Best Wide-Fitting Running Shoes 2016

If you've got wide feet, bunions or really high arches you'll need wide fitting shoes. At Run and Become we've got lots of wide running shoes you can try.

It's always advisable to come into one of our stores to get a proper shoe fitting so we can make sure you end up with a suitable shoe for your foot strike and foot shape.

Meanwhile, here are some of the best wide-fitting options:

Best Wide-Fitting Neutral Road Running Shoes

If you've got a neutral foot-strike, you could try:

  • New Balance 1080: New Balance's top or the range neutral shoe is lightweight and very shock absorbent. Built on an 8mm drop to promote a more natural, midfoot strike. The men's 1080 comes in a 2E and a 4E width - the 4E 1080 is the widest of all neutral shoes available, as far as we know. The women's comes in a D width.
  • Brooks Ghost: This is a hugely popular well cushioned, stable, neutral shoe from Brooks which comes in 2E width for men and a D width for women.
  • Brooks Dyad: A good solid neutral runner available in a 4E width.

Best Wide-Fitting Anti-Pronation Road Running Shoes

If your feet have a tendency to roll inwards when running or walking, give one of these a go:

  • Brooks GTS: Decent medial support but still reasonably light and flexible. The men's comes in a 2E width and a 4E, the women's in a D and a 2E width.
  • Brooks Ravenna: Light, responsive, fast and deliciously cushioned with effective midfoot support. Men's 2E and women's D widths.
  • Asics GT-2000: Well cushioned with a lot of support in the arch area. The men's comes in a 2E width.
  • New Balance 860: Flexible and supportive. The men's comes in 2E and 4E widths, the women's in a D width.

Best Wide-Fitting Motion-Control Road Running Shoes

If you require the maximum support a shoe can give, how about?

  • Asics Foundation: Really strong support but still flexible and comfortable on the foot. The men's comes in a 2E width, the women's only in a standard width but it's wider than most.
  • Brooks Addiction: Very stable. The women's comes in a D width.

So even the widest feet should find something to suit. Happy Running!

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  • DavidJuly 19, 2013 at 8:17pm
    Why the complete absence of any mention of Vivo Barefoot shoes which are easily the best wide fit comfy shoe I have come across Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 22, 2013 at 8:54am
      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The simple answer is: Because we don't stock them. This was a post about the wide-fitting shoes we stock at Run and Become. We did stock Vivo Barefoot shoes when they first came out but didn't have much luck with them because our customers found the uppers weren't breathable enough for running and had a tendency to rub the feet. The range has changed since then and they're seem to be better in that respect now. I have a pair of the trail shoes myself which they gave me to try and I find them pretty comfortable, I have a very wide foot. We're thinking about taking them again next year.Hope this answers your question.
      Best regards
      Bhashini Reply
      • CKMAugust 9, 2013 at 3:59pm
        Do you intend to stock shoes from smaller American companies that are designed for wide feet/allow toes to spread naturally e.g. Altra, Lems, Topo Athletic? I am lucky enough to own a pair of Altra Instinct (a relation brought them over for me from the USA) and they are wonderful as they are the only shoes I own that do not taper at the end of the toe box. It would be great if you sold shoes from these companies. BTW - I think your shop in Victoria is the best running shop, full stop. Please keep up the great work! Reply
        • Bhashini NeveAugust 14, 2013 at 8:10am
          Hi there,
          Thanks for your comment.
          I don't believe any of those companies distribute in the UK so we can't get hold of them.
          The Brooks Pure Drift is wide and doesn't taper at the end. It's the shoe I run in myself.
          Very glad to hear you like our Victoria shop Reply
        • Bhashini NeveDecember 6, 2013 at 12:37pm
          Hi again,
          Altra running shoes are now being distributed in the UK. We've just received the Lone Peak trail shoe. We'll be receiving the Instinct and Intuition road shoes in April. I'm running in a pair of the Intuition at the moment which I'm really enjoying - lovely wide toe box.
          All the best
          Bhashini Reply
  • JorAugust 31, 2013 at 9:20pm
    Hi! I'm developing a horribly painful bunionette / Tailyor's bunion and I need to buy a new pair of trainers. I'm not a runner but I love going for long walk which at the moment it's an excruciating painful ordeal. Any recs? Of the trainers you've already recommended, which one would you say it's best for walking?

    Thanks in advance! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 6, 2013 at 12:55pm
      Hi Jor,

      Without knowing what your footstrike's like it's hard to say. If you could make it into one of our branches we could give you natural gait analysis and recommend something for you.

      Failing that I would guess one of the neutral shoes might be appropriate. They'll give you a lot of cushioning and enough width for your Tailor's bunions.

