Stylish and comfortable shoes for wide feet

Materials

Suede or nubuck vs. leather

Always choose suede or nubuck over polished leather as these materials are more likely to give in and stretch.

If you opt for leather, then ensure it is soft and has no stitching on the edge, especially when you are selecting sandals.

Great examples are Timberland Women's Los Angeles Wind Slingback Sandals and Clarks Rene Sienna.

Timberland Women's Los Angeles Wind Slingback Sandals

Timberland Women's Los Angeles Wind Slingback Sandals

Clarks Rene Sienna

Clarks Rene Sienna

Stitches

If the stitching is present, it must be very thin without extra material layer in between, like in ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback.

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback INDIGO

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback INDIGO

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback DUNE

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback DUNE

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback MOON ROCK

ECCO Shape 35 Block Slingback MOON ROCK

Also good soft leather shoes with invisible stiches are Clarks Trace Stitch along with ECCO Shape 65 Block Ankle S and ECCO Shape 35 Wedge Ankle.

Clarks Trace Stitch

Clarks Trace Stitch

ECCO Shape 65 Block Ankle S

ECCO Shape 65 Block Ankle S

ECCO Shape 35 Wedge Ankle

ECCO Shape 35 Wedge Ankle

Polyester shoes

The contemporary polyester and tech stretching materials are very good for wide feet as well.

Remember that your foot will sweat more in synthetic materials so opt for a shoe that is well ventilated by design.

The best examples of such shoes are Hush Puppies Labsky Elastic and KEEN Women's Uneek O2.

Hush Puppies Labsky Elastic

Hush Puppies Labsky Elastic

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 Green

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 GREEN

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 Grey

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 GREY

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 ESTATE BLUE

KEEN Women's Uneek O2 ESTATE BLUE

Shoe shape

Look at you foot and determine the widest part.

Bunion syndrome feet

If your widest part is across the inner side of your toe bones (Bunion syndrome), make sure your shoe shape is not constricted on the top: no T-strap or strap across the toes that lies exactly on top of your poking foot joint.

The top of the shoe box should contain elastic inserts for added comfort if the feet swell.

Your shoes must resemble slippers with an extra elevated sole, with a heel 1 cm to 3 cm (1 inch) max above the sole height under your toes.

Great examples are:

  • Hush Puppies Cypress Slip-On
  • Hush Puppies Gabbie Woven Slip-On
  • ECCO Felicia Slip-On
Hush Puppies Cypress Slip-On

Hush Puppies Cypress Slip-On

Hush Puppies Gabbie Woven Slip-On

Hush Puppies Gabbie Woven Slip-On

ECCO Felicia Slip-On

ECCO Felicia Slip-On

Homogeneously wide feet

If your foot is more or less homogeneously wide without standing out joints on either side, opt for shoes that have round toe box, much rounder than a usual almond shape.

For example:

  • Timberland Women's Paxton Hill Ankle Boots
  • KEEN Women's Elsa Fleece Sneaker
  • ECCO Women's Soft 8 Tie
  • ECCO Women's Soft 7 Sneaker
Timberland Women's Paxton Hill Ankle Boots

Timberland Women's Paxton Hill Ankle Boots

KEEN Women's Elsa Fleece Sneaker

KEEN Women's Elsa Fleece Sneaker

ECCO Women's Soft 8 Tie

ECCO Women's Soft 8 Tie

ECCO Women's Soft 7 Sneaker

ECCO Women's Soft 7 Sneaker

Tips and tricks

Don't forget that all shoes made of leather, suede and nubuck can be scratched to meet your exact needs.

Shoe stretching

Your can try to do it yourself using the shoe stretching spray, that you can find from Ecco, Salamander, UGG, Timberland or any other.

Do go to cobbler, shoemaster or shoe repair shop and ask them to stretch your shoes.

With professional equipment it is possible to stretch your shoes precisely where needed and up to 0,5 inch (1,5 cm).

Socks and stockings

Also try avoiding 100% synthetic socks and stockings in hot summer days, your feet will swell even more and can become itchy or feeling that hot burning sensation under your toes.

Go for short cotton, viscose, tencel socks or barefoot if possible.

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