Rajahnique J., Fashion + Lifestyle Blogger
Shoe Size: 11.5| Age: 35 | San Francisco Bay Area, California
I was a size 11 from before my first child back to my teenage years. We spent the majority of our time in Payless for shoes for me. I remember being frustrated that I couldn’t walk into the regular women’s shoe stores and buy anything in my size unless it was a men’s sneaker from Foot Locker or somewhere similar. So that’s what I did. To add insult to injury, after I had my first child, my foot grew another .5 inches. Like, no one told me that this was something I had to look forward too. It was already hard enough looking for size 11 shoes. Now, they had to be 11.5?! LOL
“God made my feet so big because he knew that if it were easier to find shoes, I’d be broke” – Rajahnique Jones.
I love shoes. It’s obviously something I had to grow into because I didn’t have anything to look forward to in the shoe department as a young person. But online shopping has changed the game. As time has passed, it’s become much easier to find shoes my size, 11/11.5/12 (depending on the shoe) than it was before. So even though we have a long way to go as far as selection is concerned, I feel a lot better about it now.
Outside of my frustration with my selection of shoes as a young person, I remember feeling insecure about being so skinny. I didn’t have a problem with my height. It was just I felt like Olive Oyle, you know. LOL And really age helped me get over that because I’m not skinny anymore. LOL. I wish I was the size I was before now. I have to actually put forth effort to keep weight off. The grass definitely wasn’t greener, and I think it rarely is. It may be hard to appreciate what you have, whatever that thing may be that you’re self-conscious about, but you never know what battles others are fighting. It’s easy to be envious of someone from the outside. But step into their shoes, and you may realize that you’d prefer to have your life, your body, your story. So, you have to be content with where and who you are because you are who and what you are for a reason.
SSL: As a Queen Feet/ fashion influencer, do you feel that styling your Queen Feet poses a challenge or inspires a newfound creativity when accommodating your size?
I think when your feet are queen sized, it’s a challenge when it comes to expressing your style because you can see it. You just can’t have it. It’s there, but not in your size. So when I do see something I like, I almost always get it. At the same time, you have to be open to shopping outside of the box. For instance, men’s sneakers. It’s not a new thing for women, but it remains a great way to get cute casual sneakers in larger sizes.
SSL: What’s a piece of advice that you’d give a young girl who might be struggling with Queen Feet or overall self-acceptance?
I would just say that you’re not alone. As much as it may be frustrating to have larger feet, you can make it work. Your journey is your own. Your feet are your own. Love every inch that God purposefully gave you.
SSL: Hands down, what are your go-to footwear retailers?
Top Shop, Jessica Simpson, LTS, and I love the men’s shoes from H&M cause they’re kind of feminine LOL. Although, I haven’t been there recently for a completely separate reason ?
Wanna hear more from Rajhanique? Be sure to check out her blog, TallNNatural.com, or Instagram @tallnnatural. For add inspiration, she regular posts stylish Queen Size shoes on her IG page @bigshoeobssession.