The Best Shoes for Wide Feet Are Here and They're Very Cute (2024)

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If you are someone who has wide feet, I’m sure you are painfully aware of how hard it is to find a pair of shoes in your size that fits comfortably. If shoes are too tight, they can be more than uncomfortable, they can cause blisters and calluses. At worst, ill-fitting shoes can also lead to long-term problems in your back, legs, and feet.

Shopping for shoes for wide feet can involve a lot of trial by error, but there are a couple of things to look out for that can make the process more fruitful, even when shopping for shoes online where you can't try shoes on.CEO of Next Level Physio, Dr. Jerry Yoo, DPT, says to look for shoes with a cushioned midsole. Additionally, look for a toe box with a design that doesn't confine toes or won't leave toes hanging out. Finally, the best materials to look for include leather, any type of insole cushioning, and when shopping for athletic shoes, consider a mesh construction, which is particularly beneficial for people with wide feet. For dress shoes, one type of style to avoid is a pointy toe design, which doesn't work well for people with wide feet.

We conducted hours of research on the best shoes for wide feet, evaluating them on their toe box, upper and sole material, heel height, and whether they fit true to size. After consulting with three podiatrists, and considering dozens of shoes created specifically for wide feet, we landed on these best in show.

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • Final Verdict

  • What To Look For

  • FAQs

  • Why Trust Byrdie

The laidback skater shoe class never truly went out of style to the point it become a workwear staple, paired with a blazer. What’s not to love? You can go for their classic, conservative white look or a trendier print. Regardless, they’re a comfortable, stylish unisex choice for all ages that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Upper: Canvas or leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11.5 | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

Best White

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers

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The classic shoe was created in 1925 and has remained a timelessly classy wardrobe staple ever since. They add an understated tastefulness to any outfit. It doesn’t hurt that the sneakers can be paired with almost anything—from pants to sundresses. Each pair has a natural rubber sole to keep your feet supported, whether you’re traipsing around on your next city adventure or need a reliable walking shoe for work.

Upper: Unlined canvas | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11.5 | Heel Height: 1 inch platform

Best for Running

The wrong pair of running shoes will do you more harm than good in the long run. Lee recommends the brand Altras. “[The brand’s shoes] are actually shaped like your foot so they accommodate a wide footwell,” she says If you’re looking for a shoe suitable for running, the Escalante 3 is a good place to start. The shoes offer more room for your feet than most. Unlike the traditional running shoe (which typically has a pointed toe box), Altras’ FootShape toe box is designed to accommodate the natural shape of your feet so your toes can spread out naturally. The sole has responsive cushioning throughout the sole while the body of the shoes is made of a breathable, sock-like knit fabric for optimal comfort.

Upper: Knit mesh | Outsole: FootPod | Size Range: 7–15 | Heel Height: About 1 inch

For those seeking a sleek, sophisticated shoe, this leather pair from Franco Sarto is a good place to start. They have a rounded toe (which means more room for your feet) and the nice metal detail at the heel gives it a nice, luxurious flair.

Upper: Leather, crinkle patent, or faux leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–10 (wide) | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

Best Heeled Boots

Luoika Women’s Wide With Ankle Boots

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Consider these your new go-to pair of basic black booties. The heel height is just slightly over two-and-a-half inches, enough to give you the height you want, from, well, a pair of heels, but not so tall that they’re uncomfortable to wear. And per the width part of things, the wide range of sizes all come in an extra-wide width that’s 12% wider than the average width. An extra cushy memory foam insole ups the comfort level, too.

Upper: Vegan leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 7W–15W | Heel Height: 2.6 inches

Best Flats

Everlane The Day Glove Flats

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Everlane is much-loved for the brand’s sustainable fashion and The Day Glove is no exception. An update on the classic round toe look, these flats are made from 100 percent Italian leather which means they’re built to last. Not only do they fit like a glove, the flats feel buttery-soft against the skin (so no blisters). The 6,000 positive reviews can attest to that.

