Deciding between a 2E (EE) and a 4E (EEEE) shoe really comes down to how wide your feet are at the widest point across the ball of the foot. Especially if you have any foot conditions like bunions or hammertoes.

This article aims to illuminate the differences between these widths, helping you make an informed choice. We’ll explore the factors that indicate the need for wider shoes, from foot shape and conditions to the importance of a proper fit. Understanding these elements ensures your footwear not only fits comfortably but also supports your overall foot health.

Topic Key Points
Understanding Shoe Widths – Importance of correct width for foot health
– Difference between 2E and 4E widths
Foot Conditions and Width Needs – How conditions like bunions and edema influence width requirements
– Choosing between 2E and 4E for specific foot shapes
The Importance of Accurate Measurement – Techniques for measuring foot width
– Role of professional fitting in selecting the right width
Choosing the Right Width – Factors to consider when selecting 2E vs. 4E
– Impact of the right width on foot health

With a clear understanding of these considerations, let’s delve into what you need to know about selecting the appropriate shoe width for your feet.

Understanding Shoe Widths

Selecting the correct shoe width is not merely about comfort; it’s about maintaining optimal foot health. Wider widths, such as 2E (wide) and 4E (extra wide), cater to various foot shapes and sizes, ensuring everyone can find a shoe that fits correctly. These widths provide essential space for the foot, reducing the risk of complications such as corns, bunions, and pressure points.

Foot width varies from person to person, and many factors, including genetics, foot conditions, and overall health, can influence the size you need. For instance, individuals with naturally wider feet or conditions like edema may require a 2E or even a 4E width to accommodate their needs comfortably.

  • Conditions such as bunions or hammertoes often necessitate a wider shoe to alleviate pressure on sensitive areas.
  • Swelling, common in conditions like edema, can fluctuate, affecting the width of your shoe throughout the day.
  • A wider width can also provide the necessary room for orthotic inserts, which many individuals require for additional support.

After exploring the essential background of shoe widths and how they impact foot health, we’re ready to examine specific foot conditions and how they influence your choice between a men’s 2E wide men and men’s 4E wide shoe width.

Top Wide Men’s Shoe Picks

Yari by Orthofeet Hands-Free Shoe

Yari by Orthofeet Hands-Free Shoe
Hands-Free shoes by Orthofeet, the Yari feature a patented Slip-On system that eliminates the need for bending down and using your hands to put on and take off your shoes.

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  • Hands-Free Design for Convenience: The Yari features a unique slip-on design with a patented hands-free system. This eliminates the need for bending or tying, making it ideal for people with limited mobility, back pain, or arthritis.
  • Superior Comfort and Pain Relief: The shoe is engineered with multiple comfort features, including a cushioned insole, arch support, a wide toe box, and soft, stretchable uppers. These features help to relieve pain associated with various foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, and diabetic neuropathy.
  • Durable and Water-Repellent: The Yari is constructed with high-quality materials that are both durable and water-resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Limited Breathability: Some users have reported that the shoe's water-resistant upper can sometimes make it feel less breathable, especially in warm weather.
  • Not Ideal for High-Impact Activities: While the Yari is comfortable for everyday walking and standing, it may not provide enough support for running or other high-impact activities.
  • Higher Price Point: Orthofeet shoes are generally more expensive than traditional athletic shoes.

Black, Blue, Grey, White


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


D, 2E, 4E, 6E

Men's Light Weight Athletic Shoe | Ped-Lite Austin

Men's Light Weight Athletic Shoe | Ped-Lite Austin

The Austin by Ped-Lite is a men's athletic shoe that is comfortable, stylish, and affordable.

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Black, White


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


D, 2E, 4E

Men's Athletic Shoes | Drew Aaron

Men's Athletic Shoes | Drew Aaron
Experience a perfect blend of comfort and timeless design with the Drew Aaron men's sneaker. This versatile sneaker boasts therapeutic features discreetly incorporated into a classic silhouette.

Black, Brown, Grey, Navy


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


B, D, 2E, 4E, 6E

Comparison Table:

Style Orthofeet Yari Ped-Lite Austin Drew Aaron
Weight 12.66 oz (Size 9) 13.30 oz (Size 9)
Closure Slip-On Lace Lace Lace
Upper Stretch Knit Leather Leather & Mesh
Insole Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support Removable 2 Removable Inserts
Outsole Rubber Injected EVA Rubber
Lining Seamless Fabric Drilex®
Technology Mild Rocker Sealess Lining, 5/16″ Extra Depth Plus Fitting System®, Drilex® Lining
Heel Height 1.25″
Sizes 7 to 14 8 to 14 8 to 15
Widths D, 2E, 4E, 6E D. 2E, 4E B, D, 2E, 4E, 6E
Colors Blue, Black, Grey, White Black, White Black, Brown, Grey, Navy
BONUS Inserts 1 1 0
Conditions Diabetes, Hammertoes, Swollen feet, Bunions, Plantar Fasciitis AFO, Diabetes, Swollen Feet Bunions, Corns, Diabetes, Hammertoes, Swollen Feet
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Foot Conditions and Width Needs

The right shoe width can make a significant difference in managing and mitigating foot-related conditions. For example, shoes designed for swollen feet or those with velcro closures can offer adjustability and ease for individuals experiencing regular changes in foot size due to conditions like edema or diabetes.

