Tall Men’s Shoes
Tall men often have large feet. It makes sense that longer limbs also equal larger feet. With large feet comes large shoes, and in this post, I will share
My best tips on where to find tall men’s shoes!
I have looked through some of the biggest international players and sought out the ones that have
- great websites
- good shipping terms
- a great selection worth checking out.
And of course; with shoes in larger than average sizes.
ABOUT THE MEASUREMENTS
Don’t lose hope! We have seen some tall men who dress up amazingly and manage to look more than proper.
Their clothes and shoes have close to perfect fit and there is zero weirdness about them.
But how is it done?
First of all, these smart guys know their body and feet measurements quite well. They make use of these to select the perfect clothing or footwear for them. By this, we obviously mean “the individual sizes” and not some generalized sizes of tall men which stores have. This can be easily done with a measuring tape!
Now apart from visiting stores on a regular basis for buying your particulars, an easy way to buy your desired tall men’s shoes or tall men’s clothes is via online stores with tall people’s clothing – a convenient and quick way to find all the best tall clothing there is. We’ve already talked about the importance of correct individual measurements and how they affect your shopping regime so here’s a video for your convenience.
How to Measure Your Feet
Here’s a short video that explains how you can measure your own feet to use when buying shoes in plus sizes. This will greatly improve your chances of finding the right shoe fit when shopping online. Different webshops use different size charts, so knowing your own particular measurements is crucial for finding a shoe that fits your particular foot.
The tips discussed in the video will allow you to measure your foot correctly prior to placing your desired order. All you need is a pencil, a paper, a butter knife and a measuring tape.
The first important thing is to make measurements in the evening since your feet expand a bit later in the day and shrink back at night when you sleep. Secondly, put on socks while doing that because you will probably be wearing socks when you put on your shoes. Make sure to wear the kind of socks you normally use.
Now, put the paper on the ground. Then put one foot on it. One of your feet is slightly bigger than the other so use that one to measure. Holding the butter knife, make a mark behind the heel and in front of your longest toe. Now make marks on both sides of the widest point of your foot.
Step off the paper and trace the marks with a lead pencil. Now, use the measuring tape to measure the length and width of your traced foot on the paper. Use it to compare with standard sizes. You can use the conversion chart given below.
Where to buy?
Now comes the question of where to buy or order shoes for big feet. Tall guys out there, I have it all figured out for you. So brace yourselves and have a go at my favorite places to buy shoes for tall men! Here is a list of the different webshops plus a little bit of info and a picture from each store to give you an idea of the style.
Asos has some neat collections of sneakers, boots and casual wear. You’ll find sizes up to 12 and 13 easily, but beyond that is harder to find. That’s also why Asos isn’t really a dedicated retailer of tall men’s shoes. But I put them here at the top, because I love Asos and do fit in a size 12. Asos also has an awesome selection of clothes for tall men, besides selling shoes in larger sizes.
They have more gentleman like stuff; classy and dapper. It’s all about leather at Destination XL. They call them Wingtips and Oxfords. The colors being offered are mostly browns and black. However, you won’t find many casuals here.
Shoes XL has a vast collection of shoes for tall guys and offers everything from casual to dress to athletic and much more! You won’t be disappointed with their diverse selection of sandals, boots and slippers. You will find all BIG brands there. Sales are occasional too. So, don’t forget to pop in.
KingSize has all kinds of shoes and clothes. Whether you want casual or shiny, they have good and reasonable prices so there’s a lot to choose from.
WalkTall has the best layout of their webshop, and that means a lot too! Its easy to find your way and the huge collection of shoes surely surprises you. Sizes as big as US 18 can be easily found there. It’s UK’s number ONE for tall guys. And yes, they ship to other countries as well so don’t miss out!
Now here we have a lot of interesting kinds of foot wear. But one down side is, you won’t be immediately able to filter the shoe sizes every time. But hey, you can find the ones that appeal to you and check with the size range afterwards. There’s always a way!
Don’t be scared by the not so friendly interface. It’s only a poorly designed layout but the filtering system is a thumbs up. Enter your size and hit search. The shoe variety won’t disappoint you.
Quick Tips when Choosing Shoe Style
I have a few tips that I want to share with you on what you can look for when choosing the style of your footwear. Of course, it is completely up to you what kind of shoes you like, but I still want to put forward some tips that can be useful if you want to consider the size and looks of your larger than average feet. Dialing that look of size down a bit is something that can be done, if making a few deliberate choices.
- Go for darker colors. Dark colors will appear less voluminous than white and other light colors do. Same goes for clothing – going for darker colors or just plain black will make you and your big feet appear smaller.
- Avoid heels. Look closely at all the pictures provided for each shoe. Take a good long look at that heel. Consider finding another style if the heel of the shoes you are looking at adds several inches to your height. Or not – own your height and choose heels if that’s what you want. Just something to consider.
