Dear Shoe Lady,
I wear a 9 1/2 wide shoe in men’s but I don’t know what I wear in a women’s shoe. I tried on some 12’s but they feel tight. Help please.
Men’s shoes are designed to be comfortable and fit a normal human foot. This is NOT true for women’s shoes. A men’s 9.5 shoe is 10.5 inches long. That is the same length as a women’s size 11 (or a UK 9 or a Euro 43). But length is only part of the fit equation. Men’s shoes are made wider and a bit deeper (top to sole) than a women’s shoe of the same length. And you wear a men’s wide. So you need to be looking for a women’s 11WW. You said a 12 didn’t fit. I’m assuming it was a 12M (medium). You may be expecting that little extra toe room that men’s shoes have. I suggest you try a 12WW and then a 12W and then an 11WW until you find the size, width and shoe shape that suits your feet the best.
The Shoe Lady