Best Wide Running Shoes Reviewed and Rated
It’s happened to all of us: You find a great-looking pair of shoes, grab the box that’s in your size, and sit down to try them on… Only to realize that they’re simply too tight. It’s disheartening, to say the least when those of us with wider feet struggle to find a pair of running shoes that won’t make us feel as though we have no room to breathe. While it’s not an uncommon struggle, it’s one that’s frustrating for sure.
While it can be a letdown to work your way through many sneaker brands looking for just the right one, it doesn’t need to be. We’ve done half the work for you and have sought out the best running shoes for wide feet from the most trust-worthy brands in order to reduce the stress that goes into shoe-shopping.
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Customizable mid-sole padding
Offers high levels of support to brace high impacts
Offers added leg and knee support
Best 10 Running Shoes for Wide Feet
1. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19
Customizable mid-sole padding
Offers high levels of support to brace high impacts
Offers added leg and knee support
Some found the padding was too soft
Brooks is calling this sneaker the go-to running choice of the year and with its list of benefits, it’s not hard to see why that’s so accurate. Just based on appearances alone, the Adrenaline GTS 19 is streamlined and built for comfort. It looks breathable and has a solid foundation with plenty of support for the runner wearing it.Read more
Let’s take a closer look: The mesh has been engineered with a 3D printed overlay to provide the best overall look, while still being durable and tough. This combination provides just enough structure to make the shoe comfortable without making it too stiff or soft — two things that are not conducive to a good runner sneaking. What really sets Brooks apart from the rest and has this design in our number one spot, is their addition of holistic “GuardRails”. This is an extra-added personal touch from Brooks that’s intended to help knee movement by providing a natural counterbalance to any extra movement. The fact that the Adrenaline GTS 19 offers knee support is truly unique, as most sneakers struggle to provide enough arch support, let alone support to anything above the ankle.
While this sneaker does have many points that can’t be adjusted, it does offer a customizable mid-sole saddle that can be altered to fit the foot rather than forcing the foot to fit the sneaker. Brooks even offers attributes for the Adrenaline GTS 19, defining it as having an “overpronation and stability” support type, with a “high-energizing cushioning” system. Therefore, if you’re seeking those things specifically, this sneaker just became that much easier to find.
2. HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6
Interesting look and style
Authentic rubber sole for increased traction
Heel material doesn’t always stand up to length runs
One fan has referred to the Hoka One One Bondi 6 as “the most comfortable ugly shoe on earth” and we’d have to say that while it’s not the ugliest by far, it’s definitely one of the most comfortable. What makes Bondi 6 stand out in comparison to other sneakers is it’s larger than usual heel which, of course, is also why it’s so comfortable.Read more
We think that the Bondi 6 look is unique and fun, especially when it comes to finding a sneaker that’s unique in style. It’s not often that many brands can create such a bodacious sneaker and get away with it, but the Bondi 6 has the perks to support its semi-wild look. With such a padded insole, it’s undoubtedly a comfortable sneaker all around for runners. This also lends plenty of support without being too soft or too firm, creating a great balance of cushion and structure.
The sole of the sneaker is rubber so not only is it comfortable from the inside out, but you can count on the outside to be just as dependable. With increased traction and a durable, long-lasting exterior, this sneaker deserves its high place on our list. Additionally, the Hoka One One Bondi 6 line has been recommended by orthopedics for those who have foot ailments, as it provides adequate support while also relieving pressure in high-impact areas of the foot.
3. ASICS Gel-Kayano 25
Motion control with a customized fit
Plenty of exterior design options
Arch support might be lacking for those with higher arches
While the Asics Gel-Kayano running sneakers have a pretty attractive design, to begin with, they also come in 26 different colors for runners who love to jazz up their workout attire. That being said, it’s great that they come with so many different exterior options — but how does the interior hold up in comparison? Let’s find out.Read more
There’s quite a bit of science that goes along with backing up the Asics Gel-Kayano sneakers in their claim to be one of the best out there. With Flytefoam technology, the sneaker is naturally resistant to compression, making it unbelievably durable when it comes to flexing and movement. This also acts as a natural shock absorber, allowing runners to go through repeating high-impact motions, kick-off, and stop, all without feeling as though their sneakers are the last thing to catch up to them. This provides a better balance and ground feel overall, helping to prevent injury and make for a much smoother feel while running.
