having trouble finding UK size 13, 1, 2 or 3 womens shoes, boots or sandals for your smaller than average feet? This list of retailers who stock small shoes is perfect for your dainty feet.

You have the right to feel like a princess in your shoes. You shouldn’t have to compromise your style because your feet aren’t “average”. I hope you’ll find the perfect pair for you amongst the small shoe retailers I’ve selected.

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No more stuffing insoles into the front, using heel grips, or wearing children’s shoes. Hurray!

Many of the companies listed here are UK-based. I’ve also included some from other countries who will dispatch to the UK.

 

Feet Petite

Affordable high heeled work and occasion styles.

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Shoetastic

Plenty of reasonably priced style and colour options for all occasions including bridalwear.

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Piccolo

Broad selection of styles including sexy heels and sophisticated espadrilles.

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Clarks

Trend-driven and classic work, casual and seasonal styles from the high street stalwart.

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Ellie Dickins Shoes

Classic and casual functional styles, made to last.

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Shoes of Prey

Fully customisable footwear, from the heel to the style, material and embellishments…in your size!

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Ted & Muffy

Previously known as Duo Boots, this brand offers trendy and more classic options. Prices are at the high end, but materials and quality are good.

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Charles Clinkard

Many casual and classic smarter options for all occasions starting from size 2.

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Fashion World

A reasonable selection of simple styles from big brands from size 2 upwards.

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VivaLaDiva

Classic and casual styles from big brands.

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Elegant Steps

Bridal footwear, evening and occasion styles from size 2.

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Marisota

Big brand classic and casual styles from size 2.

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Pretty Small Shoes

Unique and beautiful styles starting from size 13. Prices are at the higher end.

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Light in the box

Many different style options at low prices from size 12½.

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Zalando

Stylish options for all budgets from a selection of European brands.

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Small Shoes and Things

Classic styles for all occasions.

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Amazon

Low priced high heels, bridal styles and other options.

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Freemans

Trend-led options starting from size 2, with more choice of styles in size 2½.

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Dainty Feet

Glamorous occasion footwear from size 1.

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The Little Shoe Shop

Classic and trend-led styles from size 13 in neutrals and brighter hues.

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Shoeaholics

An excellent selection of trend-led styles from size 2.

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Ecco

Mostly comfortable casual options with a few work basics. All from EU 35/UK size 2½.

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Gabor

Classic smart and casual styles from size 2½.

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Geox

Comfortable casual styles and some simple work styles. All from size 2.

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If you know of any other great companies selling smaller sizes, please share their details in the comments.

Looking for shoes for Large, Narrow, Wide feet, Slim calves, or Wide calves?

I’m writing specific posts for the other shoe types right now, and will share links here when they’re ready. If you’d like to know when they’ll be published, please join my mailing list, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For essential tips on how to find great quality footwear, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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TOP 12 BRANDS FOR WEDDING SHOES

The bad old days of wedding shoes

Wedding shoes have changed in the last decade or so. There used to be a dismal lack of choice for brides to wear on their big days. Bridal shoes were simple white or ivory satin styles with kitten heels. They lagged behind fashion trends, mostly tending towards a “classic” aesthetic.

Happy days

Brides these days can pick from an almost infinite number of shoe styles to complement their dresses. Some (myself included) are picking shorter dresses in order to show off their shoe choice.

woman susannah davda wearing wedding dress and red and blue ankle strap wedding shoes

Wedding shoes are no longer an after-thought. If you’re looking for the perfect pair to complement your dress, I can help. I will source the perfect wedding shoes to suit your style, dress, and venue, This is a full shoe sourcing service for brides who want to find fabulous, comfortable footwear.

You can be the bride with the most amazing shoes, who kept them on all day and night!

Top 12 wedding shoe brands

If you’d like to source your own shoes, I’ve compiled this list of the top 12 brands specialising in bridal footwear, to take some of the legwork out of bridal shopping for you.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Harriet Wilde

pale gold laser cut high heeled platform wedding shoes with ribbon

Simple, elegant styles, with sumptuous details and adornments. Think impossibly pretty.

2. Shoes of Prey

white lace high heeled wedding shoes blue ribbon bow trim

A customisation service, perfect for creative brides who want something unique. All aspects of the shoe are customisable using the easy-to-use website.

3. Pip MacCallum

white satin high heeled wedding shoes with black ribbon to tie around leg

Elegant shoes and sandals with simple, clean lines and a variety of beautiful shades from blush to dove grey, to ivory.

4. Love Art Wear Art

ivory satin T bar high heeled sandal wedding shoes with silver glitter and plaited detail

Intricate styles with a dash of bling. Metallic hints and glitter sections are signatures of this brand.

5. Freya Rose

high heeled wedding shoes sandals mother of pearl

A mix of simple classic styles, and contemporary looks using innovative materials and adornments.

6. Irregular Choice

gold glitter wedding shoes bride and groom figure heels

For the unconventional bride. These heels will definitely make a statement when you walk down the aisle. These heels are also available in a two brides version perfect for ladies marrying other ladies.

7. Emmy London

beaded silver leather wedge sandals wedding shoes

Luxurious designs worth stretching your budget for. Only the finest materials are used to make Emmy’s shoes, and many styles are hand-beaded.

8. Rachel Simpson

ice blue high heeled peep toe wedding shoes

Flowers are a signature of this brand. Many styles have this beautiful metallic detailing which outlines petal shapes. Lace and scalloping are also featured.

9. Pink Paradox

Satin sandals wedding shoes with diamante ankle straps

Diamantes, lace, ruching and bows feature on these classic silhouettes. Priced for budget-conscious brides.

10. Rainbow Club

satin high heeled wedding shoes with ribbon bow and ruching

Classic with a twist. Most of their styles can be hand-dyed by the company to match any shade.

