Editor’s Note: We have updated this article to include the latest shoes for the year 2020. Our review is a culmination of 55 hours of research and 40+ shoes tested.
Around 60% of the world’s population has some form of foot abnormality – be it flat-feet, wide feet, or Plantar Fasciitis of the foot. Growing up, I always faced difficulty finding the best running shoes for wide feet especially for my clown-like foot. As a kid, my parents would custom order medical shoes made to my measurements, but these shoes didn’t look as stylish and they lacked personality.
Fortunately, it’s quite easy these days to find the best wide running shoes from top manufacturers without even leaving the comfort of your home, thanks to this magical thing called the “Internet”.
Things to know when buying wide running shoes
- Different widths: Wide shoes come in different options for width ranging from Medium (D) to Extra-Wide (EE) and even wider if needed. The more letters mean a wider shoe.
- Proper fit: It can sometimes be a real pain to find the perfect fit. Generally, a shoe with a good fit would not pinch the sides of your foot and give you about a ¼ inch of wiggle room for your toes for comfort fit.
- Check the depth: Wide shoes do not mean bigger girth. If your wide running shoes feel cramped, it may be a better idea to order shoes with extra depth.
- Avoid straps: Shoes with straps are great for cross-training, but not so much for running shoes. For one, they can constrict your movement and cause swollen feet. It’s best to get shoes with laces to give you the perfect level of adjustability.
- Try them on: It can be tempting to take your new shoes out for a spin. But, before you do that, make sure to wear them around the house to see if they fit properly. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the fit, this would be a good time to send them back for an exchange or refund.
1. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v8
Widths: Narrow, Medium, Wide & Extra Wide Size
The Fresh Foam series from New Balance needs no introduction when it comes to quality running shoes. New Balance has improved on the “already stellar” V7 but adding new features to this year’s refreshed version. You will find that the upgrades are absolutely phenomenal and it feels like an entirely new shoe rather than a refresh.
The new engineered mesh helps to keep your foot secure and provides better breathability than the previous version. The upper is also quite flexible and stretchy thanks to the New Balance Fantom Fit technology that gives this shoe a no-sew bootie finish. There is a soft cage in the midfoot area of the upper that provides a locked-down feel without being unnecessarily tight.
A cushioned collar along with a TPU heel counter helps hold the heel in place to prevent heel slippage. If you have wide feet, you’d be pleased to note that the upper provides enough wiggle room for all foot sizes.
The Fresh Foam midsole is still the standout feature of this shoe. The cushioning is extremely comfy and trust me when I say this – it is comfortable! Previous shoes in the series had gained a reputation amongst seasoned runners for being the best shoes for wide feet, but this newer version has more tricks up its sleeve (or rather up its sole).
The midsole also has concave cut-outs in the foam to condense and compress as needed to give you a soft and supple ride. You can expect superior levels of cushioning no matter what type of runner you are. The only downside is that it lacks responsiveness and should be taken into consideration if that is important to you.
Another standout feature on the New Balance 1080 V8 is the rubber outsole. New Balance has collected data from hundreds of runners and created a “zoned outsole” that uses color-coded hexagon lugs on the outsole to give maximum durability to areas where it’s most needed. You can happily clock away those miles without worrying about wear and tear. Also, check out the updated flex grooves in the forefoot for enhanced flexibility that comes in all wide sizes.
+ Midsole is extremely comfortable and cushioning
+ Good for marathons
+ Flexible and stretchy upper construction
+ Various width options to choose from
– Lacks responsiveness
2. Asics Gel Kayano 25
Widths: Medium & Wide Size
The Gel Kayano 25 is a shoe that comes jam-packed with more tech than you can shake a stick at. As the name suggests, the midsole is made of dual-density silicone-based gel that has excellent shock absorption properties and helps dissipate the impact force of the floor evenly across the foot. The midsole is responsive and balanced and makes for a smooth transition without feeling overly soft or mushy.
The AHAR Plus outsole is twice as durable as other Asics shoes with the normal AHAR sole. The outsole is covered in softer DuraSponge rubber in certain areas and acts as additional cushioning for your foot. The Asics Gel Kayano 25 is engineered to be a stability shoe and hence, it features crash pads in the underfoot to minimize the effects of pronation
The upper is made from a redesigned stretchy jacquard mesh that conforms to the shape of your feet with little effort. The Gel Kayano 25 utilizes a Meta Clutch external heel counter which did an admirable job in providing a comfortable fit.
