I found the secret of happy feet over fifty. For the past decade shopping for a new pair of shoes had become worse than shopping for a new bathing suit. Just about every shape and style of shoes hurt my feet. From those that hurt when I walked to those that hurt just putting them on, shoe stores just seemed to be filled with pain.
I tried geting a larger size, which left me clomping around the store like a little girl in her mom’s clothing. ( cute as age six, not so much at sixty). I tried stretching the shoes, adding pads to big shoes and even priced out custom shoes. When I tried out orthopedic shoes that hurt I was outraged. If a shoe is really ugly, it should at lest me comfortable.
I went to three diffeent foot doctors who offered to shave off my bunions, fill up stiffened joints and even remove my little toe to make my foot smaller. My third and last foot doctor, Dr Michael Schumacher of NYC was outraged at the thought of surgery just to wear pretty shoes– and I had to agree with him.
An Easy Answer to Hard Foot Problems
It was a pair of mislabeled shoes that gave me that gave me the secret of both happy feet and a happy wallet. I had selected a pair of tan loafers, but when I pulled up the lid, the shoes nestled in the paper were blue patent leather. Not the neutral I was looking for. Before sending the the exhaused salesman to look for yet another pair of shoes that probably would not fit, I tried on the blue shoes” just for size” They slid on like they were made for me. The salesman was not surpprised” They’re a wide width and you have wide feet”
It was like a lightbulb had gone on in my head. I had worn a medium width my entire life, but like most women, my feet had spread out and become wider as the years passed. I just did not realize it. To test out my theory I tried on a pair of 2″ heels in a wide width. They were perfect. For the first time in nearly a decade I could stand and walk comfortably in a pair of pretty slingback pumps.
Where Are the Wide Width Shoes?
But it turns out that fewer than 10% of women’s shoes are available in wide widths. This makes no sense since there are over 70 million American women over age 50 many of whom probably need wide shoes. Turns out that the “ideal foot” for shoe designers and manufaturers is the aristocratic slender foot- much the same way designers create styles for the tall thin figure. Most of us, especially after menopause have the wider ” “commoners” foot.
High end designer shoes cater to the narrow, high arched shape– which explains why I barely stand up in my beloved Jimmy Choo leopard pumps. I set out to find and test drive wide width shoes:
* Aerosoles have a large selection of wide shoes many of which also offer a cushioned footpad and sole.
* Trotters have lovely pumps, slingbacks and loafers in wide widths. My left foot is actually smaller than my right foot and I found that the adjustable straps on the slingbacks practically give me a custom fit.
* Talbots offer a small but appealing selection of wide widths in their shoe lines. However many do not offer much padding either inside or out.
* Cole Haan is an upscale manufacturer that offers beautiful leather and comfort styling. They have a small selection of wide width shoes especially their 2″ Juliana pump with extra padding.
I am sure there are others. Let me know what wide width shoes you have discovered.
The mission of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog is to take the mystery out of nutrition, skin and hair issues and find the most effective and affordable treatments. While most of our attention is on face and hair, foot and shoe problems have a big impact on our appearance. I believe that ugly shoes and aching feet affect appearance as much as breakouts and frizzy hair. Its been a problem for me and I am so pleased to share a simple and non-surgical solution. Ten years of sore feet and scary visits to foot doctors and all I needed was a wider shoe.