Shoe Width Guide: Size Charts + How to Measure at Home

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All too often, shoe shoppers are so elated to find their right size that they neglect to consider the width of their shoes. Yet to ensure maximum comfort, getting the width just right is the next logical step (pun intended) in the quest for the perfect fit.

In the US, shoes come in up to nine different widths, ranging from the narrowest available size of AAA to EEE, the widest. With such a wide range of width to choose from, your feet could use a helping hand to slip into the most comfortable ones. So let your fingers do the walking down this page to find shoe width charts, measuring instructions, and helpful pointers on how to effortlessly track down the best fitting shoes.

How To Measure Your Shoe Width

Shoe Width Chart

If you can’t make it to a physical, bricks-and-mortar shoe store, you can measure your shoe width on your own. To get the best results, take off your socks and make sure you measure both feet because one can be wider than the other.

1. Using a soft, flexible tape measure, such as tailor’s tape, wrap it snugly around the widest part of your foot but don’t overtighten. Place your foot on the floor, and distribute your weight as you normally would when standing.

2. Holding a pencil or erasable pen perpendicular to the floor, mark on the tape measure the width of your foot at the widest point. 

3. Look up your width on the shoe tables on this page.

Don’t have a tape measure? Simply use a length of string. Just mark the string, then use a ruler to measure its length.

Men’s Shoe Width Chart

US SizeNarrow (C)Average (D)Wide (E)
63 5⁄16"3 1⁄2"3 11⁄16"
6.53 5⁄16"3 5⁄8"3 3⁄4"
73 3⁄8"3 5⁄8"3 3⁄4"
7.53 3⁄8"3 11⁄16"3 15⁄16"
83 1⁄2"3 3⁄4"3 15⁄16"
8.53 5⁄8"3 3⁄4"4"
93 5⁄8"3 15⁄16"4 1⁄8"
9.53 11⁄16"3 15⁄16"4 1⁄8"
103 3⁄4"4"4 3⁄16"
10.53 3⁄4"4 1⁄8"4 5⁄16"
113 15⁄16"4 1⁄8"4 5⁄16"
11.53 15⁄16"4 3⁄16"4 3⁄8"
124"4 5⁄16"4 3⁄8"
12.54 1⁄8"4 5⁄16"4 1⁄2"
134 1⁄8"4 5⁄16"4 5⁄8"
13.54 3⁄16"4 3⁄8"4 3⁄4"
Men’s Shoe Width Chart

For men, a shoe width D is considered medium-size, but for women it’s on the wide side. Going up the scale, E width is regarded as wide for men, and extra-wide for women. EE width shoes are extra wide for both men and women, and were once hard for women to find, although more companies have offered them in recent decades.

Men’s Shoe Width by the Letter

LetterWidthAbbreviation
BNarrowN
DMedium or AverageM or A
2E or EEWideW
4E or EEEEExtra-WideWW or XW or EW

Women’s Shoe Width Chart

US SizeNarrow (AA)Average (B)Wide (C/D)Extra-Wide (E)
52 13/16"3 3/16"3 9/16"3 15/16"
5.52 7/8"3 1/4"3 5/8"4"
62 15/16"3 5/16"3 11/16"4 1/16"
6.53"3 3/8"3 3/4"4 1/8"
73 1/16"3 7/16"3 13/16"4 3/16"
7.53 1/8"3 1/2"3 7/8"4 1/4"
83 3/16"3 9/16"3 15/16"4 5/16"
8.53 1/4"3 5/8"4"4 3/8"
93 3/8"3 11/16"4 1/16"4 7/16"
9.53 3/8"3 3/4"4 1/8"4 1/2"
103 7/16"3 3/4"4 3/16"4 9/16"
10.53 1/2"3 7/8"4 1/4"4 5/8"
113 9/16"3 15/16"4 5/16"4 11/16"
123 11/16"4 1/16"4 7/16"4 13/16"
Women’s Shoe Width Chart

What’s the difference between men’s and women’s shoe widths? Men usually have wider feet, so a medium width for a man is a D whereas women’s feet are typically smaller and proportionally narrower, making medium width for a woman a B. Take a good look at the charts on this page for more details on how width varies based on gender.

