What is Shoe Width Scale? : How to Use it To Find Right Shoe Size

Shoes are generally sized according to their length and width.

While shoe length is the longitudinal distance between the toe cap and heel of the shoe, shoe width is the distance between the widest part of the shoe.

It is vital to buy shoes that are a perfect fit.

Shoes that are too narrow will cause foot sores and cramps while shoes that are too wide will cause too much friction while walking. Walking in both these shoes are extremely difficult.

Hence, to determine the right shoe, it is helpful if the shoe having the right width.

A shoe width scale is used to denote the width of each shoe.

What is the shoe width scale?

The shoe width scale is a measurement scale which is used as a reference for measuring and determining shoe width. The shoe width scale helps in identifying the shoe’s width and by extension, the shoe’s size as well. The shoe width scale uses letters to represent the shoe’s width.

The shoe width scale is a measurement scale which is used as a reference for measuring and determining shoe width.

The shoe width is just one of the parameters that are used for sizing a shoe. The shoe width determines the maximum width that a shoe can accommodate.

The shoe width can ensure that the shoe is a perfect fit for the user. Therefore, the shoe width measurement scale is used to denote the width of the shoe using an already defined standard system for the same.

The measurement scale varies from country to country. The measurement scale used in the United States uses alphabets to represent the shoe size.

The letters A through E are placed one or multiple times to get distinct sets of shoe widths. These are A, B, D, and E.

The higher the letter is, the higher the shoe width.

However, the width of male and female shoes of the same measure on the scale may vary.

shoe width scale

The Shoe Width Measurement Scale

The shoe width scale has the following widths- A, B, D and E. A denotes the narrow shoes while wide shoes fall under the E category. The A and E widths are divided into further sub-categories. These widths, measured in inches, vary for male and female footwear.

The measurements represented by each of the sets of letters for both male and female footwear are given below.

A width

The A width is exclusively for women’s shoes. The A width of a shoe is what is deemed to be narrow.

The A width is divided into further sub-categories such as the AAA, AA and A width.

Shoe width ranging from 2.8 to 3.7 inches across the ball of the foot come under the A category.

B width

The B width applies to both male and female footwear. B width shoes come under the narrow category for men while they are medium for women.

For male shoes under the B grouping, shoe width ranges from 3.3 to 4.4 inches. For female shoes, shoe width ranges from 3.1 to 4.1 inches.

D width

The D width applies to both male and female footwear. D width shoes come under the medium category for men and are wide for women.

For male shoes under the D grouping, shoe width ranges from 3.5 to 4.6 inches. For female shoes, shoe width ranges from 3.6 to 4.4 inches.

E Width

The E width applies to both men and women footwear. Both categories are considered wide in both male and female shoes.

For women’s footwear, the E category of shoe widths is further sub-divided into E and EE categories. The E category has shoe widths from 3.2 to 5.2 inches while the EE category has shoe widths from 3.9 to 4.8 inches.

For men’s footwear, the E category of shoe’s widths is further sub-divided into E, EE, EEEE and EEEEEE categories.

The E category has shoe widths from 4.2 to 4.7 inches, EE from 3.7 to 4.8 inches, 4E (EEEE) from 3.9 to 5 inches and 6E (EEEEEE) from 4.1 to 5.2 inches.

Finding the perfect shoe

The perfect shoe can be found by looking up its size. Shoes are sized according to their length and width. As the shoe size increases, so does its width.

Hence, the perfect shoe size can be found by matching its length and width with that of the user’s feet.

The length and width of feet can be measured using professional scales or by following simple techniques at home as well.

The best way to find the perfect shoe is to have its measurements handy. These measurements include the length and width of the shoe. Several shoe stores have professional scales used for the same purpose.

Feet can also be measured at home as well. The feet (preferably while wearing socks) can be placed on paper and their outline can be traced to obtain the length and width of the shoe.

It is recommended to have feet measured in the afternoon, after being on feet for a while. This will help in determining the right shoe width and a perfect shoe fit.

Shoe are sized according to their length and width. This scale of shoe sizes varies from nation to nation. For example, a woman using a size 6 shoe in USA will require only a shoe 4 in UK.

Therefore, as the shoe width increases, the shoe size increases as well.

Here is a quick video showing how depth and width are important aspect of a running shoe  –

Summary

The key factor while buying a shoe is to find a shoe that fits perfectly. The perfect shoe can be found by looking up its size. Shoes are sized according to their length and width.

The shoe width is the distance between the ends of the shoe at its widest point. As the shoe size increases, so does its width.

The perfect shoe size can be found by matching its length and width with that of the user’s feet.

The length and width of feet can be measured using professional scales or by following simple techniques at home as well.

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