Best Shoes for Wide Feet 2019 Reviewed & Rated
Have you ever slipped your feet into what you thought was the perfect pair of shoes only to find that they pinch and dig into the sides of your feet? If you are anything like me, you know how frustrating it can be to try and find shoes which fit wide feet. In this article, I have compiled everything you need to know about shoes for wide feet. Fret no more, the best shoes for wide feet is out there.
Wide feet can come from a variety of situations. Some people are just born with wider feet than others, while some people have a foot condition which widens their feet in a particular spot. You may have two wide feet or just one. It does not matter how many wide feet you have (hopefully a maximum of two, though) or where the width came from, the only thing you need to worry about is finding the perfect shoe.
Gone are the days where you had to buy a size or two too big to accommodate your feet. Most shoe companies now design shoes specifically for people with wide feet. With this being the case, it should be easy to find shoes for wide feet, right? Well, that is not often the case, but if you come on this journey with me, I will tell you everything you need to know to make an informed choice on your next shoe purchase.
Last update on 2019-08-20 PST – Details
Best Men’s Shoes for Wide Feet
Last update on 2019-08-20 PST – Details
Why Do You Need Wide Shoes?
After hours of searching for the most comfortable shoe, you may feel like giving up. You may try one on and declare it suitable, even though it may pinch a little around your foot, but you should never settle for a shoe which is too narrow. You may end up paying for it with pain and injury. If you have an existing injury, then narrow shoes can make it worse. If you do not have an existing injury, then narrow shoes will soon take care of that.
Wearing tight shoes for a period can begin to weaken the muscles and bones in your foot. Your feet are your main mode of transportation; you do not want to let anything happen to them. Tight shoes can begin to rub and disturb the bones, causing blisters to the skin, calluses and even bunions. The nerves in your foot can become damaged. Your toes can become deformed. Your lower back can even become sore and stressed. So, what should you be looking for if you have wide feet?
Knowing Your Size
Before you even begin to look for wide shoes, you should have your fit measured. There are ways in which you can do this at home, but I know from experience that you will get a much more accurate size from a shoe store and one of their foot measuring devices. When it comes to measuring shoes, you cannot afford to do it yourself for fear of getting it wrong. It is better to get it right the first time.
Once you have your feet measured, you will know what width they are. Width sizes vary for men, women, and children. Men’s sizes, from narrowest to widest, are AA, B, C, D, E, EE, EEEE, and EEEEEE. Women’s sizes are AA, B, D, and EE. Children’s widths are M, W, XW. Always make sure to buy shoes in your measured size, and in a pinch, choose a width up rather than a width down. The shoes may not fit correctly, but they will not pinch your feet.
Let’s Start at the Top & Work Our Way Down
You want room for your feet to stretch inside the shoe, and a flexible upper is one way in which you can do that. People who have wide feet, generally struggle with shoes which are rigid. Materials like leather will give you good durability, but they will not give your foot much room to move around and expand. Mesh will give you the most movement, and they will be breathable, but they do not offer a lot of support. I find that a mixture of the two is ideal. Look for shoes with mesh and material overlays. This will give you a good balance between support and flexibility.
You are primarily looking for shoes for wide feet, but you also need to pay attention to your entire foot or the width is going to be the least of your problems. A shoe without adequate support is only going to enhance the pain and discomfort which comes with wide feet. When looking at support for your feet, you should think about your arches (are you flat-footed or do you have high arches?), your ankles (are they weak or strong), and your gait (does your walking need corrected?).
Does Cushioning Help with Wide Feet?
A large part of looking for wide shoes is looking for comfort. Adequate cushioning in your shoes will bring you comfort when you are wearing your shoes. Padding in the tongue and upper will provide you with more cushioning when you lace up your shoes. The padding will also help to absorb any impact on the shoe.
A padded ankle will protect and cushion your ankle when you are walking or running. It will also prevent your ankle from rubbing when you are moving around. A padded insole will benefit your entire foot. The midsole of a shoe will add more cushioning under your foot while also adding some stability. The outsole can also give you additional padding while being a main source of support.