What wasn’t comfortable though were the shoe’s overall weight and the cushioned collar that didn’t feel right against my ankles. Nonetheless, the Asics Gel Kayano 25 is a versatile running shoe that comes in all wide sizes and can take a beating all day, any day.
+ Well-rounded and durable running shoe
+ Gel midsole provides excellent shock absorption
+ Reduces and corrects pronation
+ Stylish shoe that comes in various colors
– Heavier than competing shoes
– Cushioned collar feels uncomfortable on the ankles
3. Nike Pegasus 35
Widths: Narrow, Medium, Wide & Extra Wide Size
Nike is a staple when it comes to running shoes. Over the years, I’ve tested dozens of pairs of Nike running shoes and found that most of them were too narrow for my taste. The Nike Pegasus 35 though is a stark exception. Not only is the newest Pegasus 35 wide enough to accommodate my clown feet, but they also feel snug and comfy without making my feet feel claustrophobic.
Thanks to the Flywire lacing system and the improved full-length zoom midsole, this shoe is built for performance. The Pegasus 35 strikes the perfect balance between firmness and softness. This makes the shoe extremely comfortable for long runs in part due to its excellent cushioning and responsiveness that makes for great balance.
The Pegasus 35 is constructed from an improved Flymesh upper with cross stitches that drastically improves ventilation. The outsole is dotted with Pentagon shaped lugs which do a wonderful job in maintaining a firm grip on any surface, whether it be road, grass or dirt. My only complaint with the Pegasus 35 is that it’s a bit on the heavy side at 283 grams (10 ounces).
If you are looking for a pair of wide running shoes with a Nike brand name, the Pegasus 35 is the best wide running shoes for you. It also comes in a variety of wide sizing.
+ Good balance of cushioning and firmness
+ The outsole grips well on all kinds of surfaces
+ Fast and snappy energy return on every stride
+ Highly breathable upper
– Heavier than competing shoes
4. Saucony Cohesion 11
Widths: Medium & Wide Size
Durability is key when you’re picking a running shoe for everyday use. Running shoes have to not only put up with the repeated impact from running but also the harshness of the terrain like mud, grime, and tarmac. Luckily, the Saucony Cohesion 11 is purpose-built with durability as its key selling point.
The outsole of the Cohesion 11 uses a hardened rubber compound that not only lasts a LONG time but also protects the softer midsole from wear and tear. Flex grooves on the forefoot help make this shoe flexible and agile with increased balance.
The midsole is comprised of a full-length foam that does a good job of absorbing shock and impact, but I found it to be more on the firm end of the cushioning spectrum. The shoe also consists of a “REACT2U” footbed made of memory foam. This footbed takes the shape of your foot and these are great provided you have neutral arches. Not so much if you have high or low/no arches. I was also not a fan of this shoe’s styling options and the colorways just didn’t seem to match.
The upper uses an open mesh construction that facilitates airflow, thus keeping your foot cool even during long runs. It’s not surprising that this shoe is ideal for heavy and long-distance runners with wide feet that care more about performance than looks.
+ Ideal shoe for heavy runners
+ Highly durable shoes for all types of terrains
+ Affordable price
+ Lightweight for regular use
– Not very stylish and color options are an eyesore
– Not suitable for people with high or low arches
5. Adidas UltraBoost ATR
The Adidas UltraBoost ATR may not necessarily come in wide and extra-wide options for sizes, but I found that going half a size up did the trick. So, why is the UltraBoost on this list even though they don’t have wider options?
That’s because the UltraBoosts are perhaps the plushest shoes on the planet thanks to Adidas’s proprietary Boost Technology in the midsole that consists of thousands of TPU pellets molded together. This shoe is so soft and plushy that you’ll feel like you were walking on clouds.
The upper is constructed from Primeknit fabric and this cloth-like material provides superior flex and breathability compared to other shoes. Also contained in the upper are the TPU fit cages that help give you a locked-down feel. At the same time, the upper also widens considerably to accommodate runners with wide feet.
The Adidas UltraBoosts is not only a great pair of running shoes for a wide foot, but they also double as lifestyle shoes and look stylish with casual wear. This design is complemented by a robust outsole made from durable Continental rubber in a web pattern that allows for maximum impact distribution and shock absorption. In our testing, I found that the outsole performed well on different types of surfaces and maintained a good grip throughout for good balance.
