Are you looking for a pair of Mary Jane shoes but can’t seem to find a single style that is capable of accommodating your extra wide feet? Do you feel like every single Mary Jane shoe that you try is too narrow and put too much pressure on the top part of your feet (instep)? Finding a pair of Mary Jane shoes for overweight women can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands to try first and which styles among those brands fit wider than others.
My Experience Helping Overweight Women Find Shoes that Fit
For the last 10 years, I have worked for a shoe store that specializes in helping people with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions find the correct types of shoes. I have fitted several women who came to the store claiming that there were no shoes wide enough for their feet.
In addition to finding a shoe that is wide enough for your feet, the shoes need to be supportive at the same time. Overweight women put a lot of pressure on their bodies when they walk, and this can lead to foot and leg pain. They also suffer from issues that include overpronation, plantar fasciitis, supination, bad knees and back pain. Wearing the wrong type of shoes or the incorrect shoe size will only lead to acceleration and aggravation of these issues.
Some women in addition to having extra wide feet have high insteps as well. The instep is the top part of your foot, and when it’s high it makes it a lot more challenging to find shoes that fit. Take a look at the image below that shows a foot of a woman with a high instep. Do you notice how there is a lot of extra foot volume that we will need to fit inside the shoe?
Before I show you a list of the best Mary Jane shoes for overweight women, I want to make sure that you know your exact foot length.
When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Foot Size?
Your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss. Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
As we age, the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back. This means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes.
This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more. You might also experience a change in foot width, meaning that even though you always ordered medium width shoes now you might have to start ordering wider shoes.
Don’t insist on getting your shoes in a specific size simply because that has been the size that they always wore. I usually have to insist to them that they need to at least try the shoes in a different size to see how they feel.
Buying shoes online can be a challenge. If you are unsure of your current foot shape or foot length, I suggest that you take a look at a different resource I created where I help women determine their exact foot shape from home:
What Makes the Mary Jane Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Overweight Women?
The Mary Jane shoes I recommend provide two key features that makes them ideal for overweight women
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that provide extra depth are also important to prevent you from developing blisters and other foot issues.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will help prevent your toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
The Mary Jane shoes I recommend also provide the following features:
- Adjustable fit, which means that you will be able to adjust how much pressure you want to put on your feet.
- Genuine leather.
- Rubber outsole
- Made approximately 1/4” wider and 1/2” longer than the measurements you provide.
Let’s now take a look at the best Mary Jane shoes for overweight women. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best Mary Jane Shoes for Overweight Women ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best Mary Janes shoes for overweight women. The Mary Jane shoes below are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths. It’s highly likely that you will have to order the extra wide width.
To prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side part of the shoes, I highly recommend that you order these shoes half a size larger than the size that your feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.6 centimeters of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe
Do not hesitate to contact me if none of the Mary Jane shoes I recommended are capable of accommodating your wide feet and high instep. I will show you what your alternatives are: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel like your socks are making your toes overlap or rub against one another or they just feel uncomfortable on your feet, there are specific socks that are seamless and will allow extra room for your toes:
If you are having a hard time finding a pair of sneakers to accommodate the shape of your extra wide feet and high instep take a look at the article below:
Let us know in the comment section below if you have found a specific Mary Jane shoe that has worked well for your extra wide feet. I am sure other women are going to find your feedback helpful.