11 Great Running Shoes for Wide Feet, According to a Podiatrist

11 Great Running Shoes for Wide Feet, According to a Podiatrist

NOBODY LIKES wearing shoes that don't fit well, especially when running. Finding a model and fit of running shoe that feels great takes some trial and error for most, but for those with wider than average feet, it can be a painstaking process. A solid pair of running shoes is arguably the most important piece of running gear you need to stay consistent and avoid injury while getting in your mileage, so it's worth investing time and energy in finding your Goldilocks pair.

Hitting the pavement in a too-narrow pair of runners can be uncomfortable at best, with your pinky toe taking the brunt of an ill fit. "Shoes that are too small or too narrow can cause for blisters, calluses, numbness in the toes, discomfort and or continued pain," says Dr. Mark Mendeszoon, a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Precision Orthopaedic Specialties in Chardon, Ohio, and owner of Achilles Running Shops in Willoughby, Ohio and Erie, Pa..

"Typically, shoes should have enough room in the forefoot, so that your toes have ample room to move independently and not have pressure on them. Many times people just buy shoes that are larger and length to compensate for the lack of width and those type of shoes still provide problems for the person," says Mendeszoon, who's also the owner of Achilles Running Shops in Willoughby, Ohio.

Wearing a properly fitting pair of shoes won't transform your running game completely, but we can bet it'll make each stride feel better, and ultimately, help avoid undue foot pain. After all, shoes should accommodate your feet, not the other way around.

Whether you're just getting into running and are on the hunt for a shoe to suit your foot anatomy, or you're looking to upgrade your worn-out runners, the right running shoes bring value to the table that can't be beat. Below, we bring you the 11 best wide running shoes to shop in 2023

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Paradigm 6




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Altra is a company with unwavering core principles, reflected in its Footshape toebox (perfect for wide feet) and zero mm heel-to-toe drop. The Paradigm 6 is no exception.

Compared to its predecessor, the Paradigm 5, the new 6 features a more tailored upper and a slimmed down look. It's designed for maximum cushion and stability, with an outsole made of blown rubber and a footpod and innerflex for greater flexibility. The new EgoMAX cushioning, made from a lighter weight compound, adds extra bounce and durability.

The shoe is also designed for a better fit, with a more supportive and durable engineered mesh upper that includes Innovarch technology, and dynamic guide rails for stability. Despite its 34 mm stack height, the shoe retains stability due to its zero mm heel-to-toe drop.

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The Prime X Strung is as unique in construction as it is in visual design. A unique fiber threaded upper with different colored strands gives a look reminiscent of the 90s and a locked down feel that every runner loves. Though the upper is thin, it's surprisingly strong, with many buyers commenting on its durability.

The toe box is roomy, and the midsole has three layers of Lightstrike Pro and carbon EnergyRods that provide a bouncy feel, so you can comfortably pick up your pace. Arch support is neutral, so it's a good pick for those without special support considerations. The Continental Rubber outsole provides good traction, too.

However, some reviewers point to the heel collar feature for causing irritation to the Achilles region. If you like an ultra-cushioned feel, this shoe is your guy, although the $300 price tag may be steep for some.

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Gel-Nimbus 25




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The Gel-Nimbus 25 features ample cushioning with its FF Blast+ technology and added foam in the forefoot, making it one of the comfiest options on this list. And it's available in three widths: Standard, wide, and extra wide.

This shoe from ASICS is designed thoughtfully to include a knit upper with just the right amount of stretch and hidden eyelets for a streamlined look, meaning a great balance between security and flexibility. The shoe's tongue and ankle collar system are made of super-stretchy knit.

For speed work and tempo runs, you'll want to look elsewhere, as this model is designed to best keep up with casual everyday runs. Meaning it won't give you a ton of response, but will feel great as a recovery running shoe.

Adrenaline GTS 22




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The latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline, the GTS 22, has received some massive upgrades to the midsole and upper. The midsole: Now made with 100% DNA Loft cushioning comprised of EVA foam, rubber, and air, it creates a plush cushioning system that absorbs shock and pads landings for a soft and smooth run. The upper: Breathable mesh, made with Brooks' 3D Fit Print technology, allows for a flexible, ventilated, and lightweight feel. Reflective strips offer increased visibility for early morning or late afternoon runs.

Brooks' GuideRail technology and Segmented Crash Pad offer stability and maximum protection while minimizing excessive inward or outward rolling, too.

It's one of the more versatile running shoes on the market. Whether you're heading out for an easy or long run, this shoe provides adequate comfort, support, dependable cushioning and stability. What more can you really ask for?

Bondi 8



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The HOKA Bondi 8 is well known by fitness enthusiasts for being one of the comfiest running shoes out there, and luckily, it’s wide foot approved. It features a wide base with a roomy toebox, making it a great choice for most wider foot anatomies. The lightweight mesh upper is flexible enough to accommodate various arch shapes and has plush padding around the heel collar and tongue for a soft feel.

This shoe boasts a tall stack of the brand's new lightweight and resilient foam, which delivers a luxe, cushioned feel with each step. It has an early-stage Meta-Rocker shape and uniquely-HOKA heel geometry that helps to create a smooth and stable roll during your stride, making it ideal for long runs, recovery days, or even just long shifts on your feet. For those who need even more room, the HOKA Bondi 8 is also available in wide and extra wide sizes, too.

