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Regular shoes usually fit me fine around the foot, but I often struggle to fasten ankle straps because of my chunky ankles and high arches. And boots? Forget it. They all seem to be cut for women with insanely tiny ankles and calves. So I’m always impressed to see more retailers branching out into wider fit shoes and boots. are the latest to take the plunge, and they carry a decent selection of wide fit shoes to compliment their size 16+ So Fabulous! range. I was lucky enough to be sent a pair to try recently…

The shoes are Very’s ‘Lisa’ style, a classic black satin peep-toe with some stitched detail around the front. According to the blurb, they’re designed with comfort in mind, which explains why the heel is a moderate 3.5 inches and fairly substantial. They come in an EEE fit which classifies as ‘extra wide’, but they’re actually not as wide as I was expecting.

One of my feet is a half size larger than the other (yep, I’m a freak, but I bet you are too!) and I often have to squeeze it into something that’s technically a bit small, but the wider fit of these shoes gave that bigger foot more room for manouvre, which was an unexpected bonus. However, it also meant my feet weren’t so well supported, and the other shoe felt a bit loose – with tights on the shoe kept slipping off my feet because they weren’t grabbing around the foot enough. Without tights on they were great. I imagine they’d be even better in Summer when my feet are a bit swollen with the heat, that’s when I often find regular shoes are a bit pinchy and uncomfortable. I would probably be better off with a slightly less generous fit, however.

If you struggle to find wide-fit shoes that aren’t too old-fashioned and designed purely with practicality in mind, the So Fabulous range offers up some good options. As far as ‘Lisa’ goes, the heel is a bit too low for my liking, given that the satin makes them quite a formal style, and I have a tendency to go for far more ostentatious designs. But as a basic, classic shoe to stash away for the right occasion, it’s a safe bet.

Trinity, a real fashion-led platform Mary-Jane may be a better option if you want something more adventurous, while I think the red patent ruffled ‘Heather’ is a retro winner.

All the shoes and boots in the range come in sizes 4 – 9 in EEE fit.

disclosure: these shoes were a gift from Very. However, the review is honest and I was not paid to publish it.

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