12 Best Wide Running Shoes Overall for 2018

12 Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet

What does a runner with wide feet have to do to find shoes that fit their feet? 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 Escalante is a durable casual shoe that can be worn as a day or all-around trail runner. The updated version has colors and an improved upper for more flexibility and better fit. The Altra EGO midsole delivers a soft, yet responsive feel for consistent comfort mile after mile. The Altra Escalante 2.5 is the perfect everyday shoe for anyone looking for a comfortable and reliable neutral running shoe. Built on the new Altra EGO midsole, its casual design has been updated to have a lighter, more flexible upper and an extended lug pattern that provides added traction.

The upper’s casual design has no-sew overlays to provide a luxurious feel against your skin and is accented by our dual-color technical laces to add an upscale look and feel. The Neutral Altra Escalante is your do-everything shoe. The updated, sock-like upper is as lightweight and breathable as before, and it is still crafted to look good on or off the road. The Escalante provides stability in a minimal design, ensuring you will be protected from toe to heel.

Altra Escalante (neutral)
Altra Escalante (neutral)

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Number 11

Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)

Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)

Tune your stride to foot-cradling comfort and stability with the women's Brooks Ariel 18, a running shoe designed with seamless Brooks DNA midsole technology. It's new upper accommodates a wider forefoot, while an updated toe box provides extra space and lets you spread your toes. The shoe's adaptive cushioning molds to your feet for ultimate support and comfort, while its full-length Segmented Crash Pad dissipates shock time and time again. Add it all up, and you have got a smooth ride from mile one to the finish.

A breathable mesh upper offers supportive comfort, while a responsive midsole cradles and cushions your feet as you move. Available in a variety of colors and styles, this women's running shoe is sure to become your favorite. The wide toe box provides stability so you can take on long distances with ease.

Nurture your feet on a long run with the Brooks Ariel 18 (motion control). Cushioning molds to the shape of your foot for ultimate comfort, while an updated toe box offers more space. Together with the Brooks Beast, this shoe works with every running stride.

Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)
Brooks Ariel/Beast 18 (motion control)

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Number 10

Saucony Guide ISO (support)

Saucony Guide ISO (support)

The Guide ISO is award-winning stability running shoe designed to support and stabilize overpronators. The newly enhanced ISOFIT design features a seamless, stretch-resistant upper that provides a customized fit driven by Saucony's patented PWRTRAC Technology. This revolutionary technology extends arch support from the heel to the forefoot, protecting high-impact areas of the foot and providing shorter strides, efficient, comfortable motion, and awesome stability.

Pronation is a natural motion that occurs as the foot rolls inward too much when you land. Stability shoes are designed to offer increased support and control for this motion, making them a great option for overpronators. The Saucony Guide ISO Men's Running Shoe is designed to meet the needs of overpronators who need lateral reinforcement with a comfortable fit.

From city streets to the trails of the great outdoors, this is a shoe that knows how to get you there with a natural running stride. Part of Saucony's Best Type series, this shoe delivers stability to keep you comfortable in even your most challenging workouts.

Saucony Guide ISO (support)
Saucony Guide ISO (support)

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Number 9

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)

A sleek update to one of our most beloved running models, the Adrenaline GTS is a top choice for everyday runners who want a smooth and stable ride. It features a newly designed soft heel counter to hug your foot and reduce slippage while you are in motion, while an updated saddle strap provides even more support over the foot arch. We also added All Conditions Control® technology to provide wet traction so rains will not stop you from getting out there. Go ahead—take new strides in your new favorite shoe.

The Adrenaline GTS is made for the runner looking for a shoe with exceptional comfort and support. It has a plush feel, with better flexibility and a smoother ride. Ideal for overpronators who want quality cushioning along with support. The new energy-returning cushioning in the midsole provides a springy stride, while an improved upper with an overlaid tongue delivers a secure fit.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (support)

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Number 8

Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)

Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)

The BONDI 6 lets you ride with supreme comfort in a supportive package that is light enough to tackle any distance. The next evolution of the most cushioned shoe in the HOKA ONE ONE lineup, the BONDI 5 delivers superior cushioning and support without missing a beat. This lightweight shoe will push the limits of your fitness and deliver an exceptional ride mile after mile.

The BONDI 6's upper features carefully tapered overlays on key points of contact for custom fit and support while keeping the rest of your foot open and free to breathe. This shoe was engineered to run fast, to run long, and to give you the confidence to explore new places both on the road and off. Around the world, runners are enjoying the comfort and traction of this latest HOKA classic as it makes mile after mile a breeze.

Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)
Hoka One One Bondi 5 (neutral)

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Number 7

Brooks Transcend 5 (support)

Brooks Transcend 5 (support)

Updated Guide Rails provide our most dynamic, holistic support by guiding your feet, reducing heel and shin rotation, and keeping excess knee motion in check. Transcend 5 running shoe features these updated rails, which provide our most dynamic, holistic support by guiding your feet, reducing heel and shin rotation, and keeping excess knee motion in check.

A stable platform, IDEAL Pressure Zones evenly disperse impact away from your body, minimizing stress on joints to give you smoother, float-like transitions. With the introduction of IDEAL Pressure Zones, the mobile frame alleviates strain on tender joints and muscles to make for a more effortless ride.

Transcend 5 is a performance trainer, engineered to support a full range of motion and cause the least stress on your body. Respond with greater energy, maximum performance, and less pain no matter where you run or race. The Transcend 5 running shoe features a newly updated frame for the ultimate level of stability, comfort, and performance.

