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Shopping for Shoes in Wide & Narrow Widths - Width Sizing Chart

Your Guide To the Complex World of Width Sizing

Width is an incredibly complex topic for the pedorthic (professional shoe fitting) community. Pedorthists - the professionals who fit shoes for a living - are often very hesitant to make sweeping statements regarding what shoe width a person should or should not wear. This is because most people don't know that there is no standard width system used by shoe manufacturers to determine the measurements of a narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide shoe. Shoe designers use their best judgment when deciding how wide to make a wide shoe and don't consult with one another before labeling the widths of their shoes.

Please understand, the only truly accurate way to determine if a shoe is the proper width for your foot is to try it on. That's why HealthyFeetStore.com has a free exchanges policy that allows you to order a shoe, try it on in your home like you would in a shoe store, and send it back to us to be exchanged for a different size or width without having to pay the cost of shipping.

Because we understand that the exchange process isnt always as easy as being in the store, we have provided the width sizing chart (below) derived from averages and approximations. Scroll past the width sizing chart for tips on how to buy shoes in the correct width.



Video Guides

The following videos provide an easy-to-follow-along guide to measuring your feet and understanding how to use that measurement to buy the perfect sized shoe for you:





Women's Width Chart

You can use the following table to help make a more accurate purchase. Simply find your current shoe size and measure your foot. When you find your measurement in the row of your shoe size, you will be able to look up at the top of that column to find our estimated best width option for you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Standard Width Super Slim Slim Narrow Medium Wide Extra Wide 2X wide 3X Wide 4X Wide 5X Wide 6X Wide 7X Wide 8X Wide 9X Wide
Manufacturer's Width SS 4A, 3A, S 2A, A, AA, N, B, M, MW, R D, E, 2E, EE, W EEE, 3W, 3E, 4E, X, XW 5E, 6E XX, XXW 7E, 8E 9E, 10E 11E, 12E 13E 14E 15E 16E 17E, 18E 19E +
Size 5 2 1316" 2 1516" 3 116" 3 316" 3 516" 3 716" 3 58" 3 1316" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516"
Size 5.5 2 78" 3" 3 1 ⁄ 8 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 1116" 3 78" 4 116" 4 14" 4 716" 4 58" 4 1316" 5"
Size 6 2 1516" 3 116" 3 316" 3 516" 3 716" 3 916" 3 34" 3 1516" 4 18" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116"
Size 6.5 3" 3 18" 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 1316" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 518"
Size 7 3 116" 3 316" 3 516" 3 716" 3 916" 3 1116" 3 78" 4 116" 4 14" 4 716" 4 58" 4 1316" 5" 5 316"
Size 7.5 3 18" 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 1516" 4 18" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116" 514"
Size 8 3 316" 3 516" 3 716" 3 916" 3 1116" 3 1316" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 518" 5516"
Size 8.5 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4 116" 4 14" 4 716" 458" 41316" 5" 5316" 538"
Size 9 3 516" 3 716" 3 916" 3 1116" 3 1316" 3 1516" 4 18" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116" 5 14" 5 716"
Size 9.5 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 512"
Size 10 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 512"
Size 10.5 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 18" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116" 5 14" 5 716" 5 58"
Size 11 3 916" 3 1116" 3 1316" 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116"
Size 12 3 1116" 3 1316" 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116" 5 14" 5 716" 5 58" 5 1316"




