Caring for Special feet is something we, at Best Slippers, love doing. When you have feet that are wider than the standard, you may struggle getting slippers with the correct fit. Buying a size larger may sometimes solve the problem, but the slippers may not be comfortable to walk in. In fact, the discomfort of wearing a longer size may even end up creating new problems for you, such as blistering or growth of foot calluses.
Our mission at Best Slippers is to provide you with footwear solutions no matter how unique your feet are. This collection of Slippers for Wide Feet is carefully put together to cater for those feet that require a wider fit, that’s not provided for in the standard fitting of regular shoes. It caters for both men and women, providing you with a functional solution to the unique needs presented by having wide feet. These slippers for wide feet are not just functional, they are also beautifully crafted, with all-natural materials and quality finishes.
Why are Some Feet Wider than Others?
Our feet are anatomically unique; no two people have the same physical foot structure or foot print. Some people have narrow feet, while others have wide feet, and still others have thick feet (in reference to the height from the floor to the upper part of the foot). For example, two ladies may have the same shoe size 7, but one could have a narrow foot, while the other lady has a wide one. If the two ladies try to fit size 7 Ballerina slippers, the one with a wide foot will struggle to fit into the regular ballerina slipper.
Why are some feet wider than others? Well, our feet differ just the same way our body shapes differ, and for more or less the same reasons. Let’s take a quick look at some of the influencing factors, just to get some background.
Natural or Genetically Wide Feet
Wide feet in a person may be natural or genetically adapted. This means you are born with wide feet, or it is a genetic trait in your family that you acquired.
Conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, arthritis amongst others may lead to changes in your feet structure, so that they become physically wider. During pregnancy, the body releases hormones that cause ligaments to relax: so you are likely to go up a size, or end up with wider feet because of this. Arthritis essentially causes inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis usually starts off in the small joints of the hands and feet, and affects the joints symmetrically. This means that if you have rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, you are likely to experience inflammation and swelling in both feet at the same time, thereby affecting your footwear.
Accidents, Trauma and Surgery
Trauma to the phalanges or musculo-skeletal structure of your feet may alter the width of your feet. This is also the case where medical interventions like surgery on your feet become necessary, resulting in alteration of the structure of your foot or formation of scar tissue, leading to changes in your foot size.
Our feet can gain up to half an inch in length as we grow older. But that’s not all: Feet tend to flatten out and get wider because the supporting tendons and ligaments tend to lose their elasticity. Menopause too, is known to cause alterations in women’s feet, due to decrease in estrogen levels. Osteoporosis that may arise due to loss of bone mass may lead to the development of hairline stress fractures, that may cause the bones of the feet to shift out of place, in a worst case scenario.
Fit Your Feet: How to Measure your Feet
Our feet are structurally unique and no 2 people can have identical foot size. But how do you determine that your foot is ‘wide’ and not ‘medium’, especially in these modern times when we do 80% of our shopping online? How do you know what size to ask for if you aren’t sure if the shoe design you want runs wide in it’s fitting? Let’s give you a few tips here to fit your feet.
- The best time to measure your feet is in the evening, to be sure that your feet are not swollen after long hours sitting, or affected by other things like heat, etc.
- You will need to measure your longer foot; if you don’t know which foot is longer, then measure both of your feet.
- If you aren’t steady enough to do it, ask someone to help you with this activity.
- Make sure that your entire foot is flat on the paper before tracing the outline.
- Stand on a piece of paper and mark the heel and longest toe with a vertical pen. This measure gives you the length of your foot.
- Use a ruler to determine the length in cm. Most tables of foot measurements will have the units of foot length translated into all standard shoe sizes.
- To determine the width of your foot, you will need to measure the widest part of your foot, from side-to-side. To get this measure, you will need to draw an outline of your feet once again.
- Take the outermost point at the ball of your foot, beneath your big toe; mark this outermost point on the paper.
- Lift your foot off the paper. Draw a straight horizontal line across your foot, from the ball to a point just below your small toe joint. This represents the widest part of your foot.
- Use a ruler to determine this length in cm and write it down.
Footwear Designs for Wide Feet
At Best Slippers, we understand the frustration you go through getting correctly fitting slippers, especially when your feet are wider than the standard sizes. This collection of slippers for wide feet features designs that come in a special sizing with a wide-fit. We have wide-fit slippers for both men and women, in attractive designs and colors, manufactured by your favorite slipper experts including;
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter why your feet are different from the standard; what matters is that we have attractive slipper options, specially designed for wide feet. These wide-fit slippers are crafted for you, and can support and care for your feet with utmost comfort. You no longer have to ‘settle’ for poorly fitting slippers; simply pick your favorite designs and let us walk with you on the journey to owning properly fitting, comfortable slippers for your special feet.