10 Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet Reviewed

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Looking for the best running shoes for wide feet? Check the Pros & Cons for each shoe and see which one of the top 10 models that got the best test results!

Running in shoes that are too narrow in the toe box can be dangerous and uncomfortable. Narrow shoes will put pressure on bones and ligaments. The lack of space and movement can damage the foot and make running painful. The friction of the shoe on the foot can cause blisters to form on the foot. Not only are blisters painful and inconvenient, they can open and cause infections on the foot if not properly cared for and healed.

Proper width in the shoe is incredibly important for not only the avid runner but also the everyday active walker. In this article, we will discuss our top ten choices of running shoes for people with wide feet. Keep in mind, running shoes aren’t just for runners. Even people who walked a lot in everyday tasks need comfortable and properly fitted shoes.

Last Updated: October 21, 2017
By Brian Price:

The newest additions to our buying guide include a few updates to our list. Some of the newest additions include Brooks’ Ghost 10 and the Wave Rider 20 from Mizuno.

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10 Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet

 


1. Asics Gel Nimbus 18

Runners of wide feet prefer this running shoe due to the fact that it is seamless, and provides extra heel support and gel cushioning comfort while you run. It is available in sizes up to 2E.
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Comfort / Stability
The upper of the Gel Nimbus 18 is seamless therefore reducing any amount of irritation you might have gotten. The heel clutch provides stability by keeping your foot in place and adding comfort to your run. The Gel Cushioning System absorbs the impact of the shock when your foot hits the ground allowing you to focus more easily on your run. Some users have complained that the toe box is too narrow so keep in mind you may need to purchase a 1/2 size up.

Durability / Quality
You can rest assured that this is a durable running shoe.Asics uses soft blown rubber on the forefoot, which is relatively standard when it comes to running shoes, but the hard rubber in the middle of the shoe and in the heel add extra durability. Most runners have gotten 300 miles out of them.

Cost or value
This running shoe can be a bit pricey, but it is well worth your money.
Pros

Heel counter provides great support and stability.

Upper that provides a comfortable fit and allows your feet to breath.

Durable, but soft midsole that gives your foot a nice cushion as you run.

Durable outsole that gives you a great grip on the ground.

Cons

Heavy shoe that doesn’t provide much flexibility.

Toe box is a bit narrow 

2. Altra Olympus 1.5

Known as the "duck shoe" for runners of wide feet it's no wonder this one made it to our top 10. It comes in sizes up to D, but they run wide already. What is great about this Altra shoe is the wide toe box. It allows your feet to spread into a more natural position.
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Comfort / Stability
It's all it's "quacked" up to be. It provides maximum cushioning. The A-Bound™ cushioning allows your feet to feel like they spring into action while you run. It's EVA foam protects your feet from impact on multiple surfaces. It has a "foot-shaped" toe box which keeps the big toe straight to allow for better take off, but allows the other toes to move about.

Durable / Quality
It is quite durable and made with quality materials. It's Quick-Dry trail mesh upper dries the shoe quickly when wet. It has raised lugs to help improve your traction while you run.

Cost / Value
The price of these Altra Olympus running shoes is quite average, and you'll find they will be worth your money.
Pros

Zero Drop running shoe

Roomy toe box

Quick-Dry Trail Mesh upper dries shoe quickly when wet

Provides great traction on a variety of surfaces

Well cushioned and reduces foot pain

Raised lugs improve traction

Gaiter trap prevents debris from building up

Cons

Sizing runs small, order a size up

They are a bit bulky



3. Brooks Ghost 10

The Brooks Ghost 10 is a double update from the 8 and remains a fantastic neutral trainer for a neutral runner. The Ghost 10 has great cushioning for everyday wear to high-speed or long-distance running. The update from the Ghost 8 has a slightly differently designed upper but is still constructed of the same main technologies. Brooks did a great job of paying attention to runners and not making any drastic changes.
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Comfort / Stability
The Ghost 10 sole is essentially the same as the last model with 12mm heel-toe drop, 30mm heel stack height, and BioMoGo DNA foam in the midsole. The shoe contains ample cushioning for long miles. Brooks made an addition of structured midsole supports and a second guided eyelet on the tongue to prevent it from moving. The has an impressive energy return and is responsive enough to handle higher speeds.

