Friday, August 20, 2010

Best Designer Size 12 Shoes

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What are some of your go-to brands for size 12 shoes? Let’s be honest – size 12 boots and shoes are a little bit harder to find than smaller standard sizes 6-10. However, tons of great designers are realizing that this small market has plenty of women who want fashionable size 12 shoes and comfortable and stylish boots size 12.

There are tons of great places to buy size 12 shoes online and you can start with behemoths like Endless and Zapoos – both make it incredibly easy to search for your shoes by designer, by size, by color, by heel height and style.

One of our absolute favorite shoe designers that thankfully is making incredibly women’s size 12 shoes and boots is Jeffrey Campbell. Jeffrey Campbell shoes have that something extra. They are edgy without being too extreme. Jeffrey Campbell boots are particularly spectacular – favorites being the engineer boot called the Wishlist boot. Jeffrey Campbell makes high heeled boots, low-heeled boots, flat boots and various boot heights. If you are looking for great over-the-knee boots, Jeffrey Campbell boots are some of the best OTK boots available today. All of the styles are definitely on-trend and get noticed.

For more classic styles, Stuart Weitzman makes beautiful size 12 shoes. Heels, boots and flats are all adequately represented by Stuart Weitzman shoes. These shoes tend to be on the pricey side so they may be more of an investment. If you want shoes that will last forever, this is one designer whose workmanship you can count on. The styles offered tend to be classic looking so most of them could stand the test of time and season. You’ll be able to pull the size 12 black riding boot out of the closet five years from now and it will still look chic. Stuart Wietzman shoes are available online at many shoe retailers including but definitely not limited to Zappos and Nordstrom. Comfortable high heels with some support and good craftsmanship can be expected.

Nine West shoes are affordable and offer tons of pretty and sexy styles. With most of their shoes coming it at under $100, Nine West shoes tend to be a great value. If you are looking for a basic pair of pumps, stilettos, sandals, flats or boots – Nine West has them. They don’t tend to be as fashion forward with their styles but they stick with the trends in addition to the basics so you will be stylish without feeling like a victim to trends.

Unlike Stuart Weiztman shoes, you probably won’t be able to wear your Nine West shoes forever. Nine West makes good quality but not of the exceptional quality of the more expensive shoes.

Another beloved designer that makes size 12 shoes is Steve Madden. Unfortunately, this blog doesn’t love Steve Madden anymore. After a bad customer service experience, Steve Madden boycott is in effect. The Steve Madden brand encompasses a lot of shoes – Madden Girl, Steven by Steve Madden, and Steve Madden shoes. The shoes are definitely on-trend, often knock-offs of more expensive shoes and shoes that you see on the runway. For example, when a beautiful pair of silver peep-toe Jimmy Choo shoes was featured on Sex in the City several years ago, Steve Madden made a copy and obviously sold it for a fraction of the price. Many lower priced designers do this with great success. We can’t all afford Jimmy Choo shoes! Steve Madden shoes are decent quality and a fair price. The Steven shoes are a bit more expensive and the styles are usually more luxe and of slightly better quality.

If for some reason you have a problem with the shoes, even right after you buy them, don’t expect Steve Madden to help. Their customer service was terrible. After having bought many pairs of Steve Madden shoes, I expected better when I spent over $300 on a pair of boots that came with a WRONG detachable piece. After trying in store, on the phone and via email – the customer service message was clear. No help, no resolution from Steve Madden. But, they do make size 12 shoes so make your own decisions. I, for one can’t see spending money at a company that doesn’t care if I’m happy with my purchase when THEY made the error.

Which have you worn? Do you have Jeffrey Campbell shoes to be your style? Do you prefer the more classic and luxe Stuart Weitzman shoes? Do you find that Nine West Shoes offer a better value and great styles? Have you tried any of the Madden Shoes? What is your favorite size 12 shoes designer? Which designer do you wish made size 12 shoes?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Discount Shoes

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Whether you are looking for size 8 shoes or size 12 shoes, you don’t want to overpay – stylish discounted shoes are a fantastic option.

