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.

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: Really excellent medial support but still reasonably light and flexible. Massively popular. The men’s comes in a 2E width, the women’s in a D 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 a 2E width, the women’s in a D width.
  • New Balance 940: Even stronger support than the 860. The men’s comes in 2E and 4E widths — the 4E 940 is the widest support shoe we’ve ever come across. The women’s comes 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.

Best Wide-Fitting Racer/Trainers

In the lighter weight training shoe category there’s nothing that comes in a specific wider width but the following two shoes come up a bit wider than most:

  • Mizuno Sayonara: This streamlined lightweight from Mizuno is well-cushioned and responsive.

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:

  • Mizuno Ascend: Comes up wider than most. A bit of anti-pronation control as well.
  • Inov-8 Trailroc 245: Low profile and grippy with a wide toe-box so your feet can spread.
  • Altra Lone Peak: Foot shaped 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.

  • Brooks Pure Drift: Roomy in the front so your toes can spread, this is a great choice for a wide foot.
  • Vibram FiveFingers: The lace up versions of the five-fingered barefoot shoes work best for a wide foot or a high arch.
  • Altra Lone Peak: Nicely wide in the forefoot, trail specific outsole

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’s 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.

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

Leave a Comment:

  1. David July 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Why the complete absence of any mention of Vivo Barefoot shoes which are easily the best wide fit comfy shoe I have come across

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve July 22, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      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

      • CKM August 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

        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!

        • Bhashini Neve
          Bhashini Neve August 14, 2013 at 9:10 am #

          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

        • Bhashini Neve
          Bhashini Neve December 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

          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

  2. Jor August 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    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!

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve September 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      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

  3. Ruth October 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    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

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      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

  4. Brad October 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    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.

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve October 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      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

  5. Angela March 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    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!

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve March 3, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      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

  6. Roz Lee March 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    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

    • Bhashini Neve
      Bhashini Neve March 10, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      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

  7. Chantel April 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    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.

    • Shankara Smith
      Shankara Smith April 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      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

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