+ Extremely comfortable shoe
+ Good looking and stylish suitable for casual wear
+ Responsive and bouncy midsole
+ Durable and flexible outsole
– Only medium width size available, go 1/2 a size up
6. Under Armour Charged Bandit 3
Widths: Medium & Extra Wide Size
The UA Charged Bandit 3 is a neutral shoe with a comfortable 8mm heel to toe drop ideal for running on roads and tarmac. Sizes run true so you don’t have to compensate by getting a bigger or smaller shoe, plus they are more lightweight than the previous Bandit 2 version. The Charged Bandit 3’s cushioning is in the middle when it comes to firmness and hence, it makes a great shoe for running short to medium distances.
The midsole is made from UA’s dual compression infused “Charged Cushioning” foam. The foam is the best of both worlds where it’s softer in the forefoot and firm around the heel area to provide for a smooth and easy transition between strides.
The upper is constructed from a lightweight fabric knit that increases airflow and breathability significantly while maintaining its flex and durability. The upper does a good job of keeping your foot snug and an external TPU heel counter compliments the upper by giving you that locked-down feel to eradicate any heel slippage while running.
The outsole consists of flex grooves to allow for foot torsion and has high abrasion carbon rubber in the heel area for absorbing shock, but the sole’s grip can be lackluster especially on wet surfaces. This shoe comes in medium and extra-wide sizes and is best recommended for dry roads and treadmills.
+ Upper is very flexible and breathable
+ Dual-density foam is a mix of firm and soft
+ Stays locked in without heel slippage
– Not suitable for wet surfaces
– Not ideal for long-distance running
7. Nike Air Zoom Structure 21
Widths: Medium, Wide & Extra Wide Size
The Structure 21 from Nike is a capable stability shoe designed to improve the negative effects of overpronation. The midsole is manufactured from a dual-density foam consisting of both soft Phylon foam for cushioning and support and a harder foam that helps in delivering responsiveness with every step.
There are also crash pads present in the heel area that helps to mitigate the impact force evenly across the foot making it ideal for marathons and long-distance running. The Structure 21’s outsole is covered in hard carbon rubber that provides sufficient traction in all types of terrain conditions. The outsole also contains tiny air pockets made out of Duralon rubber that give this shoe a bouncy feel.
The upper on this shoe is constructed from a lightweight and durable mono-filament thread that can take quite a beating while keeping its structural integrity intact. The upper is one of the biggest improvements over the previous iteration of the Structure series. As explained earlier, the Structure 21 is made for running long distances and it’s evident from the well ventilated and airy design of these shoes that you can keep clocking on those miles without worrying about hot feet.
My only quip with these shoes is that the fabric that surrounds the ankles do tend to get a bit itchy, but this may not be the case with everyone and it can be fixed by wearing long socks. It comes in wide and even extra-wide sizing.
+ Stability shoe ideal for people with flat and wide feet
+ Plenty of cushioning for running longer distances
+ Good grip on even wet surfaces
+ Stylish shoes and visually appealing color options
– Padding around the ankle can be itchy at times
– It requires a break-in period
8. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19
Widths: Medium, Wide & Extra Wide Size
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a motion-control shoe for runners with overpronation (severe flat-feet) who need the added stability for a safe and comfortable run. The Adrenaline GTS 18 does a remarkable job of supporting and holding your foot firmly in place.
The mesh upper is adequately airy and consists of an inner sleeve that has moisture-control capabilities. This helps to keep your foot cool and dry regardless of how hot it is outside. The shoes also have an internal saddle to keep your feet secured without causing any wobbling or heel slippage.
The midsole is made from a gel-based substance of varying densities to give you a superior level of cushioning compared to conventional EVA foam. It is also bio-degradable and hence more environmentally friendly. The Adrenaline GTS 18 also features a “Progressive Diagonal Rollbar” for added support, balance, and to help keep your foot properly aligned to drastically reduce the effects of overpronation on wide feet.
Rounding up its amazing feature-set is the sturdy outsole made from reinforced rubber which is abrasion-resistant. Also present is “Flextra” material on the forefoot region of the outsole that provides varying levels of flexibility.
The Adrenaline GTS 18 gripped well in all-terrain conditions. But, keep in mind that these shoes aren’t perfect though and I found that after only a month’s use, the lace cage and upper material started to look frayed and worn-down. I also didn’t like the styling and color options and hence, they don’t look good in streetwear.
Nonetheless, if you suffer from severe overpronation, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are the best runners for wide feet and flat feet.
