When it comes to runners, every foot is different.
As if choosing the right shoes to run in wasn’t tricky enough, for those of us with a bigger foot volume it can be extremely tricky.
In this post we take a look at wide running shoes and give you the run down on the 5 best running shoes for wide feet.
As a someone with a broad front foot, I’ve long searched for a pair training shoes. Whether you’re like me and have been searching for running shoes with wide toe box and narrow heel or simply just want to find a pair of shoes to accommodate a wider volume then you’re going to want to check out the shoes on our list below.
|Asics Gel Kayano 23||M: 326g | W: 261g||M: 10mm | W: 13mm||Full Review|
|Brooks Ghost 9||M: 300g | W: 258g||M: 12mm | W: 12mm||Full Review|
|New Balance Fresh Foam 1080||M: 294g | W: 247g||M: 8mm | W: 8mm||Full Review|
|Asics Gel Foundation 12||M: 346g | W: 289g||M: 10mm | W: 10mm||Full Review|
|Saucony Guide 9||M: 275g | W: 243g||M: 8mm | W: 8mm||Full Review|
As a runner, you’ll be only too aware of how important it is to get the right shoes for you feet and style. When you’re a runner with a wide foot it becomes critical to find the right shoe for you.
Some recent studies have found that the average foot is getting bigger, both in length and width.
Due to the growing popularity of running, more and more shoe brands are starting to produce wide running shoes. In some cases, brands like New Balance are even making super wide 2E shoes that will accommodate even the widest foot.
When reviewing each pair of shoes on our list we’ve considered 3 main features…
The number one review criteria is comfort.
A comfortable pair of running shoes will make the whole experience so much more enjoyable (even if you’re a reluctant runner).
While weight isn’t the most important factor (you never want to sacrifice comfort for lightness) you always want to make sure that you’re wearing the lightest shoes that you can comfortably train in.
As a runner with a wider foot, you’ll have no doubt searched for the perfect shoe with a toe box wide enough to accommodate your foot. If you’ve a broad foot and have always run in standard width shoe then slipping your foot into a shoe with the correct width can make a huge difference.
You’ll never go back!
A good running shoe should always last you at least 500 miles before it starts to show signs of wear and tear.
So now you know what to look for, let’s dive into the reviews…
The Asics Gel Kayano range of shoes have long been one of our favorite running shoes and we’re pleased to report that this fine pedigree continues into the Kayano 23, the latest in the Asics range.
The range comes in 3 different widths:
Obviously, as a runner with wider than average feet, you should be looking to purchase the C/D width. The volume of this size is great, the size runs true and the volume of the shoe comfortably accommodated our foot.
As with all Asics Kayano running shoes, the cushioning is superb – it’s the reason so many marathon runners choose these shoes!
We’re not sure how the wizards at Asics have done it but this shoe comes in lighter than the previous versions at 326 grams for the men’s and a featherweight 261 grams for the women’s.
Design And Plushness
Honestly, you can tell that real thought has been put into the design of this shoe. The mesh upper works well to keep your foot ventilated and with a choice of 4 vibrant color combinations you can be sure to find the right color for you.
The only thing we didn’t like was the price of this shoe. The Kayano is certainly one of the more expensive shoes, however, you do get an incredible shoe for the money that should last you well beyond 1,000 kilometers.
Another incredible shoe for those with wide feet and, also, those looking for a super comfortable, plush running shoe.
For anyone looking for a wide toe box running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 9 is certainly a solid choice.
It’s worth mentioning that these shoes look fantastic. With both the women’s and men’s shoes available in 9 different color schemes.
The Ghost 9 is available in 3 widths:
Both the men’s and the women’s shoes run true to size and, as we mentioned earlier, the roomy toe box makes these a dream for those runners with a broad foot.
We really can’t stress enough how roomy the toe box of the Brooks Ghost 9 really is – say goodbye to blisters on your toes.
Given how light this shoe is (a nice surprise considering the amount of midfoot cushioning) we found it to be extremely responsive. We tested this shoe during a couple of interval session and found that the pick-up was outstanding – this is partly down to the firmness of the sole.