Upper: Italian leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11 | Heel Height: .75 inches

Dr. Martens is another beloved and trusted brand for its well-constructed and durable eclectic footwear. You can’t go wrong with whatever style you choose. But, if you are just now dipping your toes in what the iconic brand has to offer, we suggest the 1461 Oxfords. Oxford shoes just have a certain eclectic coolness to them, no matter what you wear them with, and this pair doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Not to mention you will get years of wear out of them.

Upper: Leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11 | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

Best for Hiking

Keen Ridge Flex Waterproof Boot

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As any adventurer knows, their choice of shoes can make (or break) a hike. A cross between a sneaker and a boot, this pair from Keen is the best of both worlds. It has a rubber sole with a foam midsole for the right amount of support while still affording you flexibility. The boot has a waterproof exterior with a bellow tongue so you don’t have about wet feet or dirt finding its way inside your socks. Plus, the high neck means good ankle support.

Upper: Leather and mesh | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–12 | Heel Height: Not listed

Best Sneakers

Sketchers Uno Stand on Air

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If you’re up on all your feet for a good part of the day and want a sneaker made for wide feet, a shoe with thick support is what you need. The Uno Stand from Sketchers is a pair that will go the distance. The shoe has both a memory insole and a cushioned midsole as well as a rubber outer sole with a one and half-inch thick heel to ensure your feet are properly supported; this means less strain on your back. Reviewers with conditions like plantar fasciitis vouch for them.

Upper: Synthetic fabric | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–10 | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

These stylish backless mules are a great option for an everyday work shoe to add a touch of elegance to almost any outfit. Even better, the footbed is lightly padded which means you won’t feel like you’re walking on the ground barefoot like some other shoes.

Upper: Leather with synthetic lining | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11 | Heel Height: .75 inches

Best Hiking for Flat Feet

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Ventilator

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For women with flat feet, the Merrell Moab 2 is a great boot for hitting the trails. The shoe has all the features you could hope for in a shoe. It is made from a durable yet ultra-breathable material (so no sweaty feet) with a contoured footbed that supports your arch and heel. Though, some reviewers note the shoe may be too warm for summer weather.

Upper: Leather and mesh | Outsole: Vibram TC5+ rubber | Size Range: 5–12 (weight) | Heel Height: Not listed

Best Sandals

Asos Design Wide Fit Padded Mid Heeled Mules

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Don’t miss the variety of Wide Fit shoe options for Asos, which boast not only a perfect fit but also an affordable price tag. Case in point: These slip-on sandals, with plenty of room for your toes, plus cushiony straps that won’t dig into the tops of your feet. We also appreciate that they come in both a classic black and gorgeous tan color, another choice neutral.

Upper: Faux leather | Outsole: Other Materials | Size: 4–12 | Heel Height: 3 inches

Best Block Heels

Vivaia Round-Toe Chunky Heels

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These block heels are giving us serious Chanel vibes. Credit the beige and black color-blocking, coupled with a short block heel. The size range is extensive, while the round toe cap, extra arch support, and special pressure-relieving insole all help add to how comfortable these are.

Upper: Knitted | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5.5–11 | Heel Height: 1.77 inches

Best Stilettos

Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85

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Unlike other heels that can run narrow, this pair of pumps has an expanded toe box to accommodate wider feet. Plus, this shoe will stretch in width with wear over time for the perfect. If that hasn’t sold you, the footbed of the shoe is extra padded for even more comfort, bolstering the insole that is shaped to support the natural arch of the foot. Now, these are a pair of heels you could go all day in.

Upper: Suede, leather, or textile | Outsole: Leather, full rubber forepart | Size Range: 4–13 | Heel Height: 3.3 inches

These boots are bestsellers for good reason. UGGs are the quintessential fall and winter boots. There’s not much else that can be said about them. Though, they now come pre-treated for stain and water resistance so you don’t have to worry about the snow soaking through. Many reviewers note that these ankle boots fit their feet super comfortably, thanks to the wide footbed and roomy interior.

Upper: Sheepskin suede | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–12 | Heel Height: 1 inch

Best Slides

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

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There’s a reason Birkenstocks are one of the most spotted shoes on college campuses across the U.S. These best-selling shoes were truly made for walking. The footbed strikes the right balance of proper arch support and shock absorption for your feet. ICYMI: The sandals also mold to the shape of your feet over time. They also have adjustable straps to ensure the best fit.

