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

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

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

spring statement shoe from torridI am a total shoe diva. 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 an HSN app!”

I haven’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?
Jesus in a Jar: The Ultimate Miracle Weight Solution?

Jesus in a Jar: The Ultimate Miracle Weight Solution?

WNS_Marmite_Jesus_03.jpgOne question I get a lot when people find out that I’ve lost 50+ pounds is “how’d ya do it?”.

Seems like a logical question and I know it’s one I’ve asked in the past to people who have lost significant amounts of weight.

I never give the typical “diet and exercise” answer (even though that really is what’s causing the actual weight loss) because like I said in my earlier posts the formula of diet + exercise = weight loss is a very well known fact and when you say that to somebody, they look at you like “no shit Einstein.”

I always feel the need to really explain how I had to get a hold of my emotional eating and how attached I was to food. I am always honest and say that by reading Dr. Phil‘s book “The Ultimate Weight Solutions” I was able to get a grip on my eating habits and it’s given me the key to succeed in my weight loss this time.

I’ve noticed a bit of a pattern in the response to my answers.

By time I get to the “I read a book” part of my answer the person’s eyes have slightly glazed over and it seems they lose a bit of interest in what I’m saying.

It makes me wonder what some people want you to say. You know they really want to know how you did it but underneath somewhere they really want you to tell them all about “Jesus in a Jar”. I know it’s what I used to want to hear when I would ask that question of somebody.

People want “Jesus in a Jar.”

They want one of those power pills or super drinks to have been your savior. You pop it/drink it once a day and it will be your weight loss salvation forever.

“Jesus in a Jar” is forgiving of all your glutenous sins. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy for dinner followed by a slice (or two) of cheesecake? No problem! J.I.A.J. forgives all.

“Jesus in a Jar” is omniscient and knows how to fix whatever your weight problem is, from over eating, to not exercising, to drinking too much altar wine (which is chalk full of calories)(wine that is, not necessarily altar wine).

With J.I.A.J. it doesn’t matter if you eat huge portions of food and consider walking through your house exercise, J.I.A.J. KNOWS your habits and will fix them, instantly.

You see people on infomercials always giving thanks and praise to their “Jesus in a Jar.”

“It saved my life,” cried the woman in spandex clutching her J.I.A.J. to her bosom. “It’s a miracle!”

People want a get thin quick scheme. They want to lose weight and they want to do it immediately. And before this post gets too preachy I want to say that I was definitely one of those people at one time.

I didn’t want to deal with my emotions or take the time to read a book. I wasn’t even sure how I felt about Dr. Phil. Was he somebody whose opinion I trusted?

I wanted a get thin and I wanted it now and I wanted it easy.

Who cares why I eat like I may not see another meal for a week or two? Who cares that the last time I really broke a sweat was in the dressing room at Lane Bryant when I was trying to zip up a pair of jeans that were clearly marked the wrong size?

Who cares why I was morbidly obese? (and yes, I was morbidly obese). I didn’t want to take the time to step back and really look at my life. That’s a scary thing for anybody to do, thin or not thin.

I wanted to be saved and if you offered me J.I.A.J. and said it worked for you, who was I to question?

The “diet” industry is a multi-billion dollar money making machine and it’s because we all want the same thing but don’t know how to get there or don’t really want to take the time and effort it takes to get there on our own.

I remember when I was little and my sister and I would always want to order those records (yes records, I’m THAT old!) they offered you on the back of the Parade magazine.

You know the ad I’m talking about… you buy 100 records for 1 cent or something of the sort. Every Sunday we would grab the ad and look through all the records we could buy. One lousy cent and mom and dad wouldn’t even let us order! Cheapos!

After asking for the millionth time my dad took the time to teach us to read the small print. We found out that even though they promised us 100 records for only 1 cent that that wasn’t all we would be getting and it wasn’t all we would be paying.

We even found out that we didn’t even get to pick the records they sent us! What a rip off!

One of the most useful things my dad taught us kids is that if it seemed too good to be true then it probably was.

I found that the same applies to weight loss. If the “Jesus in a Jar” that your contemplating is a miracle drug, if it seems so easy to do with minimal effort on your part, if gets great results quick, if it’s is as simple as pie (and you can eat as much pie as you want while on it) and is just too good to be true then you probably need to read the small print on your jar-o-Jesus.

Maybe that’s what I’ll say the next time somebody’s eyes glaze over when I’m telling them about my journey. I’ll simply ask “Got Jesus?”

What do you think? Do you believe in “Jesus in a Jar?” Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!

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