If you’ve ever been shopping for a pair of shoes, then you might be squinting at the labels that they have on the bottom, wondering what they mean.
If you’ve been shopping for shoes for years, then you might have thought that you’re a size ‘M’ rather than a ‘AAA’. However, what exactly are the differences between the two?
There are many differences between certain sizes of shoes, although there can actually be some confusing similarities between certain types of shoes.
You have to be familiar with all the other different types of abbreviations in your shoes. You’ll need to make sure that you have the correct width of shoes as well as the right length.
So what exactly are the differences between the length of your shoes and the width? What does a B shoe width look like? How can you tell the difference between AA and AAA shoes? Is a C and D shoe perfect for a skinnier foot or not?
Well, if you have been left scratching your head for years regarding your foot length and width, then I would suggest that you keep reading. I’m going to give you an in-depth look at some of the different shoe sizes, what they mean and how best you can adapt them with your specific shoe size.
What Are The Different Categories Of Shoe Width?
In the United States, there are various classifications that indicate certain lengths and widths of shoes. In fact, the width is the most important aspect of your shoe, as this will determine how comfortable they are.
If you get a shoe that is too narrow for your needs, then I would recommend revising the shoe measurement you consider yourself to be.
We’ll start with the narrowest shoes that you can imagine on this list, working your way slowly through the increasing sizes until you get to medium-sized shoes and then larger shoes for wider feet.
AA And AAA Shoe Width
This first type of shoe is the narrowest classification and is often reserved for female shoes rather than male shoes. Women often have smaller shoes than men do, so they often have their own classification of shoes.
Starting with the smallest, we have the AA. These shoes will often measure between 3.4 and 3.9 inches across the ball of the woman’s foot. If your foot measures this length, then this measurement might be the one that you want to ask for when you are shopping for your next pair of heels at the store.
The AAA, rather than being a wider shoe, is actually something that is narrower than the AAA shoe. The more A’s that you see on your shoe, then the smaller they’ll be in general. This shoe could increase by upwards of 0.25 inches, but it would still qualify as being AAA rather than AA.
Now that I’ve covered the smallest size, we’ll move onto the size above, that being the B shoe classification.
B Shoe Width
If a woman wears a pair of B-width shoes, then this technically classifies it as a medium-length shoe. Again, these types of shoes are very small, often reserved for women rather than men. A B-type shoe would be very narrow for a man, so we would suggest going for a larger class.
This B class type of shoe will usually range between 3.6 and 4.1 inches from one side of the ball of the woman’s foot to the other. If you have noticed that your foot does not fit a B-width of the shoe, then you’ll need to look more in the large category. This is considered more of a standard size of the shoe.
If you have ever seen a B(M) class of shoe, then this means that the shoe is slightly larger than the standard B-class, although it is still classed as a standard-sized shoe itself. This shoe is neither that narrow or long, making it a perfect fit for a lot of average-sized women’s feet.
EEE Shoe Width
This shoe is an above-average size, meaning that you have plenty of width in your shoe. These are generally worn by both men and women. This shoe will generally range from between 3.4 and 5.4 inches across the ball of the foot.
This shoe width is traditionally less common than a EE shoe, often they are very narrow and have to be made to order.
M Shoe Width
Now we move on to the subject of this article, what exactly does the M-class of shoe mean? This type of shoe really stands for ‘medium’, which is what a lot of men and women both identify as. If you are around 6-feet tall, the chances are that you will need to wear an M-class shoe.
The M class will often refer to the width of the shoe rather than the length. If you see a shoe marked D(M), then this means that it has plenty of room at the sides of the shoes themselves.
W Shoe Width
The W class is the difference between the ‘medium’ and ‘wide’ shoes sizes, with W indicating a much wider shoe. These larger shoes are typically worn by men. If you are a woman, the chances are that you won’t want to be going beyond a C or D class when it comes to your shoes.
My Final Say
I hope that my breakdown of shoe classifications has helped you decide what might be the best shoes for you. M-class shoes can be worn by women and men, although feet do vary greatly, so I would always recommend trying them on in the store.