When a shoe “gaps” on the side?

Dear Shoe Lady,
I received my shoes but they gap on the sides.  This is the biggest
drawback of ordering shoes on line.  Should I try the same shoe in a
medium instead of a wide with.  Do you know if Katie runs large.

S.R.

Dear S.R.-
Gapping is one of the mysteries of shoe fit.  It usually has less to do with
the width of the shoe and more to do with how the shoe is cut in relation to
the shape of your foot.  For example, if the ball of your foot hits below
the curve on the ball of the shoe, your foot will press against the shoe in
such a way that the sides will gap.  People often judge their shoe size by
how long their feet are from toe to heel.  But traditional shoe makers judge
by how long the foot is from the heel to the ball, or widest part, of the
foot.  The toes are assumed to get the extra space on the end.  But as you
can imagine, if you have disproportionately short or long toes, it will mess
up that ratio of heel to ball and ball to tip on the shoe fit.

We also find the people with flat arches have problems with gapping.

I tell you this because it may be that a narrower width will not fix the
problem.  But you must be the judge.  If neither of the scenarios I describe
above fits your case, then do try a narrower width.

Thanks,
Shoe Lady

Dear Shoe Lady,
I received my shoes but they gap on the sides.  This is the biggest
drawback of ordering shoes on line.  Should I try the same shoe in a
medium instead of a wide with.  Do you know if Katie runs large.

S.R.

2 thoughts on “When a shoe “gaps” on the side?

    • Dear Ramona,
      So sorry, but I’ve never found a satisfactory insert for this.
      My best recommendation is to find styles that have a “Mary Jane” strap detailing over the arch of the foot.

      Best to you,
      The Shoe Lady

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