I’ve been on a quest for cute shoes for women with wide feet for as long as I can remember. My mom had wide feet. I have wide feet. And for the longest time, I had to squeeze into shoes that hurt my feet because no one made cute shoes for women with wide feet!
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With the advent of online shopping, and retailers like Zappos, I can now find a much better selection when shopping online, but rarely find shoes that fit my 8EE feet in stores. Even stores like Naturalizer that carry wide-sized shoes don’t often carry them in their stores. I usually have to order them online.
And even if you don’t have particularly wide feet, you may have developed foot problems that cause you to have to shop for shoes that will accommodate issues like bunions, hammer toes, and bone spurs.
But no matter what your shoe size or the condition of your feet, wearing shoes that are too tight can cause skin irritations, superficial skin ulcers, corn formations and calluses on the ball of the foot! OUCH. And I don’t know about you, but when my feet hurt, I am miserable, so I don’t care how cute the shoes are – it’s not worth it.
Fortunately, women with wide feet no longer have to choose between style and comfort since many shoe manufacturers now offer shoes in wide widths. My favorite place to shop for shoes is Zappos. They have a HUGE selection, FREE shipping & return, quick delivery and the most excellent customer service I have ever encountered! I LOVE FREE SHIPPING AND FREE RETURNS! I can order 2 sizes of the same shoe at no extra cost and then ship back the one that doesn’t fit.
How to choose shoes that fit properly*:
- Check to see that there is enough wiggle room in the front of the shoe (the toe box) so that your toes are not cramped or feeling unnecessary pressure.
- If you see redness on the top or sides of your toes after trying on a pair of shoes, that is an indication that they are too tight. This could lead to corns, blisters and foot pain.
- Always make sure you have a thumbs width between your longest toe and the end of your shoe.
- Prevent corn and blister formation by using gel pads or toe caps around the tops and sides of your toes.
- Moleskin, Band-aids and metatarsal arch pads are helpful to reduce skin irritation and reduce callus formation.
- Massaging your feet with a moisturizing Foot Cream that contains ingredients such as Urea, Aloe, Vitamin E, & Chamomile will soften and hydrate rough, dry and fissured skin. Do this before you go to bed so that the cream will have the opportunity to be absorbed.
Now on to the cute shoes. Don’t have wide feet? Not to worry – these shoes all come in regular sizes too!
Be sure and click the arrow half-way down to see all the selections!
Where is your favorite place to shop for shoes?
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