Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shopping for Small Shoes (Nordies Search by Size) & Aldo Sale

Recently I've been getting a lot of questions regarding where to find small-sized shoes, and I usually send readers to Nordstrom online. Nordies offers a huge selection of shoes starting at womens "size 4 or smaller," which you can search for by size, price, style, etc. I like that they carry a range from department store brands, to high-end designers. Nordies also offers an amazing price-matching service (you can "live chat" online or call their customer service if you find the same item elsewhere for less) and hassle-free returns.
A quick search by size yields 88 styles in size 4 or below, and almost 600 styles in my size, 5.5

This weekend I popped into a store and was surprised to find two full racks of sale shoes under size 6, for their half-yearly sale. The selection online is much larger, but I was still excited to see so many tiny shoes. I contemplated getting the Franco Sarto lady boots in size 5.5 (on sale, comes in size 4 and +):
The shaft fit me pretty well around the calves, and only after seeing the stock photo did I realize the cuff could be folded way down. I passed on these because the heel was too high for me to rock comfortably, but see them on Ping here. I also tried on tons of Hunter rain boots in different heights and compared womens vs. kids fit, but that's for a later post : )

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The real reason I went to Nordstrom was to return the Dolce Vita kids boots that I had ordered earlier. The foot and shaft height fit me in a kids sz 4, but that was about it. The boot shaft circumference was quite roomy, and the toes were wide and round, not sleek and almond-shaped. Bummer!

On a separate note, I just saw on Chloe's blog that Aldo is having a sale with free shipping at any price! I blogged about Aldo a while back and the consensus was that their sz 35 is unpredictable. Sometimes it fits me perfectly (I'm usually a 5.5 US) and sometimes it's way too small. I took a chance and ordered the shoes that Chloe recommended in a sz 35:
Aldo Lamacchia in Cognac, sz 35 (I signed up for emails to get an extra 10% off!)

I initially went on Aldo looking for cheap flats, and debated between the Kanoza leather flat in gray and the Madson flat in taupe. Ended up passing on both to get the above mid-heel pump. I think the tassel loafer detail is adorable, and envision it with browns, olives and florals.

PS - for discussions on other retailers / brands that offer small shoes, check out the Alterations Needed forum.


  1. jean -- omg those franco sarto boots looked so familiar!! haha i totally have forgotten about them. i bought them during last anniversary sale. i have them in the size 5.5 and they fit pretty true to size. btw, i added the search tool on my page just for you. lol :P

  2. The Franco boots are fabulous, but I totally get them being to high to be comfortable. I can't wait to see how you style that tassel loafer, they're very preppy chic!

  3. Wow, your feet are small! (duh)

    This reminds me of how yesterday when I tried on these adorable Me Too ruffle booties, and after trying to stuff my feet into them I realized they were too small. The sales associate asked, "What size are you?" I said, "Seven, but I grabbed a six 'cause sometimes my feet size down that much," and he said, "No, you grabbed a five."

  4. I love shopping shoes at Nordstroms online. Free shipping and you can return at any store.

  5. ahh! props for the courage to take pics inside the store! i also just returned a pair of dv boots (the travis)--they just don't look well polished. i ended up ordering the coach benitas with a PCE. and the aldo tassel shoes look cute AND comfy.

  6. I know I'm supposed to be looking at your shoes, but I really love your jacket! :) Is there a review of it somewhere?

    Looking forward to the Hunter boots review!!

  7. I buy my tiny shoes from! free shipping both ways, free returns, and many tiny shoes. I also love the Naturalizer, which makes shoes size 4 and up. I have also found tiny shoes on

  8. Those boots look amazing on you. I love the boots you are wearing on your left foot too. Where did you get those cute native looking boots? They are ADORABLE! Great choices on the Aldo flats! :)

  9. I'm returning my Dolce Vita kids boots too. I have the other style, and the fit is still quite roomy in the shaft and the material feels oddly stiff. My boot search this time around has been real disappointing so far... wonder if I should even bother taking pics of all the failures :\

  10. size 4 and smaller sounds like a dream! i'll be sure to check them out. nordies is still a little pricey sometimes to me. i need to stop blowing all my funds on shoes shoes shoes xD

  11. I love shopping for shoes at Nordstrom. It's always comfy there and the people are not pushy. I'm glad that it's colder now so I can bring out my boots I purchased during last year's winter clearance sale!

  12. Wow! I can't imagine someone with size 4 or smaller feet, but it must be hard for them to buy shoes.

    The Franco Sarto boots are lovely.

