7 Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Not all runners are the same, and neither are their feet. Some are narrower, some are larger. And because it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach in running shoes, there are models made specifically for wide feet. 

These shoes have an accommodating fit, a wide toe box, and an option to select Wide and Extra Wide variants. And if you’re looking for some of the best ones on the market, we’ve got just the list for you.

How we test running shoes

Before we decide which running shoes for wide feet make the cut, we go through each of them painstakingly to make sure we only give you the best. We’ve even created our own RunRepeat shoe testing lab to measure how good of a shoe they are. 

Some of the processes we do to pick the most suitable shoes are: 

  • We buy them with our own money to make sure we give you a no-BS review. 
  • For strength and performance tests, we log at least 30-50 miles before giving our feedback. 
  • To examine what’s inside and measure everything (in 30 different parameters), we cut each shoe open. 

And finally, to see how they perform against other running shoes, we calculate their CoreScore which is based on thousands of expert and user reviews.

Best running shoes for wide feet overall

Hoka Clifton 8
Hoka Clifton 8

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 39,028 users
90 / 100 from 24 experts

Pros

  • Comfy, comfy comfy
  • Fits true to size
  • Smooth rockered ride
  • Great durability
  • Grippy outsole
  • Lightweight for a daily trainer
  • Great lockdown
  • Good value at 0

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Doesn’t love to go fast

Verdict

It’s not king of comfort for no reason. The Hoka One One Clifton 8 didn’t just keep us well-cushioned and cozy, it also welcomed our rather large feet. 

Comfort is the name of the game in this shoe. The foam is very plush, it was almost like a pillowy heaven for our feet. 

And what takes everything up a notch is its very accommodating upper. Once we put the shoe on, the material stretched and conformed to our feet. And the toe box was plenty wide, so we had NO issues with constriction at all. 

To be completely honest, we had second thoughts about the shoe’s ride. We thought the softness would make it mushy, but to our surprise, it didn’t. It’s got some bounce, the sensation was more than forgiving - it was fun! 

With its high stack and very cushioned design, the Clifton is a true Hoka. It’s a towering 33.7mm stack in the heel, and we thought we’d be slipping off this shoe. But again, it wowed us. 

The wide base (115mm forefoot and 96.1mm heel) kept us very stable. Even during sharp turns, we were confident AF! 

By the looks of it, it’s clunky. But when you run in it, it’s the exact opposite. At 9 oz, it’s even lighter than the average shoe (9.4 oz in our lab test). 

Overall, the Hoka Clifton 8 is the way to go for wide-footed runners who put comfort at the forefront. And if it’s a lively ride you’re after, this shoe won’t let you down.

Hoka Clifton 8 full review

Best running shoes for wide feet for flat feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 103,466 users
90 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

If not aided with proper running shoes, flat feet can be painful. And if you’re looking for the most stable yet comfortable support shoe, we can’t recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 enough. 

It’s unique in a way that it’s not harsh to the feet. Unlike all the stability shoes we’ve put on, it leaves a mark for its forgiving ride. It’s not brick solid, but it still does a great job at keeping the feet centered and steady. 

The Adrenaline GTS also won us over during long runs. It’s not only superbly stable, it’s also extremely cushy. Hands down, it’s among the plushest rides we’ve ever experienced. We didn’t even need a recovery period afterwards! 

Because its support is very subtle, neutral runners are also welcome to lace it up.

When it goes down to durability, it’s superlative. It’s heavy-duty, and it can swallow miles on the pavement before finding its way into retirement. You can log 400-500 miles in this tank. 

At 10.2 oz, it’s nowhere near lightweight. But for its first-rate blend of both comfort and support, not to mention strength, its heft is one that we could easily write off.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 full review

Best running shoes for wide feet for speed

Saucony Kinvara 12
Saucony Kinvara 12

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 9,003 users
87 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Perfect fit
  • Wide feet friendly
  • Balanced and reliable ride
  • Fantastic foot lockdown
  • Tongue stays put
  • Great laces
  • Insanely flexible
  • Removable insole
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not for cold days
  • Non-durable outsole

Verdict

The Saucony Kinvara 12 couldn’t do anything wrong. In our speed runs and high-mileage efforts, this shoe showed pure prowess. 

