Best Guide To Buying The Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet

We all know how important it is to find the best fitting shoes for our feet. If you are a runner, getting running shoes that match your foot type will ensure you don't get injuries. For those who have wide feet, however, finding a good fit can be a little challenging.

In this article, we will discuss some interesting facts about wide feet, how they can be caused and how to select shoes if you have wide feet. We will then present our top five running shoes for wide feet.

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Rankings

1st choice

2nd choice

3rd choice

4th choice

5th choice

Best Walking Shoes for High Arches

Brand

Brooks

Nike

New Balance

Merrell

Adidas

Weight

13 oz

9.9 oz

10.5 oz

5.7 oz

11 oz

Type

Cushioning

Lightweight

Cushioning

Lightweight

Cushioning

Terrain

Road

Road

Trail

Road

Road

Arch support

Motion control

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Score

96 / 100
94 / 100
93 / 100
93 / 100
92 / 100

For Woman

For Man

Facts About Wide Feet

One of the first things you should know about wide feet is the size that is considered ‘wide’. (1)

  • On average, a shoe width of B is considered normal.
  • ​Widths C and D are labeled as ‘wide’ shoe sizes.
  • ​Having a size E shoe is extra wide.

Compared to men, women are more likely to develop wide feet. This is because of the extra weight that a woman' wide hips add which can cause overpronation.


Common Causes Of Wide Feet

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Genetics

One of the basic reasons for having wide feet is genetics. According to one survey conducted in the UK over 53% of women surveyed had wide feet. (2) If you wide feet runs in the family, then this is likely the cause of your condition. Thankfully, having wide feet genetically is not a bad thing as opposed to developing it because of a bad habit.

Tight Shoes

Wearing tight shoes puts unnecessary pressure on the feet when you stand or walk. Because of this pressure, your feet may begin to swell due to inflammation. (3) The buildup of fluids due to the restriction of blood circulation causes swelling. (4) Over time, the feet may not return to their original size and stay wide.

Flat Feet

Flat feet have fallen arches which can also cause wide feet. This is because instead of the mid-foot being arched downward creating a slimmer footprint; it is forced down creating a wide footprint. (5) Some common causes for flat feet include arthritis, foot or ankle injury, weak arches, and genetics. If you have been diagnosed with flat feet, there is a high possibility that you will also develop wide feet.

Aging

When you age, your feet lose the strength they once had. In addition, the springiness due to changes in the skin and joints. This contributes to a lack of flexibility and higher chances of the arches dropping causing wider feet. Aging also causes the feet to spread and lose the fatty pads that once cushioned them. (6)

Obesity

Research shows that even children who are obese tend to have low arches and flatter feet which translate to wider feet. (7) In adults, the effect is similar. Gaining extra weight puts pressure on the feet causing them to flatten and become wider.

Pregnancy

In one study conducted on 49 pregnant women, the women's arch height and foot length were compared. On average, the woman's arch height decreased and their foot length increased after birth. Overall, after childbirth, up to 70% of women had longer feet with shorter arches. (8) The reason for this is twofold- the extra weight during pregnancy and a hormone that causes the muscles to relax.

Bunions

This is another possible cause of wide feet and is caused when your metatarsal pushes outward causing a bump to form below your big toe. This makes your forefoot wider. (9)

Excessive Standing

If you have a job such as a security guard or a nurse that requires you to stand for extended periods of time, this may also cause you to have wider feet. The longer you stand, the more pressure you put on your feet and this pressure can cause your arches to fall and feet to become wider.


3 Tips For Buying Shoes For Wide Feet

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Get Yourself Measured

The first thing you want to do before buying any shoes is to get yourself measured. Ideally, get a professional to do it in the store, so you know the exact measure of your feet. You can also find the measurement yourself by following these steps: (10)

  • Wear a pair of socks
  • ​Step on two separate sheets of paper on the floor
  • ​Have a friend trace the outline of your foot
  • ​Measure the widest part of your foot with a ruler
  • Minus 1/8 inch from the number
  • Compare your results on the shoe measuring chart online
  • Since the size of your feet may change as you get older, it is best always to get your feet measured every year.

Opt For Shoes With Removable Insoles

Insoles are usually designed for those with feet problems such as if you have flat feet. If your only problem is wide feet, find shoes that allow you to remove the insole in order to provide more space.

Go For A Wider Toe Box

Generally stay away from any kind of running shoe that is narrow in front. The more you try to squeeze your feet into narrow shoes, the more problems you will cause in the future. Make sure your foot has enough space to move. This applies to dress shoes and heels stay away from pointed shoes which are too narrow for you.

Find The Best Material

Although a shoe may fit properly, another feature to check is the material of the shoe. Select shoes that support the shape of your feet. Materials such as hard plastics can rub against your feet. As much as possible, look for soft materials that are comfortable for your feet.


5 Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet

Not all running shoes have an ideal width for wide feet. Depending on the kind of runs you are planning, these are the 5 best running shoes for those with wide feet. Before making a decision, always carefully examine the pros and cons of each shoe.

