The 12 Best Shoe Brands for Women with Big Feet

From fashionable chunky shoes to practical seasonal shoes, shoppers are faced with an endless array of choices when deciding which style to slip on next. While it might seem as simple as walking into any store or browsing the internet and choosing the style you want, women with wider feet face a deeper conundrum. Unfortunately, many luxury and mainstream brands overlook women with big toes and don’t offer larger styles.

As two women strutting around with closets full of size 10 shoes, we learned that lesson the hard way. Between the two of us, we have decades of experience determining which brands and styles are suitable for big, stylish feet. Whether you’re new to research or just about to sink into despair, we’ve compiled a guide with the best shoe recommendations along with podiatrist-approved tips.

What are the common problems women with big feet face?

With a limited shoe market and styles for women with big feet, finding a stylish shoe with a good fit is like looking for a needle in a haystack. According to the podiatrist and foot surgeon Dr Najwa Javed DPM, women with large feet “tend to have a much narrower forefoot, which makes fitting shoes very difficult, at least in [her] practice. Most brands assume that big feet equal wide feet, but that’s not the case. Most women with large feet have long, narrow toes and thin ankles. As a result, the shoes slip off easily or there is too much movement in the toe area for the patient.”

Also, women with big feet “tend to be taller and it’s assumed that they just want to wear flats, [hence] few brands make heels for women with big feet,” Javed added.

What features should women look for when shopping for wide shoes?

“Women definitely need to know their foot type whether they have a flat, arched, wide or narrow foot,” Javed said. Usually, determining your foot type can be like finding the ideal bra fit. Once you have identified your foot type, shoe shopping becomes much easier. According to Javed, you need to recognize how the shoe is constructed, especially if it’s constructed in a neutral, stable, or control type.

“Also, there are a lot of brands that have unisex styles, which I highly recommend for women with big feet as they add products that [women] can buy,” advised Javed. In recent years, companies have become more inclusive and have styles that can be gender neutral and allow for more variety in your shopping experience.

“Many manufacturers are starting to add sizes such as 4, 13 [and] 14 to their repertoire,” she added.

Kamari’s favorite shoe brands for women with big feet

Nike

It’s no surprise that the sportswear giant succeeds when it comes to sneakers for feet of all sizes. I’ve probably had more than a dozen pairs of Nike sneakers over the years, some of which have gone through the wringer because I’ve worn them so often. But it also means I have experience determining which shoes are the most flattering for women with big feet. Over the past two years, these are the pairs that have quickly become my favorites.

Nike Reposto Shoes

Adidas

Adidas is another successful sportswear brand, in my experience. I’ve purchased several pairs of their Cloudfoam styles over the years, having worn them to the point of no return (and sometimes just enjoying a good sale on a beloved shoe).

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure 2.0 Shoes

Universal thread

Target’s house brand is both extremely affordable and has some of the most comfortable shoes I own. Last year I picked up a few pairs of sandals during one of their summer sales and instantly turned into a fan. They achieved every goal for me; they were comfortable, affordable, and I got compliments everywhere I went, from groceries to coffee. These sandals have become my favorite pairs all summer. (They were so popular that the styles are now sold out in all colors and sizes. But don’t worry, you’ll find new styles below that are perfect for this summer and are sure to fit.)

So when it came time to buy a new pair of boots, I immediately went to Target. I bought a pair of Chelsea boots during their Black Friday sale and it was also a case of insta-love. Worn with a pair of warm socks, I can (and have) spent hours on my feet without a single pain. Another plus? They offer up to a size 12 and large sizes.

Universal Thread Naya Heeled Chelsea Boots

Jannely’s favorite shoe brands for women with big feet

Off the beaten track

Whether you prefer walking or hiking, this brand will keep you ready no matter what. I love this brand for its feminine aesthetic and trendy designs. The shoes are easy to wear and will keep you pain free for hours. One of the things I love about my pair of OTBT sneakers is that I can easily wear them with business casual or sporty attire. They make kicks up to size 12 and use quality materials like recycled rubber, breathable knit and FlexCork in their designs.

