Best Wide-Fitting Running Shoes 2015

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:

  • Altra Provision: Foot shaped and stable. Altra shoes are zero drop, i.e. the heel and forefoot are the same height so they take some adjusting to.
  • 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.
  • Asics GT-2000: Well cushioned with a lot of support in the arch area. The men's comes in a 2E width, the women's in a D 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.

Best Wide-Fitting Road Racing Shoes

As far as we know there are no racing flats made in a wide width but this is the widest we can find.

  • Mizuno Hitogami: 220g with good cushioning and a roomy toe-box.

Best Wide-Fitting Trail Running Shoes

If you're running off-road, have a look at one of these:

  • Saucony Excursion: Traction and cushioning at a good price.
  • Inov-8 Trailroc 245: Low profile and grippy with a wide toe-box so your feet can spread.
  • Altra Superior: Foot shaped zero drop trail running shoes with a sticky rubber outsole.

Best Wide-Fitting Minimal and Barefoot Shoes

In the minimal range some come up wider than most.

  • Vibram FiveFingers: The lace up versions of the five-fingered barefoot shoes work best for a wide foot or a high arch.
  • Altra Instinct and Intuition: Zero drop road running shoes with good shock absorption.

Best Wide-Fitting Fell Running Shoe

For the super-muddy stuff:

  • Walsh PB Ultra: This is their widest fitting fell-running shoe. Excellent uncompromising grip.

Best Wide-Fitting Athletic Spikes

Nike and Brooks track spikes tend to fit wider feet better than most:

  • Nike Zoom Rival D: A really popular distance spike. Suitable for many different athletic events.
  • Nike Zoom Rival S: An excellent entry level sprint spike.
  • Brooks PR LD: A versatile distance spike.
  • Brooks PR Sprint: A powerful sprint spike.

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
  • 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
    Hello,
    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
  • CorinneOctober 6, 2014 at 3:14pm
    Hi
    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 ?

    Thanks

    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,
      Bhashini

      Reply
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