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Women's Wide and Narrow Width Shoe Markings

What do All those Letters Mean?

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For most people knowing their shoe size is not quite enough. Width is also a factor - but there's so many letters!

Below is a chart to help you sort out what markings constitute a slim, narrow, wide or extra wide women's shoe. If you need to find your own shoe size or width, the following articles will help.

While the following list is not all-inclusive (you can sometimes find 5A or 6E), you'll get the idea of how markings work.

Tip for Narrow Widths: The more letters, the slimmer the shoe.
Example: AAAA or 4A is more narrow than AAA or 3A.

Tip for Wide Widths: The more letters, the wider the shoe.
Example: EEEE or 4E is wider than EEE or 3E.

Here is a similar chart for Men's Shoe Width Markings.
 

Women's Shoe Width Markings

Slim Narrow Medium Wide X-Wide XX-Wide
4A 2A B C E 3E
3A AA M D 2E EEE
AAA N - W EE 4E
S A - - WW XXW
- - - - XW -

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