A common question afflicting many women. If you are a Euro size 39 and above you are probably nodding your head thinking: “I know exactly what you mean”. So why are larger sizes hard to get?
In 2004, Marck Jankowski, executive vice president at Steven Madden Ltd., was quoted as saying retailers must buy shoes by the dozen, typically a mix of the most popular sizes (typically 36-38). Also, manufacturers don’t make more big sizes because of cost. Larger shoes can use twice as much leather as smaller ones. For each additional size and half-size, makers must create a new last, or mold, further ratcheting up costs by tens of thousands of dollars per style.
At Solescape, we find this to be unacceptable. It is this market driven madness that leads to numerous foot problems. As one mother exclaimed: “Count yourself lucky if you can find a dress shoe in size Euro 40 in SE Asia!” It is our goal to change that.