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10 best wide fit shoes for women: The top brands for comfort and cool

Plus, the experts weigh in on what makes a comfortable wide fit shoe

Woman trying on different shoes
Carla Challis
Commerce Partnerships Editor
Updated: 12 hours ago
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Shopping for wide fit shoes has, historically, not been easy. Many brands and stores used to carry small lines of shoes for wider feet, and left us wide fit girls lacking in choice, style and comfort. 

Nowadays, that's not the case as the high street has realised we're not all a sample shoe size - thankfully and you'll find many shoe styles, from trend-led to classic, available in wide fit. Happy days!

The best wide fit shoe brands at a glance

  1. Marks & Spencer came out top when I polled a group of friends on which footwear they swear doesn't hurt their wide feet. M&S carries a range of styles and at a decent, not going to break the bank price, too.
  2. Don't skip the footwear department at New Look. Again, great prices and a great range of wide-fit shoes, spanning heels to loafers and plenty of styles in-between.
  3. Sole Bliss has an A-list celebrity following, including Dame Helen Mirren and Queen Camilla, who rely on the brand for comfortable shoes. All of their footwear is designed for those with wide feet or bunions, with an emphasis on comfort.
  4. Clarks have a reputation for great quality shoes, and I can concur that they not only last, but are comfortable for wider feet too. They have a whole section of wide-fit shoes, which is well worth a browse.
  5. For extra-wide fit footwear, Hotter seems to be one of the most popular. The styles are less trend led and more classic, but you'll find some great boots and sneakers in there.

Brands including Marks & Spencer and Clarks have long been mainstays in the wide fit shoe market and even they have expanded their wide shoes, including many of their seasonal styles in wide fit (and narrow fit too). Joining them are familiar faces like New Look, Next and ASOS, offering heels, trainers, boots and more for those who need a little more width to their sole.

Feel like your feet have widened in recent years? They could well have done, according to foot health expert Margaret Dabbs OBE. “Feet can widen with age. As people age, the ligaments and tendons in their feet can lose elasticity so the arch on the foot drops. It is also natural that the cushioning in the feet decreases with age.” 

Experts in this article

Margaret Dabbs OBE - Margaret Dabbs was awarded an OBE for her services in business and podiatry. She founded clinics, treatments and products in the foot, legs and hand categories and is considered one of the leading experts on foot health care.

Melissa Epifano - Melissa founded wide foot shoe brand Winnoh after struggling to find stylish shoes for her own wider feet.

How I chose the best wide fit shoe brands

  •  Size: The brands featured all carry shoes in wide fit, extra wide fit or larger sizing. 
  • Style: As well as carrying wide-fit sizing, I've chosen the shoes and shoe brands that offer a stylish range, from sandals to stilettos and everything else in between. 
  • Reviews: I've scoured online reviews to try and bring the most comfortable shoes. At HELLO! we haven't been able to try all the brands featured, but using online reviews I've brought the brands that seem to tick all the boxes in terms of comfort. If I or another editor has tried the brand, I’ve made sure to include our own personal opinion.

Shop the best wide fit shoes

  1. 1/10

    Marks & Spencer Wide Fit Shoes

    M&S Wide Fit Mules

    M&S Wide Fit Block Heel Mules

    Sizes: 3-8

    Colours: Black, brown, red and ivory

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £60 spend; or free next-day click and collect from M&S stores.

    Returns: Within 35 days

    Marks & Spencer is known for catering for women with wider feet, and in recent years, they’ve extended their wide-fit shoe range to be more inclusive of trend-led styles.

    Many of M&S’ wide fit shoes include Smart Insolia Flex® technology, letting the wearer place their feet in properly into the shoe, with the aim of keeping them comfy all day long.

    Editor's note: "I've relied on M&S' wide fit shoes for years, and have many styles from them including boots. They always - ALWAYS - fit, and never hurt, not something you can claim from many brands. I've chosen these gorgeous block mules, which remind me of a designer pair but for a fraction of the price."

