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Asked Questions

About Shoe Widths

Dear Shoe Lady,
If my width is a D then is it a wide or double wide for your site?

Hi Trish,
That is an excellent question. I know these things can be a bit confusing sometimes!  But, to make things easier, our website is designed to correlate to the actual sizes you would see in stores.  A ‘D’ is always considered wide, which is sometimes referred to as a ‘W’.  Check out this link for for more information on width!

Also, if you’re looking for a specific size/width, you can use our “Shop By” option on the left hand side of DesignerShoes.com. Here, you can not only input size and width, but also Color, Brand, Heel, and others. For example, if you were looking for a size 9W pink pump, I could use the drop downs here to find the following steal!

Aerosoles Tapestry Pink Patent at DesignerShoes.com

Aerosoles Tapestry Pink Patent is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Get as specific as you like and Happy Shopping!

Sandals for a High Instep

Dear Shoe Lady,
Can you suggest some sandals that accommodate a high instep? I am traveling to Florida this winter and desperately need a new pair. I’m looking for sandals that are slightly dressy (1-2 inch heel) but also comfortable to walk in. I have good luck with Sofft shoes but they don’t always accommodate a high instep. I also have a wide toe area so I prefer either a wide width or a thong style.

Dear Lu,
Have you tried our shoes by Aerosoles? The brand is known for it’s comfort and most styles come in wide. I recommended the Aerosoles Chlose Encounter. They are slip-on style with a .75 inch heel, cushioned footbed and comfortable wide bands.

Aerosoles Chlose Encounter Nickel Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Chlose Encounter by Aerosoles is a Low Heel Casual Sandal

For a thong style sandal I would recommend the Naturalizer Brand. Widths range from medium, wide and extra wide. The cushioned footbed with a 1.25 inch heel is fantastic for a high instep.

Naturalizer Havaro Coral Kiss at DesignerShoes.com

Havaro by Naturalizer is a Low Heel Casual Sandal

Finally, since you love Sofft brand shoes I thought you might this youthful cute sandal with a 1.25 inch heel. Perfect for a summer dress.

Sofft Lynsey All Spice Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Lynsey by Sofft is a Low Heel Sandal

Enjoy your trip to Florida!
The Shoe Lady

Silver HIGH HEELS in women’s size 12 or 13 wide

Dear Shoe Lady,
I am looking for Silver HIGH HEELS in women’s size 12 or 13 wide. Can you help me?

Silver is a striking color that works with a variety of other hues. I like to think of it as jewelry on your feet. A touch of a shimmer or metallic reflections can really help to complete a look. Here are a couple of options to get you started!

Touch Ups Jillian Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Jillian by Touch Ups is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Special Occasions Paola Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Paola by Special Occasions is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Touch Ups Twilight Silver at DesignerShoes.com

Twilight by Touch Ups is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Browse the additonal shoe options by clicking here!

Good Luck,
The Shoe Lady

Fall Selection for Size 13 Wide and Double Wide Shoes

Dear Shoe Lady,
I’m a women’s size 13W/WW and wanted to know when the Fall selection would be available?

Hi Nancy,
Great questions, and thank you for your interest! It is good to see that you are planning for the upcoming fall season. Since grey is the color for fall, you should be sure to see variations of grey throughout fashion pieces. Our fall collection is currently up now!

Antia Abella Mocha Metallic Snake at DesignerShoes.com

Abella by Antia is a Low Heel Dressy Flat

Antia Beatriz Mocha Tumbled Antique at DesignerShoes.com

Beatriz by Antia is a Low Heel Dressy Loafer

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Happy Browsing.
The Shoe Lady

Understanding USA Shoe Widths – A European Question

Dear Shoe lady,

I’m from Malta and have a very large foot size unfortunately here the maximum size available for shoes for women is a 9 which is not even close to my size so i have been wearing mens shoes most of my life. As you can imagine this is not flattering at all and restricts my wardrobe to trousers as men’s shoes look hideous with dresses or skirts!

Last February my mother went on holiday in the United states and bought me 2 pairs of women’s shoes in size 11 W – the length of the shoe is fine however the width is simply too small. When I measure my feet according to the chart on this website I still get a size of 11 W however since I have 2 pairs of shoes in that size which do not fit I am hesitant in buying another pair in the same size. so I was wondering if you could tell me how to better measure the width of my foot to be able to buy the appropriate size.

