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The average difference between standard width and wide. (Note: that's two-tenths of an inch)

  • New York shoe seller Charles Brannock patented his eponymous measuring device in 1929.

Sperry Striper, $60

Average Zappos Customer Rating

Overall: 5 Stars

Comfort: 5 Stars

Look: 5 Stars

Cole Haan Court Oxford, $112

Average Zappos Customer Rating

Overall: 5 Stars

Comfort: 5 Stars

Look: 5 Stars

Saucony Grid
, $77

Average Zappos Customer Rating

Overall: 4 1/2 Stars

Comfort: 4 1/2 Stars

Look: 4 1/2 Stars



I can never find nice sneakers that come in wide sizes. Are there any brands (not New Balance) that make shoes similar to Converse or Nike that come wide? - John, New York, NY

This is when the ease (and infinite size) of the internet comes in handy. Sites like Zappos or Shoes.com have more options and sizes than any brick and mortar shop would ever be able to provide. We've assembled just a few picks from the wide range of, well, wide options. From an iconic canvas Sperry (perfect for kicking around on the weekend) to Saucony's more gym or court appropriate trainer, they also come with such Web 2.0 features as comments on how they fit, how well they fared in the real world and if you can get them cheaper someplace else.


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