+ Excellent shoes for runners with severe flat-feet
+ Suitable for long runs
+ Good stability, support, and balance
+ Ideal for dry or wet terrains
– Not very durable
– Upper material feels cheap
9. Mizuno Wave Rider 21
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
Mizuno has a varied history of making quality running shoes. The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is easily one of their best shoes for runners with wide feet. The newest update to the Wave Rider series consists of an engineered mesh for better breathability and a more secure fit. Other new updates include additional padding for the heel and a premium sock liner that give your foot a better in-shoe experience.
The most notable function of the Wave Rider 21 comes from the midsole that is almost entirely made up of a material called U4ic which is engineered to be lightweight. This makes the shoe 30% lighter than other Mizuno shoes and has superior shock absorption capabilities to deliver a smooth ride.
The U4ixC (it’s a mouthful) heel wedge provides soft underfoot stability while also being very responsive. Sandwiched in between the midsole and the heel wedge is the Cloudwave layer that is responsible for delivering that springy and soft ride. The Cloudwave material runs the length of the heel to midfoot to balance your gait cycle.
The upper is a stretchy engineered mesh that is designed to mirror the torsion and twisting of the feet during the gait cycle. It also provides a comfortable fit with good ventilation to keep the feet cool and dry. The lace-up system is similar to the flywire cables found in Nike shoes in keeping your foot planted and we hardly experienced any heel slippage thanks to the secure fit.
The main drawback of the Wave Rider 21 is that the toe box is narrow out of the box for a shoe that is meant for runners with wide feet. Fortunately, it takes very little time to break-in and achieves a comfortable fit. For most people with wide feet, I’d recommend going half a size up to fully take advantage of these shoes.
Lastly, the colorways on the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21 are dull, boring and leaves much to be desired. It reminds me of those old running shoes my dad used to wear. It might not necessarily be a bad thing if you do happen to be a dad!
+ Constructed from high-quality materials
+ Lightweight despite all the extra cushioning
+ Premium sock liner feels amazing
+ Effortless and responsive midsole
– Limited colors that look dull and boring
– Toe-box is narrow on initial use
– Requires break-in
10. Brooks Ghost 11
Widths: Narrow, Normal & Wide Size
The 11th iteration to the Brooks Ghost series is a shoe that is famous amongst seasoned runners. New features on the Ghost 11 include a lightweight design and highly durable construction.
The advanced cushioning system and width options are ideal for people with wide feet. The heel-to-toe drop ratio clocks in at 12mm and this makes for a fluid transition from walking to running and vice-versa.
Specialized crash pads take the majority of the shock and impact and distribute it evenly across the base of the foot. Along with good underfoot stability and balance, the Ghost 11 is one of the best wide feet running shoes from a lesser-known brand compared to the likes of Nike and Adidas.
The outsole is covered in carbon blown rubber and is highly durable for daily use. The shoe does remarkably well for half-marathons and even full marathons to keep you pain-free and relaxed. The toe box though is somewhat narrow, so people with exceptionally wide feet should jump half a size up for a comfortable fit or select a bigger width profile.
The upper mesh of the Ghost 11 is built from a lightweight material that feels softer and more stretchy compared to the previous version. The engineered mesh upper wraps around your foot without causing any irritation even if you’re wearing the shoes with no socks. The heel area consists of a TPU heel counter and is sewn into the fabric of the shoe with negate heel slippage and to aid balance for those wide feet.
As far as looks go, the Ghost 11 looks sleek and sharp with a minimalistic profile. It is also one of the most affordable running shoes for wide feet on the market right now.
+ Good cushioning throughout the midsole of the shoe
+ Ideal for runners who are heel strikers
+ Excellent daily running shoes for a budget price
+ Eye-catching color schemes
– Not suited for races and short runs
– Upper wears off quickly
11. Brooks Glycerin 17 (Women’s)
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
Brooks is a brand known to manufacture thoroughbred running shoes that are also extremely comfortable at the same time. The Brooks Glycerin 17 is still one of the best wide feet running shoes on the market for both men and women. It features an underfoot cushion that holds up for hours whether you’re racing or taking part in a marathon.
The midsole offers a very balanced approach between responsiveness and stability without overdoing either one. The BioMoGo DNA in the midsole is designed to be an adaptive cushioning system that caters to your foot strike every time you land. The BiomoGo DNA is also supposed to be environmentally friendly and in a landfill, the shoe is expected to decompose within 20 years compared to other shoes that are expected to take 1000s of years.
