Do you have extra wide feet and are also flat footed? Have you been experiencing foot and leg pain and have no idea which shoes to wear?
Let’s first talk about what is considered to be defined as flat feet and its implications. Flat feet is a condition in which the arches of the feet roll inwards or downwards when walking, and it is also commonly known and referred as overpronation.
The main issue with being flat footed is that the feet collapse, and they tend to turn either inwards or outwards, which throws the whole body out of alignment. Women with flat feet put extra pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, and this leads to foot and leg pain, as well as other serious issues in the future such as lower back problems.
To get you into perspective, flat feet can affect the alignment of your body as you are standing, walking, or running. As a result, this can increase the likelihood that you experience foot, ankle, knee, hip, and even lower back pain.
The correct pair of shoes can prevent your feet from collapsing, and help you walk and run straighter. Let me prove this to you.
Let’s take a look at an image of a flat footed women. Do you notice how her feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same woman wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how much straighter the feet look?
Now, I know that finding a pair of extra wide shoes for flat feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
My rich knowledge and experience in fitting women’s shoes are a result of working in a specialized shoe store for over 10 years. In addition, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. While we specialize in women with foot and leg problems, we also provide regular shoe fittings.
I have fitted some of the widest women’s feet with flat feet in the correct pair of shoes, and I know which shoe styles work better than others.
I will provide you with a selection of the best extra wide shoes for flat feet, but first I want to show you how you can figure out your correct foot size from home and give you all the information you need to make a better and more informed decision.
Finding Out Your Exact Foot Size — Easy & Simple!
The very FIRST thing to do is figure out your correct foot size, also accounting for any foot issues you may have, like flat feet.
When trying to find the correct shoe size, we are looking to figure out your actual foot width (remember that shoes come in different width such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide). It may be the case that you believe that you have extra wide feet and in reality, you just have wide feet.
So, there are 3 things you need to consider:
- The length of the foot.
- The width of the foot.
- The instep of the the foot.
You can start by reading an article I wrote that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Extra Wide Shoes for Flat Feet — Outstanding Features
In addition to fitting the shape of your feet perfectly, the shoes that you want to wear for your extra wide flat feet must provide these outstanding features in order to keep your feet and legs healthy and away of pain.
✅ Arch Support: We already went over about the importance of this feature, which will prevent your feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
✅ Ankle Support: This feature is the back part of the shoes that help protect and support your ankles.
✅ Shock Absorption. This will reduce the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground and relieve the stress on your feet and legs.
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your feet (instep) form rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While shoes need to be supportive, they still need to be lightweight and flexible to prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
The shoes I will describe below provide all of these features, and they are also available in extra wide widths.
You should note that many women have no signs or symptoms associated with flat feet. On the other hand, some women with flat feet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area. Pain might potentially worsen with activity, especially high impact activities. There might also be swelling along the ankle.
Women who experience knee, hip, and lower back pain are also more prone to having flat feet. The main argument for this is that when you are flat footed, your feet collapse, and this throws your whole body out of alignment, leading you to put pressure in areas of your body where you are not supposed to.
Complications Related to Flat Feet – Monitor & Take Early Action!
Many women associated with flat feet are not familiarized with the complications that can result from having this condition.
Be mindful that if you feel any great discomfort or pain, you should consult your doctor or physical therapist, but always START by making sure that you are wearing the correct type of shoes.
I just want to underscore that there is a higher risk that women with prolonged flat feet might experience some of the following complications.
Nonetheless, every case is different and also each body is unique. Take a look at the list below.
- Achilles tendonitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligaments in the soles of the feet
- Arthritis in the ankle or ankles
- Arthritis in the foot or feet
Now that you know what features your shoes must provide and how to figure out your exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best extra wide shoes for flat feet.
I guarantee that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the best and only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
The Best Extra Wide Shoes for Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide shoes for flat feet.
Keep in mind that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
In order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side part of the shoes, I highly recommend that you order this shoe style a half a size largerthan 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 shoes.
Please note that all of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
What Are Other Women Saying? – Sharing Experiences!
Let’s all take stock from the feedback of women who also have extra wide and flat feet:
“I bought some shoes that I thought they would eventually stretch out and that was totally not the case.”
“I am a big fan of New Balance since they make shoes in extra wide widths, and they are also ideal for overpronation.”
“I have to admit I have neglected my foot health, I though that the foot pain would go away, and I ended up making it worse.”
“I wasn’t aware that I was flat footed until I went to the doctor because I had staggering foot pain, mostly at night. I wished I had known sooner and would not have worsen the condition. I tried a pair of Orthofeet and they were wide enough and provided support to my feet”
In addition, if you have a kid and are interested in becoming more informed or are looking for a good pair of shoes for their extra wide feet, then you can take a look at the article I wrote on the best shoes for kids with extra wide feet. Go to the link below:
Have you found a particular shoe brand or shoe style that has accommodated your extra wide flat feet? Please share your findings below so other women can benefit from your experiences.