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‘I’m a Podiatrist, and This Is How To Find the Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet—Plus, My Top Picks’

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If you're a runner with wide feet, it's important to shop for running shoes specifically made for wide feet. One of the worst things that can happen while you're running is feeling discomfort due to your gear. Ill-fitting shoes in particular make a run feel so much harder. Shoes make or break any run, which is why it's important you have a pair that fits well and supports your feet in all the right places. Figuring out your foot type is important to prevent and alleviate pain. To find the best running shoes for wide feet, we tapped Miguel Cunha, DPM, founder of Gotham Footcare located in New York City,

"Choosing the wrong footwear can wreak havoc on your feet. It's important for people to look for shoes that suit their arch, support their feet and ankles, and fit appropriately," says Dr. Cunha. For those with wide feet, Dr. Cunha's top tip is finding a shoe with a wide toe box.

The best running shoes for wide feet

Below, we've outlined the best running shoes for wide feet—and why. All expert-approved.

The Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet for Women

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Hoka One One Clifton 8 — $130.00

Dr. Cunha’s first pick is the Clifton 8. It’s the “perfect combination of soft and light,” according to the Hoka One One product description. It has a streamlined silhouette but still gives your feet space to breathe and move, so you don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable on your runs.

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Brooks Ghost 14 — $130.00

Next up on Dr. Cunha’s list, the Brooks Ghost 14. Your feet are going to feel beyond comfortable in this shoe due to the supportive and soft cushioning.

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New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11 — $130.00

Need more options for comfy running shoes? Dr. Cunha recommends the New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11. Expect a lightweight ride, in addition to breathability and the ultimate support and cushion.

best running shoes for wide feet
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 — $120.00

The Zoom Pegasus is a tried-and-true running shoe, and this model is made for those with wide feet. Don’t worry, it will still provide the same comfort and durability throughout your runs as the regular Pegasus.

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On Running Cloudflow Wide — $140.00

This running shoe is lightweight and can be worn for both training and racing. The width around the ball of the foot is four millimeters wider than the width of the regular Cloudflow.

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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 — $150.00

If comfort is what you’re after, give the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 a test. The upper will hug your foot and fits snug, yet comfortably, and it’s supportive.

asics evoride 2 womens wide shoe
Asics Evoride 2 — $120.00

Asics puts a lot effort into producing very efficient running shoes, says Josh Honore, NASM-CPT and Coach for STRIDE GO & Row House GO. “A lightweight construction and well cushioned sole make long runs less taxing than other options.”

hoka bondi 7 womens wide shoe
Hoka Bondi 7 — $150.00

The Bondi 7 is the most cushioned road shoe that Hoka has and has a memory foam collar, allowing for comfort no matter what distance you’re running. “Arguably one of the most comfortable shoes on the road. As far as ground contact and joint impact go it’s like running on pillows,” says Honore.

Altra escalante 2.5
Altra Escalante 2.5 — $130.00

Dr. Emily Splichal, DPM, a functional Podiatrist and CEO of Naboso says one of her favorite wide toe box shoe brand for running is Altra. Altra’s shoes, like the Escalante, have foot-shaped toe boxes (and are designed differently for men and women) and have balanced cushioning (your heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground), which promotes better foot alignment, movement, and form, as well as a lower impact landing.

The Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet for Men

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On Running Cloudflyer Wide — $160.00

This new running shoe is lightweight but fully cushioned and can be worn for both racing and training.

best running shoes for wide feet
Under Armour Men's UA Charged Vantage Wide 2E Running Shoes — $80.00

This sleek shoe has a soft, stretchy fit and was created with wide feet in mind. It’s light, breathable, durable, and cushioning.

best running shoes for wide feet
Hoka One One Men's Clifton 8 — $130.00

The Clifton 8 is soft and light but has a responsive mesh that will help power you through your runs as you fatigue.

salomon speedcross 5 mens wide
Salomon Speedcross 5 — $130.00

This Salomon trail running shoe has neutral support and is designed to move naturally with your foot. Honore says it’s an incredibly durable shoe with plenty of cushion, grip, and support to keep you safe for long distances.

xero prio shoes
Xero Prio — $90.00

Another minimal, wide toe-box recommendation from Dr. Splichal is Xero. These running shoes have a zero-drop, flexible soles, and are low to the ground to give you some support but let your feet move naturally. There’s a heel strap to hold your heel and ankle securely in place while letting your toes have room to wiggle around. There’s an optional 3mm insole if you want to add a bit more cushioning, too.

Why you need a wide toe box

A wide toe box helps to prevent bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, and ingrown toenails. "In order to determine whether the toe box is wide enough, I suggest tracing your foot onto a piece of paper at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen," says Dr. Cunha. Save your new piece of art, and the next time you go to the shoe store or order shoes online, pick out a pair of shoes and place them on top of the tracing. "If the tracing of your foot surpasses the margins of your shoe, then you know that your shoes are too narrow," he says.

How to get measured for a wide running shoe

For a more precise fit, you have your foot measured with a Brannock device (make sure to get both the width and length measurements), says Dr. Cunha. He also suggests purchasing new footwear at the end of the day because this is when your feet are the most swollen, and if the shoe feels comfortable at the end of the day, it'll more than likely feel comfortable throughout the day.

Your shoe size may vary depending on the material used and designs and your feet also change in size due to hormones (like during pregnancy) and as you age, so Dr. Cunha recommends trying on at least three different pairs of running shoes. Try two different shoes at the same time, wearing one on each foot. "The tip of your thumb should fit between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe," explains Dr. Cunha.

The toe box should also be wide enough to accommodate your toes comfortably, and you should have enough room to slightly wiggle your toes, he says. "If you can't move your toes at all, then the shoes are too tight and will eventually become painful."

Finding the best pair of running shoes will require some testing, but with Dr. Cunha's tips, you're set up for success. Plus, he shared his go-to pairs of running shoes for wide feet to jumpstart your search.

Editor's note: While we suggest shoes for both women and men, we only do this based on search results. You can wear whichever shoe you want, however you identify.

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