I hate to break it to you, but welcome to the land of tiny feet. You have a few options when looking for bigger-sized shoes in South Korea as a foreigner. Really, you can either shop locally whilst facing a more limited selection or choose to have everything shipped in from overseas. Like most of Asia, clothing sizes and shoe sizes are suited to the local population — which happens to be more on the petite side. For those bigger folk, like me, who come in at a towering 5’10 ft and with feet to match, I’ve had my work cut out for me. And boy, do I love shoes. One would think that the unavailability of shoe sizes here would curb my shopping addiction, but no, the extra challenge just made me extra sleuthy.

How do I deal with having big feet in Korea without (completely) sacrificing style? These are a few of my strategies:

  • Stock up on shoes whenever I’m overseas
  • Ship my shoes from overseas websites to South Korea, making sure the cart total and shipping is under 150,000 KRW or I’ll be hit with customs fees/duties
  • Buy unisex shoe styles in South Korea like sneakers, boots, or sandals
  • Buy from international clothing stores in South Korea that stock larger shoe sizes on their website
  • Dig around for Korean shoes stores that carry bigger sizes and complain to shoe stores that do not (99% of them)

Shoe Sizes in South Korea

How large do shoe sizes go in Korea?

Unfortunately, you’ll find that most women’s shoes in Korea range from sizes 220-255 or a US 5 to US 8.5. For us, bigger-footed folk, we’re left gawking at the men’s shoe section which leaves us with some pretty frumpy shoes.

It’s not a complete dead end to find shoes in “bigger” American sizes in Seoul, but it takes a little effort. Most stores don’t carry shoes bigger than a US 8 in stores unless you hop over to unisex sneakers and boots or the men’s section, so if you’re looking for feminine styles, you will probably have to order them online. Once every blue moon, you may be able to find feminine women’s shoes in larger sizes at international stores like Zara.

To be honest, I tend to order my shoes online from overseas because I’m very finicky about leather quality and fit. Most of the women’s shoes made in Korea are made in China with synthetic leather.

Me calculating my shoe size in Korea via Giphy

What’s My Shoe Size in Korea?

The following chart is a good estimate for your shoe size in Korea, but I would absolutely check the individual store for size references. For example, I’m typically a US size 10 shoe or an EU 41, but I can sometimes fall under the Korean shoe size, 265 or 270, depending on the store and the individual shoes. The chart below isn’t totally accurate, but it’s a good baseline.

Women’s Shoe Sizes in South Korea

Korea (mm)220225230235240245250255260265270275280285
Japan (cm)2222.52323.52424.52525.52626.52727.52828.5
US55.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.5
Europe353636.5373838.5394040.5414242.54344
UK33.544.555.566.577.588.599.5
Australia4.555.566.577.588.599.51010.511
China / Hong Kong / Taiwan3435363738394041424344454647

Here is another shoe size chart from Dangsrap shoe store in Korea that shows women’s shoe sizes in Korea and the equivalent in the United States, Japan, and the European Union. From my experience with Dangsrap, the shoes do run big, so size down.

Dangsrap Shoe Size Chart that shows women’s Korean shoe size conversions

Option One: Buying Shoes from Overseas Websites to Korea

Some websites offer direct shipment to South Korea like Amazon.com, Shopbop.com, or ASOS.com. If the duties and taxes are not included in the final price of your order, you will have to pay for the fees when they go through customs in South Korea.

Many savvy shoppers in South Korea with friends or family living abroad can ship them their latest hauls and have their tags removed and under-declare their purchases at customs as used or as samples. You could do that, but let’s just say that it’s not totally legal.

You could also use a package forwarding service to accept packages locally and have them sent to you in South Korea. Box Oregon, OhMyZip, and FishIsFast are some popular parcel forwarding services from the US to South Korea.

Be careful when shopping for shoes on international websites and having them shipped to Korea because if you exceed 150,000 KRW (including shipping, you’ll be hit by duties and taxes at customs. They will contact you to request payment and hold your package indefinitely.

