It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of men’s shoe brands only offered footwear up to a size 12. But with foot size increasing at an average of two sizes over the last four decades, many of the major brands now make large shoes for men up to a size 14 and beyond.
Nike is one of those brands. Founded in the United States in 1964, their mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. Nike is one of the world’s most popular shoe brands. With their famous tagline ‘Just do it’ and iconic swoosh logo, their performance and lifestyle sneakers have created a culture of its own.
Vans is another global brand that now caters for men with bigger feet. Based in California, it’s known for its skateboarding shoes and sponsors a variety of skate, snowboarding and BMX teams. Vans has come a long way since it started trading in 1966 when it sold just 12 pairs of shoes on its first day.
A more formal footwear brand, selling larger sizes, is Barker shoes. They have been an English tradition for over 135 years. Only the most carefully selected leathers are used, and the uppers are shaped on the last by hand. Many other traditional shoemaking methods are still employed including slow natural drying and polishing. Barker have been making shoes in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton since 1880.