Review: This shoe is specifically designed for heavier runners, being really stable and supportive without forcing you to supinate.
The Beast provides a wide platform and midsole with a medial post to prevent overpronation but enough structure to stop you from rolling the other way. It’s also really well cushioned with reliable shock absorbance and a nice spacious toe box.
Wide, stable base.
Roomy toe box.
Moisture-wicking mesh lining.
Breathable mesh upper.
Heavy – but it’s kind of supposed to be.
This is the best of the best when it comes to big guy running shoes. It doesn’t get much more cushioned, stable and supportive than the Beast.
Review: The Glycerin 17s are another highly-rated shoe for heavier runners due to their ample 24mm stack height and reliable DNA cushioning which together make for a durable, long-lasting and comfortable crash pad.
The shoe has a plush feel and a wide base along with plenty of heel cushion, making it a good choice for overweight or bigger runners. But, it is a neutral shoe so it won’t be suitable for overpronators.
Three separate widths available.
Wide sole base.
24mm stack height.
Good choice for high arches.
This model has a narrower toe box than others.
A long lasting running shoe for neutral, heavy runners, one of the best running shoes for big guys.
Review: This is another neutral shoe, but it’s designed by Asics specifically with big guys in mind, so you know you’re in safe hands. The Gel-Venture 6 has a lot of cushion, good support and a nice thick sole with a 20mm stack height.
But, despite its solid construction, it’s still pretty lightweight which is unusual for a ‘big guy’ shoe.
Rearfoot gel right where you need it, at the heel.
Sturdy High abrasion rubber sole is very durable.
Wide and X-wide sizing available.
This shoe runs narrow.
Asics has done well with this pair. These top-rated shoes provide sturdy cushioning and support while coming in wide widths making these very good running shoes for big guys.
Review: The Echelon 7 is another excellent ‘big guy’ shoe with a wide, stable base, wide supportive midsole, and durable cushioning. It’s definitely more on the heavy side, but that’s part of what makes it a more reliable option for heavier runners.
It also has a large toe box so your toes won’t be cramped, and a nicely structured upper to keep your midfoot supported.
It has an 8mm drop and comes in wide and x-wide options.
Wide sizing available.
Very stable base.
Suitable for supinators and people with high arches.
Well-cushioned but flexible midsole.
Heavy – but again, this is not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a heavier runner.
This is a very stable, supportive and well cushioned shoe that is easily one of best running shoes for big guys of 2021.
Review: Hoka is a brand known for plush running shoes, and the men’s Clifton 6 lives up to that reputation.
In addition to plush cushioning in the heel and forefoot, the Hoka Clifton has a wider forefoot area, which allows room for your toes, and works well for wide feet.
The upper is also really comfortable with engineered mesh which is soft and breathable so you won’t get hot and sweaty.
This is a neutral running shoe for runners with normal pronation and is designed for midfoot striking. So, if you’re a heel striker and consider yourself on the heavy side, this might not be the shoe for you.
Very well cushioned, yet flexible and responsive.
Available in wide.
Model 4 of the Clifton’s runs about a half size too big.
These are the best cushioned running shoes for heavy runners and good running shoes for heavy runners with wide feet.
Review: The Saucony Kinvara running shoe is surprisingly cushy for a pair of shoes that weigh so little. While the shoe has good cushioning, it is also very responsive and will put a little bounce in your stride.
The upper is very minimal, which helps with weight, and it should be noted that this is a neutral running shoe, for normal pronators.
It has a decent heel stack of 23mm with the sole providing a good amount of impact protection for bigger guys.
EVA midsole spans the entire sole and adds durability.
3mm Eversole foam in the midsole which gives the shoe its bounce and energy return.
Woven heel provides added heel support and locks foot in.
Runs a little small.
EVA foam will compress eventually.
This shoe provides a responsive, decently cushioned and durable ride.
Review: A good balance between cushion and support make the Brooks Adrenaline 18 some of the highest-rated shoes for overweight runners.
They are supportive shoes with plenty of structure and are designed for flat feet and overpronators. The shoe features Brooks DNA foam midsole for cushion and responsiveness and a medial post for arch support.
Diagonal roll bar keeps your stride properly aligned.
Breathable mesh upper keeps feet cool.
Supportive heel counter with well-padded collar.
These new streamlined Brooks run a little small and narrow, so size up.
A great shoe for bigger guys with flat feet who need the extra structure and support – this shoe provides all that.
Review: The Mizuno Wave Sky is a neutral running shoe with a decent amount of cushion due in part to the Euphoric X Foam that spans the entire foot in the midsole.