Comfort is a standout feature on the Glycerin 17 and this is further evident in the inclusion of the OrthoLite sockliner that adds extra plus and comfort to the wearer. The inner sleeve is also equally built for comfort as it is for performance. You will not experience any irritation or discomfort to your foot and the in-foot experience is amazing! The inside also perfectly contours the shape of your foot and is very flexible while running.
The grip on the outsole is excellent and it features a mix of thick carbon rubber on the heel for added durability, while the forefoot is covered in a more flexible and stickier rubber material that is great for gripping the ground. The Glycerin 17 is a wide running shoe that is great for daily use. Some might find that it’s not stiff enough to be a racing shoe, but for the amount of comfort and cushioning it offers, it is one of the best in its class for people that are looking for running trainers with good responsiveness, comfort, and balance.
The upper as we’ve mentioned is very comfortable and this shoe can be worn even without socks if you fancy. You can run in them every day without worrying about blisters. The upper is made of a stretchy knit fabric that is heavily perforated for maximum heat dissipation and ventilation. As far as fit goes, the Glycerin 17 has a wide toe-box but offers a standard fit along the heel which helps to reduce any heel slippage and increased balance and comfort.
+ Good mix of comfort and responsiveness
+ Excellent running shoe for daily use
+ Stretchy and ventilated upper unit
+ Environmentally conscious materials used
– Some of the colorways are unavailable
– Not ideal for those who like a stiff running shoe
12. Hoka One One Bondi 6 (Women’s)
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
If cushioning on wide feet running shoes was ever your concern, then Hoka has you covered. The Hoka One One Bondi 6 takes the mantle from the now-discontinued Bondi 5 as one of the most cushioned running shoes for wide feet, especially for women. The heel height, a whopping 1.7 inches (44 mm), is so soft and spongy that it feels like having a pair of pillows attached to your feet.
Given how mushy the shoe is, it’s not the most ideal for running races and it might not be everyone’s cup of tea either. But, it is amazing for females runners who have wide feet and bad knees. It does a remarkable job of preventing joint aches and muscle soreness.
The Hoka One One Bondi 6 is excellent for everyday use and the midsole uses a full-length EVA unit and Meta-Rocket technology for comfort and balance. This running shoe manages to glide naturally through the gait cycle without causing any aches or discomfort. The shoe is quite big and wide on its own (not very lightweight) and comes in additional width profiles if you have enormously giant feet.
The shoes pack quite a lot of padding in the forefoot and are great for forefoot strikers and greatly helps if you have metatarsalgia. The outsole of the Bondi 6 is covered in a “Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber” in areas that are most susceptible to wear and tear.
Since the high-abrasion rubber doesn’t cover the entirety of the shoe, the outsole does wear off fairly quickly compared to other wide running shoes on the list.
The upper of the Bondi 6 is constructed from an engineered mesh with an open-weave design for maximum ventilation. The upper is also stretchy and conforms as needed for people with wide feet. The colorways on the upper are somewhat limited, but stylish nonetheless.
+ Highly cushioned midsole ideal for runners with bad knees
+ Prevents muscle soreness caused due to running
+ Eye-catching color schemes
+ Well ventilated open-weave upper design
– Outsole wears off quickly
– Very thick wedge might not feel lightweight for some runners
– Padded tongue rubs uncomfortably on the skin
13. Asics Gel Cumulus 20 (Women’s)
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
The Asics Gel Cumulus 20 has got a serious list of upgrades to offer compared to its predecessor – firstly, the upgraded midsole now contains the Flytefoam cushioning compound which adds a level of bounce and springiness to every stride. Secondly, a redesigned upper that has multi-directional stretch to accommodate the movements of your feet.
The upper is constructed of Jacquard mesh material to afford plenty of wiggle room for your toes while remaining sufficiently secure. The lacing system works alongside Asics’ Discrete Eyelet feature, which are standalone holes designed to relieve stress from tight laces, to get that snug and custom fit.
The Gel Cumulus 20 only comes in normal and wide sizes for both men and women but I found the wide option to be plenty enough to cradle my feet all day long without causing any pinching or discomfort.
The midsole is crafted from Flytefoam that uses organic fibers to achieve a 55% reduction in weight compared to traditional EVA foam. Asics has implemented other proprietary tech into the sole like FluidRide which is a combination of spEVA and Solyte compounds for a very soft and reliable ride. On the negative side, the midsole does get dirty very quickly and it lacks responsiveness.
