Shoe Width Explained: Sizes & Measurement

Explore by width to find your perfect fit!

Out-of-the-box widths: unite! Those of us with unique foot shapes know the pain of finding the right fit. From pinched bunions to jostling feet, anything but a Goldilocks-fit shoe width can be downright discouraging.

KURU offers a variety of styles and wide-width shoes to fit multiple foot types. Footwear that combines comfort and inclusivity is more than a shoe—it’s a KURU.

Man stands and holds out KURU ATOM wide width shoes.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

Simply Fabulous!

I LOVE these shoes!! I initially purchased a size 8.5, which is my size in the Atoms, but they were too big. The 8s were a perfect fit. The width is also a little big, but I think that is because I have very narrow feet. Even with the width a little too big for me, the shoes feel WONDERFUL. Right now I am walking around the house breaking them in, and they are perfect! The white is a little pink, but simply gorgeous!!

-- The Historian

Great for Wide Feet!

The Chicane Wide is great for wide feet and standing for long hours. I am a healthcare worker who spends a great deal of time on my feet. The Kuru Sole technology have a little bit of give, which helps minimize pain and fatigue when when standing for long hours. I used to buy size wide shoes from other major shoe brands but have recently noticed that their Wide shoes are no longer truly wide, which causes pinching and does not provide enough support. So I decided to give these a try back in 2020. I love how generously roomy these Chicane Wides are! Personally, I feet that these are true to size. My most recent order is already my third pair of Chicane. These shoes will provide lasting comfort if you have wide feet and spend a lot of time on your feet. Highly recommended!

-- Justin L

best Shoe Ever

My feet do not fit regular shoes. They are shaped like a ducks feet---narrow heel and wider forefoot with toes that fan out. But my feet are relatively skinny, so wide width shoes do not work. My arch is average. I loved these shoes so much I bought a second pair in the same color (electric grape). I receive a lot of compliments on this shoe, despite my less than feminine feet. Thank you, Kuru!

-- KorroKitty

Experts Guide to Shoes by Width

Find the best shoes for medium, narrow and wide width feet!

So. You’re at the store, and you just found the perfect pair. Hooray! It suits the event, it’s a spot-on color—it even has great arch support! Then, boom. You slip it on, and it’s tight in all the wrong places… or it’s not tight enough at all. Familiar sigh.

Not on our watch. At KURU, we get the pain (in every sense of the word) of having to consider width, not just size, when buying shoes—especially when there aren’t many options.

That’s why KURU offers a variety of styles, lengths and widths to match the foot shape you actually have, all with the pain-relieving tech you want.

Medium Width Shoes: Get the Goldilocks Fit

Not too wide, not too narrow—it’s just right.

As someone with a medium-width—also known as “standard” or “regular”—you’ll often get the first pick of almost any shoe style on the market. But that doesn't mean you’re guaranteed a comfortable fit with every shoe.

Wearing a well-fitted shoe is just as important with a standard women’s or men’s shoe width as it is with wider or narrower feet. Viewing men and women’s shoe width charts and fitting instructions before buying can help you find the perfect fit.

Once you’ve nailed down your size and width, the shoe store is your oyster. KURU’s online buying experience and hassle-free exchanges and returns makes finding the right pair accessible even from your living room.

Trying to determine whether you’re a shoe width B or shoe width D? A good, ole’ fashioned Brannock device can help.

Don’t have one at home? Most of us don’t—that’s ok! Grab a piece of paper, stand on it with your whole weight and trace an outline around your foot. Use a tape measure at the widest width of your foot and compare the number with Brannock’s shoe width chart. Boom, you’ve nailed down whether you’re a standard width, extra wide width, or a narrow fit.

Kuru Guru Footwear Facts

For every KURU style we make, we share the shoe width “grade” in the “details” section on our website. That means whether you’re a B+ or a C- on a women’s or men’s shoe width chart, we’ve got a shoe that just might work for you.

Man leans against wall wearing KURU ATOM wide width shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

Trying to determine whether you’re a shoe width B or shoe width D? A good, ole’ fashioned Brannock device can help.

