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Boots for the Narrow Footed Girl | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Boots for the Narrow Footed Girl

Manolo says, here is the latest column of the Manolo.

Dear Manolo,

Can you recommend for me a fabulous boot? I wear a size 11N.


Manolo says, the size eleven narrow? Ayyyy! You have the Jackie O/Paris Hilton foot! You are indeed lucky to have the gigantic, elegant, aristocratic feets of the famosas. Dress accordingly.

Happily, for the Rita, and the other big feeted girls, there are many more of the big feeted shoes available, this it is because the feets of the modern woman they are much larger than before, nearly three sizes bigger since the 1950s. They are now, on the average, the impressive eight and the half.

We have indeed become the race of the Sasquatches!

If you are looking for the fabulous boot in the long narrow size, the Manolo he recommends to you the Leean from the Donald J. Pliner. It is the simple, classic, alluring boot that is available in the sizes you need.

Donald J Pliner - Leean (Black)   Manolo Likes!  Click!

12 Responses to “Boots for the Narrow Footed Girl”

  1. Rita November 3, 2005 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you, Manolo!

    Rita (of the big feets)

  2. Suma November 3, 2005 at 3:54 pm #

    I was asked a very similar question a few times by readers on my blog. Some women were looking for boots that were wide (both in size and shaft circumference), in which case I recommended styles like the Naturalizer Vander Plus. From my experience at Stuart Weitzman, I found women who had narrow feet or calves had just as much trouble finding boots that fit. The best solution: go for stretch leather or suede boots, which tend to be more snug (like the Donald J Pliner boots that Manolo recommended). Women can also opt for the lace up boots, which can be tightened to fit.

    Rita: I definately recommend the Leean boot, but in case you want any other styles, I recommend checking out Shoebuy.com’s collection of over 600 styles of 11N shoes at:

    As always, free shipping and we guarantee your satisfaction! Happy shopping and good luck!

  3. Lisa November 3, 2005 at 4:15 pm #

    Boots for the narrow feet, yay! Now can we get some recs for boots for the not-so-narrow calves? Please?

  4. Julia November 3, 2005 at 4:27 pm #


    You rock my world… or shall I say,

    My world is rocked by THE MANOLO!

    Keep changing the world, one great accessory at a time.


  5. Never teh Bride November 3, 2005 at 5:44 pm #

    At a respectable 8.5 wide, I have always dreamed of having the longer, narrower feets. Sigh.

  6. Lady Gloriana November 3, 2005 at 7:31 pm #

    Lisa…I, too, have the not-so-narrow calves, and second the request for the boots of the wideness…..

  7. postmoderngirl November 3, 2005 at 10:19 pm #

    As a narrow-footed girl, please do not wish for the narrow feets! Finding the pretty shoes that fit is next to impossible! I daily praise the Nordstrom for carrying so many shoes in narrow, but even those are often not narrow enough – I end up having to put heel grippers in them so my feet don’t come out every time I take a step.

    Still, a better solution than buying shoes two sizes too small because that was where the width was right, something I’ve done more than once, to my shame.

    These Leeana boots are gorgeous. Time to start pinching pennies, I suppose!

  8. Miss A. November 4, 2005 at 11:26 am #

    Those ladies have big narrow feet? Wow. I just thought I was a sasquatch. At a size 10 with narrow feet, I always wondered at so much unfairness of shoes. My feet don’t look big, but when you’re looking for strappy pretty sandals — which is my vice — you might as well stay home. I often get painful blisters when I walk in new shoes, because I don’t sort through old-lady shoes for the narrow size.

  9. Marta November 4, 2005 at 9:25 pm #

    Does anyone else want, “We have indeed become the race of the Sasquatches!” on a Manolo shirt? Because the Marta definitely does!

  10. Miachelle November 4, 2005 at 11:17 pm #

    Actually Manolo, how about a woman such as my mother…she has a size 5-6, depending on the maker, and has an extremely narrow foot. Unusual for a woman who is 5’11”. (She also has 36″ inseam, and very long arms…needless to say, she hates shopping with a passion.)

    My poor mama, she needs the help!

  11. Susan February 4, 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    Beggar the shoe width – give me some boots with narrow calf width – I’m sick of looking like a farmer wearing wellies and I’m not as thin as a model! How do these models get boots to fit their calves when they probably have big shoe sizes? By the way – my legs are as hairy as a sasquatch if that’s any consolation !

  12. ttebroc22 September 19, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    Just a comment for those looking for boots with a wide/narrow calf and/or shoe. I also have toothpick legs (am not as thin as a model) and have been looking for a good pair of boots to wear with skirts for YEARS. I live in Chicago….boots are a must for the winter. I realize Weitzman, Pliner, Manolo and Choo make boots for the thinner calf and foot….and I have tried on many pairs of each. However, I’ll be honest by saying “I can’t afford shoes by those designers at this point in my life” All that said….I recently found a website for a semi-custom boot maker call Duo Boots. I have ordered multiple pairs over the past month and ended up keeping two….a knee high brown with a 6 cm heel and a black riding boot with a 3 cm heel. The quality of the leather is quite good and (I think) they look more expensive than they actually were. The have a large range of shoe sizes and calf sizes from 30-50 cm. Seriously…I have bird legs, pencil legs, whatever you want to call them, and the first pair I ordered was too small in the calf. Lastly, the customer service is great answering questions about the fit of the boot (wide vs. narrow ankle, wide vs. narrow shoe last, etc). Skipping down Michigan Avenue in a cute skirt and boots has been rather liberating….lol