In addition to great structural support, the Asics Gel-Kayano runners also provide a fluid ride midsole that helps to protect and cushion the foot both on runs and in day to day life. Furthermore, the addition of gel technology limits additional movement, helping to protect joints during any and all exercise. Lastly, the interior of the sneaker is lined with a built-in sock that is designed to hug the foot, giving off the feel of a custom-designed pair of footwear. This interior knit was inspired by the same design used when creating Japanese kimono belts, adding a traditional and authentic flair to these sneakers.
4. Brooks Ghost 12
Built-in crash pad
Combination DNA padding lends support
Sizing up might be necessary for accurate width
We already know that Brooks includes a classification system for all of their sneakers, and Ghost 12 is no different. For this design, they’ve said it’s a “neutral” support type with a “high energizing” cushion, much in theme with most of their footwear. The design of these shoes is entirely geared toward running, with adequate insole padding and foam contours that ride well with the runner.Read more
What really stands out about the Ghost 12 is the BioMoGo DNA, which has two important qualities worth noting. This addition to the insole of the sneaker helps to morph with a runner’s movements, functioning in part due to the blend of Brook's DNA material. Additionally, the BioMoGo material is earth-friendly, appealing to nature-lovers and all-natural lifestyles alike. The blend of these two materials makes for a great shock absorber in combination with the built-in crash pad, as well as lending support where needed.
Speaking of support, the Brooks Ghost 12 has also been designed to provide balance to a running stride. Whereas the sneakers do move with the runner, they also offer core stability to ensure that each stride is strong and concise. Transitions are also made much easier with this design, enabling runners to make swift decisions while knowing their footwear will react with them.
5. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20
Seamless stitching prevents irritation
Gel padding helps to cushion and conform
Designed specifically for runners
Toe box might be a tight fit for some
Gel-padded sneakers are another great option for runners who aren’t huge fans of foam support. Everyone has a preference and whereas foam can usually be firm or soft, gel has a tendency to mold to the bottom and sides of feet in order to provide a more custom-feel. That’s why these are yet another great option for those with wide feet as far as fit and comfort go.Read more
What makes this tree so special is the FlyteFoam insole… This is where the magic happens. Due to this next-gen technology, the Gel-Nimbus 20 are able to respond with the runner in order to bound back when responding to sudden motion changes. The dynamic padding in this cushion is also made with organic fibers which help to close the distance in between layers, providing more of an even and balance cushion. This helps to reduce high impacts and protect the runner on the most vulnerable parts of the foot.
The front and rear of this shoe have also incorporated gel technology, meaning that the same padding that prevents high impacts and helps to cushion the foot has been extended fully, from front to back. The implementation of full gel cushioning has been added with running specifically in mind; it helps to soften impacts from push-offs as well as any potential impact from sudden stops.
Furthermore, Asics has gone above and beyond to include Guidance Line Midsole and Guidance Trusstic System technologies in this modern sneaker. What that means for a runner is that each stride will be improved due to vertical flex grooves along the inseam of the sneaker. This also means that the structural integrity of the sneaker has been boosted overall, with more substantial construction.
6. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36
Snug fit without being too tight
Fully breathable design
Intended for speed
Durability could be better
Nike is a brand that’s well-known and loved for its modern and effective designs. So how does the Air Zoom Pegasus stand up to wide feet? That’s the question we sought to answer. While simple, these Nikes are built for speed over anything else.Read more
Upon first glance, the Air Zoom Pegasus sneakers look a bit funky. They’ve got wider than usual holes in the mesh that wraps around the upper portion of the sneaker, which looks strange but actually increases airflow. When it comes to running especially, a properly aerated sneaker is a luxury that many don’t realize until they have it. These larger perforations help air to circulate around the entire front-arch of the foot, allowing for more comfort and less stuffiness in the toe zone.
