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.


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…


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!

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15 Responses to Sarah’s Boot Dilemma

  1. Laura, you are wonderful!!

    These are perfect. I will order them now.


    Thanks so much.

    Sarah xxxx

  2. I just hope they work for you but I’m confident they will. Let me know! Xx

  3. I was supprised to find Asda does a decent size 9. My £6 stripy flats are my fav commute shoes and are very pretty. I spent five times that much on some feet killing next pumps in a 9! Unfortunately Asda don’t seem to be well stocked in 9s but I will trying some more via online shopping.

  4. I am looking forward to your news about larger size shoes, I am a 10 or a 9 at Evans, though their 9 boots are always too baggy around the ankle or top of the leg 🙁

  5. Love this post! Shoe/boot hunting is hell. Agree about Topshop especially in suede. I’ve done pretty well in M&S recently for ankle boots with straps- and strangely fitted into an 8 (so of course panic bought 3 pairs!). If you’re ok with non-leather boots then I find the 9 in Dorothy Perkins pretty generous too nd sometime Primark come up trumps too. I always buy more than one pair of shoes or boots if I love them and they’re comfortable as it’s the hardest thing to buy. I have learnt that Asos 9s are always too small, Next a bit hit or miss, and Debenhams quite good too for shoes. Love our collective knowledge!

  6. Size EU42 has always been size UK9. Some stores are just getting the sizing wrong, like River Island /H&M/Oasis labeling size EU38 – UK12 in clothing (Size EU40 has always been UK12), so I have to get 1 UK size up in these stores. Basically my feet has always been 1 size larger than the standard largest size, which has always been UK 8 and European 41. So in effect I am size UK9 and EU size 42, like the author (not the 43). I’m European btw, so I know. So Topshop’s size 42s/9s is an attempt to cater for larger niche sizing (1 size above standard largest 41/8), which sometimes they miserably fail at, but sometimes also get it very right.

  7. In that case I ‘m a 10. Thanks hun, very interesting x

  8. Nice shoes. Thanks for letting us know! I only wonder – are they quite wide? I’m generally a 42/UK 9 (although I agree with the sizing issues mentioned above – I’d seldom be a UK 10, but I’ve fit into 41-43), but sometimes with large shoes they can be too wide for me – I think I’m average width. (I have more often had problems with shoes being too wide, rather than too narrow.)

  9. I’m average I’d say. They’re slightly wider than other boots I have, and I wear the straps on minimum size x

  10. Cute shoes! I have problem finding nice shoes too that actually fit.

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