A WOMAN is looking to make shopping for shoes a pleasure rather than a chore for women with large feet.
Louise MacLellan has always dreamt of creating a shop where women of larger than average shoe size could come and try on fashionable shoes in comfort.
After being made redundant last year, Louise has at last had the opportunity to realise the dream and her shop Lou Lou Shoes is opening in Lutterworth’s High Street on April 5.
She said: “I am a size 10 and have found it really difficult over the years to find fashionable yet affordable shoes in larger sizes, so I know there must be lots of women out there with the same problem.
“My friends enjoy the experience of trying on shoes in shops but, because of my foot size, my experiences have not been as enjoyable – with limited choice and often long journeys to find a shop specialising in larger shoes.
“There are a number of websites that offer a range of shoes for people with larger feet but, to me, there’s something lovely about going into a shoe shop, trying on shoes, walking in them and making sure they are right for you.”
Louise, from Cosby, is now launching a competition to find a teenager with large feet to help her open her shop to make them feel special.
She said: “I had size 9 feet when I was aged 11 so felt I stood out for all the wrong reasons.
“Finding shoes to fit me that were fashionable and affordable was a complete nightmare when I was a teenager.
“I just thought it would be lovely to give a teenager with larger feet the chance to carry out the ribbon-cutting ceremony when Lou Lou Shoes opens so that they can feel special for all the right reasons.”
To enter the competition, all teenagers have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, address, age, foot size and, in less than 50 words, a reason why they should open Lou Lou Shoes. The deadline is March 30.
For more information about the shop, visit the website www.louloushoes.co.uk.