Upper: Acrylic and polyamide with suede lining | Outsole: EVA | Size Range: 4.5–12.5 | Heel Height: Not listed

Best Hiking Sandals

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Sandal

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If you need a sandal for longer treks, TEVA is one of the top brands of hiking gear and the Hurricane XLT2 is a fan favorite (with over one thousand positive reviews). The sandals are vegan and lightweight with an EVA rubber traction footbed that keeps your foot rooted securely to the ground.

Upper: Recycled plastic and polyester | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–16 (wide strap) | Heel Height: Not listed

Best Slippers

UGG Fluff Yeah Slide

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The plush slippers were an instant hit when they dropped. And what’s not to love? They’re warm, fuzzy, and fluffy. And the slides come with a flexible strap to keep it firmly secure so you don’t have to worry about your foot accidentally sliding out the shoe while walking around the house. Plus, it has a sturdy rubber sole in case you need to pop outside to grab something.

Upper: Genuine shearling or textile faux-fur | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–12 | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

It’s arguable if they ever truly went out of style but the iconic shoe is seeing a resurgence like never before. It is the ultimate fashionable “lazy shoe.” The lightweight, breathable clog affords your feet plenty of room enshrouded in a soft, foam cocoon of comfort. The shoe is available in more than 20 different colors so you find the one that best fits your style.

Upper: Foam | Outsole: Foam | Size Range: 6–12 | Heel Height: Not listed

Best Strappy Sandals

Naturalizer Vera Dress Sandal

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These leather block heels are the perfect cute and classy dress shoes that you can wear to work, a brunch date, or a night out on town. The pair of heels are available in narrow, medium, and wide with an adjustable buckle strap and non-slip sole, and, the heel is a modest two and a half inches, which Yoo recommends. “Because of the way the mechanics are with heels, [they] also do cause back pain in some women because it makes that curve in your back to be even more accentuated,” he explains. To add to that, many reviewers praised the heels’ comfortability. Your feet will feel as good as they look in these babies.

Upper: Fabric, leather, or suede | Outsole: Synthetic (non-slip) | Size Range: 6–12 | Heel Height: 2.5 inches

Best Knee High Boots

Naturalizer SOUL Triya Wide Calf Tall Boot

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Not only will these fit wide feet (they’re available in both medium and wide widths), but they’re also great if you have wider calves. They boast a calf circumference that’s over 16.5 inches, as well as elastic paneling in the back for extra flexibility and comfort. A block heel plus criss-crossed strap detailing up the style factor.

Upper: Synthetic | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 7–10 | Heel Height: 2.75 inches

Best Sock Boots

Stuart Weitzman Yuliana 60 Boot

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If you prefer your boots to have a little stretch, consider these sock boots. Available in stretch suede or leather as well as in wide sizes, they’re as comfortable as they are stylish.

Upper: Stretch suede or leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 3.5–13 | Heel Height: 2.4 inches

Runner-Up, Best for Running

Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2

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Yoo is a fan of the knit, sock-like material of these shoes for those with wide feet. “The Flyknit has a material that’s basically made out of a special [yarn] where the material actually flexes quite a bit,” he explains. “So it almost looks like you are wearing a sock on top of a rubber sole and because of the way that it stretches out, it gives a lot more room for people with wide feet because the material allows for that give on the sides.” The fact that these are laceless means they’re extra easy to slip on and enough, though the elastic grip helps ensure they still feel snug on your feet.

Upper: Flyknit | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–11 | Heel Height: 1.1 inches

Best Sneaker Boot

Bella Vita Falynn Ankle Boot

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A cross between a sneaker and an ankle boot, this sneaker boot comes in extra wide options, and has a cushioned footbed with arch support. The lugged sole and moc-stitched toe provide shock-cushioning and plenty of toe wiggle room, plus the smooth nubuck leather allows for a comfortable fit on the upper region of the shoe. We love that the design aesthetic of these booties are at once casual but also work-attire appropriate, so you don't have to sacrifice comfort for a sleek style.

