Emma Cahill, a teenager from England, loves to wear heels but can’t find any to fit her since she is a size 14 (16 1/2 in the US)! Check out the shocking photos of the teen with some of the biggest feet around…
The 19-year-old, from Worcester, has one of the biggest pairs of feet of any woman in Europe – and at size 14(16 1/2 in the US), she has only ever found shoes that fit her at a shop in Germany. The 6ft 5in Oxford Brookes University student, who is double the UK women’s average size of seven, owns one pair of stilettos but finds it ‘impossible’ to find the right shoes.
‘I think I’ve got the biggest feet in Europe, which makes it impossible to find shoes that fit. I own one pair of stilettos – but they’re not very classy. I dream of owning a pair of Louboutins.’
Miss Cahill – whose feet are larger than those of 6ft 7in England footballer Peter Crouch, a size 12 – said wearing heels puts her at 7ft, and men are often too intimidated to speak to her when she is out.
‘Although I love being tall, I’ve only been approached once in a club – and that was by a man who was taller than me. Besides our mutual height, we didn’t have much in common. I’d rather date a man who is taller than me, but I realise that I may be raising the bar too high.’
Problems that Miss Cahill encounters daily include fitting into cars and banging her head on door frames. She is even considering putting pipe insulator on frames in her home to prevent injury.
Meanwhile she faces wardrobe problems. Finding clothes that fit is a constant battle and she is often forced to wear leggings underneath dresses which come up too short on her. She said:
‘The biggest issue is finding shoes that fit me. I love shoes and it’s so hard getting ones I like. There’s only one place I can buy them in Germany. Last time I went I spent £500 on five pairs.’
From the age of nine she wore a bigger-than-average size nine – the same size feet as her mum Jane, 49 – and up to the age of 14 she grew a shoe size every year. She said:
‘I was so relieved when my feet stopped growing. I was terrified I’d end up with boat feet.’
Miss Cahill - whose 49-year-old father Andrew is also a size 14, and 15-year-old sister Jenni is a 10 – added that her feet don’t look that big because they are in proportion with her height. Trousers are out of the question for Miss Cahill, so three-quarter length jeans with a long top are her preferred outfit. Meanwhile the teenager is limited to just one pair of shoes for evenings out. For the last six years she has sported a gold pair of pumps bought from a US website which has since gone out of business.
Miss Cahill, whose feet measure 13in, has re-heeled the shoes three times, and even has to repaint them with gold fabric paint three times a year. She said:
‘I try to keep up with the trends, but when you have to base an outfit around the same pair of shoes, it’s not easy. I don’t know what I’ll do when they finally give in – I guess I’ll have to plan another trip to the shop in Germany. Last time I went, when I was 13-years-old, I was a size 13, but my feet have grown so I’ve stretched the shoes. The shop only stocks up to a size 13, but the shoemaker says he can make footwear especially for me in a size 14. He’s my only hope.’