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I am 5'11 3/4 tall and wear a size 11. I buy Chanel size 42 and Gucci size 11. I've found those brands the most accomodating for my size and that probablly relates to why those are my fav bags to buy also. Nine West shoes fit great in size 11, not as snug as the Chanel and Gucci. Prada and Dolce don't go past 41 which I find a bit too small (I have a 41 Prada for sale on ebay right now because my heel hung over the back of the shoe). I have seen Manolo in size 42 and up. Open toe sandals are easier but in boots many peope like to go up a size...and well at an 11 you don't usually have that option. I do have Chanel and Gucci boots but I had to work them out a while with a shoe stretcher before starting to wear them. I have bought Linea Paolo from Nordstrom which has some cute shoes in 11s and 12s. I buy shoes from Victorias Secret catalog (lots of fashionable 11s), zappos.com, Nordstroms, Chanel boutiques, Neimans, Saks online (Saks online often has different styles of Gucci shoes that Gucci does not have in their store or website....they have some kind of arrangement per my sales rep.) and my last source is Ebay. I bought a pair of Guccissima boots and quilted Chanel boots on ebay at a fraction of the cost that they were in the stores. I have ebay set up to send me an email notice anytime a size 42 or 11 shoe is listed in a brand that I like. You have some people who buy them on sale and then list them on ebay, some people who appear to be buying them at their employee discount and listing them, and also people like me who bought shoes (as we often have to do if we see something we like because 11s go quickly so you have to buy them and figure out if you really want to keep them later) and then realize they never wear them and put them up for sale.


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another size 11er......im glad i found this thread! Flats look odd....heels work and so i must wear them everyday but I dont mind......

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I have size 9.0 (40), but I need one size bigger in heels. I think my size is okay, I find shoes in this size, but my friend has also size 11 and she has big problems at finding shoes.

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if any one is looking, there are some cute Chanel shoes in size 41 at ebay 7764460464 and black Gucci Guccissima boots in size 11 at 7764613534

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After a desparate search I finally found the pair of Gucci's I have been longing for all season in size 11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great shoes. I am basically 10 or 10.5. My Manolos are 40.5. Don't have any Choos yet, but I've tried them on in both 40.5 and 41, and they seem fine.

To the wide issue -- Salvatore Ferragamo is probably the highest-end brand that I've seen that addresses wides, although SF is definitely not a trend-driven line, IMO.

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My GF is 6'1" and has size 7 or 8 UK (40-41 Euro) feet. She has piles of incredible heels, mostly vintage, that fit her perfectly. It's a case of looking hard. Or use ice cubes and butter!

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Hi Benno!!!!!

All U size 11's just keep in mind that NICOLE KIDMAN, PARIS HILTOn & BROOKE SHIELDS all wear 11s. Not bad company if U ask me.

As for me, I'm no celeb; I'm merely a size 9.5. Which still means that in the strangely nbarrow world of (some) shoe design I may need a sz 41. Which means that in this forum I am not totally an intruder ;-)

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I hate hate hate that I have to wear size 42 if I want to feel cofmortable in my shoes all day..because high end stores we have here usually stop at 41 (dinsko atleast)and the 42 ones in other stores are expensive And mostly in black. I tend to buy 41 and make sure I don't walk with them alot. They're ok when my feet hasn't swollen yet..
And I have really narrow feet too..that said by lady who sells pointe ballerina shoes so..

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article from http://www.slate.com

The relentless march upward of the American shoe size.

By Jennifer Howard


Want to reduce a shoe salesperson to helpless laughter? Walk into a shoe store, pick out the sexy stiletto of the moment, and ask, "Do you carry this in 11 narrow?"

I've been living and reliving this unhappy scenario since I was big enough to care about shoes. Maybe my frustrated longing for strappy sandals and kitten heels started with the brace—a hideous metal bar with boots bolted to it at bone-torturing angles—I was forced to sleep in as a pigeon-toed youngster. Maybe it was the corresponding daytime wardrobe my keepers inflicted on me: orthopedic clodhoppers that could have been designed by Frankenstein's boot-maker. By the time my feet straightened out, they'd expanded past the department-store size cutoff—which was and for the most part remains size 10—straight into barn-stomping, bunion-friendly territory.

I'm not alone here in the land of the big-footed. In fact, I've got more company all the time. Not only are Americans getting fatter, we're getting bigger and taller, and our feet are keeping pace. Podiatric historian William Rossi says that this enlarging trend has been going on for about 150 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, the average American woman wore a 3.5 or a 4; by the 1940s she was strapping on a 5.5. According to The Professional Shoe Fitting Manual, the average American adult female's shoe size in the 1960s was a 5.5 or a 6; in the '70s, it climbed to about 7.5; and in the '80s, it reached 8 or 8.5. No stats have been added yet for the '90s, but you can do the math: By now, the average women's size could hover somewhere in the 9s. Besides, due to regular wear and tear, foot ligaments and joints stretch—which means that over the course of a lifetime, shoe size tends to increase by about one size. And this isn't just a feminine phenomenon; according to Army records, the average shoe size worn by male recruits has gone up from about a 6 to about a 9.5 since the American Revolution.

Accordingly, bigger sizes sell out faster than they did 25 years ago, says the National Shoe Retailers Association. The best-selling sizes at Manolo Blahnik—the Holy Grail of the shoe-obsessed—are 7.5 to 8, and 41s and 42s (American sizes 11-12, roughly) are increasingly popular. For 20 percent more than the usual retail price—which, at around $500, is not chump change to begin with—you can special-order Carrie Bradshaw's latest obsession in sizes up to 42.5 (about a 12.5).