The cushioning on the Gel Cumulus doesn’t end there. As the name suggests, gel cushioning is infused into the forefoot and rearfoot areas for added shock absorption and to provide more stability for long and exhausting runs. A premium lightweight sock liner completes the marshmallow-like cushioning of this shoe and there’s no doubt that the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 is one of the best-cushioned running shoes for wide feet.
Even the outsole is made from a combination of different compounds – the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) and DuraSponge. The outsole provides good ground contact and traction for both wet and dry conditions. The outsole is remarkably durable and these shoes are ideal for marathons if that’s your intended goal.
One thing to note though is that the shoe feels a bit stiff out of the box and requires a break-in period to feel roomy. This can easily be achieved by wearing them around the house for an hour or two.
+ Soft and spongy midsole feels amazing
+ Ideal for marathons
+ AHAR tech on the outsole makes them very durable
– Midsole gets dirty easily
– Stiff on the first try and requires a break-in period
14. Asics GEL-Venture 6 (Women’s)
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
It’s no surprise that there is yet another ASICS shoe on the list. The GEL-Venture 6’s are some of the most feature-packed, high-quality footwear on the market geared towards women that have wide feet. It sports a roomy and simplistic design but comes in a variety of color combinations so it is in no way a bland-looking shoe. The Gel Venture’s rearfoot GEL cushioning acts as a very comfortable under-bed for people with wide feet.
It does an excellent job of providing arch support for long-distance running. The GEL system further doubles as a crashpad to dampen the impact from the ground and the CMEVA midsole appropriately takes that energy and returns it back for the next toe-off phase. Shock absorption is en pointe and your feet won’t feel fatigued even after a marathon especially for those with wide feet.
This might not be what some people would want since there is a certain pronounced stiffness when running and if you’re the type that likes a mushier ride, then you’re better off with another option. The laces have always been a pain since they are made of synthetic fibers that seem to slip off and become undone.
The Venture 6 also comes with a durable AHAR (ASICS High Abrasion Rubber) outsole that has become a staple for Asics’ top-of-the-line running shoes. The outsole of the Gel-Venture 6 has strategically placed rubber nubs in areas of high-impact for enhanced traction and durability. The Venture 6 runs true to size, but they do feel somewhat bulky for trail-running. The best thing about this wide running shoe is that there is almost no heel-slippage thanks to its supportive heel collar that keeps balance by having your feet firmly planted.
If you’re looking for a lightweight pair of runners for running, hiking or walking, then you can’t go wrong with the Asics Gel-Venture 6. The extra reinforcement on the outsole is quite useful to protect your feet while you’re out hiking and they feel a lot more supportive than the ones you might find on Nike or Adidas running shoes.
The ASICS GEL-Venture 6 is also fairly affordable when you consider the features you’re getting with these. So, if you’re a runner that’s budget-conscious, but still want an excellent pair of running shoes, then you can’t go wrong with the Venture 6.
+ AHAR outsole can take quite a beating
+ Prevents muscle soreness caused due to running
+ Simplistic design with good color combinations
+ Well ventilated open-weave upper design for comfort
– Reinforced outsole is not that grippy
– Stiff midsole that not everyone might like
15. Adidas UltraBoost 19 (Women’s)
Widths: Normal & Wide Size
If looking stylish is your concern, then the Adidas UltraBoost for Women has you covered. Adidas is a brand that is often associated with lifestyle footwear and the UltraBoost is no different. The shoe sports a Boost unit which we believe is one of the most comfortable midsoles on the market. Think of it as walking on a cloud, while looking cool at the same time.
The midsole is manufactured by fusing thousands of EVA foam balls together so your feet always feel like they’re on a bouncy castle. But, that is not to say that the midsole is too plush. The Boost technology does an adequate job of returning energy back to your feet after the end of the last stride. This gives you a nice springy feel to each step.
The upper is made from Adidas’ proprietary Primeknit that is excellent at absorbing moisture and ventilating built-up heat while maintaining comfort. The shoes are designed for a sockless wear experience, but just make sure to air-dry your shoe when you take them off so they don’t smell.
Moreover, the outsole of the UltraBoost is made from Continental rubber – the same stuff you’re likely to find in your car tires. So, it goes without saying that they are very grippy (like your car tires). One issue tho is that the rubber does not cover the entirety of the Boost unit, so it’s prone to damage and degradation over time.
