The Best Shoes for Wide Feet
I'm not particularly into shoes (I'm much more of a bag guy), but yet I'm always shopping for shoes. Why? Because I've got wide feet. I don't think they're freakishly wide, but they're Shrek-like enough that I would say I have only a 40% success rate when I try stuff on. So, I'm constantly on the hunt.
It's not all bad news, though. There are some pros to having wide feet. If my Instagram DMs are any indication, foot fetishists seem to like chubby, round feet. So there's that?
Anywho - I've rounded up some of my current favorite shoes for round feet. They're all available in wide widths, and they're all super chic because I picked them.
The perfect blend of Brooklyn hipster and East Coast prepster. I'd style them with my pants rolled (duh) just to the top of the boot to show 'em off.
Ferragamo is the rare designer brand to offer wide widths in most of their styles. For this I am grateful, even if my wallet is not. These are classic loafers you can wear every day forever, resole them, and then wear them every day forevermore. I have them in blue suede, and am hopeful Santa brings me this brown leather version.
Cole Haan consistently offers a nice assortment of wide widths (mostly online). The price point isn't bad, and every once in a while they offer something truly super cool (I'm still regretting not getting the silver metallic oxfords I saw on Katie of The 12ish Style). I love this "athleisure" take on a classic silhouette.
These even sound comfortable. I think these would be cool worn sock-less with distressed denim. Or crisp white denim. Or even shorts in the summer. Ok, just buy them.
I've been wearing Bass Weejun penny loafers since I was 8 (no, not the same pair). I always have two pairs in rotation: a beat up pair to wear casually (like, with shorts casually) and a nicer pair to wear for, well, nicer occasions. For me they take some time to break in, but once they do they're like slippers.
Maybe these are weird, but I don't care. Wear 'em with navy and white for a look that is chic and patriotic. Wear 'em as part of a Pope Halloween costume. Just wear 'em.
No post on hard-to-fit feet would be complete without including Allen Edmonds. They offer an astonishing array of sizes and widths (from super narrow to super wide) - most made in the USA. Get fitted in a store, if you can - the sales staff is beyond knowledgeable and you might just be surprised at your size. I thought I was a 12, but it turns out I'm really an 11 wide (wide, wide). I have these tassel loafers, and so should you.
The driving moc is the official shoe of my weekend. I like the subtle splash of color on this pair of Bally loafers. Caveat: maybe it's the way I walk (or the fact I live in NYC and walk a lot), but I find the toes on my driving shoes wear out more quickly than I would like. This pair seems to have a re-inforced toe. J'intrigued!
Hope this round up has been helpful - and let me know if there are any go-to brands or sites I'm missing.