      Good luck :)
      All the best
      Bhashini Reply
  • RuthOctober 17, 2013 at 1:23pm
    Doesn't anybody make 2E (or even E) width women's running shoes? Standard D fitting is not good for me. I've just started running and can't find anything proper to run in. It's a bit sad constantly paying P&P to order and return shoes, and not getting any shoes in the end. Sorry to moan Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 18, 2013 at 1:54pm
      Hi Ruth,

      No, there's nothing available in the UK in an E or a 2E width fitting in women's running shoes that I'm aware of. What size are you? If you're bigger than a 6uk you could try the Brooks GTS in the men's. It's a support shoe.

      The widest women's shoe we can get is the New Balance 940, it's a D width but wider than most other Ds. New Balance don't carry much stock of this one though so we don't always have a full size run.

      Best of luck finding something,
      Bhashini Reply
    • marieSeptember 9, 2016 at 12:59pm
      I am similar size e, have just had bunions removed. Went to athletes foot and it felt ok when tried on...saucony echelon 5 wide/large and wore them then for a half a day... this shoe became tight across the foot and agony.
      This means this shop has no shoes to fit me right. Feeling disappointed. Reply
      • BhashiniSeptember 13, 2016 at 6:47pm

        Hi Marie,
        That's a shame. The Saucony Echelon is wide but obviously not wide enough for you. It might be better to try a specifically wide fitting shoe like the New Balance W1080.
        Best of luck,

  • BradOctober 24, 2013 at 8:07pm
    I've been hunting for trail runners that come in wide and I've found several New Balance models that have either EE or 4E widths available (most of their trail running line, actually). A few that jumped out as candidates are the MT1010v2 and the MT1210. I haven't tried any on yet, but at least I have multiple choices that are true wide shoes. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 25, 2013 at 1:20pm
      Hi Brad,
      None of New Balance's trail range are available in 2E or 4E in the UK, unfortunately.
      If they were we'd definitely stock them.
      All the best
      Bhashini Reply
  • AngelaMarch 2, 2014 at 6:38pm
    Hi, I just had a bunion removed on one foot and the other foot isn't far behind, so needless to say, I need wide fitting shoes. I enjoy walking and want to become a runner, but I often get shin splints and can't bare it. I have an in roll when walking, and seem to have a hard hit as I'm stepping. Is there a shoe that can give me relief for shin splints and are wide enough for comfort? I have spent tons of money on shoes that don't help at all.

    Thanks! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMarch 3, 2014 at 11:08am
      Hi Angela,
      Are you able to make it into one of our stores so we can look at your foot strike and offer you a few pairs to try? If your feet are rolling in, you'll need one of the anti-pronation shoes shown above or possibly even a motion control shoe. Quite often it's this movement that leads to shin splints so if you have a shoe with enough support to keep the arch upright that should certainly help. They're all designed for long distance running so there'll be enough cushioning even for a heavy heel strike.
      Best of luck,
      Bhashini Reply
  • Roz LeeMarch 9, 2014 at 9:37pm
    I am doing the Moonwalk this year in London. I have just bought a pair of running shoes but am finding them quite uncomfortable around the mid foot as I am quite wide here and my feet are being forced inwards by the narrowing of the sole, and feel quite achey. I have bought a pair of Brooks men's shoes (as widerD) 1101591D544 size 8.
    I am rather despairing of ever finding some comfy shoes in time - the podiatrist said I needed anti-pronation shoes. Your website looks as if you come across this a lot but do you think you may have something wider in the mid foot (on the sides ) that may suits me? As it means coming to London I just wanted to make sure you might have some possibilities better than the Brooks shoe.
    Thanks very much
    Roz Lee Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMarch 10, 2014 at 10:34am
      Hi Roz,
      Yes, we do come across this a lot and I'm sure we could find something to suit you.
      You had the standard width in the men's GTS. The 2E would be wider but Brooks have a production issue with this shoe at the moment and it's not available in 2E. Otherwise there are other anti-pronation shoes you could try which come up wider than that one in the midfoot. It's worth trying a few different makes, for example Saucony, Mizuno and New Balance.
      Best of luck,
      Bhashini Reply
  • ChantelApril 11, 2014 at 6:59pm
    I was running with Asics which I love but so struggling with bunions. I bought the New Balance 1080 for women in January 2014 (this year), but am so disappointed! My problem with the bunions is solved but the shoe has very little support compared to the Asics. I have permanent pain on the ball of my one foot and both my arches. Reply
    • Shankara SmithApril 15, 2014 at 1:43pm
      Hi Chantel,

      It could be that the Asics you had previously, although not giving your forefoot enough room to be comfortable in, were more supportive and you're missing the support under the arch in the 1080. It's possible the problem could be solved with a pair of insoles but the best thing will be to come in with your shoes and we can check out exactly what's going on and see what the best solution is. The perfect balance between happy bunion area and happy arches will be there. We just need to find it!

