As any trail runner with wide feet knows, the list of brands that offer wide trail running shoes is not particularly extensive. Finding the perfect fit for your next off-road adventure can be a challenge.
To help you pick the right one, we’ve rounded up 40+ trail running shoes that cater to wider feet. We’ve tested and reviewed all of them to narrow down your options in different categories, from best overall value and performance, to top picks in various brands such as Salomon, Nike, Asics, and Altra.
Depending on your intended use and personal preference, head on to check our fantastic selections which cover from flexible and versatile shoes for the novice to tougher and stable designs for the seasoned long-distance trail runners.
To determine which models make our best lists, we put all the shoes to the test that involves actual off-road testing and a rigorous lab test. Each trail shoe has been weighed and measured using the following approach:
We purchase all our wide trail running shoes from our own pockets. This makes sure we avoid any taint of bias and brand loyalty.
For more thorough testing, we bring the shoes to our independent lab. We then cut the shoes into their essential parts. We measure 30+ parameters of the shoe and keep a record of all necessary data.
We ask our trail runners in the team to wear them in their next training sessions or their actual race. This helps us gain more perspective and figure out the real strengths and weaknesses of each model.
We collect more information from trail running experts and regular folks with wide foot problems who have tried the shoe.
All things being considered, we go to our CoreScore system to see the final ratings (from 0-100) of a particular pair of shoes. All the highly-rated wide trail running shoes are included in the final list.
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.
Touted as a light trail running shoe, the Nike Air Max Torch 4 sports quality features that are ready to beat the competition. Packed with Nike's innovative midsole components, the running shoe offers premium support and lockdown. Although packed with many technologies, this runner does not sacrifice weight. With the Nike Air Torch 4, athletes are geared for comfort, protection, and superior grip on any type of terrain.
Pacing it through rocky and off-trail terrain, hands down, the Nike Wildhorse 7 just rocks! It made each of our steps confident and its protection just took everything to a whole new level. For a trail shoe, this is what we consider comfortable. It's not pillowy soft but has enough give to keep the foot cushioned and strain-free. All of this, however, comes at the price of heft.
The Nike Juniper Trail is an affordable off-road shoe that seems ideal for beginners and people who want a little more grip for easy trails. With durable materials, trail-specific design features, and an excellent ground feel, this is an excellent choice for compact dirt and gravel trails.
At an affordable price, the Asics Gel Venture 8 does a fantastic job on the trails! It's extremely grippy even on wet and muddy sections, comfortable, and secure. And all these come in a light and durable package! The Gel Venture is a shoe we'd consider for anything short to mid-distance.
The Asics Fuji Lite 2 is the addition to your trail lineup if you want a light and fun shoe that can bridge the gap between your ultra shoes and daily trainers. It's a speedster that's versatile enough to handle all types of terrain you throw at it. Even better, it can be your race-day option. It does have its limits. For highly technical trails, you might want to consider a trail shoe with more protection underfoot like the Hoka Challenger 6 ATR.
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!
Brooks updates their venerable trail crusher in this 16 version of the Cascadia. If you demand stout grip, a stable platform, and bright colors take a look at the Cascadia 16. It’s true to size, durable as hell, and packed with features like a ballistic rock plate, lace loop, and enough upper lacing eyelets to ensure a custom fit. These aggressive kicks are ready for adventure!
The Pegasus road series just holds a special place in our feet, we just had to see it in trail action. And voila! 50 miles later, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 won us over with its uber plush landings! It's stable and comfy and will make your run cloud-like. When faced with slick surfaces, however, it shows its limitations.
Looking for a versatile trail shoe? Take the Altra Olympus 4.0! From gravel path, dirt single track, beat-up forest roads, and technical rocky climbs, this shoe just made us run with confidence! And since it's billed as a long-distance trail shoe, we had to see for ourselves that it delivers. And deliver it did! It gave our feet all the protection and comfort they could ask for.
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.