If you see that your package is stuck at customs, try contacting the shipping service, e.g. DHL, as you may be able to pay the duties and taxes directly with the shipping company to get your package through customs.

Which websites ship to Korea?

Net-a-porter

net-a-porter.com

Net-a-porter is an online luxury retailer. They ship all over the world, but watch out for customs/duties when shipping to South Korea! The last time that I ordered from Net-a-porter, they shipped via DHL and I had to pay customs fees upon arrival directly to the DHL agent. I had to reach out on my own since I wasn’t told when it was going through customs, so if you suspect the package is in customs and you haven’t heard a word, you can try reaching out directly to the DHL employee that I spoke to, Dongwook Jung, who speaks English perfectly.

Borderfree.com

BorderFree.com ships to Korea!
international shipping (including shipping to Korea) available at borderfree.com

Borderfree includes mostly US-based retailers — from Bloomingdales to Dillard’s — that are part of BorderFree shopping, shipping worldwide. Check each individual store part of Border Free shopping to see the shoe selection. Borderfree stores will often allow you to pre-pay for duties/taxes during checkout, so you know exactly what you’re in for.

Ganni

Ganni ships to Korea!

I almost lost my freaking mind when I found out that Ganni ships to South Korea with duties/taxes included in the price. Besides ultra-cool and on-trend clothing, Ganni also has an eclectic selection of footwear in European sizes. The shoes are not cheap, however. Shoe prices are between 200,000 KRW to 400,000 KRW.

Everlane

Everlane now has its own Korean language site and ships to Korea!
Korean language version of Everlane.com

Everlane, an American clothing retailer, now has its own Korean website with duties calculated into the price. A wide range of shoe sizes is available. When looking at shoe sizes, base your size on the sizing chart and compare it to the US size. I’ve heard some shoes run quite narrow and small since they’re made in Italy, so you may want to size up by half a size.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom ships to Korea and worldwide
Change the location to South Korea and you’ll see prices in KRW on Nordstrom.com

Nordstrom department store carries familiar American and European brands suited for all sizes, including a wide range of shoes. Nordstrom ships to Korea with duties calculated at checkout.

Free People

Yes, Free People ships to Korea!

Free People has an eclectic and trendy collection of women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes. They stock familar brands like Tevas, Dr. Martens, and Minnetonka. Free shipping for global orders over $150 USD, otherwise the cost of shipping to South Korea is $35. Duties/taxes paid by customer upon arrival.

I bought a pair of Dr. Martens Nartilla sandals from them recently because I couldn’t find my size in Korea, and the price was $100 + $35 shipping (no taxes/duties because the order was under $150), so $135 or about 153,000 KRW … The same pair goes for about 170,000 KRW (at full retail price) at the Dr. Martens Korea retail store in South Korea.

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus’ selection of Saint Laurent Shoes

Like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus is part of Borderfree which displays prices in KRW, calculates the duties/taxes that you may have to pay, and gives you the option to either pre-pay them during checkout or pay them when they arrive. If you choose to pay for the customs fees when the products arrive, remember to put down your Korean phone number, so you’ll be contacted once the product is going through customs.

Asos

ASOS ships to Korea and worldwide
ASOS.com ships internationally

UK-based fast-fashion retailer, ASOS, carries all sorts of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Check individual brand sizing charts for the best fit. Duties and taxes are not calculated at checkout to Korea, so be prepared for additional fees if your order exceeds 150,000 KRW including shipping.

Shein

Shein ships to Korea and worldwide
plus-sized clothing is available on shein.com

Another inexpensive fast-fashion chain that ships to Korea from China. The quality of the clothes is very hit or miss, but at that price point, it’s kind of expected. They do carry bigger-sized shoes as well.

Aliexpress

Aliexpress ships to Korea and worldwide
e-commerce store, aliexpress.com

Aliexpress is kind of a free-for-all online shopping market with an extensive and inexpensive selection of goods, mostly from China.

Amazon.com

Amazon sometimes has free shipping to Korea
Amazon.com ships to Korea

Double-check if the item can ship to Korea as not everything is eligible. Opting for Amazon Prime in Korea may not be worth it if you don’t shop as frequently. You’ll still have to pay to ship but at a slightly lower cost. Their global store can be a godsend when you can’t find an item’s equivalent on Coupang.com or Gmarket.

