Best Wide Width Shoes for Women

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You know how I know how impossible it is to find the best wide width shoes for women? Because I have double wide feet.

Do you have wide or double wide width feet like I do? Are you looking for double wide shoes for ladies?

Maybe you even call your feet fat because they are so extra wide. Either way, you know that finding the best wide womens shoes can be nearly impossible.

I mean you might find fashionable shoes, but they are neither comfortable nor wide width. Or you might find affordable wide width shoes that are comfortable. However, they are a million miles away from fashionable shoes for wide feet. Therefore are not the best choice for your extra wide feet.

Update on shopping for the wide width shoes

As far as specific kinds of women’s shoes in wide widths and extra wide widths, I’ll direct you to new posts that cover formal or dress shoes, such as heels, as well as boots and booties in wide widths.

In addition, you may want to check out this newer post on women’s wide width casual shoes. It covers sandals, slippers and flats. 

On the other hand, I’ve already written a separate post on wide width sneakers for working out.

Are you like me? Have wide feet and large boobs? Then you’ll want to check out my this blog post: Top Bras for Big Busts.

What this post on wide width shoes for women covers

This post focuses on the best shoes for wide feet women. In fact, when I first wrote it, it covered the gamut. I wrote about wide width heels, wide width sandals, flats for wide feet, womens wide width boots and more. Then, the post got so long that it just became crazy.

So, I’ve just updated it to focus specifically on places to shop for wide width shoes. In addition, I’ve included brands that I think do a good job of making wide width shoes for women.

Here is a list of what I cover in the post as you scroll down:

And much, much more.

If you wear an extra wide width AKA WW, XW, EE, 3E or wider, it makes sense to invest in good quality shoes. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and you pay for quality. Plus, good-quality shoes tend to last longer than the cheap flea market variety.

Where To Buy Women’s Extra Wide Width Shoes

Here are my favorite places to go online to get fashionable wide width shoes for women that are also comfortable and stylish.

Some of these best stores for wide shoes even offer online options for wide width designer shoes:

I believe that these online stores offer some of the best wide shoes for women. You might even be able to find wide width designer shoes on these sites, too.

Right now, for me, there are two best places to buy wide shoes. They are Nordstrom and Zappos.

How to find extra wide women’s shoes on Zappos

One of the reasons I love shopping for my extra wide shoes on Zappos is the site’s filtering system. It’s easy to identify my width, then look at shoes.

Let me explain how it works so you’ll have an easier time navigating these wide width women’s shoe options on Zappos. I’ll give you examples of shopping on Zappos on a desktop as well as the mobile app.

Finding extra wide women’s shoes at Zappos website

One, go to Zappos.com. Two, across the top, bring your cursor to the word “Women.” Click the down arrow. Three, scroll all the way down to the word “Wide.” Click on wide.

From the page that comes up, then click your preferred wide width to search by, along with your size. From there you can choose which category of shoes you want, too.

Finding extra wide women’s shoes at Zappos mobile app

Here is how to search by width for women’s shoes on the Zappos mobile app. One, open the app. Two, tap shoes. Three, tap women. Four, tap all women.

Across the top you’ll see the option to filter. Tap filter. Then, tap women’s width. Make sure the bar at the top is toggled to “I Want.” After that, tap the width you want and then save. Click the back arrow and then done. Start your search.

How to Save on the Wide Width Shoes

If you’re on a budget, you may be able to keep the cost of buying what I deem to be the best wide width shoes on the lower side. And what are the best?

The ones made with wide feet in mind–and not just in wide widths. And you want to shop at stores that understand about extra wide footwear for ladies.

Nordstrom women wide shoes

For me it’s a no-brainer to buy shoes at Nordstrom. Nordstrom has excellently trained shoes sales staff. It’s one of the best stores for wide width shoes.

In addition, you can shop Nordstrom.com, with free shipping to and from the store. Since moving a few years ago, away from my nearest Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, shopping online for shoes at Nordstrom has made more sense. 

Quick tip: now that Nordstrom owns Trunk Club, you can request wide width Nordstrom shoes in your Trunk. Sign up for Trunk Club today using my link. You’ll get a $50 credit for your first purchase, and I’ll get a $50 credit for my next Trunk.

Brands of Nordstrom women’s shoes wide width

So, what are some of the brands of women’s shoes that come in wide width and are available at Nordstrom? Here are a few I’ve purchased personally:

Nordstrom Rack also has wide width women’s shoes and boots

Speaking of Nordstrom, it’s important to point this out. Many of the wide width women’s shoes that you can buy at Nordstrom are often also available at Nordstrom Rack.

And for a lot less than in the store. So, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in shoes on Nordstrom.com, I would recommend looking at Nordstrom Rack, too.

Men can have good luck looking for wide width shoes at Nordstrom Rack as well.

Finally, as I mentioned above, I’ve had good luck getting wide width women’s shoes from Nordstrom Trunk Club, the store’s subscription box service. Here is my review of Nordstrom Trunk Club.

