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You may have come across a label or badge that says “C/D US” while browsing shoes on Amazon.
This is most likely to make you think that finding the right pair of shoes would be simple. However, it can get complicated if you don’t know what certain terms on Amazon mean.
In this post, we will discuss the terminologies and systems used on Amazon to determine shoe sizes.
We’ll discuss what C/D and other similar terms mean so that you know what you’re looking for when you go shopping for shoes on Amazon.
Let’s get into it.
What Does C/D Mean?
Essentially, C/D refers to the average width for men’s shoes and an above-average width for women’s shoes.
For example, if you’re browsing men’s shoes on Amazon and happen to come across one that says “9.5 C/D US”, this means that the shoe is 9 ½ inches in length and has the average width when it comes to men’s shoe sizes in the US.
If you were browsing women’s shoes on Amazon and came across a shoe that says “8 C/D US”, this would mean that the shoe has a length of 8 inches and has an above-average width according to women’s shoe sizes in the US.
So C/D US essentially means the average width size of shoes in the United States.
Another observation we can take away from this is that the C/D is not the same for both men’s and women’s shoes.
C/D Sizing and Men’s Shoes
When looking at men’s shoes’ width sizing in ascending order, we have the following sizes: B, D, EE, and EEEE.
For men’s shoes, the average width size is D. So, the C/D in men’s shoes is D.
For example, if shoes of a size 8 EE fit you, that means that you have wider than average feet.
On the other hand, if shoes of a size 8 B fit you, that means you have narrower than average feet.
C/D Sizing and Women’s Shoes
When it comes to women’s shoes, you have the following widths in ascending order: AAA, AA, A, B, C/D, and E.
Most of the time, you won’t be able to find the AAA size for most women’s shoes. They typically start from AA for narrow feet.
B is actually the average width size for women’s feet.
C/D is wide
E is extra wide.
Some other examples are:
AA width size is 2 13/16 inches. B width size is 3 3/16 inches wide. C/D width would be 3 9/16 inches wide and finally, for a size E width shoe, the width would be 3 15/16 inches wide.
C/D Sizing and Children’s Shoes
When it comes to children’s shoes in the USA, the sizing works the same as the sizing for women’s shoes for the most part.
It starts from AAAA, then AAA, AA, and A for narrow feet.
B is average.
D is wide and E is extra wide.
The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Shoes
As we’ve explained above, the average width size for men’s shoes is D whereas the average width size for women’s shoes is B.
Knowing this, you as a consumer can safely assume that men’s shoe sizes are always a number wider than that of women’s shoe sizes.
Be sure to keep this in mind when browsing on Amazon for shoes.
Some brands tend to show their width rating while others do not. It varies from brand to brand.
However, you can always find the width size for every shoe you’re looking at on Amazon in the product description.
Ensure that the size is accurate to the person you’re buying it for and you should be good to go.
Wrapping Things Up…
There are a number of different terms, badges, and labels you see with products while browsing on Amazon.
While many of them don’t matter much, it can still be a good idea to understand what they mean because they can sometimes help you prevent ordering the wrong product.
Are there any other terms or labels on Amazon that you don’t understand? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll cover them in future posts.