Don’t have one at home? Most of us don’t—that’s ok! Grab a piece of paper, stand on it with your whole weight and trace an outline around your foot. Use a tape measure at the widest width of your foot and compare the number with Brannock’s shoe width chart. Boom, you’ve nailed down whether you’re a standard width, extra wide width, or a narrow fit.

Narrow Width Shoes: Sleek Fit for a Sleek Foot

If you feel your feet are sliding back and forth in the shoe or you have to curl your toes to “lift” it, the shoe is too wide. You also shouldn’t have to “force” the shoes to fit by continuing to tighten the laces.

We get it. Each shoe company has ever-so-slightly varied sizing. Before buying, check out the Brannock device company’s shoe size width chart recommendations.

Purchase a pair of shoes but the fit isn’t quite right? KURU offers free returns and exchanges, so you try shoes on before committing to find the fit that works for you.

Kuru Guru Footwear Facts

One of the most popular times for international travelers to make a trip to Ireland is in the early spring. The best shoes for Ireland in March are those that transition easily between on-road and off-road activities and can handle various forms of weather without complaint.

Woman stands wearing the KURU PIVOT sneaker.

Finding the Best Fit

We get it. Each shoe company has ever-so-slightly varied sizing. Before buying, check out the Brannock device company’s shoe size width chart recommendations.

Purchase a pair of shoes but the fit isn’t quite right? KURU offers free returns and exchanges, so you try shoes on before committing to find the fit that works for you.

Wide Width Shoes: Whole-Foot Comfort

When it comes to foot health, no pain is true gain.

Squeezing into a pair of shoes is never pretty. Along with squozen toes, buckling metatarsals and blistered bunions, ill-fitting footwear can cause or exacerbate long-term foot-health conditions. Your foot should be able to lay completely flat when standing with your full weight in the shoe. No numb pinky toes allowed.

KURU offers a variety of wide-foot-friendly styles and shoe width sizes to make sure your wide feet have the room they need to stay pain free—even after hours on your feet.

KURU offers wider “styles” and true “wide” widths in a variety of shoes to help you achieve the perfect fit. Try a CHICANE WIDE for women or QUANTUM WIDE for men. Or, search our site by gender and “wide shoes” to find your favorite style.

Need to verify whether you truly have a “wide” width? Trace an outline of your foot while standing with your full weight and measure the widest distance. Then consult the shoe company’s width charts to ensure you’ll get the right fit.

Kuru Guru Footwear Facts

Too-tight or too-narrow shoes can cause long-term foot health concerns, including bunions, neuromas, and crossover or hammer toes. Wide shoes make room for the whole foot so you keep doing what you love.

Women's KURU CHICANE wide width hiking shoes.

KURU offers wider “styles” and true “wide” widths in a variety of shoes to help you achieve the perfect fit. Try a CHICANE WIDE for women or QUANTUM WIDE for men. Or, search our site by gender and “wide shoes” to find your favorite style.

Need to verify whether you truly have a “wide” width? Trace an outline of your foot while standing with your full weight and measure the widest distance. Then consult the shoe company’s width charts to ensure you’ll get the right fit.

Technology for a Natural Fit

KURUCLOUD

Our heavenly base layer, KURUCLOUD, is made of advanced, dense EVA foam designed to diffuse every impact. This firm-yet-lightweight foundation absorbs shock and reduces stress on joints and ligaments to help make each step a little lighter, and each mile a little less painful.

KURUCLOUD

KURUSOLE

Our patented KURUSOLE works in tandem with KURUCLOUD to let your heel move naturally by dynamically flexing with every step. KURUSOLE supports your arch and cradles your heel, preserving your heel’s natural cushioning system—the fat pad. Once the fat pad breaks down, it stays that way, so we make it our mission to protect it.

KURUSOLE

ULTIMATE INSOLE

Our ULTIMATE INSOLES feature 5mm of durable polyurethane foam that molds to your foot for customized comfort. These removable insoles help you stay comfortable mile after mile while offering the ultimate support and shock absorption. Plus, a unique arch bridge helps keep your plantar fasciitis at bay.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

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