I was shopping for shoes at Nordstrom Rack earlier this summer when a fellow size 10-shopper looked at me knowingly. “Narrow feet?” she asked with an empathetic smile. Surrounded by sandals, wedges, and flats too wide for our slender feet, my new best friend and I commiserated on the difficulty we have shopping for size 10N shoes.
Finding winter boots and other cold weather shoes is only marginally easier. It helps that I can layer socks or add orthopedic-like inserts to fill up all that empty space around my narrow feet and small ankles, but it doesn’t solve the problem completely.
Shopping for shoes, no matter what the season, can be as frustrating for me as trying on jeans. Except that instead praying the jeans I take into the dressing room will button around my hips and not look too baggy around my thighs, I’m hoping I won’t step out of whatever sandals or boots are currently in fashion.
While I’m still searching for the perfect pair of jeans, I might have found a solution to my summer sandal woes: Sven Clogs. In my 35ish years of wearing shoes, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of clogs because their wooden bases have always been too wide.
However, Sven’s Swedish clogs, clog boots, and clog sandals are all custom made to fit your feet, whether they’re extra narrow or extra wide. You can customize your clogs further by choosing the base color and leather type and color.
So I traced my feet on a piece of paper and mailed the drawing to Sven Clogs in Minnesota last month, and they recommended the size I should order: 42 Narrow Base with XN lest. (I told you have I have huge feet!) I picked the Criss Cross clogs in Honey Nu Buc leather with a medium heel and natural base.
And they fit perfectly. They’re comfortable, too — in part, I’m sure, because they fit so well. I’m not gonna lie, though. At $205, they’re the most expensive pair of sandals in my closet. However, as I’m getting older (and wiser?), I’d rather spend my money on quality versus quantity. I want my clothing and shoes to fit properly and last a long time.
Even though the kids are heading back to school, fall doesn’t officially begin until the end of September. That means sandals are still in style!
I plan to wear my Sven clogs until my toes get cold (or until I can order these boots and these closed-toe clogs). Right now I’m loving how they look with sundresses, but they’d be equally chic with cropped jeans and a lightweight sweater.
Now the really exciting part! My friends at Sven Clogs want to give away one pair of clogs to a lucky A Girl Named PJ reader! The winner can choose any clogs (except clog boots) in any leather and color option. Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
To enter the Sven clogs giveaway, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.
One winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 1st and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is randomly picked. Good luck!
(Photography by Reema Desai for A Girl Named PJ. Sandals c/o Sven Clogs. Denim vest from Target. Striped dress from Loft.)