Summer Footwear Ideas

 Summer is approaching…YAY!!!!!

Who doesn’t love warm sun on their skin?! The only downside for me is finding footwear that is pretty and suitable for the hot weather for my huge size 10 feet.

I’ve started to have a browse and come across a couple of pairs in Brantanos who have three main summer ranges this year; Flat Sandals, Summer Sandals and Ballet Pumps.

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Crossover Flat Sandals

Sadly there are not a huge amount of size 10 options, but there are plenty of size 8 and 9 for my fellow long footed ladies.

The two I have my eye on in my size are the Clarisa Ballerina Shoes and Crossover Flat Sandals, both by Emilio Luca X.

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Clarisa Ballerina Shoes

I am a big fan of flat, open-toed sandals to keep my tootsies nice and cool, as well as comfortable as I like to walk a lot during the warm seasons and cannot be doing with any blisters!

If you have found any gorgeous summer footwear in larger sizes that I could write about (and probably buy too) please comment below!

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My First Footwear Giveaway!

As you saw in my previous post, I’ve just found a great, new footwear site (Shoesissima) for fashionable shoes in large sizes, and they have given me a pair of Dara sandals from their new SS14 collection to give to one of you lucky people!

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You Can Win These!

WordPress unfortunately don’t let you host competitions on their blogs, so I have had to set it up on my parent blog, so to enter my competition, click here.

Good luck!

I’ve Found a New, Large Footwear Website!

With the recent demise of Barratts, I’ve only been left with Evans (online only now!) and Brantanos to find women’s shoes in a UK size 10, so I was ECSTATIC to find another company this week to stop me from wearing men’s trainers!

Shoesissima only launched last year, and they cater for women with UK feet sizes 8-12. Their latest collection for SS14 is called Missima, and has been inspired by the latest catwalk looks.

The London-based company have hand designed each shoe in the new range, which includes sandals, suede courts, block heels, toe-capped flats and ankle boots. They are perhaps not as low in price as I usually like, with prices between £59.99 to £99.99, but this is justified by how well made the shoes are, and the range of widths they do to cater to our individual sizes.

Shoesissima were kind enough to give me a pair of ankle boots called ‘Petal‘ from their new range to try out for this blog, and let me tell you I was more than impressed with what I got!

My Gorgeous Petal Boots!

My Gorgeous Petal Boots!

These boots were inspired by recent fashion shows from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Nicholas Kirkwood, particularly the elastic side gussets of the boots, which was a running theme with these designers.

The black ankle boots have a pointy, patent toe and a 70mm heel. I initially thought they may be too high for me to balance my flat feet on, but I have managed to walk quite well with them and haven’t fallen over yet!

Pointy, Patent Toe

Pointy, Patent Toe

I love how a mixture of suede and shiny patent have been used on the boots, as these contrast really well together, and help to make them look quite chic, and well worth their £99.99 price tag.

I’m going to team them up with bootcut black trousers for work and 3/4 length jeans or leggings for the summertime. They will pop out when I wear my vintage black dress if I’m feeling extra brave on a future date too!

Shoesissima have also kindly given me a pair of Dara sandals from their new collection to give away to one of you lucky readers!

To enter my competition, click here.

*I was given these boots by Shoesissima to review for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are 100% genuine.*

Why I’m Writing This Blog

Resting my ‘flipper’ feet in 1984

From the day I was born, people noticed my big feet. The nurses on the labour ward nicknamed me ‘flipper’ and my mum had to cut the feet off my babygrows to allow them to fit. It was obvious from day one that my foot size was going to cause me problems!

Me (right) next to my slightly younger cousin Steve.

As well as these flippers, I was blessed (or at times felt cursed) by my father’s height. At 5’11, I was the tallest in my school year throughout primary school, which led to a lot of boys bullying me (small man syndrome), and for most of secondary school I still stuck out from the crowd. Even with my cousins (see left), you can clearly see I was the tallest, but my cousin, Steve (to my left) is only a few months younger than me!

To add to my height, I also had weight, a LOT of weight. I’ve been a chubster all of my life, because I love food, and hate exercise! My weight throughout school was big, so I really did stick out like a sore thumb. Due to being tall, chunky and big footed (not to mention one of the very few mixed parentage children in the city), I was extremely shy, awkward and an easy target for the bullies.

As I’ve gotten older, my weight has yo yo’d and since having my son nearly two years ago, it hasn’t improved, but I’ve not let it stop me from living my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel particularly attractive at my current weight, which is why I am so scared to head back into the dating world, but I will not allow people to make me feel bad for my lifestyle choices any longer. weight2

Due to my big feet, tall frame and curves, I’ve never been interested in fashion, because I’ve always assumed I will never be able to find anything that will flatter, fit or be affordable.
This is now going to change.

I’ve set up this blog to learn about fashion for my frame, to find places I can buy clothes and shoes in my size at reasonable prices, and to help other women out there get access to these too. I want to finally enjoy dressing my body, and to stop wearing men’s trainers!

Footwear is the hardest thing for me to find, because most shops only cater for women up to a UK size 9. I am a size 10, and currently only have three shops I’m aware of in my local area that sell my size: Brantano, Barratts and Evans.

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed the size 10 shoe shelves in these shops have decreased so much over the last few years, that I’m left with little choice, and they’ve also become incredibly expensive! I’ve found some online shops that sell this size footwear, but they tend to again be quite expensive, and postage is also highly priced!

I have a very low budget, due to being a working single parent (with no help from his father I might add!) with a mortgage, childcare costs and a child that wants to eat me out of house and home. 

downloadTherefore, I’m on the hunt to find great products at low prices! As I find companies that offer this, I will add their websites to my links page. If you know of any companies that sell great plus size / tall clothing, or have womens footwear up to at least a UK size 10, please get in touch on the contact form below, so I can feature them on this blog!

Enjoy!

Claire

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