It’s not as difficult to find discounted shoes at the end of the season when you no longer need them but the trick is finding size 12 shoes that are in season and work with the current trends. Here are a few ideas to help you find discounted shoes and boots that are on-trend and work with your budget and your lifestyle.
First, do take advantage of end-of-season sales on boots and shoes. Buy your classic boots and shoes at the end of the season discounted prices. Certain looks are always in fashion. A classic riding boot, basic pumps, comfortable sandals in neutral colors – these shoes will be in style for years to come so invest in them but at deeply discounted prices and spend your money on the shoes of the moment that you absolutely can’t live without. 

Particularly when you wear size 12 shoes, which we know are harder to fit and find – follow this rule. When you find things you love that fit well, buy them. Don’t buy shoes you can’t afford but if you find something that you can afford, it’s beautiful, well-made and it fits your size 12 feet, don’t feel guilty about buying it even if it is off-season.

Go to close-out sales and end-of-season sales at stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macys, outlet stores, and boutiques. These stores have to get rid of their winter merchandise as spring comes in. They have to cut the prices of their summer shoes to get ready for the autumn merchandise that comes in. You can even find shoes, sandals and boots that are in season if you watch sales closely.

Second, check out discounted shoes and discounted clothing chains like T.J. Maxx, Ross, Marshall’s and Loehmann’s to get last season’s shoes for a song. Sometimes you can even find current season designer shoes that were labeled “irregular” or that are officially considered defective but have flaws that you can’t see. You can find incredible deals on boots and shoes that don’t look outdated. Don’t choose the shoes that everyone recognizes as the “it shoe” of last season.

Find shoes that you love, that work for the upcoming season and that will work with your wardrobe. Don’t make the mistake of getting caught up at these stores with designer labels at discounted prices. Don’t buy shoes that you normally wouldn’t buy or won’t wear just because they are discounted heavily. Be smart – go to these bargain stores with focus and a goal in mind. The selection is limited for size 12 shoes so you will have to shop early and often to get what you want. You will have much better luck in smaller sizes at these designer discount shops.

Check auction sites like ebay for discounted shoes. You can find beautiful designer shoes and tough Frye boots that look like new and are gently worn on both Ebay and locally on Craigslist. These shoes and boots can be yours for half the price you would pay new at a store. If you are lucky and find your size and the style you want, this can be the best deal in town for discounted shoes or bargain boots.

Try discounted shoe stores like DSW, Shoe Pavillion, Off-Broadway Shoes and Famous Footwear for fun shoes that are trendy and affordable. You may not find your perfect pair of boots to last a lifetime at these stores but you might find some excellent discount shoes in fun colors, prints, and looks. These stores offer a excellent opportunity to try out trends on a budget and decide which shoes you want to invest in.

Watch for promo codes for shoes, coupons for deals and discounted codes for your favorite shoe websites. If you love Zappos and Piperlime, sign up for their email list so you get offers sent via email. Whenever they have a sale or offer 20% on shoes, you will get the offer right to your inbox. You can also search coupon code sites like Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin for promo codes to get bargains on the pair of heels you are dying for.

Analyze your shoe budget. If you know you have “x” amount of money to spend on shoes for fall, be strategic. Make a list of what shoes you actually need, and note some things you’d like to have. If you keep an inspiration file or lookbook of magazine clips that have heels, boots or shoes you love or find inspiring – that will help you to decide where you want to spend your money. Buy classics at end-of-season sales so you get the shoes you really want at discounted prices. This leaves you more money to play with for the fun shoes that you have to have.

Remember also that it’s a good idea to invest in shoes that you absolutely love and find comfortable regardless of what is in style. You can play with trends using cheaper accessories like scarves, jewelry and with clothing. A solid pair of classic boots paired with the right items will always look chic and fashionable. Don’t be a slave to extreme trends if they don’t work with your lifestyle.

