How the Width Was Won

Q:  What shoes does Skechers make in a wide width?  What width is considered a wide width?

A:  Shoe size and width seems pretty simple, but it’s a bit more complex than it looks.   There are multiple options, and everyone’s foot is unique.  Luckily, Skechers makes a lot of different size and width options so nearly everyone should be able to find great shoes that fit them.

When we talk about shoe size, we’re really talking about length.  Most shoes available in a medium width are made to fit the average foot of that length – the longer the foot, on average, the wider it is at the wide part of the foot.  Shoes tend to mainly be available in the medium width, which for women is a B width, and for men is a D width.  Skechers also makes shoes in what we call a “Wide Width” on and an “EW” width on the shoe box.  For women, the Wide Width or EW option is a D width.  For men, the Wide Width or EW width is a 3E width.

Skechers also makes certain shoes in an even wider width for men – the Extra Wide Width, or on the shoe box the abbreviation is EWW.  That’s a 5E width.  Skechers also makes the Relaxed Fit® collection of shoes, which are made to fit roomier in their medium widths.  For the Relaxed Fit® shoes, a women’s medium will fit a medium B width but also a somewhat wider C width.  For the men, a Relaxed Fit® medium should fit a medium D width or a slightly wider E width.

You may be thinking that this is a lot of alphabet soup, and you’re right.  But those people who want or need a little more room in their shoes know when a shoe fits right, and even those who wear a medium width appreciate the roomy feel of Relaxed Fit® shoes.  Because when you feel relaxed and roomy in your shoes, your whole day just seems to go a little bit better.

Want to check out the entire Skechers Wide Width, Extra Wide Width and Relaxed Fit® collection? Just search “Relaxed Fit” anytime at, and shop all of our other wide styles here:

 Women’s Wide Styles

Men’s Wide Styles

Men’s Extra Wide Styles


  1. Genia Strawser says:

    Why do men get the extra extra wide shoes??? I am a woman who needs a 7 1/2 3 e width shoe and I can not find them any where. And because I can’t find them that wide for women I have had to have foot surgery because of shoes that are too narrow.
    Men are not the only ones who need extra wide width shoes!!!!!

    • SKECHERS says:

      Thank you for your feedback. We will certainly share this with our Product Team. In the meantime, you could look at men’s shoes available in an Extra Wide, which is a 3E width, and try the smallest size available, which is a size 6.5 in some shoes like the men’s Skechers GOwalk 3. It’ll be a little bit long, but you could add an extra heel cushion, and the width should be correct.

    • Amanda says:

      I had a similar problem with intense neuropathy and swelling in my feet, I couldn’t find a Wide that would fit. I have since found Books and they fit me much better, you can also order 4-5 of their women’s shoes in Extra-wide

    • Bhagwatee Rambarran says:

      How did you correct your wide feet. I have the same problem finding shoes. I am flat footed as well as wide.

  2. Matt Ludlow says:

    I have flat feet, and require 3E shoes. I have bought a lot of Skechers in the past, but it seems that your selection for these widths has dwindled significantly. My current pair are on their last legs and I can’t find any suitable replacement, either in a Skechers outlet or online. (skate shoes)

    Any help?

    • SKECHERS says:

      We do not have any ‘skate shoe’ models in a men’s wide width currently, but I would recommend the Skechers GOwalk 3 shoes (style number 53980), Equalizer – Persistent (style 51361)or Flex Advantage (Style 51251) shoes for arch support and comfort, and those are available in a 3E width. – Tim, the Shoe Guy

  3. Judy Bos-Parsons says:

    I used to get the women’s premiere athletic shoes in a size 10EW, what happened to the “extra” wide? Just wide, do not fit…

    • SKECHERS says:

      The abbreviation “EW” on a shoe box denotes the Skechers Wide Width, which is a women’s D width. There is no extra wide or wider width available in women’s shoes at this time. The abbreviation EW is used for wide width because the abbreviation W is used to denote Women’s shoes.

      If you previously wore a size 10EW according to the shoe box, ordering a size 10 in the wide width should be the same size and width.

