Men's Shoe Width Size Chart

Decoding Those Confusing Shoe Width Letters

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If you're like most people, knowing your shoe size isn't quite enough. Width is also a factor, but shoe manufacturers don't blatantly state that shoes are wide or narrow. They use a range of letters and numbers to refer to shoe widths, such as A, M, 2E, and S. They vary by manufacturer and it can be hard to figure out as some of them are simply alphabetical rather than an acronym for "narrow" or "wide."

This kind of industry jargon definitely makes shoe shopping a little more confusing, especially if you're shopping online and not on the manufacture's site. But once you've mastered the different ways to refer to your shoe size, shopping will be a breeze. Below is a chart to help you sort out which markings constitute slim, narrow, wide and extra-wide men's shoes.

Men's Shoe Width Size Chart:

X-Narrow/SlimNarrowMediumWideX-Wide
2ABDEEEE
ANM2E4E
SCREEH
---WWW
----XW

If you're shopping for women's shoes, see the Women's Shoe Width Size Chart.

Helpful Tips to Remember Shoe Width Letters

The more letters, the more drastic the size. For example, EEE is wider than EE; WW is wider than W. If you're still confused, which is understandable considering how confusing the shoe measurement system is, visit a shoe store, get properly sized by a salesperson and pick up a new pair of shoes all during the same trip.

If you are shopping online, look for a link to the shoe manufacturer's shoe fitting information where they can decode their abbreviations.

Shoe Width Ranges by Shoe Size

Larger shoe sizes are wider while smaller shoe sizes are narrower, at least as they are measured in inches. The quarter of an inch difference between a narrow and a regular can make a big difference in comfort and fit.

But you don't want to buy shoes that are too long or too short just to get the width you need.

If you're willing to measure you foot width with a ruler, you can match that up with the usual widths of shoes for each shoe size. Then you'll be more likely to get a good fit, especially when ordering online. You'll know if you need a size 10B or a size 11 E or you need to opt for an extra wide. Measure your feet by tracing around each one and then measuring the widest point of each foot. Then take a look at the Men's Shoe Size and Widths Chart to figure out your real shoe size. Also, see the Men's International Shoe Size Conversion Chart when shopping for shoes made around the world.

Where can you find the perfect pair of shoes now that you know your exact size? Here's help for finding shoes for those who need something other than regular width:

  • Where to Buy Large Men's Shoes Online
  • Where to Buy Wide Men's Shoes Online
  • Where to Buy Small Men's Shoes Online
  • Narrow Shoes for Men