Category Archives: Shoes

Where the HECK do you buy your shoes? (And a few other questions…)

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Can we talk about shoes? If you have what you consider to be larger-than-average feet, I want to know how easy or difficult you find it to buy shoes, where you’re getting them, and what you DREAM of wearing on them.

I would love you to the moon and back if you could fill out one of these surveys for me here. It will take five minutes and at the very least will inform how I write about footwear on All the Tall things, but will hopefully establish the viability of a shoe business I’ve been dreaming of creating since I started All the tall things. I’m sure there must be other women out there, who — like me — are tearing their hair out when it comes to buying shoes to match a wedding outfit or finding a pair of flats that looks smart but pretty for the workplace.

I’ll be conducting focus groups and further sizing research at some stage so if you’d like to be involved, then please look out for more information on All the Tall things’s Facebook page. You can also contact me there or via Insta if you’re keen to play a part in other ways.

Thanks a million,

Laura xx

My large-size women’s shoes survey can be found here. Please share it with your large-footed friends too.

Shoesissima Twitter Competition

The leaves are turning golden brown and I’m about to pop. Which can only mean two things: 1) Autumn is here and 2) You probably need a new pair of boots.

Luckily large-size shoe brand Shoesissima is on hand to help in that department, with various styles available in a UK Size 8 to 12. I love the very Alexa-esque Chelsea Boots (£139), available with free delivery and returns at ASOS.

The lovely people at Shoesissima are giving away one pair to an All the Tall things reader. You could win a brand new pair of leather ankle boots worth £139, just by briefly describing your dream pair of shoes.

How to enter:

1) Follow @tallthings on Twitter (if you’re not already)

2) Tweet @tallthings and describe your dream shoe. It can be anything from the sublime “lime green and pink polka dots with LED heels” to the downright necessary “a flat, studded black boot”. What do you WANT to see in your shoe size? Let us know.

3) Use the hashtag #bootcomp

e.g. @tallthings Midi heeled chunky black boots with steel capped toes #bootcomp

One winner will be picked at random from your entries (we’re looking for honest, not necessarily witty or clever answers, because we REALLY want to know what kind of shoes you’re after. Who knows, you may see Shoesissima creating that shoe you’ve been hankering after for years…).

(For links to other products featured, hover over the pictures above. The checked shirt is from ASOS Tall and YES, the sleeves are super long).

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The competition is open to all Leggy Lovelies, regardless of where in the world they live. Shoes are available in UK sizes 8-12. Regrettably we cannot offer bespoke sizes. Competition closes at midnight on 17/10/14. Winner will be announced on All the Tall things Facebook and Twitter page on 18/10/14.

Wedding Guest Wear at 7 Months Pregnant

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Hope you’re all wonderfully well.

Last weekend I was hitting the lemonades at my friends’ wedding in Scunthorpe, but not before much deliberation over what to wear. While I’ve not struggled anywhere near as much as I expected in finding long-length maternity wear for day-to-day, I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by the party and occasion-wear on offer for leggy lovelies sporting a bump.

Maternity occasion-wear in general is akin to specialist tall wear; it tends to err on the safe side of fashion, presumably to appeal to everyone, and therefore likely appealing to almost no one. Most dresses contain cheap fabrics or oddly placed lace, and are usually wildly over-priced in comparison with their bumpless counterparts.

A lot of the ASOS maternity dresses look like they’d be total bum-flashers on me, but I did find this sparkly chiffon number there, and at £60, it was even less expensive than a lot of non-maternity options. I’m sure I’ll wear it to another party before Baby Schof arrives too.

I wore it to the wedding of my lovely friends Jen and Mark, who I introduced 6 and half years ago. (I spent most of the day feeling like a very smug cupid). My hubby Tim conducted the ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Jen’s parents’ home and made a very dashing vicar indeed.

I colour-blocked with some teal shoes (oldies from Dorothy Perkins), a teal bag (found in the sale last week at John Lewis, £25), and a hat-inator from KCMode. You can find the ASOS dress here.

Have you found any wedding guest outfits recently that would work for leggy lovelies (with or without a bump?). Please share your sources below! And if you do know of any maternity lines that make pretty ocassion-wear for tall mamas, please pop those in too 🙂

L xx

Tried It On: Wedding Guest Midi Dress

Wedding season is in full swing, and 6’2 ATTT reader Sarah is here to help you out with your long-length wedding guest fashion dilemmas.

Sheer is a key trend for this season, and Sarah’s managed to nail the look with a dress that’s still demure and ladylike enough for a wedding. She found this amazing electric blue stripy number in Warehouse at a not-too-ridiculous-for-a-special-ocassion price of £50. Love the length and the fact that it nips in exactly where Sarah’s waist is supposed to be.

Extra bonus points for wearing chunky high heels (New Look, £19.99) and colour-blocking to perfection. Sarah, ordinarily a size 43, writes, “The shoes are wide-fit and an 8/42 was plenty big enough, but they do a 9/43 which was massive”.

