Yesha Callahan

So What I Have Big Feet

Here’s a run down of some of my physical characteristics:

5’10

Size 10 in clothes

Size 11 shoe

About a 34’/36′ inseam in pants

Being tall and curvy is definitely something that isn’t catered to when it comes to the world of fashion and clothing, but that doesn’t mean I walk around naked either, because I can find the right clothes, so that really isn’t an issue. Now having a size 11 shoe, definitely causes a problem at times.

Yes, I have big feet.

Not big/ ugly feet, but just big feet.

No hammer-time or corny toes here.

Just a little larger than the average woman’s foot. I’ve had these  feet for my whole life (duh), so I’ve always had these issues. I remember as a kid, I think I was in 4th grade and wearing a size 8 woman’s shoe. I couldn’t wear the cute girly shoes all of my classmates wore. My mother always dragged me to the woman’s shoe section to buy my school & church shoes and needless to say, they weren’t always the cutest.

A pair of brown penny loafers vividly stand out in my memory. Not that I didn’t want to own these penny loafers, but after a few weeks of wearing them, they started to make this squeaking sound as I was walking down the hallway. Every time I walked anywhere, all you heard was “eek, eek, eek”. I can’t remember how many people laughed at me.

So yeah, needless to say, I was traumatized at an early age because of the size of my feet and the shoes I had to wear. Fast forward 20+ years,  shoes are still a big deal to me, and yes, I still have big feet. Up until I had my son, I was about a 10 1/2, but shortly after, my feet managed to grown and extra half inch.  Needless to say, finding cute shoes in size 11, isn’t always hard, but shoe designers/manufacturers don’t make it easy either.  Usually when I walk into a shoe store, every other size is available but a size 11, and if it is available, they’re a size 11 that doesn’t fit true to size.

Most of the time I’m forced to buy shoes online from stores like Samanta Shoes (which is owned by a black woman) Nine West, Evans, or Nordstroms.  Then it’s basically a guessing game as to whether I buy my  normal size or a size larger (*gasp* a size 12). Thankfully, usually Nine West shoes fit true to size, dont’ let there be a sale, because I can usually do some damage. Out of those shoe stores named, although it’s in the  UK, Evans, is definitely my favorite.  They actually specialize in different widths of shoes, because technically, I can wear a size 10, if the width was correct. Yes, I have fat feet, sue me.

The other morning I woke up to a size 9  1/2 in men shoes foot in my face.  It belonged to my 10 yr old son. Needless to say, big feet run in our family. I’m sure by the time he’s 13, he’ll be well about a size 13, like his uncle (my brother) was at his age. Basically, once I finish writing this, I’m going to call my grandmother and blame her, because I think she’s the one responsible for the big foot gene in our family, she wears a size 12. Imagine the look on my face when I noticed she decided to rock a pair of Timbs the other day, at the age of 79! I had to shake my head twice just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

In any event, to all of my fellow big feet women out there, you are not alone. There are shoe manufacturers out there, who understand our plight!

  1. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    Is this the same grandmother that was dancing in that video? Grams is a G for real! Gotta love her though

  2. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    OMG you remembered! Yes, that grandmother! Getting down on the pole in my backyard!

  3. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    I feel your pain. I also wear a size 11, the “last frontier” size. I've learned to quickly go into shoe stores and scan boxes for 11 and I usually ask sales people “what's the biggest size this comes in?” or “do you by chance have this in an 11?”, never “Can I get this in an 11, please?” I've also come to recognize shoes that are cute in a size 6, but monsterous in an 11. My poor Mini-Me is already in a size 10 at 10 years old, and my son is in a 15. And the saga continues……

  4. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    Right there with you my friend, size 10 for my little 5 foot 3 self!

  5. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    I wear an 11 too. I've found that Naturalizer and Dillard's (May's in some parts of the country) carry 11s regularly in store, but Macy's won't even think about it. Zappos.com and Shoebuy.com are also good places to look.

  6. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    It's definitely the last frontier of sizes! I get so excited when I see that there's like one pair of size 11's available..and whether I like the shoe or not..I end up just buying it, in case I may need it later.

