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 2021. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]
The On Cloudstratus puts two layers of Cloud Elements between you and the pavement to help you extend your run.
The springy Helion foam works with On’s signature Speedboard for a propulsive feeling, and the anatomically engineered mesh upper comes with a star-lacing system to help the shoe flex where your foot naturally does.
In the On Cloudstratus review, a Fleet Feet tester says the unique lacing alleviated pressure from the widest part of his foot.
Extra cushion with Altra’s FootShape Toe Box? Meet the Altra Torin 4.5 Plush.
Like all Altra running shoes, the Torin 4.5 Plush’s 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.
This version also comes with an extra 2 mm of cushioning and a premium insole to give you a luxurious ride.
The Diadora Blushield Elite TRX uses special technology to conform to your foot.
Blueshield 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. Paired with the base is a bed of cone-shaped shock absorbers called Zero Strain Nucleo, which soak up shock and deliver energy back to you.
The Topo Phantom packs the most cushioning of any Topo road shoe yet.
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 wider feet. Plus, the Phantom uses a Zipfoam midsole for a soft ride mile after mile.
Inspired by ultramarathons, the Altra Paradigm 5.0 is comfortable for as many miles as your legs can handle.
The signature FootShape Toe Box gives you unrivaled comfort, and the Altra EGO midsole provides a cushioned and responsive ride.
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.
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