Durable / Quality
The Ghost 10 is quite the durable shoe for its moderate price tag. Runners happily return to the Brooks Ghost year after year. They praise its comfort and durability on daily walking and long runs.

Cost / Value
The Brooks Ghost has a moderate price tag but a good deal can be found on Amazon.
Pros
  • Lightweight and responsive
  • Cushioning for eveyrday wear and long-distance runs
  • Breathable upper
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole
  • Appealing color choices
  • Addition of guided eyelet on tongue to prevent movement
  • Good for wide or flat feet and feet with bunions
Cons
  • Sizes may run a half size small
  • Mesh upper may let water into shoe


4. Brooks Addiction 12

4. Brooks Addiction 12
It's great for people wanting wide running shoes because this model provides a lot of support and stability on your run. It is comfortable and durable as well. It comes in sizes normal to extra wide 4E.
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Comfort / Stability
Stability and support are the main things which the Brooks brand seems to always provide to runners,and the Addiction 12 is no exception. This shoe is aimed to severe overpronators, especially those who also have wider feet. During runs, this shoe gives firm support which is provided by the combination of the DNA adaptive cushioning, and Brooks’ HydroFlow Technology. In addition, the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar in the Brooks Addiction provides maximum arch support.

Durability / Quality
This is a durable quality running shoe that will last a long time. You can expect to get 300-500 miles out of these.

Cost or value
They can be a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
Pros
  • Better transition from heel strike to toe
  • Durable construction
  • DNA provides great cushioning
  • Energy-returning BioMoGo midsole
  • Diagonal Rollbar assists in control of your run.
  • Crash Pad absorbs shock and lessens impact
  • Moisture-management upper keeps sweat away
  • Made with Eco-Friendly materials
Cons
  • These are a bit heavy
  • Sizes run small

5. Mizuno Wave Rider 20

5. Mizuno Wave Rider 20
The Wave Rider 20s are Mizuno's go-to neutral trainer. They offer the best technology of the Mizuno brand with classic comfort and support. These shoes prove great for everyday wearing and shorter distance runs. While reviews advised against long-distance runs with the Rider 20, they are still great for wide feet and short runs at higher speeds.
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Comfort / Stability
The firmness of the sole may not be best for long-distance running but it does create fantastic responsiveness for running at higher speeds. The Riders are also good for all day wear. They feature decent grip for semi-wet conditions but may not be best for winter conditions with ice or snow. The show is narrower in the heel for stability then becomes wider in the toe box for movement. The new triple mesh upper allows breathability but not porous to allow minimal water to enter. As a bonus, the detailed reflective material makes for safer running on roads.

Durability / Quality
The firmness of the sole does not allow quick wear and tear of the shoe.

Cost or value
The Mizuno Waver Rider 20 may seem rather pricey but is a good quality shoe for what runner pay.
Pros
  • Good for shorter distance and higher speeds
  • Detailed reflective material
  • Great for all-day wear
  • Decent grip for semi-wet conditions
  • Firmness creates responsiveness
  • Triple mesh upper
Cons
  • Not as good for long distances
  • Not made for ice or snow
  • Not the best for arch support

6. Asics Gel Foundation

6. Asics Gel Foundation
One of the best wide running shoes due to a lot of cushioning and a wide sole. This is perfect for overpronators, and will provide support to your run. Sizes are available up to 2E.
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Comfort / Stability
It absorbs shock upon impact which provides you comfort on your run. It's upper is made of mesh materials that allow your feet to breathe easily. It's ortholite sockliner adds comfort and stability to your run. Its dual density midsole enhances support and increases stability.

Durability / Quality
Runners get an average of 300 miles out of these Asics running shoes, which is pretty average.

