Where the hell do I find narrow shoes?
June 12, 2014 2:38 PM Subscribe
I'm 27 and wear a size 9 (sometimes 9.5) in women's shoes. I also have very narrow feet and fear I'll be going barefoot soon if I can't find somewhat affordable, narrow shoes that don't look like they were made for little old ladies (no offense, little old ladies of the world). I am literally down to one brand of shoe. Halp.
posted by iamfantastikate to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Being size 9/9.5 means I get a smaller selection of an already small selection of narrow shoes. Naturalizer is really the only shoe brand left that (sometimes) has good looking narrow shoes that fit my feet. I've tried a variety of other brands' narrows (e.g., Clarks) and narrow-looking mediums to no avail. Summer isn't easy, but Naturalizer tends to keep me in sandals. I literally have one pair of winter shoes, a black leather knee-high boot from ALDO that just happened to run narrow in the shoe and calf; all other ALDO shoes have been insanely wide on me. Basically, what, if any, brands consistently run narrow or have good looking narrow shoes? I want to look my age—27—not 80.
Facts about my feet, just to excite the fetishists:
- I have a very narrow heel, a very high arch, and a fairly flat front of my foot (i.e., if a shoe fits in the heel and arch, it's not uncommon for there to be a huge gap between the top of the shoe and the tops of my toes; think "clown shoes" for maximum sexiness).
- My toes are fairly "stair step" in nature. Never been able to decide if that matters.
- I would LOVE to wear some ballet flats. Other than that, boots and sandals. Less interested in sneakers.
- Yes, I have tried inserts—so, so many inserts. They are shit. Yes, all of them. Please, please, please do not suggest them. It will drive me crazy.
- Shoes with buckles, straps, and laces work best on me, but that's mainly because the shoes themselves aren't narrow enough.
- Yes, I am willing to shuck out more dolla bills, within reason, if it means I can keep a good looking shoe going for a long time with the help of a cobbler.
- Pointed-toed shoes look/feel/are absurd.
- Mary Janes are a no-go for me. I'm going for comfortable and practical, not naughty schoolgirl, which is what I end up looking like with them on.
- I like the look of heels but rarely wear them because of how bad they are for knees. Also because of how they never fit my foot's width. I am not that interested in heels.
- Not-so-fun (for me) fact: Shoes are getting wider. I used to wear a medium in a lot of brands, such as Skechers, which I can't wear anymore. My weight has not changed.
1. Can a cobbler do much for narrow feet? I know shoes can be widened, but can they be narrowed?
2. Any non-U.S. brands I should know about?