The more I work with women clients – one-on-one – the more I understand that each and every one of us has at least one “issue” that might stop us from being able to freely dress as we would like to dress.
But the next time you look in the mirror and complain about the size of your bum or belly, spare a thought for those women who can’t even walk into a regular shoe store and buy a pair of shoes.
I got thinking about this late last year after meeting the world’s tallest model, Amazon Eve. Eve is 6″ 8′ (or 203.2cm) and her shoe size is 14.
Yep, size 14. I’ve got friends who are size 10 and they know that most stores will only stock one – maybe two – pairs of shoes in their size. So you can imagine the fun that Eve and others struggle with.
Eve was in Australia on a tour as ambassador for Barefoot Tess – an online US shoe store that specialises in selling shoes for sizes 10-15. And would you believe Australia is Barefoot Tess’ largest international market?
Barefoot Tess was founded in 2005 by a mother-daughter team. Tess was a fashion-conscious size 11 who could never find the the styles her smaller footed friends wore (difficult when you can only locate your size in the men’s department!) and the last straw was when her mum visited her at school, in the middle of a snowy winter, and found her in thongs.
The pair set out on a mission to provide fun and sophisticated shoes to fashionistas of all sizes, by convincing high-end designers to create their most popular styles in sizes 10-15. The business rapidly expanded to include the Barefoot Tess private label, which today includes three lines: Barefoot Tess, B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess, and Tess by Barefoot Tess. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Venus Williams, and Gabrielle Reece have worn Barefoot Tess styles.
Barefoot Tess had previously carried Madden Girl, Steve Madden’s lower-priced line aimed towards teens and this month it introduced its first style from the Steve Madden line, with the great low price of $US49.
The Tailor flat comes in seven colors, (black leather, cognac, red plaid, navy and white pinstripe, olive canvas, silver metallic, and black glitter), sizes 10-14. You cannot find these large sized Steve Maddens anywhere else in the world.
If you head over to the Barefoot Tess Facebook page, like it, and you’ll get a code for a discount off your order.
Styling You has two $50 Barefoot Tess vouchers to give away. Simply leave a message below with any tips you have on buying shoes for larger feet. The winners will be chosen by random.org. The competition closes, Thursday January 27, 2011.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. The winners are: Fiona Chambers and Geri Scully