Got wide feet?
Fed up of getting instant blisters with standard running shoes?
Infuriated by the fact that the gazillions of running shoe options blip down to a handful the minute you mention you need a wide fit?
We hear you.
In a more ideal world, every cool running shoe on the market would automatically come with a wide option. After all, it’s not like having wide feet is some super-rare condition, right?
But before you drive yourself nuts choosing cool running shoes, only to find they don’t exist in a wide fit, come with us. We’ve collected a handful of the best running shoes on the market suitable for people with wide feet. We can cut down on your heartbreak – and your blisters – by cutting to the chase.
In a hurry? Here’s our top pick.
Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet
OUR TOP PICK
The Saucony Cohesion 11 tops our list because it not only serves the needs of runners with wide feet, but it’s also a great running shoe in its own right.
Yes, Saucony is one of the most respected names in running shoes, but that’s not why the Cohesion 11 makes our list. It makes our list by combining the cushioning and support you need with wide feet with all the things you’d normally choose in a great running shoe.
The Saucony is an extremely durable shoe, with rubber soles for spring and bounce. It also has supportive upper overlays and breathable fabrics to keep your feet cool and dry on any run.
While all of that is good for all runners, it has particular value to runners with wider feet. Wider feet and toe spreads put extra stress on the materials of running shoes every time they’re used. so the extra durability of the Saucony Cohesion 11 equates to strong value per money per pair.
Add the combination of a good fit and plenty of cushioning to help prevent the trademark blisters of a wide-footed runner in standard running shoes. It’s starting to look obvious why the Cohesion 11 is at the top of our list.
The Saucony Cohesion 11 is not the most subtle of running shoes. That means it’s a shoe best used for the running you want to do, rather than running + hanging out afterward. When you’re running, you’re focused on the running, which means the concerns of style are less vivid in your mind.
And it’s not the cheapest running shoe on the market either. That tends to put it even more in the hands of serious, dedicated runners, rather than people who run occasionally.
But the relief from the pain and hassle of running with wide feet in ill-fitting running shoes is important. If you’re only going to have one pair of running shoes, and you have wide feet, go Saucony. The Cohesion 11 will change your whole experience and make your running life better.
- Cushioning support in the sole
- Extra cushioning and good fit to prevent blisters
- Breathable materials to keep feet cool and dry
- Several color options
- Potentially an expensive pair of running shoes
- Sizes run slightly smaller than normal
The Brooks 10 is a running shoe with a robustness and versatility of purpose. That means it will carry you comfortably on distance runs, avoiding the blisters of the long-distance runner, but it is also a good all-purpose day shoe.
In many respects, the Ghost 10 is an upgrade on the Ghost 8 and 9, but it’s a highly sensitive one. Brooks kept a lot of the things that had runners flocking to take both the previous Ghosts out of stores. But it also listened to the concerns and feedback of runners, to make specific, targeted improvements to the running experience.
The toe box is still gratifyingly wide in the Ghost 10, meaning wide-footed runners can relax a little and let their feet be comfortable. Brooks kept the 12mm heel-toe drop, the heel stack of 30mm and the whole BioMoGo DNA foam midsole element too. That means there’s every chance the Ghost 10 will feel like…well, like pulling on a favorite pair of shoes.
So what’s changed? Just a couple of clever details. The Ghost 10 has structured midsole supports – because who doesn’t want more support in the midsole? And it has an added guided eyelet on the tongue, to prevent it from moving. That means less rubbing, less pain, less ruination of your running.
The Ghost 10 has proved to be a particular hit with runners in the 5-10k range, and with those who have pre-existing issues with their feet. That makes it ideal not just for those with wider feet, but those with some pronation or even those with plantar fasciitis.
Some users have said there are some durability issues with the Ghost 10. But overall, they’ve been well reviewed by all kinds of runners – including those with wider feet. As a high energy roomy running shoe with less rubbing, the Brooks Ghost 10 is likely to still be winning fans for years to come. Especially as it gives a lot of running comfort for a pretty low price point.
- A sensible evolution of the Ghost 8 and
- Roomy in the toe box without rubbing
- Well loved by lots of types of runners
- A running shoe that also serves as a day shoe
- Price – the Ghost 10 delivers a lot of benefits for its price point
- Some users find durability issues with the Ghost 10
If you know the 1010 V8, you’ve got a good starting point for loving the V9.