Best Wide Width Shoes for Women: Nordstrom Brands

Here are a few examples of shoes from those wide width brands available at Nordstrom.

Always Read Reviews on Extra Wide Footwear

Whenever shopping online, I always read the reviews. I realize that not everyone has the same feet that I do.

However, when I hear complaints about toe boxes that are too narrow or heels that slips, then I know the shoes are not right for me. This saves me from spending money–and wasting my time–on extra wide footwear that’s likely not to fit my feet.

I’ll also leave reviews when I find shoes that work well for my extra wide feet. I’ll do the same with shoes that don’t quite work.

I feel it’s my karmic duty to give back to other women with wide feet like me. It feels good to share information on comfortable women’s shoes as well as the ones that I didn’t like.

Are you a Peloton bike user? Check out my review of Peloton cycling shoes, which includes brands with shoes for wide feet.

Make Sure You Get Free Shipping

Here’s where the money part comes in. I will only order shoes from sites that offer free shipping both ways.

Not free returns, though. Because the phrase “free returns” doesn’t always mean free return shipping. (Read the fine print before placing your order.)

Some shoe sites will give you a label to send things back. That is seemingly free. But the fine print says they’ll deduct some amount from your refund to cover shipping. That’s not free.

Same thing with free exchanges, which may not mean free shipping when you exchange your shoes. It could mean you’ll be charged a “restocking” fee (like big box stores sometimes do when you return electronics).

What brands are good for wide feet

As far as brands go, here are the ones that I’ve felt work best for my feet. They offer a truly double-wide width. That is important if you have double wide width feet like I do, since it isn’t always represented in a shoe that says WW or EE or XW.

Also, I believe they offer what I would call fashionable wide width shoes and wide shoes for women that also happen to be comfortable:

What kind of wide width shoes I’ve bought

From each of these brands I’ve bought cute wide width shoes in heels. I’ve also purchased on-trend extra extra wide boots (some with extra wide calves) and fashionable extra wide dress sandals.

In addition, these brands carry womens wide width dress shoes, wide dress shoes for women with wide feet, womens wide shoes and more. I’m confident that this information will help even those looking for womens wide width shoes for problem feet.

Shoes for Wide Feet That May Not Be Extra Wide Width

I have found a few brands that don’t officially offer double wide width shoes for women but some of their styles still fit work. So they offer some of the best wide shoes for women, in a regular wide, even if you have extra-extra wide feet.

For example, I bought a pair of Rockport Cobb Hill booties in regular wide and you know what? They fit my double-wide feet perfectly. They also offer amazing arch support and hugged my heels in all the right places. Now Rockport Cobb Hill is one of my favorite go-to brands.

Wide feet and skinny heels

Why am I mentioning heels? Because I believe that a lot of women like me, with wide feet, also have narrow heels. Many of us need a shoe with a wide-enough toe box–I test the toe box by crossing my toes inside the shoe. If I can’t do that, back they go.

Despite this wide toe box, our heels are narrow or skinny or whatever you want to call them. What that means is we get a lot of heel slippage.

This is often why women with wide feet cannot wear ballet flats. Before I learned this important distinction, there were many times when I’d run up a flight of stairs, only to leave my flats on the first step!

So it’s important to find brands that offer a wide front and skinny back, if you will. You can find this in brands that might not offer extra wide sizes in their footwear, but they fit extra wide feet with skinny heels. These brands include:

These are some of the brands that offer the best women’s shoes for wide feet or best women’s wide shoes. Again, even though their shoes aren’t technically extra wide, if you need that.

Final Thoughts on Best Wide Width Shoes for Women

One more thing to add when it comes to buying shoes. You know that I’m a big believer in supporting companies that stand behind their products. It’s the same with shoes.

While Nordstrom and Zappos may not advertise their lifetime warranty for shoes or guarantee like other companies do, I know from first-hand experience that both brands will stand behind the shoes they sell to you. They both get top marks in customer service. That, along with offering high-quality shoes, are reason enough for me to shop with them regularly.

And if I’ve missed any category of women’s wide width shoes that you think I should cover, please comment below. If I can find something to recommend, I’ll be sure to update this wide shoes review.

39 thoughts on “Best Wide Width Shoes for Women”

  1. I was surprised that you didn’t mention Comfortview which is sold through Jessica London. I’ve gotten a few pairs of boots from that brand, and was very happy with the level of comfort they gave my “sturdy” feet.

    (I’m trying to see my wide feet in a more positive way) 🙂

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  2. Hey, really liked your blog, would love to read more from you. Also we are also in the same niche would love to collaborate with you in near future.

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  3. Leah, I felt like you were expounding on me and my feet. Possibly we are twins isolated during childbirth. I am in tennis shoes all the time and have discovered that Asics and New Balance additionally have great toe boxes for my width. Furthermore, presently, fortunately, the men’s tennis shoe adaptations are in vogue.