Rankings

1st choice

2nd choice

3rd choice

4th choice

5th choice

Best Walking Shoes for High Arches

Brand

Brooks

Nike

New Balance

Merrell

Adidas

Weight

13 oz

9.9 oz

10.5 oz

5.7 oz

11 oz

Type

Cushioning

Lightweight

Cushioning

Lightweight

Cushioning

Terrain

Road

Road

Trail

Road

Road

Arch support

Motion control

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Score

96 / 100
94 / 100
93 / 100
93 / 100
92 / 100

For Woman

For Man

1. Brooks Addiction 12

If you have pronation problems and require a shoe that offers stability and comfort, the Brooks Addiction 12 is a good choice. The lightweight, breathable material used along with synthetic overlays give it the comfort you require. In addition, the shoe has a removable foam insole to accommodate your wide feet.

Another feature is the BioMoGo midsole that offers optimal energy return while controlling pronation. The feature also promotes smooth transitions and landings. If you have flat arches or severe pronation, this is a good choice.

What We Like:

  • Removable insole
  • Features brooks DNA technology for adaptive cushioning
  • Has a segmented crash pad for the smooth transition
  • Roomy toe box ideal for wide feet
  • Simple and neutral colors ideal for daily use
  • Ideal for road running

What We Didn't Like:

  • May be heavier than other shoes
  • Quite costly
  • The upper mesh may wear out quickly
  • Not good for grass terrain

2. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

This is one of the Nike shoes that uses Nike Zoom cushioning in the midsole to create a lightweight yet durable feel. It is ideal if you want a responsive shoe since the cushioning brings the foot closer to the ground to give a smooth ride.

The shoe is also very versatile and can be used in different runs. It has good breathability, solid traction and comes in a wide range of colors.

What We Like:

  • Very breathable
  • Has more than a dozen colors to choose from
  • Upper easy to dry after runs
  • Has a snug, sock-like fit
  • Cool even in hot weather
  • Outsole covered in rubber for extra traction

What We Didn't Like:

  • Narrow toe box for very wide feet+
  • May be too stiff for some
  • Heavier than normal
  • Lacks padding in the forefoot

3. New Balance 610 v5

Looking for a shoe that is ideal for trail running? The New Balance 610 v5 is a good option for you. It is designed with treads for soft or tough trails. The shape of the shoe is also designed to fit wider feet and can be used in a variety of activities.

Another point users like about the shoe is that they are quite and don’t make squeaky sounds when you walk. The stability and responsiveness of the shoe also make it good for all around use.

What We Like:

  • Has a 4E size available which is unique
  • Good aesthetics for both male and female runners
  • Good traction for tough trails
  • Good stability and support
  • Provides ample protection on the uneven ground

What We Didn't Like:

  • Has very long shoe laces
  • Lugs wear out fast
  • Don’t have anti-bacterial features to avoid odor
  • Not waterproof

4. Merrell Bare Access Arc 4

If you are a runner who is a fan of minimalistic shoes, this is a good option for you. The Merrell Bare Acces Arc 4 gives you the feel of barefoot running while providing ample protection. It features a Vibram outsole on high-abrasion areas on the heel and forefoot which allows the shoe to maintain its flexibility.

Another good point about the shoe is that it is quite lightweight and offers a roomy toe box for wide feet runners. The responsive insoles also give runners a lot of control while running. 

What We Like:

  • Features mesh uppers
  • Has gradient synthetic overlays
  • Has reflective details for more visibility
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Vibram pods for more traction
  • Lightweight
  • Uses M-select fresh treatment to prevent odor
  • Creative lug patterns for more stability

What We Didn't Like:

  • Padded heel collar had a tendency to rub
  • Soles may easily wear
  • Lacks arch support

5. Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8

If you are one of those who is after good cushioning with a traditional feel, the Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8 is a good option for you. The shoe is secure yet opens through the mid-foot into toe box which allows for space for those with wide feet.

The shoe is also very responsive to movements giving a neutral shoe while providing an ideal balance of support. The breathability and energy return of the shoe also increases the performance of the running shoe. The continental rubber outsole also provides good grip on wet or dry surfaces.

What We Like:

  • Has a continental rubber outsole for extra grip
  • Has engineered upper to provide maximum breathability
  • Has a cover system to fit adequately
  • Uses boost technology which allows for good landing
  • Has a removable and comfortable insole
  • Uses boost foam to maintains cushioning in cold weather

What We Didn't Like:

  • Doesn’t come in different widths
  • May cause ankle problems when breaking in

Conclusion

Having wide feet doesn’t have to hinder your running performance. The secret is to find the best running shoes to fit your wide fit. Not all shoes are created equal so make a careful choice. If the cause of your wide feet is due to flat arches or overpronation, the Brooks Addiction 12 is a good option for you. The shoe offers optimal energy return while controlling pronation.

If you are looking for a combination of comfort and versatility, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 provides good breathability and solid traction. In addition, it comes in a wide range of colors.

No matter which running shoe you select for your wide feet, always check that the width is right for you. The worst mistake you can make is purchasing a shoe that does not fit you properly.

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Amber Irwin
 

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