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Being comfortable in your trainers is a top priority when you go running – because feeling cramped up or having your toes rub against the shoe’s upper is not nice. So, if you have wide feet, finding a pair of wide-fitting running shoes that give you that extra space to move freely can make a big difference to your workout.

Let’s look at what you need to know if you’re on the market for a pair of wide-fitting running shoes.

How to tell if you need wide-fit running shoes

Maybe you've been buying wide-fit shoes for years and know exactly what you need. However, if you’re not so sure, here are some clues you could do with a pair of running shoes for wide feet:

  • You can see the outline of your feet and toes pushing up against the fabric
  • Your feet may also press out over the side of the foam sole
  • The mesh upper on your running shoes tends to wear away fast
  • Your feet feel pinched and your toes rub

If the above sounds familiar, finding a pair of running shoes for wide feet could be a big relief.

What features should you look for in wide-fit trainers?

Unsurprisingly, all wide-fit trainers are designed to be broader and give you more space than regular or narrow-feet shoes. However, the best running shoes for wide feet will offer quite a bit more than ‘just’ a bigger sole. Here’s what you should look for:

  • A wider toe box: A wider toe box affords your toes more room to wriggle and helps avoid chafing and rubbing. Not every wide-foot runner will need one, but if you have bunions or other foot conditions, that extra space can make a big difference.
  • A little extra length: As a rule for any runner, it’s smart to get a pair of shoes half a size up, as this gives a little more room to move, and that helps as your feet swell slightly during exercise. But for wide-footed runners this can be especially helpful – aim for at least half a centimetre between your big toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Durable materials: As noted above, a sure sign of a wide-footed runner is worn away mesh uppers – while a wide sole will reduce this anyway, it’s still worth investing in shoes which are constructed with more durable materials.

How to find wide-fitting running shoes

There’s a growing range of running shoes which specifically cater for runners with wider feet – many of our running shoes come in a range of widths,from narrow to extra-wide. To tell if a shoe is going to be wide enough for you, use our shoe-width finder guide:


  2A (or AA) NARROW


Having wide feet shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your sport, and finding the right pair of wide-fit running shoes for you can make a big difference. For more help narrowing down your running shoe choice, try our shoe finder tool today.