- Go for detailing. Shoes that are designed with a good amount of detailing will appear more proportionate than sleeker, plainer shoes. Shoes with big surfaces without stitching, linings, brands or laces will appear large in the eyes of others. If that’s something you want to avoid, then choose shoes richer in detailing.
These are my 3 rules of thumb, when searching for tall men’s shoes and buying large shoes for myself. Use them or forget about them – I’m certainly not telling you to bow your head and try to appear shorter for other’s sake. BUT if it makes YOU feel better – using these 3 tips will make your large feet appear a bit more average.
Don’t settle with poor fit or look!
Make sure that whatever you wear, you FEEL comfortable in it and that it makes you look good too. If you look and feel good, you will circulate the vibe around. Never try to hide your feet under shapeless, too tiny or too large shoes. Same goes with your clothing. Instead, embrace your body as it is made and don’t forget to highlight your best features – be it your huge feet. Happy shopping!
A little extra..
Why it is hard for manufacturers to nail shoe sizes
Being different always gets other people to notice you. But this is not something to always look forward to especially when the reason behind being different from the others is your “height”. On a true note, a tall person has to deal with a lot!
Apart from derogatory comments and comparisons with poles and ladders, another annoying or perhaps insulting dilemma is problems when it comes to clothing and foot wear of tall men. To be precise, clothes and shoes in regular sizes rarely fit us!
From encircling in markets to having nothing decent to put on for a formal interview or a casual party, this bizarre situation gets you nowhere if you have those extra inches that prevent you from getting around like an average built, average heighted man. The struggle is real. But wait! — do we have a solution for these problems?
Here, in this article, we discussed some of the issues tall men face from clothing and footwear aspects. How we can deal with these issues and what are the best places to shop from without wasting time and energy.
WHAT IS TALL?
First of all, let’s see, what “tall” means on a general note. Now, different people might consider the definition of tall differently. For instance, if you are a five feet, one inch person, then even a person who is five feet, ten inches can seem TALL!
So, a better approach to get this definition right is to look at a man with average height. But, it’s pertinent to see that this very scenario changes worldwide. Let us take a look at “tall” of different countries around the globe.
For Spain, it is 5 feet 10 inches, Russia and Hungary have it around 5 feet 9 inches. Denmark, on the average has tall men up to 6 feet. For Belgium, it’s 5 feet 10 inches as well. In the UK and other European countries, tall men have an average height which is similar i.e. around 5 feet 9 inches. In the US, the average is 5 feet 9 inches too. For South Africa, it is 5 feet 6 inches. Japan and China have an average around 5 feet 7 inches.
As we can see from the statistics, “tall” varies worldwide. A few decades ago, 6 feet and above were considered the tallest. But gradually the trend we suppose is changing. 6 feet plus is no more a standard for tall men nowadays. This in itself is a problem too. You see, if you are tall, there is no consistent criteria as to what defines you to be tall.
Tall people don’t just differ with respect to height, their feet are on a constant watch too. Then there is this category that’s average in height or even short but when it comes to their feet, they are the never ending sort – No exaggeration here.
PROBLEMS AT HAND!
First things first – if there is no proper definition of “tall”, then how can we expect the manufacturers of clothes and shoes to manage the whole thing? The answer to this question is “They don’t have to manage it!” Markets around us are a confusing place to be and this confusion has turned into a deep rooted dilemma for the tall.
Now, in your opinion, how many tall men have visited a clothing or a footwear store and found their desired size? They try the piece. It kind of looks just OK. Then they stretch the shirt up and half their tummy is on a blatant show. Or they bend down and guess what happens? Half of their back is visible. Is that appropriate?
According to the store management, the shirt might have been included in the category of “tall” but in reality, it’s just a normal sized piece of clothing with just a couple of inches added to it in order to create their range for tall guys. It does no good, does it? Leaves one helpless, poorly dressed or may be simply lost! Don’t expect something different to happen in case of shoes – for tall people or for people with larger than average feet!
Same is the case with pants and jackets. There are sleeves that never reach where they should or trousers that always show the ankle. That’s not how a decent man would like to dress up! Things can get even messier, if the tall person is also a ‘plus size’. Most of the times, it ends up being fit over the stomach but flashes half of the arm. Many variables at play here.
Another category of tall men is the ‘athletic’. They are not huge but obviously a bit bigger than an average built guy. These poor guys fall between the pluses and the averages which is yet again a rare category.
I myself fall in this category, which means that close to no brands are made for my body type. A place to go is tailor made t-shirts from Son of a Tailor or the like. But ‘off the rag’ clothes is nearly impossible to find.
I hope you found some cool shoes for tall men in here. Also, be sure to head over to the Complete List of Tall Men’s Clothing.