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Having large feet, UK Size 13, I’ve struggled to obtain suitable women’s shoes. Also being in the closet, I have limited storage space and if I want to order I need a ‘click & collect’ delivery option so I can pick up my order from elsewhere.
I have been using mens shoes with similar styles to women’s shoes. This is great as I can buy and store them openly. For general wear I have some navy slip-on boat shoes, plain black lace-ups; black tasselled loafers and some chelsea boots. For summer I have blue canvas lace up shoes and some white sneakers. I use these shoes en femme and when in man mode.
I decided a few months back I wanted some real women’s shoes I did try a pair of size 13 (UK) ballerina flats from Long Tall & Sally (in a sale). I found them too big for my feet ! I tried padding the toes and using heel grips, but neither worked to my satisfaction.
As a check I measured my feet and looked at shoes size charts. A number of large size shoes are imported to the UK from the USA; the general rule is for women’s shoes take off two sizes; so US 15 becomes UK 13. However US women’s size 15 is a little bit longer than UK 13 (about 2mm). When I measured my feet they are actually more like a UK 12.5 which explains why the ballerina flats I bought were too big; so I thought I would try a size 12.
So recently I bought two pairs of shoes from Long Tall & Sally. when the styles I was interested in were back in stock. I bought a pair of size 12 UK black ballerina pumps which were a tight fit; after using some shoe stretchers, they fit better and are wearing in well and are very comfortable. I also got a pair of size 13 UK black knee boots, these are a bit tricky to get on, but they are really great and I will enjoy wearing them once I’ve worn them in. I am now pleased I have some real women’s shoes that I can wear. 🙂
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