**UPDATE** Emyloo Shoes was kind enough to give us a coupon code! Use code AN2011 for $10 off at checkout. Good through November 30, 2011.
I wear a pretty solid size 5 shoe, which is becoming harder and harder to find these days. Stores are beginning to stop carrying this size (I don’t even bother going into the Bloomingdales shoe department anymore, and I got unceremoniously rejected from the Saks Fifth Avenue in Las Vegas last year), and if they do, there is usually only a pair or two, so once they’re sold out…they’re gone!
So I really feel for ladies I meet with shoe sizes even smaller than my own, because if I have a hard time, I know their challenge to find stylish shoes is a million times harder. So when Emily of Emyloo Shoes asked me to review a pair on Alterations Needed, I was delighted to do it! I love companies that make items specially for petite women, and this shoe-aholic is always happy to share a resource for small sized shoes.
Out of the styles that were available at the time, I choose the Madison, which is a platform heeled loafer that I felt would work well with the menswear theme of my closet. When ordering, you are able to customize the heel height of most shoe options, which is a wonderful feature. I choose a 3.5 inch heel, which is my personal favorite heel height.
I like how the edges of the shoe have been lined in suede. One of the hallmarks of a cheaply made shoe are skimpy, poorly finished edges. The stitches are also nice and even.
I’ve already scratched them up a bit, but notice the nice stitching along the back, and suede-covered heel. They also have a textured, non-slip bottom that I did not photograph because I doubt anyone wants to look at the bottom of my dirty shoe. Hehe.
All in all, it’s a pretty well made little shoe, and the only thing I would change is the dinky o-ring on the horse bit detail, that I thought kind of cheapened the detail.
Choosing Your Emyloo Shoe Size:
Emyloo has a handy size chart and measuring guide to help you choose the correct shoe size, but of course, this is where I had the most anxiety.
Story: I reviewed Pretty Small Shoes a while ago, and simply ordered my normal shoe size, size 35 (US5). That didn’t go so well, so for my second attempt, I measured my biggest foot, which indicated I was a size 34 (US4) in PSS. This seemed weird to me, but I went with it, and after multiple attempts to wear the size 34′s, I’ve realized they are just too small and we’ll have to part ways.
I measured my feet according to the Emyloo instructions: pencil straight and not slanted (for PSS, I measured with a slanted pencil, so that’s probably why the shoes are too small). I got 23cm, which seemed strange because that put me in the 5.5 range. I still must not have measured correctly, because I could probably use one 1/2 size smaller, which would put me at my usual size 5.
The shoes are still wearable, I just needed to add heel liners, and ball of foot pads, which actually makes the shoes very comfy…win-win?
Learn from my experiences:
- Measure your feet using a ruler: Stand barefoot on a sheet of paper and place a ruler at your heel and then the tip of your big toe, marking each point with a pen or pencil. Pick up your foot and measure the distance between the two points you marked. Measuring your foot with just a pen or pencil seems too difficult to get an accurate measurement (at least it was for me :P ).
- Emyloo Shoes seems to run true to size, so it’s likely you will be the same shoe size in Emyloo that you generally wear.
- Pretty Small Shoes seems to run large, so it’s likely you will be 1/2 a shoe size smaller than you generally wear.
About Emyloo Shoes:
- Sizes start at size 3 (select styles start at size 2), and go up to size 6.
- Available in regular, narrow and wide widths.
- Choose your size, width, and for many styles, the heel height.
- Some boot styles (like the Keely) are customizable! Submit your preferred boot shaft circumference and height for a customized fit.
- Even if boot styles are not customizable, the shaft has still been proportioned to a more petite fit (measurements vary by style and size, but the average measurements for size 4 knee-high boot are: shaft height= ~12″, calf circumference= ~33 cm. Mid-high boots would have a shorter shaft, around 7-8″).
- All Shoes are made to order. Order to delivery typically takes 2-3 weeks for domestic (US) orders.
- Shipping domestically in the US is a flat rate of $12.50 for orders up to $135. A flex rate is applied for orders over $135.
- Shipping to Canada is $25-$30, depending on the weight.
My favorite style available now is the Heather, which is a very cute, little almond toe pump available in a number of colors (and a great alternative to the Pretty Small Shoes version, which can be painfully expensive due to the exchange rate and shipping costs from the UK):
Disclaimer: Emyloo Shoes sent me a free pair for review.