Sun Hair Spotlight on: The Glass Slipper
Owner: Michelle Sudler
279 N. Keswick Ave., Keswick Village, Glenside, PA 19031
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Thursday and Friday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Located in picturesque Keswick Village, The Glass Slipper adjusts its hours during Keswick Theater performances to accommodate evening browsers.
Specialties: Hard-to-find shoe sizes between 6.5 and 13; Accessories that are always seasonal include Jewelry, Scarves, Vests and Shawls.
215-886-2277 / Facebook: www.facebook.co/glassslipper
By Leah Fletcher
For a totally pulled together look, your shoes are as important as your hair and your clothes.
Each person has her own idea of what style statement she wants to make and a pair of chic and stylish shoes adds glamour to any look.
“Shoes say quite a bit about who we are,” said Michelle Sudler, the owner of Keswick Park’s The Glass Slipper. The Glass Slipper is a shoe store that specializes in hard-to-find sizes and carries shoes in sizes as small as size 6.5 and as large as size 13.
When she opened her store a year almost a year ago, it was a dream come true for Sudler, someone who has had the challenge of finding a trendy shoe in a hard-to-find size.
“I always had a difficult time finding trendy and fashionable shoes because I had large feet,” she said. “Most shoes sized at 11, 12 or 13 were very pedestrian and had no style or flair, she said.
Because of this, Sudler, a former hospitality industry professional, views The Glass Slipper as a resource for all women seeking stylish footwear. Among the brands you can find at her store are Bellini, Aerosole and J. Renee, all lines that give a woman style at a reasonable price. “There is nothing more comfortable and beautiful than a shoe that fits,” she quipped.
But no matter how nice a shoe looks on the shelf, it’s not going to work if it doesn’t fit well.
While it’s tempting to go for the snazziest color or design, comfort should be your first priority, Sudler said. Because of this, you should take the following into consideration when choosing a shoe:
• Thick socks or hosiery will affect how a shoe fits. Make sure that you’re wearing the kind of socks or hosiery you will be wearing with a shoe when you’re trying it on.
• Wear the shoes on one foot first and check for toe space by wiggling your toe. A half-inch of space should be present from the tip of the shoe to the end of the longest toe. According to Sudler, many rely on the “Layman’s Rule” of putting one and a half fingers in the back of the shoe to determine if it is a good fit.
• Check the width of the shoe. Stand on one foot, then on both and walk around to see if the shoes are comfortable or not.
• Try on your shoes before you buy them because sizes vary from brand to brand. A lot of shoes bought online end up going back to the store because they didn’t fit, Sudler said.
• A well-constructed shoe is an asset to your wardrobe and will last longer than a shoe that’s not as well constructed. While such shoes might cost a little more, the comfort and longevity you’ll get from them is worth it.