When you have hard to fit feet like mine, finding even a basic pair of shoes can be difficult. I wear a women’s 4 triple wide, or EEE, and once a pair of shoes kicked the bucket in the past, I found myself scratching my head wondering what to do. Here’s my easy guide on what I’ve learned about finding shoes for hard to fit feet, no matter your size or width.
The first step to finding a great fitting pair of shoes is to get measured. Visit a shoe store near you to get fit by a professional. I prefer to visit a small business or a shoe professional that specializes in hard to fit feet for the most accurate measurement. I was wearing a child’s size 4 shoe, which offers very little support, for years because I never got measured. Once I got a proper fit, I was able to shop for shoes that were designed for my feet.
The next step is to shop around for shoe styles you prefer. Perhaps you’re looking for athletic shoes or need heels for your wedding. Call big brand stores as well as small shoe stores, too. I’ve found that again, small businesses are typically able to stock a better variety of one or two brands of shoes. Big box retail stores or even large chains can sometimes limit the sizes they carry, so they might not have your width or need to order it. Calling a head can also allow the salesperson to pull styles for you or just give you a better idea of what they offer.
Try Them On
Try on as many styles, brands and colors of shoe you can get your hands on at the shop you choose. For me, some brands in my size are too tight, others too loose, an some are just all wrong. You can’t purchase shoes based on the size alone and not actually put them on your foot. Bring a pair of thin socks and thick socks that you typically wear to help you get a better idea of how the shoes will wear day to day. Also be sure to lace them correctly to be sure they actually fit, and aren’t moving around or pinching your toes because of poor lacing.
While trying on shoes is key to getting a good fit, sometimes finding a brand that fits consistently can make it easy to shop online. Choose a site with free or inexpensive return shipping just in case the new shoes you order don’t fit properly. It can be hard to have to wait on them to arrive, but I have found steep discounts and some of my best fitting shoes from online stores. Once they arrive, try them on and walk around your house, not outside, to test the fit. Getting them dirty or damaged can void your return, so stay on the safe side and only walk on your clean floors. Make sure you call the company before you return to see if they can make suggestions based on the issues you had with the shoes.
Whether your feet are very wide, very narrow or somewhere in between, a little shopping can help give you shoes that are both supportive and stylish. Keep an open mind when you’re seeking your new shoes, a style that may not immediately catch your eye may be the right one for you. It’s important to take care of your feet, so treat them right with a great fitting pair of shoes.