12 Best Wide Running Shoes Overall for 2018

12 Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet for 2018

What does a runner with wide feet have to do to find shoes that fit? It isn’t always easy. We don’t all have the elfin build and effortless, Giraffe-like gait of your typical NCAA cross-country finalist. Some of us are built more like a typical Greco-Roman wrestler. That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy running or that we don’t have serious goals for fitness and racing. Fortunately, there are several different paths to creating the best running shoes for wide feet. Some shoe companies excel at designing shoes for real human feet. Others have engineered uppers that live up to the hype of a snug, personalized fit. And some companies take the radical step of offering shoes in different widths. Keep reading for the full list as determined by runners with wide feet. (But if you’re looking for the best Nike shoes for wide feet, I have some bad news: No Nike models made the top 12. If you’ve got to have Nike, just go with the incredibly versatile Pegasus, which come in widths from narrow to extra wide.)

Number 12

Altra Escalante (neutral)

Altra Escalante (neutral)

The Altra Escalante doesn’t offer additional widths. Instead, the engineers at Altra decided to build their shoes around the contours of an actual human foot, and runners have consistently praised Altra shoes for giving them lots of room to wiggle their toes. As for the Escalante, it’s the lightest shoe on this list by over an ounce, with an especially soft forefoot and excellent energy return. If you’re looking for a zero-drop shoe for uptempo workouts and races, the Escalante is not just popular with runners—it’s a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice award winner.

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Number 11

Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)

Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)

Absorb any impact. Stabilize any motion. Fit any foot. That’s the goal of the Brooks Beast (men)/Ariel (women). At 13.1 ounces in a men’s size 9, the Beast 18 is a beast of a shoe, with enough cushion for tall and large-framed runners and an unparalleled level of stability to accommodate even severe overpronation. Don’t worry if you’ve got wider feet. Running shoes like the Beast/Ariel are of course available in wide and extra wide sizes.

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Number 10

Saucony Guide ISO (support)

Saucony Guide ISO (support)

Slowly but surely, ISOFIT has been taking over Saucony’s running shoes. The new engineered mesh upper has proven highly effective at fitting runner’s feet snugly and securely, including wide feet. The Guide is a daily trainer with excellent support, and possibly the best option on this list for uptempo running in a stability shoe. Although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a hair lighter, the Guide has a slightly more aggressive heel-toe offset of 8 mm, and the Everun layer in the Guide’s sole provides responsive cushioning with energy return on the same level as the Escalante.

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Number 9

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)

How well does Brooks know runners’ feet? With four of the twelve models on this list, Brooks might be the best brand running shoes, wide feet or narrow. The highly supportive Adrenaline GTS offers excellent cushion both in the heel and the forefoot. If you’re looking for a supportive daily trainer, Brooks wants the Adrenaline to be your Go To Shoe—runners with wide feet included.

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Number 8

Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)

Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)

Hoka One One has made its name in the running world over the last decade with maximalist, high stack shoes. Hokas are instantly identifiable by the voluminous cushion in their soles, lifting runners off the ground and providing maximum cushioning for their feet. As the most cushioned Hoka running shoe, the Bondi 5 takes the Hoka formula to the next level—and it comes in wide. With all that amazingly soft cushion protecting your feet, the Bondi 5’s may be the best running shoes for wide feet and high arches.

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Number 7

Brooks Transcend 5 (support)

Brooks Transcend 5 (support)

If you’re having a hard time choosing between the previous two models, maybe the Transcend 5 is what you need. The Transcend combines the Brooks fit and the Adrenaline’s stability with ample cushioning for durable comfort. It might not add inches to your height like the Bondi does, but runners with wide feet have found it to be especially effective for providing stability while it absorbs the impact of your longest runs.

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Number 6

Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)

Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)

With the Launch 5, Brooks brings the cushioning down a level in order to speed you up. With a weight in between a daily trainer and a racing flat, the Launch is perfect for faster runs or long races. The flexible sole is designed for a smooth transition from a cushioned landing to a fast return to airborne flight. Some runners use the Launch for their easy miles, while others prefer it for tempo runs and road intervals—or if you want, the Launch will let you check off “all of the above.” That versatility helps make the Launch 5’s some of the best shoes for wide feet.

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Number 5

Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)

Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)

Attention, Brooks fans: if your feet come with extra width, running shoes can still provide all the comfort you want. If the premium cushion of the Transcend is what you’re looking for but you don’t need extra stability features, you can save a half ounce in weight with the Glycerin 15. Just because the Glycerin is a luxuriously cushioned neutral shoe doesn’t mean it’s unstable, however. Like many Brooks neutral trainers, the Glycerin is moderately supportive and provides a stable platform for runners whose foot motion falls in between completely neutral and overpronated.

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Number 4

AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)

AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)

If you’re limited to this list for finding the best trail running shoes, wide feet might present a minor issue: There are no shoes specifically for trail running on it. But simply on the basis of geography, your best candidate might be the Torin 3.5, as the Altra headquarters in Logan, Utah, is located just a few miles from the start and finish of the Altra-sponsored Logan Peak Trail Run, a 28-mile race whose namesake peak is the midpoint of the course. Little wonder that runners have praised the Torin’s versatility on both roads and trails, even though the shoe is just a half-ounce heavier than the uptempo Brooks Launch.

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Number 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)

Unlike the other shoes on this list, the sole of the Rider 21 is based not just on a foam blend, but also include Mizuno’s mechanical Wave plate for absorbing impact forces and reflecting the energy back into each step. The Wave plate helps give the Rider good stability, even though it is designed for a neutral foot strike. The unusually soft heel of the Rider transitions to the firm forefoot more typical of Mizuno to give the Rider an unusually fast feel in a daily trainer.

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Number 2

New Balance 860 v8 (support)

New Balance 860 v8 (support)

You know only too well the obstacles between you and your best running: wide feet, pronation, and running shoe designers who appear to have never actually seen a human foot. If you’re getting frustrated with trying on shoes that don’t fit, New Balance is ready to meet your needs in the form of the 860 v8, the latest in a line of classic support trainers. The stability is nearly equal to the Brooks Beast/Ariel, but the 860 comes in two ounces lighter. It’s also available in wide and extra wide, and New Balance is famous for having some of the best anatomic modeling of the human foot in the industry. You might choose the 860 for the fit, but the cushioned heel that transitions to a firm and responsive forefoot will keep you going mile after mile.

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Number 1

Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)

Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)

Runners with flat feet often benefit from additional cushion and a supportive shoe. If you need the best running shoes for wide, flat feet, an excellent place to start is the Kayano 25, the top stability trainer from Asics and the latest version of a shoe that practically invented premium cushioning. Gel units in the heel and forefoot gently absorb ground impact forces, while the dual density sole adds to the responsive cushioning. All of that has turned runners with narrow, medium, and wide feet into devoted fans of the Kayano since 1993.

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