Shoe Shopping is a Nightmare with Wide Feet

Do you dread going shoe shopping because of your wide feet? Wide feet are a common condition that many Americans have and they can be caused by several different factors, which may include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Gender
  • Running Regularly

No matter what the cause may be for your wider than normal foot condition, shoe shopping can create frustration for you as not every generally sized pair of shoes are made to fit your foot shape. However, having a properly fitted shoe is critical when it comes to your overall foot health no matter what foot shape you have. Having a pair of shoes that are properly made to support and protect your wide feet will prevent many foot complications and injuries.

So how can you go about shopping for shoes that are made for wide feet? Podiatrist Harvey Danciger recommends these shoe shopping tips to keep in mind before you hit the store:

  • Have your feet measured each time you go shoe shopping. Foot size and width can easily change dimension over periods of time. Have a salesperson accurately measure your feet so you know the right size to look for.
  • Don’t go narrow. Although it may be tempting to buy shoes solely based on the style, functionality is more important to keep in mind. High heels especially are often designed to fit more narrow feet so make sure you look for shoe sizes that have a letter “W” next to them, indicating wide so you can prevent having to shove your feet into too narrow fit of a shoe.
  • Stick to wearing tennis shoes whenever possible. Exercise and tennis shoes provide a wide range of designs to specifically meet the needs of your foot shape or condition. With a wide-fitted exercise shoe, you can guarantee that your feet are properly protected and supported.

Don’t force your wide feet into improper fitting shoes any longer! Follow these tips to assist you with your next shopping outing.

Are there any specific brands and types of shoes that you recommend personally for wide feet? Please share by commenting below!   If you’ve been experiencing any foot complications due to wide feet, please contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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