Revolve Clothing

Revolve has its own Korean language site for Korea
Revolve Clothing at revolve.co.kr

Revolve Clothing is a trendy women’s fashion store that ships internationally. Duties/taxes not included.

ShopBop

Shopbop ships to Korea
Korean version of shopbop.com

ShopBop is a US online fashion apparel store that has a great selection of trendy women’s clothing. I’ve ordered shoes from ShopBop to Korea which took about two weeks to arrive (the usual).

Torrid

Torrid ships to Korea
Plus-sized clothing that ships internationally at torrid.com

Torrid is a US-based, plus-sized fashion retail store that ships internationally.

Option Two: Buying Shoes from Local Stores in Korea

Where can I shop for shoes in Seoul?

If you’re struggling to find your shoe size in Seoul, South Korea, you can head over to familiar international brands with physical, offline locations in South Korea like H&M, COS, & Other Stories, Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Charles & Keith. They often have bigger shoe sizes on their websites and occasionally in-stores.

Unfortunately, I wish it were true for all international stores. Camper, Clarks, and even Aldo Shoes in South Korea don’t carry extended sizes as they do elsewhere in the world. The bottom line for them is that it’s not profitable to carry these sizes when there is not enough demand.

When in doubt, unisex sizes.

I bought these Teva sandals from Musinsa since they came in men’s or unisex sizing. I bought the KR 270 (Women’s US 10) and another pair in KR 260 (US 9), but the KR 260 fit me better. I recommend sizing down a full size. Luckily, the straps are adjustable, so I actually kept both pairs.

Me wearing Teva sandals in Korea. Please excuse the hideous office carpet.

International Shoe Chains in South Korea

Allbirds

Allbirds Korea

If you’ve been hanging around Sinsa lately, you may have noticed a new store pop-up in the area. Allbirds finally launched in Korea and with that, the opportunity to buy more shoes for us bigger-footed ladies! I did notice that the online store doesn’t carry bigger sizes in all colors with their classic tree breezers. I would be sincerely sad if they don’t continue to keep them in stock, but the unisex styles are more generous in their sizes.

Allbirds Sinsa Address: 45, Gangnam-daero 160-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 신사동 강남대로160길 45)

Repetto

Repetto in Korea

Made in Spain, these luxury shoes can cost a pretty penny. They’re best known for their ballerina slippers, and their Korean store carries sizes up to an EU 41. Most big, luxury department stores in South Korea like the Galleria also carry Repetto.

Repetto Apgujeong Address: Seokjeon Building, 12, Seolleung-ro 157-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. (12 선릉로157길 1F)

Zara

Zara Korea typically goes up to an EU 44.

You can usually find up to a size EU 39 in stock in-stores, but anything bigger (like European 41/US size 10) are online-only. The good news? If you buy your shoes online, you can still return them in-store if the fit or quality is off. There are a few physical locations scattered around Seoul like on Gangnam-daero, Garosu-gil, or Myeongdong.

H&M

You can find true plus-sized clothing at H&M Korea with their dedicated plus-sized section.

H&M offers clothing, accessories, sportswear, seasonal swimwear, and lingerie. Shoe quality can vary since they now carry a premium leather shoes collection, and you’re more likely to find bigger sizes online than in store. There are many locations scattered across Seoul — most notably in Myeongdong and Apgujeong. H&M Sinsa (Apgujeong) location is 21 Apgujeong-ro 12-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.

The clothing size at H&M used to be a Western fit, but they recently switched their sizing to Asian (petite) fit as the standard with Western fit labeled with a T for Tall (see sizing chart here). They may not carry all sizes in stock at their physical retail locations, but extended sizing is available online.

Nike

Nike Korea carries up to an XL, but it is Asian sizing (runs small)

Fortunately, sneakers are one of those things that can be easily worn unisex even if the label says they’re for men. Women-specific shoes are still capped to around KR 255, but there’s nothing wrong with going for a slightly chunkier men’s sneaker occasionally.

