The plight of women who take a small shoe size is wanting the same things we all want: comfort, style, and selection—only it's magnified one-hundred fold because the options are so incredibly limited.
While it's easy to suggest shopping in the children's section, if you've been to one lately, you've noticed that the color choices are often limited to those that kids would like (think Barbie pink), or styles with bows, lights, or other features with "kid appeal."
This is another one of those things that the web has helped to change. Now, anyone taking a smaller or larger shoe size than what is usually stocked actually has choices beyond those offered in her own city or country.
We won't kid you: finding stylish shoes in small sizes is still a task. But it's better than it used to be, and the following options should help. To insure a perfect fit, measure your feet at home and compare them with charts from any vendors you shop with.
If you know a guy who wears smaller shoes, here's a similar list for men.
Alonai for Fashionable and Affordable
Alonai specializes in small- and large-sized shoes for women, so it's a definite must-see if you find yourself in one of those hard-to-fit categories.
While browsing the site, you'll see many cute shoes in U.S. sizes two, three, four, and five. Another unexpected and wonderful discovery is that the shoes are reasonably priced.
This is quite a departure from a lot of stores that tend charge more for these specialty items.
Vintage Vixen for Vintage Shoes
Vintage clothing and shoe stores like Vintage Vixen are a great place to find women's shoes in smaller sizes. In fact, it's actually pretty rare to find larger sizes, but 4s and 5s are relatively common.
This is not only an opportunity to find a great fit but often superior quality at a more affordable price.
If you prefer more modern approach to footwear, take a look at some of the following retailers.
Other Online Retailers
If you wear a U.S. women's size of 4 or above, there are several online retailers that carry shoes for you. The stores with the widest selection are:
Zappos.com offers styles in U.S. size 3 and up (there are some really great sandals in these sizes), but an even better selection starting at size 4.
Shoes.com carries a fantastic selection of shoes in U.S. women's sizes 4 and up with especially nice dress shoes in those sizes. Unfortunately, there are very few choices in U.S. sizes 3 and 3.5.
U.S. Sizes 1 to 3 and Up
If you wear smaller adult sizes, you already know how difficult it is to find stylish footwear that fits. Below are a few websites that carry shoes in women's sizes 1, 2 and 3. Be sure to note where the company is located as a U.K. women's size 1 is not the same as a U.S. women's size 1.
Petite.Shoes manufactures and sells women's shoes in U.S. sizes 2 to 5 with half sizes available. They don't have a huge selection, and they mostly only carry heels, but their styles are very cute, and their prices are extremely good for specialty sizes.
DaintyFeet.co.uk carries women's shoes in smaller sizes ranging from U.K. sizes 1 to 3 (which converts to U.S sizes 3 to 5, and Euro sizes 32.5 to 34.5). A little pricey, but offers some very stylish footwear in small sizes.
Cinderella of Boston has a good selection of smaller sized women's shoes, including some very sexy, strappy sandals and cool wedges. Sizes offered include U.S. sizes 1.5 to 5.
SmallShoes.co.uk. If you're in Europe or the U.K., there are some treats in store for you at this site. Based in the U.K., Small-shoes.co.uk carries some extremely stylish shoes in smaller sizes (Euro sizes 32 to 35). Most of their shoes are made in Italy or Spain, and they also offer a few great boot styles.
For Women Who Wear Children's Shoe Sizes
And for those of you who wear even smaller shoe sizes, such as children's sizes, being aware of certain brands will help in your quest for stylish shoes that fit.
For example, Mia, Born, and Tommy Hilfiger all offer casual shoes in children's sizes that don't look so much like kid's shoes.
The kid's section at Zappos.com offers these brands and more and has such a huge selection of children's shoes, it's a great place to look if you wear these sizes.