Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes for women with flat and wide feet.
Are you having a hard time finding shoes to accommodate your flat and wide feet? Do you feel like once you find a shoe that is supportive and comfortable enough for your flat feet it feels too narrow and pinches your toes? I have put together a selection of the best shoes for women with flat and wide feet, and I will show you these shoes shortly.
I have been contacted by several women with flat and wide feet who can’t seem to find a single pair of shoes that fit comfortably. It’s understandable for these women to feel frustrated as they spend a lot of time trying different shoes simply to end up empty handed.
The good news is that I have helped hundreds of women with flat and wide feet find the correct type of shoes for their feet, and I believe I can help you too.
I get it. It’s hard to find an appropriate pair of shoes if you have flat and wide feet. But don’t worry, I have put together a list of the best shoes on the market that will save your day!
Before we move any further let me show you what features your shoes must provide to accommodate your flat and wide feet at the same time.
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Flat and Wide Feet?
The shoes I recommend provide 3 key features that make them ideal for women with flat and wide feet:
☑️ Substantial Outsoles: The shoes I recommend provide a substantial outsole with targeted arch support to support your flat feet and prevent pain and discomfort.
☑️ Rounder Toe-Boxes: In addition to being labeled as wide (“W”, “EE”) and extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”), the shoes I recommend provide rounder toe-boxes, which helps prevent your toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes.
For example, let’s take a look at two different pairs of shoes that are the same length and width. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a much rounder toe-box compared to the shoe on the left? These are exactly the type of shoes that we need for your wide feet.
☑️ Extra Depth: This is an awesome feature that works great for women with wide feet or high insteps. The instep is the top part of the foot and when it’s high, it makes it a lot more challenging to find shoes that fit. Shoes that provide extra depth allow the feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your feet (instep), from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
Most shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep”, so the only way to tell if a shoe provides extra depth is from having fitted that shoe before. Let me show you the difference in depth between two shoes that are the same length and width. Do you notice how the shoe on the right is a lot deeper compared to the shoe on the left?
I will show you a selection of shoes that provide all of these 3 features shortly, but first let’s make sure that you know your exact foot length and width. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know what your foot size is to begin with.
Do You Know Your Exact Foot Length and Width? – Let’s Find Out!
Do you know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? Do you know whether you have a high instep or not? These are all factors that determine what shoe brands and shoe styles you can wear.
Most women always buy the same shoe size simply because that’s the shoe size that they have worn for years. Did you know that just because you have worn a certain size for most of your life that doesn’t mean that your foot size has not changed? As we age the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back, which 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.
Since most specialized shoe stores are closed now I came up with a system that helps women determine their exact foot size and shape from home:
Take the time to follow the instructions in that article. Believe me that knowing your exact foot size will end up saving you a lot of time and money.
Now that you know your exact foot size and shape and what features your shoes must provide you are ready to see a selection of the best shoes for women with flat and wide feet Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best Shoes for Women with Flat and Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These shoes are available in different widths such as wide (“W”, “EE”) and extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”), so make sure that you choose your shoe width accordingly. In addition, how effective these shoes will be in accommodating your flat and wide feet depends on individual foot anatomy, but I can confidently tell you that the shoes below have worked wonders for many women with flat and wide feet.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
Women with flat feet lack the arch that absorbs the impact of the body, so they need more cushioning and arch support to reduce the pressure and strain on feet, ankles, and knees. If after trying any of the shoes I recommend you believe you can benefit from extra support inside the shoes, take a look at the article below here I describe the best arch support insoles for women with flat feet:
My coworker who has over 30 years of shoe fitting experience taught me a specific shoe lacing technique that works wonders for women with wide feet. If you want to apply this shoe lacing technique to your shoes I suggest that you take a look at the article below:
If after trying any of these sneakers they still feel too tight or not supportive enough I suggest that you send me an email and I will show you what steps to take next:
Feel free to leave me a comment below with any questions you might have. Also let us know if you have found a specific shoe style or shoe brand that has worked well in accommodating your flat and wide feet, as other women will find your feedback helpful.