This shoe is a good fit for heavier runners with neutral gait because along with the X Foam, the shoe incorporates Cloudwave technology in the heel and midfoot of the midsole which adds cushion and responsiveness and absorbs impact.
U4ic foam midsole plus cloudwave technology equals maximum underfoot cushion.
Thick, plush, removable foot-hugging sock liner.
This model runs small.
The plushest Mizuno shoe available, this is one of the best stability shoes for heavy runners.
Review: This shoe is a favorite for all types of runners, including heavy set runners and big guys. Why does everyone love the 1080v8?
The memory foam style collar that protects the ankle and keeps the heel locked down, the thick, responsive fresh foam midsole that provides comfort and energy return and the wrap-around outer heel support are all reasons this shoe is one of the best running shoes for big guys.
Comfortable foam collar locks foot in without chafing.
Ortholite removable insole adds cushion and arch support.
Review: This is a stability running shoe that gives heavy set women a comfortable supportive ride.
There are strategically placed gel pads in the heel and forefoot to reduce the impact on your joints as you run, a guidance Trusstic system in the sole that adds structure to the midfoot and a sturdy external heel counter for foot lockdown and added heel support.
Flylite midsole foam for lightweight reactive cushion.
Rear and forefoot gel pads ease shock impact.
External heel counter supports heel – great for heel strikers.
Wider than other Kayano models.
Great running shoe for heavier runners who overpronate.
Review: The New Balance 1080v7 is a well-cushioned, supportive, and very lightweight running shoe made with a fresh foam midsole that makes the shoes comfortable, shock-absorbing and just a joy to wear.
These shoes work well for women who carry a few extra pounds due to their ample cushioning.
Neutral running shoe – perfect for normal pronators.
Lightweight daily runner, just 9.1 oz.
Light and plush fresh foam midsole.
Cushioning may feel firm – but this is a good thing.
Super lightweight neutral running shoe that works well for heavy set gals.
Review: The Saucony Redeemer is a stability shoe with a wide, stable base which makes it a great choice for heavier runners who overpronate. You’ll get the arch support without risking any supination or ankle rolling.
Saucony’s Everun cushioning provides shock absorbance and enough responsiveness to keep you feeling energized.
Thick Everun foam topsole for plush cushioning.
Wide, stable base.
Toe box is a little tight height-wise.
These are a similar deal to the Men’s Brooks Beast, providing a wide, stable platform with good shock absorbance and arch support.
This wraps up my reviews of the 18 best running shoes for heavy runners.
What Makes a Shoe Good for a Heavier Runner?
Unfortunately, this is the main thing you’ll have to deal with.
Cushioning naturally compresses over time, and the heavier you are, the faster it compresses, within each run, and over the long term. The cushioning will lose its bounce back and energy return, leaving you with a sluggish, slow run and uncomfortable joints.
But, choosing a shoe with more cushioning isn’t necessarily the answer.
Cushioning and shock absorbance aren’t the same thing.
Super-soft or plush cushioning may feel luxurious when you first put on the shoe, but it may also be less stable and likely to compress faster, leaving you with an unsupportive and un-cushioned shoe.
Going with slightly firmer cushioning that focuses on shock absorbance and stability rather than a soft cushy feel will be better for heavier runners in the long run.
On the same note, if you’re a heel striker, you’ll need more cushioning in the heel than lighter runners.
Many people tend to think that heavier runners are automatically going to require stability shoes.
But, this isn’t always the case. And in fact, if you have a normal or high arch, or tend towards supination, even the best stability shoes may make things worse, forcing you to roll onto the outer edge of your foot.
Stability is important, but the stability needs to be provided throughout the shoe, not just in the form of a hefty medial post, as in the case with the best running shoes for flat feet. Stability also comes from good quality cushioning throughout the midsole and a wide and stable sole.
So, it pays to know your arch type and what kind of support you actually need.
Depending on your foot type, a neutral shoe may be a better option than a stability shoe.
Often a heavier runner will have a wider foot.
Several of the shoes reviewed above come in wide widths, some shoes run wide, some run narrow, and some have more room in the toe or midfoot.
It helps to know the shape of your foot and where you appreciate the extra space. But, generally speaking, going for wide sizing option will offer extra stability, comfort and room in the toe box for a healthy amount of toe splay.
This is a tricky one. Some female-specific shoes aren’t actually any different from the men’s. But sometimes they are.
Usually, the difference is in the heel, as women often have narrower heel than men. If you’re a heavier runner, this may not be the case, and you may be just as comfortable running in a men’s shoe. Men’s shoes may also be a little heavier duty and likely to last longer.
Sometimes heavier runners will have other foot issues as well, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to bear this in mind when choosing your shoes as different problems require different solutions.
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