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Australian footwear labels that go above a size 42

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WORDS BY MAEVE KERR-CROWLEY

Size-inclusive footwear for all.

As an industry, we’re getting better every year at acknowledging important issues like size inclusivity. Everyone should have the opportunity to dress the way they like, and nobody should feel unwanted by the labels they admire.

Something we talk less about, however, is the limited options out there for people with big feet. Many of those cute, trendy footwear brands you drool over on Instagram cut their range off at certain sizes. People whose feet fall outside this unspoken standard are left with fewer and – let’s be real – uglier choices.


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To help out the full-footed population of Australia and New Zealand, we’ve put together a directory of local brands that offer footwear above a size 42.

Post Sole Studio

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Melbourne-based label Post Sole Studio offers classic styles like mules, T-bars, sandals and boots with fresh and interesting design twists. The brand offers the full package: vegan alternatives to many of its styles, a small-batch, sustainable production approach and all its shoes are available up to a size 43.

postsole.com

Essen

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Essen’s artisanal crafting techniques are put to work creating shoes that will last a lifetime. The label’s collection of flats, heels, loafers and boots are handmade using high quality, consciously-sourced leathers. Select styles – including the brand’s staple Foundation Flats and some of its hottest boots – are available up to a size 43.

essenthelabel.com

Maria Farro

 

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Based in: Sydney

Goes up to: Size 43

Maria Farro offers a collection of summer-ready sandals, available up to a size 43. Every pair is handmade from 100 per cent leather, designed to combine the best parts of Bondi and Crete. The brand’s minimalistic-yet-unique silhouettes are crafted using artisan techniques, making every pair subtly different. But the best part? The materials and construction allow them to last you years of comfortable wear.

mariafarro.com

Collective Canvas


Based in: Auckland

Goes up to: Size 47 (unisex)

Collective Canvas makes classic, consciously-designed sneakers. The New Zealand brand specialises in canvas sneakers made in a rainbow of colours, crafted using sustainable materials and ethical production practices. Although these no-fuss sneakers are categorised online under men’s and women’s sizing, all designs are as unisex and available up to a size 47.

collectivecanvas.com

Twoobs

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 45

The Twoobs sisters (AKA founders Jess and Stef Dadon) have put their minds to creating comfortable, fun shoes; always taking the wellbeing of our planet into account. Shop velcro strap sandals, platforms, scrunchies, sunglasses and more in a variety of bright colours. And if the cloud-like soles and sustainability-centric ethos aren’t enough, the range is also available up to a size 45.

twoobs.com

St. Agni

 

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Based in: Byron Bay

Goes up to: Size 44

Sustainability-focused label St. Agni is known for its range of handmade footwear. Scrolling through the site, you’ll find sleek silhouettes made from high-quality leather, including boots, mules, slides and heels. All styles are made in small runs with an emphasis on transparent production, and select styles are available up to a size 44.

st-agni.com

R.M.Williams

 

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Based in: Adelaide

Goes up to: Size 47 (unisex)

Few local brands have a history as iconic as that of R.M.Williams. For more than 80 years, the brand has been handcrafting leather boots; holding up as a standard of quality across the country. The brand’s unisex styles are available up to a size 47, while traditional women’s styles are available up to a size 43.

rmwilliams.com.au

Bared Footwear

 

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Based in: Australia

Goes up to: Size 43

As the local footwear industry expands, we’re seeing a greater focus on the health and comfort of our feet. Bared is a trendsetter in combining fashion and podiatry, creating aesthetically pleasing designs that don’t destroy your feet. Each pair features a specially designed footbed, ensuring all-day comfort and fewer trips to the podiatrist in the long run. Women’s styles are available up to a size 43.

bared.com.au

Done by Matea


Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 45

The shoes from Done by Matea are unlike anything else you’ll see on the market. Made to order in Naarm, each design is a ‘wearable artwork’ utilising unique materials and bold colours. Select styles are available up to a size 45, and custom shoes can be made in any size – just place a custom order using this contact form.