  4. julia says:

    What about children? My son has a very wide foot, inherited from me :/
    Its very hard to get shoes to fit his width as well as the width over the top of the foot if a shoe has Velcro , sometimes even laces. Kids want to wear cool shoes too. But its really hard if they have problem feet, have orthotics, or arch supports etc.

  5. Cassandra Kincaid says:

    Why do you only have “relaxed fit” in your fashion sneakers? They are all way too wide and gap at the sides. Do you have any that are not so wide? Do you offer a true medium fit or a “narrow” fit for those of us who do not need wide shoes? I used to love your shoes.

  6. G Lacey says:

    Please start offering the Skechers Bobs in wide width. My daughter has wide feet and cannot fit into the BOBs you have. It seems to me that most of the wide shoes offered are very plain/boring colors. People with wide feet want to be stylish too!!!

    • SKECHERS says:

      Currently, Skechers does not make a narrow width. I would advise trying a shoe with a Memory Foam insole, since those should provide an excellent custom-feel fit, and additional shoes feature Memory Form Fit, where there is Memory Foam in the heel area to provide additional padding in the heel for a better fit in that area.

  7. Janet says:

    I normal wear a wide in a shoe but I’m looking at a pair of shoes that are relaxed fit. Do I still need to pick wide on that shoe as well?

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi Janet, we recommend going to your nearest Skechers retail store to try on the Relaxed Fit shoes, as everyone’s feet are unique. However, for the Relaxed Fit shoes, a women’s medium will fit a medium B width but also a somewhat wider C width. They tend to be very roomy and those who normally choose wider shoes feel comfortable in them! Hope this helps 🙂

  8. John says:

    Mates, I have very wide feet, and in the past I bought skechers 50125 which fit me well. Now they have got torn, and I need a new pair, but in the country where I live, that particular model (50125) is not available anymore. So I am ordering via ebay that will ship them to me from USA. I want to ensure that I get the shoe of exactly the same specifications as my current pair. But the format in which product details are described on ebay is different from the format printed on my current shoe. Ebay calls them “M” or “4E”. While what is written on my current shoe is “SS15/M/005”. Can Skechers tell me what this means? Does the “M” in “SS15/M/005” indicate that my shoe is “Medium” wide? I doubt because like I said I have wide feet, and my current shoe fits me well. But then its also true that nowhere on my current shoe is written “4E”. FYI, my current shoe is made in China, as I see written on it. So, when ordering on ebay, should I order “M” or should I order “4E”?
    So above mentioned is my confusion regarding width. The other confusion is regarding size. On my current shoe is written that it is “US:10, UK:9”, but ebay says that US10 = UK9.5 and that
    US9.5=UK9, which means US10 is not the same as UK9, so is my current shoe a US10 (meaning UK9.5), or is it UK9 (meaning US9.5)?

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi John, you should order the 4E, which is the Extra Wide Fit, and order the US 10 since that’s the size that fits you on the current shoes 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!

  9. Charlie says:

    Hi, I’m trying to buy one of your shoes via air mail, since the model I’m interested in is not available in my country. Skechers shoes of size US9 with medium width fits great with my feet, but the model I’m trying to buy has a relaxed fit. Should I order shoes size of US9 as usual, or US8.5, since the shoes are formed in relaxed fit? FYI, I’m currently wearing Burst JIT(US9), and interested in Work Cottonwood.

    • alisaskx says:

      Hi Charlie 🙂 You should order same size 9. Relaxed Fit just means they will be roomy at the toe, but same length. Hope that helps!

  10. Jett says:

    The wide fit commercials are very misleading, since I looked them up and the only color available in my size was black. No cute patterns, not even brown. It’s terribly disappointing to be excited for something only to find it to be so predictably limited.

  11. Shane says:

    Hi. So I have a high instep and my feet swell. I had the gowalk 3’s but couldn’t wear them properly cause they weren’t wide enough. Now I have the kindle sneakers and got them in a 10 1/2wide. They don’t fit!!!! I need a ww- double wide. Does anyone make them anymore?