Speed ​​in Dove sneakers

Buckly Hiking Boots in Khaki

Mr.Gemi

If you’re looking for chunky, stylish shoes, M.Gemi has you covered. The Italian brand specializes in combining Italian craftsmanship with everyday comfort. The brand’s size chart goes all the way up to 43 (or 12 in US sizing terms), though you’ll want to take their heel size if you have large feet. For women who don’t want to compromise on comfort or style, M.Gemi is the answer. I usually wear my heels from day to night, and I’m also grateful for their artful yet feminine aesthetic.

M.Gemi Le Daim Felize

Mr. Gemi La Cinzia

FRANKie4

This brand focuses on comfort, quality and durability without missing out on fashion sense. FRANKie4 offers a range of styles, from sneakers to heels for the modern woman looking for stability and design. The first time I put on a pair, I felt immediate comfort thanks to the footbed which alleviates pain while walking. This brand prides itself on its insole which lifts, cradles and cushions the heel while relieving foot pain and aches. Once you try this brand, it will be hard to switch to old-school pairs. Even better, they offer inclusive shoe sizes for women up to 13 years old.

JULIET Black

Tambo IV White

Thursday Boot Co.

There’s no shame in saying it. As a woman with big feet, I tend to over-analyze shoe size and structure. Surprisingly, when I tried on a pair of boots from Thursday Boot Co., my toes were more than comfortable enough. This brand goes up to size 11 and offers a variety of boot styles with great features like gel insoles and non-slip bases for a confident stride.

One of my favorite things about this brand is the quality and modern design it offers. From handcrafted knee-high boots to sneaker-style kicks with durable outsoles, these shoes are equally adaptable and efficient. I wore boots from this brand for hours without trying to change them or slipping down soft slides.

Thursday Boot Co. The Storm

Thursday Boot Co Le Diplomate

Sam Edelman

This lifestyle brand is one of the most inclusive in the fashion market, thanks to its effort to offer plus size shoes. Sam Edelman’s shoe collection extends up to size 14 and offers great designs and styles. Their flats are one of my favorites due to their ability to withstand heavy kicks and long walks. Their signature loafers are one of the most comfortable pairs I own due to their easy on and soft leather.

Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafers

Expert Recommended Shoe Brands for Women with Big Feet

Allied shoes

Javed recommends this brand for its variety of styles and inclusive sizes. Ally Shoes offers US sizes 4 through 12 in four different width options. Their flat style is ideal for the professional woman looking for comfort and fashion. According to the scientific director of the brand, “finding a shoe that is neither too high nor too flat is the best thing you can do for your feet”.

Besides their ergonomic insole, Ally Shoes is a brand dedicated to solving the puzzles of women’s feet. They offer half sizes and shoes for narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. Plus, their painless heels are stretchy and provide three-point support.

Ally Shoes Bossy Pumps in beige leather

Caramel Leather Courageous Apartment

Italeau

Italeau is dedicated to bringing Italian luxury with handcrafted designs from the hills of Marche. What makes this brand super inclusive is that it fits up to size 14 (or 45 in European size) – that’s what we call a miracle! Not only does Italeau promote great shoes, but they also specialize in chic designs that are waterproof and will cover your feet during a storm.

Italeau Trino Moccasin

Girotti

Every foot is different, and if we’re being realistic, some people need custom shoes. Girotti offers custom footwear with premium leather materials and unique Italian craftsmanship. You can customize your boots by choosing the colors, materials and design you want. What makes this even better is that you will get a timeless pair of shoes that will last you a while. Girotti offers sizes up to 14.

Girotti sock ankle boots

Vania Workshop

If you haven’t found a pair that suits your needs, Atelier Vania is the online retailer to solve this problem. Although the styles are more expensive than traditional retailers, this luxury brand is dedicated to elegance and shoes specially designed for women with large feet. The brand offers shoes for women from 40 to 46 (or sizes 9 to 15 in American shoe size), and 100% of their shoes are made in Italy.

Ballerina Atelier Vania Aura

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