"Do I Have Wide Feet?" 5 Tell Tale Signs that You Need Wide Shoes

If you’re questioning, “Do I have wide feet?,” then you probably do and that’s not a bad thing! Lots of people have wide feet, either genetically or as the result of aging or external factors. Having wide feet will generally mean that normal-width shoes won’t fit you properly and you have the constant feeling that your feet are squeezed. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still find cute shoes that fit properly. Remember, your shoes should make you feel like Cinderella, not one of her stepsisters.

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To double-check whether you actually have wide feet, we’ve compiled this quick guide. It’ll walk you through the signs of wide feet and how to find shoes that actually fit.


Shoes in Your Size Often Don’t Fit 

So many people forget that shoe size is not just about length. This is why you should ask yourself, “Do I have wide feet?”. Your width measurement is really critical to getting the perfect pair of shoes that actually fits you. 

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If you find that you frequently try on shoes that are supposed to be your size, but they feel really tight when you walk around the store, then it’s likely that your feet are actually a wide width. The next time you are at a shoe store, ask for a professional to measure both the length AND width of your feet. Compare these precise measurements to the shoes that you are looking to buy.


You Have Flat Feet 

If you have flat feet, then it is likely that the answer to “Do I have wide feet?” is yes. Flat feet are typically a genetic disposition, but certain factors can also cause your feet to become flat throughout your life. For example, arches that are not supported can fall over time and cause your feet to flatten and widen. To keep your arches supported and your feet comfortable, choose a wide width sneaker like Moc Star that has built-in orthotic insoles.

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You’re Developing Bunions

While bunions are a genetic tendency, they can develop over time and be made worse by ill-fitting shoes. If your shoes are too narrow, it puts excess stress on your big toe joint, which is where a bunion will form. Shoes that have pointed toes and are too tight are particularly bad for causing bunions. Instead, try wearing a wide width shoe like Respect made of a soft, malleable material like leather with a rounded toe box. 

Taos Respect Sneaker Stone


You’ve Got Hammer Toes

Another common foot ailment that may have you questioning “Do I have wide feet?” is hammer toes, where your toes start to curl under. While this sounds like a length issue when it comes to shoes, it’s usually because your shoes aren’t wide enough, particularly in the toe box. As with shoes for bunions, be sure to choose a pair of comfortable walking shoes that has a rounded toe box, like Encore.

Taos Encore Black



You’re Developing Blisters

Ouch! We’ve all had blisters before and they are no fun. This is not so much a question of “Do I have wide feet?”. It is more so about finding footwear that is comfortable and supportive to your feet. If you find that you get blisters all the time from shoes rubbing on the outside edge of your feet, then it’s likely that your shoes are too narrow.

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In addition to blisters, you might also see the formation of corns and calluses and even some discoloration if your shoes are ill-fitting. To allow your blisters to heal and keep from getting new ones, a pair of
wide width sandals like Trulie are a great option for warmer climates.

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