I have been plaqued with big feet my entire life. It used to really bother me in my younger years, especially growing up when my feet (size 10) were bigger than many of the guys. My grandmother, God bless her, would always say I had very good understanding! ☺️
As my feet grew longer (size 10) they got narrower – at one point I wore a 10 slender or 10AAAA which I’m not sure if they make any more. When we were in England, I never found shoes to fit as they only sold medium widths. Luckily, as I’ve aged my feet have gotten a little wider. I still have to get narrows and Stuart Weitzman narrow is the shoe that fits me the best.
I always hated looking down at my foot as it seemed that my foot from above always looked so long. Then over the years, I just figured out what shoes made my feet look smaller and tried to purchase these! If you are like me and think your feet are HUGE, then read on! Or, if you have a friend who always complains about their big feet, send this post on to her!
Do You Really Have Big Feet?
First of all, even if you think you have big feet, I am sure your feet don’t look big to anyone else but you! Nobody has the vantage point like you do to look down at the top of your foot and see the entire length. Secondly, did you know that there is only 1/3 of an inch difference between sizes? So a size 7 is only an inch shorter than a size 10. Don’t you feel better already?
Third, the most common foot size for an American women is now 8.5 – 9. That’s only 1/3 inch shorter than my size 10! And lastly, these fabulous and stylish ladies are all size 11 – Kate Winslet, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah, and Cindy Crawford to name just a few.
Tips for Making Big Feet Look Smaller
After all I’ve said above, if you still think your feet are too big, then here are tips to make them appear smaller. By smaller, I am focusing on the length, therefore making them appear shorter.
#1 – Focus on the shoe vamp
The vamp of the shoe is the upper part of the shoe between the toe and the ankle. See this blog post where I’ve previously focused on shoe vamp and the impact on length of your legs. With respect to your foot length, the longer and plainer the vamp is then the longer your foot looks. Try to wear shoes with a shorter vamp. In addition, any detail on the vamp such as bows, buckles, tassels or straps will make feet appear more petite and shorter.
For me, a lower vamp and/or vamp with accent is definitely imperative for any shoe I am buying!
#2 – Go for round-toed versus long pointed-toed shoes.
Round-toed shoes are better than pointed-toes. I know we all love pointed toes so if you wear these then buy with a very low vamp.
In the comparison above, I show two boots of similar height. You can see how the round toe gives the appearance of a shorter foot. If you prefer the pointed toe boot then, by all means, buy what you are comfortable wearing. You can always offset the look of the pointed toe by wearing them with a flared pant.
#3 – Heels over flats
Some sort of a heel will always make your feet appear shorter simply because they will be on an incline. The current trend of low block heels with rounded toes is a good choice. Also, try a heeled ankle boot. The heel elevates your foot while the boot covers up more of your foot masking its size. Here again, I will use illustration of a black boot so that vamps are similar and you see the impact of a higher heel.
The higher the heel, the shorter the foot looks.
#4 – Choose dark colored shoes
I have never owned a pair of white shoes! I would see a cute pair and try them on and just flinch as my feet looked so huge in them. Choose dark colors over light colors. Now, my opinion is different than others on nude colored shoes. I actually don’t mind seeing my feet in a nude shoe, especially a nude low vamp heel.
Here is a summary of the above tips:
The last tip is don’t ever buy a shoe size smaller than what you are. Make sure you take care of your feet and remember that your feet only look big to you – no one else. Follow the example set by style icon Audrey Hepburn. She didn’t shy away from her size 10 – she would buy her ballet flats a half size larger just so her feet didn’t look squished!
Over the years, I have come to appreciate my feet and no longer think about their length. I am just happy that I don’t have any problems and I can walk miles and miles. Finally, as my grandmother used to say “Stand tall and be proud of your GREAT UNDERSTANDING.”
LOOK GREAT | FEEL GREAT | DO GREAT!