Who here has wide feet?

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Slowly I'm starting to uncover the sources of my foot problems...and I think having wide feet is the main one (bc I've never worn wide width shoes).

I have very narrow little heels, but across my instep is very wide.

I don't understand how I can easily fit into some normal (medium) width shoes but others leave me temporarily crippled and in agony, even shoes that are made by the same manufacturer and are the same size.

So I think I'm going to buy my first pair of wide-width shoes...on Zappos, so I can return them if I need to.

Do any of you wear wide widths? Exclusively? How limited is the selection? I LOVE shoes but am constantly frustrated when the styles I like are too painful to wear for more than a few minutes...and frustrated having to buy more "comfort" styles than I care to.

Would I have to go down a size if I get a wide? Do they look noticeably wider? What are some good brands that carry wide widths or that are just cut wider (but not necessarily labelled wides)?
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I've only bought one pair, and they were tennis shoes. I needed them wide to fit some orthotics I have to wear. I did not have to go down a size. They don't look wide/big.

I spoke with the podiatrist about mine seemingly getting wider in the toe box. I have a fairly narrow heel and walk out of a lot of shoes but lately I've been having issues with my feet widening (and shoes I've had and worn for years suddenly too tight across my toes). Dr said it could be bunions forming (and while I can kind of see that when I look at my feet, they aren't pronounced.)

I've found that at this point it's hit or miss with shoes, some aren't a problem and others will be. I do think in the future I'll need to start buying wide (but worry about my heels. Although the Dr did also say that laces, buckles, etc holding my foot in my shoe is something I need to be on the look out for (especially bc I have to wear those orthotics)
You can also look for shoes with removable footbeds, that'll give some more room on the inside.

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I have wide feet and wear some wide shoes but I can fit into most med shoes. In med shoes I have to go up a half to one full size. On the ground you can get wide shoes at Payless, Naturalizer, Dress Barn, Avenue. Online some places I've bought them from are Chadwick's, Nordstrom, Ebay I also use shoe stretch, it's a spray you spray inside the shoe it's supposed to loosen the material. It works a little.
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Shoe stretcher. I have very wide feet and it was always a problem trying to find shoes. I bought a shoe stretcher and some oil that works with the stretcher. You can only stretch leather shoes I believe. It works great. I've had it for a few years now and I think I had bought it at amazon. Best thing since sliced bread.
I could have written this post. I didn't realize I have wide feet. The amount of shoes I have gone through is not funny. Pumps are just painful to me.

My solution so far is Clarks. They don't all come in wide but at least they are comfortable. Most of them have the granny heel, which is a bummer but if you find one you like, they are comfy. I have the Society Ball pump in wide and Cynthis Avant peep toe pump.

I also had a pair of Rockport pumps in wide.

Sofft brand shoes are horrible. They look very comfortable but they are not, I've had several pairs.

I have these:
ClarksŪ 'Society Ball' Pump | Nordstrom


Clarks Cynthia Avant Luggage Tan Leather - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways
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Here is what my stretcher looks like.
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Here is what my stretcher looks like.
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Originally Posted by curlisue1
Yep I have that too! I need to try that oil you mentioned.
Probably 75% of my shoes are a wide. It depends on how the shoe is made...I can't fit into medium width sandals that have a strap near the ball of the foot, or medium width pumps that don't run wide because it hurts (or I just can't fit my foot in!). Most boots I can fit in, especially if I can use the stretcher.

For pumps I ALWAYS use a heel liner to keep the shoe in place...my heels are not wide, just the ball of my foot. I find this works the majority of the time.

I buy almost all my shoes on Zappos. They have lots of wides. You would never guess I have wide feet, I have awesome shoes :-) None of them look like orthopedic shoes at all...it's your choice if you want to wear ugly shoes, wide feet or not!
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Another with wide feet. Even before the bunion. When I was younger, I'd let my feet stretch out the shoes. Now, I'm retired, so don't "need" to wear heels, etc. And, yes, I wear a smaller size in wide shoes--usually a 7 1/2, instead of an 8.

Easy Spirit has wide widths in a variety of styles. They frequently have great sales. I buy them online all of the time. Sizing is very consistent.
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I could have written this post. I didn't realize I have wide feet. The amount of shoes I have gone through is not funny. Pumps are just painful to me.

My solution so far is Clarks. They don't all come in wide but at least they are comfortable. Most of them have the granny heel, which is a bummer but if you find one you like, they are comfy. I have the Society Ball pump in wide and Cynthis Avant peep toe pump.

I also had a pair of Rockport pumps in wide.

Sofft brand shoes are horrible. They look very comfortable but they are not, I've had several pairs.