I think those shoes would look just fabulous with skinny jeans for a girly night out too. New Look actually do this shoe style in 3 other colours up to a size 43, if you’re looking to co-ordinate/ colour-clash with your own outfit.

Let me know if you find any pretty wedding-worthy dresses or shoes that will fit a tall figure. You can email laura@allthetallthings.com or tweet @tallthings

L xx

H&M shorts that aren’t too short

… because we’re sick of wedgies and looking like giant-sized Kylie Minogue wannabes.

Whilst doing a spot of holiday shopping last week, I found some lovely, loose-fitting shorts in H&M. I bought the same pair in three different colour ways (I’ve also got the monochrome zig-zag pair, and ended up buying a dress in the same print because I love it so much), and each cost just £12.99.

The shorts also have an elasticated waist, so you can wear them higher or lower, depending on the kind of look you’re going for (some of you might really want to look like Kylie after all), and are therefore also great for any of you pregnant tallies to wear under a bump when the weather gets hotter.

I can’t find the above shorts online, but they’re in pretty much every H+M store at the moment.  I’ve also added the links to other products that are available online to the pictures above (hover over for details). The black and white block-colour top is from Next (non-tall), but it’s not particularly long-length so I’m not going to go all-out recommending it. The woven clutch is an oldie from Primark, and the big hat is another current H+M piece. The denim shirt in the bottom pic is a vintage Levis charity-shop buy.

Have you found any shorts on the highstreet? Or been disappointed by any that definitely DON’T fit? Share share…

L xx

Sleeves that actually make your arms feel short.

Are you constantly making do with three-quarter length sleeves in tops, blazers and dresses because they’re the only kind that look half decent? Or buying your jumpers super over-sized so that the sleeves meet your wrists, only to find they end up looking a bit mis-shapen and tent-like?

It’s a real novelty when I find long sleeves that actually fit. It’s not something you see much of in our “Tried It On” feature, because while you can occasionally find a long-enough maxi or a pretty knee-length skirt on the “regular” highstreet, it’s nigh-on impossible to find a jacket or top that fits in a long-sleeve style.

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Loose in the body but fitted in the sleeves, this ASOS jersey is a great piece for layering under jackets or over blouses and pairing with jeans or skirts.

You can hover over the picture below for links to products that are available. This mint ASOS Premium full midi skirt is in a fab heavy-weight flocked fabric that’s made for running about in stilettos along Bleecker Street in NYC.

These Laboutin-style shoes  are a cheap-as-chips £35 from Next and available up to a size 43. They even make my alien toes look almost earthling-like.

Almost. 

Have you found any long-sleeve jackets/ tops or dresses that fit your never-ending limbs? In the specialist Tall ranges or otherwise? Please share!

I’m also in the midst of summer-shopping for a forthcoming sunshine break to Santorini, so expect some pretty maxi skirts and floaty dresses to appear over the next few blog posts. Let me now if you’ve found any yourself. 🙂

L xx

Summer Brights

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

Recently I’ve really begun to feel like the tide is changing. We might not have as much choice on the highstreet as the average-Joanne (and I don’t expect we ever will), but there is definitely something in the water. More and more retailers are launching (or relaunching) Tall ranges, and the specialist Tall brands seem to be getting a bit trendier in response. 

Where I live — in the UK — I suddenly feel much less invisible to retailers. If you haven’t read Frances Perraudin’s Guardian article “Tall to Petite: Why does the British Highstreet do Niche Fashion so well?” then make sure you have a look. It’s a little reminder of how far we’ve come.

So with this in mind, and while I’m almost spoilt for choice, I thought it was about time for a wardrobe overhaul. Looking over the last few posts and scanning my wardrobe, I’ve realised that I’ve forgotten to dress in colour. So I’m hoping to bring you a little bit more sunshine on these very blog pages over the next few weeks.

This pretty ASOS Tall kimono adds the perfect mix of tropical brights and neons to my jeans-and-tee combo. If you’re a slave to the blazer or cardi, then consider switching yours up for the on-trend kimono shape in 2014. Perfect if you’re arm or hip conscious, and this one is super long-line.

I’ve just purchased the matching shorts for when the weather’s a bit warmer because they look really striking together. The rolled-sleeve borrowed-from-the-boyfriend style tee is from ASOS (well worth investing in the twin-pack because they’re pretty with floaty summer skirts too), and the minty green perspex necklace is  from New Look (bought in store last week and seemingly unavailable online). My favourite tall-appropriate giraffe clutch has now sold out, but there is a very similar one here. The jeans are stolen from my hubby (and he won’t know unless he reads this because I’m out with the girls tonight, so we’ll see how much he really reads this blog).

You can hover over the picture below for links to the products featured:

I’ve also popped on some pretty coral strappy pumps (£15.99) from New Look.