      Shankara Reply
  • britgurlrocksJune 12, 2014 at 10:32pm
    Thank you for a informative info on,wide sneakers. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 13, 2014 at 12:54pm
      You're very welcome. Reply
  • steveAugust 14, 2014 at 8:56pm
    I thought I had struck lucky when I found this article as I have been on a long search for a wide (2E or 4E) support/stability, trail running shoe. I am happy with Brooks Adrenaline for the road and dry trails but I need something for the winter and Transarabia. I run long races and need the support but I also have very wide feet. Wide fitting/trail/support shoes seems to be the only category missing. Am I searching for the impossible. If I had to make a compromise I would probably have to go back to orthotics and stick with a wide fitting trail shoe. Any recommendations appreciated

    Many thanks and great article

    Steve Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 2, 2014 at 4:49pm
      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to say, you are kind of searching for the impossible, at least from what's available in the UK. Brooks do the ASR which is the off road version of the Adrenaline but only in the standard D width fitting. The Mizuno Kazan is fairly broad but if you're usually in a 2E or 4E, I don't think it's going to be wide enough.

      I think your best bet, as you say, would be a wide-fitting trail shoe with an orthotic. Between the Trailroc 245 and the Lone Peak, the Lone Peak might be a better bet as it's got a bit more cushioning for the long distances. Also it's a bit sturdier than the Trailroc so it might hold the orthotic better.

      Hope this helps, best of luck with your running.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
    • kevinJanuary 21, 2016 at 9:45pm
      try the saucony exodus Reply
  • CorinneOctober 6, 2014 at 3:14pm
    I'm having a bit of a nightmare trying to find trainers for my freaky feet, so am hoping you may be able to give me some advice. Unfortunately I have bunions, which mean most shoes are too narrow for me. I compete in triathlons (up to half Ironman distance) and run both on and off road. My road shoes (Asics) have worn through where my bunions are and aren't especially comfy. My trail shoes, Inov8 Roclites are pretty comfy but are falling apart now (and still wear a bit where my bunions are). I've never had a gait analysis, but if anything the soles of my shoes tend to wear on the outside. I'm really not sure what to go for next. Any ideas please? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
      Hi Corinne,

      Thanks for your comment.

      It's tricky to advise without having seen you run. Are you able to come into one of our branches for a natural gait analysis?

      Do your shoes wear on the outside of the forefoot or just the outside of the heel? If they wear on the outside of the forefoot as well then you'd probably be best off with a neutral shoe, something like the Brooks Ghost. It's a road running shoe but the outsole would give you a bit of grip offroad as well. Which model was your Asics trainer? Do you get any pains in the knees, shins or achilles tendons? If you take the insole out of the Asics shoes, is the wear fairly even or is there more of an indentation on the inside of the forefoot?

      The Ghost is a pretty stable shoe and if you're doing half ironmans I should imagine your legs are pretty strong so I would guess it would be OK for you. If you're at all able to get into one of our stores, we could take a proper look at you running and give you a few different options.

      All the best,

      Bhashini Reply
  • JacquelineJune 3, 2015 at 3:27pm
    Brooks Dyad 8 is meant to be a very good shoe for supination/neutral walking/running.

    This shoe is sold in the US for women in width D (wide) and 2E (extra wide) yet it is nearly impossible to find that width for ladies in the UK.

    Are you likely to start stocking 2E width in ladies running shoes? In the light of the fact that the UK population is getting bigger it is inevitable that people's feet will become wider.

    Your own site advises customers that it is much better to try shoes on instore to ensure a proper fit etc... but if you don't stock the widths required then it means customers have to order online and wait a long time for delivery and if the shoe doesn't fit properly it means sending them back and re-ordering.

    Can you help your customers with wide feet? Reply
    • Shankara SmithJune 3, 2015 at 3:38pm
      Hi Jacqueline,

      Shoes come up differently and some styles are broader than others, we find it’s only on rare occasions that we’re unable to fit a customer’s feet from the selection that we carry. Currently the D fitting of the New Balance 860 is probably the broadest women’s shoe but even then it depends on the shape of the foot as to what will fit the best.

      The brands are starting to create more options for wider feet in the UK, we are seeing broader options in more styles. This winter we will be able to order the Dyad in a wide fitting for men, and New Balance have increased the number of styles available in 4E. At present they’re bringing in these wider options just in the men’s range to begin with, it is likely this will extend to the women’s too in time, as long as the brands find enough interest in the extra wide fits. Some broader fits - like the 2E Dyad for women are available in the US but not over here at present.

      We will continue to stock as broad a selection of shoes in different fittings as we can and keep a look out for new options being introduced by brands into the UK. Reply
  • MelJune 3, 2015 at 3:29pm
    Hi There,

    I need to find a shoe that will accommodate my bunions is with a mesh or soft fabric upper and side but also but with minimal overlay / stitching or patterns at the bunion area as I have had tried trainers before and its rub, would the Brooks Ghost be good for me ?