When we picked up the pace, it swept us off our feet with its featherlight design and extremely bouncy ride. This shoe literally launched us forward! 

And when it was time to tackle long miles on the road, it gave us all the flexibility our feet craved. In our lab tests, it only took 18.3N force to bend while the average running shoes needed 24.5N. So, restrained motions should be the least of your worries. 

Given this, you might think that it sacrifices stability. It doesn’t. It has a stiff insole that measures 40.7HA, meaning it’s 37% more rigid than the average inserts. On the run, it adds more underfoot support. 

And its lockdown only takes everything a step further. It’s very secure, not once did our feet slip off the shoe. They were tucked nicely in place. 

Even better, if you want to experience true fun, the Saucony Kinvara 12 is THE shoe. It’s very springy, it's like a trampoline underneath.

Saucony Kinvara 12 full review

Best wide road running shoes

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 101,265 users
91 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

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!
Brooks Ghost 14 full review

Best trail running shoes for wide feet

Brooks Cascadia 16
Brooks Cascadia 16

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,981 users
87 / 100 from 24 experts

Pros

  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide toe box
  • Great lockdown
  • True to size
  • Durable
  • Gaiter attachments
  • Rock plate
  • Aggressive
  • Lacing options

Cons

  • On the heavier side
  • A bit stiff
  • Runs warm

Verdict

Want to crush the trails? The Brooks Cascadia 16 is second to none when it comes to traction. It’s the superlative of grippy, we were supremely confident even on the most rugged terrain. 

Its lugs are the real star of the show. They are 4.3mm deep (while the average are only 3.4mm), meaning, you don’t have to worry about rocky surfaces. This shoe will bite its way through. 

Yes, the outsole is already off to a good start. But it’s just the start. It’s not only very grippy, it’s also built tough. It’s 85.5HC stiff, it will take some serious hammering to even scratch this trail monster. 

And if its protection you’re after, the Cascadia is built for that. The upper is generously padded, jagged rocks will have a hard time penetrating it. And it goes the same for the midsole. It’s very stiff at 51.1N, it’s even along the ranks of carbon-plated running shoes!  

Apart from protection, what does this imply? One heck of a stable ride. Yep, the stiffness doesn’t just mute out the harshness underfoot, it also keeps the strides in check and centered. 

To seal the deal, the Brooks Cascadia 16 is plenty supportive. The upper wraps around the feet so well, we never felt tippy.

Brooks Cascadia 16 full review

Best value running shoes for wide feet

Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Reebok Floatride Energy 3

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,848 users
92 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Peppy ride
  • Heel tab
  • Lugged outsole
  • Durable
  • Price

Cons

  • Feels a touch long
  • Runs a bit warm

Verdict

All-around comfort? That’s exactly what we got from the Reebok Floatride Energy 3. It’s very cushy everywhere, it felt like a premium running shoe.

From top to bottom, this shoe IS cozy. The upper is very padded and the midsole is extremely soft, the feet are encapsulated with pillow-like comfort. 

But it stunned us even more with its breathability. We never thought such a cushioned upper could feel so airy. Even under scorching heat, our feet stayed cool and dry. 

And what made it land this list is its fantastic toe room. There’s so much wiggle space up front, even those with wide feet can enjoy it. 

Thanks to the gusseted tongue, the shoe’s lockdown is a perfect 10! It didn’t move sideways, and it kept our feet very secure. 

For an affordable shoe, we were awestruck with its durability. Even after putting it through the wringer, it came out almost untouched. 100 miles after, the midsole is just as bouncy and the outsole looks pristine.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 full review

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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.