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Reader AW is looking for a guiding hand
:Hi, TCFKAG. I love your blog. I had a baby 3 months ago and my feet grew from a size 10 to an 11 wide. I work for the federal government and I would like to purchase a few pairs of comfortable, dressy flats--preferably almond toe-- under $120. Something like these Bandolino Genie flats. I've been looking for black, brown, navy and nude (beige). I like patent material and embellishments, although those things aren't a "must". Thank you for your time TCFKAG. For those shopping along at home, here are the (very nice, in my opinion) navy and/or black flats from Bandolino that Reader AW likes so much. I think they would be great for my readers without size 11W feet - they are a beautiful, professional flat with just enough something, something to prevent them from being too grandmotherly (we can't all be Macklemore.)
So I have got to say, your feet growing and widening after child birth is definitely a mixed blessing. On the one hand, all new shoes! On the other hand, you now have feet that would make excellent flippers (my 16 year old swimmer self is totally envious by the way.) But moving on, those Bandolino's seem quite nice - too bad they don't come in either an 11 OR a wide. [Insert me shaking my fist at the shoe gods here.] But I'm sure I can find you some options you like. I'll try to fit all your preferred color needs - but if I come across another color you might like [cough gray cough] I'll make an executive decision and throw it in there. One other last minute thought - would you consider a loafer or oxford (they are super in right now). If so, you might consider looking at men's shoes - many retailers, like Cole Haan for example, make absolutely beautiful oxfords and even some loafers that would look lovely on women and a size 9 wide (or possibly even regular) width men's shoe would be MUCH easier to come by.
Vaneli Serene quilted flat with patent toe-cap at Zappos
($125) - a bit expensive but for some reason I'm very drawn to these. They have the patent toe cap you like and the quilting is very classic. They come in a variety of color combinations between the shoes and the toe cap. Reviews are quite good.Naturalizer Valya Pump in Inky Navy at Amazon
($68.99 - navy patent leather - the only color left in your size but also navy which you do need! So, there are a few Naturalizer options in this post, I am not a secret shill for them, but as a brand they seem a good option for those with wide feet.)Walking Cradles Women's Ringo Ballerina Flat at Amazon
($130 - a bit above budget but the one review says they are like "walking on air" - and I like that they are simple but with a little bling.)
Hush Puppies Candid Wedge in tan at Amazon
($49.99 - so, I bought the coral and cream version of this shoe a couple of weeks ago and I love
them. They are so comfortable, SO comfortable. I don't ever notice it has a wedge and I wear them basically everywhere. They come in lots of colors but I thought you'd like the tan for your brown shoe option, trust me on this ... you should DEFINITELY check these out. Oh - AND you'd be paying $10 less than I did two weeks ago, which at that point was $20 less than everyone else was charging so you'd be getting a deal! Seeing the price go down again just makes me want to buy them in two or three more colors!!)Naturalizer Women's Heath Flat at Amazon
($59.99 in the color shown - this comes in several colors including black and an AWESOME gray or brown tweed which would be AMAZING for winter. But I love this pewter and I think it would be a great workhorse in your wardrobe so I'm suggesting it. But there's only one left in stock
as of tonight so....get on that if you want it! Otherwise check out the black version which is also pretty amazing.)
Naya Ava Dark Pink/Dark Venom Floral Flat at 6PM
($64.99 - this bottom row is for shoes that you might not need but you may never have known you wanted - since, you know, my bottom row is where I go rogue. Anyway, I thought these floral flats are fun as all get out and would be great for going out to drinks or dinner or even to a casual wedding or cocktail party. Fun way to add a pop of color to an all black ensemble as well!)Giorgio Brutini Men's Loafer in wine at Amazon
($52.95 - men's wear inspired loafers and oxfords are all the rage right now in women's shoes - why not go straight to the source? This loafer is lovely, it looks well constructed, and the color is to die for. And of course a men's size 9 is easier to find - plus I wonder if you'd even BE a wide in men's shoes.)Ross Hommerson Monet peep-toe flats with polka dots at 6PM
($34.99 - because everyone needs fancy shoes, right?)
So that's all she wrote, at least for now. Reader AW, I know it took me a bit of time to get back to you, so I hope I'm not too late and you haven't already found all your new shoes. Either way - going forward - I hope these ideas will help! Also, just a general tip, I found in my searching that the Endless/Amazon site and the 6PM site had the most options for cute wide shoes (Zappos was pretty disappointing actually). So - hope that info is helpful going forward.