Best Running Shoes for Wide Feet 2022

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

By The Fleet Feet Editors Updated on

If your toes fall asleep in your running shoes or you’re battling bunions, you might need shoes with a wider toe box.

Runners who need wide running shoes have a couple options: find a pair that comes in wide sizing (typically identified as D for women or 2E for men) or try out standard running shoes with more room in the toe box. Some runners on the line between standard and wide sizing might also benefit from lacing their shoes differently to get a more comfortable fit.

If your feet are on the wider side, here are some running shoes that can give you a better fit.

We base our recommendations on more than 2 million 3D foot scans taken during the Fleet Feet fit id™ outfitting process. Each scan better informs the way we fit all runners. Want to get scanned? Find a Fleet Feet location near you.

[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2022. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]

Brooks Dyad 11

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The Brooks Dyad works well for people with wider feet because it uses a wider platform to provide a stable ride. It features Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA midsole that gives you cushion throughout your stride and a set of Dual Arch Pods that sit directly under the arch to provide stability without getting in the way of a neutral stride pattern.

The midfoot and toe box has a generous amount of space for higher-volume feet or a pair of orthotics. Plus, it comes in extra-wide sizing if you need it.

On Cloudstratus

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The On Cloudstratus was designed to be an all-inclusive running shoe that can accommodate a wide variety of running types and foot shapes. A blend of comfort and performance makes it the perfect running shoe for going the distance or resting the legs on easy runs.

With double the Cloud elements for double the cushioning, On supports and protects your foot using a full-length Speedboard and layer of soft Helion foam for a smooth and stable ride.

In our review of the On Cloudstratus, testers from Fleet Feet loved the bouncy ride and spacious fit thanks to a wider toe box.

Altra Torin 6

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The Altra Torin 6 gives you plush cushioning and a wide toe box for an accommodating and comfortable fit.

Like all Altra running shoes, the Torin 6 toe box is shaped to let your foot and toes expand and contract naturally with each step, making it an ideal shoe for runners with wide feet. It is also one of the few Altra running shoes that are currently available in a wide.

The Torin 6 comes with a thick stack of Altra EgoMax cushioning, which provides both cushion and response. Plus, it contains a premium insole to give you a luxurious ride.

New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12

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The New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12 is delightfully cushioned and works well for people with wider feet. Our testers loved the accommodating fit and wider toe box in our New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12 review. It hugs the midfoot, yet allows room for wider feet. Plus, the wide (and extra-wide) versions come in a variety of colors.

New Balance’s Fresh Foam X makes up the foundation of the midsole and is softer than ever. A denser layer of foam sits on top of the forefoot to give you explosive toe-offs. Whether you are running a half-marathon or walking the dog around the neighborhood, the extra space in the New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12 will put a smile on your face.

Diadora Mythos Blushield Vortice 7

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The Diadora Mythos Blushield Vortice 7 uses special technology to conform to your foot.

Blushield tech employs what Diadora calls the Morpho Base—a carved footbed that matches the curves of the foot to help it maintain its natural shape, which works well for wider feet. The shoes’ wide and stable bed of Blushield foam technology soaks up shock and delivers energy back to you. It also cradles your foot to minimize any asymmetrical behavior in your feet.

The upper is made with engineered air mesh that gives you support and lockdown where you need it but allows for a bit more volume if you have wider feet.

Topo Phantom 2

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The Topo Phantom 2 packs the most cushioning of any Topo road shoe.

Topo uses an anatomically shaped toe box to allow your feet and toes to spread out naturally when you land, making them a good fit for runners with wide feet. Plus, the Phantom 2 has even more cushion than its predecessor. A dual-density midsole uses super soft and cushioned Zipfoam that is surrounded by a bouncier and more stable EVA foam frame to provide you with a soft and cushioned run.

Altra Paradigm 6

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If you’re struggling to find your Cinderella shoe, the Altra Paradigm 6 has a nice and, wide toe box ready to handle those flippers you’ve got for feet.

A thick slab of Altra’s soft and responsive EGO max foam gives you just the right amount of cushioning and stability that feels like you're running on clouds.

Altra’s FOOTSHAPE™ design gives you plenty of room in the toe box while the breathable upper and InnovArch technology hugs your arch and midfoot for extra support. So if you’re a runner who likes extra space for toe splay or needs a wide berth for your bunions, the Paradigm 6 will fit just right.

HOKA Bondi 8

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Along with being one of the best cushioned running shoes you can find, the HOKA Bondi 8 has a stable base and roomy toe box that makes it a great option for runners and walkers with wide feet.

The Bondi has a tall stack of HOKA’s new lightweight and resilient foam that gives you a cushioned and soft ride. It’s lightweight and airy underfoot so your runs feel like a breeze. Plus, HOKA’s early-stage Meta-Rocker shape and extended heel geometry give your stride a smooth and stable roll to carry you through long runs, recovery days or long shifts on your feet.

A lightweight mesh upper is flexible to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and uses plush cushioning around the heel collar and tongue of the shoe for soft and secure comfort.

Best of all, those who would like even more room can opt for a wide size (or extra wide option) in the HOKA Bondi 8.

Read more: HOKA Bondi 8 review.

[For a walking and work-specific version, check out the HOKA Bondi SR, which includes a full-grain leather upper and non-slip outsole.]

How We Chose the Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet

We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best running shoes for wide feet.

You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping on all orders over $99, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.