Cost or value
The Gel Foundation runs a bit on the higher end of price, but seems to be worth every penny.
Pros

Rearfoot and forefoot GEL cushioning for added comfort

Guidance Line flex groove outsole provides good traction

Supports overpronation

Ventilated upper mesh allows your feet to breathe easily

Cons

A bit on the heavy side

Can be seen as pricey

7. Hoka One One Bondi 4

7. Hoka One One Bondi 4
Most wide feet runners like this running shoe because it's a comfortable running shoe that has a meta rocker to help guide your run, and absorbs shock easily. It's available in sizes up to 2E.
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Comfort / Stability
If you're looking for comfort this is the one to look at. It has an EVA midsole and a Meta-rocker that helps guide your ride. It comes complete with a comfort frame in the upper of the shoe and has a padded tongue. The toe box might be a bit narrow so consider buying a size up.

Durability / Quality
It seems that a few users had issues with the tread on the outsole falling apart. This may be due to just receiving a faulty shoe, but it is noteworthy. Overall, most runners said that the shoe was quite durable and made of quality.

Cost or value
The cost can be quite pricey, but most users say it's worth it.
Pros

Full EVA midsole provides great cushioning

10 Degree heel bevel allows for smooth heel transition

It has a ComfortFrame Upper that provides additional comfort and support.

Meta-Rocker helps guide your run.

Cons

Toe box may be narrow

May not be as durable as one hoped for.

8. New Balance 1500 V2

8. New Balance 1500 V2
A great running shoe for people of wide feet that is seamless, lightweight running shoe that is comfortable and flexible while you run. It comes in sizes up to 2E, however it is important to note that a very small amount of runners noted that the 2E size felt more like "D".
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Comfort / Stability
It is an extremely lightweight running shoe with a seamless upper that won't allow for irritation. REVlite provides comfort to the underfoot. It has a flexible TPU shank which assists in providing stability. The New Balance 1500 v2 has arch support that will aide in your comfort as well.

Durability / Quality
These are durable quality running shoes that will last you a long time. It's Revlite foam compound assists in assuring this.

Cost or value
The price of these running shoes is average to expensive in price, but most are happy to report it was worth their money.
Pros

Seamless upper design for added comfort

REVlite technology provides comfort to the underfoot

flexible TPU shank assists in flexibility

Extremely lightweight, yet comfortable

Provides arch support

Cons

Limited color options

May be seen as pricey

9. Asics Gel Cumulus 17

9. Asics Gel Cumulus 17
This running shoe provides cushioning, support, and absorbs shock while you run. It comes in sizes up to 4E, and most runners like this wide running shoe because it's very roomy in the toe box.
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Comfort / Stability
It comes with a gel cushion system located in both the rearfoot and forefoot of the shoe. This helps absorb shock and reduces the impact of your foot when it hits the ground. It is lightweight and breathable as well, which adds to its comfort. The Gel Cumulus 17 has a Guidance System that provides adequate support.


Durability / Quality
Durability will vary depending on the activity you use them for. Its rubber outsole provides a good amount of traction. If you are a casual runner this would make a great running shoe, however, more intense runners will want to be careful of the delicate mesh design.

Cost / Value
These running shoes are a bit pricey especially if you are a heavy runner. You may want to consider another pair.
Pros

Gel cushion system provides comfort and absorbs shock

Guidance System provides adequate support

Lightweight and Breathable

ComforDry technology reduces humidity, sweat and odors

 

Cons

Some users felt it was a bit tight

Some users experienced difficulties with the sole wearing out quickly

10. Nike Air Zoom Structure 19

10. Nike Air Zoom Structure 19
You might be wondering - "does Nike make wide running shoes?" Yes they do. Nike Runners with wide feet should look for the Air Zoom Structure 19 because it's a running shoe that provides a lot of stability and comfort while you run. It comes in sizes up to 2E.
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Comfort / Stability
This running shoe has a dynamic support platform that provides stability. It has flywire cables that assist in stabilizing the medial portion of your foot while you run. The Nike Zoom unit assists in providing a responsive run. It is quite breathable and fits like a glove. There are pull tabs on each side of the tongue so you can easily put your shoes on and off. It's dual cushioning system provides great comfort. It has a 3rd density foam that assists in slowing the rate of pronation.

Durability / Quality
This is a quality and durable running shoe that will last a long time. It has a crash rail on the outsole which provides cushioning and helps absorb shock on impact as well as enhance flexibility.