  2. 2/10

    New Look Wide Fit Shoes

    New Look Fisherman Sandals

    New Look Wide Fit Fiserman Sandals

     Sizes: 3-6

    Colours: Black

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £50 spend; or £2.99 for standard delivery on orders under £50.

    Returns: Within 28 days

    We've bookmarked New Look for affordable wide-fit footwear that’s on trend too. There’s over 100 styles to choose with prices starting from £15.99, and they've cleverly thought of including flip flops and flat sandals in their wide fit footwear collection - not something many other brands do.

    Editor's note: "I've had a few pairs of New Look's wide fit shoes over the years and never been disappointed. They're easy on the credit card too."

  3. 3/10

    Sole Bliss Wide Fit Shoes

    Sole Bliss Trainers

    Sole Bliss Star Wide Fit Trainers

     Sizes: 3-9

    Colours: Six colourways available; white and gold, grey and silver, chocolate brown, black and silver, navy and silver, silver leather.

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £200 spend.

    Returns: Within 30 days

    Sole Bliss was specifically created to cater for wide feet women who suffer with bunions – even Queen Camilla is a fan, who owns the Ingrid shoe in a variety of colours.

    Their shoes are crafted with comfort in mind, and include three layers of underfoot cushioning and a hidden ‘bunion bed’ stretch panel cushion to disguise bunions.

    Editor's note: "I own a pair of heeled Sole Bliss boots and they're the comfiest pair in my wardrobe, no joke. As someone with a wider foot, you can tell they're made to be kind to those with wide feet, and I've heard nothing but amazing things about their trainers, too."

  4. 4/10

    Clarks Wide Fit Shoes

    Clarks Wide Fit Shoes

    Clarks Wide Fit Patent Court Shoes

    Sizes: 3-8, and two widths: D (standard) or E (wide).

    Colours: Sand, champagne or black

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £75 spend, or free click and collect to your local store. Otherwise, it's a £4.95 charge.

    Returns: Within 30 days

    The go-to brand for kitting out the whole family, Clarks’ wide fit range includes boots, sandals, sneakers and shoes.

    Many of their main collection offer the ‘standard’ width (D) and a wide-fit option (E) in shoe sizes 3-9.

    Editor's note: "Ask anyone for a shoe brand you can rely on, and Clarks is often mentioned. They have a capsule wide fit range which includes a number of classic shoe styles including these occasion-ready court shoes."

  5. 5/10

    Simply Be Wide Fit Shoes

    Simply be wide fit sandals

    Simply Be Wide Fit Raffia Sandals

    Shipping: £3.99 for standard delivery.

    Sizes: 4-8

    Colours: Sand

    Returns: Within 28 days

    If you’re on the hunt for affordable wide-fit shoes, head to Simply Be which has styles starting from £39. Simply Be caters to not just those with wide fit, but there’s over 350 extra wide fit shoes to choose from.

    Editor's note: "Simply Be is a great choice if your budget isn't massive, but you want quality looking shoes in a wider fit. Their range is vast, and includes trainers, heels, flats and sandals and there's an extra wide fit option too."

  6. 6/10

    River Island Wide Fit Shoes

    River Island Espadrilles

    River Island Wide Fit Espadrilles

    Sizes: 2 - 7

    Colours: Beige

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £50 spend.

    Returns: Within 28 days

    River Island's small but perfectly formed wide fit shoe selection includes sandals, trainers, boots, heels and flats.

    Editor's note: "I love these Chanel-esque espadrilles for spring-summer, and the wide fit means they'll be even comfier for us wider footed girls."

  7. 7/10

    ASOS Wide Fit Shoes

    ASOS wide fit ballet pumps

    ASOS Wide Fit Embellished Slingbacks

     Sizes: 2-11

    Colours: Green or black

    Shipping: Free with a £40 spend.

