Several women who have wide feet and narrow heels (what I like to call “combination feet”) have the hardest time finding comfortable shoes to wear. I work for a shoe store where I help several women with “complicated” foot shapes and foot problems find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet, and based on my shoe fitting experience, I have put together a list of the best sandals for women with wide feet and narrow heels. Please note that there are no two feet alike, and what might work well for many women’s feet, might not work as well for your feet.
One thing I want to emphasize is that simply because you notice I recommend a shoe from a specific shoe brand, I don’t want you to assume that all shoes from that same shoe brand will accommodate your foot shape. All shoes, even among the same shoe brand, fit a little differently.
Our goal should be to find a pair of sandals with built-in features to keep your heels in place without pinching your forefoot.
The Challenges of Finding Sandals for Women with “Combination Feet”
Everyday sneakers and Mary Jane shoes are a lot easier to fit for a woman who has a wide forefoot with a narrow heel. The sneakers have laces and you can use special shoe lacing techniques to secure your heels, while the Mary Jane shoes have the instep strap across your forefoot offering a secure fit. With sandals, it gets a bit more challenging, but no worries, there are options to accommodate your foot shape!
In addition to the women that I see at the shoe store, I get contacted by many women online trying to find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet. Some women refer to their feet as “duck feet”, “pizza feet”, or “flipper feet” to describe how wide their feet are in front and narrow in the back.
I have noticed that some women in addition to having a wide forefoot and narrow heels have other challenges to deal with:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Long, slender toes
- Hammer toes
- High instep
I am aware of this, so you will notice that in the description of each of the sandals that I recommend I mention whether it can accommodate those foot issues as well.
What Makes the Sandals I Recommend Effective for Wide Feet and Narrow Heels?
✅ Adjustable Heel Straps
You will notice that the sandals that I recommend come with adjustable heel straps to help prevent your heels from slipping off the sandals. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
✅ Adjustable Front Straps
The sandals also provide other strategic straps along the foot to secure your feet in place and also adjust how much pressure your place on your toes:
✅ Round Toe-Boxes
All of the sandals that I recommend provide round toe-boxes instead of pointier ones to accommodate your wide forefoot and prevent your toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another:
Without further ado, let’s take a look at a selection of the best sandals for women with wide feet and narrow heels. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best Sandals for Women with Wide Feet and Narrow Heels
Take a look at the description below each sandal to find out the features that it provides, what size you should order, and whether it can accommodate other foot issues you might have.
Not all of the sandals below have adjustable straps around the heels, so make sure that you read the description below each sandal.
Contact Me Directly: Your Foot Shape Might Require a Deeper Assessment
As I mentioned before, some women in addition to having a wide forefoot with narrow heels also deal with other foot problems that makes it even more challenging to find shoes that fit. If this is your case, I suggest that you contact me via email and I will provide you with specific shoe recommendations:
Are These Sandals Supportive?
Yes, all of the sandals that I recommended provide excellent support and structure. However, some of the sandals provide better support than others, so make sure that you read the description below each sandal.
Can You Fit an Orthotic Inside These Sandals?
No, you shouldn’t attempt to fit your orthotics inside your sandals as they won’t do any good. Orthotics only work in enclosed shoes such as sneakers, Mary Jane shoes, and boots.
What Can You Do to Make Your Current Sandals Fit Better?
If your sandals provide the correct amount of support, feel comfortable, and accommodate your wide feet, but they still fit a little wide around your heels, you can try to place a pair of heel grips to make your heels fit more snugly.
Keep in mind that heel grippers work best in dress shoes and casual shoes such as high-heels, loafers running/walking shoes, flats, pumps, and boots, but they don’t work as well in sandals as they are meant to get wet. If you want to try a pair of heel grippers in your sandals you can try the ones below:
If you are looking for an alternative to heel grips you can try moleskin.
What are the Best Sneakers for Women with Wide Feet and Narrow Heels?
If you are looking for a pair of everyday sneakers to accommodate your wide forefoot and narrow heels, there is a different resource that I created that you might find helpful:
I hope this article made you aware that you are not alone in this journey of finding comfortable shoes for your “complicated” foot shape!
Online shoe shopping is definitely not ideal for women with “complicated” foot shapes, but with so many specialized shoe stores closing down (even before COVID-19), women don’t seem to have a choice but to shop online.
Some women with wide feet and narrow heels say that the only shoes that they can wear look like Frankenstein shoes. I hope that you find the selection of sandals that I presented you with both stylish and comfortable.
The narrow heel and wide forefoot combination is a nuisance when it comes to shoe shopping. Trust me, I get it! This is the reason why I also need your help! Let me know in the comments section below if you have found a specific shoe style (sneakers, sandals, boots) that worked well for your “combination feet”! I am sure that other women will benefit from reading about your experiences.