Additionally, this sneaker is designed to hug the foot. So while it’s a good option for those with wide feet, keep in mind that it is intended to have a more snug fit than most sneakers. That’s not to say it’s not roomy, however — the addition of Flywire cables in the design help to both support the sneakers while allowing some flex for those with wider foot size.
The sole of these Nikes has been imbued with Cushlon ST foam, helping to contour naturally to the foot while providing ground support. This padded foam also adapts quickly to changing movements without restricting the runner in any way.
7. Mizuno Wave Rider 22
Maximum shock absorption
Lightweight to improve the speed
Great starter sneaker
Heel, sole, and back tab are prone to causing blisters while breaking in
While this footwear sounds more like a surfboard than an actual sneaker, it’s actually a great option for wide feet without all the bells and whistles of some other pairs. There’s nothing super fancy here but sometimes that’s better, especially when it means more integrity and attention paid to natural design, rather than one that’s stiff and modern.Read more
The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is a sneaker that looks as dynamic on the outside as it is efficient on the inside. With a unique knit exterior that allows for breathability — and also comes in several different colors — it’s built for superior hold and total flexibility. When a runner moves, this material will flex in order to compliment the runner, thus boosting overall performance. The use of Cloud Wave technology has been incorporated into this design to absorb as much shock impact as possible, something running sneakers need in order to provide runners with much-needed impact protection.
While there’s nothing crazy about this sneaker, it does offer a lightweight design that most runners look for. Additionally, its lightweight feel helps those with wide feet as they won’t feel like they’re dragging extra weight around in addition to feeling that irritating tightness.
8. Altra Torin 3.0
Mid-level insole support
Wide base heel
Waterproof for all weather conditions
The toe box is quite stiff compared to the rest of the sneaker
The Altra Torin 3.0 is the upgraded version of the previous sneaker of its same design and these updates are the reason it made our top ten list. Everything, from its ergonomic shape to its zero-drop sole, has been improved, allowing it to earn a top spot.Read more
This sneaker has an impressive appearance, to say the least, sporting a modern yet still somewhat traditional look that will appeal to most runners. While the shape is defined on the upper half of the sneaker, those with wide feet will be happy to see that the bottom of the Altra Torin is plenty spacious. From breathability to a padded interior cushion, this sneaker has everything you need in order to run the distance without aches and pains or feeling as though your feet have been subject to a size that’s too small.
The midsole of this sneaker has been outfitted with EVA so that it provides a medium cushion while also lending support where needed. The insole is contoured to follow the natural curves of the foot without being too narrow. A surprising feature of this sneaker is the quick air-dry exterior — perfect for days when the weather isn’t cooperating. As every runner knows, a little rain should never slow you down!
9. Saucony Echelon 7
Extra padding for firm support
Great for street running
Lacking the side stability of the previous model
The Saucony Echelon 7 is an impressive shoe with an impressive price tag to match. We’ll leave it up to the runner to decide if it’s worth it but from where we’re standing, we can’t argue otherwise. There are some pretty choice features the Saucony possesses, many of which make this show a top of the line choice for runners with wide feet.Read more
As the upgraded version of the previous model, the Echelon 6, the Echelon 7 has some pretty significant improvements. For starters, this sneaker is designed for both track use as well as road-running, something many either don’t specify or simply don’t hold-up to. Therefore, where this sneaker lacks advanced features, it makes up for in simple durability. While that alone would make this sneaker appealing to some runners, it also provides superior heel support which can be significant to those with wide feet, as more weight is distributed throughout the base of the foot. Having firm heel support can also improve running posture and help to cushion the foot during push-offs and stops.
The contour of the Echelon 7 is also something to be noted: While it does have a natural contour, every major impact point is padded to prevent injury or discomfort. This feature alone also allows these sneakers to double as an orthopedic option, which is something to consider for wide-foot runners who might need a little extra padding in their step.
