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    • August 27, 2010 8:10 AM BST
    • Thanks for the link Andrea. It looks like a great little shop. Love lillith x

    • August 26, 2010 8:32 PM BST
    • Hiya Andrea,

      Perhaps if your realy friendly with the person who owns the shop, or even if your just a good customer, perhaps you would like to ask the owner if she/he would like to contact Katie about placing an advertisment on this site, for a reasonable fee, sure it would generate lots of business for the owners.

    • August 23, 2010 8:46 PM BST
    • Hi ladies

      I found a nice little site based in Yorkshire that sells some skirts and other things that are quite openly for ladies of "our persuasion"! The site deals a lot in school-type wear but I thought I'd share it in case you wanted to have a look. The owner is very nice and personable and the delivery is always good. The prices are cheap and everything's well made.

      I have no affiliations with this site - just thought you may be interested at least for a little window shopping.


    • August 14, 2010 9:01 PM BST
    • Just to touch bases, as you can see, I did delete the original post and thank you Karen and Sue for bringing it to my attention.

      Thank you as well, Wendy, dear, for your thoughtful post clarifying what's what as far as product placement and so on. I hope you're doing well.

      @ Penny, over the head? Hon, I didn't know you wore skirts or dresses that long. Just teasing, girl, at least none of mine are that long.<lol>

      Dear Janet-

      Please don't misunderstand or take offense, you are very welcome here as are endorsements and information about products that might be of interest to members of the group. Please, if you don't mind, contact me through an email and give me some more information about the site and about yourself and we can go from there. I sincerely hope that you'll not be upset and will remain as a member, once again, you are very welcome here.

      Hugs...Joni Mari

    • August 14, 2010 8:07 PM BST
    • In this instance, I have to go with Karen.

      If an intro had been posted and the link included that would have been acceptable.

      But to post what certainly appeared on the surface to be an advert for one's own site with no explanation and on the first day of joining did give the wrong impression.

    • August 13, 2010 4:45 PM BST
    • This is always an issue. Is it a grab for free advertising or a helpful hint from a sister? It involves weighing the benefit to the poster, the commercial group, the community and the GS website. Often I find myself forced to consult Katie first. Today I ran a BBC NEWS article in the TG NEWS FEED because I felt it both gave a positive image of the TG community and provided a service in a location that could benefit many of our UK members who attend SPARKLE. The interview in the article was my deciding factor to treat it as news instead of advertising. Any benefit to the business from a short-term post was, in my opinion, richly deserved. These are the points we must look at when deciding whether or not to let commercially-related posts stand. We do not immediately kill all but the most blatant advertising attempts. Even those often get referred to the link for advertising on [NOTE: Blatant free-advertising post :-)]

    • August 9, 2010 4:40 AM BST
    • Janet if you had said that your post might still be there.
      Also you posted it the same day you joined the site. It kind of looks like you only joined so that you could post an ad.
      That might not be the case. If not you might take a look around. You might like it here & you are more than welcome to join in.

    • August 8, 2010 10:33 PM BST
    • Is one of the amazing ways to wear a dress having it pulled up over the head? Its how all the boys seem to want it.

    • August 8, 2010 5:28 PM BST
    • As it happens the owner is in fact a very dear friend of mine !! - In fact she actually designed one of the dresses with me in mind as she knows only too well, the problems I constantly have trying to find elegant clothing that actually fits me and more importantly makes me look like a beautiful woman . I, in turn was spreading the word, only because I absolutely love all these garments and I know other people would too ! I was only trying to help others.

      As regards 'bo' in the user name, no secret and indeed no coincidence - my beautiful german shepherd is named 'Bo' after Bo Derrick, in the film '10' . My friend loved the name, loved my dog, loved the film and loved the actual meaning of the word Bo.

      You should look it up !

    • August 8, 2010 4:11 PM BST
    • You also noticed that!

      (Someone called Jan appears to own the site, and 'bo' is in the username...coincidence?)

    • August 8, 2010 3:33 PM BST
    • This has been a non-paid advertisement.

