Help Wanted... Looking for Big Shoes to Fill

Lovely 'Cookie' standing
next to a girl of the same age
at a costume tea party
I am looking for a pair of affordable dress shoes (for Christmas Mass) in size 12 wide for a reasonable price.

I have a beautiful young lady in my household who has surpassed (by quite a bit) almost the entirety of her peer group in stature. She can still eat from the kids' menus in restaurants (with suspicious looks from the wait staff) but can pick up and carry her mother around.

She also has a size 11-12 shoe...wide...which is presenting a considerable challenge for us as parents.

Most shoe manufacturers do not sell shoes above a size 11. Many of those size 11 shoes which they do sell still do not fit my daughter because they are cheap and ill-fitting or too narrow. There also does not appear to be a size 11.5 so we're bumped up to a 12 in most cases. It is difficult enough to find a lovely pair of shoes for an average-footed preteen but I am tearing my hair out with this challenge.

Big sizes do exist but they are generally extremely expensive. I did find large sizes at Payless.com but the selection is horrible and not particularly youthful. By the way, she cannot wear tapered-toe flats because the front of her foot is too wide.

Her current pair of church shoes (a darling pair of Mary Jane's with a wider than average toe box) cost me $76 on sale. What is a mother to do?

I'm looking for suggestions from those of you who have larger than average feet and have found a shopping solution. We need dress shoes, Winter boots, and everyday tennis shoes. Any help? Please?
Posted on December 2, 2010 and filed under "Large shoe sizes".