TOP 17 Best Running Shoes For Narrow Feet Reviewed 2019

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“I think I laced my shoes tight enough, but why does it seem like my feet wiggle around when I run?”

If you are experiencing this, then you probably have narrow feet!

In that case, you REALLY need to find yourself a pair of running shoes that actually fit!

I’ve done the research so that you don’t have to. Below is a list of the best running shoes for narrow feet in 2019. And then after that, I’ll go into a bit more detail on what to look for.

TOP 17 Best Running Shoes for Narrow Feet 2019

First up, the women’s…

Brooks Women's Ghost 12 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Available in narrow width.
  • Dual density DNA foam midsole and segmented crash pad provide optimum cushioning.
  • Removable insole.
  • Comfortable, plush inner.

Cons

  • 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.

Takeaway

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.

Adidas Women's Ultraboost 19 Running 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.

Pros

  • Naturally narrow fitting upper.
  • Adidas’ responsive Boost cushioning.
  • Primeknit upper is snug-fitting and comfortable.
  • Molded heel counter creates stability for the heel.

Cons

  • Not lightweight.

Takeaway

This is a well cushioned and responsive neutral shoe with a narrow mid-foot design.

Saucony Women's Omni 14 Running Shoes

Review: Saucony’s Omni 14 is a very popular stability shoe with an 8mm drop. It’s designed for overpronators with medium arches who have more of a midfoot strike rather than specifically toe or heel.

It’s a stable and supportive shoe that is well-cushioned, relatively lightweight and flexible enough to keep you comfortable.

Pros

  • Women’s sizing offers a narrow option.
  • Breathable upper mesh.
  • Great midfoot fit.
  • Durable sole.
  • PWRGRID shock absorbance technology.

Cons

  • Looks bulky for a narrow shoe.

Takeaway

This is a versatile shoe for overpronators looking for a breathable and comfortable stability shoe.

Asics Women's Gel Cumulus 18 Running Shoes

Review: The Cumulus are a really popular and versatile shoe from Asics. They are neutral, with a 10mm drop, and are well suited to heel strikers with high arches.

They are a good training partner for middle to long distance running as the gels offer great deal of comfort every step of the way.

They provide just enough arch support to remain a ‘neutral shoe’ but lean towards being supportive, while also being lightweight, flexible and breathable. What’s not to love?

Pros

  • Well cushioned and very comfortable.
  • Reliable arch support.
  • Come in narrow sizing option.
  • Different colors to choose from.

Cons

  • Toe box may feel a little cramped.

Takeaway

This could be the best shoe for narrow feet and high arches, providing comfortable arch support and cushioning.

Brooks Women's PureCadence 7 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight but durable.
  • BioGoMo DNA foam provides responsive cushioning.
  • Flexible sole.
  • Rounded heel design for more natural foot motion.

Cons

  • Lacks a bit of breathability in the woven upper.

Takeaway

If you’re a road runner with narrow feet, the PureCadence is a lightweight and snug-fitting option.

Mizuno Women's Wave Inspire 14 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Breathable mesh without sewn overlays.
  • Lightweight.
  • Dynamotion Fit technology.
  • Cloudwave technology.

Cons

  • Narrow toe-box.

Takeaway

These are some of the best running shoes for overpronators with flat feet.

Saucony Women's Kinvara 9 Running Shoes

Review: This is the latest version of the Kinvara, and unlike some brands where the latest isn’t necessarily the greatest, the Kinvara 9 ticks all the boxes.

It’s another neutral shoe that is very light and gives a good ground feel. It’s good for daily running as well as longer distances, provided you’re used to forefoot running (it has a 4mm drop).

It comes in a narrow size, is really durable and hard to wear out, and is versatile. It’s also snappy enough for medium distance races but cushioned enough for full and half marathons.

If you’re used to running with low drops, this could be the only pair of shoes you need.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Soft and cushioned but responsive at the same time.
  • Stable for a neutral, low drop shoe.
  • Versatile, suitable for a range of speeds and distances.

Cons

  • The outsoles seem to fade faster compared to other shoes.

Takeaway

The most comfortable shoe I have used both for my everyday training and even long distance races. Some of the best running shoes for narrow feet and high arches.

Hoka One One Women's Speedgoat 2 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Narrow sizing available.
  • Comfortable and breathable upper mesh.
  • 5mm lugs for supreme grip, Vibram outsole.
  • Eva foam midsole which absorbs impact.
  • Lightweight and cushioned.

Cons

  • Only suitable for runners used to low drop shoes so unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy their awesomeness.

Takeaway

The Speedgoat 2s are lightweight and well cushioned trail running shoes with formidable grip and extreme comfort.

