The Best Shoes For Big Feet

Got XL-sized feet? Click through for some shoe-buying tips—and fabulous picks!


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You know what they say about people with big feet. They have...big hearts? No, that's not it. I'll remember it in a second.

I think I was about 10 years old when I first realized I had bigger feet than almost everyone else I knew. And that this would continue to be true for the rest of my life. As my family always joked, my feet arrived places an hour before me (rude!). Over the course of my adult life, I have bought shoes in sizes ranging from 9 to 11, but if I am honest with myself, my best bet is usually a size 10 or 10.5. Admittedly, that's not exactly freak-show-level large. But it has definitely impacted, for better or for worse, the kinds of shoes I allow myself to wear.

The great part about having big feet (besides, I guess, more physical contact with the earth, which could lead to increased stability?) is that whenever shoes go on sale, the "9 and up" shelf is always much more cluttered than the smaller racks. And sweet pickings in those situations always make me feel #blessed.

But even a healthy sale rack is often full of shoes that will not do me—or my feet—any favors. And I am all about fashion that does me favors, especially when it comes to making my feet look smaller.

Click through the slideshow above to see my tips for shopping for XL feet—and my picks for the most flattering shoes.

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