There are excellent sites on the Internet like YOOX and the OutNet that offer discounted designer shoes.
Don’t overlook private sale sites like Gilt Group, HauteLook and Billion Dollar Babes for fantastic deals on high end shoes. We’ve seen amazing sales on shoes by Pour La Victoire, Alexander Wang, Stuart Weitzman heels, DKNY, Miss Sixty Boots, Coach boots and shoes and so many more. If you sign up for one or all of these private sale websites, you will get emails informing you of upcoming sales. The selection of designers is exciting with everything from Jimmy Choo to eclectic Chie Mahara, Betsey Johnson to Calvin Klein shoes all at bargain prices. You will find many of these discounted shoes sales going for shoes, sandals, boots or heels that are still in season. You can expect to save 40, 50, 60% off or more!

Most importantly, budget and plan your shoe shopping. Note which shoes you really need to get you through the season depending on your job and lifestyle. Buy shoes that you adore, shoes that fit well and that will work for your lifestyle. Take into account any formal wear shoes you may need for weddings or special events that you are attending and look for those long before you need them. Size 12 dress shoes are harder to find and you don’t want to stress yourself out over dressy size 12 shoes. Don’t overpay for designer shoes – get discounted shoes online and in stores so you can save or spend your money elsewhere.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Womens Size 12 Shoes

Tips for Finding Womens Size 12 Shoes Online

If you have spent tons of time searching for womens size 12 shoes, you know that finding beautiful shoes to fit your foot can be a challenge. However, there are now many great shoe shopping resources on the internet that make it much easier and more fun to buy shoes online.

Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing womens size 12 shoes online.

Look for a site that offers customer written reviews of the shoes. These reviews are invaluable as other people just like you explain the pros and cons of the shoes you are considering purchasing. Fellow shoe buyers will let you know if they are happy with the shoe or boot purchase. They will usually point out if the shoes run small, large or true to size. Most will mention if the shoes are narrow or wide. If you are looking at boots, look for comments that note the calf size, especially if you need wide calf boots. It is great to be able to read how people felt about the shoes after wearing them a few times – maybe they become really comfortable and better looking with wear or maybe the shoes fell apart or are uncomfortable after being worn once or twice. Never before has this much real time information been available to help us make informed purchasing decisions.

Make sure your shoe shopping source has a good return policy. Of course it’s great if you can walk into your local mall and try on and walk out with the perfect pair of boots, heels or flats. However, if you wear womens size 12 shoes, that is not often how it works. When shopping for shoes online, you will definitely want to make sure you buy from a company that has a return policy that works for you. Is it exchange only? Do you get free shipping for returns? Can you return the shoes for any reason or does there have to be a defect to get your money back? Because size 12 feet are obviously more of a challenge to fit, you may want to order a couple of pairs of boots or shoes, try them on at home and then decide which fits best on your feet and with your wardrobe. Make sure you wear socks, and walk on carpet and don’t wear the shoes outside. Remember, you want the shoes to be as new and fresh when you return them as when they arrived!

Get great customer service! With many online shoe shopping websites out there now, you can really look for the ones with the best customer service. If you have questions, call or online chat with the customer service representatives and ask them about brands that design for womens size 12 shoes customers specifically. Brands like Fitzwell and Stuart Weitzman always seem to have some ultra stylish options in larger sizes. If you have questions about the fit or style of shoes, customer service reps should be able to answer them and if they can’t, they should definitely try to find the answer and get back to you. A few online shoe shopping resources that offer womens size 12 shoes excel in customer service and make it a point to make sure you are beyond delighted with your experience. Zappos has exceptional service and is a good place to start when looking for boots, dress shoes, sandals, flats and beyond. They even carry accessories and clothing now.

Make it easy on yourself. Look for and bookmark websites that offer easy search features. When you wear size 12 and the options are more limited, you don’t want to waste time browsing through a bunch of shoes that don’t fit. Start by narrowing down by size, then style, heel height, color and so forth. This will save you time and make your online shoe shopping more pleasurable.

If you have an important event or a specific style of shoes or dress shoes in mind, start your shoe shopping early. Womens size 12 shoes can be as beautiful and glamorous as other sizes – it just takes a little more time.