Cost or value
This running shoe can be quite pricey, but it is well worth every penny when you think about how few nike wide shoes there are on the market.
Pros

Crash pad provides support

Full mesh inner sleeve wraps the foot

Is quite breathable and has a sock-like fit

Dual density cushioning system provide comfort

Cons

Toe box is not very deep

Sizes may run small


The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation Of the Best Shoes For Wide Feet:

After careful research, we laid out the following factors that helped us narrow down our list the 10 best shoes for runners with wide feet.  In order for you to narrow down your search even further, read through the following.  The information will help you find the right shoe with the right fit.

 

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Are they breathable?

The best way to know if the shoe is breathable or not is to check out the upper.  Mesh uppers tend to provide the most breathability.  Shoes that lack ventilation may lead to blisters and other irritations on the foot.  Most shoes also feature some sort of moisture wicking feature on the inside as well that works well with the breathable upper.

How comfortable are they?

The cushioning is a personal preference.  Some like the soft, cloud like cushioning, while others like a more minimalistic approach.  Either way, we have made sure to note the level of cushioning in each description.  We also consider the material of the upper, the inside lining of the shoe as well as how breathable the shoe is.  All of these factors will definitely add or take away from the comfort level of the shoe.

How roomy is the toe box?

If you have wide feet, finding a wide toe box is also an important feature to have.  Shoes that are too narrow, tend to have a narrow toe box as well.  We made sure to note the space in the toe box for the shoes in the list above.  Room to splay your toes will keep you comfortable during your run.

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Enough room in the heel?

The heel needs to be able to fit wide feet comfortably. Many time the forefoot becomes the main focus when trying to find the right fit, neglecting the heel. Although you want to have a secure fit in the heel, a fit that is to tight will take away from, not only comfort, but possibly affect your performance as well.

Most who have wide feet, usually require an evenly wider fit throughout the foot, not only in one one area. The is a key point that we took into consideration while researching what customers had to say about the different options.

How long will they last?

Most running shoes last between 300 and 500 miles.  Knowing if a shoe wears out prematurely is important and we make sure to note if any complaints have made about a particular aspect of the shoe’s durability.

How much traction will you get?

Of course the type of traction or grip you are looking for in a running shoe is typically dependent upon what type of conditions you intend to run in. Are you running on the road, trails, in the snow ect.? We break down the details so you can see which shoes are best for running  on different types of surfaces.

Are they flexible?

Some people like a snug tight fitted running shoe, while others prefer a shoe that fits a bit loosely. Whatever, your preference most runners typically enjoy a running shoe that is responsive and flexes with your feet as you run.

Other Important Factors To Consider When Selecting The Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet:

Most brands of running shoes vary by size, similar to brands of clothing, it’s important to know what size feet you have. Once you measure your feet you’ll be able to compare the measurements to the measurements listed by that brand. Plus, everyone’s feet are different so it’s important to know which ones are the best fit for you.

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How to measure your feet?

It is relatively easy to calculate your shoe size without the need for any special equipment at home. After you have figured out the measurements of your feet, you can look at manufacturer’s size charts to find the most perfect fit for you. In order to get the accurate size of your feet you’ll need to prepare A chair, a pair of socks, two pieces of paper, each one larger than your feet, a pencil or marker, and a ruler or measuring tape.

Step 1: Trace Your Feet

To help get the most accurate fit from your shoes, it is recommended that you measure your feet when wearing a pair of socks that you would most likely you will be wearing with your running shoes.

Sit on the chair with one foot on the floor, allowing your leg to trend slightly forward so that the shin is positioned in front of the ankle.

Remember to hold the pencil or pen perpendicular and upright with the paper to maintain the best contact, then slowly and carefully draw the outline of your foot to get an accurate measurement. Make sure that you keep the pencil or pen held snugly against your foot as you run it around the outline. It is pretty easy to do by yourself, however some people may need to have someone help with the tracing to get the most accurate result. It is imperative that you are able to get the truest tracing of your feet in order to match your feet with the most appropriately sized pair of shoes.

Step 2: Mark the Length and Width of Each Foot

After you have finished tracing your feet, you will move on to measuring. You should trace and measure both of your feet, because as most of us know that our two feet are slightly different sizes with regards to both the width and length. For width, use the pencil to mark the piece of paper at the widest points of your feet. For length, mark the paper at the longest parts of your feet, which will be from your heel to the tip of your longest toe.