    Mel Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 3, 2015 at 3:41pm
      Hi Mel,
      It's tricky, most of the shoes have some kind of overlays but I think the Ghost would be a good bet: it's a mesh upper with minimal melted on overlays and they don't go right across the bunion area so hopefully they won't rub.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • Padmore PlodderJune 22, 2015 at 10:53pm
    What width are the PB ultra's? Anywhere near a 4e. I need the widest fitting fell running shoes with plenty of grip and cushioning to complete the 50 miles of the Longmynd Hike in. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 23, 2015 at 5:54pm
      I'd say they're closer to 2E than 4E but I don't know if you'll find anything wider. Best of luck with it. Reply
  • JennyJuly 25, 2015 at 8:26am
    My son is autistic, 24, bounces on the balls of his feet a lot, he wears brooks because recommended by a podiatrist as he rolls inwards on his heels, they have a deep heel fit and it works but within 3 months he split the sides of the trainers where it joins the sole, brooks replaced the trainers but its happened again so now I realise his feet must be too wide and the bouncing is straining the shoe. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 27, 2015 at 11:08am

      Hi Jenny,
      That's tricky. Is it the Brooks GTS he has in the 2E width fitting? That one is available in a 4E width now which is even wider than the 2E. That might be a solution. I can see how lots of bouncing on the balls of the foot might strain the shoes more than ordinary running but if he has a bit more space in the shoe that might help.
      Best of luck,

  • Sue EdgleySeptember 22, 2015 at 2:06pm
    HELP I need a D width but size 4 running shoes for running mostly on common land. Preferably in Gortex. What do I do as I see you start at 4.5! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 23, 2015 at 11:43am

      Hi Sue,

      We don't have the Gore-Tex version in a 4UK yet but we'll have it soon - probably at the beginning of next week. Although these are quite wide compared to other trail running shoes, you might still find them a bit neat because the Gore-Tex upper doesn't give that much. The road shoes in a D width will be wider but mesh uppers will let the wet in to a certain extent and if your common land gets really muddy, they won't give so much grip - they all come in a size 4 though.

      Hope you find something to suit.
      All the best,

      • RuthSeptember 25, 2015 at 6:42am
        So glad I found your site. Question regarding above... which shoes do you mention as Goretex with a D width for women's? I am very interested to know recommendations. Thanks! Reply
      • RuthSeptember 25, 2015 at 6:45am
        Sorry, just realised you were referring to the Saucony:) Reply
  • michelleSeptember 23, 2015 at 10:24am
    I am literally so so pleased.your website exists!! I have terrible pain in my feet and now I can order shoes that might fit!!
    Thanks for really great, clear advice on the website. Can't wait to visit your shop! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 23, 2015 at 11:44am
      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you so much!
      We look forward to seeing you soon :)
      Bhashini Reply
  • JohnOctober 26, 2015 at 1:08pm
    I'm looking for a wide (4E) minimalist running shoe (something that provides no stability, control, or support and doesn't squeeze my foot). Any suggestions?
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 26, 2015 at 4:03pm

      Hi John,

      That's tricky. The minimal shoes we can get in the UK are all just available in a standard width fitting. The widest in our current range is probably the New Balance MR10 with a 4mm drop and no support or control but whether or not it's going to be wide enough to fit a 4E foot, I'm not sure.
      We've also got some sizes in the Altra shoes which are zero drop and foot-shaped so they'll be wider than most, although we no longer stock them because they haven't sold very well for us.

      Best of luck finding something that works.


  • MaryNovember 26, 2015 at 9:40pm
    Hi, my Physio has just diagnosed Morton's Neuroma and so I'm looking for a wide fitting running shoe at a reasonable price. I'm just getting back into the gym after having my children. I only do 20 minute running sessions 3 times a week but I do need support as once the inflammation subsides I don't want to aggravate it again. Any help is appreciated. Any Black Friday deals available? Thanks. Reply
    • BhashiniNovember 27, 2015 at 10:05am

      Hi Mary,
      If you need support, I'd suggest the New Balance W860 in D or the Brooks W GTS in D or 2E if you need a really wide one. No Black Friday deals but our sale starts Monday so keep checking in.
      All the best,

  • Michael RobinsonNovember 28, 2015 at 9:27pm
    Hi I have tried a few of these shoes but the wide New Balance shoes tend to be wide throughout the shoe and my foot really needs the toe room. My first 3 toes are the same length and I regularly get blisters on the 3rd one. Any ideas what would work well for toe room?

