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There’s Hope: Fashionable Shoes For Women With Big Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 16th, 2016

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Caroline Stillman could never find the right shoes. If you have a common foot size, you might occasionally experience this problem when you go shopping and your size is sold out. But Stillman’s problem was that she couldn’t find shoes in size 11. We’ve heard the same frustrations from many women with large feet. She’s not alone. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines as your friends slip into dainty heels that are dwarfed by your big toe. But Stillman has hatched a plan to help women who share her problem.

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Want high fashion in large sizes? A UK woman might have the answer. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User DenisDenis)

Coming Soon: Shoes For Women With Big Feet

After years of struggling to find footwear that fit, Caroline Stillman has designed 10 pairs of shoes for women like herself – with large feet and a sense of fashion. You’ll be able to find luxury footwear inspired by Christian Dior and Valentino in large sizes at CarobellaBoutique.co.uk in the coming months. The company will post updates on Facebook, where fans can also sign up for the mailing list and a chance to win 20% off. ‘The shoes are all kind of simple. I have got big feet so I don’t really want them to stand out any more than they do already,” she told The Daily Mailadding: “They are all very elegant and beautiful. I’m so excited to let everyone see them.”

Why Do You Have Big Feet?

Normal genetic variation is the most common culprit behind a large shoe size – and that’s nothing to worry about, say podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. “We see feet in all shapes and sizes,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, the center’s director. “There is evidence to suggest that, collectively, our feet are getting bigger. At the turn of the century, women were a size 3.5 or 4. In the 1940s, they were wearing a 5.5. By the 1970s, a 7.5 was typical, and today the norm is 8.5 or 9. Much of the change can be credited to improved nutrition, which has made people taller – as well as access to junk food, which has made people heavier and feet flatter.”

What Is Marfan Syndrome?

Less commonly, a growth defect such as Gigantism or Acromegaly can be the root cause of big feet. Stillman says she was born with an inherited chromosomal disorder known as Marfan Syndrome, which causes exceptional growth and big feet, in addition to more serious symptoms such as enlarged heart valves, vision problems, and difficulty breathing. People with Marfan Syndrome lack sufficient fibrillin protein in their connective tissues, which allows parts of their bodies to stretch abnormally when put under stress and prompts some bones to grow longer. We’ve treated several Marfan Syndrome patients for flatfoot and fallen arches.

Who Else Has Big Feet?

If you have large feet, don’t be self-conscious. You’re in good company. Plenty of celebrities, models, and pro athletes have been blessed with big feet, including Paris Hilton (size 11), Heidi Klum (size 10), Serena Williams (size 10.5), Maria Sharapova (size 11), Uma Thurman (size 11), Katie Holmes (size 11), Gwyneth Paltrow (size 11), Tyra Banks (size 11.5), and Elle MacPherson (size 12).

Treat Your Big Feet Right

NYC and Westchester podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine treat all types of foot pain, from awkward gait cycles and sports injuries to bunions, hammertoes, and more. Our high-tech facilities offer a wide range of treatment options. We can also make sure you know your correct shoe size and help you find suitable styles to avoid hurting your feet. Contact us for details!

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.