Lacing Up Your Shoe
The most common closure on all types of the shoelaces. The great thing about laces is that they give you a lot of control over how tight you make your fit. A shoe with laces will generally have a tongue which can be moved to accommodate wide feet. If you have a shoe with laces, you can often make adjustments to the fit of the shoe once you are home and have been wearing the shoe for a while.
If you do not like laces, then there are a variety of other closures which can be used to fasten your shoe to your foot. Velcro straps are similar to laces in that they can be used to adjust the fit of your shoes. After you unfasten the Velcro strap, you can move the tongue around to get a tighter or looser fit. You can then fasten the Velcro strap to be as loose or as tight as you want it. The thing I like about laces and Velcro is that you can move the tongue out of the front of the shoe to get your feet in easier. This is a bonus for those who have especially wide feet.
Buckles are also an option, but I find that they can be too constrictive and tight on wide feet. There is less room for adjustment, and they usually sit over the wide part of your foot, which can be uncomfortable. They do offer a lot of room for a wide foot to get into a shoe.
Zippers are great for shoes with longer ankles and boots. A big problem with wide feet is that they can be difficult to get into a boot. With a zip, you can completely open a boot and slide your foot in with ease. The only downside with zips is that they are not adjustable. You need to ensure that your feet fit well in the boots when you buy them and hope that your feet do not change too much over time.
Choose Your Fabric Carefully
When it comes to shoes for wide feet, I find that natural is better. Materials such as leather and suede have the benefit that they will stretch and conform to your feet as you wear them, but they are also durable and stylish. The only thing to look out for is patent leather. A coating is applied to it, and from what I understand, it stops the leather from stretching. Stick to soft leather instead. Another benefit of using natural materials is that you can use a stretching spray to stretch them. Simply spray it on and then wear the shoes for a few hours to stretch them with your feet.
You can also find synthetic materials which will stretch with your foot. Mesh and elasticated materials will give your feet room to breathe, literally and figuratively, but they do not offer as much support as a sturdier natural fabric.
Heels and Toes
It goes without saying that the shape of the toe is very important for anyone with wide feet. There is no point in buying a shoe with a pointed toe box. You should be looking for a toe which is either rounded or square.
When it comes to the heel, it is also beneficial to look for a wider heel. Wide feet push more against the sides of shoes, and this can cause your foot to roll more. A wider heel will give you more stability and prevent your foot from losing balance and rolling inwards or outwards.
I Want to Know My Width Now – Can I Measure At Home?
Well, yes, technically you can, and here is how to do it.
If you normally wear socks, then keep your socks on when you measure your feet so that you get the size you need for your shoes. If you are flexible enough to draw around your feet while sitting in a chair, then do it yourself. If not, have someone help you. Take a piece of paper which is large enough to accommodate your foot and place it under. Sit on a chair with your knee slightly in front of your ankle.
Hold the pencil (or pen) as upright as you can to get the best measurement. Keep the pencil snug against your foot and carefully draw around it. Take the time to get the most accurate measurement possible. Do this for both feet; one foot on one side of the paper, and one on the other side of the paper.
Use your pencil to mark the longest part of your foot and the widest part of your foot. Use measuring device to measure the length and width of your foot. Make sure that your measuring device is broken down into smaller measurements so that you do not have to round up or down. Subtract a centimeter from each measurement to allow for the width of the pencil line when you were drawing. Write these measurements down, making sure to write each measurement for each foot as they may differ.
Once you have your measurements, you can find a shoe size chart online and convert your measurements. This will give you your shoe size and width. From there, you can make an informed choice when it comes to selecting your next pair of shoes.
Living with wide feet can be a burden, but it need not be. True, there are not as many shoes to choose from, but there are more than there used to be. Most top brand shoe companies now make their shoes in all available widths. No longer do you need to look for ugly shoes to find the comfortable ones; now, you can look like everyone else (I am not sure if this is a good or a bad thing).
It does take a little more time, but if you put in that time, you are going to find the perfect pair of shoes for you. It has become a mission for me, rather than a burden. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt, instead of seeing it as a chore. Part of the satisfaction comes from scouring the internet for the best shoes.
My top tip is to make sure that you know your size. I always recommend a professional doing it, but if you are doing it yourself, take your time and get it exactly right. There are shoes out there; you just have to know where to look.