Friday, June 05, 2009
I have a confession; I have very large feet. Usually when I tell people what size of shoe I wear, they are surprised because my feet do look proportionate to my body. I technically wear a 10 1/2, but usually have to wear an 11 because they don't usually make size 10 1/2. In past years I had no problem finding shoes. But just in the past couple of years I haven't been able to find my size in the stores.
I went to all of the big name stores like Sears and JC Penney, but none carried an 11. I even went to a brand new, huge shoe store that just opened up to try to find size 11. I knew it was a slim chance, so instead of searching the store, I went straight to a saleslady and asked if they carried 11's. She said that when they get in their stock of shoes, there usually is only one shoe of each style in a size 11. She said that one of the women who works in the store buys every size 11 that comes in, so there aren't any left for customers. I was so frustrated.
Today I went to the Sun Valley mall in ..I think it's Pleasant Hill. I walked the entire mall looking for a store that might have shoes to fit me. Finally I decided to try JC Penney one more time. I went straight to a clerk again and asked her if they carry ANY size 11. She said, "We do have a few." and went to get me some to try on. She came back with 6 boxes of the ONLY size 11's in the entire store. As luck would have it, the first pair turned out to be perfect. I was ecstatic! Do you know how long I have been looking for a pair of dress shoes? MONTHS!
My complaint is that I know there are other women with feet my size. Hello people...there is a market for bigger shoes!!! I'm thinking I should start a business selling large size shoes.