Selecting the Best Shoes for Wide Feet


Shopping for shoes that are both cute and comfortable can be a daunting task in itself; but if you have wide feet, it can be even more challenging.  Finding shoes that fit your feet properly is crucial in preventing discomfort and the development of other foot conditions.  Having a poorly fitting shoe can lead to issues like: painful arches, bunions, blisters, poor circulation of the feet, poor walking gait & foot alignment, ingrown toenails and tight muscles!  Take a look at the following tips to helping you select the best shoes for wide feet.

Measure your feet yearly

As we age, our feet can get longer and wider.  Get a proper size measurement by having your podiatrist or shoe provider measure the length and width of your feet. There are methods of measuring at home, but having a professional help is best.

What to look for in a wide shoe

Once you have determined your shoe size, you will want to start looking at shoes that will suit your needs best. Those of us with wide feet will need to look for size widths that start at D to 2E for women and 2E to 4E for men.  You will want to find a shoe that has a wide toe box. Avoid shoes that tapper to a point, these tend to squish your toes.  And it is best to try on shoes with a thick sock. This will allow for room in your shoe on days that your feet may swell. If the shoe feels too tight now, put it back, it’s not going to stretch enough to suit your needs!

Where to shop for wide shoes

Focus your efforts on shoe brands and retailers that cater to the wider foot.  In bigger cities you can usually find at least one retailer in the mall, but if you don’t have one in town, the internet is an amazing resource as well.  While it may be a hassle, you can always return the shoes if they don’t fit the way you want them to.  You can find all kinds of wide and extra wide shoes, from running shoes, to casual shoes and even dress shoes.

There are many shoe brands and styles that have received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Approval and you can view the list here.

If you would like help to determine your shoe size or have any foot related questions or concerns, please give our office a call at (707) 578-1222- we would love to help you!

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