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My favorite places to shop shoes for wide feet

I wasn’t exactly – ahem – blessed with delicate tiny feet. I go through life with a EU42 (UK9/US11). On top of that, I also have wide feet and ”high” feet (if someone has the correct word for this, let me know :p), so shopping for shoes is not exactly easy. I have spent years shopping my shoes in store, where I knew I would have have to chose between 10-15 options and maybe, just maybe, one of those options wouldn’t look like it was meant to be worn by an 85 year old woman. Now, I usually don’t bother looking anymore, I just hunt for shoes online. These are my favorite places to shop wide fit shoes.

  1. Asos

Ahh, my beloved asos :). How could this not be number 1? They have hundreds of wide fit options to chose from, many of which go up to a 42 (UK9), although they also carry a few brands that only go up to a size 41 (UK8). May I suggest using the filter when you shop at asos, so that you only see wide fit shoes and only see shoes that are available in your size. Trust me, it will save you a lot of frustration.

Their collection pretty much has anything from flats to sneakers to fancy party shoes and boots, including awesome over-the-knee boots in stretchy faux-suede that work perfectly for plussize legs too. Delivery and returning is free, and they are very reasonably priced.

These are my current favorites from Asos wide fit, but do check them out yourself by clicking here. 

asos wide fit

2. New Look

A close second to Asos! You can find some of the New Look collection on Asos as well, but they have so much more stuff on their own site that it’s always worth checking it out. Almost their entire wide fit collection goes up to a EU42, but the bigger sized do tend to sell out relatively quickly, so if you see something you like don’t hesitate. By the way New Look: if you notice that the bigger sizes keep selling out, perhaps it’s a good idea to buy more of the bigger sizes, no?

Anyway… Delivery is free if you order more than a certain amount (read: I always have free delivery) but returns are not free (at least not for Belgium and the Netherlands, make sure to dubblecheck for your country!). If you order with Paypal, you can recuperate the return costs. Plus, I’ve never had to return shoes with New Look anyway because every time I ordered there (which is more often than I’d like to admit :p) they have always fit perfectly. Like Asos, they are very reasonably priced. So I can definitely recommend them! Out of the 3 brands I am recommending here, I find that New Look has the widest fit.

These are my current favorites from New Look wide fit, but do check them out yourself by clicking here.

3. Dorothy Perkins

Another site I visit regularly and that offers a wide fit collection, although the collection is smaller than the one at Asos or New Look. Still, it’s always nice to have a look. The only thing I did notice is that it’s not really a great fit if you have ”high feet” (seriously, what is the correct term for this…) like me, so I mostly stick to heels and flats and stay away from the boots. If your feet are, you know, more normal compared to mine, I’m sure the fit would be fine. Delivery is free if you order more than a certain amount, returning is not free. Extra bonuspoints: part of the collection goes up to a EU43! I definitely recommend sizing up for heels.

These are my current favorites from Dorothy Perkins wide fit, but do check them out yourself by clicking here.

I do know there are other brands that alos have wide fit, but I haven’t tried those myself and it feels weird recommending stuff to you guys without knowing what I’m talking about firsthand… But I will provide you with a little list, so you can check them out yourself if you’d like! If you click on the brand, you’ll go to their wide fit collections.

Other wide fit collections are:

Which one is your favorite?

 

Grrrl legging review – meet this awesome plussize-friendly sportswear brand!

Here is something a lot of people are not aware of: finding good sportswear in plussize is a complete bitch. Up to a size 48, you can kind of find some stuff, and squeeze your butt into the biggest straightsize, but anything bigger than that and you’re basically fucked. The things you do find are baggy, illfitting, have a poor quality (hello completely see-through leggings when you squat) and just generally boring. Which is why I was thrilled to discover Grrrl clothing, because they are total gamechangers.

marianne nykjaer grrrl clothing legging review

I had seen the brand on instagram and I’ve been following them for a while, so I knew they did bigger sizes, but I just figured they’d go up to a 48 or something, like most brands. Because they kept showing me awesome stuff, I went over to their site to find out exactly what sizes they sold, and was not only very surprised by their sizing, but by their whole take on things. Here’s what they have to say about their models and sizes:

” We think it’s time to call bullshit on the clothing industry. And their model photoshop. Their unrealistic body stereotypes. And making every woman feel like anything than an extra small is an abnormality. We don’t put clothes for our fuller bodied sisters at the back of the store. Or fat shame our employees. Like other brands. We are grrrls. Loud. Can you hear us?”

