Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of women’s shoes with a wide toe box and a narrow heel.
Do you have a wide foot at the front but also narrow heels? Do you feel like when you find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate the shape of your wide feet they tend to slide out on your heels?
It’s really challenging to find shoes for women who have wide feet with narrow heels, and it can be a very frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for. This can lead to your feet moving too much and that constant movement and friction will lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
In addition, wearing shoes that do not fit properly can lead to pain in your feet, ankles, legs and back and may also cause you to develop from minor to severe foot problems. There is only a small selection of shoes that will accommodate a woman with wide feet and narrow heels, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years, where we specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have personally fitted numerous shoes for women with different foot issues, sizes and widths. I am familiar with which women’s shoe brands and shoe styles come with a wider toe-box and a narrow heel, and I will describe them shortly.
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Wide Feet and Narrow Heels?
The shoes provide a narrow heel counter and a round toe-box to accommodate these 2 conditions:
One key feature that these types of shoes must provide and most women are not aware of is depth. The deeper the shoes the better, since it will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevent your toes from rubbing against the side of the shoes. This will prevent you from having to get shoes that are too wide and prevent your heels from sliding out of the shoes.
In addition to fitting the shape of your feet perfectly, the shoes that you choose must be supportive, lightweight, and flexible, and they must be available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide widths. I will describe these features in more detail shortly.
It’s very complicated to find shoes that fit women who are wide at the toe but narrow in the heel; oftentimes shoes that are wide at the front are wide in the heel and vice versa.
I will show you a selection of the best women’s shoes with a wide toe box and a narrow heel shortly, but let me first show you what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your exact foot size from home.
Wide Toe Box and Narrow Heel Shoes – Tips for a Better Fit❗️
Like I mentioned before, one of the proven and most recommended things to do if you have a narrow heel and a wide foot is to buy shoes that are deep. A deep shoe will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent your wide feet from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes. Deep shoes will also allow your ankles to sit deeply inside the shoes (this will secure your narrow heels and prevent them from coming up and down the shoes).
Let me show you what a difference a deep shoe can make. Both of the shoes below have an orthotic fitted inside them. Do you notice how in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) the orthotic is sitting down deeply inside the shoe while in the Asics shoe style (black) the orthotic is further up?
Below is another picture so you can see it more clearly:
This is what I mean when I mentioned that certain shoe styles are deeper than others.
The shoes must also come with a round toe-box to accommodate the shape of your wide feet. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that comes with a round toe-box and one with a pointy one. Do you notice how the shoe on the right (New Balance) has a much rounder toe box than the shoe on the left (Asics)?
Another thing you should keep in mind is that shoelaces will make a tremendous difference in securing your narrow heels against the back of the shoes.
I always recommend lace-up shoes instead of Velcro closure or toggle shoelaces. Shoes that come with shoelaces will allow you to secure your heels by pushing them back against the back of the shoes.
I actually wrote an article where I describe the best way to tie shoes for women with narrow heels. Just click on the link below:
Deep Shoes for Women – The 4 Most Important Features
In addition to being deep, there are certain notable features that a shoe must provide to keep your feet and legs healthy and you might want to start getting familiar with them. Let’s take a look at the features below:
☑️ Substantial Outsole: Supportive shoes are important since they will minimize the impact that your feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
☑️ Lightweight/Flexible: The shoes need to be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time. These features will prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
☑️ Traction: A shoe that provides good traction will reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling especially if you are walking around slippery surfaces.
☑️ Breathable: A breathable shoe will allow your feet to breathe and prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes foot odor.
Please be cognizant that it doesn’t matter how supportive or how well-made the shoes are, if they are not the correct size, you won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend women to have their feet measured at their local fitting shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit. The issue is that most women don’t have a local shoe store that they trust, and must end up purchasing their shoes online. If you identify with this, start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:
Now that you know what features a shoe must provide to be able to keep your feet and legs healthy, as well as how to make sure that you are wearing the correct shoe size, you are ready to see a selection of the best women’s shoes with a wide toe box and a narrow heel.
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise, I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Women’s Shoes with a Wide Toe Box and a Narrow Heel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The selection of shoes below will fit a woman that has narrow, medium, wide or extra wide feet— as long as you choose the width accordingly.
Below you can find a selection of the best women’s shoes with a wide toe box and a narrow heel. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
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 Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time finding a different type of shoes for your wide feet and narrow heels:
These are everyday shoes that come with enough support to be worn for your daily activities. Please remember that if your heels are highly narrow, a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces will make an enormous difference since it will support and lock your heels against the back of the shoes
Do you have a child that needs a pair of shoes with a wide toe-box and a narrow heel? I wrote an article where I describe the best kids’ shoes with a wide toe box and narrow heel. Just the link below:
Now that you know about the importance of properly fitted shoes you are ready to make a better and more informed decision.
Always remember that it doesn’t matter how wide or narrow their feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will help you find them.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well for both your wide feet and narrow heels? Please share your insights below so other women can benefit from them.