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How Do I Know if I Need Wide Shoes?

By Teddy

October 19, 2022


Everyone’s feet are different. Some people have narrow feet, some have wide feet, and some people have somewhere in between. Then, there are all the different shoe brands, each with their own sizing. So how are you supposed to know if you need wide shoes? Here are a few tips.

What are wide shoes, and why do you need them

Wide shoes are shoes that are wider than regular shoes. They are made to fit people with wider feet. People with wide feet need wide shoes because if they don’t have them they need to buy sizes that are far too long for them to fit the width of their feet or squish their feet which can cause pain. Many types and styles of wide shoes are available, like athletic shoes, dress shoes, and sandals. Wide shoes can be bought at most shoe stores.

1. Your shoes feel too tight. 

If your shoes feel like they’re constricting your feet, it might be time to go up a width. No one should have to suffer for the sake of fashion! 

2. Your toes are crammed together. 

This is the most obvious sign that your shoes are too small—and not just in width, but in length as well. If your toes are scrunched up at the front of your shoes, it’s time for a new pair.

3. You’re constantly getting blisters. 

Getting the occasional blister is normal, especially if you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes. But if you find yourself getting blisters all the time, it could be a sign that your shoes are too small or that they’re not the right shape for your feet.

4. Your shoes have too much room in the heel or toe. 

If you have way too much room at the toe or heel of your shoe this could mean that you have a size that is too long for you to make up for the fact that the correct length is too narrow. If your foot is moving a lot when you walk, it’s definitely time for a new pair—preferably one that fits better. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to all sorts of problems, from falls and injuries to blisters and calluses.

5. The backs of your shoes are gapped away from your heels. 

When you slip on a pair of properly fitting shoes, the back of the shoe should hug your heel snugly without being too tight. If there’s a gap between the back of your shoe and your heel, it means the shoe is too big—and that can cause blisters and an uncomfortable fit.

6. You have bunions or hammertoes. 

If you have bunions (a painful swelling at the base of the big toe) or hammertoes (a deformity of one or more smaller toes), you might need wider or deeper shoes to accommodate them—otherwise you risk further irritation or injury .

7 .Your feet hurt after walking around all day. 

It should never hurt just to walk around —if it does, chances are good that something about your footwear is causing problems. If you find yourself limping by the end of the day, pay attention to what kind of shoes you are wearing and whether they might be exacerbating any preexisting foot conditions. Ask Yourself : Are My Shoes Too Small? If any ( or all ! ) of these sound familiar, chances are good that you’re wearing ill-fitting shoes. The solution is simple: get yourself a new pair!

8. Go try on wide shoes at a store if they fit just right then you know

If you try on wide shoes at a shoe store and they fit well then you know you need to get yourself a pair of wide shoes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the staff at the store, they can often measure your feet and make suggestions on what size and width would work best for you. Your feet will thank you in the long run.

How to properly measure your feet for the width

  • Stand on a piece of paper and trace around your foot with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure the widest part of the tracing and compare that measurement to a shoe width chart. This will tell you what letter width (such as “E” for wide) you should be looking for in shoes.
  • Keep in mind that the width of your feet can change over time, so be sure to measure periodically and update your shoe size as needed.
  • It might also be helpful to try on shoes in store and walk around in them for a bit before purchasing to ensure the best fit possible.

Men Width Shoe Chart

US Shoe SizeWide ShoeNarrowMedium
63 11/16’’3 5/16’’3 ½’’
6.53 ¾’’3 5/16’’3 5/8’’
73 ¾’’3 3/8’’3 5/8’’
7.53 15/16’’3 3/8’’3 11/16’’
83 15/16’’3 ½’’3 ¾’’
8.54’’3 5/8’’3 ¾’’
94 1/8’’3 5/8’’3 15/16’’
9.54 1/8’’3 11/16’’3 15/16’’
104 3/16’’3 ¾’’4’’
10.54 5/16’’3 ¾’’4 1/8’’
114 5/16’’3 15/16’’4 1/8’’
11.54 3/8’’3 15/16’’4 3/16’’
124 3/8’’4’’4 5/16’’
12.54 ½’’4 1/8’’4 5/16’’
134 5/8’’4 1/8’’4 5/16’’
13.54 ¾’’4 3/16’’4 3/8’’

Women Width Shoe Chart

US Shoe SizeExtra-wideWideMediumNarrow
53 15/16″3 9/16″3 3/16″2 13/16″
5.54″3 5/8″3 1/4″2 7/8″
64 1/16″3 11/16″3 5/16″3 15/16″
6.54 1/8’’3 ¾’’3 3/8’’3’’
74 3/16’’3 13/16’’3 7/16’’3 1/16’’
7.54 ¼’’3 7/8’’3 ½’’3 1/8’’
84 5/16’’3 15/16’’3 9/16’’3 3/16’’
8.54 3/8’’4’’3 5/8’’3 ¼’’
94 7/16’’4 1/16’’3 11/16’’3 3/8’’
9.54 ½’’4 1/8’’3 ¾’’3 3/8’’
104 9/16’’4 3/16’’3 ¾’’3 7/16’’
10.54 5/8’’4 ¼’’3 7/8’’3 ½’’
114 11/16’4 5/16’’3 15/16’’3 9/16’’
124 13/16’’4 7/16’’4 1/16’’3 11/16’’

Children Width Shoe Chart

US Shoe SizeExtra-WideWideMedium
5213/16’’25/8’’21/4’’
5.527/8’’211/16’’21/4’’
6215/16’’23/4’’25/16’’
6.5215/16’’23/4’’23/8’’
73’’213/16’’27/16’’
7.531/16’’27/8’’21/2’’
831/16’’215/16’’21/2’’
8.533/16’’3’’29/16’’
933/16’’3’’25/8’’
9.531/4’’31/16’’211/16’’
1035/16’’31/8’’23/4’’
10.533/8’’33/16’’23/4’’
1131/2’’31/4’’213/16’’
11.531/2’’35/16’’27/8’’
1239/16’’33/8’’215/16’’

Conclusion:

There’s no shame in admitting that you don’t know everything about shoes—after all, there’s a lot to learn! Hopefully this article has given you a little more insight into how to tell if you need wide shoes. Remember: if in doubt, always err on the side of buying a larger size or wider width; it’s better to have shoes that are too big than too small! And at ShoeMall, we make finding the perfect pair easy with free shipping and free returns on every order! So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today!

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