5 Sneaky Tricks All Girls With Wide Fit Feet Should Steal

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Cramped toes, squeezed sides, an intense hatred for patent leather, zero chance of finding your size in the sales... Sound familiar? If so, you may have wide-fitting feet. 

There are, of course, some upsides to this: You needn't even pretend that you want to wear stilettos, and then there's the sheer unadulterated joy of slipping into a pair of feet-freeing sandals. So let's embrace those extra-wide feet and get shopping, shall we? 

If you’re struggling with a lack of footwear variety, eBay is on hand to help: Firstly with the huge range of wide-fitting shoes in our handy Curve Fashion Hub, and secondly with these invaluable tips... 

1. Check Your Measurements



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Infuriatingly, the larger your feet, the more precise you’ll need to be about your exact measurements, as there are likely to be fewer options within your size range. You could go in for a professional sizing at your nearest shoe shop, but doing it yourself will allow you to gauge your sizing across a wider range of brands, which makes ordering online far easier.

So, next time you’re looking for a wild evening in, follow these simple steps:
 
1. Place your foot flat on a piece of paper, with your weight on it. 
2. Trace around the outline with a pencil. If anyone is on hand to help (and you're not overly ticklish) it may be easier for you to stand up and have them trace your foot. 
3. Grab a tape measure and measure the distance across the arch, heel, toes and widest part of each foot.  
4. Make a note of those measurements in inches and use a size chart to match up those numbers to your shoe size, relating to the UK, US and European sizing systems. 

Make sure you measure both feet as one may be bigger than the other, and it’s best to do your measuring in the evening as your feet naturally swell throughout the day so they'll be at their largest. Also, if you're shoe shopping for your holiday wardrobe or preparing for a heatwave, do remember that your feet could swell even further, so you’re likely to need a little more wiggle room. 

2. Try Men's And Unisex Shoes



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Sidling into the men’s section of a shop can be a bit cringe, but when it comes to stocking up on unisex shoe styles such as Converse or Vans, it’s a no-brainer. Don’t be afraid to brazenly walk up to the shop assistant and ask for a pair in your size – most of the time they'll share your frustration at the lack of sizes available for women and reassuringly tell you that all the size eights get snapped up straight away. 

If that option doesn’t appeal to you, order online so that you can properly try them on and test them out in the comfort of your own home. Much more convenient.

3. Know Your Styles And Materials



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Give your poor toes a break from all the stiff, unforgiving materials you’ve been trying to squeeze them into. Think soft, snuggly leather and stick to durable, breathable materials that offer a bit of give when you walk. And stay well away from stiff patent leather: It's the sworn enemy of larger-footed ladies. 

Brush up on the different styles and shapes of footwear and experiment with what works best with the shape of your feet. Pointed shoes, stiff brogues and killer stilettos are notoriously unforgiving, but you can't go wrong with some roomy leather loafers, breathable trainers, or trusty plimsoles. For workwear and smart occasions, why not try court shoes, which have a flattering shape but no straps to leave you feeling constricted. 

4. Try Shoe-Stretching



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So you’ve fallen in love with a pair of shoes and invested your hard-earned cash in them, and it's all going great until they start to rub or pinch. But don’t panic and give up on them until you've tried some shoe-stretcher softening spray.

It won’t drastically change the shape or look of your shoes, but will encourage them to stretch and become slightly more comfortable. All you need to do is use the spray on the inside and outside of a leather or suede shoe, and then let it do its magic. Choose a scented softener – such as this cherry blossom spray – to keep your shoes both comfortable and fresh. 
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5. Understand Your Feet



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Not all wide-feet problems are the same, and there could be many reasons why you’re reaching for wide or extra-wide shoes on the shelves. It could be down to flat feet, bunions, or wider calves or ankles. Whatever the issue, it’s important to embrace it and tackle it head-on. Have a chat to a doctor or chiropodist and take it from there. 

Help yourself out by stocking up on a few closet essentials, such as a shoe horn for those tricky boots, cushioned insoles for extra arch support and – for instant relief – some Compeed Blister Plasters, just in case. A few simple steps will go a long way, and your feet will thank you for it. 

Looking for More Top Fashion Finds?



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Check out our Curve Fashion Hub for all the best finds, and make sure you read up on our ingenious curvy girl shopping tips that will change your life
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