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02 Oct '14

Diabetic & Orthopedic Shoe Width A, B, C's

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Diabetic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Orthopedic Shoes

Did you know that there is not only one shoe size? Shoe sizes can be confusing, as most stores only carry shoes in numerical sizes that correspond to the length of the shoes.  But some feet are wider than others, so anyone with wide feet is forced to move up a size.  Unfortunately, all this does is make the shoe longer and the shoe will most likely still have a narrow fit!

Let me introduce SHOE WIDTH! There are actually TWO corresponding sizes to a shoe which solves the too long, but too narrow dilemma. Additionally, certain foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, diabetes and edema, can be accommodated by wide sized shoes.

We understand that the shoe width system can be confusing- the various letters/numbers are not very intuitive. So we have put together a summary of common widths to help give you a better understanding of shoe width sizing. Widths are listed in ascending order from less wide to more wide ( i.e. 6E is wider than EEE, and size WWW is wider than WW).


Slim Feet Narrow Feet Medium Feet Wide Feet Extra Wide Feet
3A B D, M or R E EEE
2A N 2E 4E

Narrow: Narrow shoes will accommodate feet that are thin, have high arches and have narrow heels.

Medium: The letters D, M and R all all used about "medium width shoes" or "standard width shoes"

Wide:  Wide shoes are ideal for those with wide feet, flat feet (flatter feet = wider sizes) or for wearers with certain foot problems such as hammertoes or bunions.

Extra Wide: Extra wide shoes are good for those who have wider feet or swollen feet due to certain conditions such as edema or diabetes.

For more details, visit our Width Sizing Chart.


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