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High heels are an area of fashion where larger women…tread lightly. Being “too fat” for high heels seems to be a universal truth that goes unchallenged. What the reasons are for it, no one really seems clear. Is it a concern that there aren’t wide enough pumps available? That the heels might break off? Or perhaps that it might make other people feel funny to see you happy and confident no matter your size? Well here’s a shocking truth brought to you by yours truly…you are never “too fat” for high heels. Wear whatever you want, no matter your size! High heels for overweight and plus size women are actually in plentiful supply and are cuter than ever! To make it easier for everyone involved, though, I have created an extensive guide on how to wear high heels when you’re overweight. Are you ready for it? Here we go….
- Find some comfortable heels that you like
- Put on said heels
- Strut your stuff
That’s all there is to it! However, as with most things, it’s easier said than done. Since I assume you already know how to put on shoes and walk, let’s discuss that major hang-up for most people: finding comfortable heels that you like. Because as you may know, it’s hard to be sexy when you’re uncomfortable!
The Problems Heavy Women Have With Heels (and their solutions!)
Some people can’t wear high heels at 150lbs, others are comfortable at 250+lbs. It all depends on your personal preference! Here are the problems plus-sized ladies usually run into when trying to find heels to wear – and some fixes! Unfortunately, there are going to be shoes that just won’t work for you, but there are still so many options in the wide world of fashion! Here are our tips for finding heels that will be comfortable for wide feet, or for heavier women!
Problem: Shoes are too narrow. Well, some brands offer wide and/or extra wide sizes! Even for heels! Most online stores that sell shoes will have a filter for width, so you can easily weed out the options that won’t work for you. Don’t let wide feet stop you from wearing sassy shoes!
Problem: Heel isn’t strong enough. Have you seen Kinky Boots? It’s a musical about drag queens having issues wearing shoes made for women because the heels break off under their weight. Luckily, these days, companies have gotten the clue that heels for bigger women need to be made! Companies like Torrid and Lane Bryant make heels specifically for plus-size women, but you can also find stronger heels from “regular” brands. It’s simple – look for shoes with a chunkier heel! Stilettos probably won’t provide enough support, and any shoe with a thicker heel will be able to hold more weight and be sturdier.
Problem: Balance issues. Honestly, women who aren’t considered plus-size have issues with this, too! And to anyone who feels unstable on high heels, we say find lower ones! Pumps that aren’t as high, and that have thicker heels are going to be easier to walk or stand in, and more comfortable in general! So look for lower, chunkier heels if you want to stay balanced and still wear shoes that aren’t flat.
Problem: Foot pain. Heels aren’t usually comfortable, period. But there are some things you can look for in your search for high heels for overweight or heavy wearers! –Round toe: this will automatically give you more room in your toes than super pointy heels. Less toe pain! –Wider toe box: some shoes are designed with more room where the toes go than others. If your toes are less cramped, you’ll have a more comfy experience. Look for shoes with more space! – Lower heel: High heels put your feet in an awkward position, which puts pressure on lots of different points of your feet (as well as ankles, legs, back, lots of places!). Wearing lower heels will automatically make your feet less strained. –Wider straps: If you choose heels with super thin straps, you’re more likely to have them digging into your feet. A wider strap distributes pressure more evenly, and will be more comfortable!
Problem: Ankle pain. This problem is similar to foot pain, but the ankles really take a beating when wearing shoes that aren’t stable, even if they are wide enough or don’t hurt your actual feet. Look for more stability as if you have balance issues (Lower heel, chunkier heel, even wider straps!) and there will be less strain on your ankles. Platforms are another great option if you find your ankles hurt when you wear heels, but don’t want to wear lower ones. Platforms have the advantage of extra height without the foot strain. A “platform” is any shoe that has extra space beneath the ball of your foot/your toes, instead of them being flat on the ground. This extra platform offsets the height of the heel, so you can wear a higher shoe without your feet and ankles having to do so much work!
However, wearing heels places a great deal of pressure on the ankle and ball of the feet, so you may be at a point where it is simply not comfortable to wear heels, especially not for a long period of time. But there are lots of options out there, so you may be able to find yourself a comfortable pair to wear on special occasions!
And our last problem: No flattering styles available. Well boy are you in for a treat…it might take more time searching, but there are lots of heels for big women. And the best news is, we’ve taken some time to search for you!
Here are 10 of our favorite cute heels for wide feet:
Just a reminder…if you like them…buy them and wear them! You liking them is enough permission!
LifeStride Women’s Carla Dress Pump
Available in regular and wide widths, reviewers say these shoes feel stable and comfortable! These are a good higher-height option, without a platform.
Naturalizer Women’s Banks Pump
These have quite a low heel, and are available in narrow, regular, and wide widths. Available in a ton of colors. These are a great low-heel option that are a little dressier than flats!
LifeStride Women’s Parigi
This is a great, classic pump. Available in narrow, regular, wide, AND extra-wide widths! Also available in about 35 colors, so you can find a pair to match anything!
Easy Street Women’s Vibrant Dress Pump
Available in narrow, regular, wide, AND extra-wide widths! Reviewers say they are very stable, comfortable, and easy to wear for wide feet!
Naturalizer Women’s Hoda Pump
These shoes are just fun! Available in regular and wide widths. Reviewers say the heels are super sturdy and easy to wear.
Naturalizer Women’s Joy Heeled Sandal
These are more of a sandal/strappy option, available in regular and wide widths. These have a small platform, thick heels, and wide straps, so they should be a much comfier version of this style of shoe!
Trotters Women’s Candice Dress Pump
These have a shorter chunky heel, sturdy (but still cute!) mary jane style, 100% leather, and available in regular and wide width.
Comfortview Women’s Plus Size The Amie Sling
These cute sling-backs have an adorable bow detail, short, super chunky heels, and are a very stable option. Available in regular, wide, and extra wide widths, making them some of the most comfortable heels for wide feet!
Rockport Women’s Total Motion Salima 2 Piece Pump
These have a shorter, chunky heel in a cute D’orsay style pump. They are available in regular and wide widths, but reviews say that wide fits more like extra wide so if you’re chubby with wide feet these are a great option as well!
Trotters Women’s Camila Peep-Toe Pump
This is a super versatile style of shoe, with a low platform and a slightly thicker heel for stability. They are available in narrow, regular, and wide widths. They also come in 5 colors and are 100% leather!
In conclusion, there are tons of high heels for overweight women! Never let a bit of insecurity or foot pain put you off from wearing what you want. Find something that doesn’t cause you pain and stride out in style because you are awesome!
Reasons why every plus size girl SHOULD wear high heels!
- Because You Want To!
Forget all the claptrap about high heels making you look like you have longer legs, like you’re skinnier, etc. (although those things can be true…) The main reason you should wear heels is that you want to. Not because it fits someone else’s idea of what would make you better looking. On the other side, the only reason you shouldn’t wear heels is that you don’t want to! But since you’re here, you know you need a pair of cute heels. If you’ve been old you’re too fat, overweight, or heavy for heels you now know that that is baloney. Just get yourself a pair and love them!
Once you have those heels though, you’ll probably be way classier than your poor husband. Head over to our article about The Best Dress Shoes For Big Guys to get him closer to your level!