A reader asks: I love shoes! but I need direction on wide shoe stores. I have a bunion and need wide shoes. My size is 7w. I’m nervous about buying online because the fit is so important, especially with wide feet. When I shop in store, all I can find are elderly orthopedic shoes. Is it possible to buy wide stylish shoes?
Stylish, wide width shoes
Have no fear! shopping for shoes online can be scary, but there’s one aspect that works in your favor: selection. Online shoe stores obviously don’t have to stuff every last size and style into the back room. and that means you have options.
Plus, most online shoe stores let you filter your options by width. Mainstream stores like Zappos, Macy’s, and Kohl’s have thousands of stylish wide and extra wide width shoes available. Ideally, you’d stick with retailers who offer free returns — just in case the fit isn’t right.
Elin shoe from earth Shoes
Shoe brands with wide width options
Shoe brands that offer wide width shoes include:
CL by Laundry
In the athletic shoe space, check out Reebok, Brooks, Nike, Nautilus safety Footwear, ASICS, and Hoka One One.
9 best wide shoe stores
Here are nine stores that make it easy for you to find wide width shoes that are comfortable and look stylish, too. If you have big fit that aren’t necessarily wide, see our list of best shoe stores for larger sizes instead.
Also, if you have bunions and need help choosing styles that won’t feel like bear traps on your feet, read our post on this topic here.
Avenue is a plus-size store with affordable prices. The only thing that’s somewhat awkward about Avenue’s shopping experience is how the store organized the wide shoes. You don’t use the size filter to find them. Instead, look to the Categories drop down.
A search on Zappos returns 3,500 pairs of of 7w shoes, including ones from stylish brands CL By Laundry, Circus by Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Sam Edelman.
3. nine West
Nine West online has a small, but stylish selection of wide width shoes. Options include pumps, sandals, flats,
4. Nordstrom Rack
Nordstrom Rack has a surprisingly large selection of wider shoes. One thing that’s nice about this online store is that you search by your specific size, as in 7w. Most other online stores require you to select wide first, and then also selection your numeric size.
At Kohl’s, you can refine your search down to wide width by category, such as wide width boots, wide with pumps, or wide width sneakers.
6. famous Footwear
Famous Footwear has roughly 1,400 wide width styles currently. The shop focuses on athletic, casual shoes — but you can also find pumps and comfortable wedges, too.
7. earth Shoes
Earth Shoes has a sustainability focus — the brand uses only water-based adhesives, uses vegetables to tan its leather, and makes shoe boxes without glue. earth Shoes also has a nice collection of casual wide styles, mostly sandals and walking shoes. The prices are more affordable than you’d expect for an eco-friendly brand, ranging from $80-120.
Macy’s has thousands of wide shoe options from the brands you know and love, including Franco Sarto, Bella Vita, Charter Club, and easy Spirit.
Elsie shoe by Cosyfeet
Cosyfeet is the “extra roomy” footwear company. The brand designs its shoes to fit swollen feet — so the styles are wide and deep. The collection includes boots, slippers, and sandals, all with stretchy fabric and strap extensions or laces so you can customize the fit. You can also shop Cosyfeet Cushion active styles which protect your need and ankle joints with shock-absorbing footbed cushions.
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