Do You Need Wide Fit Shoes?

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Wearing the correct shoe size is incredibly important when it comes to feeling comfortable and supported as you walk. It can also help to prevent a variety of issues with your feet which could result in pain and discomfort that can easily be avoided. Many people would argue that they are already wearing the right shoe size, however, while they may have chosen the correct shoe length for them, they haven’t always taken the width of their feet into account. 

When shopping for shoes, generally there are narrow, standard and wide width varieties to choose between, allowing you to opt for a pair that is true-fitting and keeps your feet in excellent shape. If you often experience each new pair of shoes that you buy feeling a little tight and uncomfortable, you may be in need of a wide fit shoe. Here at Gabor, we believe that everyone should experience footwear that fits their feet perfectly, which is why this guide will help you to recognise the classic signs that your shoes are too narrow for your feet, and educate you on how to properly measure your feet to establish the right size for you.

How to tell if you need wide fit shoes

Even if you have been wearing standard fitting shoes for your entire life, it’s still important to check that they are still suitable for your feet. As we get older, it is possible for our feet to expand and spread out, meaning that your usual size might not be accurate anymore. 

There are a number of telltale signs to look out for which could suggest that you are in need of a wider fitting shoe: 


Blisters are most commonly caused when the fabric of your shoe repeatedly rubs against a specific part of your foot. This causes the top layer of skin to be removed, resulting in a high level of pain and discomfort whenever the shoes are worn. While this can occur with new shoes, this issue usually goes away once the shoes have been worn in. However, if your older shoes begin to become a little tighter than they used to be, this is an obvious sign that the width of your feet may have increased in size. 

Bunions and Corns

Issues such as bunions and corns usually arise due to repeated pressure caused by shoes that are either too small or too narrow. Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form where your big toe is connected to your foot and are typically a result of pointed, narrow or tight shoes. Similarly, corns are thick, hardened patches of skin that tend to appear on the sides or tops of your feet for the same reason, and both issues can cause a considerable amount of pain. If you have been experiencing bunions or corns, it may be useful for you to establish whether a wide fit shoe is more appropriate for your feet. 

Measuring Your Feet

For those who are still unsure of whether a wide fit shoe is right for them, measuring your feet will allow you to find out your exact size so that you can purchase comfortable, supportive shoes that provide the perfect fit.

How to measure wide fit shoes

When it comes to measuring your feet, try to do this in the evening rather than first thing in the morning, as your feet expand throughout the day and are likely to be larger in the evening. We recommend using a pencil and paper to trace around both feet so that you can get an accurate measurement. For the length, measure from your longest toe down to the end of your heel, and for the width, measure along the broadest part of your foot.

Once you have your measurements, you can determine whether or not you are eligible for wide fit shoes. The width of wide fitting shoes varies based on your shoe size, so it’s important to take this into account when you measure your feet. The average width of a UK women’s size 6 shoe is around 9cm, so a wide fitting size 6 is usually around 10cm, with extra-wide styles measuring at 11cm. All of these measurements will be slightly different for different shoe sizes.

Are Gabor shoes wide fitting? 

Here at Gabor, we’re proud to offer our customers an extensive collection of wide fitting shoes as well as standard and narrow options. Remember, we use slightly different width codes for our wide fit shoes than other UK companies. We have featured these in a handy table format below to help you to understand our system and find wide fit shoes that are just right for you. 

UK WidthGabor WidthFitting Description
C+FStandard Fit
DGWide Fit
D+ or EEHExtra Wide Fit

Now that you have everything you need to know about our sizes, it’s time to browse through our stunning selection of wide fitting shoes, trainers, boots and sandals. With sophisticated styles for every season available in our collection, you’re guaranteed to be spoilt for choice. For an everyday shoe that is ideal for casual wear, why not snap up a pair of our popular wide fitting Quench Women’s Casual Trainers, or if you’re searching for the perfect going out shoe, browse our range of wide fit heels which includes our Brambling Women’s Court Shoes.