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Updated: 3/28/2024

Understanding the spectrum of shoe widths is crucial for selecting footwear that ensures both comfort and health. Extra wide shoes are designed to accommodate wider feet, providing ample space to avoid compression and promote better circulation. This article delves into the nuances of shoe widths, highlighting why choosing the right size matters for foot health.

Topic Key Points
Shoe Widths Explained Understanding shoe width nomenclature and its importance.
Benefits of Extra Wide Shoes The advantages of extra wide shoes for foot health and comfort.
Choosing the Right Width How to select the correct shoe width for your feet.
Brands and Options Overview of brands and options available for extra wide shoes.

Transitioning into the next section, we’ll explore the importance of recognizing and selecting the proper width for your footwear.

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Shoe Widths Explained

Shoe width is a critical aspect of finding the perfect fit. Unfortunately, it’s often overlooked, leading to uncomfortable and potentially harmful footwear choices. The nomenclature for shoe widths can vary from brand to brand. At DT Footwear, we offer an extensive range of widths from narrow to ultra-wide options: AA, B, D, E, 2E, 4E, 5E, 6E, 7E, 9E, 10E, and 14E. Generally, widths are categorized from narrow to extra-wide, with D being considered medium for men and B for women. Anything beyond E is considered extra-wide, with sizes such as 6E and above catering to those needing significant additional space, typically for edema.

  • Shoes for extra wide swollen feet and those with high insteps or bunions require careful selection to ensure comfort.
  • Footwear for swollen feet, including boots and shoes with a wide toe box, provide necessary room, reducing pressure on sensitive areas.
  • Best shoes for, including wide 6e shoes and 4e wide shoes, cater to various foot shapes and issues, offering relief and support.

In the upcoming sections, we’ll delve deeper into why extra-wide shoes can be a game-changer for many, highlighting their benefits for foot health.

Benefits of Extra Wide Shoes

Extra wide shoes offer numerous advantages, especially for individuals with specific foot conditions or naturally wide feet. By accommodating the natural shape and size of the foot, these shoes can significantly enhance comfort and mobility.

  • Reduced Pressure: Wide shoes distribute body weight more evenly, reducing pressure on any one part of the foot.
  • Improved Circulation: Tight shoes can constrict blood flow, but extra-wide options allow for better circulation, which is crucial for foot health.
  • Enhanced Comfort: A spacious toe box allows toes to spread naturally, preventing conditions like bunions and hammertoes.

By embracing the space and comfort extra wide shoes provide, wearers can experience a notable improvement in foot health and overall well-being.

Extra Wide Shoe and Boot Examples:

Extra Wide Athletic Shoes

Men Mesh Walking Shoes | 9704

Men Mesh Walking Shoes | 9704
The Apis 9704 is a blend of comfort and functionality, perfectly suited for everyday activities and those with foot conditions like swelling and bunions.

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Pros:
  • Comfort and Support: Designed with features such as breathable mesh, EVA midsole, and slip-resistant sole, offering comfort and support suitable for orthotics and foot health needs.
  • Versatile Sizing Options: Available in a wide range of sizes, including 9E as stock, and special orders available for 10E and 14E widths, catering to a broad spectrum of foot shapes and sizes.
  • Special Features for Foot Health: The shoe includes a removable insole for flexible fitting, added depth for better accommodation of orthotics, AFOs, and internal modifications, making it ideal for those with specific foot concerns.
Cons:
  • Limited Color Options: Only available in black or grey
  • Special Order Requirement for Certain Widths: Widths such as 10E and 14E are available only through special orders, which can take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
  • Narrow Tongue: Some users have reported that the tongue of the shoe might be narrow for their preference, potentially affecting the overall fit.
Color:

Black, Grey

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321
One of our best-selling women's athletic shoes! The 9321 by Apis looks great and provides the ultimate in all-day comfort.

