Sisterhood of the Flintstone Feet: Where to Buy Sexy Shoes for Wide Feet

Written by Angela Atkinson

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

spring statement shoe from torridI am a total shoe whore. NO, seriously, I am. Every season, I buy a few new pairs of shoes to go with my wardrobe–generally, a couple of basics like flats or sandals or both in various colors, plus stylish seasonals (flip flops in the summertime, boots and/or booties in the wintertime) and one or two “statement” shoes, which I define as shoes that get plenty of compliments from my fellow fashionistas. (Who doesn’t love it when one of our fellow women comes up and tells us they love our shoes??)
 
My statement shoes are always my favorites, and I always find ways to work them into various looks.
 
But there’s just one obstacle to my love affair with shoes: I have wide feet.
 
I mean, Fred Flintstone wide. My dad even used to tell me I had Flintstone feet when I was a kit. Seriously. This does not bode well for a fashion-conscious gal like me. But I am not one to just give up–oh no. I find the shoes I want, and I find them every time.
I’ve been dealing with my size 7w since I was about 15, and though I’ll admit that I went through the “wear only flipflops and tennis shoes” phase, it’s not one I’m proud of. I really prefer to look fabulous all the time, and in my version of fabulous, heels and/or wedges are generally involved. (I’m only 5 feet tall, people–and looking fabulous makes me FEEL fabulous!)
 
Even though I have lost more than 100 pounds and my clothes have gone from a size 24 to a size 6/8, I still have wide feet. (And, by the way, let’s debunk the “wide feet = fat” myth right now–that’s just not true. Plenty of thin, thick and otherwise endowed women and men have wide feet.)

Walking around with these things  can make wearing certain “normal width” shoes a little painful, especially when it comes to wearing sexy shoes like heels and wedges. Obviously, this doesn’t gel well with my style–and I don’t like to be uncomfortable. So what do I do?

Since I’m a girl who likes to stick to a budget and to keep up with the times when it comes to style, I am an avid bargain hunter.

Where to Buy Sexy Shoes for Wide Feet

I know I’m not alone on the wide feet thing, and I know how frustrating it can be to get a glimpse of all the cute shoes available to our narrow-footed sisters and not be able to find a wide with version. And, since I’m one of those people who loves to share her secrets, here are my favorite places to buy sexy shoes for wide feet.

  • Payless.com–Whether you shop online or in-store, Payless is a great place to get your seasonal, trendy shoes. The prices are really reasonable, and sometimes, a good sale will turn less than $100 into a whole new shoe wardrobe. And the company is working with designers like Christian Siriano, who happened to make my favorite “statement shoe” back in 2012.
  • Torrid.com–Like Payless, you can shop online or in-store at Torrid. Their shoes are nearly always available in wides, though sometimes the really cute styles sell out quick. If you sign up for their mailing list, they’ll notify you of good sales, often BOGO, and you can get some really gorgeous shoes for next to nothing. The standard prices especially seem to be anywhere from  $39 to $50 but can vary based on the current promotions and of course boots are sometimes more expensive. (This is where I’ve purchased 8 of my last 10 statement shoes. In fact, one of my fav current statement shoes is from Torrid, this blue wedge–see it pictured above?)
 Now, I realize that these places aren’t for everyone–they’re just the two that fit best in my budget and that I tend to go back to over and over again. But since I know everyone has different needs when it comes to their shoes and style, I asked my Facebook friends where to buy sexy shoes for wide feet–which places were their favorites?
 
Here’s what they told me.
 
Zappos.com
 
Zappos was recommended by two particularly stylish friends of mine, oddly enough, both named Sarah.
 
“I have a horrible, horrible time finding shoes and zappos is the place to go. Free delivery and free, 365 day return policy. You can’t beat it and the quality is so much better than Payless.Zappos is expensive but I really feel that you get what you pay for or at least that’s been my experience,” said Sarah A. “The sandals I bought from there 2 years ago still look brand new and I’ve worn the heck out of them. Shoes I’ve bought from payless have hardly lasted one season.”
 
 
“Wherever I’m lucky enough to find a good store,” was my friend Bridget B’s first answer. “EE width blows! I have tried & had success with NoMoreRack.com”

I have personally bought lots of outfits and accessories from NoMoreRack.com and have always been thrilled–but haven’t ever tried the shoes that I can recall. Adding that one to my list!

HSN

Lara, who is a very sexy and stylish woman I recently met at a sex toy party (no, I’m not kidding! I’ll tell you all about that one later!) suggested HSN.

“HSN, baby! Not all styles are wide but many are,” she said. “There is even a HSN app!”

I havn’t tried HSN yet, for anything, but Lara’s suggestion makes me think I might give it a go. Plus, I really like that Lori Greiner. What a Queen Bee she seems to be! <3

Other Suggestions for Where to Buy Sexy Shoes for Wide Feet

Shelly S. chimed in on the thread, noting that finding wide shoes that she considers attractive has “always been a problem.”

“Plus, I never can wear the cute strappy ones,” she added.

“Shelly, try Hush Puppies and Clark brands,” Sarah A. suggested. “I have double wides, seriously, Fred Flintstone feet, and on Zappos found that both of those brands work well and had CUTE options.”

“I love Clark shoes,” added Sarah C., a friend I didn’t get to know for two years after meeting her because I was so intimidated by her high-end style. (True story!)

“Also, Lane Bryant carries some really cute shoes,” Lara added.

So there are our suggestions! What about you? Where are the best places to buy sexy shoes for wide feet in your experience?
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