Happy New Year you bloody lovely leggy lot! Hope you had a magical Christmas break and that Santa was suitably generous.
After a lovely long stay with the in-laws in Cornwall — and THREE Christmas dinners — I’m now back on the trail of Tall fashion. In 2012 I’ll be building on the fun of last year… hunting down suppliers of long-length womenswear and finding Amazonian-worthy clothes on the humble highstreet. There will more “lifestyle” posts, more reader style, and more advice and ideas to help you LOVE your height in 2012. (And no doubt the occassional rant… it’s important that we get to have a good whinge sometimes).
My Christmas time in Cornwall was made all the more merry by my mother-in-law’s Christmas cake (drenched in brandy), and by my lovely new Nine West boots.
Now, I’ve always thought that shoe and accessory retailer Nine West had a slightly misleading name. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have once headed to its website in the belief that you were going to find plus-size shoes. Nine right? Surely that must refer to shoe size. And if you’re anything like me, you’d have been hysterically excited by the abundance of mouth-watering colours and on-trend styles and luxurious looking fabrics…. before having a big, fat, foot-stamping tantrum when you realised that none of the shoes would fit you.
Because Nine West — contrary to its promising name, wasn’t really very different to any other shoe retailer. (Incidentally, the Nine in Nine West actually alludes to the fact that the company began in the Solow Building at 9 West 57th St in New York City. It’s still a silly name though).
I’d given up on Nine West a few years ago when I realised that I wasn’t going to find any shoes that were bigger than an eight. So I was slightly surprised to see a comment from regular reader Di a couple of weeks ago, stating that Nine West not only had a sale on (yippeee!), but that it also now stocked a fair few generously sized nines too (and yup, I’m talking size 43s… none of this size-nine-is-a-42 rubbish).
I tentatively headed to its website (the previous disappointments had obviously affected me more than I’d realised) and found myself falling absolutely head-over-flats for these boots (£75 reduced from £190, get in!).
And once home, the boots totally lived up to my expectations… so wonderfully roomy, so beautifully finished, such a classic shape, so utterly buttery soft. Those moments of “making do” with any large shoes I could get my hands on had been replaced with sheer unadulterated lust. I’ve never felt so excited about slipping on some leather. I can wiggle my toes in them and walk for hours in them… all the things that little-footed people take for granted.
While my boots are actually sold out now (oops.. sorry for dangling the carrot…), there is a good selection of size nines on the website. If you’re a fellow size-niner, and have always felt restricted to poor-quality, flimsy shoes… these ones are like HEAVEN. They’re not the cheapest… but if I am going to force myself to keep one New Year’s resolution, it’s to stop buying “bargains” that fall apart after one wear.
But anyway, I’d best stop gushing and get back to work… 2012 has begun and there are lots of delicious clothes to seek out for women over 5’10, and shoes in size nine… and beyond.
Here’s to a super stylish 2012.
P.S. According to new research by Debenhams, the sales of size nine shoes are now surpassing those of size four, which was the standard measurement in the 1960s. Let’s hope for a sharp increase in choice for size-niners this year as a result.
P.P.S. If you’re looking down at your size ten+ shoes and feeling hard-done-by, fear not… the next shoe post will feature footwear in much larger sizes. 🙂 I know there are plenty of larger-footed ladies out there too. (AND we’ll find you lots of GORGEOUS shoes this year. Promise).