The Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet in 2018
We know that runners come in every shape and size, which means their feet do, too. That’s why it’s important to find a shoe designed to meet your individual needs, which is especially true if you have wide feet.
Wide feet aren’t a problem, but if your shoe is designed for somebody with standard or narrow feet, you’ll be uncomfortable and be thoroughly unmotivated to run. One issue with having wide feet is that not every running shoe comes in a wide version.
Below, we’ve rounded up ten running shoes known for being comfortable (and made) for wide feet. Some of these are great for performance, some are stability shoes, and all are quality additions to your running gear collection.
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Most Cushioned Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Hoka One One Bondi 5
This shoe has also been a top contender for runners with high arches and runners with bad knees. Part of the reason is its wide platform and high cushioning. This isn’t a shoe that will make you feel like you’ve “run out of shoe” for your foot.
With a heel height of 44.3mm, the Bondi is one of the tallest shoes on the market – that’s almost two inches of pure cushion! Cushioning feels soft at the heel and extremely soft at the forefoot, so if you’ve been frustrated in the past by shoes that don’t have enough padding, this is a great option.
The Bondi utilizes Hoka’s full-EVA midsole and early stage Meta-Rocker technology to guide your foot through a natural and correct gait cycle and avoid unnecessary discomfort and torsion.
The Bondi 5 itself is fairly wide and oversized. Even you need additional width, it also comes in wide sizing.
- Stability shoe with very high cushioning levels for comfort and distance running
- Meta-Rocker technology for a smooth running stride
- Best on pavement and treadmills, ok on very light trails
- Tall with thick sole – not suitable for anything besides running or light gym
- Thick tongue might make using heel lock lacing technique uncomfortable
Most Durable Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Brooks Ghost 10
The Ghost is favorite of neutral runners, evidenced by it being one of the best-selling running shoes in the entire market. A Runner’s World “Editor’s Choice” award winner, the Ghost is designed specifically for men and women who want a cushioned and supportive everyday trainer.
The Ghost 10 has a wide toe box as is, and a meshy upper for a great fit. But for wide feet it also comes in three widths: narrow, standard, and wide.
The Gel-Foam midsole provides support without collapsing under pressure. It’s also fairly lightweight, and reviewers appreciate that it conforms to their feet without added pressure or hot spots.
Considering the miles runners have put on this shoe, you can be confident it will go the distance for you, too.
- Omega Flex Grooves provide natural-feel flexibility
- Great arch support
- Engineered mesh upper for strong support without additional weight
- Good tread makes it decent for trails
- Some runners have found premature wear on the inside heel collar
- No 4E widths for men
Most Running Shoe for Wide Feet and Orthotics
Saucony Echelon 6
The Echelon 6 belongs to Saucony’s neutral running shoe line, but it’s got enough padding and support that it could almost be considered a stability shoe. The Echelon proves itself to be a wide, stable platform for a neutral runner and benefits from most of Saucony’s latest tech.
An EVERUN topsole provides extra cushion in the heel pad and along the length of the sole. It gets comfort closer to your foot for exceptional energy return that the company claims won’t break down over time. The sole has a triflex design that offers greater durability, perfect if you’ll be logging a lot of miles.
This shoe is roomy with a wide toe box and it readily accepts orthotics. It also comes in wide in both men’s and women’s and extra wide in men’s, so you can be assured of a great fit.
- Lots of room for full length orthotics
- Mesh upper with FlexFilm in a no-sew process to add support and reduce irritation
- Very soft cushion feel in the heel and forefoot
- Some find the synthetic upper uncomfortable
Widest Running Shoe for Wide Feet
New Balance 990v4
What stands out immediately about this 30-year-old design is that the New Balance 990v4 comes in six different widths for men and four different widths for women. Men can find their size in X-Narrow, Narrow, Standard, Wide, X-Wide, and XX-Wide, and women can select from Narrow, Standard, Wide, and X-Wide.
Also, this sturdy, cushion-packed shoe is renowned for its durability, lasting mile after mile after mile. Its durability comes from the blown rubber outsole, EVA and ENCAP technology in the midsole, and a pigskin/mesh upper. You won’t have to replace this shoe anytime soon.
While the 990s tend to look bulky, many runners ultimately don’t mind the tradeoff for high levels of all-day comfort and a customized feel for wide feet.
This is also one of the few remaining shoes that is still 100% manufactured in the United States.
- These shoes are part of New Balance’s made in the USA line
- Multiple widths to choose from in men’s and women’s sizes
- Extremely durable and sturdy
- Not very breathable
Best New Balance Motion Control Running Shoe for Wide Feet
New Balance 1540v2
New Balance does a great job designing for the needs of wide feet, and the 1540 is no exception. This model comes in five widths for men and women: Narrow, Standard, Wide, X-Wide, and XX-Wide.
The benefits don’t stop there. The 1540 is a stability shoe, and New Balance has loaded it with features to help support proper alignment, reduce impact to your ankles, shins, and knees, and keep your foot from rolling in (pronating). The shoe’s Roller posting system places two posts inside the heel on either side with a composite plate between the two to provide top-notch motion control.