    I have inov8 trailroc and these are great but are trail shoes unfortunately Reply
    • BhashiniNovember 30, 2015 at 11:48am
      Hi Michael,

      As you say most of them tend to be wide all over rather than just in the toe box. Have you tried any of the Brooks shoes/ They're a different shape so they might work better.

      All the best
      Bhashini Reply
  • FionaDecember 28, 2015 at 3:14pm
    Hi, do you do a trail shoe for a wide foot with a bunion please? I've got a pair of Brooks Cascadia which need replacing as they've left my bunion very blistered!
    Thank you. Reply
    • BhashiniDecember 30, 2015 at 1:22pm

      Hi Fiona,

      That's tricky because they don't make any trail shoes in wide fittings that we know of.
      From the shoes we have in stock, I'd say this is the widest but it's discontinued now so we don't have all sizes: Saucony Excursion TR 8
      Second widest would be this one, lower profile than Cascadia but good grip: Inov-8 Roclite 280

      Hope that helps,
      All the best,

  • MarionJanuary 13, 2016 at 6:59pm
    I do enjoy running but @ the moment have a bunion & also have Mortons Neuroma. I have insoles for the Mortons but finding normal trainers very uncomfortable. I am no where near a store. Are your goods returnable if unworn obviously. Thanks. Reply
    • BhashiniJanuary 14, 2016 at 10:59am
      Hi Marion,
      Yes, you can return them if unworn within 28 days for an exchange or refund.
      It might be worth trying one of the anti-pronation options if you've got bunions because quite often bunioned feet collapse inwards and need a bit of support. It's also worth bearing in mind that running shoes come up slightly smaller than ordinary shoes so you might need a half size bigger than you'd expect.
      Hope you find something that works for you.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • Natasha ReeceJanuary 29, 2016 at 10:34am
    I'm looking for the perfect supportive trainer with a lot of cushion to support my wide and flat feet. Which also roll inwards, which causes me pain around my ankle and Hercules heel are. And underneath the arch of my foot too. Is there a trainer out there that can support all of my needs?
    During my running outside plus high interval training during my workout classes? Thank You Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

      Hi Natasha,
      Sounds like you'd be best looking at one of the anti-pronation options. Best to come in to one of our shops and try on a few different pairs if you can. Maybe the New Balance Women's 860 in the D width, or the Brooks Women's GTS in the D or 2E width depending on how wide your feet are.
      All those options have plenty of cushioning and support to stop your feet rolling inwards.
      Best of luck,

  • AmitFebruary 9, 2016 at 7:56am
    is there any skechers option for wide forefoot ? thanks -Amit Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 9, 2016 at 10:28am
      Hi Amit,
      We don't stock them and I haven't seen the range for a while so I couldn't tell you, sorry
      Best regards
      Bhashini Reply
  • RobFebruary 14, 2016 at 11:34am
    What about wide fit trail running shoes?

    Road runners aren't sturdy enough and soon whither. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 15, 2016 at 10:27am

      Yes, indeed, what about wide fit trail running shoes! From the brands we stock, there's nothing we can get hold of currently trail shoe wise that comes in a specific wide fitting. I used to have some of the wider fitting standard width options listed in this post but I took them down because I didn't want to mislead people into thinking they were actually a specific wide fit.
      From our current range, I'd say these two are the widest:
      Saucony Xodus and Inov8 Trailroc (discontinued now but we still have some stock)

      Best of luck with your running,

  • eileen cowanMarch 11, 2016 at 5:25pm
    I need a comfy shoe for walking and have been advise to get a running shoe. I wear customs made orthotics so would need a regular shoe. I also need a wide fit I have worn New Balance before but not sure which one to go for Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMarch 12, 2016 at 3:22pm

      Hi Eileen,

      All the running shoes have removable insoles, and are incredibly comfy for walking too. If you are after a neutral shoe, then the New Balance 1080 'D' width would be a good option.

      If you can make it into a store, then we can help you to find the perfect fit.

      All the best,

  • NAMarch 19, 2016 at 1:11am

    I have found comfortable shoes but not trainers (strangely it useed to be vice versa). I have some New Balance shoes but having worn them for 6+ months, they're not the most comfortable. I used to have Mizuno Wave Rider 17s, which were comfortable.

    I need a wide trainer which has a spacious and deep toe box (as much as can be for a trainer). I tend to usually go for 2e trainers, which are wide enough. I also need a soft trainer as I'm prone to hard skin, corns, etc.

    Thanks! Reply
    • BhashiniMarch 19, 2016 at 5:25pm
      Are you male or female?
      Bhashini Reply
  • MikeMarch 24, 2016 at 10:48pm
    I wear 10 1/2 Shoe. I own New Balance shoe in 24. It's too wide but the D is too narrow. Any suggestions in other brands that might have a wider Size D or a E width shoe.?