    • August 1, 2010 2:21 AM BST
    • Hi, Erika!
      You can go to The Outer Skin for the Inner You in Munhall. It's at (412) 461-5901 · 416 E 8TH Ave Munhall, PA 15120 .
      I went there and bought a gaff. Didn't work as well as I thought it would but they have a lot of stuff for tg's. They have a shoe section, and I saw panties, bras, breast forms, etc. If you find any other places, events, in Pgh, please post them here. Thx!

    • May 17, 2010 3:34 AM BST
    • Hi to Carol and Ashley both, fwiw, I've been in Walmart to purchase items for my girlside, both enfemme and in boy mode and never had any problem with the sales people at all, though I have gotten the occasional look (in girlmode) from some of the patrons...though some of them make me want to stare right back, for sure. Like many other places, sizes in women's clothes vary wildly. I haven't had any hassles taking women's clothes into a fitting room to try on.

      Of course, like anything else having to do with being more or less open about being differently gendered, mileage may vary depending on where you live and so on. Being careful about how you present and how upfront you are is very much a personal matter. Good for you on your purchases, Carol.

      Hugs...Joni Mari

    • May 17, 2010 1:20 AM BST
    • hi carol ..... i wanted to ask you how your experince was shoping at walmart in enfem? i asume that you were dressed and was wondering how it went. did you have any problems while you were there?


    • March 22, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    • hello Rae,

      a belated but enthusiastic 'thank you' for the nod towards Evans - I visited my local branch, and they are indeed every bit as helpful as you related. Shoes have always been a problem for me, and it's so nice to finally have a choice of styles in my size

      Very much appreciated!



    • December 9, 2009 3:41 AM GMT
    • Hey Rae, good to hear that you finally got your first pair of shoes and I know for sure how that feels since my first pair was four inch black stilettos that are sandals heels, and I think they look great still even though they are several months old.

      With Love,

    • December 3, 2009 10:02 AM GMT
    • Rae, I'm with you on not buying online, apart from wondering about the fit, I like shopping so would never buy shoes online, it detracts from the experience.

      As Marsha pointed out, the sizes can vary considerably, I have two different sizes of shoes simply because of the difference in manufacturers, the same thing happens with clothing so it's always better to try things on first.


    • December 3, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    • Rae

      Congratulations on finding a source for shoes. I find I get pleasure from finding a nice fitting pair of shoes.


    • December 2, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    • Hiya Rae, Evans is a brilliant shop. I used to be 10s or 11s and I now find I am an 8 or 9. Another shop you could check out is Barrats as they do all styles up to size 9. Like you, I prefer to try on as I have found to my expense that the size should only be used as a guide and its the cut of the garmet that makes all the difference. Happy shopping!!! oh, you better make lots of free floor space in your wardrobe! lol


    • December 2, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    • Oh, Rae, there is nothing like owning that first pair of shoes! You will probably never forget them.

    • December 2, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    • Congratulations Rae, I know what a hassle it is to find larger size shoes when you want to try them on versus order off the internet. So often it comes up what is my size in a woman's shoe. There are several conversion charts available online and here is one of them.

      As you see, Rae had stated a UK men's 11 equaled a UK women's 10, but on this chart it only shows a half size difference. Once again this is why it really helps to try on shoes whenever possible. Even different manufacturers will very with sizing and I have found on some websites with shoe reviews, even the sizing accuracy is reviewed.

      One other note, there is a big difference in UK and US sizes. As Rae stated, an equal woman's size in the UK is smaller, whereas in the US, a men's 10 1/2 equals a women's 12. So use caution when ordering shoes online.