Upper: Leather | Outsole: Rubber | Size Range: 5–12 | Heel Height: 1 inch

Final Verdict

There’s certainly no need to cram and squish your feet into ill-fitting, narrow shoes if you have wide feet. There are plenty of great sneakers and more sporty options out there, like our top overall pick, the Vans Old Skool Sneaker and timeless Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers, plus the Altra Men’s Escalante 3 and Nike Women’s React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoes if you’re on the hunt for a good running shoe. And on the dressier side, the Vivaia Julie Round-Toe Chunky Heels and Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85 are proof positive that yes, you can find a stylish and comfy pair of heels even if you have wide feet.

Meet the Expert

What to Look for When Buying Shoes for Wide Feet

Toe Box

The toe box is the front area of the shoe that surrounds the toes on closed-toe shoes and can come in a variety of shapes and styles. According to Lee, one that looks like the shape of your foot is better. “Put the shoe next to your foot and imagine what your toes would look like in the shoe,” she says. “If they look like they are cramped, it's not the right shape for you. Also, avoid shoes that have straps that cross right at your widest point (ie a bunion) as this can lead to blisters and irritation.”

Construction

“People with wide feet should purchase shoes in a wide width, and also look for adjustable straps or velcro so that the fit can be customized for ultimate comfort,” shares podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM. “Also, look for softer materials like mesh and avoid tight, narrow, or pointy styles, especially if you have bunions, bone spurs, bunionette, or hammertoes.”

Width

Yoo recommends that there should be about half a bump nail of space between your big toe in front of the shoe. “As you’re walking trying the shoe—whether it’s sneakers or regular dress shoes—you want to make sure that you’re heel is not lifting off the back end of that shoe. If it is, that is not the right fit. Even if it has a wide toe box,” he says.

FAQ

  • How do you tell if you have wide feet?

    “A wide foot is when the width of the forefoot measures larger than what would fit into an average or ‘M’ size width shoe. This can happen as a result of ligaments and tendons that have become a little bit laxer over time,” Sutera explains. “Gravity plus age, weight, and/ or pregnancy can make feet wider gradually. Feet with deformities such as bunions, taylor bunions, and hammertoes also can make the width of feet wider than normal.”

  • How to shop for shoes with wide feet?

    The first step is to correctly measure your foot. Dr. Ashley Lee, DPM, a podiatrist at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, recommends using a Brannock device to do so.These devices are usually readily available in stores but you can also purchase one from retailers online like Amazon as well. “If you do not have one, you can draw a line on a piece of paper, stand on the line, and mark where the longest toe is and where the back of the heel is, then measure the line,” Lee adds. “Regardless of how you measure your foot, always make sure you are standing and that you are measuring from the longest toe. The big toe is not always the longest toe; often the second toe is longer.” Next, you’ll want to look for shoes that ideally come in both regular and wide sizing, so that you can experiment and see which fit you best. Picking ones that feature flexible materials, think a knit or soft leather that will stretch out for extra comfort.

  • What size shoe to get if you have wide feet?

    As with any shoe, sizing can vary by brand, so it’s always good to start by reading reviews. If you’re choosing a style that comes in wide sizing, you should be able to get away with your usual size. If it’s a regular width, however, sizing up half a size or so may help, especially when it comes to giving your toes a bit more breathing room in the toe box.

Why Trust Byrdie

This article was written by Danielle Ransom, an NYC-based freelance Byrdie contributor. She has covered a myriad of topics ranging across beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. For this article, Danielle researched different styles of shoes from multiple brands across different prices and spoke with podiatrists for further insight.

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The Best Shoes for Wide Feet Are Here and They're Very Cute (2024)

FAQs

The Best Shoes for Wide Feet Are Here and They're Very Cute? ›

After researching and reviewing the top-rated pairs, we selected the Hoka Clifton 9 as the overall best shoes for wide feet, since it's a versatile pick for serious walking or casual wear.

What is the most comfortable shoe for wide feet? ›

After researching and reviewing the top-rated pairs, we selected the Hoka Clifton 9 as the overall best shoes for wide feet, since it's a versatile pick for serious walking or casual wear.