    Than you

    Mike Reply
    • BhashiniMarch 29, 2016 at 10:05am
      Hi Mike,
      Yes, the New Balance 2E is particularly wide. You'll probably find a Brooks or Asics 2E narrower.
      Do you need a support or a neutral shoe? In general, I'd say Mizuno shoes in standard width come up quite broad, in case you wanted an alternative in a standard width shoe.
      Hope this helps.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • CookerApril 20, 2016 at 9:26pm
    Please would you recommend some wide trail shoes.
    Thanks Reply
    • Bhashini NeveApril 21, 2016 at 11:16am

      Hi, that's a tricky one. There aren't any wide fitting trail shoes that we know of, available in the UK at least.
      From our current range I'd say these two are the widest: Inov-8 Roclite 295 and Saucony Xodus.

  • KellyMay 6, 2016 at 4:13pm
    I'm looking for a simular trainer to brooks ghost 4. I know they are an old model. I've got the ghost 7 but they are not the same. They feel so much heavier and not as wide.
    Would be very grateful for your help.
    Kelly Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMay 10, 2016 at 1:10pm

      Hi Kelly
      The Ghost 8 is wider than the version 7 was but not as wide as some of the previous Ghosts have been.
      You could try the women's New Balance 1080 if it's a neutral shoe you're after. It's wider than the Ghost as well as being light and cushioned.
      Best of luck,

  • Darby LewesMay 16, 2016 at 11:56pm
    Any suggestions for wide racing flats? Reply
    • BhashiniMay 17, 2016 at 10:20am

      Hi Darby,

      There aren't any specifically wide fitting racing flats available in the UK that I know of. The Mizuno Hitogami is the widest we've got at the moment. It's nice and round in the toe box and often accomodates a wider foot.

      All the best,

  • Mr McCaffreyMay 19, 2016 at 6:19pm
    i have painful bunions, which running shoes would you recommend Reply
    • Shankara SmithMay 20, 2016 at 10:44am

      Hi Mr McCaffrey,

      Quite often people who suffer from bunions have flatter feet that benefit from some support under the arch, in an effort to lessen the pressure going through the big toe joint. Without seeing your feet it's very hard to judge which shoes will best support you but I'd imagine the New Balance M860 4E would be in with a chance as it is wide, soft on the uppers, has no support banding going over the bunion area, and offers arch support.

      If you're able to visit one of our stores we will be able to fit you out properly and ensure the shoes support you perfectly.

      All the best

  • geoffreyMay 28, 2016 at 4:24pm
    Hi- I am planning on doing a spartan race later this summer and normally wear very wide shoes (I have bunions on both feet). Am looking for wide trail running shoes. I normally wear reebok pump crossfit nano shoes when I do crossfit as they fit comfortably. The reebok Spartan shoes appear to be narrower than the pumps. Any suggestions that you are aware of? Thanks! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 2, 2016 at 1:54pm

      Hi Geoffrey,

      That's quite tough, there aren't any specifically wide fitting trail running shoes that we know of – at least from the brands that we stock and that are available in the UK. So you'd need to pick from the widest of the standard width shoes. I'd maybe try the Inov 8 Roclite 295. It's similar in profile to the Reebok Spartan shoe – low and grippy – but might come up a bit wider.

      Good luck with the race,

  • WendyJune 8, 2016 at 12:00am
    I have wide feet and currently run in Brooks Ghost 7 trainers which are excellent but have worn through around the bunion area on my left foot. I tend to heel lead (superinate I believe) when running and walking. Unfortunately not local to a shop as the gait analysis would be excellent. Open to suggestions.
    Many thanks Reply
    • BhashiniJune 8, 2016 at 10:23am

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for your comment. Heel leading is quite normal, it's what happens afterwards – does the arch collapse inwards (pronation) or does it stay upright (neutral footstrike) that's important.

      If you've been happy with the Brooks Ghost 7, apart from wearing through the bunion area, then a neutral shoe probably suits you. You could consider the New Balance women's 1080 which comes up a bit wider, maybe? Or have a look at the current Ghost – Ghost 8 – which has a different kind of upper from the Ghost 7 and might be a bit more resistant to wearing through.

      If, at any point you can make it into one of our stores, we could take a look at you running and give you some other suggestions.

      All the best,

  • HayleyJune 8, 2016 at 11:22am
    Hi there.

    Can you recommend a brand or specific trainer that has a deep heel (that comes up slightly higher round the ankle) as my feet seem to slip at the back of everything and i have noticed deeper shoes seem to help with this. I have very wide forefoot which needs a rounded toe box, neutral arch and then smaller heels. Thank you! Reply
  • TimJune 22, 2016 at 5:58pm

    great list - I'm the proud owner of 2E high arched and different sized feet (266 left and 272 right). I'm after a trail show and a cushioned shoe for the road. Care to recommend something?

