Not everything is supersized today — especially if your’e a woman with feet that may only measure a size 4 or 5. While there’s lots to choose from today in apparel designed for women who stand 5 foot 3 inches and under, there’s less choice when it comes to footwear for those with small feet.
Thankfully, there are a growing number of brands that are catering their offerings to small-footed folk — including everything from sneakers to evening sandals and smoking slippers. Plus, they’re all available in a wide range of prices to suit every budget.
Most brands specializing in small offerings begin their footwear with a size 4 — smaller than that and you might want to consider the children’s shoe department. Consider brands such as Naturalizer and Walking Cradles, known for their wide range of sizes and widths. For those who wear a size 5, the choices become greater and include styles from Kenneth Cole and J. Renee.
The best place to start your search is online since most brick-and-mortar retailers do not have the physical space to stock a wide range of sizes, especially if worn by a minority of the population.
Top Brands for Small Feet
- Ecco: Styles start as at size 4.
- Kenneth Cole: The brand’s offerings start at size 5.
- Naturalizer: Looks come as small as a size 4 and widths narrow, medium or wide.
- Munro: This brand offers a vast array of sizes and widths, available in sizes 4 to 13 and widths extra narrow (SS) to extra wide (EE).
- Easy Spirit: Options start at a size 5 and are available in widths narrow to extra-wide.
- Walking Cradles: The brand offers styles starting at a size 4 and width sizes extra-narrow to extra wide.
- J. Renee: These ultrafeminine styles come in size 5 and widths narrow to extra wide.
- Naot: The label carries footwear starting at size 4.
- Sam Edelman: Offerings start at size 4.
Below, shop some of our favorite looks from each of the small-foot-friendly brands.
Ecco Soft 7 Woven Slip-On
This skate-inspired style features a removable cushioned footbed for enhanced comfort and support.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Pro-Time
A crisscross strap style has a zipper down the back for easy access and includes a lightly cushioned insole for comfort.
A classic smoking slipper incorporates Naturalizer’s N5 Contour comfort technology featuring a dual-density cushioned footbed with arch support.
The athleisure trend takes shape in a classic lace-up sneaker that can be zipped up for easy access.
Easy Spirit Traveltime 367
This easy-access clog bridges the gap from a sneaker to a shoe, set on a lightweight rubber outsole for all-day walking comfort.
Walking Cradles Leash
An occasion sandal is set on a comfortable walking heel brushed with silver for some evening shimmer and shine.
J. Renee Falcee
Step into evening with this lace slingback designed with a memory foam footbed and midheel for dancing comfort.
This shoe-bootie with cushioned insole takes inspiration from the Western market, working year-round as a shoe or boot.
Sam Edelman Felicia
A classic ballet flat picks up on the season’s reptile trend, updating the silhouette in this exotic print.
Small Sizes Through the Years
In the ’30s and ’40s, footwear manufacturers typically made samples in a size 4. And there were women with feet small enough to model them. Today, however, as people have increased in size, so have their feet, prompting today’s shoe companies to increase their sample size to a 7.
According to an article on ScientificAmerican.com by Michael J. Dougherty, assistant director and senior staff biologist at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study in Colorado Springs, Colo., many geneticists attribute to the increase in the people’s size to better childhood nutrition, a trend that began taking place in the mid-1800s.
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