March 17, 2014

Finding Shoes for Women Who have Size 5 Feet or Smaller

      Chances are, if you read my finding clothing for extra petite women post because you're petite sized, you are also reading this post because you have small feet as well. I define small feet as size 5 or smaller. I have size 5 feet, and ladies who share this special size with me know how heartbreaking it is to see a pair of shoes you love, but the smallest size they come in is a size 6. You probably also have walked into a shoe store and when the SA asks "do you need any help?" you just reply, "do you carry size 5 shoes?" because you don't want to waste your time browsing just to find out the entire store is devoid of size 5 shoes.

      As a teenager, I remember a time where only the very high end luxury brands carried all their styles in a size 5. Obviously I couldn't afford Manolos or CLs when I was in high school. Luckily though, I've noticed that in the past 4-5 years a couple more mainstream shoe brands have been making size 5 shoes and smaller. Over the years, I have complied list of shoe brands I know carry my size, and if you're interested in seeing the list as well as some of my picks from a few of the brands, click through the jump! Warning - long post ahead!

      I have split up the list in several sections; (1) a mid level tier where the shoes range approximately from $80-150, (2) a high end list where the shoes are more expensive starting around $150 or more but topping out at $400, (3) mainstream brands that sometimes carry a size 5, and (4) online stores that specialize in small shoe sizes. Where mentioned, some of the brands I list also carry as low as a size 4. I'm not going to talk about the luxury brands ($400+) as they've in my experience always carried size 5s.

Mid Level brands ($80-$150)
  • Enzo Angiolini (carries size 4) - My first pair of black patent heels were from Enzo more than 5 years ago and I still wear them today! The brand is good for classic heels, often go on sale, and are of great quality.
  • Sam Edelman (carries size 4) - I absolutely love the shoes by Sam Edelman. I only discovered the brand 2-3 years ago but it has fast become one of my favorite shoe brands. The brand is young, fresh, and slightly edgy. I own three pairs of shoes from the brand and I love all three of them. They're good for everyday wear, and offer shoes in classic silhouettes as well as some more rocker inspired looks with spike details.
  • Vince Camuto (carries size 4) - Vince Camuto is similar in style and feel to Sam Edelman. Sometimes I get the two shoes brands mixed up because I see them as direct competitors. If you already like Sam Edelman or like the brand's look & feel, check out Vince Camuto.
  • Asos - The online British retailer has tricky sizing. Although they do carry a US size 5 shoe, they tend to run a tad big. I once ordered Asos brand flats from the site and they were too big. Recently I ordered a pair of bootie wedges for shoe sizes "5-6" and it was wearable albeit slightly big. Fortunately Asos offers free returns, so you can return the shoes for free if they don't fit you.
  • Ivanka Trump (carries size 4) - Like Enzo Angiolini, the self-branded billionaire's daughter shoe line offers classic looking shoes which can be worn in a professional setting.
  • Sole Society - This online retailer is part of the recent trend of online only stores that try to offer trendy shoes at affordable prices. The site usually offers shoes that are on trend and are focused more towards the young woman in her 20-30's.
  • Shoe Mint - Similar to Sole Society, you can usually find unique styles that can't be found anywhere else. Odd thing is they don't carry size 5.5, but they carry a size 5 in most styles. 
  • Kid's Shoes - You didn't think I would forget the kid's section did you?! I own several pairs of shoes that I bought in the kid's section. Buying shoes from the kid's section is best when the adult version and the kid version are almost identical. I own a pair of Sperry Topsiders, Frye Engineer boots, and Uggs - all bought in the kid section that are virtually indistinguishable from the adult version. It's a great feeling when this happens, because the kid's version is always at least $30-40 cheaper. Tip: a size 3 in big kids is equivalent to a women's size 5.

High End Brands ($150-$400)
  • Kate Spade - If your style is very feminine, sweet, and you love bows, Kate Spade has the shoes for you. The shoes look high end, and are for the most part classically pretty so you'll be able to wear them for years to come.
  • Cole Haan - If you're a professional working woman who refuses to wear flats but hate that your feet are killing you by lunch time, you should invest in Cole Haans. Their Nike Air sole technology make your feet feel like they are on clouds, and they offer many silhouettes that are not matronly.
  • Other high end brands that carry size 5's - Tory Burch, JCrew, Ann Taylor, & Vince.

Brands that carry a size 5 for some of their shoes
  • Steve Madden - It is very rare, but sometimes Steve Madden carries a size 5. I've had better luck with Nordstrom carrying Steve Madden shoes in a size 5, but very rarely do the brick & mortar Steve Madden stores carry size 5. 
  • Nine West - Again, the same guidelines go for Nine West as they do for Steve Madden. Nine West carries a size 5 in their more popular styles, but a big chunk of their styles do not come in a size 5. I've had better luck with shopping on their online site and filtering the search results to show all styles that come in a size 5. Although, if you want a basic pair of black pointy heels, they most likely will have it in a size 5.

Specialty Online Stores - Carries Smaller than Size 4 Shoes
  • Shoes of Prey - This is the site for you if you want a custom designed shoe. The website has an interactive design widget where you can instantly preview what your design looks like. Perfect for those of you who want to design a special pair of shoes to a unique piece of clothing.
  • Cinderella of Boston - I first heard of Cinderella by Boston through my friend's older sister who has size 4 feet. The store is based in LA, but also have an e-commerce site.
  • JG Shoes - This company is based in Korea, and they make each pair of shoe by hand. The company offers both trendy and classic styles. If you have particularly small feet, you can submit a custom request for them to make a shoe in your size.
  • The Odd Slipper - I don't remember how I heard about The Odd Slipper, but I've had it bookmarked for as long as I can remember. They offer a broad range of shoe styles, and some styles are as low as $30!

My Picks

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Hope the shoe fits & happy shoe shopping!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great research. It's very helpful!


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