Authored by Adam Sherman
How to Fit Unique Foot Shapes and Sizes to Sandals
We know that unique foot shapes are not considered by all brands, but there are some brands that do make the right kind of sandals for your needs if you need a wide toe box sandal. These brands know that there are plenty of people who started out with wider feet or whose feet have widened over time due to sports, pregnancy, or injury.
We recommend that you get a professional shoe fitting if you have wide feet. With the right tools, a shoe store can find out how wide your feet actually are. You can also learn about your arch height and whether a sandal with a wide toe box is right for you.
We suggest you save these measurements and use them every time that you buy shoes to save you the heartache and frustration when the sandals that you have fallen in love with don’t fit.
Can I Measure My Own Feet to Determine How Wide of a Box My Sandals Need to Have?
If you are not located near an outlet that has the ability to size your feet but still want to get yourself some comfortable wide-toe box sandals, you can measure your own feet as well. This takes a little time and attention to detail, but you will find that it is well worth the effort when you get paired up with the perfect sandals each time you buy.
A study done by Andrew K Buldt and Hylton B Menz showed that a large proportion of the population are wearing the wrong size shoes which can lead to various foot health problems that could be voided with proeprly sized and designed shoes. This is why knowing your actual footsize is so important.
To measure your own feet you will need to follow these steps:
- Tape two pieces of white paper to the floor. You should try to use unlined printer paper to help you visualize your measurements better.
- Trace your feet on the paper. Make sure that you do both feet as you will probably have a smaller and a larger foot. You may also have a wider and a narrower foot.
- Use a ruler to measure the width at the widest part of your foot. This will usually be at the end of your big toe across to the edge of your pinky toe. This number is the width of your foot at the toe box.
- Measure your heel width as well as the middle of your foot.
- Use these measurements to help assess the widths that you will need to have when you are fitting shoes to your feet. If any of these measurements are off by too much in any direction, the shoes will be uncomfortable and could hurt your feet.
While this method will not give you reliable results for assessing the arch support that you need, you can visually verify the shape of your arch as well. If your arches do not touch the floor when you are standing with your full weight on your foot, you have higher arches than most people. If your arches are fully touching the floor when you stand up, you have flat feet.
You can also have someone else look at the arches of your feet to help you to assess how high or low they might be. It can be hard to determine this part of your measuring process on your own. Matthew Hill et al did a study that shows that arch height and foot length are not correlated. This means that your foot length might not impact the placement of the arch support in your shoes. Armed with your measurements, you can feel more secure when you are shopping for sandals and you will be much more likely to get the right size shoes for your feet each time you buy them.
The Best Wide-Toe Box Sandals for Ultimate Comfort
If you are tired of wearing sandals that do not fit your wide feet, we have made a list of wide-toe box sandals to solve your needs for the perfect sandal. Not every sandal on this list is for every person’s need, but there is a wide array of styles and designs represented here that will work for any kind of foot type or fit need beyond the requirement for a wide toe box.
We believe that you should never have to sacrifice styling for comfort either, and this list of sandals will look great with everything from jeans to a dress for a night out on the town.
We love that sports sandals are always a great option for people with wide feet. These stylish sandals are naturally made to offer wide toe box comfort, just like a sneaker, but without the hot feet and enclosed toe box. We made our Siena sandals so that you can adjust them to fit every part of your foot perfectly, and the EVA foam midsole is soft and comfortable right out of the box. These are better than sandals because they're open-toed, meaning your feet can breathe. I love wearing open and airy sandals because of how breathable they are. This is important for keeping your body cool during warm summer months and hot spring weather.
The Siena Sport Sandal is one of the most comfortable sandals that you can buy with a wide toe box and it is also very attractive. You can wear this sandal on a hike, to the beach, or to the grocery store. It is rare to find this kind of styling in a wide toe box sandal. No more frustrating strap adjustments that don’t work and no more blisters when you are out being active! There's nothing worse than being in pain when you're trying to enjoy yourself. Based on my experience with these sandals, I don't have to worry about blisters or other issues when I'm on long hikes. They're so comfortable, I often forget I'm wearing sandals.
Our Cortona is a great sandal for a whole variety of reasons. This sandal has classic styling and reminds you of the hiking sandals of old, but with so much more comfort on offer. We made this sandal with the same EVA midsole support as other Viakix sandals, but with wider straps for a totally different fit than your average athletic sandal. They provide an excellent cushion for your heel and arch, with proper support that helps prevent injuries. Whether you're an athlete, hiker, or walker, proper footwear is important! As an avid hiker, I never want to worry about injuries when I'm on the trail. That's why hiking shoes with ample toe room is important.
Sport sandals blend comfort and lightweight with durability and waterproofing, making this a great sandal for your needs if you have wide feet and want to be able to walk on the trail for hours on end. You will never get blisters from these sandals and they will feel like they were custom made the minute you put them on your feet.
The Acadia Hiking Sandal
We love our Acadia sandal for so many reasons. If you have been discouraged with other hiking sandals in the past that naturally tend to run narrow and cause blisters and bunions for those with wide feet. The Acadia is built with a unique footbed design and a wider toe box to allow you to be comfortable no matter where you are walking and no matter how long you wear them. These are my favorite sandals to bring with me when I'm hiking on trails with multiple terrain types. These wide toe-box shoes great for rivers, slippery terrain, or mountain trails, and I never have to worry about slipping or getting any injuries.
This is a highly adjustable sandal that offers really nice waterproof straps that will never give you blisters or chafe. These are some of the most comfortable sandals on the market and they are perfect for wide feet and those who need a wide toe box.
We feel that these are the perfect sandals for everyone who hates straps rubbing the top of their feet. The Napali Sandal was made by Viakix with minimal straps but that does not mean that you will struggle with the fit of this comfy and totally versatile sandal. You can hike, kayak, or wear this sandal with your favorite skirt.
The Napali offers a comfortable footbed that feels like it was custom made for your wide feet, and the soft and easily adjusted straps will not rub or give you blisters. This is a great sandal for anyone who is tired of having to adjust a zillion straps and just wants to slip on their sandals and head out on adventures!
Sloane Walking Sandal
We love a good strappy-style sandal! If you also love a lightweight sandal with a single strap, this is the right sandal for you! This style of sandal can be hard to fit to anything other than narrow feet, but Bedrock has designed a lightweight, outdoor-style sandal with a thong strap style that works perfectly for a wide range of foot sizes and widths. I need a pair of durable, reliable sandals to take with me when I travel the world. The Sloane walking sandals check all the boxes.
This is a great waterproof, durable sandal that will hold up to all kinds of uses and will not impede your feet or rub when you wear them all day. You will love that these sandals can be used for kayaking as well as for hiking. This is a great-looking sandal that can handle the challenges of outdoor use with ease while keeping you comfortable.
Wide Toe Box Sandals Are Not Impossible to Find
We know you might have been frustrated in the past with the difficulties involved in finding wide-toe box sandals, so this list will help you to shop for the perfect sandals for your needs. At Viakix, we believe that you should never settle for wearing sandals that do not fit your feet properly and this list will ensure that your wide toe box needs are met so that your feet can be comfortable all day!
Buying the right wide toe box sandals is important for your comfort as well as for the health of your feet. Make sure that you take the time to find the perfect pair of wide-toe box sandals and you will have the best summer adventures of your life!
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