I think the earliest memories I have of borrowing my Mom’s heels come from second or third grade. Yes, that’s right people…that would’ve put me at ages eight and nine — and I could comfortably wear my Mom’s shoes. (Nix the cute photos of little girls clomping around the house playing dress-up in their mother’s shoes. My Mom’s shoes literally fit me.)
As a girl (of any age really), it’s a bit unnerving to have big feet. In my biological makeup, I owe it all to my Dad (thanks, Pops!) for my long, narrow feet. So, cursed with such appendages, I was forever forced to wear adult women’s shoes at a young age, making it impossible to wear any of the cute, trendy shoes that were popular in the 90s (although in hindsight, I think the 90s is a fashion decade I could easily skip right over, so maybe it’s okay?!?! Doc Martens be damned!).
I have always resented the fact that it isn’t easy for me to go into a store, see a pair of shoes I like and just purchase them…like any ol’ size 7 1/2 shoe gal. It still kills me that I manage to constantly fall in love with shoes that aren’t even made in my size, 11. But, thankfully I was introduced to BarefootTess.com some years ago and it has been (but what shouldn’t be) a total luxury having access to such a fabulous shoe site.
An excerpt from the site:
Tess is, in many ways, your typical twentysomething girl. She loves movies, tennis, sushi, her dog Hank and her hometown of Baltimore — and most of all, she loves clothes. Since she can remember, she has spent hours poring over fashion sites and magazines to carefully dissect what designers are showing and celebrities are wearing, and she firmly believes that the thrill one gets from wearing a new dress is the best mood elevator out there.
But Tess had a problem. For years, when she had nearly succeeded in putting together a perfect look — perhaps an outfit that mixed a timeless investment piece with a trendier item or a cheeky vintage find — she found herself getting ‘tripped’ up in the same place: what to do with her woefully, inescapably bare feet. Wearing an 11, she was unable to find shoes in her size that met her aesthetic standards; the suggestions of salespeople to try something in a men’s or comfort style met with her rightful indignation.
Fortunately, Tess refused to settle for these sub-par options and in 2005, she enlisted her mother to help her found Barefoot Tess. Their mission was, and is, to provide the best in footwear — be it a $15 flip-flop or an $800 boot — to large-footed, fashion-conscious women everywhere. Tess’s love of fashion has never been about how much something costs, what size it is or who designed it. It’s about style, and style shouldn’t stop at size 10.
SO today I was reminded why I love to support this site so much. I bought a pair of fabulous ballet flats back in March that I had been coveting for months. I received an email from Barefoot Tess alerting me to a sale of 35% off just for being a size 11. (This is another fantastic perk: their daily newsletter, which constantly has deals, sales and new arrival information!) So order the size 11 Apepazza Tormalina flat in Mustard I did! And they’re beautiful…
The only problem is that the stones which adorn the toe of the shoe tend to fall out of the delicate prongs holding them in place every now and again. And as responsible a shoe-wearer as I try to be, sometimes I just don’t notice! Hence, I have these beautiful suede flats just staring me in the face every morning because I can’t wear them due to missing a stone. So, on a truly genius whim, I decided to call Barefoot Tess today and tell them of my situation…to which the woman helping me told me that she’d go ahead and send three replacement jewels right away, no charge! Apparently, several people who also love the shoe had called for help in regards to this issue so the people at Tess just called up Apepazza and asked for replacement stones. Simply magical. It truly made my Friday!!! Thank you, Tess 🙂
Viva las chicas with big feet!!!!