COS

COS Stores in Korea

COS stocks premium minimalist styles and leather goods from their parent company, H&M. They have size EU 41 (US 10) shoes on their Korean website! Stock is limited though.

&Other Stories

& Other Stories – Korean language website of the trendy fashion site

& Other Stories — another branch of their parent company, H&M — sells premium on-trend fashion and accessories. They carry shoe sizes up to EU 40 (US 9.5).

If you sign up for their newsletter and make an account, you can use the code ‘BONJOUR’ for your first purchase online.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens shoes in Korea
Dr. Martens shoes in Korea

Dr. Martens in Korea shoe styles are mostly unisex, so it’s easy to find big-sized shoes here. There’s a main branch store in Garosugil at 1F, 544-16, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. More Dr. Martens locations in Korea can be found here.

Online & Offline Korean Shoe Brands

9cm

9cm Shoe Store in Korea carries some sizes up to KR 260

9cm carries some shoes up to a KR 260 (US 9-9.5).

ANDHEEL

ANDHEEL is an online shoe store in Korea that sells big-sized shoes
ANDHEEL (앤드힐) is an online shoe store in Korea that sells big-sized shoes

ANDHEEL sells big-sized shoes made with artificial (synthetic) leather up to a size KR 270 (US 10-10.5).

Babinheel

Big size shoes from babinheel.com
Big size shoes from babinheel.com

Babinheel is an affordable women’s Korean shoe store — usually made with faux (synthetic) leather — that stocks shoe sizes up to KR 270.

Big Girl Shoes

Big size shoes from biggirlshoes.co.kr
Big size shoes from biggirlshoes.co.kr

Big Girl Shoes is a Korean shoe store — again, usually made with faux (synthetic) leather — that stocks shoe sizes up to 270.

Big2Big

Big2Big is a Korean Shoe brand that carries sizes up to KR 265

Onreve carries shoes — mostly made with synthetic leather — up to a KR 265 (US 9.5).

CauseU

CauseU sells larger sized shoes in Korea made with artificial (synthetic) leather up to a size KR 260 (US 9).

Small & Big (스몰앤빅)

Small and Big (스몰앤빅) Smart Store sells larger-sized shoes in South Korea
Small and Big (스몰앤빅) Smart Store sells larger-sized shoes in South Korea

Nevermind the questionable font choices, Small and Big (스몰앤빅) is an online store that sells custom handmade shoes — made with either synthetic leather or real leather — in bigger sizes — up to a KR 270.

Day Day (매일매일데이데이)

Day Day Shoe Store in Korea

Day Day (매일매일데이데이) is another shoe store in Korea — mostly made with artificial (synthetic) leather — that carries shoe sizes up to a KR 270 (US 10-10.5) and sometimes KR 280.

Ebonne (에본느)

Ebonne carries shoes up to a size KR 265

Ebonne (에본느) carries shoes — mostly made with synethic leather — up to a KR 265 (US 9.5).

177 Salon

177 Salon Shoes for big-sized shoes in Korea

You can purchase big-sized shoes at 177 Salon Naver Store. They carry shoe sizes up to a KR 270 (US 10). The shoes are mostly faux-leather.

Dangsrap

Dangsrap Shoe Store in South Korea

I found this shoe store through Instagram the other day, and I was ecstatic to see that they actually carried sizes up to a KR 280 or US 11. I did end up buying two pairs of sandals (black and beige) in my usual size — a US 10 which in their size chart said KR 270 — but they ended up being way too large. I ended up exchanging the shoes for a full size down to KR 260 and they now fit perfectly. If you have any questions about which shoe size to pick, try sending them a message before purchasing as some of their shoes are exchange-only and non-returnable. A pair of sandals costs between 65,000 KRW and 89,000 KRW.

Me Wearing the Dangsrap Sandals from Korea
Me wearing the Dangsrap Sandals in a yellowy beige in the size KR 260

Gabig

women's plus-sized store in Korea
Gabig is a plus-sized store that carries shoes up to KR 275

Gabig is an online-only, plus-sized store in Korea that also carries a small selection of shoes with shoe sizes up to a KR 275.

