“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
I 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?
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.”
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“A pair of new shoes might not cure a broken heart or soothe a tension headache but they will relieve the symptoms and chase away the blues.” ~ Fashion critic, Holly Brubach.
She’s right–and we all know it. Truth is, shoes are more important than many realize–they can make or break an outfit.
Women have always loved shoes, and in many circles, they are a status symbol–but ultimately, even though we love all of these beautiful designer shoes, stores like Torrid.com, Payless.com and even the new monthly shoe clubs like the one Kimora Lee Simmons started are offering these deals.
And if you feel like you need the label, you can always dig into sites like eBay (the only reason I own a real Coach purse and wallet–not gonna lie!) and Overstock.com. I also really like NoMoreRack.com for the occasional crazy-good deal.
Personally, I have a slightly wide foot, and that can cause issues–so hey, designers! Hook us wide-footed girls up with a few more options, k?
But I digress…
As you can see from the slide show, each shoe designer’s creation offers a fresh take on the traditional–with some added innovation and twist in design.
More Shoe Tips
Cheap women’s shoes are not only affordable but they can be designer inspired and in vogue.
There are a wide variety of styles and brands of shoes available for less than $25. Just do your research before you buy!
Try doing a Google image search with a pic of the shoes you REALLY want and find similar ones for less.
Keeping these tips in mind while shoe shopping will make you the owner of a huge collection of some wonderful pairs of women’s shoes at cheap prices. Spend some time but less money and you can definitely bag the best picks one could ever find.
And now, for all of shoe lovers, please enjoy our #shoeporn gallery of the day!
Whether you go for a brisk run a couple of times a week or want to train for that first half marathon, no matter what your running capabilities are both runners new and experienced need to make sure that they are wearing the correct running shoes for their feet.
If you have flat feet or low arches, you may find that your feet over-pronate when you run. Pronation is the rolling motion of the foot when it comes into contact with and then lifts off the ground.
Over-pronation can see an unnatural roll of the foot, this places pressure on the inward part of the foot – causing foot pain in the arch of the foot. A common foot condition that can affect those with flat feet is Plantar Fasciitis.
This is where the arch of the foot becomes inflamed – causing a sharp pain when you run or place pressure on the foot. To combat Plantar Fasciitis, and other associative foot pains caused by low arches, it is best choosing running shoes that provide support to the arch of the foot along with stability.
Podiatrists also recommend that specialist Plantar Fasciitis shoes with targeted arch support should be worn even when you are not running to help realign the foot and heel to a natural position, and reduce excessive pronation.
If you have a high arch, it is likely that you will under-pronate when you run. Under-pronation sees feet roll outwards as you run.
As your feet won’t pronate as much as they should do, your feet aren’t as effective at absorbing shock – this can cause shock to impact the foot as well as the lower legs and knees.
When buying running shoes for feet with high arches, it is advisable to choose shoes that offer cushioning to ensure shock absorbing protection for the heel and the arch of the foot.
As well as specialist running shoes for high arched feet, insoles can also be placed in your everyday shoes to provide consistent support to the foot.
Unlike feet with high or low arches, neutral or ‘normal’ feet generally do not suffer from any foot pain caused by biomechanical flaws. However, it is worth taking into account that if you wear running shoes that contradict your foot type, you may experience foot pain.