Shoe Widths: AA, C, B, D, CD, E?
For some, shoe sizes can be a confusing thing – especially with all those darn widths. But shoe widths are available for a reason. They’re available because believe or not, some feet are wider than others; and at the same time, some people may suffer with certain foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, diabetes and edema, which wide sized shoes can accommodate.
But probably the biggest misconception people have about shoe sizing is the assumption that all they have to do is go up one size to accommodate their wide feet.
For example, let’s say that someone purchased a size 8 in women’s dress shoes, but after trying them on for a second time, it was decided that the shoe is too narrow but the length is perfect. At this point, this person should consider exchanging the size 8 to an 8-wide; but what tends to happen is the person will try to exchange the size 8 to the next whole size up, which would be size 9. Unfortunately, all this does is make the shoe longer and the shoe will most likely still have a narrow fit. Don’t do that. Like I mentioned above, there’s a reason why shoe manufacturers make wide sizes. Think about it, if there was no need for wide sizes, why would shoe manufacturers make them? Wouldn’t they just produce more of the same shoe sizes?
Another misconception that people have about wearing wide shoes is the belief that they’ll look clunky or boxy on their feet. What people don’t realize is that the difference between widths is only 1/8″ – so by wearing wide sized shoes, style and fashion will not be sacrificed.
To give you a better understanding of width sizing, we listed the common widths below.
Women’s Narrow or AA / Men’s Narrow or C
- Narrow shoes will accommodate feet that are thin, have high arches and have narrow heels.
Women’s Average (medium) or B / Men’s Average (medium) or D
- Medium shoes are usually always in stock since they make up most of the manufacturer’s inventory. If the shoe does not have a width associated with the size – it’s most likely a medium width.
Women’s Wide or C/D / Men’s Wide or E
- Wide shoes are ideal for those with wide feet, flat feet (flatter feet = wider sizes) or for wearers with certain foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes.
Women’s Extra-Wide or E / Men’s Extra-Wide or EE (the more E’s the wider)
- Extra wide shoes are good for those who have wider feet or swollen feet due to certain conditions such as diabetes or edema. These shoes also tend to have more depth to accommodate removable insoles.
For more details, visit our Width Sizing Chart.
Shoes In Even Wider Sizes
At HealthyFeetStore.com, we carry a grand selection of shoes that are offered in even wider sizes such as 14E. Please note that each shoe brand classifies their widths differently – there isn’t a standardized naming convention – so a 2E in brand A may be a 3E in brand B. Again, not all brands name their widths the same. Also, as you probably guessed already, the more E’s you add to the width, the wider the shoe will be. These types of shoes are typically recommended by foot health professionals since wearers of these shoes need the extra room to accommodate certain foot conditions.