The included insole does a great job of adding to the comfort and balance. Even if you’re running a marathon, your wide feet won’t feel fatigued in these. The external heel counter keeps the foot in place during intense sessions and the fit is optimal, allowing for a little stretch for those with wide feet.
+ Boost midsole is very, very comfortable
+ Primeknit upper has a very smooth and soft feel
+ Lifestyle shoes that can be worn even without socks
+ Heel counter keeps your feet locked in place
– Continental rubber outsole does not cover the full length of the Boost unit
– The midsole creases after use
16. Hoka One One Clifton 5 (Women’s)
Widths: Narrow, Normal & Wide Size
The Clifton 5 is best suited for women that experience pain in their ankles and knees. Hoke is known to put an incredible amount of cushioning in their midsoles and this shoe is no different – offering a massive heel thickness of 30mm. Durability is superb with all high-quality construction and design. The soft cushioned unit might not be for everyone, but we thoroughly enjoyed it while we tested this for walking, running and hiking.
Color schemes are also definitely eye-catching with around 8 different variations to suit everyone’s taste and style. The upper fabric on the Hoka One One Clifton 5 is quite breathable, but it is stiff and lacks the contour-hugging feature of Nike’s Flyknit upper. The upper was also prone to causing some skin irritation if worn without socks, so that’s something to keep in mind.
The outsole is definitely one of the standout features of the Clifton 5 where you’d find reinforced grey rubber nubs over critical areas that are prone to high wear and tear. There was also no concern of small stones or rocks getting into the grooves and giving you a hard time.
One drawback of the midsole is just how mushy it feels and this can cause your forefoot lift to feel delayed and unresponsive. These are not very ideal as race shoes, but works like a charm for marathons or even walking for comfort. The toe-box is also somewhat narrow so it’s best to get the wide option for women who have wide feet. Another thing to note is that the included insoles were alright for the most part, but it does feel rough around the arches.
If you are planning on buying these, we’d advise you to get aftermarket inserts so you can achieve a comfortable ride if you have wide feet.
+ Extreme amount of cushioning thanks to the massive midsole
+ Best for runners that are experiencing ankle and knee pains
+ Good color combinations
+ Upper unit is well ventilated
– The insole feels rough around the arches
– Stiff upper that causes some irritation if worn without socks
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When it comes to running shoes, comfort should be the top priority since a comfortable pair of shoes help you avoid injuries, soreness, and aches. A comfortable shoe will also help you run more and achieve better results. Finding comfortable footwear for wide feet should not be an issue if you pick any of our contenders on this list. Apart from this, you can also get regular running shoes to fit you by going half or a full-size up.
When it comes to comfort, it is important to know how much cushioning a shoe has and to decide if you like a highly cushioned shoe or something stiffer for better responsiveness. Heel slippage should also be taken into account when considering comfort because the last thing you want is an annoying shoe that’s slipping off your heels every few minutes. Some shoes on our list offer an additional insole, but if you want added comfort, you can always ditch the included insoles and buy an aftermarket one that you prefer.
The next most important thing to look out for is fit. A good-fitting shoe should feel like a not-too-tight glove which can drastically improve your performance. A poor-fitting shoe will either be too tight and cause swelling or slip off, making you faceplant into the curb. A proper fit should give you just enough room for your toes to breathe, while at the same time also contort and flex along with the movements of your feet.
When buying wide running shoes, you might notice that some shoes are wide along the full length of the shoe and not just the toe box. People who have a wide forefoot, but normal midfoot and heel should opt for shoes with only a wide toe-box like the Brooks Glycerin 17. Others who have a wide midfoot are better off getting a shoe in a wide size. If a shoe is wide around your ankles, you can remedy this by wear thicker socks or tightening your laces.
It is important to keep heel-slippage to a minimum since it can cause irritation to the skin and develop blisters or rashes (especially if you’re wearing low-cut socks).
Stability is important to keep you on your feet and firmly planted to the ground when your foot strikes the ground. Shoes with a very thick and mushy sole might lack stability and give you a “wobbly” feeling. Stiffer shoes are more stable but provide less cushioning. The best choice is to pick a middle ground where you get a healthy mix of stability and comfort.
Shoes with a plush midsole are often better for long-distance running and walking, while those with a stiff midsole system are best suited for races. The choice will ultimately be yours to pick the shoe that best serves your goals.