Men's Width Chart

The following table is designed to help make a more accurate purchase. Find your current shoe size in the rows to the left, then measure your foot. Now scroll across that row until you find your shoe size. Once you find your measurement in that row, you will be able to follow that column up to the top where you will find our estimated best width option for your feet. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Standard Width Super Slim Slim Narrow Medium Wide Extra Wide 2X wide 3X Wide 4X Wide 5X Wide 6X Wide 7X Wide 8X Wide 9X Wide
Manufacturer's Width 4A, 3A, SS 2A, A, AA, N, S B, C D, M, MW, R E, 2E, EE, W EEE, 3W, 3E, 4E, X, XW 5E, 6E, XX, XXW 7E, 8E 9E, 10E 11E. 12E 13E, 14E 15E, 16E 17E, 18E 19E +
Size 6 3 18" 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 4" 4 18" 4 516" 4 12" 4 1116" 4 78" 5 116" 5 14"
Size 6.5 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4 116" 4 14" 4 716" 4 58" 4 1316" 5" 5 316" 5 38"
Size 7 3 14" 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4 116" 4 14" 4 716" 4 58" 4 1316" 5" 5 316" 5 38"
Size 7.5 3 516" 3 716" 3916" 31116" 31316" 31516" 418" 4516" 412" 41116" 478" 5116" 514" 5716"
Size 8 338" 312" 358" 334" 378" 4" 4316" 438" 4916" 434" 41516" 518" 5516" 512"
Size 8.5 3 38" 3 12" 3 58" 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12"
Size 9 3 916" 3 1116" 3 1316" 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116"
Size 9.5 3 916" 3 1116" 3 1316" 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116"
Size 10 358" 3 34" 3 78" 4" 418" 414" 4716" 458" 41316" 5" 538" 5916" 534" 534"
Size 10.5 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 18" 4 14" 438" 4916" 434" 41516" 518" 5516" 512" 51116" 578"
Size 11 3 34" 3 78" 4" 4 18" 4 14" 4 38" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116" 5 78"
Size 11.5 3 1316" 3 1516" 4116" 4 316" 4 516" 4 716" 4 58" 4 1316" 5" 5 316" 5 38" 5 916" 5 34" 5 1516"
Size 12 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 516" 4 716" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116" 5 78" 6 116"
Size 12.5 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 516" 4 716" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116" 5 78" 6 116"
Size 13 3 1516" 4 116" 4 316" 4 516" 4 716" 4 916" 4 34" 4 1516" 5 18" 5 516" 5 12" 5 1116" 5 78" 6 116"
Size 13.5 4" 418" 414" 438" 412" 458" 41316" 5" 5 316" 5 38" 5 916" 5 34" 5 1516" 6 18"



Buying Wide and Narrow Shoes Online - Things You Should Know:

  • 90 percent of European shoe sizes don't come in multiple widths Most European sized shoes only come in medium width.
  • A more medical brand tends to run wider than a fashion shoe brand. A diabetic shoe that comes in a wide width is more likely to provide a roomy fit.
  • The difference in measurement between an E and and EE is 1/8 of an inch.
Some of the brands available at HealthyFeetStore.com are designed to accommodate feet with severe edema (foot swelling) and foot deformities. These shoes are available in some of the widest widths made by any manufacturers.
For example, Apis Medical Shoes range from 7E all the way up 10E and 14E. For refence, a 7E shoe (EEEEEEE) is 3/4" wider than a standard E!
Some of the brands that will provide you with multiple width options for your perfect fit::
You can also find shoes that are more narrow/slim than your typical shoe from brands like:
Please feel free to contact our support team with any questions you have about widths!
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How To Know When Your Shoe Fits Correctly

  • You'll know a shoe is the right size and width because the edges and bottoms of your feet align perfectly with the footbed.
  • The heel rests squarely in the heel cup
  • your toes have 1/4" of space in the toe box so they are not bumping up against the shoe (which could lead to corns or calluses).
  • If you're wearing a sandal your foot does not hang over the sidewall
  • if you're wearing a shoe the side of your foot does not feel pinched or overly constricted.

NOTE: If a shoe is the right size and width, but is too tight across the top of the foot, try ordering a shoe with extra depth.
Extra Depth shoe can also help f you've bought the widest width you can buy and your foot still feels cramped. An Extra Depth shoe will give your swollen or damaged foot the extra breathing room it needs to feel comfortable.
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