Review: Brooks’ Ghost is an extremely popular shoe and makes a lot of lists for the best running shoes for this, that and the other. But it’s on this list because Brooks offers the shoe in a narrow size option.
Aside from this, it’s also very well cushioned, provides neutral support, and is widely considered to be very comfortable.
It has a 12mm drop so it won’t suit the toe strikers out there, but if you’re more of a conventional runner then you can’t really go wrong with this shoe.
Available in narrow width.
Dual density DNA foam midsole and segmented crash pad provide optimum cushioning.
Comfortable, plush inner.
Narrower toe box than previous Ghosts. If you need a narrow fit but wide toe box then go for the Ghost 10 or 11.
May need to size up half a size.
This is a shoe for those who rate comfort and cushioning above all else. If you want to feel like you’re running on clouds and not having to worry about a break in period, these are your shoes.
Review: This shoe doesn’t offer narrow widths but their regular width fits narrow feet. It’s a neutral shoe with a 10mm drop that would suit people with high arches or who underpronate (supinate). They are well cushioned and responsive providing a comfortable run with good energy return.
They also have some new technology including the torsion spring along the length of the sole, and the 3D Heel Frame. This locks the heel in place so that you don’t have to do the laces up as tightly around the midfoot making for a more comfortable running experience.
Naturally narrow fitting upper.
Adidas’ responsive Boost cushioning.
Primeknit upper is snug-fitting and comfortable.
Molded heel counter creates stability for the heel.
This is a well cushioned and responsive neutral shoe with a narrow mid-foot design.
Review: Brooks’ PureCadence 7 is a stability road running shoe for toe strikers with a medium arch. It has a 4mm drop, offers a sock-like fit, lightweight, and responsive cushioning that is well suited to road running.
For a lightweight shoe, it manages to be very supportive while remaining flexible enough for everything to feel natural and fast.
Lightweight but durable.
BioGoMo DNA foam provides responsive cushioning.
Rounded heel design for more natural foot motion.
Lacks a bit of breathability in the woven upper.
If you’re a road runner with narrow feet, the PureCadence is a lightweight and snug-fitting option.
Review: This is a stability shoe with a 12mm drop that is ideal for heel strikers with a medium arch. It has narrow widths available which makes it a win for this list (try the medium width first as the fit actually runs narrow), but it’s also a really highly rated stability shoe all-round.
So, if you’re looking for reliable arch support in a very comfortable, lightweight and well-cushioned package, this could be your shoe.
Breathable mesh without sewn overlays.
Dynamotion Fit technology.
These are some of the best running shoes for overpronators with flat feet.
Review: For those who want to get dirty out there and are tired of the pavement, this shoe is for you. It’s good for trail, mountains and cross country running, provided you’re good with the 4mm drop and neutral pronation.
It has a cage around the midfoot which provides a really secure fit, which together with the ankle collar and heel counter makes for no movement within the shoe, and happy cushioned feet.
Hokas are pretty unique when it comes to trail shoes they manage to provide plenty of traction, durability and cushioning while also being pretty lightweight.
Narrow sizing available.
Comfortable and breathable upper mesh.
5mm lugs for supreme grip, Vibram outsole.
Eva foam midsole which absorbs impact.
Lightweight and cushioned.
Only suitable for runners used to low drop shoes so unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy their awesomeness.
The Speedgoat 2s are lightweight and well cushioned trail running shoes with formidable grip and extreme comfort.
Review: This shoe doesn’t come with narrow sizing available but it does have a naturally snug-fitting midfoot. The Flyknit upper creates a sock-like fit which is great for narrow feet, while the overall design is minimalist, ultra-lightweight and built for speed.
They have a 10mm drop and despite their sleek design, still manage to be really cushioned and really comfortable. However, if you need support, these are not the shoes for you.
Naturally narrow fitting upper.
Full length carbon fiber plate.
Surprisingly well-cushioned for how lightweight they are.
Just as good on long runs as short, fast bursts.
Negligible support or stability.
These shoes are lightweight and speedy with minimal support so ideal for neutral, narrow feet.
Review: This is a stability shoe that offers a narrow width making it a great choice for overpronators with narrow feet. It has a soft, breathable upper that is very comfortable, and comes with plenty of cushioning in the package too.
It’s a versatile shoe with a 10mm drop that perform well over a variety of terrains, speeds and distances.
Available in narrow width.
Molded heel design helps to keep things snug.
Plush, comfortable upper.
Solid cushioning is stable and supportive for heavier people.
A little on the heavy side.
This is a stability shoe available in a narrow width that is ideal for heavier people, providing a stable and well cushioned platform.
It’s a neutral shoe with an 8mm drop that is well suited to runners with high arches who tend to land on their midfoot. But it’s also a great option for long distance heel strikers looking to slowly move towards toe striking.
Both men’s and women’s come with narrow sizing available.
True to size.
Flexible and smooth ride.
Wide toe box option.
A little on the heavy side.
Loses some responsiveness in favor of cushioning.
This is a solid and well-cushioned neutral shoe ideal for heavier people who want to go long in their miles.