Hongyi Showroom (홍이쇼룸)

Hongyi Showroom (홍이쇼룸) sells shoes up to KR 275

Hongyi Showroom sells feminine big-sized shoes on Naver Store made with faux-leather (synthetic) up to a size KR 275 (US 10.5-11).

Iklang

Iklang Shoe Store in Korea

Iklang carries some shoes up to a KR 260 (US 9-9.5).

Momojane

Momojane carries shoe sizes up to a KR 265

Momojane is a shoe store in Korea — mostly made with artificial (synthetic) leather — that carries shoe sizes up to a KR 265 (US 9.5).

Onreve

Onreve shoe store in Korea carries shoe sizes up to a KR 265 (US 10)

Onreve carries shoes — mostly made with synthetic leather — up to a KR 265 (US 9.5).

Sappun

Sappun is a popular women's shoe store in Korea that carries sizes up to a KR 260
Sappun is a popular women’s shoe store in Korea

Sappun is a popular women’s shoe store in Korea that carries sizes up to KR 260 or a women’s US size 9. They have a few offline locations, mainly in Garosu-gil, Hongdae, and Myeondong.

Sinayo (신어요닷컴)

Sinayo carries shoe sizes up to KR 275

Sinayo (신어요닷컴) carries shoes — mostly made with synhetic leather — up to a KR 275 (US 10.5-11).

Sookyee

Sookyee Shoe Store in Korea

Sookyee (Big Shoes) is a shoe store in Korea — mostly made with artificial (synthetic) leather — that carries shoe sizes up to a KR 265 (US 9.5).

Youbyyeolna

Shopping for big size shoes at Youbyyeolna.com
Shopping for big size shoes at Youbyyeolna.com

Youbyyeolna is another affordable faux-leather (synthetic) Korean shoe store that stocks shoe sizes up to 270.

Ready2Wear

Ready2Wear is a Korean fashion brand in Seoul, South Korea

Ready2Wear is a premium clothing brand with a minimal, classic aesthetic in South Korea that carries leather shoes up to a KR 260 (US 9). The Ready2Wear offline showroom is located at 7, Hannam-daero 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.

Gabin Yang

Gabin Yang Handmade Shoes based in Seongsu-dong, Seoul

So, I came across this little funky handmade shoe store based in Seongsu-dong on the interwebz, and I was really curious whether or not they would be able to make custom shoes for bigger feet. I messaged them on Instagram, and they confirmed that yes, they can make shoes up to a KR 275 (US 10.5) which was wonderful news. The shoe prices seem to range from 130,000 KRW to 400,000 KRW, but if you’re buying well-made, beautifully-fitted, custom shoes, I think it’s well worth it.

Very Shu

Very Shu carries big-sized shoes in Korea

Most of Very Shu’s big-sized shoes range from KR 255-260, but there are a few available that extend to KR 265 (US 9.5), KR 270 (US 10), or KR 280 (US 11). Typical of Korean shoe stores, most of the shoes are faux leather and affordable.

Big It Shoe

Big It Shoe in South Korea

Big It Shoe is another South Korean shoe brand that sells women’s shoes up to a KR 265 (US 9.5). Their shoes are mostly made from synthetic leather and fall under an affordable price range.

Diane Shoes

Diane Shoes in South Korea

Diane Shoes is a shoe store brand in South Korea that carries shoes usually made with synthetic leather. They also carry sizes up to a KR 275 (US 10.5).

Korean E-commerce Stores and Online Shopping Malls

You may also have luck on the mega marketplaces, Gmarket.com or Coupang.com, by searching for ‘big size shoes’ or ‘빅사이즈구두’.

I’ve bought a pair of Crocs that came in from overseas on Coupang. Thank you, global shipping! On why I bought crocs, the simple answer was jangma, or the monsoon season in Korea.

You can also find small, local Korean brands that list their products on both online marketplaces and offer a wider selection of shoe sizes.

