I wear a size 12, but sometimes I'll go up one size when it's available for comfort. Many department store shoe departments stop at size 10, or have very few shoes in sizes 11, 12 or 13 where many women are increasingly having to shop as the average women's shoe size gets larger.
Nordstroms is one of those that does carry a nice variety in sizes 11 or 12. Some brands like Nine West have them up to size 12, but once again, you have to order them online. The same is true for DSW and Rack Room that only carry up to size 11, and you have to special order other styles that they carry in a size 12. Shoe Carnival stores only carry them up to a size 10 or 11.
And then there's the cost. $75 and up, which is another problem when you're low income or on a budget.
Payless has long had the reputation in Trans World of being the 'Trans Woman's best friend' when it comes to finding fashionable shoes, bags and accessories at an easy on our wallet price.
Its 4400 stores and 22,000 employees in the US and Puerto Rico have been a lifeline for many trans women trying find those nice shoes, flats, boots and pumps to go with a work or dressy outfit or simply for everyday wear.
And when it's BOGO time, I'm going to be buying those shoes I've had my eye on. One of my current fave pair of Christian Siriano black pointed toe heels I bought during a BOGO sale for $10 and get a lot of compliments when I wear them.
Was saddened to hear that Payless filed yesterday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be closing 400 stores immediately, with another 500 possible.
I have already lost one of my fave Payless locations in downtown Houston right on the METRORail Red Line at the Main Street Square Station when it closed in February. I noticed that when I went to Louisville on vacation last summer, the downtown Payless on 4th Street I used to find shoes in up to size 13 when I lived there had closed.