    • December 2, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    • Well, I've got to say I'm pretty happy tonight. I am the proud owner of my first two pairs of female footwear. At last! The main problem is that I have large feet. These are diametrically opposed to the size of my spare cash. I also have wide feet. So I don't want to buy online, I want to go into a shop and try them on first.
      [Obviously, with apologies to our overseas friends, my thread is UK based].
      I drove down to Exeter to my nearest Long Tall Sally shop. A 120 mile round trip but, hey, I scented shoes... I was disappointed with their selection. Two or three choices at most. But well made and reasonably priced: £18 - £35. To be fair, chatting to the sales assistants, LTS has only started to introduce their own line of shoes this season - so worth keeping an eye on. The assistants, btw, were excellent, friendly and helpfull.
      And I finally found the answer to something that's been bugging me for some time. How do my clunking great male size 11's equate to female sizing? Is there any difference? Apparently there is. They equate to a female size 10. So, clearly, female sizes are one below males. Worth knowing. That plus the fact I need extra wide fitting. LTS don't do that but the girls working there didn't hesitate. They recommended a rival shop, Evans, as having a good range of larger sizes in a wider fit. Bless them, happy to lose a potential sale to meet my needs. That's what I call service!
      Naturally, I was out of there faster than you can imagine. Not only did I scent shoes, I scented victory.
      And, for a clothing chain, Evans had a really good range of footwear in a wide variety of styles. A good 90% went up to size 10 and an equal percentage were EEE fitting. Heaven! Did I have a happy hour in there...
      Like LTS, the sales staff were friendly, accommodating and just plain great. Even when - I have fairly severe emphysema - in all the excitement I forgot to breathe! Well, I was surrounded by a growing mountain of shoes...
      My final decisions were a mary jane type shoe and a pair of ankle boots. Winters sorted. £30 each and, to my mind, a bargain. I'd budgeted up to £60 for a single pair. I would point out, obviously, the bigger the shop the bigger the choices. An Evans in a small town probably wouldn't have anywhere near the range. But if you're in striking distance of a city, well worth the excursion.
      On the basis of my Exeter experience, I have no hesitation in declaring both Long Tall Sally and Evans as being very TG friendly places to shop.
      On a personal note, I'd like to point out that I enjoy the full tactile experience of shopping. Online just doesn't do it for me.
      And, finally, I can destine to the bin my very last vestige of male attire. The shoe. Now that's something worth celebrating :)

    • January 30, 2010 7:28 AM GMT
    • I found that for me a three inch heel is ok and no problem, but then again I have feet almost 11 1/2 inches long. SO a 3 inch heel is almost flat footed lol.
      4 inches should not pose a problem if you have long feet. I found over time that the best highest hieght for shoes is to measure from where your foot touches the ground when you raise your heel off of the floor, and measure to the end of the heel. That distance would be your max in my opinion.:)
      About half that would be ok for a longish walk.

      Hope that helps :)

      Stephenie :)

    • November 9, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    • I know from personal experience that I start aching in odd places when I have hurt a leg or foot. What you end up doing is subconsciously favoring that injured area. The end result is using muscles or joints in a different way than your normal routine and just as Jeri said, resulting in aches and pains. So shoes that happen to be too tight on one foot but fit the other well, will likely lead to a painful awkward gait. Also women don't sway back and forth, left to right, they twist, giving the illusion of swaying. This all relates to heels because of your balancing point. Rocking back and forth moves the balancing point away from the ball of your feet so you end up tensing muscles to "catch" yourself. Obviously you don't have to do this in your normal shoes and stride.

    • November 9, 2009 8:19 AM GMT
    • Masha thanks for the advice because now that you mention it that seems to be my problem since I do at time try to look at my feet while walking and your right it does confuse the my brain. Although I do walk in my high heel sandals better since I can walk properly in them and seem to be getting use to move in them but I still have way to go. Otherwise thanks for the advice sweatie I really appriciate it and I will find a heel that is my size.



    • November 9, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    • I agree a good fitting shoe is the key to a comfortable walk. One thing I haven't seen mentioned that I have noticed is that my hips, thighs, and calves become sore after walking in heels after a few hours. The change of alignment and posture makes me use the leg muscles in a different way and they protest. I know if I could wear heels more consistently the aches would disappear but unfortunately, I am limited in that aspect.


    • November 8, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    • Walking in heels is more about feel than sight. I can see how gals may want to look down and see how everything looks but that is just going to confuse your brain, sort of like looking in the mirror to fasten a necklace. The brain can't add that 3 or 4 inches to where it expects your heel to be. You need to just look forward and just "feel" what your feet are doing. But most important is the fit of the shoe, so take the time to get a properly fitted shoe.

