Got cold feet about buying shoes size 10?

November 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Posted in Shoes, Shopping | Leave a comment
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Charlemagne’s mother, big-footed Bertha wore soft cloth or Byzantine shoes neatly laced over a front slit, which made her a trendsetter even though she had tremendously large feet!
Problem is… being a big-footed Bertha in this modern world is a lot more tricky not to say impossible on some continents! I wish somebody had told me when moving to Hong Kong to pack all my shoes as I nearly ended bare-footed in a city where size 7 is huge, 8 unusual and over that: impossible and a rich source of laughs in the stores!
Being a Bertha myself, I thought about giving you some tips to be a real trendsetter in shoe fashion even though you wear a size 9, 10 or 11…

As the USA is the best country for this, my focus will be on New York shopping!

Alice + Olivia for Payless Shoe Source

Three stores in Manhattan: 716 Lexington Ave/ 60E 42nd St/ 609 8th Ave
In the Spring of 2008, Alice + Olivia paired with Payless to do a creative collaboration and is providing a full collection of shoes to the Payless stores each season! From flat ballet to boots, those are always great, trendy and available up to size 11 (43)!
Stacey Bendet launched the Alice + Olivia collection at Barneys NY in 2002. Nicknamed Stacey pants, she was often found rollerblading through the city in those bold striped bell bottoms that the collection became famous for. The line focused on pants before expanding gradually to sexy dresses, great sweaters, structural coats and shoes.

Beacon’s closet in Williamsburg

88N 11th St, Brooklyn
Just a couple train stops from Manhattan and you get to this 5500 square foot clothing paradise a.k.a. the Temple of Vintage. The shoes selection is unbelievable, sorted by colours with lots of large sizes from $5 to $100 already worn or not.

Melissa at Kaight Store

83, Orchard St in Manhattan
The rumor has already been spread in the main fashion publications: Melissa is the first jellies brand in the world to create plastic accessories valuing design and elegance. Eco-fashion, Brazilian and so avant-garde! It’s distributed in various places in New York but Kaight store has one the best selection in sizes. Kaight is a carefully edited boutique that offers a one-stop shopping experience for those interested in clothing and accessories thoughtfully designed with organic and sustainable textiles.

Artists and Fleas

129 N 6th St, Brooklyn,
Artists & Fleas creates weekly markets where emerging artists, designers, vintage collectors, and handmade crafters can set up shop and come in direct contact with the consumer public. Established in Williamsburg Brooklyn, it has created unique destinations for buyers, sellers, collectors and cool-hunters from around the world. There is an amazing vintage shoe corner cheap and where a size 9 is just average!

From left to right and up to down
The Melissa Joy + Alexandre Herchcovitch model
Alice + Olivia Ballets Shoes
Vintage pair found at Artists and Fleas
Marc by Marc Jacobs at Beacon’s

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