While it’s a great choice for those whose feet and legs need a little extra TLC for everyday running and comfort wear, it’s not the shoemaker’s go-to performance model. If you’re looking for speed, opt for something like the Clifton.

Fresh Foam X 1080 V12

New Balance



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This model from New Balance has a comfortable and stretchy Hypoknit upper that conforms well to all types of foot shapes. It’s great for wide footers as the 2E width provides ample space in the toebox, and without cramming or squishing the midfoot. The latest 1080v12 has corrected the issues of previous versions that caused pain on the top of the foot from a too-tight fit. This version is also slightly heavier than the previous version, which can be explained by the improved heel collar design (which we think is worth the added weight).

The Fresh Foam X midsole provides solid, responsive cushioning. Think softer than the 880, but firmer than the More V3. An all-around solid pick for daily easy miles at a swift pace.

The changes made in this updated version make it a must-try running shoe for just about anyone, and the extra width options are a colossal bonus. But keep in mind, many buyers report the sizing length is a bit off, so consider bumping down a half size.

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Clifton 9




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The Clifton is known by pros and casual runners alike as the shoemaker’s most popular trainer, and now it's been upgraded with extra side space, making it a no-brainer for those with wide feet. In the past, HOKA’s wide models only accommodated wider feet by additional volume through the midfoot, toebox and upper, not the actual platform. But the newly reimagined Clifton has broken that norm.

The shoe provides the brand’s characteristic comfort and cushioning, and now provides a great fit for even wider feet. Plus, its new Profly EVA gives a soft and bouncy feel to the shoe while keeping it lightweight. In fact, it’s the lightest shoe on this list. But what we love the most about this shoe is its durable construction, making it an especially reliable pick for daily training.

FuelCell SuperComp Trainer V2

New Balance



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This shoe has a 47 mm stacked FuelCell midsole with a cambered carbon plate and a void down the center to optimize energy return. Despite the void, the shoe offers surprisingly great stability, with a wider heel that helps with pronation. The midsole foam is very soft, too, delivering stellar energy return. A lace knit upper allows for some stretch but still gives a snug, locked down feel. The shoe comes in a wide version, which is generous through the midfoot and toebox.

The shoe is on the heavy side at 11.5 oz, so take note that it's intended for training, not racing. The shoe’s durable construction and stability allows it to perform well at higher paces, too, but it definitely shines most for everyday running.

Speedcross 6 Wide




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Salomon’s Speedcross 6 is a shoe destined for success on rough terrain, such as mountains, hills, and trails. Available in a designated wide width, this model is an ideal trail runner for those who need more room in their shoes. This model, like much of the shoemaker’s designs, are known for their aggressive grip, which helps ensure sticky traction on slippery and uneven surfaces.

A Contagrip outsole with chevron-shaped lugs provides even more grip in this model. The lugs are spaced widely apart to prevent mud and debris from getting caked in, meaning they should require less upkeep than your typical trail running shoe. The upper is made of anti-debris mesh that keeps dirt and rocks out, too.

The Speedcross 6's midsole features Salomon's EnergyCell+ technology, providing responsive cushioning and energy return that you won’t typically get out of a trail shoe. Bonus: an OrthoLite insole, which adds comfort and support through the arch and under the heel.

The Quicklace system makes it easy to adjust the fit of the shoes on the go, and the lace pocket keeps laces out of the way. This lace-free style is really on trend right now, too.





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The Cloudstratus shoes from On Running are the brand's most cushioned pair yet. The dual layer of CloudTec and Helion foam and responsive Speedboard join forces for a comfortable and energized run. And the updated design features an extended CloudTec cushioning system and Helion foam in the midsole, providing an extra bouncy and protected feel underfoot. Meanwhile the insole and internal sockliner is designed to eliminate chafing and provide gentle support neutral arches, making them great on energy return for long runs for those who fit the bill.

This updated model features a wider toebox, making it a great choice for those looking for the added room. It’s versatile enough to wear for running, walking, or all-day activities and looks great, too. Plus it’s eco-friendly, with an engineered mesh upper made from 75% recycled polyester and recycled polyester details in the laces, tongue, and sockliner.

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Triumph 20




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Saucony's Triumph is towards the top of the list when it comes to the most cushioned and responsive daily running shoes fit for those with wider feet. According to buyers, the shoe's wide fit is pretty good, with enough room in the toe box and a snug midfoot fit, but the lacing system is a bit of a problem for some widths as they tend to run a bit short.

The latest version, the Triumph 20, comes with some stellar (and significant) updates to its midsole and upper. A new, incredibly soft engineered mesh upper provides a plush feel to the tongue and heel collar, meaning excellent step-in comfort. Luxe, almost.

The midsole features a thick layer of PWRRUN+ foam cushioning, which measures a whopping 37 mm in the heel and 27 mm in the toe. And it’s responsive, with a refreshingly springy feel that is softer in the heel and firmer in the forefoot. The brand claims this new foam cushioning to be the lightest ever, too. At 9.7 oz, it’s not the lightest shoe on this list, but it’s comparable to many other running shoes that are best for daily training.


How We Selected

We spent countless hours researching and consulting Men's Health's Fitness editors and foot experts, including podiatrist Dr. Mark Mendeszoon, on the top running shoes for men with wide feet. We compiled a list of more than 40 best-selling and top-rated wide running shoes on the market today, then narrowed it down based on fit specifications, support, price, and comfort. The above list represents our curated picks for the best wide foot-friendly running shoes to shop in 2023.

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These are the best wide running shoes for men to shop in 2023.