Whether training for your first 21K race or just wanting to get outside for a morning jog, runners with wide feet often struggle to find the right running shoes that provide a perfect, comfortable fit.
Thankfully, more running shoe brands have started offering new models that cater to runners with a wide foot problems. We’ve handpicked the best men’s wide running shoes and tested many of them based on comfort, durability, and overall performance.
After going through a rigorous process and testing, we’ve selected our best picks in different categories, from the best overall value and top-rated shoes on both road and trail to budget-friendly and most popular options.
Years of experience in running and reviewing thousands of running shoes allow us to know the difference (with more confidence) between good and great shoes. To select our best choices for the list, we go through each model using a meticulous process to come up with our comprehensive review.
Our approach includes the following:
We buy the shoes using the money from our own pockets. This will keep us free from bias or brand loyalty.
We have our own independent testing lab to closely examine the shoes by cutting them into little pieces.
We use scales, calipers, customize smoke machines, and durometers to measure every essential part of the shoe, from cushioning, ventilation, and outsole durability, among others.
We test each model by clocking in at least 30 to 50 miles before giving our feedback on its actual on the road or trail performance.
We also collect more information from trusted shoe experts and regular runners with wide feet issues who have tried the shoe.
Finally, CoreScore is assigned to each pair of shoes that reflects the data we’ve gathered above. You will see the final ratings from 0 to 100 showing the best from the bunch we’ve handpicked and reviewed.
Whether you’re a dedicated zero-drop runner, just dipping your toe into it for the first time, or like to spice up your rotation with something new, the Altra Lone Peak 6 is a solid workhorse of a trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 6 is a genuinely excellent all-rounder.
The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It's a workhorse that's comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!
The Brooks Catamount is a trail beater that we're confident choose for anything off-road, in training, racing, and even ultramarathons! It's got loads of protection and it's got a multi-terrain grip too! But where this shoe really astounded us in the midsole. It's a bag of treats filled with comfort and responsiveness - something you don't always get from most trail shoes!
The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 is probably one of the fastest shoes on the market, but it has some problems that I think the majority of runners will agree with. It’s unstable, a bit too narrow still, looks ridiculous and hits the pocket book hard. If your job is to run fast, or you’re a sponsored athlete I think these shoes may be the tool to help you win, but for the average joe who wants to drop 2 minutes off their 5K time, it may be too much tech in a shoe designed for the 1% club.
A triathlon shoe, the Asics Noosa Tri 13 is a standalone that made our road runs fun and fast! It's comfortable enough for long days, it's agile for the speedier runs or races, and is equally perfect for short-distance efforts. Although very cushioned, we never felt any dragging. And like a true Asics, this shoe is built to last!
The Hoka Mach 4 is what we consider a do-it-all daily running shoe that shines in medium to medium/fast days. It's touted as a fast shoe, but we didn't find it speed-inspiring. It's light and nimble, but not mushy, making it a shoe that's comfortable enough for daily runs and capable when the pace is pushed. What's surprising is that this Hoka doesn't skimp on padding, but it's one of our ultralight shoes!
The Corescore is a score from 0-100 that summarizes opinions from users and
experts. Below shows the distribution of scores for all running shoes.
This shoe has a 10% penalty on its user ratings because it has fewer than 50 ratings. It
also has a 10% penalty on its expert reviews because it has fewer than 5 reviews. This is
to avoid that shoes with few ratings unjustly receives high scores.
The Salomon XT-6 has been a hugely popular shoe for nearly a decade both for its looks and its ability to take you anyway on a trail. With heaps of protection, insane grip, and a responsive, speedy ride the XT-6 is still a relevant trail shoe to help you explore the less beaten trails. It’s a shoe that’s sure to leave you confident traversing steep gradients, or comfy at the end of a long hike.
Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.