Have you recently been fitted for SMOs and can’t seem to find a single pair of shoes that fit comfortably? Have you tried many different shoe brands and styles but they all feel too uncomfortable and hurt your feet? Finding a shoe that accommodates SMOs takes more than simply choosing a shoe that is labeled as wide or extra wide and hoping that will fit. I will show you a list of the best women’s shoes that fit SMOs based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.
What Makes the Shoes that I Recommend Ideal for Women with SMOs?
✅ Supportive Outsoles: First of all, you can’t wear any shoes with your SMOs. The shoes must provide a stable base of support for your SMOs. Take a look at the difference in support between the two shoes below. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a much thicker and substantial outsole compared to the shoe on the left?
✅ Extra Depth: This is a really important feature as it allows the SMOOs to sit deeply inside the shoes. This feature helps prevent the top part of your foot from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. The deeper the shoes are, the more comfortable your feet will feel inside the shoes.
✅ Oversized Openings:
This feature allows the shoe to open up widely for easy on and off, that way you don’t have to struggle every time you need to get your SMOs.
✅ Wide Widths Available: It’s highly likely that you will have to order your shoes in a wide (“W”, “EE”), or an extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”) width. Even if you don’t have wide feet, you will need a wider width shoe to accommodate the extra space that SMOs take inside the shoes.
Additional Tip: Your shoes should come with removable insoles to allow for extra space for the SMOs.
Is there a Specific Shoe Brand that Works Best for SMOs?
This is a very common question that women ask me at the shoe store where I work. However, it’s very hard to recommend specific shoe brands for women who wear SMOs as there are specific models among each shoe brand that work a lot better than others.
I don’t want you to assume that just because I recommend a New Balance shoe that all New Balance shoes will work best for your feet. Even among the same shoe brands shoes can fit very differently.
First things First: Know your Shoe Size!
Wearing the correct shoe size is extremely important if you want to get the full support and stability that your SMOS can provide. I have helped hundreds of women figure out their actual foot size and also the size that they should order to accommodate their SMOS, and I believe I will be able to help you too.
If you don’t have a specialized shoe store that can help you figure out your foot size, I suggest that you use this free resource I created:
Best Women’s Shoes that Fit SMOs
Below you can find a list of the best women’s shoes that fit SMOs. Remember that all of the shoes below are available in wide (W) and extra wide (XW) widths, so make sure that you choose your shoe width accordingly. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Even if you don’t have wide or extra wide feet, it’s highly likely that you will need to buy wider shoes to accommodate the extra space that SMOs take inside the shoes.
How to Tie Your Shoes with SMOs
I suggest that you apply the following shoe lacing technique to secure your feet, keep the SMO in place, and prevent your heels from sliding up and down:
Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
If you are unsure about what shoe size you should order or if you need a different pair of shoes for your SMOs I suggest that you ask your question in the comments section below or contact me directly via email:
Do You Happen to Have a Child Who Wears SMOs?
If you have or know a child who wears SMOs and the family is having trouble finding a good pair of shoes that fit, there is a resource that you might find helpful:
If you happen to have small feet you can also check out the kids’ selection of shoes as it might open a larger selection of shoes for you to choose from at a more affordable price.
I hope you find this resource helpful and remember that to get the full benefits that your SMOs have to offer you must wear them in the correct shoe size. Please let me know in the comments section below if you have found a specific shoe that worked well for your SMOs. I am sure other women will benefit from reading about your recommendations.