    • alisaskx says:

      Hi Shane, I would check out our Wide and Extra Wide fits in-store so that you can try them on. That way you can know what exact shoe would be perfect for your foot, as sometimes it is very hard to tell online what will be a perfect fit. Have a great week 🙂

  12. Brian says:

    I have a pair of Afterburn 50120 EWW. According to the Skechers article “How the Width Was Won” EWW should represent a 5E width. On the Skechers site, I can only find 4E as Extra Wide. Is that smaller? Do you still carry EWW widths? Thanks…

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi Brian! EWW is a men’s 4E/5E width, in most cases those are very similar widths for men’s footwear. There are two different width classifications for men’s footwear usually – one uses the even number 2E/4E widths, the other uses the odd number 3E/5E widths. Skechers now is classifying all men’s Wide Fit as 2E, and all Extra Wide Fit as 4E. But the 4E and 5E are the same width.

  13. Allison says:

    I ordered the Relaxed Fit: Bikers – Witty Knit in women’s 9W but the shoes only say size 9 in them. There is no indication of them being wide width. Do you not print that in the shoe or did I perhaps only get the regular size 9?

  14. Sundeep Dougal says:

    What is the difference between your EW and XW (I just selected two on Amazon. My size should be US 9 4E (the shoe shop measured 2E but recommended Asics 9 4E which fit ok). Should I buy EW or XW or are they the same?

    • SKECHERS says:

      HI there! EWW is a men’s 4E/5E width, in most cases those are very similar widths for men’s footwear. There are two different width classifications for men’s footwear usually – one uses the even number 2E/4E widths, the other uses the odd number 3E/5E widths. Skechers now is classifying all men’s Wide Fit as 2E, and all Extra Wide Fit as 4E. But the 4E and 5E are the same width. Hope this helps 🙂

  15. Amanda Schluter says:

    I purchased a pair of Skechers relaxed fit memory foam steel toe ASTM F2412/2413-11 and they fit perfectly while I walked around the store. I wore them one day at work and the steel toe on my right foot is digging into my small pinky toe putting it in extreme pain and blistered. What can I do now with a pair of shoes I can not wear or return !?

  16. Alexa says:

    When will you offer narrow sizes?? I take an 11N. Adding padding doesn’t help with my narrow heel. I have other friends who are in the same boat as I am.

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi Alexa, Thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately we do not carry narrow width sizes. We’ll be sure to pass along your interest to the appropriate team.

  17. R Johnson says:

    Please design women’s shoes that are “extra” wide. I wear a 2E width and the traditional wide width isn’t wide enough. Thank you.

    • SKECHERS says:

      Thank you for reaching out! Our women’s wide width is comparable to a D width. We’ll be sure to pass along your feedback and interest in wide sizes to the appropriate team.

  18. John says:

    Where is the width printed on the shoe? Or on the box? I’m looking at the “superior milford” slipper. Thanks.

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi John, Thank you for reaching out! The label located inside the shoe should have the style number followed by EW (wide width) printed on it. The label on the box should also indicate if the item is a wide width. Hope this helps!

  19. Joe says:

    This was NOT remotely helpful at all!!!!!! I’m trying to order men’s Skechers in a wide size online and they have M or 2W. What they don’t have is: “Wide Width, EW, 3E” or any of the other names you listed. Thanks for making what should be a simple process, very convoluted and unpleasant. It’s not like you’re a major corporation with the resources to hire a competent writer for these explanations…

  20. Dianna says:

    I ordered Skechers shoes on Amazon for my husband in a 12 Wide. How do I know if the shoes I received are Wide? The inside tag on the shoes just list the size as 12 and sn 51509w. The box does not state EW. It looks like an extra sticker with WIDE WIDTH was added to the box, which I suspect may have been added by the seller.
    Does the w in the serial number indicate a Wide size?
    Why don’t you list the size inside the shoe as 12W as other brands do?

    • SKECHERS says:

      Hi Dianna, Thank you for reaching out! Style 51509 with a W following the style number would be a wide width size. If it did not have a W it would just be a medium width. Hope this information helps!

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