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  4. I’ve been looking for some shoes for my wife for a while now. As you said here, there are many places where I can find some wider ones as those are the ones she needs. It would also be a good idea to look at the reviews for the specific shoes as not all of them are the same.

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  5. This is great except every time I’ve purchased shoes online I return them because they don’t fit. I need to walk my big feet into a store and try them on. Suggestions?

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  6. I have size 7-71/2 EEE-EEEE feet and a 13.5 inch calf size. I am desperately looking for a pair of tall casual or dressy boots that fit a very wide foot but normal calves. I have considered looking into buying a narrower boot with a regular calf circumference and having the feet stretched. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    • I recently bought a pair of Rockport Cobb Hill boots that are wide but have a regular calf. I share your frustration in looking for a wide boot that fits a regular size calf. I mean, we women with wide feet don’t always have wide calves. I’ll give another shoutout to Zappos since you can try the boots on at home and send back what doesn’t work for free and for a refund. https://www.leahingram.com/zapposwidewidthshoes

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  7. I live in the Grater Cleveland, OH ar3ea, and shop for extra wide shoes at two stores: Mar-lou (in Lyndhurst, OH) and at Foot Solutions. They have told me that shoes should last six months OR 500 miles depending on your employment.

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  8. Thank you for this post!!! I am quite over weight and have wide/fat feet as a result. The only shoes that I have found that have been comfortable and allow me to be on my feet all day (work) are Danskos Pro clogs. They are pretty much all I get and refrain from wearing certain types of clothes b/c i don’t/can’t find anything cute for the feet that either fits or is comfortable. I will have to try again at Nordstroms and Zappos.

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  9. Where is a good reputable place to go to get your feet measured….by knowledgeable staff? I have wide feet with deformities from surgeries as well as bunions. Living in AS, I’m either barefoot or wear Teva walking sandals….with Velcro tabbed that adjust across the wide part of my feet.

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    • Hi, Lynn:

      I would start at Nordstrom. If not, can you find a local podiatrist’s office with a shoe store attached or something? Near where I live there is such a thing, and I trust them to measure my feet. Also, a reputable running store should know what they’re doing with measurements. Finally, you can always look in the Yellow Pages for old-fashioned shoe stores. They still exist. Hope that helps.

      Leah

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  10. This is an amazing post! Right? I have never seen a blog post anywhere written specifically to the problems encountered when purchasing shoes for wide feet! For 52 years, I have been at the mercy of my wide flat feet. My mother and 3 sisters ALL wear a 6.5 B. I am the smallest of the bunch at 5’3″ and 106 lbs. with whopping 8.5 feet! I have always been ashamed of my feet and my footwear. In college, I started wearing neutral colored, extremely simple styled clothing so as not to draw attention to my ugly shoes and big feet. I continue with those same wardrobe choices today. With online shopping, I’ve discovered that some stores DO carry attractive wide-width footwear. But, I’ve been for the most part, “SOL”, in terms of finding shoes that are comfortable and truly FIT! Armed with your tips, I’m moving forward, with hopes of finding a fashionable, comfortable shoe.

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  11. Hey Leah Ingram, it’s really awesome blog. I love this blog very much. I have a footwear blog (footwearboss.com) If you agree I want to feature your post on my blog.

    Thanks again.

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  12. Thank you for creating this blog. To people like me who’s having a hard time looking for shoes to buy. great blogging.

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  13. Oh my gosh. So glad I found you on a Pinterest. I felt like you were writing about me and my feet. Maybe we are we are twins separated at birth. 🙂 Thank you for the great article and helpful information!

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  14. Suffered with wide feet my entire life and have also found it is often about trial and error. Of course I now also have bunions from all the years of wearing too narrow heels on hard floors in too tight. As a Walk Instructor, I am in sneakers very often and have found that Asics and New Balance also have really good toe boxes for my width. And now luckily the men’s sneaker versions are stylish. My first expensive Addidas back in the day were guys. Avon also has some of the most comfortable shoes, sandals and boots I have had on in a long time and they are inexpensive and stylish! Good luck to all my sisters with EE or EEE’s – I feel your pain!

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    • Thanks for the comment. And your mention of the toe box is so important–it is the key to a comfortable shoe when you have a wide foot!

      Leah

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    • Thanks for the heads up! Gonna go edit the piece. It HAS been awhile since I shopped with them so somehow missed this!

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    • Agreed! Which is why towards the end of the piece, I wrote the following: “Fun fact: you can often buy men’s shoes, two sizes smaller than what you normally wear, and get away with that for your sneakers. Why? Because men’s shoes are cut wider overall than women’s shoes.”

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    • I have shopped with 6pm.com, too, but I don’t think they fit my free shipping both ways criteria. Let me go take a look…yup, according to their Returns Policy, “You are responsible for return shipping fees.”

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