News / Large Size Designer Pumps
Basic shoe staples in any woman’s wardrobe includes a pair (or a number of pairs) of shoes that go with just about any type of outfit. Being a woman with a larger sized shoe fit has its limitations on the styles and sizes available from most name-brands. When shopping for shoes, not only is the size important, but also the quality of the shoe that is going to be worn for the office, a night on the town, or for a casual gathering. Finding shoes that encompass the right size and fit, style, and quality is not the easiest of tasks when the shoe size is larger than a size 10. And this info comes from first-hand knowledge.
It’s surprising to know - well, maybe not so surprising - that many of the name-brand shoes available do not realistically cater to women who have larger shoe size needs. The market is wide open to this specialty niche and we are happy to be able to cater to it with size, fit, comfort and quality all ingrained in our shoes.
To put on a size 10, 11, or 12 in a shoe designed by a coveted high-end brand such as Miu Miu or Louboutin, or a mid-brand like Jessica Simpson, sometimes feels like trying to squeeze on a size 8. Toes are crammed to a hurtful pinch, the strap doesn’t quite fit across the arch, or the shoe just doesn’t go on at all. Going one or two sizes up, if available (when are they ever available?) either feels like it’s too loose or still is not the right fit or comfortable.
Is this to say that luxury brands do not want to cater to the needs of fashion-sensible ladies who happen to need a size 11 on up? That is not our place to say, but we can say that our shoes are designed specifically for the purpose of giving high-quality larger sizes at an affordable price along with comfort and style.
Buying a cheap pair of shoes that will deteriorate by the third wear is not the route many of us need to take. We invite you to look into some of our classic styles such as the Adelia Pump that comes in patent leather, nude, and fuchsia, the Felicia pump or the well-known stylish flat, Graca, to cater to your wardrobe functionality.
Who said shoes can’t be stylish and comfortable?
Well, that’s the premise behind this line of timelessly large size classic pumps, booties and flats at Zofie Shoes. As a fashionista and career woman, it’s often hard to find the right pair of pumps that you can wear all day at the office and then out for the night. It’s even harder when you have a foot size that is larger than a U.S. Size 10. I’ve had countless trips through the Nordstrom Shoe Salon drooling over the high-end pumps made by Gucci, Miu Miu, Valentino, Prada, Christian Louboutin, which are sometimes available in size 42 which is supposed to be the equivalent of a size 11 U.S. If they are available, one attempted slip into the shoe confirms that they were not made for someone with a larger foot. Perhaps, if my foot were narrow and more of 10.5 I could potentially squeeze in to one of these fabulously elegant pumps.
One of the primary reasons for the fit of the shoe is the "shoe last." The shoe last is the mold and the overall basis for the toe shape, overall shape, fit and style of a shoe. They are also very native to the country of origin. Most of the high-end shoes made in Italy are made from Italian lasts. These are also representative of the end customer in that country. It’s no secret that many Italian females are petite and therefore have feet that require a more petit fit. That’s really the primary reason why all the high -end fashion pumps will never be a true fit for someone with a larger frame and larger foot. To even the playing field, I wanted to develop a high-end fashion shoe that was specifically designed for someone with a larger frame and foot. The line was designed in the U.S. and manufactured in a small exclusive factory in Brazil.
The Brazilian shoe last is designed to be comfortable and not painful. They make the shoe last approximately 1/3 of an inch larger in both width and length to ensure comfort. This is why when I first tried one of the many samples, I was surprised by the fact that the shoes just “FIT” without any unnecessary pain. If only I had been able to find and buy luxury shoes that actually felt good to wear, there would have been no need to start my line. The Zofie brand built upon this added comfort by tailoring the heel height to be between 2.75 and 3.25 inches in order maximize the comfort without sacrificing style. Most of the footwear experts in the industry agree that a 3 inch heel is the perfect height to both flatter a women’s figure and to ensure walkability and all day comfort. And, it’s the ideal height for a tall girl who doesn’t necessarily want or need the 4 or 5 inch heel that is common among high-end pumps. Finally, a pair of pumps I can both feel and look glamorous in without the typically associated pain.
Compare the Zofie "Lucia" Pump @ $245 (100% Genuine Brazilian Leather including outer sole) Shop Lucia Now
VS. Jimmy Choo "Luna" at $675