donebymatea.com

Monte

 

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Based in: Australia

Goes up to: Size 47

This one is all about comfort. Monte makes unisex slippers that are socially acceptable to wear out of the house. Made from velvet or terry towelling in two timeless silhouettes, the range is available up to size 47. There’s also the option for made-to-order monogramming if you want to feel a little fancy.

montestore.com

Radical Yes

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Flat shoe enthusiasts may be familiar with Radical Yes, a Melbourne brand exclusively designing flats of all kinds. Its boots, sneakers, slip-ons and sandals are available up to a size 43. While a vocal focus on comfort and taking care of your feet might seem like the antithesis of style, an equal amount of emphasis is put on designs you’ll actually want to wear.

radicalyes.com.au

Habbot

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Designed in Melbourne and handmade in Le Marche, Italy, Habbot’s range includes everything from sleek staple pumps to prep-inspired T-bars and brogues. Every pair is made using quality materials and traditional artisan techniques, designed to be both functional and eye-catching. Plus, they’re available up to a size 43.

habbotstudios.com

Blundstones

 

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Based in: Tasmania

Goes up to: Size 47 (unisex)

Dubbed ‘Blunnies’ by those in the know, Blundstone’s boots have been beloved by Australians for over 150 years. Made from quality leather and sturdy in design, the brand’s unisex styles are available up to a size 47.

blundstone.com.au

BB Shoemaker

 

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Based in: Adelaide

Goes up to: Size 43

Although its range is small and intentionally curated, Adelaide-based label BB Shoemaker covers a range of styles from sandals to classic derbies. Select silhouettes are available up to a size 43, and each pair is made by hand at Ensemble Studios in Adelaide.

bbshoemaker.com

Merry People

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Everyone’s bound to end up trudging through a puddle at some point, especially in Melbourne. Merry People’s durable, comfortable work shoes come in a range of bold, eye-catching colour combinations and are available up to a size 43. Its gumboots, clogs and accessories are designed to handle inclement weather without looking drab.

merrypeople.com

Taeger

 

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Based in: Australia

Goes up to: Size 46

With materials sourced from Portugal and styles designed in the Netherlands, Australian footwear label Taeger is a global operation designed to bring European style to the streets of Australia. Its footwear is genderless, seasonless and is available up to a size 46.

wearetaeger.com

Frankie4 Footwear

 

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Based in: Brisbane

Goes up to: Size 44

Winner of numerous industry-based awards (including the Good Design Awards in 2021), Frankie4 knows how to design comfortable and supportive footwear. With podiatrist-crafted, cushioned insoles, the Sole Hero footbed is designed to support its wearer’s alignment and deflect pressure. Frankie4’s wide range of styles goes up to a size 44.

frankie4.com

Rollie

 

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Based in: Australia (Melbourne)

Goes up to: Size 43

Launched in 2012, Rollie specialises in sneaker-like dress shoes designed using premium materials. Each pair is constructed using cushioned memory foam insoles to create a lightweight, durable and uber-comfortable shoe. All designs are offered up to a size 43, so nobody misses out on the cloud-like experience.

rollienation.com

Mollini

 

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Based in: Melbourne

Goes up to: Size 43

Mollini’s footwear comes in a range of styles suited to any every occasion, from work, to leisure to formal wear. Made from premium materials and featuring modern designs, Mollini’s pieces are available up to a size 43.

mollini.com.au

Assembly Label

 

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Based in: Sydney

Goes up to: Size 47

With a focus on creating timeless, long-wearing and versatile wardrobe staples, Assembly Label offers a range of shoes from its in-house and premium brands, including Veja and New Balance. The brand’s in-house footwear runs up to a size 47.

assemblylabel.com

For more brands offering size-inclusive footwear, head here.

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