Are you having a hard time finding shoes for your extra wide feet? Have you noticed that every time you take your shoes off there are marks on your feet? If you are looking for a pair of comfortable extra wide shoes, you came to the right place!
I have fitted some of the widest women’s feet with high insteps in the correct pair of shoes, and I know which shoe styles work better than others.
Finding a shoe style for your extra wide feet takes more than just choosing a shoe in an “XW” or “EE” width. The shoes must be DEEP (shoes don’t come labeled as deep but I know which shoe styles are deeper than others), and come with a wide ROUND TOE-BOX instead of a pointy one.
Indeed, finding comfortable yet stylish shoes can be a complicated task, even more if you have extra wide feet. However, you should never settle for any pair of shoes. Thinking that you will eventually stretch them out or planning to wear them regardless of the pain and discomfort they may cause, is not a smart idea. Moreover, your feet will hurt, and you will end up wasting your time and money.
Another thing to consider is that there are several parts of your body that change as you grow older, and feet is one of them. Feet will most likely widen and lengthen as the years go by. It is highly important, to avoid foot pain and other possible health issues, so you need to find shoes that match the shape and size of your feet.
Also, you should remember everyone’s feet are different in size, shape and width. The length of your foot could be easy to find out, but the various widths on each size can make finding the perfect fit a challenge.
Shoes in extra wide width DO EXIST and it doesn’t matter how wide your feet are, there is at least one shoe style that will fit the shape of your feet perfectly and I will HELP YOU find it.
Why am I so confident that I will find the right shoe style for your extra wide feet?
I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last ten years. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, and we also provide regular shoe fittings. I have fitted numerous shoes for women with different foot issues, sizes and widths. We carry the best shoe brands for women, since we are a fitting store that focuses in women with foot problems.
When purchasing extra-wide women’s shoes, you’ll want to think about what type of shoe you’re looking for.
It’s all relative and I will explain why. If you’re looking for athletic shoes, you want to make sure that they’re comfortable and supportive. If you’re looking for dress shoes to wear to the office, you want them to fit snugly. If you’re shopping for extra-wide sandals, the open design may not call for as wide of a size, so it really depends on what your needs are.
I have helped many women find extra wide shoes that they didn’t even know existed such as tennis shoes, summer sandals, winter boots, dress shoes, office shoes, etc. Also, I have been helping women find their shoes online for the last three years.
In this post, I will describe the best extra wide width shoes for women, including which are the best features they should have.
Finding Extra Wide Shoes – First things First!
Like I mentioned before, finding the correct pair of extra wide shoes for yourself takes more than just choosing a shoe that is available in extra wide widths. The shoes must also be deep, so your feet can sit comfortably inside the shoe. They must also come with a nice round toed-box to prevent your toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other. This might be a time-consuming process, but the good news is that I have fitted these types of shoes before.
The first step before purchasing new shoes is to make sure you measure your feet in length and width. You can do so through the Brannock Device (this is the standard foot measuring tool) in your local shoe stores, or if you prefer you could invest in buying this device. Believe me it is worth investing in your foot health.
Wearing the correct shoe size will prevent a lot of headaches and end up saving you a lot of money in the future. Shoes that are too narrow for your feet will create all sort of issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, the last ones being exceptionally hard to get rid of. Shoes that are too narrow will also lead to foot and leg pain as well.
Women with extra wide feet have a very hard time finding shoes that FIT, and the most common mistake I see women make is to end up buying longer shoes in order to compensate for the width. I strongly suggest that you STOP doing this, since yow will not only end up compromising your stability but you will also end up creating all the foot issues mentioned above since your feet will be moving too much inside the shoe.
If you don’t have a shoe store in your area that trust, START by reading an article I wrote where I explain the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:
Everyday Extra Wide Shoes Women – Essential Features!
The shoes that you want to wear for your extra wide feet must provide certain features for you to be able to keep your feet and legs healthy.
- A round toed-box: This is especially important if you have extra wide feet, since it will prevent your toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other.
- Depth: The deeper the shoes the better. This feature will allow your feet to sit comfortable inside the shoe, especially if you have high instep.
- A substantial sole: This sole will cushion your feet and minimize the impact that their feet receive every time they become in contact with the ground. A shoe that comes with a supportive sole will also prevent your feet from collapsing (in case you have flat feet) and will allow you to walk and run straighter.
- Good traction: This will prevent you from slipping and falling specially when walking on wet surfaces.
- A firm heel counter: This will cushion and protect your ankles and provide lateral stability and ankle support. You can always press on that part of the shoe before purchasing it and the firmer it is the better. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
Remember that FIT remains our top priority. Please remember that the shoes must be the right size or you won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
The Best Extra Wide Width Shoes for Women – Take Note!
Now that you know which features a good shoe must have and the importance of wearing the correct shoe size, you can find a selection below of the best extra wide width shoes for women (let’s start with athletic footwear):
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or the side of the shoes.
The selection of shoes below describes the best casual dress shoes for women with extra wide feet:
This selection of shoes also fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or the side of the shoes.
If you happen to need a pair of summer sandals to fit the shape of your extra wide feet, you should take an article I wrote where I describe the best extra wide sandals for women:
I know there are other shoe styles such as boots, sports shoes, or fashion shoes that I didn’t cover, but you can always leave me a comment below and I will HELP you find these shoe styles in extra wide widths.
Remember when I told you that you might not know that a particular shoe style exists in extra wide widths? I also told you that there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your feet. Let’s take soccer cleats as an example. Did you know that there is a soccer cleat that is available in extra wide widths? I have fitted this shoe style before and it fits women with extra wide feet and a high instep. You can find this soccer cleat in an article I wrote called:
You shouldn’t refrain yourself from getting a particular shoe style just because you think it will not fit the shape of your wide feet. If that is the case, you can let me know what you are looking for and I will help you find them!
If you happen to have a child with extra wide feet and can’t seem to find shoes to fit the shape of his or her feet, you should take a look at an article I wrote called:
As always, I hope you found this article useful. If you have any recommendation for a good pair of extra wide shoes, please leave your comments in the section below, so we can all benefit from your experience.