Many women have difficulty finding footwear to fit their feet or calves. Whether narrower, wider, larger or smaller, than what shoe manufacturers perceive as “normal”, it can be frustrating buying shoes, and not being able to wear some of the beautiful footwear available.
In this article I will offer tips on where to buy footwear to fit your shape & size in the U.K.
All shapes and sizes
With stores in Bath, Edinburgh & London, and a fantastic website with guides for how to measure your own legs & feet, Duo are top of the list for offering U.K. Shoe Sizes 2-10, three different foot width fittings, and 21 different calf sizes.
Narrower feet & calves are catered for as well as wider feet and calves. Styling is fairly classic, but Duo offer a good selection of casual and smart styles to suit all but the most trend-conscious.
Jones Bootmaker offer a good range of slimmer and wider calf fitting knee-high boots. They also stock U.K. Shoe Sizes 2-9. They have over 100 stores in the U.K.
Fashion World have boots for slim & wider calves, U.K. Shoe Sizes 3-10, and E & EEE width fittings (for wider feet). They offer a good range of fashion styles & colours.
The Boot Makers make bespoke boots to fit your ankle & calf measurements. At £190-£275, they offer very good value-for-money. With a good selection of casual and smarter styles, and plenty of fashion colours to choose from, you can also select the height of the boot (ideal for those with shorter/longer than average limbs).
Viva la Diva cater for U.K. Sizes 2-13 (yes, all women’s shoes). They also have many narrower & wider fitting shoes & boots.
Elegant Steps offer Bridal and Occasion shoes in U.K. Sizes 2-12, and standard to wider fittings.
Larger or Wider
Katie Long Shoes website sells women’s footwear in U.K. Shoe Sizes 7-12. They have a good variety of styles, and different heel heights, although there are few cutting-edge fashion products.
Big Shoe Boutique has a very good selection of trendier footwear. With U.K. Shoe Sizes 8-11, the best variety being at the lower end of the size range. Prices are very reasonable.
Marisota stock an extensive range of footwear for wider feet & calves, many of which are offered up to a U.K. Size 9.
New Look, who have stores on many of Britain’s high streets, offer many women’s shoe styles in U.K. Size 9.
The Shoe Tailor have from D (standard) to EEEEEE width fittings. They also stock wider leg boots.
Evans (again, a high street favourite) have U.K. Size 4-10 shoes & boots, in wide and extra-wide fittings.
Clarks, with a great network of stores across the U.K., offer some very wearable styles for wider feet and legs.
Widefitting.co.uk is like a search engine for wide fitting footwear. You can select your requirements, click on a shoe you like, and be sent to another website to purchase that product. They also publish various advice guides for those with wider or problem feet.
Hunter sell wider fitting versions of their famous wellies.
Simply Be offer a good variety of fashionable wider leg boots, and wider fitting shoes.
Shapely Figures have many of the same brands as Simply Be, Marisota, Shoe Tailor, Fashion World & Viva La Diva, catering for wider feet & calves.
For all of you equestrians, Equitector sell made-to-measure functional leather riding boots.
Narrower or Slimmer
Special Feetures offer a telephone ordering service for their selection of narrow fitting shoes and boots.
James Inglis have a good selection of narrow fitting shoes & boots available to buy online.
I hope this guide has been useful to you. For information on which shoe styles are most flattering to your shape, buy my book: Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women
Kindly note that due to time constraints, I am no longer able to reply to individual queries relating to this post.