Women with small feet get no love when it comes to shoe shopping. I wear a size 4 shoe and I can say from experience, the options are extremely limited when it comes to finding decent fashionable shoes for petite feet. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to find anything smaller than a size 5 shoe at the mall or shoe stores in the United States. I used to think I was alone in feeling frustrated with my small shoe dilemma.
Growing up, I was always envious of my larger-footed friends who would giggle and boast about finding great new shoes for every occasion, while I’d desperately search for even just one pair of shoes that fit properly. Oftentimes, I would shop in the children’s department to find something small enough to fit, praying that nobody would recognize me and hoping that there would be an option without bows or glitter that could pass as ‘age-appropriate’. I cursed my mother for giving me her petite feet genes and fantasized about a way to magically make my small feet grow. Besides my mother, I didn’t know anybody else with feet as tiny as mine.、
Over the years the internet has widened the options for women with small feet. In addition to online boutiques that specialize in the small shoe niche market, there are numerous reference sites with helpful links and resources for women who wear a size 4 shoe or smaller. Connecting to these sites have made me realize that there are plenty of women looking for small sized shoes who share the same frustrations as I do. It is nice to be part of a unique community!
Now I do all my shoe shopping online and have had great success in finding styles that are hand-made in petite sizes that fit and flatter my feet. For anyone that is hesitant to order shoes online, I have found that measuring your feet and ordering custom sized shoes is a worthwhile investment to ensure shoes that fit perfectly. Many places offer simple, step-by-step instructions to measure your own feet and the payoff is amazing! I have ordered several pairs of boots and heels made to my specific measurements that are high-quality, super fashionable and most importantly, they fit just right!