Pixie shoes, towering stilettos, slimline boots – haute couture footwear wasn’t made to be comfortable, but it can be particularly agonizing  if you have wide feet. Many women simply squeeze their feet into inappropriate shoes and bear the blisters, but consistently stepping out in ill-fitting footwear can have a long-term impact. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham have frequently complained of the ‘stiletto effect’ which has left them with damaged foot bones and painful bunions. So what’s the solution? Check below for some Lela-approved suggestions on how to cosset wide-fit feet without turning your back on fashion.

The Web is your friend: The internet has made it much easier to find stylish shoes that actually fit – provided you know your exact size. Get yourself measured at a specialist shoe store and take your measurements to a site like which has a section specifically for wide feet. There are also sites that cater purely for women with wide feet, but if you’re addicted to fashion (hand raise!) then they might not meet your exacting standards.

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Hit the high street: Don’t dismiss high street stores when searching for stylish, wide-fit shoes. Some high street shops offer great catwalk-inspired collections for wider feet – these Wide Fit Red Heeled Shoe Boots (pictured) come from New Look’s wide shoes range, and channel the season’s wedges trend to perfection.

Give your feet a break: Everyone’s favourite shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, once said that he didn’t create shoes that were comfortable – his interest was purely in creating an attractive aesthetic. There is nothing wrong with owning one of two pairs of ultra-stylish but devastatingly uncomfortable shoes, provided you spend the majority of your time in suitable footwear. You can now buy roll-up ballet slippers that will pack into your handbag for a night out and are perfect for the long walk home. For any serious walking, always wear a pair of well-fitting shoes under 2-inches of heel.

Shop vintage: Chiropodists often recommend their wide-fit patients try men’s shoes – and here the boyfriend trend is your friend. Look out for unisex-style men’s brogues in vintage shops as they should fit your wide feet to perfection. Team with leggings and a floaty skirt, and voila – a super stylish look without the pain.

For more suggestions on finding comfortable designer shoes, check out my shoe blog.
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With Spring rearing its beautiful head, I am craving sheer everything right now. To start this look, we have the Eril Sheer Blouse With Exposed Back Detail; I love the fact that it has a quirky collar and a scooped hemline, as I don’t want this look to be too ‘lingerie’. Next, we have the pastel-packed Haniss chain print pencil skirt which ties straight into the collar of the blouse. By adding the Black Leather Tie Dye Shopper from Urban Outfitters, there are so many textures working in this look that no other accessories will be needed, and it matches both the chains and collar of Eril & Haniss.

Play around with the burnt pastel colours in the MAC Call Me Bubbles: Eye Shadow Quad and throw on some Bianta suede platform shoe bootsfor an East London vibe – and you’re good to go.

Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman knocked themselves out again with gravity-defying dresses (a Marchesa staple at this point), laser-cut fabrics, and embroideries so royal they would have looked grand in the Topkapi Palace. Like many of their peers (such as Rodarte), the designers showed harem-pant jumpsuits for evening; will we see celebrities crossing over from gowns to dhoti-pants on the red carpet?

In any case, there are enough mind-boggling confections for Marchesa’s starlet fans to choose from – mostly in white, cream, and blush (all proving vastly popular colors for Spring) – with details in lace, teased and gathered chiffon, and sparkling webs of jewels. A black-and-white ombré tulle hand-painted gown with a skirt the width of a crater was a definite crowd pleaser. Closer to the end, there were deep, rich colours – painted with Spring flowers – in purple iris and midnight blue. Accessories obviously consisted of Christian Louboutin‘s fantastical creations – mostly shoe-boots and heavily embroidered sandals which were all made to match the gowns. These were paired with Marchesa clutches. What will they cultivate next season? One can only marvel. Hence the photo overload. Don’t hesitate to grab a glass of vino and click on everything.