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Shopping in Singapore: Finding women’s shoes that fit bigger expat feet

I shamefully admit to having thrown the odd hissy-fit at sales assistants who giggle at my request for size 41 (UK7½; Australian 9½) shoe in Singapore. It’s infuriating that even US brand Nine West and UK brand Hush Puppies don’t stock much bigger than a 39 in their Singapore stores.

Measuring in at a lofty 1.8m, my Aussie colleague Kate Roberts has it even worse. “I wear size 42,” she says, “so I haven’t a hope of finding shoes here.”

Apart from splurging during holidays to South Africa, the UK or Australia, my own go-to is the ubiquitous Charles & Keith. I’d rather wear leather shoes, but hey – C&K shoes are trendy and remarkably inexpensive.

So to help you all find the perfect shoes in the right size, I asked my colleagues and friends for their shopping recommendations…

 

“Ana Boutique at 86 Club Street has shoes up to a 42.”
Danielle Rossetti
Sales manager

“Ziegler Shoes at #02-22 Tanglin Mall has leather shoes in larger sizes, plus Scandinavian-designed clothes that suit taller women. Robinsons at Centrepoint stocks a number of women’s clothing brands in bigger sizes, too. I also like Island Shop and British India… and I stock up when I go home.”

Julie Catalano
Teacher

“Payless ShoeSource on the corner of Hill and Coleman Streets is very cheap and has a wide range of sizes, from bound foot to drag queen.”
Clara McGrath
Artist

“Leapin Lizard at International Plaza does custom-covered shoes in larger sizes – good for weddings. Shumoo (shoomoo.com) sells ballet flats up to UK10 online and through various stockists. Image consultant Sharon Connolly is a big fan of Shoes of Prey (shoesofprey.com) for online custom-made shoes; it’s based in Oz but ships here. M&S sells shoes up to UK8 (European 42).”
Harriet Empey
Copy editor

“For casual pumps and sandals, department stores such as Metro, BHG and Robinsons sometimes carry up to size 41, though availability can be limited during sale periods.”
Sherah Brown
Production manager

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