    FWIW I currently run both in Hoka Bondi's but they're pretty expensive - and the left shoe is too small.

    For the high arches, I've custom made inserts which are the dog's dangles - highly recommended to all with high arches - stopped my bruised meta-tarsels in their tracks and really cut down on my Achilles pain. Reply
    • BhashiniJune 27, 2016 at 11:11am

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your comment. With the inserts, I'm guessing you need a neutral shoe for the road? In which case I'd try New Balance 1080 or Brooks Ghost.

      The trail is more difficult because there's nothing in a 2E width that we can get our hands on. Of the standard widths that we have currently, I reckon these two are the widest: Mizuno Mujin, which has good grip and a bit of medial support, or Inov8 Roclite 295, which is lower in profile.

      Best of luck with your running,

  • Jenny AllanJuly 21, 2016 at 9:41am
    I have an old pair of Brooks Glycerin fitted with Superfert insoles. I have Mortons Neuroma and need a wide toe box trainer what do you suggest as my old Brooks with insole haven't really been the best. Thanks Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 21, 2016 at 11:11am

      Hi Jenny,

      Do you intend to keep using the insoles? In which case I'd suggest one of the wide fitting neutral shoes: Brooks Ghost 9 D or New Balance W1080 V6 D.

      They're both wide but the New Balance shoe tends to be a bit deeper which I think is helpful to keep the pressure off Morton's Neuroma.

      If you want to stop using the insole – and that might be a good idea as insoles take up extra space in the shoe and with a neuroma you want to give the foot as much room as possible – and your feet pronate I'd suggest one of the support shoes: New Balance 1080 V6 D, Brooks GTS 16 D or Brooks GTS 16 2E.

      Again, the New Balance is deepest but the GTS in the 2E width is the widest laterally.

      I hope this helps.
      All the best,

  • JoannaJuly 24, 2016 at 2:00pm
    Hi there, great to read all the advice on this page.
    I've worn Mizuno wave connect for about a year but found they were causing me to have a painful toe joint as they are quite narrow.
    So I switched to a New Balance W870 - which is supremely comfortable - nice and wide but is a bit soft and now quite supportive enough in the heel and has aggravated my Achilles. (can't win!)

    I'd like to switch back to a mizuno but not sure if there is a shoe that will be wider than the Wave Connect that wont then upset my toe! (I'm a slight over pronator) could you offer any suggestions?

    thank you!
    Jo Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 26, 2016 at 10:46am

      Hi Jo,

      You could try the Mizuno Wave Inspire. It's a bit more supportive than the Connect but to be honest, I'm not sure it will come up much wider. I have pretty wide feet and I wear them but I get them in a half size bigger than I would take with a wider fitting shoe.

      In New Balance, you could always try the W860 which is firmer and more supportive than the W870 and comes in a D fit if you need it

      Have you ever tried Brooks? The Ravenna D width is wide and supportive, not as much as the W860 but if you're a slight pronator it would probably be enough.

      Best of luck,

  • Eddie WilsonJuly 26, 2016 at 4:09pm
    Hello - I wonder if you could offer advice on wide fit (at least wide toe box) shoes for technical terrain. I am pretty well adapted to the minimal style. My main road shoes are NB minimus MR10 and on the local muddy trails here in Somerset, I have used NB MT10 both v2 and v3 and have been very happy with them.

    However, in my view the NB MT10 does not have enough protection or grip for very technical terrain, eg fell running in the Lake District.

    Most fell shoes seem to be too narrow for my feet. I have got myself a pair of Inov8 Roclite 295 - which are just about ok, wider than all the other inov8 it seems, but still the toe box is not really wide enough for me - particularly running down hill, I get a contact between big toe and toe box which is really not good.

    Any advice / options? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 27, 2016 at 11:22am

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your comment.

      That's tricky. Most fell shoes come up pretty narrow so they don't pull off your feet when you're going through muddy bits but that doesn't help the wider footed amongst us.
      The widest we have is this new Inov8 fellrunning shoe the X Claw 275, which is built on their wider Standard Fit last (same as the Roclite). It has their ultra grippy Mudclaw outsole so it would give you great traction on the muddy paths of Somerset.

      Alternatively, the new New Balance MT10 v4 has a differently configured outsole from the two you've had before. It's not as grippy as the X Claw but it might be worth a look.

      Best of luck with it,

  • Mike AllenJuly 27, 2016 at 2:28pm
    I get gout occasionally and my foot swells -- I need a wide shoe 4e or better -- Not so pinched at end where swelling happens. and need good cushion under Desophagus and Occipital Neck .

    I don't have any shoes to accommodate when gout attack occurs Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJuly 27, 2016 at 4:59pm

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. I hope it's not too painful. Here are the 4E shoes we stock:

      New Balance M860 V6 4E
      New Balance M1080 V6 4E
      Brooks Dyad 8 4E
      Brooks GTS 16 4E

      The New Balance shoes tend to be a bit deeper and rounder in the toe box so they may be a better bet for a swollen foot. They're long distance running shoes so the cushioning is good in all of them.