CAN I GET AN AMEN?

This is 100% what I believe in. Women supporting women, instead of trashing eachother. Showing a diversity in bodies. And it’s not just words and promises, they ACTUALLY do it. Their site shows models in various shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages and abilities (yes, including a model in a wheelchair, because clearly being badass has no limits). I am applauding this until my hands bleed, and the entire fashion industry should take notes from them.

According to their sizeguide, I’m a Heidi on my hips and an Amenah on my waist, but as usual I went with the hip measurement. They go up a size bigger, and considering their stuff stretches I’d say it’s accessible for people from a EU size 34 to 54-56. PRETTY AWESOME RIGHT (Yes, I’m screaming. I’ll be doing that a lot in this review. Get used to it).

grrrl clothing sizing review marianne nykjaer

But okay, enough about their philosophy, let’s talk about their stuff. You may or may not know that I got into powerlifting less than a year ago. Which means I’m training to be badass and strong and lift heavy weights. I did my second competition after 6 months of training and set 2 records for my weight category, as well as amaze myself because my body is soooo awesome for doing this. My goal is to have lots of fun while training and build up more confidence in my lifts, and hopefully to compete (and kick ass) on a european level in a couple of years. We’ll see. Here’s an ultra glamourous video of me competing (head over to my instagram to see more, I occasioally share lifting stuff there. Should I share more?). And in case you were wondering: yes, I am obligated to wear that outfit :p.

Because I’m bending over a lot (doing squats and deadlifts), I need high quality leggings that don’t become see-through when you bend over. I mean, I don’t ”need” them per se, but it’s nice to be able to work out without flashing everyone your underwear. I also need leggings to be highwaisted (seriously, WHAT IS UP with low-waisted leggings? WHO WEARS THOSE?) and to not roll down when I move because ain’t nobody got time for that.

I decided to try this brand and purchase one of their leggings for review. You can find the legging here. 

grrrl clothing legging review marianne nykjaer

grrrl clothing legging review marianne nykjaer

All of this and more I found in this grrrl legging. It has an amazing compression fit that sucks you in like shapewear but is sooo comfi at the same time, an very highwaited fit (look at the cute ”grrrl” design on top) and the quality is excellent. I did a squat test and it was no problemo, which I kind of expected since so many powerlifters seem to love their stuff. I’m also loving the black and white design. I really can not fault this in any way, it’s just that good*.

I mean… LOOK AT ALL THIS HIGHWAISTED GLORIOUSNESS.

grrrl clothing legging review marianne nykjaer

They also have bootyshorts, accessories and tops with awesome quotes on them. Most of the quotes are oriented towards women that lift, so if you’re into powerlifting or weightlifting or crossfit or fighting sports or strength training at the gym, I’m sure you’ll find these amusing. If those sports aren’t your thing, no problem, I think their leggings are versatile enough to be worn for other sports as well. Or, you know, no sports at all. Just wear these to the grocery store or take a nap in them. That’s how comfi they are.

Here are some of my other favorites:

grrrl clothing leggings review

Here’s a quick little recap of why I love this brand and you should definitely buy their stuff:

  1. bodypositive from head to toe
  2. fun, quirky designs that are different from what everybody else is offering
  3. super awesome quality and great fit
  4. sizing from EU34 to EU54
  5. diverse use of models
  6. affordable, and great value for money

And if you need one more reason to check them out, I have 2 words for you: Unicorn. Leggings. Have a look at the brand here.

*This is not a sponsored post. Grrrl.com does not know I exist. I am just genuinely in love with this brand and want to share the joy. Definitely check them out here. Go on. You know you want to.