Shoe Width Measurement Chart By Shoe Size
Below is a resourceful chart to help determine the appropriate shoe width. There is a chart for both men's and women's shoes.
The measurements are approximate for the width as each shoe manufacturer can vary in sizing. However, the chart below is a great guide to find a shoe width to fit you.
Women's Shoe Width Size Chart
|Size||Slim (4A, AAAA, SS)||Narrow (2A, AA, N)||Medium (B,M)||Wide (D,W,E)||XW (WW,2E,EE,3E,EEE)||XXW (4E,EEEE,5E)||XXXW (6E/7E)||4X-W (9E,10E)||5X-W (12E,14E)|
Men's Shoe Width Size Chart
|Size||Medium (D,M)||Wide (2E,W)||XW (3E/4E)||XXW (5E/6E)||XXXW (9E/10E)|
Foot Measuring Instructions
To measure the width of your foot, you can place your foot on a piece of paper and trace your foot. You would then measure the widest part of the foot, usually behind toes, to determine your shoe width. If you wear AFO's, then you would trace with the AFO on. Then, you will measure the tracing at the widest part of the brace. With that measurement in inches, you can look up your shoe size and scan to the right of your shoe size to find a measurement less than the measurement shown. For example, a woman wearing a size 8 with a 4.08" foot width measurement would order the XXXW (6E/7E) since the XXW (4E/5E) would fit snug.
For complete measurement instructions, view our Foot Measurement Instructions page.
About Shoe Widths
Shoe widths use a lettering system starting from an "A" letter for narrow widths and ending in "E" for wider widths and all the letters in between (B,C,D). Adding more As to the beginning letter (e.g. AAAA or 4A) will indicate a narrower width and adding more Es to the ending letter "E" (e.g. EEEE or 4E) would indicate a wider width. 4A being the most narrow width and 14E being the widest width.
Also, men's and women's shoe widths use the same letter system to indicate the width size, but the letters used to indicate the width differ. For example, a women's narrow width is "AA" or "2A" and a men's narrow width is a "B".
As you go up in shoe widths, the area or measurement at the toe box area will be wider.
There is not a standard on measurements or naming for shoe widths. Shoe manufacturers can reference the width sizing differently. One manufacturer may call a women's Extra Wide (XW) width a 2E/EE while another manufacturer may reference this width as a 3E/EEE. The variation of naming for shoe widths can complicate choosing the right width size, however, the difference between each width is approximately 1/8th inch.
If the shoe feels just a little snug, most orthopedic shoes offer multiple layers of removable depth that you can take out to allow your feet to sit lower in the shoe and get a little more room to be less snug. Using the chart above or our shoe size and width calculator can assist in finding the right size for you.