I have these:
ClarksŪ 'Society Ball' Pump | Nordstrom


Clarks Cynthia Avant Luggage Tan Leather - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways
Originally Posted by violets
I just bought the Clarks Artisan Society Ball pump you linked to ^^^ but in suede (I think they look cuter in suede...but is still a tad granny goose potato IMO) but I bought them in medium width. And they are going back today.

They are what sparked me to start this thread! Artisan by Clarks used to be the best a few yrs ago!!! I could wear the medium width in my normal size and they were like walking on air...and they had some cute styles (the Artisan line was supposed to be the higher end, nicer looking styles). I still have two pairs of them in medium width from 2008 (I know bc the dates are stamped inside) and they are bomb! So that's why I bought the above Society Ball, and even despite trying to stretch them out w/ thick tube socks for two days, they are torturous. I am so made at Clarks! The Artisan line was the best thing going. Indigos by Clarks were always painful to me and usually too weird looking. And regular Clarks looked too grannyish IMO.

Years ago, Soffts used to be great, too. (I posted about a pair I got in two colors during the height of my foot issues). But you're right, now they suck.

So I will try the Society Ball ones in a wide and hope for the best.

I am also thinking about these from Earthies:

and these in wide from Vigotti:


Will have to buy that strecher (and oil)!

WhoMe, when you get a chance, post some pics of shoes you've bought recently from Zappos that are working for you?
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Several of my Clarks recent purchases (I usually go indigo or artisan) have caused me foot issues across my toes, too! I really assumed it was just me. Maybe they've changes something with their dimensions. Sadly, I don't realize they'll be an issue until i've worn them all day and they can't go back.
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Several of my Clarks recent purchases (I usually go indigo or artisan) have caused me foot issues across my toes, too! I really assumed it was just me. Maybe they've changes something with their dimensions. Sadly, I don't realize they'll be an issue until i've worn them all day and they can't go back.
Originally Posted by PerriP
Were these one of them?? grrrr
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no, but these were:

Modified CG since Dec 2011
Growing out super short cut

High porosity, fine, unknown curl type, somewhere in the 2s at the moment
Mostly low poo
Current rotation includes:
Wash: Yes To Carrots -Condition: Yes to Cucumber, Nature's Gate Jojoba, One C - Stylers: Deva volumizing foam, Deva UDG B'Leave In, Foxy Curls Hi-Def Curl spray
I have fairly wide feet and a high arch as well. I think whether you need a wide shoe depends somewhat on the manufacturer; I've often been able to get by with a medium width, for instance, if the toe box is more squared and not tight. I don't think wide widths are generally obvious. But now I have hallux rigidus in my left foot--that's severe osteoarthritis in the big toe joint; basically my joint grinds bone on bone--so any shoe choices I make are solely based on whether I can walk without severe pain. I can live with pain as long as it's not too bad. It sucks. I limp most of the time. Heels? Forget it. I'll probably have surgery this summer to fuse the joint, which will also suck. Sorry, I'm having a pity party here. Foot problems really are not fun.

BTW, Danskos may not be stylish enough for you, but most people say they are extremely comfortable. They have a fairly wide toe box, although it's not wide enough for me at this point. They are unfortunately pretty pricey.
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I could have written this post. I didn't realize I have wide feet. The amount of shoes I have gone through is not funny. Pumps are just painful to me.

My solution so far is Clarks. They don't all come in wide but at least they are comfortable. Most of them have the granny heel, which is a bummer but if you find one you like, they are comfy. I have the Society Ball pump in wide and Cynthis Avant peep toe pump.

I also had a pair of Rockport pumps in wide.

Sofft brand shoes are horrible. They look very comfortable but they are not, I've had several pairs.

I have these:
ClarksŪ 'Society Ball' Pump | Nordstrom


Clarks Cynthia Avant Luggage Tan Leather - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways
Originally Posted by violets
I just bought the Clarks Artisan Society Ball pump you linked to ^^^ but in suede (I think they look cuter in suede...but is still a tad granny goose potato IMO) but I bought them in medium width. And they are going back today.

They are what sparked me to start this thread! Artisan by Clarks used to be the best a few yrs ago!!! I could wear the medium width in my normal size and they were like walking on air...and they had some cute styles (the Artisan line was supposed to be the higher end, nicer looking styles). I still have two pairs of them in medium width from 2008 (I know bc the dates are stamped inside) and they are bomb! So that's why I bought the above Society Ball, and even despite trying to stretch them out w/ thick tube socks for two days, they are torturous. I am so made at Clarks! The Artisan line was the best thing going. Indigos by Clarks were always painful to me and usually too weird looking. And regular Clarks looked too grannyish IMO.

Years ago, Soffts used to be great, too. (I posted about a pair I got in two colors during the height of my foot issues). But you're right, now they suck.

So I will try the Society Ball ones in a wide and hope for the best.

I am also thinking about these from Earthies:

and these in wide from Vigotti:


Will have to buy that strecher (and oil)!

