You’ll be surprised to know just how many famous and beautiful women are endowed with big feet. The list continues to expand as women are generally growing taller and bigger, with feet that match their larger frames. Having large feet is not the curse it used to be, as retailers and shoe manufacturers are beginning to recognize the need and demand of a growing population of shoe aficionados- a recent study in the UK revealed that demand for larger-sized women’s shoes rose nearly twenty-five percent in 2009 alone. Still, antiquated notions of femininity have kept even the most educated, liberated, and progressive women of our time blushing with embarrassment over owning up to their true shoe size. If this is you, take note of these fabulously footed women who are paving the way one step at a time and reminding us that big is beautiful.*
Michelle Obama, Size 11.5
At 5′ 10″ tall, it’s no surprise that First Lady, Michelle Obama, has feet that can go the distance. She is often seen sporting more conservative kitten heels, ballet flats, and sporty tennis shoes during her leisure time with the family.
Audrey Hepburn was clearly ahead of her time with her size 10.5 feet, since women with large feet were a virtual anomaly during Hepburn’s heyday in the 1950’s and ’60’s, and she was only 5′ 6 1/2″ tall. She was also notoriously self-conscious about her larger-than-average feet as reported by People magazine in their 1993 memorial issue dedicated to the actress.
Cindy Crawford, Size 10.5
Jackie O., Size 10.5
Uma Thurman, Size 11.5
Actress Uma Thurman is no slouch, standing at 6′ tall. From an early age she towered over everyone else in school and endured the pain that came along with being different. Her famously large feet would soon sprout to size 11 — and even beyond that — and although they would receive their claim to fame by director Quentin Tarantino, as a child she generally wore the biggest shoes in class, which only provided another subject of ridicule.
Oprah Winfrey, Size 11
Good Morning America recently helped Oprah own up to the fact that she actually wears a size 11 shoe, instead of the size 10 she had previously thought. The Queen of Daytime television has moved on to bigger and better things now, including her shoes!
Kate Winslet, Size 11
At only 5′ 8″ tall, Kate Winslet has been said to carry resentment over her size 11 feet, as reported by Vogue and Time magazines. When her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio started to poke fun at her during filming, she tried to take his jeering in stride. Kate described her Titanic co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, teasing her about her feet, ‘I’d put my foot up and he would just fall about laughing because my feet are exactly the same size as his and he’s six-foot-one. He’d refer to them as my canoes!’ Not very nice, Leo. Still, her feet have done anything but stand in the way for this Oscar-winning actress and give her a firm foundation during her trips down the red carpet.
Geena Davis, Size 12
Geena Davis is yet another actress that towers over the rest at 6′ tall. She has reported that she often felt left out and self-conscious for being the tallest girl in school during her youth. Her size 12 feet are perfectly suited to support her willowy frame and probably helped her place as a semi-finalist in archery at the 1996 Summer Olympic trials.
Paris Hilton, Size 11
Love her or hate her, Paris Hilton has milked her role as hotel heiress/reality t.v. star/ fashion icon to the hilt. At 5′ 8″ tall, her feet are larger-than-average for her frame, at a size 11. Amidst reports that Paris underwent plastic surgery to reinvent herself as ‘hot,’ nothing could be done about her large feet, which she reportedly hates. Nevertheless, Paris developed her own shoe line that carries up to size 11 shoes, so she can’t be all that bad.
Meg Ryan, Size 11
Sadly, and like many women, Meg Ryan is very self-conscious about her size 11 feet and has reportedly used a ‘foot double’ in most of her movies. The actress is 5′ 8″ tall, which means the size of her foot is large for her height, but she’s still America’s #1 sweetheart. If only she’d believe us.
Elle McPherson, Size 12
At 6′ 1″ tall, it’s no surprise that sporty supermodel Elle McPherson takes the cake for largest shoe size on our list with a size 12 foot. As far as we’re concerned, anyone would be lucky to walk a mile in her shoes!
* All shoe sizes referenced are in U.S. sizes.