10 Best X-wide Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best X-wide Running Shoes in 2022

Runners with extra wide feet are too familiar with the challenge of finding the right pair of shoes that truly fit comfortably. Whether going for a short run around the neighborhood or training for a 10K, extra wide feet runners often struggle to get that right shoe that provides a truly comfortable fit.

We’ve handpicked over 100 extra wide running shoes and methodically tested each pair to come up with our top selections in five different categories. We pick the best among them based on key factors such as comfort level, budget range, and overall performance, among others.

To save you time and hassle, take a quick look at the list of our top picks ranging from the best overall to the most popular choices among runners with extra wide feet.

How we test running shoes

To determine which particular models make the cut, we go through each pair of shoes using our proven process of on-road or off-road performance test and a lab test to come up with our comprehensive review. Each running shoe has been measured utilizing the following approach:

  • We buy all our extra wide running shoes with our own money. We do this to avoid any taint of brand loyalty and bias.
  • To test the actual in-shoe performance, comfortability, and durability, we have testers run in them for 30 to 40 miles on average. We ask them to keep a record of their initial impressions and overall feedback.
  • For further testing, we go to our lab and cut the shoes into pieces. We use this method to closely measure 30+ parameters of the shoe and gather comparable data.
  • We also collect more helpful information from experts and regular runners with wider feet who have tried the shoe.

To conclude all the tests, a CoreScore is assigned for each shoe based on the above data. This RunRepeat proprietary system allows us to come up with our comprehensive list of the best extra wide running shoes out there.

Best x-wide running shoes overall

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£100
£130
£139
Top pick

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 30,995 users
91 / 100 from 15 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!
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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
£92
£98
£154
£154
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,673 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Exceptional flywire lacing
  • Soft & cushioned ride
  • Great for heavier runners
  • Incredible grip (road)
  • Very breathable
  • Padded heel collar
  • No heel slipping
  • True to size
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Tongue rips apart
  • Lacks pop for tempo runs
  • Slippery on snow and ice

Verdict

In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough wear testing, this daily trainer proved itself a durable shoe. It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it sticks to what it's designed to do - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.
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Best x-wide road running shoes

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
£130
£130
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,723 users
95 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Promising durability
  • Stability for all directions
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Phenomenal grip
  • A firmer, faster midsole
  • Consistent in all conditions
  • Reliable daily runner

Cons

  • Very heavy
  • High price point for stability aimed at beginners
  • Midsole is too hard for some

Verdict

One of Brooks’ most revered and popular stability shoes gets a well-needed modern update for 2022. This daily runner is loved by many because it’s seen as the Jack of all trades running shoe thanks to a bi-directional correction for different over-pronation. With fresher looks, it’s now an even more attractive option.
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Saucony Endorphin Speed
Saucony Endorphin Speed
£119
£120
Also great

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 3,552 users
92 / 100 from 29 experts

Pros

  • Fast & responsive
  • Cushioned especially for the long runs
  • Spring, trampoline effect
  • Excellent durability 
  • Featherweight like a race shoe
  • Breathable
  • True to size
  • Perfect foot lock
  • Incredible value

Cons

  • Needs adaptation period 
  • Questionable grip on wet surfaces

Verdict

Among all the shoes we've tested, nothing comes close to how the Saucony Endorphin Speed fits the bill as a speedster that can certainly go the distance! Whether it's a 10K, half marathon, or marathon, you can set PBs in this baby! Might feel weird while walking or jogging, but becomes a perfect fit when you really pick up the pace. It's made for speed, and it sticks to that!
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Best x-wide trail running shoes

Salomon XT-6
Salomon XT-6
£154
£171
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 6 users
97 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Fit true to size
  • Superb responsiveness
  • Quicklace system is a breeze
  • Zero Heel-slip
  • Amazing grip
  • Breathable
  • Super stable ride
  • Great protection
  • Stylish
  • Durable

Cons

  • Quite heavy as some trail shoes go
  • Stiff in colder conditions

Verdict

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.
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Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0
£105
£76
Also great

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,179 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

The Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a trail shoe that will make you run with confidence! It's sturdy underfoot, supportive, and it's got the right blend of comfort and responsiveness. Throw in any terrain, and this shoe will bite its way through them!
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Best value x-wide running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£76
£77
£81
£82
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,432 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop. It can do slow days, tempo sessions, and even gym workouts. If you want a fun ride, take the Pegasus 38!
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Brooks Revel 5
Brooks Revel 5
£85
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 6,459 users
89 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits like a dream
  • Accommodating stretchy upper
  • Efficient transitions
  • Surprisingly peppy
  • Laces stay tied tightly
  • Low to the ground
  • Durable construction
  • Great deal
  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Impressive weight
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for long runs
  • No reflective details

Verdict

An affordable trainer that's got the makings of advanced running shoes? Hello, Brooks Revel 5! It's a smooth and lively jack-of-all-trades that will keep your feet comfy and bouncing. It can push the pace, eat up half-marathon distances, and breeze through your daily runs!
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What are the cheapest x-wide running shoes in 2022?

  1. Nike Revolution 6 - from £54
  2. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from £79
  3. Altra Escalante 2.5 - from £89
  4. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11 - from £103
  5. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 - from £124
  6. Hoka One One Bondi 7 - from £128
  7. Brooks Ghost 14 - from £128
  8. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 FlyEase - from £167
  9. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 - from £150
  10. Asics Gel Kayano 28 - from £170
  11. Nike Downshifter 11 - from £70
  12. Asics Gel Cumulus 23 - from £130
  13. Asics GT 2000 10 - from £110
  14. Asics Gel Venture 8 - from £80
  15. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 - from £160

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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.