The outsole of a shoe is the major contributor to its grip and traction. A lot of the shoes on our list feature a dual-compound rubber outsole – a softer rubber on the forefoot for grip and a harder rubber on the rearfoot for durability. Some shoes will have tactically placed grooves or nubs to enhance traction. It also depends on if you want to use your shoes for road running or trail running as the outsole will differ dramatically. It’s also not hard to find a pair of shoes that serve a dual purpose.
Traction is also important on wet surfaces if you happen to find yourself running outside on a rainy day. Most high-quality running shoes will offer a good grip on wet surfaces, but if you regularly are out running when it’s raining, then it’s best to go with a shoe that has rated non-slip outsoles.
Durability is what will ultimately decide if your shoes will last longer. Nobody wants to change running footwear every few weeks, but durability, for the most part, comes down to the construction quality. Brands like Nike, Adidas, Asics, Brooks, and Reebok spend millions of dollars on R&D to improve the quality and durability of your everyday shoes. A lot of manufacturers will also provide a guarantee on the outsole of the shoe in general.
Ultimately, durability will also come down to what type of shoe you choose. If you have flat feet and decide to buy normal shoes (which isn’t built for flat feet), you will see increased wear and tear along the medial (inside) arches. Or if you have wide feet and decide to buy shoes that are not meant for wide feet, you will most probably fray the upper.
Keep in mind that some shoes will have added reinforcement on the outsole to increase durability, so consider this when you’re buying running shoes. Durability also depends on the person, where someone who goes for a run multiple times a week will go through more shoes than someone who’s a casual runner.
Wide Toe Box or Wide Size?
A wide toe box shoe is basically a shoe of normal size but has a “roomy” or spacious toe box to accommodate your feet. Some people have normal-sized feet but have a wide forefoot and narrow heel. For these people, a wide running shoe will tend to slip-off in what we call “heel slippage”. This is where a shoe with a wide toe-box will be much more helpful than a wide sized running shoe. This is especially true for a lot of Nike running shoes.
A running shoe with a wide or extra wide option is for people who have uniformly wide feet. The width of one’s feet can be attributed to either genetics or other foot abnormalities like flat-feet. If you are unsure of what type of wide shoe you have, try it on and if you find that your toes have enough room to wiggle around but your midfoot is being pinched, then this is most definitely a shoe with a wide toe-box.
On the other side of the spectrum, if your shoes are loose-fitting or too wide, it’s important to change them or go half a size down. This is due to the fact that wearing shoes that are loose will cause rubbing and blisters on the inside of your feet while running or during other intense activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How wide should my shoes be?
There is no accurate measure of how wide one’s shoes must be. People have different feet with varying proportions. Some have feet that are wide only in the forefoot while others have wide feet throughout the length of their feet.
So, the answer to the question is: it depends. When trying on shoes for the first time, you should focus primarily on the fit. If you feel pinching on the sides of your midfoot or your toes, then the shoes are too tight and you should consider picking a wide-feet option. On the other hand, if your feet have ample wiggle room, then the shoes are too loose and you should go half a size smaller or pick a narrower width profile.
How should wide running shoes fit me?
When it comes to running shoes, you must look for a snug and secure fit. The shoes must neither be too tight to cause discomfort or too loose that your heel comes right off. A snug-fitting wide running shoe should allow for enough room to flex your toes while feeling like an extension of your feet (like a glove).
Will wide running shoes further widen with use?
All shoes will widen to a certain degree with use. Running shoes today are made from hi-tech mesh and fabric uppers to make the shoes stretchable to a certain extent while retaining its original shape/size. Any further widening beyond this is minimal at best and won’t affect your performance.
What’s the difference between wide running shoes for men and women?
Shoes designed for women tend to be narrower than that for men (even from the same model). Women with wide feet who use a wide size option in a women’s shoe might find that a normal width on a men’s shoe fits just perfectly. If you’re a guy and you like the plethora of color schemes offered in a female variant, then at least make sure you get wide or extra wide sizing!
What is the best way to take care of my running shoes?
Runners are some of the most hardcore people on this earth (yay!). Running shoes take an excessive amount of stress compared to all other shoes on the market and this makes them need more care than ordinary footwear. When taking off your shoes after a run, always make sure that you don’t leave the socks inside so the shoes can air dry naturally.
Make sure to remove any rocks or stones stuck between the treads to prevent them from causing damage to the midsole. And finally, use a sneaker cleaning kit to wash your shoes once a month to maintain your running shoes like the day you bought them.