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Wide Foot Problems

Wide Foot Problems

Wide feet can be the source of a ton of foot problems, if not accommodated appropriately. Therefore, we broke down the causes of wide feet, the problems they can create and how you can relieve some of the pain associated with wide feet and tight-fitting shoes.


What Causes Wide Feet?

There could be a number of reasons why someone has wide feet. The most common answer is genetics – that you’re simply born with it. Another common reason is you have flat feet or low arches. Lower arches tend to cause feet to spread out more and need more room. Additionally, a lot of women will have wider feet if they’re pregnant as well. Pregnant women typically experience wider feet during their second and third trimesters, when hormones stretch the ligaments around the feet, increasing their width overall. Aside from genetics and flat arches, your feet could actually be wide because you are wearing the wrong shoes. If your shoes don’t fit properly and are too small or too tight, swelling can occur over time and make your feet appear wider.


Problems With Wide Feet

Difficulty Putting on Shoes

Sometimes having wide feet can make putting on shoes more difficult. If wide feet make your shoes difficult to pull on, consider having a shoe horn to help make the process a bit easier. This tool slightly pulls back the heel of your shoe while you are sitting or standing and allows you to slide the shoe on with ease.



Bunions, whose medical name is referred to as hallux valgus, are bony angular deformity that commonly form at the joint between the big toe and the foot. Because the bunion sticks out in a V-shape, it rubs painfully against the inside of shoes. Bunions are typically inherited or can be caused by a particular type of foot injury. Experts at this time disagree on whether tight, ill-fitting shoes cause bunions or whether the type of footwear contributes to a bunion development. Regardless, it’s still important to find shoes that fit bunions well.


The best shoes to accommodate bunions are closed-toe shoes with excellent arch support that are wide enough to accommodate the size of the bunion, without it being too loose. People with bunions will also find that materials with “give” are more comfortable, such as soft leather or stretchy suede. On the reverse side, the number one shoe style to avoid are super-trendy gladiator high heels due to their height and lack of support that will certainly induce stress on the joints.



A hammer toe is a deformity that causes your toe to curl downward in a claw-like position instead of pointing forward. A hammer toe deformity can affect any toe on your foot or even multiple, but most commonly affects the second or third toe. Although a hammer toe may be present at birth, it usually develops over time due to arthritis, wearing ill-fitting shoes, a toe injury, pressure induced from a bunion, or strained tendons in the foot. The best types of shoes for those with hammertoes should be shoes with a wide toe box that allows ample room for toes to breathe and avoid crowding.


Wide Shoe Selections at VANELi

As a leader in the specialty shoe size industry, VANELi proudly offers a wide range of shoes to accommodate women with wide feet, with styles ranging from sandals to dress shoes, to athleisure, to flats and so much more. Below are some of our favorite wide shoes for women that provide both comfort and style.


VANELi Taletha

The VANELi Taletha is a classic T-strap sandal with adjustable buckles on both the upper and lower straps so you can adjust for your wider foot accordingly! It features a lightly padded stitched insole and flexible rubber single-piece bottom for all-day comfort.


VANELi Farida

The VANELi Farida is a simple suede slingback with three coordinating elastic bands stretching across the toes and vamp. It features a matching suede buckle closure for adjustable fit on a 1 and 3/4 inch covered wedge heel. It’s available in moss suede and black suede so you can coordinate with your favorite outfits.


VANELi Empery

The VANELi Empery is a simple, suede slingback sandal with a softly padded insole for ultimate comfort. The wooden heel measures 2 and 1/2 inch and has a clear acrylic insert, which adds a unique and eye-catching detail.