    • November 7, 2009 9:14 AM GMT
    • Marsha the funny thing about that is I found that out the hard way when I tried on a pair of heels at about 3 inches which was a size six but forgetting that I was a size 10 and honey, did my feet hurt. I had what looks to be two bruisers one on each foot where the second toes being next to the big ones but its getting better now since I was wearing 2 inch high heel sandals. I am also trying to learn how to walk in heels that are 4 to 6 inches high since I seem to be having a little trouble trying to balance my self in some of them.


    • November 27, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    • Anything labelled for crossdressers and transgendered is very often a piece of overpriced rubbish and/or an identical GG product which can be bought on the high street for a lot less. Any decent fitting bra and breastforms will accomplish the desired result.

      One other thing, these 'methods' also assume you have enough spare flesh to play with. If you are trim and toned, it won't work anyway as you wouldn't have enough 'spare' breast tissue to work with.


    • November 26, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    • Hmm, it is a German company, you are German, and the wording is nearly the same as YOUR first post. Could it be that you have something to do with this product and are trying to sell it to the rest of us? A cheap clearance sale bra will accomplish the same thing. Anyone watching the youtube video please note how the GUY is constantly readjusting things to maintain the cleavage look. You can do that with any bra and breastforms, why pay extra for a bra labeled for crossdressers?

    • November 26, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    • Hi, i have found something very special on the net.
      A German firm is offering a special Bra for Transgender and other.
      The promise is to get a sexy cleavage without any taping or binding.
      Only put the bra on, get in some breast prosthesis-- ready.
      On the Queerboot 2009 in Beriln there was a music act, the Transwonder (Name of Bra and Homepage) was used.
      See the Melly Jackson Act in 3.33[...]Bhn7G5Q

      Has anyone any Experience with such a bra or any suggestions about such bras? is the sitename

    • October 8, 2009 12:16 AM BST
    • Melody

      Sometimes I thing that stairs and heels are mortal enemies that fight at unexpected times. I've done the bum-bounce down the stairs a few times myself. I worry sometimes that my wife will come home to find me in a pile at the bottom of the stairs with a broken ankle and really cute heels.


    • October 7, 2009 9:35 PM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      Shoes, gotta love 'em but....

      I usually buy shoes/boots with 2.75" to 3.25" heels since I'm 6' in stocking feet and I don't need any more height.

      Online (, I think) I saw a pair of red patent (matches my new convertible) pumps with an ankle strap and 4" gold stiletto heals and I had to have them. So sexy and sooo cute! And they were available in my size: US12 (I wear a men's US10.5.)

      The day the UPS guy delivered them I had to try them on right away. I'd been having a nice steak with my favorite Merlot to wash it down. I went upstairs and dressed up in my finest sexy outfit and put on my new shoes. And they fit!

      After spending forever checking myself out in the full length bedroom mirror I decided to to go downstairs for another glass of wine. Funny how much an additional 3/4" of heel can affect your balance. I started down the stairs.

      Suddenly I was airborne and came to a rough landing. I don't know how but I was on my back, head pointing toward the landing below and legs spread (in a very unladylike position) aimed upward the top step.

      Luckily my stairs are carpet covered and I didn't suffer any real injury, but my back from my shoulders to my upper thigh were covered with deep purple "tiger stripes" for a week. The bruises are mostly gone now and it only hurts when I cough or laugh, LOL -OUCH!


    • October 3, 2009 2:20 PM BST
    • Shoes! oh I love shoes! I buy from Payless often but I do keep an eye out for sales in other stores you never know what might turn up. I am lucky that I can wear a size 10/11 depending on the shoe's sizing. I like JC Penney's here in the USA too, they have reasonable prices and nice shoes. When I first looked at shoe prices on-line I just about choked - I had never dreamed that shoes could cost $400!! holy moly

      I do like my heels but my everyday shoes are from the women's section too.

      Hugs and Kisses Jeri

    • October 3, 2009 12:45 PM BST
    • BTW, thank you, ladies, for posting the link to the size conversion page. While I won't be buying any shoes on my trip to London this month, I likely will be buying some few bits of clothing. The shoe size conversion gives a link to a clothing conversion site. Very cool!

    • October 3, 2009 12:36 PM BST
    • I am not Imelda Marcos, especially not here in KSA, but I dooo love shoes.

