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Parallel Shoes: Filling the Size Gap in the Shoe Industry

By Melissa Welsh

Parallel Shoes: Filling the Size Gap in the Shoe Industry

According to World Footwear, worldwide production of footwear reached 23 billion pairs just under three years ago in 2015. While that number may seem surprisingly high, even more shocking is that so many of these individuals undoubtedly settled for shoes in styles and sizes that weren’t perfect simply because size-inclusive men’s style shoes didn’t exist in the global shoe market. That is, until Parallel Shoes introduced its Confidence Collection and Emerge Collection with the goal of extending style past the limitations of physical parameters that currently exist in the shoe industry. Here’s why Parallel Shoes founder Melissa Welsh said “enough is enough,” and created men’s-style shoes for people with non-traditional shoe sizes to enjoy:

Introducing gender-inclusive shoes to the global market

Welsh was no stranger to the struggle of finding stylish, gender-inclusive shoes at the traditional department stores or boutiques that we so often frequent in search for new additions to our shoe racks. This inspired her to help not only herself, but the rest of the world, by creating gender-neutral, handcrafted footwear that allows people to transcend these limitations. With Parallel Shoes, women, men and kids can finally shop stylish shoes with the ease and satisfaction of those with traditional shoe sizes. Each pair of Parallel Shoes is designed to fit those with smaller feet, appealing to men, women and even kids who have a passion for men’s-inspired styles.

Traditional shoe sizes versus non-traditional shoe sizes

Take a look at the typical department store or boutique’s selection of women’s shoes. You’ll quickly realize that there are no men’s-inspired style shoes among the myriad of heels, boots, sneakers, flats and sandals available. And, if you do find a shoe that fits your aesthetic among these styles, the majority of shoe stores sell women’s sizes from 6 to 11. For women with a size 5 shoe, that means a trip to the kid’s section? Although all of our footwear is gender-fluid, we offer women’s sizing charts that extend past these traditional size and style parameters, ranging from sizes 5 to 9, making your shopping experience easy, quick and painless.

Likewise, men with smaller foot sizes are not exempt from the struggles of shopping for stylish footwear at traditional brick-and-mortar and online retailers. There are hundreds of thousands of men who fall well below the traditional men’s sizes of 7 to 15, which is why we offer non-traditional men’s shoe sizes from 3.5 to 7.5.

Parallel Shoes Confidence Collection and Emerge Collection

At Parallel Shoes, we believe that you know your personal fashion better than anyone else in the world. So, we created two collections that merge professional and casual styles, so you can fit in whether you’re at work or out for a laid-back night on the town. Our Confidence Collection showcases wingtip-toe shoes in bright white, buttery cognac and deep black colors. In contrast, our Emerge Collection focuses on bold, plain-toe styles in rich plaid, linen and brown colors!

We’re proud to say that all of our shoes are made with sleek vegan leather and vegan cork soles, so you can enjoy all of our styles guilt-free. Each of our styles is priced at $80, all of which are available on our website pre-sale and will be shipped to purchasers in December. Shop our presale here, and remember: “When you change your shoes, you change your life!”