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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! However, since it can be hard to find options that suit every weight, taste, and budget, I decided to put together a list of the best (cutest and most comfortable) high heels that big women can get! And, even beyond that, I have created a 3 step process that will enable any overweight woman to wear heels again. Are you ready for it? Here is the process:
- Find some comfortable heels that you like
- Put on said heels
- Strut your stuff
That’s all there is to it! No matter how big you are, you are entitled to wear whatever you like (you just might be super comfortable). 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 feel sexy when you’re uncomfortable!
Some people can’t wear high heels at 150lbs, others are comfortable at 250+lbs. It all depends on your personal preference! High heels for overweight women try to address the common issues that stop people from wearing heels. So 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: The 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. Luckily for us, wedges and chunky style footwear are back and all the rage again!
Problem: Balance issues
This is an issue that anyone who wears heels (overweight or not) can relate to! And to anyone who feels unstable on high heels, we say find lower ones! Believe me, finding some heels that you can walk well in will look far sexier than walking like a flat-footed duck in the tallest pumps you can. 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 needing to do so much work!
*With all of this being said, 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! As a plus-size woman, I find it totally acceptable to wear heels somewhere and then slide them off underneath the table or during the movie/show. Do what works for you!
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 my 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 Parigi: My Favorite Heels for Plus Size Women
They say every girl needs a great pair of heels…and that is true. However, when it comes to high heels for overweight women, it is truer to say that every girl needs a dozen pairs of basic heels for ever-day wear. Fierce heels are fun but, when I need heels for a casual date, work, or just going out, the heels I reach for is the Parigi from LifeStride. Or at least, I reach for one of my 5 pairs in different colors. Finding high heels for overweight women can be quite hard so, when I found some that were comfortable to wear for hours, I bought them in several colors to go with just about anything!
I have to say, finding a color to match just about everything wasn’t hard…they are available in 35 varying colors and finishes after all! So if you are looking for some great heels (for an even better price) then stock up your closet with these! As for the price, keep your eyes out for deals. I have bought all of mine on Amazon and have paid anywhere from $20 to $60 depending on the color.
And, if you are a wide foot gal like myself, fret not. These are available in narrow, regular, wide, and extra-wide widths! Who says you can’t find great heels for fat women with chubby feet?!
More of my Favorite Heels for Fierce & Fat Ladies
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.
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, without a doubt, on of my favorite pairs of high heels for overweight women, As long as your feet aren’t too chunky (and squeeze out of the peep space) you’ll look smashing in these at any size! They are available in regular and wide widths and 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!
Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Angelina Dress Pump
100% leather t-straps? Sign me up! T-straps are among the best high heels for overweight women. Not having a bunch of thin straps running over the sides of my chubby feet is not only comfy but makes my feet look way less fat.
These heels are available in narrow, regular, and wide widths.
So, 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!
List of 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 as a plus-size woman (or any woman for that matter) 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! Have a beautiful day!
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