I have recently finished a Master degree in Pharmacy and will start working with a pharmaceutical company my job will involve many functions with other professionals and I would like to be able to wear women’s shoes since first impressions are important in this business furthermore the fact that I have never owned a pair of womens shoes greatly influences my self esteem.

Many thanks in advance for your advice

Dearest Marisabelle! I am here for you!

We want you to be the most attractively shod pharmacist on the continent! A size 11W is roughly 26.7 cm long and 10.9 cm wide. But there is a small difference between and 11 and a 12, only 0.6 cm, so your measuring has to be very exact. You’ll need to do a bit more reading about measuring your feet. Also on that page, read about shoe size and shoe width. You MUST make judgments about the SHAPE of your feet beyond what the size charts tell you.

Also, I don’t know which brands your mother bought? Some brands are terrible at making wider sizes, others are great. This article tells you about wide feet and lists some of the better brands to consider. Let me know more information about the shape and size of your feet after you read the articles and I’ll make more suggestions for you.

Keep in touch,
The Shoe Lady

Lymphedema in both feet

Dear Shoe Lady,

I have lymphedema in both feet, ankles, legs. I have a very real need for width measuring information. not just the ball of the foot but the arch as well. ironically my toes and heels are not affected
and are ‘normal’. arch height is not the issue it’s the height from floor over top of foot to floor. right now I make moccasins and measure this way [traditional] but mocs don’t do well in wet or cold
weather or for dressy occasions!
The site is good for what is in it, but more measuring information in this area would of great help to me and others like me.
thank you


Dear Ms. P,

Thanks for your feedback!  There are 28 different “fit” points on a shoe and given the different shapes of feet and different styles …. multiplied by the average of about 50 sizes for each shoe style… well you see our problem.  We do as much as we can to inform customers about how to pick the best shoes for their feet.  I, your humble Shoe Lady, have thicker feet, floor to top of foot, and find it helps to think of shoes not as length and width, but as volume.  So I sometimes need to buy sizes a little wider than my width measurement suggests just so there’s room for the thickness or top-to-bottom height.

Please do take a look at the information in our “About Sizes” section on the lower right part of the DesignerShoes.com home page.


The Shoe Lady

Dear Lady,

Thank you for answering me. I do understand fit points.you should see my closet floor! lol  The collection is a study in width.
I thought I would get XW but I needed more reference for how wide is XW. it’s just a number. so even a ball park measure would help. imagine trying to buy a dress and having no idea what a size 2 vs 22 is.
at least if there was a number attached to the shoe you could measure and have an idea of where it is going.
I guess I will have to go to a shoe store with one of those measuring things and see what I get.  or a thrift store for a pair that are close to fitting me-I have no idea anymore if I wear an 8,8.5 or? even if it is a XW. yes I am taking a can of lysol eeewwww but desperate times make people do desperate things.
Thanks again.

My Dear Ms. P,

Go to a shoe store that uses a Brannock device (that stick thing) but the width information still may not help much.  Be sure to read our articles on measuring your feetand on Wide feet on our website.

Shoe sizes/ widths?

Dear Shoe Lady, I am thinking of ordering some shoes from your online store, but before I do that I wanted to ask about sizes, especially widths.  My heel to toe length is about 10.5 in., and my ball width is about 4 3/8 in.  I am interested in the following shoes and boots – do you think 11 WW will fit me?



Jocelyn by Supremes is a Low Heel Casual Laceup


Thanks for the help,
In a word, yes!

All of the styles you’ve picked are good for wide feet.  Your width is between a W and a WW.  You will be more comfortable in the WW.  And both the Jocelyn and Frost should stay on your foot fine if the shoe is a little loose.  The Vera is more of a dress shoe.  Bella Vita has tended to make their widths generous, although on this shoe, we think the width is “true”.  But because you are between a W and a WW, you may want to consider the W.  It will hold your foot more tightly but you can consider getting it spot stretched if there is a particular spot – like bunions- that make that part of your foot wider.  This is a tough call and requires you to assess the shape of your foot with the shape of the shoe.  Also keep in mind that the difference between a W and a WW is less than a quarter of an inch around the circumference of the ball of your foot.

The Shoe Lady