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Pros:
  • Lightweight: The shoe features a neoprene upper that makes it very light and comfortable to wear for extended periods.
  • Added depth and extra width: The toe box is deeper and wider than traditional shoes, providing ample space for swollen feet or other foot conditions.
  • Seamless linings: The smooth interior minimizes friction and irritation, preventing blisters and discomfort.
  • Removable inserts: The shoes come with removable inserts that can be replaced with orthotics or custom insoles for a personalized fit.
  • Multiple widths and sizes: Available in a variety of widths (B/D to 14E) and sizes (4 - 15) to accommodate different foot shapes and needs.
Cons:
  • Not for high-impact activities: The shoe is primarily designed for walking and light activities, and may not be suitable for running or other high-impact sports.
  • Bulkier design: Compared to some other walking shoes, the 9321 may appear slightly bulkier due to the added depth and width.
  • Special Order Requirement for Certain Widths: Widths such as 7E, 10E and 14E are available only through special orders, which can take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Color:

Black, Grey

Size:

4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

Extra Wide Casual Shoes

Men's Boat Shoe | Pomeroy by Propet

Men's Boat Shoe | Pomeroy by Propet
The Pomeroy by Propet is a men's casual nubuck upper boat shoe with two eyelet ties and micro-fiber lining. Soft Leather upper-padded tongue and collar with Nylex lining.

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Color:

Brown, Navy

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Width:

D, E, 3E, 5E

Women's Walking Shoe | Propet TravleBound

Women's Walking Shoe | Propet TravleBound
The perfect companion for all your travel adventures, the women's TravelBound by Propet Shoes.

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Color:

Berry, Black, Green Apple, Icy Mint, Lt Grey, Lt Taupe, Peach, White Daisy, Lemon, Periwinkle

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13

Width:

AA, B, D, 2E, 4E

Did You Know?
A comprehensive review in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research highlights that between 63 and 72% of participants were found to wear shoes that did not accommodate the width or length dimensions of their feet, leading to foot pain and disorders such as lesser toe deformity, corns, and calluses.

Extra Wide Work Boots

Men's Heavy Duty Work Boot | Stomp by Hoss

Men's Heavy Duty Work Boot | Stomp by Hoss
The Stomp Oblique Toe Boot by Hoss. Designed for individuals who face the challenges of hazardous work environments daily, this boot is a fortress for your feet.

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Pros:
  • Durable and comfortable: Hoss Boots are known for their quality construction and comfortable fit. The Stomp features full-grain crazy horse leather for durability and a fast rebound, super cushion insole for added comfort.
  • Waterproof and slip-resistant: The Stomp is made with waterproof materials and has a slip-resistant outsole for traction on various surfaces.
  • Safety features: The Stomp meets the highest safety standards with ASTM F2413-18 certifications for impact, compression, and electrical hazard protection. This makes it a great choice for high-risk environments.
  • Wide size availability: The Stomp comes in a variety of sizes (7 to 18) and widths (wide, extra wide, and double extra wide) to accommodate different foot shapes.
Cons:
  • More expensive: Hoss boots are a higher-quality product, and they come with a higher price tag.
  • Break-in period: Like all leather boots, Hoss boots may require a break-in period before they become comfortable.
Color:

Brown

Size:

7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Width:

2E, 4E, 6E

Women's CSA Certified Work Boots | Lacy by Moxie Boots

Women's CSA Certified Work Boots | Lacy by Moxie Boots
The Lacy by Moxie Trades adhers to the highest safety standards, it meets ASTM F2413-18 Electrical Hazard and PR requirements and is CSA certified in Canada.

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Pros:
  • Composite Safety Toe: Provides protection against impact and compression while being lighter than steel, making it easier to wear for long periods.
  • Waterproof and Breathable: Equipped with HyDry® waterproof breathable lining, the boots keep feet dry in wet conditions, enhancing comfort for all-day wear.
  • Slip-Resistant and Puncture-Resistant: Features a slip-resistant outsole for stability on various surfaces and a puncture-resistant midsole for added foot protection.
Cons:
  • Limited Color Options: Available only in olive or pink, which may not appeal to all personal preferences or uniform requirements.
  • Price Point: With a price that may be considered premium for some budgets, the cost could be a barrier for individuals seeking economical options.
  • Width Limitations: Only available in Medium (B) width may not cater to all foot widths, potentially causing fit issues for women with wider feet.
Color:

