There is not only one shoe size - like many people believe. Let us introduce to you: shoe width (applause!) Since people with the same foot length often have different foot width, you also need to deal with a shoe width sizing system (in addition to the ordinary shoe size length system). OK, it might sound complicated, but wearing the correct shoe width will increase your comfort and foot health.
Men's Shoe Width Letters and Symbols
Have a look at the size tag in the shoes (or the item description if shopping online). There you will often find a letter that indicates shoe width. But what do the mean?
See below for Men's shoe width letters and symbols, and what they mean:
Narrow Shoe Width: S, A, 2A, 3A, B, N, C. More letters mean more narrow width. I.e. 3A is more narrow than 2A and A. Medium Shoe Width: D, M, R Wide Shoe Width: E, 2E, W. More letters mean wider shoes. I.e. 2E is wider than E. Extra Wide (XWide): 3E, 4E, 5E, 6E, WW, WWW. More letters mean wider shoes. I.e.
6E is wider than 4E, and WWW is wider than WW.
Determine Your Shoe Width
OK, so shoe width is important. But how to determine your own shoe width? It's easy, and done in 2 steps: