Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sneakers to fit your extra wide feet? Does every single shoe style that you try on your feet feels too narrow and pinches your toes?
Women who have a high instep on top of their big wide feet have the hardest time finding shoes that fit, but I am going to show you which shoes are capable of accommodating the shape of your extra wide feet and your high instep as well.
Several shoe companies are now manufacturing sneakers in extra wide widths (XW) (EEEE), but in order to fit the shape of a woman with big wide feet it takes more than just choosing a shoe that comes labeled in extra wide.
In addition to being labeled as extra wide, the shoes need to provide extra depth and a rounder toe-box. These are the 2 most important features that your sneakers must provide if you have big wide feet.
✅ Sneakers that provide extra depth are going to allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevent your instep from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth and one that doesn’t. For better visualization purposes there is an orthotic fitted inside the shoes. Do you notice how the orthotic is fitting deeply in the New balance shoe style (grey and pink) compared to the Asics one (all black)?
✅ Sneakers that provide rounder toe-boxes are going to prevent your toes from rubbing or overlapping against one another. Let me show you the difference between a sneaker that provides a rounder toe-box versus one that doesn’t. Do you notice how the New Balance shoe style has a much rounder toe-box compared to the Asics shoe style (all black)?
You might be asking yourself: How do I find shoes that provide both of these features if shoes don’t come labeled that way? This is where I come into play.
I have been fitting women’s shoes for the last 10 years. I have helped several women who claimed that their feet were too wide or too narrow to find that particular shoe style that they didn’t even know it existed.
After having fitted over 100 different shoe styles, I came up with the 4 top sneakers choices for women with big wide feet.
The Best Sneakers for Women with Big Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have chosen these 4 shoe styles because they are specifically designed for women with big wide feet. These are the 4 deepest sneakers with roundest toe-boxes that I have fitted before.
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Please keep in mind that sneakers 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.
I always recommend wearing a half a size longer (3/8 of an inch) 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.
Note that all of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer (3/8 of an inch) 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.
If you are not sure what your foot size is to begin with, please take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:
You are going to end up returning your shoes back and forth if you don’t know your exact foot size.
Shoes for Big Wide feet – The 5 Most Important Features
In addition to providing extra depth and a rounder toe-box, these are the 5 most important features that these shoes are going to provide to your feet:
✅ Ankle Support: This feature will help protect and support your ankles.
✅ Arch Support: This feature will prevent your feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
✅ Shock Absorption: This feature 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.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While shoes need to be supportive, they still need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Removable insole: This feature will allow you to take the original insole out in case you need to fit an orthotic inside the shoes.
If after trying any of these 4 shoe styles they still feel too wide on your feet, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will be able to tell you what steps to take: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you found a particular sneaker style that has worked well for your big wide feet? Please share your findings below so other women can benefit from your experiences.