Olive, Pink

Size:

6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11

Width:

B

Extra Wide Dress Shoes

Dr Comfort Men's Dress Shoe | Wing

Dr Comfort Men's Dress Shoe | Wing
A timeless wide-width dress shoe with a modern twist by Dr. Comfort®! Crafted from high-quality full-grain leather.
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Pros:
  • Comfortable and supportive: Full-grain leather upper, padded heel, and roomy toe box provide all-day comfort. Removable insoles allow for personalization and accommodate orthotics.
  • Stylish and versatile: Classic wingtip design suits formal occasions and business casual settings.
  • Durable: High-quality leather and hand-burnished finish ensure long-lasting wear.
  • Supportive features: Wide toe box, lightweight outsole, and firm heel counter offer stability and shock absorption.
Cons:
  • Break-in period: Leather shoes might require some time to break in for optimal comfort.
  • Not as sleek as some dress shoes: The wingtip design and padded collar might not appeal to those who prefer a slimmer, more minimalist look.
Color:

Black, Chestnut

Size:

6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

D, 2E, 4E

Women's Pump | David Tate Simona

Women's Pump | David Tate Simona
Elevate your look and confidence with the David Tate Simona Pump.

This timeless pump seamlessly blends classic design with modern comfort, making it your perfect companion for work, special occasions, or a night out on the town.
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Color:

Black, Navy

Size:

4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13

Width:

3E/4E, AA, B, D/2E

Extra Wide Sandals

Gemini Sandals By Orthofeet For Men

Gemini Sandals By Orthofeet For Men
Gemini Men's Sandal by Orthofeet - the ultimate solution for foot and heel pain relief.
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Color:

Black, Brown

Size:

7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14

Width:

D, 2E, 4E

Women's Double Strap Sandal | Propet Wynzie

Women's Double Strap Sandal | Propet Wynzie
Dressy flip flops feature laser cut detailing on an adjustable leather strap, the Wynzie by Propet.
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Color:

Tan, White

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11

Width:

B, D, 2E, 4E

Choosing the Right Width

Selecting the correct shoe width is not as daunting as it may seem. It involves understanding your foot’s needs and knowing how different shoe widths can address them.

  • Measure your feet regularly, as their size and shape can change over time.
  • Consult with fitment specialists who can guide you towards the best width for your foot type.
  • Consider the specific needs of your feet, including any conditions that may affect width requirements, like edema or bunions.

In the following section, we’ll explore the variety of brands and options available for those seeking extra-wide shoes, ensuring you know exactly where to find footwear that fits your needs.

How To Measure Foot Size

Brands and Options

For those requiring extra-wide shoes, DT Footwear presents a wide range of brands and options, including Apis, Hoss Boot Co, Propet, and Orthofeet. These brands offer everything from wide athletic shoes to wide dress shoes, ensuring that you don’t have to compromise on style for comfort.

As we wrap up, let’s reflect on the importance of choosing the right width for your footwear and how it can lead to a more comfortable and healthier lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

Selecting the right shoe width is more than just about comfort; it’s about ensuring the health and well-being of your feet. Extra wide shoes provide the necessary room for natural movement, reduce pressure points, and accommodate foot conditions, making them an essential choice for many.

To ensure you find the perfect fit, consider measuring your feet and consulting with one of our Fitment specialists who can guide you through the options available for your specific needs. Remember, happy feet lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. Ensuring you have the right fit can transform your daily comfort and significantly improve your quality of life.

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The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment, including any foot-related concerns. If you have any health issues or questions about your feet, please consult a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or podiatrist. Don’t ignore medical advice or delay seeking help based on what you read here or elsewhere. We’re not responsible for any harm caused by using this information. Everyone’s response to treatments can be different, and medical recommendations may change over time. If you experience a medical emergency or serious foot problem, seek immediate medical attention, or call your local emergency services. By using this resource, you agree to these terms and understand the importance of getting personalized medical advice from a qualified professional.

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