Wide Fittings Explained
Wide fit and extra wide fit shoes comes in a range of sizes, ranging from E fit to EEEEEE fit for ladies and F fit, G fit and H fit for men.
Shoe Sizes and Extra Wide Fit
Most people know their own shoe size, but this doesn't take width into account at all, even though there can be significant variation that means many people require shoes with an extra wide fit. It is therefore important to check the width of your feet and find out whether you are an E fit, an EEEEEE fit, or something in between, such as an EEEEE fit, or a F fit, G fit, or H fit and to use this measurement in addition to your shoe size.
Checking Your Shoe Size
You can check your shoe size by drawing round your foot on a piece of paper and measuring the length at the longest part, usually from the heel to the big or second toe. A chart of shoe sizes and wide fit measurements will show you what size shoe you should be wearing, with each half size being about four millimetres larger than the one before. Your shoe size will be a number, with the wide fit being given by a letter, ranging from E to EEEEEE for ladies and F to H fit for men.
Measuring Feet for Wide Fit
Wide fit is determined by a combination of shoe size and circumference in centimetres, which you can measure around the widest part of the foot with a fabric tape measure while standing flat on the floor. The widest circumference is usually at a slight angle between the bases of the big and little toes. Make sure to wear socks if you want them to fit snugly into your shoes, and to measure both feet since one is often slightly larger.
Finding Your Extra Wide Fit
You can combine your width measurement with your shoe size on a sizing chart to find the right fitting. Extra wide fit is determined by a combination of the two, so feet with the same circumference can be classified into different wide fit sizes depending on shoe size. For example, a foot with a circumference of 24.8cm would be EEEE fit for someone with shoe size 5, but EEE fit for size 6, and EE fit for size 7.
Finding your own extra wide fit is actually very easy. All you have to do is read along the row for your shoe size until you come to the right circumference. For example, shoe size 7 with a circumference of 25.4cm is an EEE fit, while a circumference of 26cm is an EEEE fit. The smallest width for each shoe size is an E fit, with each fitting being about six millimetres apart. The sizes above E fit range from EE fit through to EEEEEE fit for ladies and then continue as F fit, G fit and H fit for men, with H fit being the widest option.