      All the best,

  • TracyAugust 8, 2016 at 7:12pm
    Great information. Q. My feet become very stiff, the balls of my feet start to burn and spreads to my toes after only 20 mins on a cross trainer or treadmill. I've tried wider trainers and bigger. Please help Reply
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 9, 2016 at 12:41pm
      Hi Tracy,
      If your feet are burning, it could be they're moving inside the shoe and causing friction. In which case you might need a wider width but a smaller size. Generally we recommend a thumb's width of space at the end of a running shoe. If you've got more than that, maybe there's too much movement inside the shoe.
      If you're able to come into one of our stores we could take a look at your foot strike and recommend something for you.
      Best wishes
      Bhashini Reply
  • BenAugust 21, 2016 at 12:37am
    Thanks, very helpful, off to exchange some shoes bought yesterday that are too narrow. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 30, 2016 at 5:03pm
      I've been there! Good luck :) Reply
  • Jane BrooksAugust 22, 2016 at 4:05pm
    Strange that so many men's trainers come in wide fittings but that women's do not! Typical!
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 30, 2016 at 5:07pm
      Hi Jane,
      Yes, there are more men's than women's. I think it's because wider footed women will often wear men's shoes anyway so the manufacturers don't feel they need to give us as much choice.
      Pity though.
      Bhashini Reply
  • MarkSeptember 7, 2016 at 1:00pm
    I am looking for shoes that are zero drop in 4E size. any thoughts you have are appreciated. I am a neutral runner with textbook perfect stride. I am larger than most runners playing multi-sports at 220 lbs. Also need wide toe box with thinner heel.

    Do you know selections that come closest to that specification? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 7, 2016 at 5:03pm

      Hi Mark,

      Currently there are no zero drop running shoes available from any of the brands we stock. There used to be but they've all been discontinued now. The lowest we have is 4mm and from the neutral 4mm drop shoes we stock the widest fitting would probably be either the Saucony Kinvara or the Nike Free RN Distance.

      All the best,

  • Riaan MyburghSeptember 13, 2016 at 12:27pm

    I am after a wide fit gore tex running shoe that's a 2E or 4E which I can use for running and working in?
    I do sport television camerawork and I stand for long hours?
    I do have my own orthotics that need to fit inside the shoe too?
    Your advice will be much appreciated ?

    Riaan Reply
    • BhashiniSeptember 13, 2016 at 6:55pm

      Hi Riaan,

      From the makes we stock there are no 2E or 4E Goretex shoes available. We do have a few different 2E and 4E options in road running shoes. They have plenty of cushioning for running/working and will be roomy enough that you can take out the insoles and put your orthoses in instead.

      You could try the Brooks Ghost 2E, or the Brooks Dyad 4E, or the New Balance M1080 which is available in 2E and 4E.

      The only disadvantage is that the mesh uppers will let in the rain but on the flip side, they'll be nice and breathable for running and wearing when it's hot.

      Best regards

  • LouiseSeptember 19, 2016 at 3:04pm
    What about the unfortunate such as myself who needs a 4E width ladies running shoe preferably in a neutral style who has high arches and needs to wear orthotics? Exhausted all New Balance styles to the point of totally wrecking one toe and possibly a second. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 20, 2016 at 2:56pm

      Hi Louise,

      You have my sympathy.

      As far as I know there are no women's running shoes available in a 4E width fitting. 2E is the widest we've been able to get. The men's 4Es start at a UK 6 or 7 so hopefully you could fit into one of them.

      All the best,

  • KateSeptember 19, 2016 at 11:00pm
    Lots of 4E choices for men but the widest for women are a D - why nothing wider?? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 20, 2016 at 3:03pm

      Hi Kate,

      The Brooks GTS comes in a 2E. Limited sizes available now because there's a new model coming out in November.

      Of the D width fitting shoes for women, some are wider than others. For instance the New Balance D widths come up a bit wider and deeper than the Brooks Ds.


  • MoanaOctober 5, 2016 at 7:55pm
    Hello, I am a female training for my first full marathon next month. I have a wide foot, high instep with claw like toes. I need a wide, high toe box endurance road running shoe.
    Any suggestions please? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 11, 2016 at 12:35pm

      Hi Moana,

      Do you need a neutral shoe or a support shoe? In my experience the highest toe boxes are in the New Balance shoes, the W1080 is the neutral shoe and the W860 is the support one.
      What shoe have you been using up till now and how have you got on with it? If the marathon is in a month, it would be a good idea to stick with something as close to what you've been training in as possible if it's worked for you.

      Best of luck with the race,

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