    Returns: Within 28 days

    For trend-led styles, ASOS’ collection of wide-fit shoes is second to none. ASOS has one of the biggest size ranges, with many of the wide fit shoes available in sizes 2-11 as well as brands, bridal and more.

    Editor's note: "You can't beat ASOS for style and value for money. Their wide fit shoe range has over 1,000 styles, starting from just £12!"

  8. 8/10

    Calla Wide Fit Shoes

    Calla Wide Fit Shoes

    Calla Wide Fit Gloria High Heel Sandals

    Sizes: 3-9, including half sizes

    Colours: Black

    Shipping: Free delivery on orders over £100.

    Returns: Within 30 days

    Calla Shoes throws shoe shopping on its head – letting you shop by width, rather than style. Founded by Jennifer Bailey, a bunion sufferer who found it hard to shop for comfortable yet stylish shoes.

    Unlike regular wide-fitting shoes, Calla footwear is wide in the toe box but standard in the heel, giving the wearer extra width across bunions but fitting in length. Choose from wide-fit, extra-wide fit and wide toe box fit.

    Editor's note: "I love that this entire brand has been created by someone who suffers from bunions - they really get the problems women with bunions face when it comes to buying shoes!"

  9. 9/10

    Hotter Wide Fit Shoes

    Hotter trainers

    Hotter Chase II Trainers

    Sizes: 3-9

    Colours: Grey, white and blue

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £60 spend; or free next-day click and collect from M&S stores. 

    Returns: Within 30 days

    Hotter is all about comfort first and foremost, and many of their shoe styles include shock absorbing soles, supportive lining and extra cushioned sections.

    Editor's note: "I know the brand Hotter are applauded by women who need extra comfort, as they not only cater for wider feet but have extra measures to make their shoes as comfy as poss. I think these clean white sneakers are fresh for spring."

  10. 10/10

    Winnoh Wide Fit Shoes

    Winnoh Mules

    Winnoh Wide Fit Giselle Mules

    Sizes: EUR 36-44

    Colours: Six available; red, white, black, tan, navy and light blue

    Shipping: Free standard delivery.

    Returns: Within 20 days

    Winnoh was created by Melissa Epifano after she struggled to find stylish shoes to fit her wider feet.  "I found you either hurt yourself by shoving your feet into painfully small and ill-fitting shoes or you settle for something bland and orthopaedic, which can destroy your confidence. I started Winnoh to solve this problem, and we have a lot of repeat buyers and customers who are surprised to slip their feet in and find that the shoes actually fit, and can be worn for long periods of time without the expected rubbing, blisters, and squashed feet."  

    Editor's note: "A small but perfectly formed collection from Winnoh, a female founded brand created purely to cater for women with wider feet."

How to buy wide fit shoes - expert advice

Margaret shares her expertise on what makes a comfy shoe for wide feet, and what to shop for: “A good shoe should offer ample toe room, sufficient arch support, and cushioning to absorb impact and reduce pressure points. For wide feet, the shoe should have a wider toe box to accommodate the natural splay of the foot, preventing issues like bunions, corns and discomfort. And for those with bunions, Margaret suggests shopping for wide-fit shoes, too. 

“Wide-width shoes provide extra room in the toe box, reducing pressure on the bunion and alleviating discomfort. They can help prevent further irritation or worsening of the condition by minimising friction and allowing the toes to spread more naturally, potentially offering relief and comfort for those with bunions. Also it really helps that shoes are made with elastic material or soft leather.” 

Melissa Epifano, Winnoh founder, echoes Margaret’s comments: “First, the width will be several millimeters wider in the toe box, giving the wearer more room to stretch out—and fewer numb pinky toes! The vamp (which is the part of the shoe that hugs the top of your foot) is often given more volume. Depending on the shoe style, the entirety of the insole might be widened slightly too. It may be surprising, but it’s these tiny design edits that can make a massive difference in how it feels on your foot.”

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