On the plus side: Fashion Director Rivkie Baum gives you the lowdown on the best wide fit shoes to shop right now

Summer is most definitely on it’s way, which means boots are about to be relegated to the back of the wardrobe and open toe and lighter footwear options are back on the agenda.

But of course while you have varying shoe sizes, width fits can also be a real problem.

Wide fit shoes used to be the dirtiest words you could say to any shop assistant. But in line with increased availability of plus size clothing, wide fit shoes have become a much easier find on the high street.

From pretty occasion ready heels to sliders and summer sandals, wide fit shoes are in fashion.

Here is my round up of my favourite wide fit shoe styles to shop for the upcoming season.

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wide fit sandals, £19.99, New Look

New Look currently has a whopping 272 wide fit looks in their shoe range.

Never did I think that would happen and of course they’re all a great price.

These white sandals are a great easy summer shoe and will go with absolutely everything.

wide fit heels, was £36, now £25.20, Evans

How chic are these heels.

These beauties look like they’ve stepped straight off the runway.

The intricate detailing on the heel, the mixed colour strapping, these are bang on trend and an amazing statement of a shoe.

Great with black, denim, cream or even an on trend mustard or taupe hue. Basically I like them a lot and I think you will too.

wide fit embellished sling backs, £28, ASOS

Super cute, embellished, slingback shoes, in wide fit. No, this is not a drill, and you’re welcome.

wide fit espadrille, was £19.99 now, £13.99, New Look

A summer espadrille is a guaranteed investment piece.

This shoe style comes back year after year and dances between smart / casual to perfection.

Easily a great weekend shoe with jeans or dressed up with a dress for an occasion, at £13.99 even if we aren’t partying away this summer, this is one shoe buy I doubt you’ll regret.

wide fit ballet pumps, was £20, now £14 Evans

I am a lover and hoarder of a ballet pump.

They seemed to have dropped out of fashion favour in the last few years, so I’m pleased to see them back.

My big ballet tips are: 1. Check the backs are soft, no one wants a blooded and scrapped heel. And 2. If they fit well buy multiples in all the colours because a ballet pump works for occasion wear as well as everyday throw on shoes.

You’re welcome.

wide fit square toe sandals, £40, River Island

If you’re after something more "fashion" led, then River Island have a brilliant range of wide fit shoes.

I’ve been a huge champion of River Island’s plus size collection because it doesn’t lose their style signature in larger sizes and the same can be said for the wide fit shoe line.

It is just as trend led, the heel is as slender and high and while I may not be able to walk in large swathes of them, I’m happy they exist for those that can be that graceful and upright.

Square toe sandals are the shoe shape of the summer by the way.

wide fit wedged sandal, was £36, now £25.20, Evans

If you’re like me, then sometimes (actually always) heels are more of a hinderance than anything else.

I get they look great, but I’m always too busy racing around to care for them, so a wedge like this is my dressing up smart go to.

The platform means these are going to put less pressure on the balls of your feet and you’ll feel less constricted than in a heel.

A great smart office shoe too.

wide fit pointed toe court shoe, £40, River Island

This is such a classic shoe shape that I just wanted to flag it up that it exists in a wide fit.

This is the kind of shoe that will look amazing on a night out with your favourite jeans but will also solve the "what shoe do I wear" crisis before a big occasion.

wide fit gingham slingbacks, £30, ASOS

These heels make me think of Dorothy and are just a gorgeous summer shoe.

Great with the broderie anglaise dresses that are so in this summer.

wide fit tan sandals, was £55 now £44, Dune London

They don’t have tonnes of styles, but Dune London do have a few wide fit sandals and these tan ones are a real easy classic style, so you can bring them out summer after summer.

Happy shopping

Rivkie is part of podcast Fat Chat – your weekly plus size serving of frank, honest and often hilarious body confident chat – which is available on most podcast platforms.

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