Step 3: Measure the Length and Width of Your Feet

From the marks that you made from tracing your feet on the paper, use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the length and width that you have recorded from each foot. On your ruler, read the closest mark that you can, don’t round up or down too much. The idea is to end up with a pair of shoes that fit perfectly, allowing you to comfortably carry out your running and other sports activities. Once you have collected the info from each foot, make sure to write the measurement down so you’ll be able to be certain that you’re buying the correct size.

Many people think that they just need know their length of feet to find the shoe size. However, many don’t really realize that the width is also just as important, because many people may not understand finding a narrow or wide enough shoe can make all the difference for the comfortability of their footwear.

The width of a shoe is identified by a letter after the number of the shoe’s size. ranging just as shoe sizes, there are also different widths for men and women.

Step 4: Use Your Measurements

If you have different measurements between your feet, you should use the largest measurement between the two for width and length to determine your appropriate shoe size. Then, to be even more accurate with the sizing, you should subtract 3/16 of an inch from each number because of slight space between the pencil line and your actual foot.

Once you have your final measurement, you can use the links below to convert them into the appropriate size and width. However, it is really important to understand that these charts do not give as accurate of results as you would have if you went to try the shoes on directly or even having your feet measured by professionals.

If you have wide feet, generally, you’ll need less narrow shoes which have a width of “2E” or “4E” for men, and “D” for women. Hopefully this information will provide some assistance with finding the correct size and running shoe for your particular type of feet.

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FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that may get you thinking about a few of your own. This is what runners with wide feet are asking

Q:  What is the width of the standard shoe sold in stores?

A:  The standard shoe width is M, but there are running shoe stores that carry multiple widths.

Q:  What do these letters stand for that are after the shoe size and relate to width?

A:  For women the sizes A, B, and D stand for different widths of you foot. A is for  narrow, B is for standard, and D is for wide. For mens the sizes B/N/C, D/M/R, and 2E/E/W also apply to the width of your foot. B/N/C is for narrow feet, D/M/R is for medium or standard sized feet, and 2E/E/W are sizes for wide feet.

Q: Would the toe box be more roomy if I go with a shoe that is wide width?

A:  Yes, absolutely. Choosing a wide width ensures that your toes will not be cramped. In general you want to look for products from Altra if you are looking for a wide toe box running shoes.

Q:  How do I know when to get a size bigger?

A:  Sizes vary by brand so sometimes it can be trial and error, but it doesn’t have to be. You can measure you feet and compare it to the measurements they have for that particular shoe. For example,  some of the shoes we have listed here for top 10 for wide feet recommend choosing a size up. They are as follows: Asics Gel Nimbus 18, Brooks Addiction 12, Hoka One One Bondi 4, Asics Gel Cumulus 17, and Nike Air Zoom Structure 18.

While there are many options available out there, we wanted to make your search just a little easier by narrowing the choices down to those which have been deemed the best through their high user ratings. Remember all feet are different, so you’ll need to find the pair that really works best for you.

Q:  What about Adidas wide running shoes – why were they not listed?

A:  Frankly, We didn’t think they deserved to be on this top 10 list due to the models they currently carry.

Q:  If I am looking for mens 4e running shoes, what should I pick?

A: If you are into ASICS, then Nimbus or Kayano. Brooks addiction or Nike Pegasus are also great options for 4E wide running shoes.


Here are some sources we used while conducting our Research:

We utilize many different resources while trying to provide the best information to our readers. Some are clinical sources, some are brand specs provided by manufacturers, and some sources are even other sites which may specialize in particular information which is relative to our subject.

Sources

  1. About Style, Shoe size charts, Informational style site,
  2. WikiHow, How to Find Your Shoe Size, informational,
  3. Collective Wizdom, Too Tight Shoes Top 10 Health Dangers, Informational, Aug 21, 2015
  4. Daily News, How long does a pair of running shoes last?, Informational, Oct 29, 2012
  5. Runner's World, Wide width foot runners unite, Running enthusiast website, Mar 25, 2013
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