  13. Duo Boots ( I dream I dream...Now nothing else will do.. sigh

  14. Jean, I'm totally gonna refer this to my little footed friends... I never know what to tell them when they say they have nowhere to buy shoes! Thanks!! :D You are so resourceful as always.

    Happy Monday!

  15. Great tips! My sister wears size 5 and I can feel her pain. I am lucky that I wear 6.5 in shoes. Therefore, I usually don't have any problem finding ones that fit. I have to check out the Aldo shoes sale. I have been eyeing several pairs.

  16. Nordies is amazing for catering to small feet, although I've never had as good luck as you and Ping in finding my size during their half-yearly sale! Those boots do look cute on you and it's too bad that the heel's too tall. I'm off to check out the Aldo sale too!

  17. The free shipping is very tempting. So far I have no luck with online orders but I will definitely keep this in mind for shoes shopping. For clothes and shoes, I would love to see and feel them in person.

    Those booties look so nice on you. I have to agree that heels these days are too high, I really can't walk in most of them.

  18. Ooh those blue JS pumps are super cute! I love how easy it is to search Nord online too, and even in store their service is exceptional! Can't wait to see those Aldo shoes~ they're really cute and look super wearable for lots of occasions!

  19. @Jean: I'm so anxious to see your blog entry on Hunter rainboots.

    @Ping: yay for search tool. much needed.

    Oh the pain of having small feet. but mb there will be lots of 4 and under sizes @ my nordstrom.

  20. Hi,
    I am a petite girl (not as tiny as you though) and I love your style and fashion sense. Could you help shed some light onto how I could dress appropriately for work?

    I was recently hired as a research associate, partly instructor and I have to dress appropriately. I think I have a decent collection of tops but it gets really cold here (does not snow a lot but rains and is very cold) and all I have are college logo hoodies that are warm enough - i know totally inappropriate!

    My friend helped me buy few cardigans - they look nice but I freeze in them. Help please...

  21. @Anonymous Please email me via the contact form under the "about" tab. I'm happy to help!

    @Abhitoabby They look nice...I've been eying from a post on AN!

    Laura Lee - I like Zappos too for their awesome return policy and free ship. The selection is a little overwhelming tho if that is possible?

    Aubrey - do you guys really need rainboots in sunny socal? : )

    PetiteXXS - I know, I'm sorry : ( I feel bad that you bought them after seeing them on my blog and they were so yuck. I should try things out before posting about them but then who knows if they'd still be left?

    SewPetite - thank you, it's an old one from Topshop petites!

    April - haha they are from the Gap. Funny you call them "native" shoes Nick calls them my fringe booties and I am surprised he lets me wear them around (he hates unusual things).

    Ida - lol!

    Janet - the coach benitas look nice and sleek ( I google imaged them). I hope they work out for you!

  22. check out these online shoeshops for shoesizes 32 -35 (US 2,5 to 5):,, or

  23. LOL I totally forgot that I needed more primer! Thanks for the reminder and comment! I also checked out the lipstick although I don't wear it much...and I'm tempted to purchase some! I usually only purchase their lashes...I am in desperate need of backups!

    <33 Rena

  24. Heeeey! im a new reader and i fell in love with your style. may i ask where you got your fringe boots? =) thanks in advance! keep doing what your doing <333

  25. dude maybe i should try out those dolce vitas. i think i have the same size foot as you, but i also have giant calves.

  26. @Anonymous Thanks!

    @x3ANNY Hi there! Thank you so much for your comment. The boots are from the Gap out of all places : )

    Midori - haha, try the DV adults! I think the toe on these were way too round in addition to the calf girth.

  27. So I just discovered your blog today...and omg! I love your blog!!! I literally spent half the day reading all the blog posts. All your outfits look so cute yet classy on you. You gave a lot of good tips too. Therefore, I just followed you. oh, btw I'm living in Boston too (for school). ^^

  28. @PetiteAsianGirl thanks for replying! do you think they still have it? i don't see it online :(

  29. I wear a size 3 in women's shoes, and it's been a challenge to find anything that looks 'women' like in children's sizes. Until I met someone who wore the same size shoe several years ago. I now stock up on my staple pumps from to wear to work. Occasionally I'll score a size 4 that run's small at Nordy's or the awesome TB kids flats. LOVE your blog!

  30. Hi!! I did a search of "boots" on your site, in prep for fall and saw that there may be an upcoming Hunter rain boots review?? I realize you posted this months and months ago, but is there any chance you'll still put up the rain boot review??

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  33. I've been on the hunt for brown boots all winter - thanks for the ideas. I like all of them! I have super wide calf boots in black that are very similar to the ones you showed. They are super comfortable.


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