Reviews | Calla | Stylish shoes for bunions and wide feet

Reviews of Calla shoes for bunions

Gilly is a podiatrist who recommends Calla and wears the shoes herself

Gilly is a podiatrist who recommends Calla and wears the shoes herself

When my ex-work colleague, Jenni Bailey, first emailed me about her shoe business I was surprised but very interested – I was the Podiatrist with the expertise, I could definitely help her especially because I suffer with enlarged joints too. What I didn’t bargain for was her experience with her own painful feet, leading to her considerable practical research into materials, pattern cutting, shape, comfort; she had already done all the hard work.
Bunions (Hallux Valgus) cause not only pain and deformity, they make shoe buying a complete nightmare especially for ladies who want something for a special occasion other than a standard wide, flat shoe.
Jenni has changed this concept, her shoes have not only extra width and extra depth but there are soft areas over the bony prominence of the big toe joint – which rubs in normal shoes. I tried her flat ballet pumps, because they are padded on the ball of the foot they give the second metatarsal phalangeal joint some extra cushioning, the leather over the enlarged 1st joint area is softened by perforations, the upper is extended to cover the joint so it limits any rubbing. The sides of the shoe and the heel counter are stiffened and supportive.
This is a shoe you could wear all day, the style is very well thought through, I would say, it’s a shoe which not only accommodates bunions but looks great, feels good and fits well.

Well done, Calla is definitely worth recommending.

Hayley is a fan of both our flats and heels

Hayley is a fan of both our flats and heels

I have the Charlotte pumps which I wore all summer so a little scuffed now, so thought best not to photograph those!! But I have attached photos of my black Sophias.
I have not worn heels for such a long time due to the throbbing pain but I've worn these 3 times now and adore them. Thank you. 

Alicia says her Calla heels are the most comfortable heels she's ever owned

Alicia says her Calla heels are the most comfortable heels she's ever owned

Here are some photos of my feet in the Sophia nude heel. My shoe size is US 9, the width of my feet is 241mm (E). I don’t have any other issues with my feet.

My bunions are small but they do increase the width of my feet, so it’s impossible for me to find high heels that are wide enough/have enough space for my toes without cutting across my bunions.

I love this Sophia heel because the toe box is the perfect width to fit my toes comfortably without them being cramped.

The shoe cuts at a perfect spot to not hurt my bunions, and they are truly the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever worn!

The leather is also really soft. Based on my experience with these shoes I think someone with even wider feet could fit in them comfortably; I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a classic heel. 

Jan couldn't believe how comfortable her new flats are

Jan couldn't believe how comfortable her new flats are

I have had difficulty with shoes since I was a teenager and as a result my joints became worse as they were jammed into too tight shoes over the years.
I have also wanted to be able to wear ballet pumps but as a size 41E any that I managed to get my feet into made them look huge - until I found the Calla ones.
I bought the pink suede ones first and couldn't believe how narrow and small they made my feet look - and how comfortable they are. Soon after I bought the black leather ones - hence me modelling one of each !
I look forward to wearing many more pairs of comfortable and neat looking Calla shoes! 

Cynthia simply loves Calla

Cynthia simply loves Calla

Love your shoes!!! Size 81/2 A
Thank You! 

Jean feels comfort all night long in Calla shoes

Jean feels comfort all night long in Calla shoes

Please find below a couple of photographs of my horrible feet.
My feet are size 4, 41/2, 5, 51/2 depending on shoes and width is EEE.
I can never find comfortable fashion shoes for going out.
It was so nice to go out in a pair of your shoes and to feel comfort all night long. I bought size 4. 

Agnes says Calla shoes feel like trainers on her feet

Agnes says Calla shoes feel like trainers on her feet

My feet are generally wide anyway and bunions are making things even worse. My feet are size 6 and E width. 
The shoes I bought from you are great. After struggling with a number of different shoes, I finally found a pair that wasn’t rubbing and my feet felt like I was wearing trainers all day even after a whole day of walking around in them at work. 
I will definitely look to buy them again, I’m contemplating a pair with a small heel as well. 

Christine says we got it right!

Christine says we got it right!

I have very tricky bunioned feet that for years no shoemaker was ever able to pacify with the fit of their shoes. Overall, my feet are quite narrow with the exception of the toe and bunion area. As you can see, I have very large bunions, but simply buying a traditional wide fit shoe never worked for me because they would always gape at the sides.
Somehow, Calla got it right.
The shoes fit comfortably and securely on the sides with sufficient extra room in the toe/bunion area, so I can walk with confidence (and comfort!) knowing my beautiful heels will stay right where they belong. (Size 5 US, EE width) 

Nicole dances all night in her Calla shoes

Nicole dances all night in her Calla shoes

I first heard of Calla shoes when a friend, who had come across the company, and I were discussing the problems of finding suitable nice looking shoes which would not press on feet with bunions.