10. New Balance M1540v2
Built-in rollbar for stability
Plenty of room for wide feet
Removable insole cushion
Sizing does run larger than most sneakers
As silly as it sounds, all you need to do is take a look at the bottoms of the New Balance M1540v2 to see that they’re definitely built for foot shapes of all sizes. There’s no narrow insole to be found here! New Balance already has a great reputation for active footwear, but the M1540v2 is a great starting point for those who have run out of options for their foot shape.Read more
In the event that this sneaker does have a snug fit for some reason, never fear — it comes with a removable cushion that can be left in for extra support or taken out to feel roomier. Aside from that, the M1540v2 also has an Acteva Lite foam-padded midsole which will provide all the support a runner needs, with or without the removable cushion.
Interestingly enough, the most iconic part of this sneaker isn’t in the padding or its overall look. The trick lies in the built-in rollbar, which, as you know, isn’t always for trucks. This sneaker rollbar helps to minimize foot movement in the rear of the shoe, adding stability and balance to every stride. That makes this sneaker a great value for runners who are still training and need a little extra help in making their moves more precise, especially if they have a bigger foot width.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When it comes to wide feet, it can be nearly impossible sometimes to find a fit that's secure, snug, and comfortable. Comfort became a major factor while we underwent research to find the best running sneakers for wider feet. We couldn't just list regular workout sneakers and instead needed to find footwear that was designed specifically with running in mind. Working out is one thing, but the basis for running begins with the feet, therefore, with the proper sneakers by default.
There are three main causes for wide feet: Either you're born with them and it's completely natural, you've suffered inflammation from wearing shoes that are far too tight for your feet, or you were born with flat feet, which can often be wider than an arched foot. Only one of these can be helped and, hopefully, it can be helped with one of the sneakers we've listed here. For the other two cases, any of these sneakers would be a great option to help relieve some of the pressure and soreness which occurs when wearing sneakers that are too tight.
Without sneakers that fit property (or comfortably), problems such as bunions, corns, and inflammation can occur and can become a reoccurring ailment. The first step to eliminating this and treating it begins with properly-fitted footwear. These problems can be increasingly irritating and more extreme for those with an active lifestyle, and especially for those who partake in running on the daily. Therefore, it became our mission to find sneakers that would provide comfort while also potentially preventing any health ailments that may occur with wide feet.
While additionally, features weren't the biggest factor in our research, we certainly did keep an eye out for footwear that could potentially offer more than just comfort and stability. In addition to a proper fit, any footwear that was waterproof had added padding, or next-gen mesh or materials were all added to the list as having potential.
In order to weed out which features were truly necessary, we went over sneakers that continued to put comfort first -- regardless of foot size -- with their special features second. Additionally, if these features added nothing to the overall fit and function of the shoe in terms of a wide foot, we dropped them from our options.
We needed to ensure that the footwear we picked out would not only be comfortable for those with wide feet but that it would also be comfortable for those who might have additional foot ailments in addition, because of their widened feet.
Therefore, it was necessary to make sure that shoes would fit all areas of the feet, not just in front of the arch where the foot is usually the widest. While some lower-rated sneakers did have a tight toe box, many of them were roomy from front to back. Additionally, we included some entries on this list that provided proper heel support, as well as supporting a natural arch, thus, in theory, alleviating some of the pressure that's put on the middle of the foot when it's naturally flat.
Once the overall fit and comfort were evaluated, we moved onto criteria that were important for running. Once a sneaker was deemed comfortable and passed our standards, we looked for the features that would help you, the runner, become more efficient and accurate in your running style. Anything from extra support to an ergonomic design was considered and noted, bringing us to an even narrower list.
The right sneaker can also help to enhance balance and if the footwear moves with the runner (as in, if it's lightweight enough to keep from weighing a runner's foot down), then it's more likely to enhance and improve overall performance. While every sneaker on this list might not do that for every runner, depending on your own criteria and specifications, we're certain that you'll be able to find at least one that will help improve your personal skill set. Wide feet aren't a factor that stands in your way; it's just something to overcome with the correct running gear!
Whether we like talking about it or not, value is a huge factor when it comes to any type of gym equipment. Having an active hobby isn't often cheap and this is even truer for those of us with bodies that need a little extra attention, such as having wide feet. Whereas most people can walk into a fitness store and choose a pair of sneakers with no problem, those of us who have a bit more width need to do a little more advanced searching in order to find the gear that speaks to us... and sometimes, that can be pricey.