Only a few companies, however, take pains to cater to the long-footed; apparently they've never heard my mother's theory that big feet are aristocratic. My husband fears that one day I'll leave him for Stuart Weitzman or Donald Pliner, two enlightened designers whose eponymous companies offer decently trendy (and correspondingly pricey) styles in larger as well as narrower sizes (Weitzman goes up to 12-AAA in some styles; Pliner does 12-M's). Get much past a 12, though, and you have to elbow aside the cross-dressers at a store like Washington, D.C.'s Dream Dresser, which carries women's footwear in sizes as large as 15, thanks to a kind of house-label arrangement with a handful of manufacturers.

A tour of my local mall—the delightful Towson Town Center, outside Baltimore—demonstrated that a lot of manufacturers seem to think that anybody who wears above a size 10 yearns only for yet another pair of sensible black flats or (shudder) "walking shoes." At Hecht's, the only 11s on offer were a pair of Aerosole pumps. (Don't tempt me!) Nine West did better, providing six or seven pairs of stylin' 11s—no narrows, though, and don't even try asking for a 12, as one high-schooler found when she came in, only to be turned away. She said that she and several of her friends often wear men's shoes because they can't find cheap shoes that are big enough. Nordstrom built its reputation in part on catering to a wide range of shoe sizes. But when I asked for a nice pair of summer slides, the salesman there looked as shocked as if I'd asked him to perform sexual favors on the showroom floor.

The average mall-crawler's one thing; what about all those leggy models with long limbs and feet to match? Roman Young, an agent at Elite Model Management in Manhattan, confirms that the average shoe size for models has climbed to a 9 or a 10, matching their statuesque height (the average is 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches). I felt a little better when he told me that even high-paid lovelies face foot discrimination; if a model wears a size 11 or 12 shoe, she may find herself cooling her heels instead of strutting them on the catwalk. Young recalls a Gucci show a while back where the models were hired on the basis of who could squeeze, Cinderella-like, into a certain shoe: "You had the most beautiful girls in the world trying to cram their feet into this handmade boot that was like a size 8."

Barbara Thornton, Harvard MBA and founder and president of DesignerShoes.com (a Web site "for women who leave a larger footprint"), has a personal stake in all this; she wears an 11.5, as does her daughter. Like most of the shoe folks I talked to, she won't give out sales numbers, which are considered proprietary information. She will say that size 12 is the company's bread-and-butter size, what's known in the trade as a "heart" size (meaning heart of the business), while sizes 13-M and 8 double-wide have become its main growth areas. The company even stocks some 13-WWs and 14-M's.

Thornton sees the limited availability of larger sizes as a political issue. Department stores and brand names drive what's available, she says, and they want to minimize their on-hand inventory—shoe boxes take up a lot of store space, which is why the selection online, at places like DesignerShoes.com and Nordstrom.com, tends to be better. And manufacturers don't like to shell out to make new last prototypes. For regular stores, the standard 5 to 10 size range becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; they don't stock many so-called plus sizes, so big-footed people learn not to endure the humiliation of shopping there, which means that the stores can say there's no demand. Adding insult to unavailability, a lot of retailers apparently cling to the idea that the big-shoe buyer is either a fashion-blind biddy with corns or a hard-luck case who can barely afford the box her knockoff Nikes come in.
Meanwhile, the Pliners and Weitzmans of the world give the larger-footed hope, not to mention stylish if not exactly budget-conscious footwear. (Both run about $150 a pair.) For those who worry about the never-ending expansion of our soles, William Rossi has this bit of encouragement to offer: In the year 2300, we probably won't be clomping around in size 18 Manolos. We'll keep getting bigger "probably for another century, and then it will turn off. ... There's a point at which Nature says, 'Enough.' "

As if we didn't already know that bigger isn't necessarily better.


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^Thanks for that GREAT article, stilettogirl! Oddly enough, I have found that Nine West Online carries up to 12's in some fairly stylish shoes - always worth the browsing time. And the supercheapies like Payless often carry 12 in their knockoff styles, but there's a funny thing there: a Payless 12 is a Euro 45 (!), and Baby Phat calls Euro 42 a US10, 43 an 11.

And as a piece of living history, I remember when fashionable shoe stores carried sizes 4 to 9 only! (As late as the 1950's, in fact.)

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well- emery sizing in general is all over the place, even within brands, but as a rule, it seems the more expensive a brand, the smaller it runs

I can wear tens (in some styles) from payless- but manolos- sometimes 42 so I have no clue- I just try it on, and usually keep asking for the next size up till it fits, or the salesclerk gives me a dirty look and tells me thats the biggest they've got

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Great shoes. I am basically 10 or 10.5. My Manolos are 40.5. Don't have any Choos yet, but I've tried them on in both 40.5 and 41, and they seem fine.

To the wide issue -- Salvatore Ferragamo is probably the highest-end brand that I've seen that addresses wides, although SF is definitely not a trend-driven line, IMO.
Maybe not trend-driven, but they have been doing some more stylish shoes lately. I even bought a pair last fall for the first time in a long time

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I cant fit into us 11 jimmy choos

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I wear an 11 and some of these designers size 41 are so flippin' painful. I've found good shoes on Zappos.com (J.Renee has a few sexy styles)

BCBG, Marc Jacobs, Anne Klein, Christian LaCroix (found a fab pair on sale at eluxury.com) are a good fit for me. I rarely order shoes online because you never know of the true fit. Being 6ft tall has its priveleges, but size 11 is not one of them.

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