Following this conversation I searched for Calla online and, as soon as I had found the company web site, browsed through the range of shoes on offer. I was immediately taken by the high heels as I felt that buying these shoes made for feet with bunions would be the only way to ever possess a pair of such shoes as shoes made for normal feet tended to be too tight for my bunions and hence would be pressing on them, which would immediately be painful on the foot. With excitement I ordered a pair and could not wait for them to arrive.

They came in a beautiful box nicely wrapped in white silk paper even including a small chocolate treat. I tried the shoes immediately and was extremely happy with them.
Since purchasing them I have worn them for every special occasion and will continue to do so.

I am actually choosing my outfits to go with the shoes and not the shoes to go with the outfit such that I can put them on over and over again! They have not hurt my bunion once even dancing all night.
Since obtaining this pair I have been following closely how the range of shoes has grown and certain I will be purchasing further pairs in the future.  

Susan's feet loved Calla shoes

Susan's feet loved Calla shoes

These shoes are made for walking! 

I wore them when I was meeting up with friends at the Trafford Centre, you need comfortable shoes while doing a bit of retail therapy.

My husband who was picking me up, phoned me to say he wasn't able to get to the Trafford Centre as the traffic was at a standstill. So I decided to start walking the route he would be driving. When I eventually got to our car I had walked 2 miles (tracked it on my fitbit) my bunions survived not a blister in sight. 

Thank you Calla shoes I will be investing in a pair of kitten heels next.

Dominika (and Cricket!) are delighted with the Sophia heels

Dominika (and Cricket!) are delighted with the Sophia heels

I can't begin to sing the praises of my new Calla shoes. 

It's been a foot nightmare trying to find beautiful shoes that don't kill my bunions. The hunt is over!

First, they fit! I can't overstate how important this is. I have purchased shoes that were a size bigger in hopes of accommodating my bunions. All this resulted in was me killing my heels as the shoes flung off the back and hurt my feet as foot slipped inside of them. 

Second, they didn't break me as I broke them in. Attached is a pic of Cricket, who was happy to go for a walk around the block to help me wear them in slowly.

Thank you for making shoes that look great and fit!

Kasia is happy about how well our flats conceal her bunions

Kasia is happy about how well our flats conceal her bunions

I can't believe that there's finally a shoe that literally makes my bunions seem non-existent. Oh, and it is so comfortable. I've been waiting for this for so long! THANK YOU Calla shoes!

Kaye is impressed with our bunion-comforting shoe design

Kaye is impressed with our bunion-comforting shoe design

Ugly toes made prettier and I never thought I’d be able to wear sandals with heels again. Love how they cuddle the bunion gently and securely and how there’s not too much toe showing. Brilliant design.

Sally says Calla is comfy and stylish

Sally says Calla is comfy and stylish

Loving my Calla shoes - comfy and stylish! They are quite literally the only shoes that I can wear without any rubbing or painful bunions, and the only pair of heels I have that accommodates my overlapping toes. Great service and can’t wait to buy my next pair.

Gez struggles with small, but painful bunions

Suzy is in love with Calla

Suzy is in love with Calla

The moment I slipped on this pair of ballerina shoes, my feet sighed in relief! They were, by far, the most comfortable pair of shoes ever. (...) 

 

I’m incredibly impressed with the fit, the feel, the quality and the look of these leather shoes. I wore them out to dinner a few nights ago, when I knew we would be walking a little distance from the car to the restaurant. And they were just marvellous.

Monica struggles with wide feet and calluses

Monica struggles with wide feet and calluses

I don't have bunions, but I do have wide feet that are callus-prone (as you can unfortunately see). There aren't many good quality, wide-fit shoes out there, so I was very hopeful when I found Calla. I was not disappointed - wearing these shoes is like walking on clouds! I actually wore them for the first time the day after walking 15km in London (so you can imagine how bad my feet were), and I was in heaven. 

Colette says wearing Calla shoes is like walking on air

Colette says wearing Calla shoes is like walking on air

I received the shoes which were beautifully packed and arrived with a smart dustbag. The leather is beautiful quality. The shoes are so lovely. First the shoes have a lovely pointed toe so are very chic and a double strap which keeps them secure . I wore them all day last Saturday the day after they arrived I can walk comfortably in the shoes. They are beautifully padded and soft inside. They do not rub or catch in anyway. It’s like walking on air. 

 

I delayed purchasing the shoes expecting the usual experience of pinching or tightness. The opposite is true. The shoes are comfortable and soft inside. The leather is exceptional quality. Rare to see such quality these days. I highly recommend Calla Shoes and will be buying more. I have a bunion on my right foot the shoes do not rub or press but they do not slip either. 

Colley models our Charlotte flats

Colley models our Charlotte flats

Caroline still wears Calla even after her bunionectomy

Caroline still wears Calla even after her bunionectomy

Another pair of beautifully made, soft shoes that look smart. Even though I’ve had surgery now, my feet are still wide and I want to treat them to well made, supportive shoes that are also pretty! These fit the bill!