makes every effort to feature shoes with the
broadest size ranges available, however to
accommodate the needs of upscale fashionistas
other factors take precedence in the Style
Editor's choices in this section.
Please also note
that many designer shoes are available in
European sizing only. Italian shoes, in
particular, tend to run narrow. Those with
a medium width foot may find going up half a
size from usual is required.
Upscale, full-figured fashionistas will often
use high end designer shoes and accessories
mixed with both designer fashion
and less expensive labels to create polished
looks. This is especially true for
working professional women
special occasion dressing.
More casual designer shoes are popular mixed
If you are looking for shoes off the high end
European Fashion Week runways, official licensed
Luisa Via Roma
is one of the best resources. Pre-orders
are often available for the most exclusive looks
shortly after showing on the runways. Hard
to find brands such as Dolce & Gabbana,
Givenchy, and Pierre Balmain can be found in
addition to contemporary premium shoe designers
such as Jeffrey Campbell and Nicholas Kirkwood.
Expect prices in the high hundreds to thousand
dollar mark here.
Saks Fifth Avenue
will also carry very high end designer shoes
from luxury labels such as Valentino, Alexander
McQueen, and Prada to name just a few.
These can also be especially good places to find
famous shoe brands such as Manolo Blahnik and
Lord & Taylor
regularly offers contemporary shoe designs from
brands such as Kate Spade, Trina Turk, and Marc
by Marc Jacobs.
offers the most diverse range of shoe sizes in
high end to moderate designer shoes, so if
looking for extended sizes larger than 10 or
wide widths, this is the department store that
will reliably stock styles to fit your foot.
More moderately priced around $100 to $200,
upscale shoe designers such as Steve Madden,
MICHAEL Michael Kors, Ivanka Trump, and Vince
Camuto are plentiful at department stores such
Zappos has hundreds of brands and
thousands of styles, diverse sizing, and good
sorting tools to help locate the perfect shoes
for your occasion. Designer name brands
here are less flashy in the $200 + bracket, but
this is the best spot for those looking for high
quality, comfort, and style in the luxury
market. It is in this shopping space that
the widest range of widths and extended sizes
are available. Shopping reviews from
consumers, in addition to meticulous sizing
information, is especially good here to help in
choosing the right size for your foot.
Occasionally a great pair of pumps from
Vivienne Westwood or funky, high end look
from DSquared2 will turn up in the $500+
bracket, but most of the offerings in the luxury
space fall between $150 to $500.
Popular upscale labels include Salvatore
Ferragamo, Burberry, Tory Burch, and names such
as UGG, Frye, Born, Taryn Rose, Think!, Munro
American, and Mephisto. It is here that a
gorgeous pair of special occasion pumps from
Badgley Mischka or Stuart Weitzmann can most
reliably be purchased.
Bargain Designer Shoe Shopping
The best resources for bargain designer shoe
shopping, other than the department store sale
racks, are at some of the off price retailers
that specialize in guaranteed, genuine designer
goods on the internet.
is owned by Neiman Marcus, and
Saks Off Fifth
is owned by Saks Fifth Avenue and stand 100%
behind their products.