What shoe shape looks best on wide feet? ›

Sneakers, round-toe booties, square pumps or open sandals will offer your wide feet the necessary comfort.

How to make wide feet look pretty? ›

While you may be tempted to wear narrow shoes to slim down your feet, it's better to opt for shoes that fit. Sneakers, round-toe boots or open sandals are particularly suitable for wide feet. For the most severe forms, a surgical intervention can be considered.

What sneaker brand is best for wide feet? ›

Thankfully, there are plenty of sneaker brands — like New Balance, Hoka and Brooks — that make shoes specifically for people with wide feet.

What shoes to avoid with wide feet? ›

Avoid High Heels. High heels aren't healthy for your feet, no matter how wide the heel is. The pressure caused by a bent foot can cause deformities in the front part of your foot, leading to even wider feet. Keep this in mind when shopping for women's shoes.

How do you get rid of wide feet? ›

Often, there's not much you can do to make your foot appear slimmer. Wearing narrow, tight shoes will only worsen the problem. If you have flat arches, special insoles may make your foot appear thinner while giving you support. In some cases, losing weight or reducing swelling may also help your feet look narrower.

How to buy shoes when you have wide feet? ›

Try to find shoes that list width options. For example, a shoe may have a “B” width size as a “standard” option. But width options may also extend to “D – Wide, 2E – Extra Wide, and 4E – XX-Wide.” Pay attention to shoe manufacturers that list these options.

What shoes make wide feet look smaller? ›

Choose shoes with horizontal, thicker straps, such as Mary Janes or T-Bar sandals, as they visually break up the foot and create an illusion of a narrower silhouette.

Should you size up if you have wide feet? ›

A wider fit could only apply to one foot, not both. Some people with wide feet will buy a longer length shoe, essentially going up a size, but this does not solve the problem. Sizing up will provide extra width, but the shoe will slip around the heel or in the toe box, causing discomfort when you walk.

What makes a female foot beautiful? ›

Smooth, youthful skin can help make the foot look more attractive as well. The biggest challenge in the foot is keeping the skin from drying out. There are different products used to help either moisturizer or exfoliate the skin.

What causes really wide feet? ›

Genetics, aging, weight, foot conditions, and pregnancy can lead to wide feet. Foot Care. Wide feet can require special care. Maintain foot health through regular stretching, exercises, proper hygiene, and weight management.

What causes wide feet? ›

Whether it's genetics, high-impact activities, going barefoot too often, or being obese, flat feet cause your feet to become wider. If you suspect you might have wide feet or if you have any other foot problems or issues mentioned above, don't hesitate to visit us at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA. Dr.

Should I size up or down for wide shoes? ›

Should you size down in wide-fit shoes? If the shoe size width charts above suggest you should get a wide-fit shoe, then stick to your usual size. If your feet are only slightly wider, visit one of our stores and try on a size bigger – this might give you the extra room you need.

Are new balances ok for wide feet? ›

New Balance carries a full spectrum of shoes that are suitable for all of life's to-dos in sizes spanning from extra-narrow to extra-extra-wide. From children's wide width shoes to adult wide shoe sizes, our selection accommodates various foot silhouettes and needs.

Are Brooks good for wide feet? ›

Brooks Glycerin 20 & Glycerin GTS 20

For the upper, both shoes have the same engineered mesh. It's soft in the toe box and plush around the heel collar. The wide fit is good.

Should I get longer shoe if I have wide feet? ›

Moving to a longer length shoe is a common band-aid fix. It will give you a bit of extra width, but it will be a clumsy fit with extra space in either the heel or the toe box.

Should you go up a shoe size if you have wide feet? ›

Some people with wide feet will buy a longer length shoe, essentially going up a size, but this does not solve the problem. Sizing up will provide extra width, but the shoe will slip around the heel or in the toe box, causing discomfort when you walk.

Are Crocs good for wide feet? ›

From casual boat shoes, to outdoor boots, Crocs has plenty of wide width shoes to choose from.

Are skechers suitable for wide feet? ›

Our latest comfort footwear is now available in Extra Wide Fit for maximum space in styles he'll love.

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