And now for the men’s…

Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoes

Review: This is another hugely popular shoe and the fact that they offer it in a narrow width is a massive bonus on top of an already reliable shoe.

It is called the GTS – a.k.a. Go To Shoe, because it literally ticks all of the boxes for an everyday runner.

It sits somewhere in the middle between being a stability and neutral shoe, offering a little pronation prevention while being well-cushioned and responsive.

It’s another 12mm drop so only suitable for heel strikers, but it will let you put in many many miles before it starts failing on you.

Pros

  • Available in narrow width.
  • GuideRails provide alignment support for the roll through.
  • Well-cushioned but still responsive.
  • Engineered mesh upper provides a snug fit.
  • Durable enough for many miles of running.
  • Wide toe box.

Cons

  • Not enough support for people in a need of a real stability shoe.

Takeaway

This is an excellent choice for overpronators with narrow feet who are looking to slowly move away from stability shoes.

Nike Men's Zoom Fly Flyknit Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • 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.
  • Extremely comfortable.

Cons

  • Negligible support or stability.

Takeaway

These shoes are lightweight and speedy with minimal support so ideal for neutral, narrow feet.

New Balance Men's 860 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Available in narrow width.
  • Molded heel design helps to keep things snug.
  • Plush, comfortable upper.
  • Solid cushioning is stable and supportive for heavier people.

Cons

  • A little on the heavy side.

Takeaway

This is a stability shoe available in a narrow width that is ideal for heavier people, providing a stable and well cushioned platform.

New Balance Men's 1080v8 Running Shoes

Review: New Balance’s Fresh Foam 1080 is known for being one of the most comfortable and well-cushioned shoes out there and is a great choice for long distance running.

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.

Pros

  • Both men’s and women’s come with narrow sizing available.
  • Breathable mesh.
  • True to size.
  • Flexible and smooth ride.
  • Wide toe box option.

Cons

  • A little on the heavy side.
  • Loses some responsiveness in favor of cushioning.

Takeaway

This is a solid and well-cushioned neutral shoe ideal for heavier people who want to go long in their miles.

Nike Men's Lunarsolo Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Snug fit design.
  • Moisture-wicking materials.
  • Good value for money.

Cons

  • Not recommended for long distance running.

Takeaway

This shoe is great for indoor activities like running on the treadmill and doing high intensity interval training.

New Balance Men's 940v3 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Well cushioned.
  • Comfortable.
  • Comes in narrow sizing for both men and women.
  • Good arch support and stability.

Cons

  • Heavy.
  • May feel a little stiff and firm to support.

Takeaway

This is a supportive and firm but well-cushioned stability shoe, ideal for daily running and long distances.

Asics Men's Gel Nimbus 20 Running Shoes

Review: These are the higher-end alternative to the cumulus above, being a neutral Asics show with reasonable drop.

The men’s have a 10 mm drop while the women’s have a 13mm drop. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that’s a good thing or not. But either way, they’ll force you to heel strike.

They do come in a narrow size option and have great shock absorbance though, so that might be enough to win you over.

Pros

  • Well cushioned heel.
  • Smooth and responsive ride.
  • Narrow sizing available.
  • Durable outsole with good traction.
  • Efficient lacing system locks in the midfoot.
  • Heel Clutching system.

Cons

  • A little on the heavy side.
  • May feel a little firm.

Takeaway

These are the best shoes for narrow heels and possibly the best neutral running shoes for narrow feet in general.

New Balance Men's 990v4 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Provides stability and support.
  • Breathable and well-cushioned.
  • Narrow widths and different toe box sizes available.
  • Very durable.

Cons

  • A bit expensive and heavy.

Takeaway

These are excellent daily jogging shoes for overpronators looking for a solid and stable but well-cushioned foundation.

Brooks Men's Pureflow 7 Running Shoes

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight and minimalist in design.
  • Well-cushioned and responsive.
  • Snug-fitting and flexible knit upper.
  • Good traction for a road shoe.

Cons

  • Knit upper isn’t as breathable as mesh.

Takeaway

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).

woman doing warm up exercise before running

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.

If you’re keen for more flat-footed options, check out our article on the best running shoes for flat feet.

But, apart from narrow fit, what else should you be looking for in a running shoe?

young woman running in morning outdoor

Apart From Narrow Fit, What Else…

You’ll need to know whether you’re after a stability or neutral shoe.

Stability shoes provide arch support through the midsole to prevent overpronation and encourage your foot to stay nicely aligned throughout its roll through.

If you think you might be after a stability shoe, we have a list of the best running shoes for overpronators here and also a list of the best stability running shoes.

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.

FAQs

young woman runner running on city road

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.

Conclusion

So there you have it, everything you need to know about the best running shoes for narrow feet in 2019.

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