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20 comfortable and trendy shoes for women with wide feet

You don’t have to choose between cute and comfortable anymore.
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If you're someone that lives in a cycle of buying and returning ill-fitting shoes as a result of having wider feet, you're not alone.

For many women with wide feet, regular sizes are not enough to provide ample comfort and support. And while many trendy shoes target mainstream sizes, many footwear designers are introducing a more expansive range of styles to their lineups than ever before.

To help remedy your shoe shopping journey, Shop TODAY talked to a podiatrist to weigh in on common issues for those with wide feet. We've also found many wide-width shoes for women that are stylish, roomy and won't cramp up your tootsies.

How can you tell if you have wide feet?

According to Dr. Najwa Javed of California's Silicon Valley Podiatry Group, the best way to know the size and width of your feet is to get measured by a shoe fitting expert or try a foot measuring device at a shoe store.

"For the exact size and width, you can also trace your foot on a piece of paper and then place your shoe over the trace and see if you have adequate room," she added.

What should you look for when buying dress shoes for wide feet?

Javed recommends making sure your shoes feature a good heel counter of at least one inch. "This will ensure that the foot is in an elevated position which reduces the widening of the sole of foot." She also suggested searching for footwear with a square toe box it inherently helps with adding more space around the front of the shoe.

"Next, always buy shoes where the upper material can stretch easily or is already made of a stretchable material," she shared. Genuine leather, suede, mesh and canvas uppers are a few common materials that provide a more stretchy experience.

Two of the most common shoe styles for women with wide feet are clogs and mules with heels, but Javed suggests avoiding these trends.

"Interesting heel styles can cause the pressure distribution to be altered and can lead to a painful ball of the foot," she said. "An elongated pointed toe...gives an illusion that there is much more space in the shoe, but actually, its extreme point starts from the proximal toe box causing cramping of the metatarsals."

Whether you prefer flats or heels, here are some must-know brands that offer comfortable footwear for your wide feet.

Wide-width flats to shop

Bellini Fabulous II Slip-On

Improve your night out outfit with these elegant flats from Bellini. These feature rhinestone detailing on the suede-like upper and a comfortable interior to dance all night. Wear them with slacks or a flowy dress for an elevated feminine feel.

Naturalizer Samantha Pointed Toe Flat

Looking for work flats for your return to the office? These Naturalizer shoes offer endless outfit ideas. You can order them in a regular, narrow and wide size, plus many different colors. One verified buyer said she can walk to her job in them "across multiples levels and they are so comfortable all day long. I get home and am able to put on my running shoes, and my feet aren't even tired."

Lands' End Slip On Ballet Flats

You can't go wrong with a classic pair of stretchy ballet flats. This option from Lands' End are perfect to wear when commuting or if you just want a simple shoe that provides all-day comfort.

LifeStride Margot Side Loafer

Welcome springtime with these floral flats that can be worn in many places and with different outfits. These shoes offer enhanced comfort thanks to their Soft System cushioning that provides all-day support.

Lane Bryant Dream Cloud Pointed Toe Bow Flat

Who said flats can’t turn heads? These feminine flats put a modern twist on a classic style. The bows offer a more elegant look that makes them the perfect shoes to transition from day to night.

Woman Within The Rayna Flat

Available in three colors, these zippered flats deliver an effortless sophistication with any outfit you're rocking. The design features a zipper closure, a braided elastic strap and a padded insole for optimal comfort.

Clarks Sharon Gracie Penny Loafer

Elevate your daily look with these fun and sophisticated loafers that comes in different colors and patterns. Add a pop of color with the burgundy option, or keep it classy with the black pair.

Ally Shoes Caramel Leather Flat

While these have a higher price point, Ally's shoes truly deliver. The pair is made with an ergonomically-designed insole and built-in arch support for a superior fit. If you're worried about your extra wide feet, the brand also offers extra inches for your tootsies.

Wide-width low-heeled dress shoes to shop

Franco Sarto Racer Pump

If your style is more classic than modern, then you can never go wrong with a simple pair of pumps. And if you’re not a heel girl, this 2 3/4” closed-toe heel is ideal for women on-the-go.

LifeStride Suki Pump

Look effortlessly chic and comfortable throughout the day with these high-rated pumps. With more than 5,300 five-star ratings, shoppers agree these are the best for long events. "They’re comfortable and cute, functional and flirty. I was able to comfortably wear them all day," said one verified customer.

Torrid Pump Shoe Satin Bow Leopard

Look upscale and elegant in these leopard-print pumps from Torrid. While the toe box seems narrower, the shoe provides ample space to hold your foot in place. "I absolutely love this shoe. This is exactly what a mature woman wants in her closet," said one buyer.

LifeStride Saldana Pump

For those days when you need more flexibility with your outfit, opt for these classic pumps featuring a comfortable heel height. The shoes are a classic pump to wear at the office or bar, and they're sure to complement any neutral outfit you're rocking. "I love the vibrancy of the red color, and the practicality of the heel height for standing at work," added one buyer.

Journee Collection Lorenna Block Heel Mule

Wear these chic mules with ripped jeans during your next weekend outing. These sandals feature a manageable three-inch heel and cushioned insole to support your sole and toes.

Naturalizer True Colors Vera Ankle Strap Sandal

Do you have a hard time wearing heels but still want to wear them? A thick block heel is the solution. This lavender sandal has a sturdy ankle strap and a classic toe shape that is timeless. Several shoppers have also noted how their feet have lasted all night wearing these.

Alfani Coreena Square-Heel Dress Sandals

Take your formal look to the next level with these dressy sandals from Alfani. It features a comfortable architectural heel and a round toe to feet a wider foot. The ankle straps will also hold you in place.

Wide-width high heels to shop

Sun + Stone Reeta Block-Heel Platform Sandals

Feel elevated with this black heel featuring a four-inch heel. The design has a cushioned insole and ankle strap to support your feet while you're walking to the dance floor. Over 1,000 customers that purchased these gave these ultra-chic heels a stellar five stars.

INC International Concepts Zitah Pointed Toe Pumps

Add a colorful pair of heels to your shoe collection this spring! This pair from Macy's comes in seven different colors and up to size 12. "I was skeptical about the fact that they're leather but they're so comfy and aren't narrow! I wore them all day for a wedding and the next day all day again and I had no bruises!" added a customer who gave it a perfect rating.

INC International Concepts Lexini Two-Piece Sandals

Keep it simple yet feminine with these black strappy heels featuring a square-toe silhouette. It's a versatile style that can be paired down with jeans, slacks or a sundress.

Dolce Vita Noles Heels in White Leather

Expand your style with these wide heels from Dolce Vita. The statement-making double straps and chunky round heel are complementary to every kind of spring dress, plus several customers said its make is perfect for wider feet.

Inez Sasha Silver Crinkle Metallic

Nothing says glamour more than an elongated heel. These metallic silver shoes offer support with a plush insole and arch support. Whether you have a wedding event or a date night, these shoes will make a statement wherever you show up.

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