Therefore, we based our list on the overall value of the product, including what comes with it, which additional features were prevalent, and if it was worth the total price. We'd like to think that we have a very variable price range that can fit into anyone's budget. Especially when it comes to choosing a pair of sneakers that you plan to have for a year or more, and plan to use regularly for a high-impact sport such as running, it's important to know that your money is going to a dependable source. This is where we evaluated all that you would get in your purchase, as well as whether or not it's worth the money you're spending.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
There's a simple way to tell if you have wide feet. By simply tracing your foot shape on a piece of paper, you can easily measure the width of the widest part of your feet. When you have the correct measurement, all you need to do is compare it to a foot sizing chart! Wide feet usually require adjustments within an eighth of an inch or more.
You can also get a good idea of your foot shape by figuring our if you have flat feet. This isn't necessarily a tell-tale sign for a wide foot -- it's simply a case of one may lead to the other. If you do suffer from a flat foot, you might notice that your arch is not as high as some others. This is another thing that can be improved with more supportive footwear, such as the sneakers included on this list. Over time, arches can be improved, as well as aches from incorrect footwear due to too tight a fit.
Those with wide feet might notice that they wear out their shoes a bit more quickly, mainly due to the points of pressure. Additionally, there are usually no adverse effects from having wide feet unless you don't have properly-fitting footwear. One thing that may occur is over-pronation, which is common for those who have flat feet, which directly correlates with those who have wider feet. This can then cause pain in the Achilles tendon or ankle joints, but can usually be taken care of with some extra support and a switch in footwear.
Other Factors to Consider
It's true, there are some brands out there that boast how well-fitting their sneakers are when it comes to all foot sizes. The reason that we take this with a grain of salt and complete our own research is simple: We don't want to recommend anything to you that we, ourselves, wouldn't purchase. The point of so much research and so many reviews is to provide access to quality products that have gone through the wringer, and we like to take the last ones standing.
So while the brand of a product is a great starting point, it's not often the best ending point. We can look at products from the most popular brands while still finding better quality in a smaller business or a lesser-known name, simply because they've hand-stitched a seam or have chosen to upgrade the material for a slightly higher selling point. That's why we don't always consider the big brands, however, we do like to include some, because they often do incorporate the best and newest technology out there.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Are these good for people with flat feet as well?
Yes! Some of these sneakers even specific that they're great for people who tend to overpronate, which is a term that refers to people who tend to roll the arch of their foot downwards or to the front. So basically, anyone with flat feet! Most of the arches in these sneakers are designed to help support the arch and counteract that flatness that occurs, thus naturally improving arch strength and eliminating pressure over time.
q: What would the average weight be of one of these?
Running sneakers are generally designed to be lightweight, therefore the average weight is a bit over nine ounces. When coming up with this list, we tried to remain within that weight range to avoid adding too much weight to a runner's foot, as that's not conducive to performance-enhancement. A lighter shoe makes exercising much more bearable, whether you are running or hitting the gym.
q: Is it easy to transition from a regular running sneaker to one of these?
In all honesty, these sneakers are truly no different than your average running shoe. While they are more comfortable than a typical running sneaker, they're not made to be intentionally wide -- just more spacious and roomy. Some of these sneakers do have options to order extra-wide sizes, so if you're not in need of a significant width, we'd recommend sticking with the regular sizing.
q: What type of socks are best to use with this footwear?
While you can get specialty running socks, any pair of socks that you're comfortable running in should be fine. If you do have a much wider foot than average, a thinner sock will likely do more justice to allow your foot to have as much room as possible. However, sock choice is a personal one -- we'd recommend trying to shoe on without a sock first, and then with a sock, then compare the two to adjust. It should also be noted that some runners prefer to wear a sock that is designed specifically for running, to prevent any blisters.
q: Would these be suitable for ankle support?
Most sneakers aren't designed with tons of ankle support in mind. It's more likely that an ankle wrap would be something to consider for extra support and stability. The sneakers listed are reviewed for wide feet, however, if you're in need of ankle support, there would be plenty of room to invest in an ankle wrap, while wearing a low-cut athletic sock.