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 sandals for women with wide feet.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sandals to fit the shape of your wide feet? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed? Finding a pair of wide sandals can be a frustrating experience, and you will end up empty handed if you don’t know what shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands to try on.
If you wear a pair of sandals that are too narrow for your feet, you will end up creating all sorts of issues to your feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Most women make the common mistake of thinking that ordering a pair of sandals that are labeled as wide (“W’) or extra wide (“XW”), will automatically fit the shape of their feet.
There are 2 key features that your sandals must provide to fit the shape of your wide feet, and most women are not even aware of them.
☑️ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the sandals and prevent the top part of your feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the sandals. Deep sandals will also prevent the top part of your toes from rubbing against the top front part of the sandals.
☑️ Rounded Toe-Boxes: This feature will prevent your toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the sandals.
Do you happen to have wide feet and high instep? When women have high insteps, the top part of their feet tends to rub against the top part of the sandals. These two features will fit the shape of your wide feet and even accommodate your high instep!
In addition to finding a sandal that is labeled as wide or extra wide, we need the sandal to provide those two key features.
You might be wondering…
How are you supposed to find a sandal that provides those two features if sandals don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
Here is where I come into play. I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years and I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes. 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. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
I understand that it may be frustrating to wear sandals that feel too tight and that don’t fit well in general. You should be able to get a good pair of sandals that are available in wide widths.
Moreover, bear in mind that your sandals need to provide your feet with good support in addition to fitting the shape of your wide feet perfectly.
Certain sandals come with substantial outsoles to reduce the impact that your feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
The sandal styles that I will describe below all come with a footbed that provides an internal support mechanism that is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot. How does that sound?
Receiving the right support from your sandals will make your walking and standing much more comfortable. Arch support is also very important as it helps better distribute the pressure across your arches, giving you more stability, balance, support, and as a result reducing your pain or even fully eliminating it.
I am going to show you a selection of the best sandals for women with wide feet shortly, but first I want to make sure you know your exact foot size and the features that these sandals have to offer.
Be honest with me… Are you 100% sure that you know your exact foot size?
Moreover, if you prefer online shopping and are going to be buying your shoes online, you need to be absolutely sure that you know your exact foot size.
I wrote an article that describes the simplest yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
The Best Wide Women Sandals – The 5 Most Important Features!
Before I show you a selection of the best sandals for women with wide feet, I would like for you to get more familiar with the features that these sandals will offer to your feet and legs.
There are 5 important features that the sandals must provide to fit the shape of your wide feet and keep your feet comfortable:
- Extra Depth: This feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the sandals and prevent the top part of your feet from rubbing against the top part of the sandals.
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the sandals
- Wide and Extra Wide Widths: This is a requirement, if the sandals are not labeled as wide or extra wide, they will not fit the shape of your swollen feet.
- Substantial Outsole: This feature will minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Good Traction: This feature will prevent you from slipping and falling especially when walking on wet surfaces.
The Best Shoe Brands for Women with Wide Feet – Orthofeet and Keen Sandals
Let me give you a brief description of my top 2 shoe brands that manufacture wide and supportive sandals for women.
Keen and Orthofeet are my go-to shoe brands for women who need a supportive sandal to fit the shape of their wide feet. Both of these shoe brands manufacture sandals that are supportive, durable, and comfortable. You will love how you can wear them all day without your feet or legs getting tired.
Both of these shoe companies make versatile sandals that you can wear for going to the beach, hiking, camping, or walking for long periods of time.
You may also find it interesting to know that physical therapists highly recommend Keen and Orthofeet sandals for women who need extra arch support and have foot issues such as flat feet, overpronation or rolled ankles since they come with a very substantial sole that provides arch support.
If you happen to have wide feet and a high instep, these sandals will accommodate the shape of your feet as well.
I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Sandals for Women with Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These sandals come with an anatomical arch support and cushioning heel pad that conforms to the contours of the foot as you walk. Below you can find a selection of the best sandals for women with wide feet. The sandals are available in wide (W) and extra wide (XW) widths.
Keep in consideration that sandals 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.
My suggestion is for you to wear half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes. However, please note that if you measure a foot size 10 and the sandals fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 11 to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of half a size longer). On the other hand, if the sandals fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
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.
Are You Looking for a Pair of Dressier Sandals to Accommodate Your Wide Feet?
There is a different resource that I created where I describe the best dress sandals for women with wide feet:
In addition, if you have a child with wide feet that needs a pair of sandals, then you can take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best sandals for kids with wide feet. Please click on the link below.
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding Shoes for Your Foot Shape?
You can ask your questions in the comment section below or contact me via email:
Are there any other sandals you can recommend for women with wide feet? Have you found another brand or style that has worked well for your wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.