The Brooks Ghost 9 was simply magnificent when it comes to comfort. Weekly long runs were a pleasure in this shoe thanks to the cushioning and excellent arch support.
There isn’t much to dislike about the Ghost 9. If we did have to find fault, it would be that the 30mm heel height does feel a little low compared to the 35mm height of the Ghost 8… although it’ll only be fans of the previous version who notice this.
The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 is a fantastic shoe for those runners with a wider foot as always, these New Balance wide shoes are extremely accommodating are available in 2 sizes, ideal for those of us with wider that average feet.
The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 is available in 3 widths:
The 1080 are without a doubt one of the lightest running shoes for wide feet – the men’s weigh in at 294g while the women’s weight just 247g.
The lightweight design plus the 8mm drop helps to make the shoes feel incredibly responsive and reduces foot fatigue on those longer runs.
The upper on this shoe is fantastic, the fabric feels like it molds to your foot which holds the shoe nicely in place.
Wide Toe Box
The large volume toe box is extremely accommodating, it’s roomy enough that the shoe doesn’t rub even when your toes are splayed out.
The sole provides great cushioning on the heel, midfoot and forefoot which makes them extremely comfortable to wear – making them the perfect every day and racing shoe for those runners with wide feet.
While the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 does come in 3 widths, including 2 wider than average sizes, it’s worth noting that if you have a fairly wide foot then you might be best going for the 4E width.
If you’re looking for a wide running shoe that offers a great level of stability and ideal for those runners with an overpronation then you’ll certainly want to consider the Asics Gel Foundation 12.
Along with being a great arch support, this is a comfortable shoe that’s great for both running and day to day use.
The Asics Gel Foundation 12 is available in 3 widths:
Considering how much extra technology and support is needed to make a good motion control running shoe then it’s pleasantly surprising to see just how light the Asics Gel Foundation 12 actually are.
The men’s weigh in at 346g while the women’s come in at just 289g which gives them an extremely responsive ride throughout all the running gait.
Asics have opted to use their Durasponge® rubber compound in the forefoot which gives this shoe an extra level of cushioning – perfect for those who land on their forefoot.
The Comfordry™ sock liner is fantastic! Not only does it naturally fit your foot, matching the contours perfectly, it also perfectly wicks away sweat helping to keep your foot cool and dry.
If we did have one complaint it would be that the rubber of this shoe does wear down after 300 miles. However, given the level of performance that this shoe offers then it still represents fantastic value for money.
Once a seen as a ‘challenger’ brand, Saucony are developing some seriously impressive running shoes – the latest is the Guide 9, a comfortable high mileage shoe that’s ideal for those runners with a wide foot.
The Saucony Guide 9 is available in 2 widths:
The sizeing runs true, with a size 11 perfectly matching my foot. Some runners have noted that if you have an extremely wide foot it’s worth going up half a size.
Range of Colors
Honestly, it may seem a little shallow but this is one of the best designed shoes on the market. Available in choice of 8 different colors, you’re sure to find a pair to match your style.
Along with cushioning, we feel that the lighter a shoe is, the better it performs and the Saucony Guide 9 is no sumo when it comes to weight. The mens weights just 275g while the womens comes in at just 243g… not bad for a trainer that features a heck of a lot of technology.
We love the Saucony Guide 9 partly because of how much support the offers – both lateral and arch support are fantastic in this shoe which makes them brilliant for heavier runners.
Okay so this one is a bit of a biggie. While we didn’t personally experience it, some runners have reported that the upper mesh near the little toe can split towards the end of the shoes life.
Okay, so you’ve found the right shoes for you and you’re all set to head out, right?
Well, to make your run even more comfortable, you can lace your shoes in a slightly different way to normal…
So there you have it, our list of the top 5 running shoes for men and women with wide feet.
Have we missed any shoes off our list or are there any wide running shoes you’d like us to review?
Leave a comment below to let us know.