Diary of a Fat Chick

Fat girl living in a skinny world

Shoe shopping June 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rhonwyyn @ 12:21 pm
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Well, since this is, after all, the diary of a fat girl, let me share some of my shopping experiences this week.

I’m currently shopping for shoes. Slip-on sandals, to be exact. I have two pairs from Zappos in my bedroom and another one on the way. My feet are shaped rather oddly (very wide), so it’s hard to find shoes that fit. For some reason, even if the toe/arch/instep is wide enough, the heels are usually too narrow, which looks odd and doesn’t always feel good either.

My last pair of good shoes are Naturalizers that I found on Zappos but was able to purchase from a store here at home. No such luck this time. I went to zappos, found shoes I liked, then called the store to find out if they had the shoes. Not the exact same styles, but lots of double-wide shoes, said the woman who answered the phone. So I went to the store. No shoes in my size to be seen. I went home and ordered from Zappos.

The 9.5WW(E) LifeStrides shoe came first. They are very pretty, but I’m not sure that they’re quite wide enough. Still, they’re leather, so they will stretch out over time, right? I ordered a 10WW(E) in the same style to test the fit, but while the leather band fits super-well (almost loose), the shoe bed seems too big.

Back to Zappos. I found another shoe in a different brand that looks like it has a wider heel. I ordered it in a 9.5WW(E) and am waiting for it to arrive.

I wish I could find cute sandals in a 9.5EE, but they seem to exist nowhere in this universe.

Tonight, I went to (horror of horrors) Wal-Mart to pick up a box of feminine *stuff*.  On a whim, I cut through the women’s clothing section, where I was pleasently surprised. Wal-Mart carries an extended range of plus-size clothing, up to a 32. I picked up two short-sleeved shirts for $8.88 apiece. They’re patterned and brightly colored, which hopefully won’t show stains as much as solid shirts. The fit of the shirts isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn close, especially for the price.

Oh, and I also ordered a bra from Decent Exposures a few days ago. I feel bad making two big purchases this month (the LifeStrides at $51 are cheaper than the third pair and the bra), but my shoes and bras are so decrepit, it had to be done.

For which do you prefer to shop: bras or shoes?

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2 Responses to “Shoe shopping”

  1. Bra shopping is the worst. I’ll take shoe shopping any ole day! Sorry you haven’t had much luck in the shoe department, but sounds like you got a great deal on a couple of blouses!

    Do you have a Nordies near you? They tend to cater to those hard to find shoe sizes. Problem is that you have to pay through the nose for them.

    Good luck and happy shopping!

  2. rhonwyyn Says:

    There might be a Nordstrom’s in Harrisburg (about 40 miles away), but I’m not certain. I’ll definitely keep it in mind, though, for the next time I need shoes. The ones I bought have been working really well, so at least that’s a positive about the whole experience! 🙂


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