Review: The Brooks Beast 18 are stability running shoes designed for low to medium arches and overpronators. They are available in wide and extra-wide and provide a solid, stable and well-cushioned platform which is ideal for heavier runners.
The shoe is great for severe overpronators because it is equipped with an extended progressive diagonal rollbar that serves two functions – to support the arch and to guide your stride from heel strike to toe off.
Available in wide and extra wide.
PDRB Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.
External heel counter helps direct the foot and prevent overpronation.
Well-cushioned and stable.
A bit heavy.
A serious support running shoe with sizes up to extra wide. These are the best wide running shoes for big guys.
Review: A very popular neutral trail running shoe, the Salomon Speedcross is well padded and supportive, with a rugged design meant to keep mud and rain out and a sole that prevents slipping and does not trap stones.
Aggressively lugged sole for traction on the most technical trails.
EnergyCell+ provides cushioning.
Built-in mudguard in the toe area.
Available in wide.
Runs ½ size small.
A foot-hugging trail running shoe that stays in place and prevents slipping.
Review: The Asics GT-2000 8 is a stability shoe with some serious structural features that prevent overpronation and encourage correct alignment.
The Trusstic guidance system in the sole and midsole of the shoe prevent overpronation and the guidance line midsole coupled with the heel clutching system encourage a natural stride and normal pronation.
Review: These neutral road running shoes from Reebok offer plush but responsive cushioning in a lightweight package. Raised sidewalls on the midsole foam offer a little stability while the multilayered mesh upper provides a snug, secure fit.
These shoes are naturally a little wide in design to provide a comfortable fit for wide feet.
FuelFoam midsole provides good shock absorption.
Lightweight and comfortable.
Some durability issues.
These are a comfortable pair of running shoes are lightweight and comfortable enough to be your all-day shoes.
Review: Switch things up! This minimalist style shoe from Inov-8 goes from road to trail with ease. The rugged outsole features smaller lugs that are appropriate for trail running, without being too large and clunky when you have smoother urban surfaces beneath your feet.
The shoe has a minimalist feel with just a little cushion provided by Inov-8s Powerflow midsole technology that claims to be 10 percent better at dispersing shock, and 25 percent better at returning your energy back to your stride.
If you have wide feet, then getting shoes that are wide enough to be comfortable is going to be the most important part of your shoe selection journey.
But, you also need to pay attention to a few other key features:
Stability versus Neutral
This is the biggie that will make or break your relationship with your shoe. You need to know your arch shape and whether or not you overpronate.
If you have flat or low arches, chances are you overpronate and need stability shoes. If you have medium or high arches, you will most likely need neutral shoes.
At the extreme end of the stability spectrum you have motion control running shoes which are designed for the severe overpronator who has little to no foot strength or stability and needs all the help he can get!
Alternatively, if you’re looking to go the barefoot route and deal with your pronation issues through strengthening your feet, have a read of our guide to the best barefoot running shoes.
If you know you’ve got flat feet, be sure to check out our list of the best running shoes for flat feet. The vast majority of them are well suited to wide feet because, by nature of being flat, flat feet tend to be wider!
High versus Low Drop
This is the next most important factor. It never used to be a big deal but there are a wide range of drops available now that could be confusing.
Broadly speaking, if you land on the ground with your heel, you need a higher drop shoe (10mm and up). If you land on your midfoot then you’ll be looking at around 8mm. If you toe strike, then anything less than 8mm will be your ideal drop.
Cushioned versus Responsive
This is becoming less of a trade-off as technology advances. But, usually, a plush shoe with maximum cushioning will be a little slower and less responsive.
Similarly, more responsive shoes are likely to feel a little firmer.
How do I Know when to get Wide Running Shoes?
The simplest way to know whether you need wide running shoes is to measure your foot using a Brannock Device in a shoe shop. Or, simply try on a range of shoes in normal width and wide and see which ones feel more comfortable.
If you have wide feet, you’ll feel an uncomfortable pressure along the sides of your feet. Alternatively, you can measure the width of your feet manually and match it up to the chart above.
What is a Regular Width Shoe?
Regular width shoes, also known as medium width, are different for men’s and women’s shoes. Medium width for women is B while for men it is D. For women, a wide shoe is D while for men it is 2E.
What is the Difference Between Regular and Wide Width Shoes?
Only about 10mm! In wide shoes, it is only the upper that gets a little wider but in extra wide shoes the sole unit also gets a bit wider.
What Brand of Running Shoes are Best for Wide Feet?
Any brand that offers wide and extra-wide sizing options is great for wide feet. However, some brands are more naturally wide fitting like New Balance, Brooks, Adidas and Reebok.
Which Asics are Best for Wide Feet?
All Asics shoes tend to run on the narrow side, but Asics do offer wide fit options for their shoes so any model that offers this is a good choice.
Which Nike Running Shoes are Best for Wide Feet?
Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus is the most popular option for wide feet and also just a popular option all round.
I hope you found my reviews of the 21 best running shoes for wide feet of 2021 helpful.
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