Having wide feet can be very frustrating when buying footwear as you often find yourself trying on shoes that run far too narrow. This can become even more difficult when purchasing athletic footwear as they rarely cater to various widths.
Furthermore, people with bunions often need spacious toe boxes due to the discomfort caused by friction inside the shoe.
Therefore, this guide presents a breakdown of the Best Men’s Running Shoes For Wide Feet:
- New Balance 840V3 [Best Athletic Shoes]
- Brooks Ghost 10 [Most Versatile]
- New Balance 1260 V7 [Stability Shoe]
- Hoka One One Bondi 5 [Deep Cushion]
- Altra Footwear Olympus 3 [Trail Running Shoe]
- Brooks Addiction 13 [Stability Shoe]
If you’re looking for a particular pair for your needs, use the links above to jump ahead. Furthermore, we’ll be talking about the importance of wearing shoes that match your foot width.
Quick Buyer’s Guide
If you just want to head straight to the retailers and take it from there, you can use the Quick Buy Guide below. Otherwise, read on to learn about the different features of each shoe following our research.
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What Are The Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet?
New Balance is a brand that has developed their shoes to cater for people with various special requirements. From flat feet to underpronators, their shoes are specially designed to offer both comfort and performance.
With long distance running and power walking in mind, the 840 V3 running shoes feature an ABZORB midsole for blend foam cushioning and compression. This encourages a healthy gait while the full-length EVA strobel board provides cushion and comfort throughout.
The only thing that lets the 840 V3 down is the limited colour options. You can only choose between a black and white pair or grey with blue accents.
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Brooks is another brand that has garnered a reputation for having created specialised athletic footwear. As such, the Ghost 10 is a remarkably versatile running shoe that can be worn for just about any sporting activity.
A full-length Segmented Crash Pad allows for variable foot landings but is also removable so you can add your own inserts. Meanwhile, the neutral support frame protects the arches and locks in the heels.
As the Ghost 10 is a long-running (pun intended) model, stocks do occasionally fluctuate. However, our favourite is the black and blue two-tone colour, which is the most widely available.
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Another offering from New Balance, the 1260 V7 is a newer model with its own set of features. Available in various widths, it’s perfect for men with wider than average feet.
Through a high-energising cushion, wearers will experience both comfort as well as motion control. Meanwhile, the shoe feature the same ABZORB Crash Pad as the 840 V3.
Unlike the 840 V3, the 1260 V7 features a greater range of colours to choose from. We’re particularly fond of the electric “Pacific” blue with salmon pink accents.
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Hoka One One is a Japanese brand that isn’t quite as well known as it’s American contemporaries. Specialising in deep cushion, they’re designed specifically to offer the healthiest levels of support and shock absorption.
With a moulded Ortholite footbed, the Bondi 5 is exceedingly comfortable. Meanwhile, the sole is designed with a rounded finish to promote a smooth heel transition.
Our favourite is the black and grey with red accents. However, you have a rich selection available such as blue and lime, blue and grey as well as black or grey.
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Made specifically for long distance trail running or hiking, the Altra Olympus line is a finely-honed piece of footwear. They’re perfect for intensive sports over long periods of time due to their high-tech components.
Firstly, the FootShape toe box is designed for the toes to splay naturally, which is why we recommend it for wide feet. Furthermore, the Natural Ride System uses a dual-layer EVA midsole with a responsive top layer for energy return. Meanwhile a StoneGuard shaft protects the fit from jagged surfaces and the cushioned Zero Drop platform helps align the body when leaping.
Available in black or grey with teal, yellow or red accents, the choice is somewhat limited. However, we’re quite fond of the red as pictured above.
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Designed with flat feet and overpronation in mind, the Addiction 13 features deep cushioning and a well-made toe box. Meanwhile, it’s available in several widths to help you find the perfect fit.
With the BioMoGo DNA midsole, the wearer benefits from deep, long-lasting cushioning. Meanwhile, an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar offers motion control for pronation.
Available in black, grey and white or black and red, the choices are also limited for this model. However, we’re particularly fond of the latter as you can see in the picture above.
The Importance Of Wide Running Shoes
As we detail in our main guide to wide shoes, well-fitting shoes aren’t just essential for comfort but also to preserve healthy feet. In fact, wearing shoes that are too tight can actually cause your feet serious harm as well as risk permanent damage.
Furthermore, your feet are exposed to more strain when undertaking intense sports. Therefore, if you’re running in shoes that are too tight, it significantly increases the risk of injury.
Wearing shoes that are too tight can risk some of the following injuries and conditions:
Although not life-threatening, blisters can be extremely painful and very frustrating. A byproduct of friction, they’re caused by the feet rubbing against the inside of the shoe.
A common ailment for runners, outbreaks tend to likely when running in hot conditions or when the shoes you wear don’t breathe. This is because the increased humidity in the shoe can catalyse sores.
If you have wide feet, they can be pretty common when running. As such, it’s especially important to make sure that you wear running shoes that leave your feet with enough breathing space.
Another condition caused by friction, corns are effectively calluses of hardened skin that develop due to prolonged rubbing. Most of the time, corns are relatively painless.
However, the presence of the growth may cause the feet and body to try and compensate when running, which can lead to other conditions.
You can learn more about these with our dedicated bunions guide. Nevertheless, we’ll cover them briefly here too. Known as hallux valgus by the medical community, bunions are painful bony growths that typically develop on the inside part of the big toe’s joint.
Although their cause can often be genetic, they can be brought on by ill-fitting shoes. While stilettos and high heels tend to be the most common culprits, ill-fitting running shoes are also known to be a cause.
This is simply because the feet undergo periods of stress and pressure, which can push the joints out of alignment.
If you believe that you’re developing a bunion, we can’t stress enough that it needs to be seen by a professional sooner rather than later. The longer bunions are left to grow, the more likely they require surgical intervention.
Just mentioning ingrown toenails is enough to make people wince. While trimming the toe nail too short is often blamed, ill-fitting shoes are just as guilty.
Tight shoes don’t just aggravate ingrown toenails but can be a cause too. Again, this is particularly the case with the repeated stress of running or intense walking.
Crossover & Hammer Toes
When shoes are too short, the toes may begin to curl instead of splaying correctly. Usually detectable with the development of corns on the toe joints, hammer toes may require surgery when too severe.
Meanwhile, crossover toes are caused by toe boxes that are too narrow. In some extreme cases, toes may literally stack over one another due to lack of space.
Both of the conditions above may severely affect your running abilities and even handicap you permanently if not properly addressed. Running with tight shoes can be uncomfortable but enduring crossover toes on your daily jog is unimaginable.
Knowing Your Shoe Size
Now that you know the importance of wearing shoes that are wide enough for your feet, you may want to double-check your foot size. You can always head to a shoe shop to find this out properly.
However, we do offer an extensive guide on how shoes should fit, which could provide more information beforehand.
Now that you’ve read about the best men’s shoes for running, you may be interested in some of our other related shoe guides:
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- Most Comfortable Men’s Boots
- Best Men’s Shoes For Wide Feet
- Best Casual Shoes For Men
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