Coupang.com

You can sort by shoe size on Coupang.com

Giant e-commerce store in Korea much like Amazon.com where you can find clothing, electronics, food, furniture, and more. You can find big-sized shoes from small sellers on Coupang, but I haven’t found a quality pair that I love yet. I blind-bought a pair of flats just to test out the quality, and they were made from synthetic leather and really uncomfortable. However, that’s just my one personal experience!

Gmarket

Women’s shoes in Korea on gmarket.co.kr

There’s two versions of Gmarket: Gmarket (Korean) and Gmarket Global (English). Both ship to Korea, but the Korean language site has a better selection and better pricing. The English language version of Gmarket is more accessible both in terms of navigation and use with a foreign credit card.

Shoopen

Shoopen, shoe mall in Korea
Shoopen, shoe mall in Korea

Shoopen is a popular offline and online retail store that carries a wide selection of shoes for both men and women. Unfortunately, the women’s shoe sizes for anything bigger than a KR 255 is quite limited, and you’ll be faced with mostly unisex styles. You can always dip into the men’s section to look at boots and sneakers though.

ABC Mart

Shopping for shoes in Korea at ABCmart.co.kr
Shopping for shoes in Korea at ABCmart.co.kr

Popular Korean shoe store chain (online and offline) that carries both men and women’s shoes. Women’s shoe sizes don’t seem to extend past 250mm but check men’s unisex styles.

29CM

Shopping for shoes in Korea from 29cm.co.kr
Shopping for shoes in Korea from 29cm.co.kr

Korean fashion mall that also carries bigger-sized imported shoes and unisex styles. I’ve noticed that brands like Attitude L will sometimes carry shoes up to a KR 265 which is a godsend for those actually looking for feminine, big-sized shoes … And not men’s loafers.

WConcept

WConcept is an online clothing retailer based in South Korea
WConcept is an online clothing retailer based in South Korea

WConcept is an online Korean marketplace that carries an extensive collection of trendy men’s and women’s clothing. Women’s shoe sizes don’t seem to extend past 250mm but check men’s unisex styles. Tagtraume is one Women’s shoe brand that uses synthetic leather that I’ve noticed sometimes carries sizes up to a KR 270. Miyerh and Reike Nen also sometimes carry shoes up to a KR 270. Doratore, a premium leather shoe brand, also carries shoes up to a KR 280.

Musinsa

Wusinsa is the female division of Musinsa.com
Wusinsa is the female division of Musinsa.com

Musinsa is a popular Korean marketplace that carries both men’s and women’s street style clothing. Popular shoe brands include Adidas, Converse, Vans, Tevas, and Nike. I usually buy unisex shoes like sneakers from Musinsa since most Korean women’s shoe brands do not offer bigger shoe sizes.

YASE is a Korean brand that offers unisex shoes styles, so if you’re on the hunt for cute leather summer shoes in bigger sizes, it’s definitely worth visiting. Chertoi Seoul also carries custom-made, feminine styles up to a KR 270, and surprise! The brand is located in Seongsu-dong, the shoemaking district of Seoul.

Global Yard

Global Yard shoe mall in South Korea
Global Yard shoe mall in South Korea

Global Yard also sells the Tagtraume brand which uses synthetic leather and carries shoes up to size KR 265-270 (US 9.5-10).

Kumkang Shoes

Sizing is limited up to 250 online at kumkangshoe.com
Sizing is limited up to 250 online at kumkangshoe.com

Korean shoes and accessories store that carries both men and women’s shoes and a very small selection of big-sized shoes offline — often overpriced, but worth mentioning. Sells international brands like Clarks, Bruno Magli, and Renoir. Physical locations all over Seoul.

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2 comments on “Where to Buy Big Shoes in Korea

  • Thankyou!!

    This is a really impressive list. I have bought 4 pairs of shoes from overseas in the last 6 months. Only 1 pair from a fast fashion chain fit me, and the quality was so low they’re already looking too shabby to wear out!

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

    • No problem! I absolutely know how hard it is to find cute (and quality) shoes in bigger sizes in Korea, and I will continuously update this list when I find more brands!

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