10 Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet in 2021
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.
Overview of this guide
How we test running shoes for wide feet
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.
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.
Like the Clifton, the Brooks Ghost has a lot of room up front. And if you’re thinking it’s the kind that makes the fit sloppy, you best believe us, it doesn’t.
Throughout our test runs, the consistent feeling was a balance of support and comfort. Yes, it’s very pampering underfoot, and it’s also very stable.
And what’s great about it is it's designed as a versatile workhorse. In our daily runs, it gave us all the plushness we could ask for. And the numbers don’t lie. When we ran our lab tests, we found out that it only takes 19.2N to bend while the average needs 40.2N to flex.
It wasn’t just good in easy runs, it also was a serious performer when we picked up the pace. Even better, it remained stable from mile 1 down to the last. We even tried it on light trails, and we were never fazed by the rugged terrain underneath.
It’s a fierce competition between the Hoka Clifton and the Ghost. It wasn’t easy choosing between the two of them. But what makes the Ghost 14 second to the Clifton 8 is its hefty weight.
At 10.1 oz, it tips our scales. But with all the cush we got from it - top to bottom - it’s the kind of heavy we can excuse.
Best for flat feet
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.
The Kayano has cemented its name among runners. It’s even become some sort of a tradition to run in it and it’s not without reason.
The Kayano just does a fantastic job being a support trainer and a workhorse at the same time. Now on its 28th edition, we couldn’t agree more.
Runners may have known the Kayano as the behemoth that didn’t have much to offer in responsiveness. But this time around, it’s here to change all that.
It didn’t just lose weight, it also became more flexible; thus, becoming more lively. Stability shoes, in general, tend to run dull. So, this change is a very welcome one.
With its solid durability, it doesn’t lose its Kayano identity. It continues the long lineage of sturdy shoes that have been helping flat-footed runners.
Like we mentioned, it’s a trimmed-down Asics Kayano. Contrary to the average stability shoes (at 11.8 oz), the Kayano is 0.5 oz lighter. So, it’s definitely more than a promising update.
Ultimately, the Kayano 28 continues to be the reliable and supportive workhorse, but in this version, it’s more fun!
Best for speed
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.
It doesn’t have a lot of gimmicks, but it’s a shoe that’s got speed written all over it.
The Brooks Launch 8 with its combination of lightness and spring made us take off! It weighs in at 8.8 oz (lighter than the average at 9.4 oz). It’s insanely light on paper, and it’s even lighter on foot.
Contrary to other tempo shoes, it doesn’t tax the feet. It’s wonderfully comfortable, and it’s anything but rigid. When we ran our flexibility test, the Brooks Launch only required 18.7N to bend while other shoes needed 23.8N.
It may cut corners on weight, but it sure doesn’t when it comes to sturdiness. It’s a true Brooks. Thanks to the 3.7mm thick outsole rubber, it will take you a VERY long time before wearing it down. We are even confident it can last 300-500 miles.
At $100, the Brooks Launch 8 is a great-value speedster. It’s a no-frills shoe that doesn’t just do its job, but excels at it.
Best for trail
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.
Opposite to other trail shoes we’ve tested, the Altra Lone Peak 5.0 does not need a break-in period at all. And that’s not the only reason why we love it so much.
It may have blown our minds with its comfort, but it impressed even more with its support. Through rugged surfaces, our steps have been nothing short of stable. And its grip only makes everything better.
On rocky, muddy, icy, snowy, and dry trails, it clung like claws! Not once did we slip. And what’s surprising is on the road, its traction isn’t too aggressive. It has enough to keep the run enjoyable and road-to-trail transitions easy.
The perks don’t stop there. When we did our lab tests, we’ve gathered that it’s a wee bit stiffer than other running shoes at 25.5N (vs. 23.8N). It’s not a world of difference, meaning it just has enough rigidity to keep everything stable while having some give for comfort.
Generally, the Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a great pick if you want solid stability on the trails.
Best budget shoe
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.
It may be a budget shoe, but the Asics Gel Contend 7 has got what it takes to go against the advanced running shoes on the market.
What stood out to us was its out-of-this-world comfort. Underfoot, it’s insanely cozy, each step felt like we were walking on clouds. Seriously, we didn’t even have to break it in!
And the Gel tech in the rear gave our feet all the protection they could ask for. It eliminated the impact so well, our feet and legs felt like they could run more miles. And true to its Asics roots, it does not swear off support.
And who said cheap running shoes couldn’t be fun? If there’s one thing that we loved about this shoe so much, it’s the incredibly peppy ride.
To top it all off, the Asics Gel Contend 7 is a solid shoe. We took our time beating it up to see how long it’ll last, and it’s been a champ in the strength arena. It will take miles of hammering before you can even gash this shoe!
Ultimately, it’s a running shoe that won’t break the bank but has what it takes to make your runs terrific.