What are your thoughts on the developments occurring online and on the highstreet for tall women? Is shopping really getting a whole lot easier? Or is there still a very long way to go? Let me know your thoughts…

L xx

Shoesissima at ASOS

The most common (and completely reasonable) complaints you hear about shoes from women with big feet…

1) You have to pay through the nose to get them posted, when other women can just try anything on in store…

2)…. only to find they don’t fit and you have to send them back (for another charge).

3) That the pair of shoes you love is in outer-Mongolia and you have to pay over-the-odds for a boat/ plane/ pigeon to get them to you. (And still risk complaint number 2 again).

4) That a BIG shoe size is considered to be a size 9, and in some very rare cases, a size 10.  Anything beyond that and you’re shopping in the men’s section, or eating beans for a month to afford the one frumpy pair that fits.

With the promise of solving all these problems, large-size shoe brand Shoesissima has landed on ASOS. Which means free international delivery, free returns, and 18 styles of shoe available in a size 8-12 (that’s up to a US size 14, Euro 46). That means you can even purchase two of the same pair to try on and send one back. FOR FREE.

I ordered these red metallic-detail block heels (£79.99) (in an on-trend medium height — great if you’re averse to skyscrapers).

You’ll notice that the plastic is still on… that’s because I need to exchange them, because they’re actually too damn big. This is possibly down to an error of judgement on my part; I  have a few pairs of Shoesissima from a couple of seasons ago, and found them to come up quite small, so I made sure I ordered the 10 in these rather than my  usual 9. These couldn’t have been more different and — I believe for the first time ever — I could see an inch of shoe beyond the front of my toes. But therein lies the great thing about ASOS; there’s NO gamble.

By Shoesissima standards, Size 9 is considered to be a size 43 (yay!) and a 10 a 44, so the current season’s stock won’t have us whinging about the poor interpretation of sizes. Here are a few of my other faves…

Let me know what you think of the current collection and if you’ve tried Shoesissima before.

L xx

Sarah’s Boot Dilemma

Hey Leggy Lovelies,

We all know that a size 9 in one shop won’t be the same as a size 9 in another shop. Sometimes, the disparity between shoes of the same size is apparent even within a single store. So when ATTT reader Sarah sent me the following email, I felt her pain…

“Hi Laura,

I have been buying and returning boots like these (below) recently as the website says they are a 9 and when they arrive they are a narrow 42 (office) or have 43 printed in them but are small and narrow (next) or don’t go up to a 9.

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Please please can you and the lovely readers of your blog help me find some size 9/43 boots like this that are not too small or narrow because I love them!!”

Well Sarah, it just so happens that I can answer your booty call. (Not like that). I’ve only recently found a gorgeous pair of side-buckle boots from the confusingly-sized shoe department in Topshop.

Now. Before you scoff at the idea of squeezing your feet into a teeny weeny Topshop size 42, please try to trust me on this one…

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Boots, Topshop (Up to a 42) £46

Topshop is — in my opinion — the worst offender when it comes to sizing issues. Its size 9 is labelled as a 42, and I usually can’t even get a pair on my feet, let alone walk in them. But having struck lucky in store with a size 9 boot (and having received some positive reviews of Topshop size 42s from readers who also consider themselves a 43), I’ve continued to persevere and order from Topshop when I see a style I like, with varying rates of success.

These suede boots were a birthday present from my lovely hubby, and though they’re not exactly the same as Sarah’s leather Office pair, they’re wonderfully comfortable on my size 43 feet and the straps extend super far to accommodate a wide foot.

Expect to see them in some spring/summer outfit posts shortly!

Has anyone else found a pretty pair of ankle boots for spring/ summer in a larger size?

L x

P.S. I know size 9 is pretty diddy these days, so there will be larger sized shoes featured on the blog shortly. 🙂

P.P.S. Gok interview is coming soon… and a whole new video blog. Keep your eyes peeled!

The ASOS Tall Scuba Skirt

The lovely people at ASOS may not have officially launched their Tall range just yet, but they sure are teasing us with some fab preliminary pieces. This black scuba midi skirt caught my eye, and is so perfect in length that I’m very tempted for the red one now too.

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My midriff is currently in no fit state for public consumption, but it’s possible to work the crop-top trend without baring the wine belly. This dotty ASOS number sits elegantly over the top of the skirt, and you’ll only catch a hint of my upper-tum (the OK bit) in a very sharp breeze. 

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I’ve gone for full-on sparkle in my accessories; a sparkly perspex Coast Cuff (a bit pricey at £35 for bling-bling costume jewellery, but I’ve wanted it for ages and finally gave in this week), a bib style necklace and my silver Next courts (available up to a Euro 43). I picked up my long-line blazer from a random boutique in Hong Kong, but you don’t really need that for party time anyway.

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What would you style this scuba skirt with? And have you made any ASOS Tall purchases yet? What’s your verdict?

L xx

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