Review: The Nike Lunarsolo is a lightweight, neutral shoe with an 8mm drop, designed for racing, or short snappy runs. It doesn’t have a narrow size available but it has a narrower fit than some brands so should still be a reasonably snug fit.
Being a competition shoe, it’s well suited to road or treadmill running (you wouldn’t want to take this off-trail or run in the rain if you care about its appearance).
But, it also manages to remain really comfortable and provides good shock absorbance on hard surfaces.
Review: This shoe is a good option for runners with moderate to severe pronation who heel strike and appreciate a well-cushioned shoe. It has a 10mm drop and is a great option for daily running as well as longer distances.
The sock liner is made of ortholite, which keeps moisture away and full-length ABZORB cushioning provides great shock absorbance.
Comes in narrow sizing for both men and women.
Good arch support and stability.
May feel a little stiff and firm to support.
This is a supportive and firm but well-cushioned stability shoe, ideal for daily running and long distances.
Review: This is a popular stability shoe for overpronators with medium arches. It has a 12mm drop, excellent cushioning, and comes in a range of sizes with narrow widths and different sized toe boxes available.
It’s nicely breathable so a good option for hot weather, and it’s super durable so you won’t have to worry about it falling apart on you any time soon.
Provides stability and support.
Breathable and well-cushioned.
Narrow widths and different toe box sizes available.
A bit expensive and heavy.
These are excellent daily jogging shoes for overpronators looking for a solid and stable but well-cushioned foundation.
Review: This is a neutral shoe with a 4mm drop and is best suited for toe strikers with high arches. It doesn’t have narrow widths available but it does have a snug-fitting knit upper that is perfect for narrow feet.
It’s got a minimalist principal going on in terms of trying to promote as natural a run as possible, but it still manages to be really well cushioned. It also has a plush tongue and ankle which is really comfortable and doesn’t rub.
Lightweight and minimalist in design.
Well-cushioned and responsive.
Snug-fitting and flexible knit upper.
Good traction for a road shoe.
Knit upper isn’t as breathable as mesh.
If you like running shoes at the more minimalist end of the spectrum and you’re a toe striker with no pronation problems, this would be a great choice.
So, You Have Narrow Feet?
(If you came here by accident and you actually have wide feet – check out this article instead)
Narrow feet need narrow-fitting shoes!
Running shoes for narrow feet generally fall into 2 categories: shoes available in a narrower than standard width (B width for men, 2A for women) and shoes that just naturally have a snug fit (usually due to an elasticated knit upper or narrow midfoot).
Currently, the only two brands offering narrower widths for their shoe lines are New Balance and Brooks. So, there are a lot of New Balance and Brooks shoes on this list!
But some brands just tend to fit narrower than others (Asics and Nike for example).
At the end of the day, you’d be crazy to buy a pair of shoes without having tried them on first if you have narrow feet. Even if you’re buying a shoe with narrow sizing available, you still need to make sure that the shoe fits your whole foot comfortably.
There are variations among narrow-footed runners – some have flat feet, some have high arches, some have narrow heels. Even a narrow shoe might not fit your specific foot type.
The list above provides options for the best running shoes for narrow flat feet, best running shoes for narrow feet and high arches and even best running shoes for narrow heels.
You also might want to check the stack height and drop of the shoe.
Stack height means the thickness of the sole, or the distance between your foot and the ground. Shoes with higher stack height are usually less stable compared to shoes with lower stack height, but, they’ll be more cushioned and comfortable on your joints.
Drop means the difference in stack height between the toe and heel of the shoe. If stack height across the length of the shoe is 0mm, then you have a zero drop shoe which means it’s designed with barefoot running in mind and will encourage you to toe strike. If the drop is between 10-12mm, then it’ll be better suited to heel strikers.
You’ll also need to figure out your priorities…
How much cushioning do you want?
How much traction do you need?
Do you want a fast and snappy shoe, or a comfortable long distance shoe?
Regardless of your preferences, at the end of the day, it’s the fit that is the most important.
There should be a thumb-sized or half-inch space for the toes to wiggle or expand.
It should feel like a glove on the midfoot section.
There should be no slipping on the heels.
Does Asics Run Narrow or Wide?
Asics running shoes are generally considered to run slightly on the narrow side in the midfoot but they usually still have spacious toe boxes.
What Running Shoe Brands Run Narrow?
Nike and Asics both run on the narrow side while Adidas’ knit uppers also lead to a snug sock-like fit.
What is Normal Width for Women’s Shoes?
Normal width for women’s running shoes is ‘B’, (for men its ‘D’). This means ‘B’ is narrow for men and ‘2A’ is narrow for women.
Does Shoe Width Change With Size?
To a degree, yes. The width of the shoe is proportional to the length and the depth, so as shoes get bigger, they also get wider.
Are Running Shoes Supposed to be Tight or Lose?
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘sock-like fit’? Well, that pretty much sums up how a running shoe should feel – through the midfoot at least.
The toe box, on the other hand, should be wide enough that you can splay your toes comfortably.
Oh, and the heel should definitely be secure – any movement here will result in blisters.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about the best running shoes for narrow feet in 2020.
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