WhoMe, when you get a chance, post some pics of shoes you've bought recently from Zappos that are working for you?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

Yes, take them back and get the wide. They will work, I promise!!!
I actually bought them in regular size and after spending all that money and getting pain in my feet, I took them back for the wide.

I bought then at the clarks store at the mall and I told the sales lady that I would only buy IF they worked and she said I could take them back even after using them a couple of times. That is exactly what I did. I had actually bought 2 pairs but they did not have the other one in wide. Spending over $50 for a shoe to me is unthinkable ( I should say it WAS unthinkable) but those are the only pumps that work for me. I don't have problems with sandals, only closed shoes.

I was eyeing these but I would have go to through a lot of brands before spending so much money on a shoe.

Cole Haan 'Chelsea' Low Leather Pump | Nordstrom

I also have these Rockport Leandra S but they are literally almost a whole size bigger. I tried to put inserts but they were still too big. They are comfortable though and they do have a closed toe version. I didn't get the closed toe version because I bought the Clarks.

Rockport Lendra S Pump Warm Oak - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways
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I have wide feet and bunions run in my family so I have to be very careful on the shoes that I buy. Lately, I have been buying from Naturalizer.com. I just bought these. They come in wide and they have a platform which I find much more comfortable.
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Spiderlashes, here is a site that I have bought wide shoes from, as well as Zappo's:

Online Shoes.com
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Oh, here's a blog I read about shoes for problem feet

http://www.barkingdogshoes.com

And I often order from 6pm.com if you're patient you can get some pretty decent deals

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Mostly low poo
Current rotation includes:
Wash: Yes To Carrots -Condition: Yes to Cucumber, Nature's Gate Jojoba, One C - Stylers: Deva volumizing foam, Deva UDG B'Leave In, Foxy Curls Hi-Def Curl spray
I have fairly wide feet and a high arch as well. I think whether you need a wide shoe depends somewhat on the manufacturer; I've often been able to get by with a medium width, for instance, if the toe box is more squared and not tight. I don't think wide widths are generally obvious. But now I have hallux rigidus in my left foot--that's severe osteoarthritis in the big toe joint; basically my joint grinds bone on bone--so any shoe choices I make are solely based on whether I can walk without severe pain. I can live with pain as long as it's not too bad. It sucks. I limp most of the time. Heels? Forget it. I'll probably have surgery this summer to fuse the joint, which will also suck. Sorry, I'm having a pity party here. Foot problems really are not fun.

BTW, Danskos may not be stylish enough for you, but most people say they are extremely comfortable. They have a fairly wide toe box, although it's not wide enough for me at this point. They are unfortunately pretty pricey.
Originally Posted by CurlyInTheFog

Haha, I posted here about 3 weeks ago re. a pair of Danskos I had just bought and another pair that I was considering...and then bought. I have been wearing Danskos for the past 12 yrs and have owned over 20 pairs during that time! I think they are hideous but all but two styles have been super comfy for me. I try to sprinkle them into my "cute shoe" rotatotion to give my feet a break lol.

I have been buying Dansko clogs for my almost 9 yr old daughter for the past 4 yrs bc I think they're good shoes. But she has narrow feet and for the last two yrs, I've had to put an insert in them for them to fit properly...so maybe this will be the last pair for her...maybe Danskos aren't right for her (tho they sell the Professional in a narrow).

I'm really sorry to hear about your hallux rigidus. Whhat a nightmare. But the joint fusion sounds promising. (Is that a joint we even bend a lot?)

eta - oh I just saw the diagram of hallux rigidus on the aforementioned blog. I didn't realize it was that joint. Ouch! So sorry.

Thank you juanab and violets and curly66 (I keep seeing cute styles from Naturalizer but haven't bought any...yet . Perri, I've been seeing that site pop up in my searches lately. I will have to give them a try! A blog about problem feet? I love it! Thank you, everyone!
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 10-31-2013 at 09:01 AM.
I could have written this post. I didn't realize I have wide feet. The amount of shoes I have gone through is not funny. Pumps are just painful to me.

My solution so far is Clarks. They don't all come in wide but at least they are comfortable. Most of them have the granny heel, which is a bummer but if you find one you like, they are comfy. I have the Society Ball pump in wide and Cynthis Avant peep toe pump.

I also had a pair of Rockport pumps in wide.

Sofft brand shoes are horrible. They look very comfortable but they are not, I've had several pairs.

I have these:
ClarksŪ 'Society Ball' Pump | Nordstrom


Clarks Cynthia Avant Luggage Tan Leather - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways
Originally Posted by violets

Are Rockport pumps very comfortable? I am still looking for comfortable heels and those dont look too bad. I haven't seen any Clarks that are decent looking. (I'm not wide, actually have narrow feet)

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