If you don’t, think ‘classic running shoe, with lots of technical design for comfort built in’ and you’re pretty much there.
The V8 had the ‘Fresh Foam’ that gave it its name – intensely impressive cushioning, the result of data submitted by thousands of runners. Soft, light, cushiony goodness, like a very clever foot-hug.
It had an outsole made of blown rubber, to give the shoe some mile-chewing durability before it starts to show its wear. It also had laser engraving. No, not just to make it look cool. The engraving punches holes in the Fresh Foam midsole.
Why would you want holes in your Fresh Foam midsole?
Because it takes out excess weight, that’s why, and lets the midsole give your foot a comfort boost where it needs it most. It’s some pretty technical engraving.
And it also brought an ortholite sockliner insole to the gig, for added comfort and a reduction of rubbing. That means you can keep running for hour after hour with wide feet and no drama.
That’s great. So why aren’t we recommending the V8?
We do. We absolutely do. But we recommend the V9 more.
The V9 brings all these elements over from the V8, and then gives you Easter eggs too.
All this cool technical shoe-building from the V8 is in the V9. But in the V9, it’s like New Balance left its corporate finger on the foam-filling button extra long. More foam, more engraving, more cushioned support and an even sweeter comfort layer in the midsole.
There’s been a slight makeover of the outside too, so the V9 looks a bit more sports car, a bit sleeker, the lines more flowing. There have been tweaks to the front mesh and a redesign to the foam collar as well, to help bond a sleeker look to better function.
Check out the outsole in particular. That’s had a performance upgrade. The V8 had two flex grooves, whereas the V9 brings five flex grooves to your running party. What are you gaining from those? More natural bend in the shoe, so it’s in less of a battle with your foot.
Essentially, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V8 was a great running shoe if you had wider feet, bringing comfort, lightness, endurance and durability to your running.
The V9 brings all the positives of the V8, in a sleeker model with more foam for cushioning and more bend for a more forgiving long-term running experience.
- Fresh Foam – highly impressive cushioning for wide feet
- More Fresh Foam than any previous model
- Laser engraving to add comfort to the midsole layer
- Extra flex grooves for more natural movement when running
- Some users complain of durability issues after relatively short periods
The Addiction 13, Brooks’ second showing on a list of five, gives us peak stability and support.
The Addiction 13 brings a lot of the benefits of the Ghost 10, like the BioMoGo DNA foam midsole. But it also brings surprises of its own to the party. Like what? Like a midsole with an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar for extra controlled support, and a heel-segmented crash pad for smoother landings each time you run a step.
There’s breathable mesh to keep your feet cool and dry and less likely to rub or chafe. And, unlike some other running shoes, there’s room in the Addiction 13 for your own custom insoles.
That’s the equivalent of having prescription sunglasses. It’s a touch that means the Addiction 13 goes up in our estimation by allowing runners to customize it to their own particular needs. If you’re both wide-footed and flat-footed for instance, the Addiction 13 will allow you all the things you need to run comfortably with both.
Like our list-leader, the Cohesion 11, the Brooks Addiction 13 is not by any means especially budget-friendly. But when it comes to running shoes, whether you’re paying out for wide-foot accommodations or just in general, sometimes, you get what you pay for.
The Brooks Addiction 13 charges, absolutely.
But it also delivers a durable, customizable, comfortable running experience for people with wide feet. Bottom line, it’s worth the price.
- BioMoGo DNA foam midsole
- Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar for controlled support
- Room for insoles of your choice
- Heel-segmented crash pad for smoother landings
- Price – Take a deep breath before buying
Not all running is the same.
Hardcore running of 5k and up is one thing. But you don’t need the kind of running shoe that can deal with that punishment if you’re not planning to do that kind of running.
The Altra Olympus 2.5 is a running shoe for more gentle distances. But it does work well on reasonably well-defined off-road paths, so you can use the Olympus to add some variety to your running routine.
In terms of benefits for wide-footed runners, the Olympus 2.5 has an almost indecent 36mm of cushioning in the midsole. Its toe box is wide enough to avoid most traditional issues.
The upper has been redesigned for a better, more snug fit, so it fights the tendency of the shoe to rub while you run.
And there’s a thick insole too, helping cushion the wider foot before the relative freedom of the toe box.