Women’s Shoe Width by the Letter

LetterWidthAbbreviation
4A or AAAASuper-Slim (Extra-Narrow)SS, ES
2A or AANarrowN
BMedium or AverageM or A
DWideW
2E or EEExtra-WideWW or XW or EW

Children’s Shoe Width Chart

US SizeAverage (B)Wide (D)Extra-Wide (E)
11 7/8"2 1/4"2 7/16"
1.51 7/8"2 1/4"2 7/16"
22"2 3/8"2 9/16"
2.52"2 3/8"2 9/16"
32 1/8"2 7/16"2 5/8"
3.52 1/8"2 7/16"2 5/8"
42 3/16"2 9/16"2 3/4"
4.52 3/16"2 9/16"2 3/4"
52 1/4"2 5/8"2 13/16"
5.52 1/4"2 11/16"2 7/8"
62 5/16"2 3/4"2 15/16"
6.52 3/8"2 3/4"2 15/16"
72 7/16"2 13/16"3"
7.52 1/2"2 7/8"3 1/16"
82 1/2"2 15/16"3 1/16"
8.52 9/16"3"3 3/16"
92 5/8"3"3 3/16"
9.52 11/16"3 1/16"3 1/4"
102 3/4"3 1/8"3 5/16"
10.52 3/4"3 3/16"3 3/8"
112 13/16"3 1/4"3 1/2"
11.52 7/8"3 5/16"3 1/2"
122 15/16"3 3/8"3 9/16"
12.53"3 7/16"3 5/8"
133 1/16"3 1/2"3 11/16"
13.53 1/8"3 9/16"3 3/4"
1Y3 3/16"3 5/8"3 3/16"
1.5Y3 1/4"3 11/16"3 7/8"
2Y3 5/16"3 3/4"3 15/16"
2.5Y3 3/8"3 13/16"4"
3Y3 7/16"3 7/8"4 1/16"
3.5Y3 1/2"3 15/16"4 1/16"
4Y3 9/16"4"4 3/16"
4.5Y3 5/8"4 1/16"4 1/4"
5Y3 11/16"4 1/8"4 5/16"
5.5Y3 3/4"4 3/16"4 3/8"
6Y3 3/16"4 1/4"4 7/16"
Children’s Shoe Size Width

The width of children’s shoes ranges from medium/average to extra-wide. Use this conversion chart to find the right size.

Children’s Shoe Width by the Letter

LetterWidthAbbreviation
MMedium or AverageM
WWideW
XWExtra-WideWW or XW or EW

FAQ

What Does D Mean in Shoe Width?

As noted above, a D width for men falls in the average range, and consequently, will often not appear on the shoe or the shoebox. For women, a D represents a wide width shoe, which will likely be indicated on the shoe’s label under the tongue. Finally, look up your width on the shoe width tables on this page.

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What Does Narrow Mean in Shoe Width?

If your foot is narrow, it means the width is less than that of the average width foot, and will generally be indicated with the letter size B for men and A or AA for women.

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What Does EE Mean in Shoe Width?

EE designates an extra-wide shoe width for both men and women. While long available for men, the size was formerly difficult to find for women, but in recent years manufacturers have offered it more often.

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How Do I Measure My Shoe Width?

Be sure to measure both bare feet, as one can be wider than the other. Wrap a flexible, soft tape measure around the widest part of your foot without overtightening. Let your weight naturally shift onto the foot as you mark the tape measure at the widest point of the foot. Finally, look up your width on the shoe width tables on this page.

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What Is The Average Shoe Width?

About 90% of the population have “normal” width feet. Statistically speaking, if you’re not sure of your foot width, there’s a good (9 times out of 10) chance that you wear a normal width shoe – a B for women and a D for men. Shoe makers generally only note the width of shoes that fall outside of the standard range. If a shoe is not marked with a width, it is probably safe to assume it is standard. However, for those in need of non-standard widths, those measurements are often marked on the shoe boxes and the label underneath the tongue of the shoe.
What Is The Average Shoe Width?

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How Can You Tell If You Need a Wider Shoe?

The most obvious sign is stretching or bulging on the outside of the forefoot. If your foot is visibly wider than the bottom of the shoe, stretching beyond the sole, your shoe is probably too narrow.
Most running and training shoes can be purchased in a variety of widths. In addition, men can buy women’s styles for a narrower fit, and women can buy men’s shoes for a wider one.

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What Happens If My Shoes Are Too Narrow?

Too-tight shoes can lead to a variety of health issues, like cramps, infected foot sores, foot deformities, hammertoes, and bunions. Excessive sweating, which can lead to bacterial or fungal infections, is also a common issue.

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What Happens If My Shoes Are Too Wide?

Loose-fitting shoes can also be problematic. Standing still or in motion, you’ll wind up off-balance and unstable. While walking or running, your feet can move around inside your shoes, causing friction that can lead to sores and blisters, perhaps even a bone spur. Nail problems and hammertoes are also common issues with overly-wide shoes.

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