      Thanks to all who posted such great info!

    • October 3, 2009 3:34 AM BST
    • Shoes seem to be one of the hardest things for a girl to come by. If you are lucky enough to find them, they always seem to be overly expensive.

      I typically wear a mens 12 or 13, add to that wide feet, so if there is any selection at all, it's rather slim. I've mostly given up finding shoes and socks that fit :(

      Add to that, I'm 6'4", so wearing any sort of heel just makes me that much taller.

      I had one pair of heels that wasn't meant for outdoor wear... and ultimately wore out the heal.

      My brother-in-law has difficulty in finding shoes in mens sizes with his size 15 feet.

    • October 3, 2009 3:10 AM BST
    • My only option has been ebay...

      Finding decent stuff online has been rather hit or miss. It complicates and limits things being tall, and on the plus size. It took a few mis-sized purchases before I began to narrow down the proper size. I do a general search for a size, and then look for any specific measurements that may indicate that the manufacturer's size is different than the typical measurements for the size I've seen.

      I have only recently gone into a brick and mortar store (two trips to Walmart, nowhere else so far), unfortunately they don't cater to plus sizes. I did find a few items on one trip.

      Walking through the womens dept checking out things was a huge milestone for myself. Started with ducking in and out of the section when no one was around, until I created a cover story "shopping for a GF", if anyone asked, and I was able to relax. Didn't get any weird looks or stares, so it helped the relaxation process... until I went to the cashier... but it went well.

    • September 27, 2009 8:19 PM BST
    • I have heard that the results vary from individual to individual but I have no personal experience.

    • September 27, 2009 12:23 PM BST
    • I went to look and yes it does seem to work well for you. I will look into it. Thanks


    • September 25, 2009 11:07 PM BST
    • Thanks Karen for the chart - very usefull. And thanks Stephenie for the links.

      I've spent ages trying to find decent conversion of UK male shoe sizes...

      Rae xx

    • September 25, 2009 4:00 PM BST
    • Stephanie,

      Nice site with some great shoes in larger sizes. Their handy Women ordering in Men's sizes chart is equally useful for Men ordering in Women's sizes, though they don't mention that, lol.

    • September 7, 2009 10:06 PM BST
    • Gee, I wish she would do something here in the states ! Shoot , I would gunypig the product as I have problems around my chin bones and the mustache ares. Ellen S.

    • September 7, 2009 10:03 PM BST
    • Thanks for the tip Karen , some gals do have large thighs and they certainly do look as though they might be benificial ! Ellen S.

    • September 6, 2009 11:15 AM BST
    • I finely found a long legged pantie I can wear. Most I've found have baggie legs or elastic around the bottom giving them a saggy fit. At a place called DrLeonard's Health Products I found some made of nylon that fit great. These I can wear to work or with light weight slacks with no lines showing. Since I don't realy like jeans I wear slacks a lot & I've had my sisters tell me they can see the outline of my panties. When out shopping or just running erronds I don't like wondering if my lines show or not.


    • July 2, 2009 5:30 PM BST
    • I think the most obvious way to fit breast forms is to be honest about your height and build and buy accordingly. That way they will look far more realistic. when I first bought some, I made sure that they were able to be trimmed down to fit, which after wearing them once, I did because they just didn't look right. After a little trimming, they look so much better and fitted my physique.


    • July 2, 2009 3:50 PM BST
    • Katie,

      I just made my first stop by the TWTV section of TW. The first video I watched was this one:[...]1728921

      What a great video to help choose the right breastforms! Combined with website it should illustrate the answers to a lot of basic questions people often have about choosing breast forms. Sometimes it's hard to visualize what the spoken word means and this fixes that.

    • May 7, 2009 2:18 PM BST
    • Hi Flint-

      Personally speakng I love them, in fact I learned my girl-walk from the Ministry of Silly Walks, or at least that's what some of my friends say it looks like. I see you're new here, girl, if you have the time and the inclination, why don't you pop in to the Welcome New Members forum and say hi and introduce yourself? If you'd like to, that is. No matter what, you are very welcome here at TW, I hope you like it. It's a great place to find support, help, resources and information and just have fun and make friends.

      Hugs...Joni Marie