    Yup, your kids are following in your footsteps….damn genetics…lol

  7. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    you're the complete opposite of a friend..she's about 6'0 and wears a size 7 in shoes! you haven't seen odd, until you've seen that..lol

  8. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    The only thing that keeps me away from those stores is the fact that I have to mail them back to return them…although I have to do it with Evans as well, but I pretty much know what size i take with them…I'm all about convenience at times…order online and being able to return them to a store, instead of mailing them back.

  9. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    LOL, i had penny loafers in 5th grade….got teased and laughed @ the whole way home cause our teacher had a pair too….feet grew to an 8.5 early then stopped…big feet as a child not much money, and pathmark selling cheap shoes…not a good combo, but thankful anyway..

  10. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    Cuz that's real talk. My 12 year old daughter is going thru what you went thru at a young age. She wears a size 12 shoe now and it make get bigger. But thanks for the info to were i can find her some shoes. Nice story.

  11. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    I wear an 11 wide. I am constantly getting complimented on my shoes so I can attest that cute shoes can be found! Hit up DSW on the days they get their shipments (Tuesdays here) because they often only get one size 11 per case. You can also return shoes purchased from DSW.com at the store.

  12. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    I don't know if this has anything to do with the conversation, but from a man's point of view, when I look at a women's feet, I am looking to see if they are clean. See, dirty shoes speaks volumes about a woman, AND a man. Broke down dirty size 13's (in any color) are made for walking…. AWAY.

    But check this, I've noticed that women with big feet know how to work their whole gear. I mean, since they have to look far and wide to get that perfect fit, the purse and other accents be bangin'.

    There's also an added plus. Yawl don't have to worry about seeing your shoes walking yo' way. Little feet people can buy their shoes at any ol'famous footwear or Burlington Coat Factory. You know some women love “cheap”. Putta high hell on it… and look out.

    Yes sir, I'll take the woman with the big feet!

  13. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    See I wanted penny loafers..but damn them for making my feet look even bigger..than the squeaking sound..so embarrassing! Lucky you & those 8.5s..Pathmark? you must be from NYC or NJ..lol! Yes, the shoe aisle in Pathmark & Shop-Rite always reeked of plastic…lol

  14. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    See…you can blame grandma for that too! But then again..you're about 6'20..so it was bound to happen w/your kid..lol

  15. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    Ohh thanks for the info on DSW..I'm going to call and see when the shipment happens in my area!

  16. January 12, 2010 - Reply

    Awww..see one man who likes big feet! I knew they existed 🙂

  17. January 13, 2010 - Reply

    I feel your pain too. I wear a size 10, but my right foot is slightly wider than my left so I end up having to wear an 11 because there's usually no 10 wides, and for some reason or another there is no such thing as a 10.5 womens.

  18. January 13, 2010 - Reply

    My niece wears a 12 so I understand. I used to wonder if she'd go beyond that because her shoe size matched her age for a few years. I don't even notice unless someone has busted shoes on.

    Loving the new design!

  19. January 13, 2010 - Reply

    Whoa! Same here. Im a size 11 as well…cursed with a shoe fetish. I'm afraid of becoming pregnant and increasing a size, makes me not want kids lol.

  20. January 13, 2010 - Reply

    I'm 5'10 and have been the tallest girl with the biggest feet for as long as I can remember. My biggest issue is that I'm tall and thin, shoe boots are not my friend, they just flip and flop around my twiggy calves and ankles. I mean really all tall girls are not thick, where is the love? You know what I absolutely hate; when you go into the shoe store and ask,” Do you have this in a 10?” and they come back and say, “We have it in a 7.” WHAT.THE.HELL???? Do I look like I can get my 10 into a 7? Why don't they just say,” Sorry we don't have it.”

  21. January 13, 2010 - Reply

    I wear a danggone 10.5. The only designer to manufacture a 10.5 is Nine West and maybe Franco Sarto. So, I get an 11 and load it with all sorts of trickery – foot petals, newspapers, whatever is clever. I had THE NERVE to think that I was going to get some Loubie's. I tried on a 42 (12!!!) in those jokers AND THEY WERE TOO SMALL. Seriously?

