Do you have extra wide feet and always have a hard time finding a pair of summer sandals? Do you feel like you try a whole different bunch of styles but they all feel too narrow and you always end up empty handed?
Unfortunately there are only a few sandal styles available for women with extra wide feet, but the good news is that I know exactly which ones they are and I will help you find them. Don’t worry if you also have a high instep, these sandals are also deep which 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.
In addition, the sandals will come with a round toe-box that will prevent your toes from overlapping against each other or rubbing against the side of the sandals.
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 significantly 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.
Over the years I became familiar with the best extra wide women’s sandals.
What Makes the Sandals I Recommend Effective for Women with Extra Wide Feet?
☑️ Round Toe-Box: This feature helps prevent your toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the side of the sandals.
☑️ Extra Depth: This feature is really important if you tend to have high insteps, as the deeper the shoes are, the deepest your feet will fit inside the shoes. This will help prevent the top part of your foot (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the sandals.
Let me begin by telling you that if you wear a pair of sandals that are too narrow for your feet, you will end up creating several issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, just to name a few.
Why is it so hard to find supportive women’s sandals that will fit your extra wide feet?
Quite simply because there isn’t enough demand for it. I believe there are a lot of women out there with wide or extra wide feet, but most of them are not aware that they have wide feet. The cost of mass produced shoes is kept low by producing only the most common styles (medium width). The less variations there are, the less the cost is for shoe companies. So, for wide footed people like you, it gets harder to find shoes that fit.
Besides fitting the shape of your extra wide feet, your sandals need to provide your feet with good support and be lightweight and flexible at the same time.
I will show you a selection of the best extra wide women’s sandals shortly, but first I want to make sure you know your exact foot size and the features that these sandals have to offer.
Sandals for Extra Wide Feet – The 5 Most Important Features
The following are the 5 most important features that these sandals will provide to your feet:
- Shock absorption. This feature will attenuate the impact on your feet and legs every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight and Flexible: The sandals must lightweight and flexible in order to prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Traction: The sandals provide great traction, so you can confidently walk around in wet surfaces.
- Durable: These sandals are made from high quality materials and they are practically indestructible.
- Machine washable: This feature is beneficial for everyone, just use a small amount of detergent, wash on gentle cycle and air dry.
Also, the sandals I will describe below come with a foot bed that provides an internal support mechanism which is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot.
Nevertheless, I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoe is not fitted properly, you will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Let’s be honest, are you a 100% that you know your exact foot size?
Knowing your correct foot size beforehand is key for buying your pair of sandal. It will save you the trouble of wasting your time and money in getting the wrong shoes and getting nasty foot issues. Moreover, if you prefer online shopping and are in fact going to be buying your sandals online, you need to be absolutely sure that you know your correct foot size.
There is an article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Now that you know what features these sandals will provide and how to figure out your foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best extra wide sandals for women.
The Best Shoe Brands for Extra Wide Feet – Keen and Orthofeet!
Keen and Orthofeet sandals are supportive, durable, and comfortable. You will love how you can wear them all day without your feet or legs getting tired.
Have you heard of Keen sandals before? If you have kids then you probably had, since Keen sandals are the most popular sandals for children and adults.
Keen sandals are one of the top choices to be worn as an every day sandal for women and also for vacations. These sandals are versatile as you can wear them for going to the beach, hiking, camping, or walking for long periods of time.
More importantly, there is a particular style that will fit women with extra wide feet, the Newport style.
If you indeed have extra wide feet, then these will become your two to-go shoe brands.
Plus, these sandals are waterproof, which may become handy when going for a hike or walking in wet surfaces.
You may also find 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.
In addition, the sandals I will describe below come with a foot bed that provides an internal support mechanism which is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and adjust to the natural contours of the foot.
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.
The Best Extra Wide Women’s Sandals ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best extra wide women’s sandals.
Bear 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.
You always want to wear a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), n order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
If you measure a foot size 5 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 6 in order to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
In order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side part of the sandals, I highly recommend that you order the sandals a half a size larger than 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 sandals.
On a different note, if you have kids with extra wide feet that need a pair of summer sandals, then you can take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best summer sandals for kids with extra wide feet. Please click on the link below:
Be assured that sandals in extra wide widths do exist! These sandals will also offer the right amount of support your feet as well as shock absorbing qualities.
The Secret to Saving Big On Women’s Shoes – Let’s Find Out!
Most women don’t know that if they wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller they can get the kids version of the shoe and save a lot of money. Since the shoe store that I work for is a family store that carries children, women, and men’s shoes, several women end up buying the kids version of the shoes since they are a lot cheaper.
However, this will only work if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller, since an 8 ½ shoe size for women is an equivalent to a kids’ shoe size 7 (which is the last kids’ shoe size). A size 7 ½ is already considered a women’s shoe size, which means that you will end up paying the adult price for the shoe.
If you are one of those lucky women with relatively small feet, you might get lucky and end up saving a lot of money.
I actually wrote a post where I describe in more detail how this shoe size conversion works and you can find that article below:
Have you tried any of the sandals that I recommend in this article? Have you found another style or brand that has worked well for your extra wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.