Brooks Transcend 5 (support)
Brooks Transcend 5 (support)

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Number 6

Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)

Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)

The Launch 5 is the evolution of our previous racing flat, a go-to shoe for many runners for years. This update takes that concept to the next level with an extremely springy ride and pinched-in toe box for a more responsive feel. In response to requests for a shoe that wears well over time (as well as runs fast), the Launch 5 is also built with the same tough DNA midsole material as our Cascadia 11 trail runner. This marries springy ride retention with a Vibram Mega grip outsole so you can get more miles out of it than any other distance trainer.

A comfortable take on the racing flat, Launch 5 is designed to keep your feet happy. Snug support when you strike the ground, yet springy enough to propel you off of it, this shoe will have you feeling like you can spring forever. Breathable mesh and leather uppers keep your feet cool and dry, while Brooks' LOCK-DOWN technology helps ensure a secure fit. A practical racing flat that you can wear every day. The same light, the last ride of the racing flat that we runners looked for when we were slow and heavy. The Launch has a wider platform and new midsole, giving it the same great Brooks fit but with more stability. What a relief!

Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)
Brooks Launch 5 (neutral)

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Number 5

Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)

Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is the ultimate runner's smooth ride. With an all-new midsole and a plush transition zone, you will enjoy unprecedented comfort and flexibility, as well as a feel, unlike anything you have experienced before. The Glycerin 15 is our softest, most supple ride ever. This update to the bestselling Glycerin 14 is 25% softer on your feet, with a lighter ride and a softer heel-to-toe transition.

Life's too short to be uncomfortable. That is why we created the newest edition of our legendary line of running shoes. The next-generation midsole design delivers updated cushioning, and it is softer through the midfoot with cushioning that extends to your forefoot. The reliable DNA midsole is softer than ever, providing lightweight cushioning and energy return. This design allows for better movement of the foot without compromising the integrity of the upper. The Brooks Glycerin 15 running shoes are for the neutral runner who wants the ultimate in softness and supreme comfort. Feel lighter than ever with an updated midsole design. The change makes for a smoother heel-to-toe ride and an improved fit.

Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)
Brooks Glycerin 15 (neutral)

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Number 4

AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)

AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)

The Altra Torin 3.5 Knit is a lightweight and comfortable running shoe that’s ready to perform on any run, regardless of the conditions. The shoe comes with a knit upper unit, which is durable enough to take on tough urban environments. A more stable platform is made possible with a wider forefoot and firmer midsole foam – engineered to propel athletes forward. This technical update allows runners to focus on performance, rather than being distracted by the material wear as is typical of previous models. Some reviewers found the Altra Torin 3.5 Knit (neutral) to be comfortable. They also touted the shoe’s ability to help them maintain speed and quickness when running on a variety of terrains.

With zero drops, lateral support, and a cushioned heel, this Altra shoe is designed to keep your feet comfortable during long hikes and enduring runs. This is a running shoe designed to help you figure out how fast you can go in a minimalist shoe.

AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)
AltraTorin 3.5 Knit (neutral)

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Number 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)

The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is designed to deliver high mileage training at a value price. This incarnation of the popular trainer uses the same super-soft foam midsole found in 2150 to increase your tempo training and straight-ahead comfort while offering the same bottomless cushioning that made it such a critical favorite on long, slow runs.

The first thing we noticed about the Mizuno Wave Rider 24 was comfort and fit. It offers a snug and secure fit around the foot that never digs in or pinched. The upper is breathable, but not overly so, and is durable enough to last through some serious miles. The outsole looks much like the previous wave rider, but whatever it is made from, it worked like a dream. With its combination of cushioning, comfort, durability, and price point, it earns our Shoe of the Week honor. Its typical Wave Ride feel is made as an everyday trainer that will not only last but makes you feel good along the way.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)
Mizuno Wave Rider 21 (neutral)

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Number 2

New Balance 860 v8 (support)

New Balance 860 v8 (support)

The 860 v8 from New Balance is a cushioned running shoe that offers a great fit with lots of comforts. An ABZORB midsole absorbs impact through a combination of cushioning and compression resistance, while engineered mesh and molded sock liner hug the foot for a snug, breathable fit. Enjoy the freedom of movement on your run in these sleek shoes.

Personal comfort is a top priority when you are training. It all adds up to extra efficiency and helps you realize more of your potential. The engineered mesh upper on these running shoes features no-sew construction for a sleek fit and feel, while the molded sock liner hugs the foot for extra comfort. These athletic shoes also feature an ABZORB midsole for supportive comfort and a stretch web outsole that locks your foot down for a secure fit. You did not get where you are by doing the same thing over and over again. So why should your running shoe?

New Balance 860 v8 (support)
New Balance 860 v8 (support)

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Number 1

Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)

Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)

Lightweight ride, high-level comfort, and stability are guaranteed the moment you step into the GEL-KAYANO 25 men's running shoe. Designed to provide a lightweight feel with outstanding shock absorption, FLYTEFOAM technology employs organic super fibers that resist compression. This guarantees a consistently comfortable fit on even the longest runs.

This next generation of Super Fly Foam bounces back to its original form even after absorbing high impact, providing support, and lasting comfort mile after mile. This performance runner is designed with a combination of energy-returning properties including the revolutionary FLYTEFOAM organic fibers, which resist compression, providing enduring bounce on even the longest runs. The split-grain leather upper is synthetic and offers superior durability while integrating flexibility for the natural motion of your feet. A flexible outsole gives you a smooth transition from heel to toe in each step.

An innovative medial post creates a stable ride, even during quick lateral movements. Inspired by the human foot, the GEL-KAYANO 25 men's running shoe removes potential harmful stress from your joints and replaces it with soothing support and energy return. Enjoy the ride.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)
Asics Gel Kayano 25 (support)

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