When checking a shoe-sizing chart for the first time, it might seem like a military code system. After all, it is all about numbers and letters, which represent the shoe length and width. In this short post, we shall specifically look at the letter e in shoes. What is it and what does E mean in shoe size?
In a previous article, we did look at what C/D means in shoes. Perhaps you had better look at that article first. That way, you will be better able to understand what E means.
Moving on swiftly, let us look at E and what it means in shoes.
What does E mean in shoe width?
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E in shoes is used to measure the width of mens boots and shoes. However, E is just one of the letters used for this purpose. There is also the letters B, D, M and even W. Depending on where you are buying your work boots from, the letters for width can mean different sizes. Therefore the E size in the USA might be very different from the E size in the UK.
To some extent, you will also find that women’s shoes widths are measured in E. However, E for men’s shoes may mean something totally different to E for women’s shoes.
In the US, shoe width is measured in nine sizes. Since the E is used for width, you can decode these widths as follows:
What is shoe width E for men and women?
If you buy a shoe size with E width, it is wide for men. However, it is extra wide for women. The width of the shoes when measured at the area of the ball of your feet is between 3.2 and 5.2 inches.
This wide range helps by accommodating different feet sizes. For example, a shoe with E size 14E is 4.7 inches across while a 10E shoe size is 4.2 inches.
How wide is EE width?
It a bit hard to find a pair of shoes that comes in EE size for women because this would be too wide. The EE width size means extra wide for men.
As a rule of thumb, these shoes have a width range of between 3.4 and 5.4 inches, which as you can see, is quite wide as compared to the E width shoes. This is a wide range to accommodate people with different shoe sizes. In the 21st century, many manufacturers have started including the EE width for women in their shoes portfolios.
What does EEE mean in shoes?
Yes, there is EEE width size. The triple wide size is also available for men’s boots. It would be too large for normal shoes anyway. Though not very common, this shoe width can be anywhere from 5.5 inches.
If you have swollen feet, or you are going hiking in winter and you need to wear thick woolen socks, EEE wide boots can be good for you.
To conclude, what does E mean in shoe size? Hopefully, this article can help shed some light on that. Rarely will you need the very wide sizes, even for work boots, but just in case you do, you can check the shoe size charts on different online marketplaces.