If anything, users report the Altra Olympus 2.5 is sometimes too wide for comfort, and certainly, it’s less of a hardcore performer than some. And while still relatively lightweight, the cushioning overdose does give it a clunky feel while you’re running.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, cushion-manic relatively neutral running shoe, the Altra Olympus 2.5 could well be something to take a look at.
It’s not as hardcore run-or-die dynamic as some of those higher up the list. But be honest with yourself. If you’re not that kind of hardcore runner either, save some money. Chill out, slip on the Altra Olympus 2.5 and get your heart rate up without murdering your feet.
- Thickly cushioned midsole
- More cushioning in the insole
- Abrasion-resistant mesh to avoid rubbing
- Redesigned upper for a snugger fit
- Suitable for lighter running only
- Clunky look, despite lightweight cushioning
- DESIGNED TO IMPROVE: Natural Foot Positioning, Toe Splay, Comfort.
- PLATFORM: Fully cushioned Zero Drop platform and FootShape toe box. CUSHIONING: High. STACK HEIGHT: 36mm. LAST: SD6-M.
- MIDSOLE: Dual layer EVA with A-Bound. OUTSOLE: Durable rubber with Vibram MegaGrip. INSOLE: 5mm Contour Footbed. UPPER: Abrasion-resistant mesh with minimal seams.
Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet - Buying Guide
If you have wide feet, buying good running shoes can be a nightmare. Checking whether any brand or model of running shoe is available in a wide fitting, only to discover it isn’t, can be absolutely disheartening.
If you’re looking to buy the right pair of running shoes for you and your wide feet, there are a few things to keep in mind.
We’re Wide, With Pride – Get Used To It!
With apologies to the LGBTQI+ community for tweaking one of its historic slogans, there’s a reason behind the borrowing.
If you’re looking for a running shoe suitable for wide feet, put the width right there in your initial query. Don’t waste time looking for a cool shoe and then refine it to models available in wide fittings. That just wastes everyone's time and makes you frustrated.
You have wide feet. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Put it right there in the first line of your query. Double check the results to make sure they’re really available in wide fittings. Make your list of potential purchases based on accurate information the first time round. You’ll be happier you did.
Check Your Comfort Zone
Once you’re sure the shoe you want is available in wide fittings, you can afford to look for the best shoe available. Go for maximum comfort, because these are shoes you’re trusting not to hurt you over miles and years. Then by all means build up your requirements list. Insole socks? Foot-cooling mesh? Removable insoles? You name it, build up your list of requirements and narrow down your list till you have a happy handful to choose from.
Let Your Inner Runner Choose
When you’ve found some running shoes you think might work for you, look yourself in the eye. What kind of runner are you? Will you be pounding pavements for 5 or 10k? Or will you be going off-road? Are you looking for a single pair of running shoes to last you years, and what are you prepared to pay for them? Or will a pair that’s ‘good enough’ and doesn’t hurt you be fine if it lasts you just a year or two?
Ask yourself all these questions, and use them to guide your final choice. Get a pair of running shoes that match what you actually intend to do with them. It’s the easiest way to save yourself money. Don’t pay for what you don’t need, and leave yourself some room in your budget to get shoes that do exactly what you need them to do.
Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet - FAQ's
Why do I need specific running shoes for wide feet?
Only someone who’s never tried to run with wide feet would ask that question. Running with wide feet in standard running shoes can lead to all sorts of physical issues, from blisters to bunions to worse.
Wide fittings are designed to give people with wide feet the same experience as people with ‘standard’ feet in ‘standard’ running shoes. If you’re not sure that’s necessary, try running in shoes a size smaller than you normally wear. See how far you get before you have to stop.
What are the things to look for in running shoes for wide feet?
Apologies, that’s flippant, but it really is true that the width of the fitting is job #1 when you’re looking for running shoes for wide feet. Everything else is cotton candy.
Besides the width, look for comforting cushioning, breathable fabrics to keep your feet cool and dry, impact support and style.
How much should I pay for running shoes for wide feet?
As much as your feet are worth.
Again, in less flippant terms, you’re buying running shoes for wide feet so that you can keep your feet as safe as possible.
You should pay as much as that is worth to you for the shoes that make it so.
Don’t blow the farm, of course. But some of the better running shoes that protect wide feet will be more expensive than standard running shoes. Make your mind up to that.
They’re still going to be cheaper than having to go to the ER with blisters, abrasions or other damage if you skimp on the shoes that protect your feet.