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Summer Footwear for Fat Feet

May 8, 2013

For a lot of fat people, the fat doesn’t reach down to their feet and they don’t need extended sizing in shoes. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those fatties.

I wear, depending on the width, anywhere from a size 12WW to a 13W. I have “cankles”, which means the area where the calf meets the ankle has no definition. My feet also swell as the day goes on. So it can be pretty disheartening to have trouble finding fashion that fits your top, your bottom AND your feet.

The majority of shoe stores don’t stock extended sizes for women with the exceptions of Payless Shoes and Avenue. So most of my shoe buying is done online, which, as most of us know, can be a crap shoot. Without being able to try shoes in person, it can be costly to purchase and return them if they don’t fit. But they are out there if you know where to look for them.

I’m going to focus this post on summer shoes, since in most areas it’s nice enough to wear open-toes, and sandals are a lot easier to find for those of us with bigger feet.

It may not look that fashionable, but this sandal from Woman Within is a lot better in person and it’s comfortable. It molds to your foot and is actually pretty supportive. The price is reasonable and it comes in silver, light blue, tan, white and black. I own the silver and black, and these are pretty much my go-to  sandals for work when the weather is warm. The bottoms are slick when you first get them, but rubbing sandpaper on the soles or walking in them on a rough driveway or sidewalk will get rid of the slickness. I plan to get a couple more of these when I have the cash to do it.

Esapdrilles have been a summer footwear staple for decades and in the last few years, there have been a lot of styles and colors to choose from. This particular one from Avenue goes up to a 13W and comes in pink, natural and black. The price is great, the heel isn’t outrageous and the strap appears to have a stretchy band to accommodate wide feet.

If you need something with a little more hold, these sandals from Bass are pretty good. I own two pairs in black and white. These also go up to a size 13. Word of warning: the buckle straps do have a tendency to stretch out over time. You can get these at Zappo’s.

Sometimes you just want a basic flip-flop for the beach or to run errands. Payless offers this budget-friendly one from Airwalk, a brand that’s been very fat-foot friendly. This comes in brown and tan and goes to size 13.

Lane Bryant has these flip-flops if you want them a little more fancier. They come in four more colors and sizes are 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12.

For the men, and women as well, Crocs gives you a flip-flop that promises to provide comfort for lots of walking. This one goes to size 14 and comes in the brown/tan as shown or distressed brown.

If you know of other places to get extended sizes in shoes, online or in-store, list them in the comments!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mara Nesbitt-Aldrich permalink
    May 9, 2013 1:21 pm

    Jay’s Wide Shoes in the Portland OR area has a good choice of shoes for fat feet.

  2. Anne permalink
    June 14, 2013 9:45 am

    Globe shoes in New Jersey (north jersey, can’t remember the town right now! Maybe Paramus?) has women’s shoes to triple width and 13, and men’s to I think 15. So lots of big shoes!

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