11. Sophia Webster

jelly sandals wifey for lifey wedding shoes flat

Girly, innovative and quirky in an entirely wearable way. Bridal styles feature “Wifey For Lifey” on the soles.

12. Charlotte Mills

white wedding shoes with silver glitter bow and heel

Hearts, bows and metallic details feature on this brand’s beautifully hand-crafted shoes and sandals. Many styles come in a subtle shade of “something blue”.

…and for wider feet: Sargasso & Grey

ivory satin high heeled crystal bead embellished court shoe wide fit

Brides with wider feet don’t have to suffer in too-narrow shoes or compromise on elegance. Sequins and crystals subtly decorate some options, whilst others are kept clean and simple.

 

Which shoes did you wear to your wedding? Please share your dream wedding shoes with us in the comments, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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PERFECT WEDDING GUEST SHOES

  • The shade I wore for this feature. A rich dark pink which goes with almost every colour except some orangey reds.
  • Wear this girly baby pink shade with a pretty floral dress or skirt. Alternatively go for a hint of French chic by combining these with black and cream.
  • Pick this deep dark blue for a touch of nautical. A useful nearly neutral for those who don't like black. Perfect with Breton stripes.
  • An off white shade perfect for weekends and holidays with bright summer skirts, dresses or cropped trousers.
  • A rich tealy shade called jade. This colour makes an unusual but flattering complement to navy, white, cream or black.
  • The true basic. This black leather option is useful for work to evening looks, and the perfect complement to a well-tailored skirt suit.
  • Silver can be an extremely handy neutral, which goes with many different shades. A lovely option for evenings, weekends, and weddings.
  • This so-called "nude" shade is a warm beigey pink which flatters most skin tones. It looks particularly lovely combined with rich browns.
  • For black without the harshness of shiny leather, select this soft suede version. Lovely combined with other textures such as chiffon or velvet for evening.
  • For the ultimate girly metallic, opt for rose gold. It looks simply stunning with white or cream.
  • A rich ultramarine blue suede, which will stand out from a sea of black shoes anywhere you wear it. Great with navy and white.

The holy grail

Have you ever owned a pair of heels which were completely comfortable and supportive, but you didn’t know why? Did you wear them so much, that you wore holes in them? That’s just the kind of shoe you need when you’re a guest at a wedding. You’re wearing your shoes from quite early in the day, and well into the night. You want a style you will still be able to dance in come 10pm. In this blog post, I introduce you to what I think are the perfect wedding guest shoes.

The perfect wedding guest shoes

woman's legs wearing black and pink floral skirt and dark pink mary jane shoes

This style from Spanish brand KMB is pretty perfect. The leather is lovely and soft, and these shoes have leather linings. This helps to absorb moisture, so your feet don’t feel sweaty.

The straps on this Mary Jane style help to keep your shoes on your feet, even through some vigorous dance moves. The buckle ensures the strap is adjustable for a perfect fit.

dark pink heeled shoes on a fence with a background of bright yellow flowers

The heel is 2½”/6.35cm so it gives you extra height, without putting too much pressure on the balls of your feet. Its shape is more substantial than a slim stiletto, but doesn’t look heavy or chunky.

two photos one of womans legs in jeans and one of her legs in a black and pink skirt. Both are wearing dark pink leather mary jane shoes

These shoes will go with plenty of different outfits. They’ll be your perfect wedding guest shoes, and can also be worn at work, in the evening and at weekends. Check out the superb array of colours in the slide show at the top of the page.

woman wearing tights and dark pink leather mary jane shoes in front of a flower bed

The best thing is that the heel is wide enough to ensure you won’t sink into the grass. Because if there’s a wedding, there’s probably grass…or gravel…or cobbles.

woman wearing turned up blue jeans with dark pink leather mary janes on grass with little blue flowers in

I’m always looking for the perfect heeled shoe, which fits all of the criteria for comfort and balance I talk about in my book The Shoe Shopping Kit. This time I think I’ve found it.

Do you have a pair which are your go-to style for attending weddings? Share your favourite shoes with us in the comments, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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WILL THIS HIGH HEEL BE COMFORTABLE?

The problem

Have you ever bought high heeled shoes which made you walk as though you’d had a few, when you hadn’t touched a drop? Some high heels aren’t designed to be comfortable, others are badly made, and some look as though they’d provide support but don’t.

woman wobbling in red high heels and white socks

I wasted too much time and money in my youth trying on and buying high heels, which just weren’t comfortable. In fact, some were simply unwearable. Over the years I’ve been working in the footwear industry, I’ve developed simple methods for making and buying comfortable high heels.

The impact

Unless you’re looking to start a shoe brand (if you are, give me a shout), you’ll be interested in the buying side of things.

Trying on shoes can be a faff. Shoe shops are often over-heated and noisy. Taking off your shoes and socks and prising on a pristine pair can be hot work. I’ve put together this video, so you can discover in under 2 minutes which heels to bother trying on (and which to leave on the shelf).

How to do it

In case you can’t watch the video just yet, I’ll summarise.

The Shelf Wobble test

Simply poke the shoe from the side whilst it’s on the shelf. If it wobbles and keeps on wobbling, or even falls over, then it won’t support you.

If the shoe stays nice and flat on the shelf, and just swings around as you poke it, then it stands a much better chance of being comfortable.

A word of warning: be careful not to damage the shoes! I can’t bear to think of you paying for uncomfortable shoes.

Be a shoe shopping whizz

For more essential tips on finding comfortable, beautiful shoes, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit. Alternatively, you can join my mailing list, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Do you have any shoe-finding tips you’d like to share with other shoe lovers? Why not pop them in the comments below?

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