The 1540’s upper is breathable, no-sew mesh with synthetic overlays to help lock your foot in place.
- Removable footbed for added comfort that you can replace with your own orthotic if desired
- Flex grooves in sole for added flexibility in the forefoot
- Classic style profile
- At 14oz, this is one of the heaviest shoes we’re reviewing today
Best Brooks Motion Control Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Brooks Addiction 13
One of Brooks’ most stable motion control shoes, the Addiction 13 provides stability and support even for the widest foot. In particular, it takes orthotics very well, so if you’re looking for a way to help with flat feet or special problems, this is a great option for you.
The Addiction has a high heel-to-toe drop which brings a high level of comfort throughout your feet and lower extremities. Reviewers report a soft, springy, bouncy energy return, a testament to the DNA foam Brooks uses to pad and cushion your sole.
Brooks also utilizes Crash Pad technology in the heel to help you minimize impact and carry smooth transitions from the heel to the toes without the arch collapsing. You’ll find superior motion control in this shoe, perfect if you overpronate.
- Plush, luxurious feel
- Comes in four widths for men and women (Narrow, Normal, Wide, and Extra Wide)
- Made with Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) technology to increase motion control
- Perfect for flat feet
- 13oz make this a heavy shoe
- Won’t be suitable for high arches
Best Zero Drop Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Altra Torin 3.0
Altra is known for creating zero drop shoes (heel and forefoot are the same height) with foot-shaped toe boxes to promote natural running styles. This builds up the muscles in your foot, and allows your toes to splay for more natural form. The wide toe box has the added benefit of supporting runners with wide feet.
Designed as a long distance running shoe, the Torin 3.0 has high levels of cushion and comfort. With a thick upper, it gets lots of traction even in wet conditions, so it’s great if you’re planning on using your shoes for activities beyond running such as weight lifting or cross training.
Altra uses a blend of EVA and A-Bound cushioning to maintain a low weight and still provide the kind of high cushion you need to support your foot across the platform, including your arch.
- One of the few companies to design specifically for men and women, so you can trust you’re not getting a “unisex” fit
- Comfortable mesh tension on the upper for added support
- Shoe feels somewhat stiff, likely due to high levels of cushioning
Best Asics Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Asics GT-2000 6
The 2000 series from Asics was designed for feet with mild to moderate roll out (pronation). At just 10.5oz, it’s lighter than most stability shoes which makes it comfortable and sleek on the road.
Thanks to the Asics Trusstic System technology, the strong outer sole is able to provide significant support to the midsole and medial arch, which is especially prone to break down when you’ve got wider feet putting pressure on an area that’s traditionally ignored during shoe manufacturing.
The GT-2000 utilizes FlyteFoam in the midsole to lessen the weight while upping the comfort factor, and the SpEVA soft layer that runs full length will create beautiful bounce-back for your knees, shins, ankles, and feet.
- Seamless mesh upper provides ample room through midfoot and arch without sacrificing support
- Reviewers report exceptional durability
- Wider range of colors available
- Not great for runners with high arches
Lightest Weight Running Shoe for Wide Feet
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is another bestseller for Brooks, and the company hasn’t messed much with its 18th iteration. In this shoe, you’ll again find Brooks’ four widths available for men and women (Narrow, Normal, Wide, and Extra Wide) so you can feel confident this shoe won’t be too narrow and uncomfortable for you.
In addition to lots of width availability, you’ll also experience a comfortable heel cup that works in tandem with a padded tongue for a locked-in-your foot feel. An engineered mesh upper provides further support and a dynamic fit to accommodate wider toes.
You’ll find that this is a stability shoe that will help if you overpronate mildly, but you’ll also find that this shoe feels natural. At just 10oz, the Adrenaline is practically a featherweight in its category!
- Editor’s Choice in the 2017 Runner’s World Winter Shoe Guide
- Variety of widths available for a custom fit
- Its extra stability features might not be appropriate for runners with medium to high arches
Lightest Weight Hoka One One Running Shoes for Wide Feet
Hoka One One Clifton 4
Rounding out this best of list is the Hoka One One Clifton 4, which strikes a balanced note between cushion and weight. If you’re tired of feeling like you’ve got bricks strapped to your feet, you’re going to love that this model rings in at just 9.3oz (on a men’s size 9).
Despite its light weight, the Clifton still has a whopping 37mm of cushion at the heel. This padding extends throughout the midsole to provide superior energy transfer so you’re not feeling pressure in certain points and increasing the likelihood of energy. Reviewers appreciate this shoe’s responsiveness, despite all that cushion.
In addition to support underneath your foot, you’ll find a firm, breathable mesh that helps hold your foot over the platform to make sure you’re not losing support where you need it the most.
- Stylish aesthetic
- Reviewers report good toe-off from the forefoot
- Extremely durable over hundreds of miles
- Upgraded foam package for superior cushioning
- Not be ideal for heavy runners