"One size fits all" doesn't work when your feet aren't average, which is why shoes used to come in widths. "My dad owned a shoe store for 57 years," says Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of Jeffrey New York, a megachic boutique in Manhattan's hip meatpacking district. "He sold everything from AAAA to B, and women bought shoes by width almost as much as by length." These days shoe sizes are usually a lot less specific, so you must be guided mostly by brand: Certain lines are better for broader feet, others for slim ones (and there are a few considerate makers that continue to produce shoes in a range of widths). Whatever your feet need, here's how to hit your stride.
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