Some of the most common questions regarding running shoes I’ve received are:
What are the best wide running shoes for runners? Is there really a best? Is a certain brand best? How do you even know if you need a wide running shoe? What are the best wide running shoes for walkers? Or even: Do I need a wide running shoe if I have a bunion? (Likely, yes).
Before you begin with the best wide running shoes you might want to read:
First and foremost, there is no “best running shoe” for anything. There is a best for you and a best for me. What works for you, may not work for me because everyone’s feet are different. Even your left and right feet are slightly different. So it’s important to try shoes on and let comfort be your guide. How do you know if a shoe is “the right shoe”? It’s comfortable, and you aren’t injured. That’s it.
The Necessity of Wide Running Shoes:
Let’s get real – squeezing into narrow shoes is a surefire way to end up with discomfort, blisters, and potentially long-term foot problems. To be honest, many injuries, including plantar fasciitis,can stem from wearing too small or narrow running shoes. No one cares if you wear a wide running shoe.
Let’s Unpack Bunions and Wide Shoes:
Do you need a wide shoe if you have bunions? Usually yes. What many people don’t realize is most brands only widen the toebox, they don’t widen the heel. So you don’t have to worry about your heel slipping (this is always a common fear).
Here are some of the Best Wide Running Shoes:
Brooks Ghost 15 Wide
If plush cushioning and a roomy toe box are what you’re after, the Brooks Ghost 15 Wide is your knight in shining armor. Why is it called the Ghost? The Brooks Ghost is designed to disappear off your feet. The Brooks Ghost Wide comes in wide and double wide, depending on your needs. If you have bunions, this is one of the best options.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Wide
New Balance has always been known as a go-to for those needing a little extra width. The brand-new Fresh Foam 1080v13 offers a generous fit and a cushioned ride that feels like a dream on long runs. Plus, for those who are “so concerned” with looks, it’s one of the better-looking running shoes.
Hoka One One Bondi 8 Wide
Looking for maximum cushioning without compromising on width? The Hoka One One Bondi 8 Wide has you covered. These shoes provide a pillowy-soft ride that’s perfect for those high-mileage days. The Hoka Bondi 8 is one of the most cushioned running and walking shoes. I’ve found if you stand on your feet all day, you will likely love the vast amount of cushion.
ASICS Nimbus 25 (Double Wide):
The ASICS Nimbus 25 in double wide is similar to many other brands in wide. While ASICS is not known to be a wide brand, the double-wide version is a good option for those who need a wider shoe. The gel is durable and cushioned which makes it an excellent walking or running shoe.
The brand Altra:
Altra is not the widest brand out there. Say it with me now. Altra is not the widest brand out there. In fact, they don’t want to be known as wide-just foot-shaped. They are a completely different and unique brand designed to fit more “foot-shaped” so they are worth trying, but remember they aren’t the widest brand out there.
So what are the best wide running shoes for runners and walkers? These are just a few but it’s essential to try shoes on and decide what is best for you. Finally, keep in mind no one cares if you wear a wide running shoe or don’t. Running shoes are like pants and you will wear different sizes in different brands.
Finding the right fit is crucial, so don’t be afraid to try a few options and see what works best for you.
Question for you: What is your favorite wide running shoe?