  • Bunions and Hammertoes: These conditions create irregularities in the foot’s shape, requiring extra space in the toe box to prevent rubbing and pressure.
  • Swollen Feet: Shoes with a wider fit or adjustable features, like velcro, can accommodate fluctuations in swelling, ensuring comfort throughout the day.
  • Overweight Individuals: Extra body weight can increase the foot’s width and the pressure on the foot, making wider widths essential for distributing this pressure evenly and providing stability.

These considerations bring us to the importance of accurately measuring your feet and consulting with professionals to determine the best width for your specific needs.

The Ultimate Shoe Guide For Bunions

Top Wide Women’s Shoe Picks

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita
Orthofeet Kita, the perfect women's hands-free slip-on shoe for the ultimate comfort and convenience.

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  • Comfortable and supportive: Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support and extra cushioning provide comfort and pain relief for various foot conditions.
  • Hands-free convenience: Patented slip-on technology eliminates the need for tying laces, ideal for those with limited hand mobility or back pain.
  • Accommodates foot conditions: Extra depth and removable insoles allow for orthotics and foot swelling.
  • Lightweight and breathable: Stretch knit upper allows for airflow and keeps feet cool, making it suitable for warmer weather.
  • Limited water resistance: Stretch knit upper is not fully waterproof, making it unsuitable for wet conditions.
  • Potentially less secure fit: Compared to laced shoes, the slip-on design might not feel as secure for everyone, especially during activities requiring good ankle support.
  • Limited Widths: Only available in widths up to 4E in grey color option.

Black, Blue, Grey, White, Rose


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


B, D, 2E, 4E

Women's Court Athletic Shoe | EC-5

Women's Court Athletic Shoe | EC-5
The EC - 5 by Propet has X25™ open cell foam insole that provides high levels of cushioning in thinner layers, making it perfect for high-impact sports.

*Free Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!

Black, Blue, Grey, Red, Teal


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


AA, B, 2E, 4E

Women's Pull On Sneaker | David Tate TipTop

Women's Pull On Sneaker | David Tate TipTop
The David Tate Tiptop, the ultralight pull-on sneaker designed for your active lifestyle.

This versatile shoe combines a sleek, modern design with incredible comfort,

Black, Grey, Taupe


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


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

Comparison Table:

Style Orthofeet Kita Propet EC-5 David Tate TipTop
Weight 9.74 oz (Size 8)
Closure Lace Lace Slip-On
Upper Stretch Knit Knit Stretch Knit
Insole Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support X25™ Open Cell foam w/liner
Outsole EVA Lightweight EVA w/Rubber Rubber
Lining Seamless Fabric Seamless, Mesh
Technology Water repellent, Slip resistant, Slip-On system OrthoLite®, Double Insoles, 10MM Drop
Heel Height 1.5″
Sizes 5 to 12 5 to 13 4 to 13
Widths B, D, 2E, 4E AA, B, D, 2E, 4E AA, B, 2E, 4E
Colors Black, Grey, Rose, Blue, White Black, Blue, Red, Teal, Grey/Peach Black, Grey, Taupe
BONUS Inserts 1 1 0
Conditions Diabetic, Bunions, Hammertoes, Swelling Bunions, Hammertoes, Diabetic, Plantar Fasciitis, Corns, Swelling Corns, Hammertoes, Swelling, Wide Feet
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The Importance of Accurate Measurement

Accurately measuring your foot’s width is crucial in choosing between a women’s 2E and women’s 4E shoe width. Measurement should be taken at the foot’s widest point, typically across the ball of the foot, to ensure a fit that prevents undue pressure and supports foot health.

  • Utilize DT Footwear’s Shoe Fitment Form to accurately measure your foot size and width at home.
  • Consider the material of the shoes you’re interested in, as some materials, like leather, may stretch over time, affecting the fit.
  • Remember, the right fit can significantly impact comfort and foot health, making professional measurement and fitting a worthwhile investment.

With an understanding of why accurate measurement is key, we’ll explore how to choose the correct width for your needs.

Choosing the Right Width

Deciding whether a 2E or 4E width is best for you involves considering your foot’s specific needs and conditions. Here, we delve into the factors that influence this choice, aiming to provide you with the knowledge to select footwear that offers both comfort and support.

  • Foot Shape and Size: Understanding your foot’s shape and any conditions you have is crucial. For example, wider feet or conditions like bunions may benefit more from a 4E width.
  • Personal Comfort: Ultimately, the right width should feel comfortable. Try on different widths to see which provides the best mix of snugness and space.
  • Type of Use: Consider the activities you’ll be engaging in. For instance, walking shoesmay require different considerations than dress shoes in terms of width and fit.

With these considerations in mind, let’s wrap up what we’ve learned about choosing the right shoe width.

Did You Know?
On average, there is only a 1/16″ difference between widths. That means, there is a 1/4″ difference in width between a 4E and 2E shoe.

Final Thoughts

When buying new shoes, width is a decision that impacts not only your comfort but your overall foot health. By understanding your foot’s needs, accurately measuring its size, and considering the specific conditions that might affect its width, you can make an informed choice that supports your feet throughout the day. Remember, the right shoe can transform your experience, turning every step into a stride towards better health and comfort.

If you’re still uncertain about the best width for your feet, or if you have conditions requiring special consideration, don’t hesitate to contact a Fitment Specialist. With expert advice and a wide selection of shoes catering to every need, ensuring your feet are happy and well-supported is easier than ever. Here’s to Happy Feet, one step at a time.

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