  22. January 14, 2010 - Reply

    at least your feet match your size. I'm only 5ft 4 and I wear a size 9. My whole family has big feet. So I have the bucket knee boot thing goin on :(.

    and ur measurements are enviable..

  23. January 15, 2010 - Reply

    LOL! I'm 5'10″ and wear a 12N. Imagine the joy that brings. I have great luck with Zappos.com, Nine West (boots, not shoes), Marmishoes.com (just about everything is on sale right now!) and my last resort (because of high prices) Nordstrom.

    My only prayer besides a healthy baby when I was pregnant? That my feet not grow – longer or wider. And they didn't. Thank goodness!

  24. January 16, 2010 - Reply

    Wow!!!

    Those are some fairly big hooves. I wear a size 10 myself, but I'm damned near 6'2. My son is 20 and 6'3 and I think he wears a 14. When he takes his shoe off and throws it in the middle of the floor it looks like a damned canoe!!!

  25. January 28, 2010 - Reply

    whoa. your dimensions match mine exactly! I'm just above 5'10″, size 11 feet, 36″ inseam- I hate shoe shopping with a passion, and when I do find a pair of shoes that fits and doesn't have a 3+” heel (I'm also flat-footed), I jump at it.

    I was a size 9 at age 9, and I was afraid of being a size 12 at age 12 (lol). Fortunately, my feet stopped at 11. 🙂

  26. January 28, 2010 - Reply

    Love this post and the comments with links to places that carry large shoes! I'm a quarter of an inch shorter than you and wear size 11,too. Shoe shopping has always been a frustration. I had a shoe salesperson in Montreal tell me that I was their “worst nightmare” with my long and narrow feet. Fortunately, I found a store there that specialized in big shoes. When I walked in the guy told me my feet were small since they carried mostly 12+. Can't describe how happy I felt then…. price is not an issue for me if I have options!

  27. January 30, 2010 - Reply

    “Little feet people” do have a hard time shopping for shoes too when they want to get out of the kids section. Some stores start women's sizes at a 7 so if your feet are smaller than that you can go the “big kids” section or find a brand that runs small. I'm pretty sure it goes for both ends of the spectrum with shoes. Too big or too small and shoe shopping becomes a hassle.

  28. February 11, 2010 - Reply

    Man its hard having big feet. In the 6th grade people call you sasquatch or bigfoot, and when your teacher reads about gorillas or primates, everyone turns and looks at you. YEAH SIZE TEN!!!!

  29. February 11, 2010 - Reply

    I'm only 5'5'' and have size 11 feet. It isn't fun, but at least we have feet, right? People are always surprised when they find out my size…I did have toe shortening procedure, and although I take the same shoe size, footwear is more comfortable. My toes were really long!

  30. February 15, 2010 - Reply

    I wear a size 10, but my right foot is longer than my left one, and i have flat feet. I'm five four, and im only eleven, so im hoping i'll stretch out a bit more, but everyone at school always makes fun of me. I'm labeled sasquatch, but what do i tell them. Everyone has like a 7.5 foot… I mean guys have smaller feet than me!!!! It not good… what do I do?

  31. February 15, 2010 - Reply

    Unfortunately people are mean…I wish there was something I could tell you to say to them…but honestly, kids are brutal, so sometimes reasoning with them doesn't always work. Believe me I was teased as a kid as well, the only thing I could do was ignore them and let them realize they weren't getting to me.

  32. February 17, 2010 - Reply

    My advice is to not take it too personally. The advice to ignore them is good. Remind yourself that your foot size has nothing to do with your personality. The sad truth is that children are mean. I'm sure even you can think of someone you have teased once or twice. Good luck dealing with the situation! If the kids become aggressive, be sure to tell an adult that you trust.

  33. February 27, 2010 - Reply

    I AM TEN WITH SIZE SIX

  34. August 13, 2014 - Reply

    I’m 13 and wear a size 11 in women’s, but I’m 5 feet tall. When I go shoe shopping, they never have shoes I like in my size and when I turn to the side it looks like I’m wearing clown shoes!

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