Relax: It’s no longer necessary to squeeze into a pair of dressy pumps or sandals, as footwear companies are increasingly adding wider widths to their assortments. While the high-end designer market hasn’t jumped on the movement quite yet, more reasonably priced labels such as Hush Puppies, J. Reneé and Van Eli have a wide range of slingbacks to platform sandals.
Naturalizer Pressley, $89; naturalizer.com
While finding these looks in brick-and-mortar stores may be a challenge as stores continue to pull back on inventory, the internet offers lots of choices direct from individual brand e-tailers such as Zappos.com and Onlineshoes.com that target this market.
Now don’t be shy about admitting a wider width shoe might be more comfortable. Since many of today’s dressier styles feature narrower toes, a little extra wiggle room never hurt. In fact, many manufacturers often offer the same styles in both wide and double-wide widths, to fit just about every Cinderella’s foot.
Clarks Crewso Calica, $85; clarksusa.com
So when others have left the dance floor due to shoes that pinch and bind, you can continue to spin and dip all night long.
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