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The 7 Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet Reviewed – 2018

Given the huge variety of shoes out there in the world, you’d think that finding the perfect running shoes would be a simple task.

Unfortunately, if you have wide feet, there aren’t as many options out there as there should be. Thankfully, though, there are still some excellent options that will give you the stability, structure, comfort, and style that you’re looking for.

We’ve done the research for you to find the top running shoes for wide feet available and we think one of the below pairs will be one you’re going to absolutely love!

Let’s not waste time, though – we know you have some shoe selecting to do!

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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Women’s Running Shoes For Wide Feet

  1. Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 18
  2. NIKE Women’s Revolution 3 Running Shoe
  3. New Balance Women’s 1080v8 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
  4. Saucony Women’s Cohesion 10 Running Shoe
  5. Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Women’s Running Shoes
  6. New Balance Women’s w940v3 Running Shoe
  7. ASICS Women’s Gel-Excite 4 running Shoe

We’ve reviewed the top rated running shoes for wide feet(in our humble opinion), followed by a comparison table and buying guide to help you decide on pair that will work best for you.

Best Women’s Running Shoes For Wide Feet

 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18NIKE Revolution 3 Running ShoeNew Balance 1080v8 Running Shoe
editorschoice
Upper:MeshMeshFabric / Mesh
Sole:RubberRubberSynthetic
Sizes:5 -135 -125 -13
Colors:16256

Running Shoes For Wide Feet Reviews

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is one of our favorites and the Editors Choice for the best running shoes for wide feet. The flagship stability model has been redesigned to even more lightweight than ever before, while improving the look and feel of it, as well.

The GTS (Go To Shoe) definitely holds up to its name, thanks to its relatively affordable price for a shoe of this quality. With a wide array of colorways available and a sleek design, it’s perfect to use for running just as well as casualwear.

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The midsole features their Progressive Diagonal Rollbar and BioMoGo throughout the shoe. The PDRB is hardened foam and plastic, keeping you stable as you run, preventing overpronation. BioMoGo is an eco-friendly version of EVA foam, essentially, keeping you stable and comfy all at once.

The heel drop of 12mm does feel a bit high, but average for this type of shoe. The streamlined mesh upper is super comfortable and flexible, allowing proper airflow throughout.

The toe box isn’t as roomy as some other running shoes for wide feet, but we found it to be just right. The only real complaint we had, was that the heels seemed to move around a bit.

 

Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 18 at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Mesh
  • Midsole: Molded Foam
  • Flexibility: 4/5
  • Color Options: 16

The Nike Revolution 3 is one of the best neutral running shoes on the market today, perfect for regular training. It’s not just runners that love this shoe, thanks to its overall comfortability and design that works well with just about any outfit.

The mesh upper makes the shoe a lightweight option, while adding to the comfort factor, and makes for optimal breathability. The soft foam midsole adds a bit of cushioning perfect for long runs, while keeping the shoe light.

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Keep in mind, however, that it’s not made to be a highly-cushioned shoe. The rubber outsole adds to the durability that the shoe is known for, while also offering a good amount of traction perfect for various terrain.

Underlays in the vamp and toe tip provide a solid amount of support and overall, we found the shoe quite responsive.

The price is pretty low, too, so if you’re looking for a neutral training shoe without breaking the bank, this could be a good option for you.

Again, if you’re looking for more of a long-distance trainer, you’ll probably want to either add a cushioned insole to this one, or select another trainer.

 

NIKE Women’s Revolution 3 Running Shoe at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Mesh
  • Midsole: Soft Foam
  • Flexibility: 3/5
  • Color Options: 25

If you want the maximum in comfort, look no further than the New Balance 1080v8 Fresh Foam.

Not only is the cushioning the reason for the delightfulness, but also the soft mesh around the foot, and the molded/softened ankle collar to give you a perfectly snug feel.

The flex grooves on the outsole to help in terms of flexibility, but to be honest, it’s still a bit more stiff than we’d imagined. The blown rubber outsole is, though, very durable and lightweight, making for an easy, no-resistance run.

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The no-sew mesh bootie upper with a molded foam collar ensures you won’t have uncomfortable chafing or cutting into your ankle, nor any uncomfortable seams digging into your feet. The toe box is purposely a bit wider, which is perfect for those with wide feet.

However, it’s also a good election if you have high arches, as it comes with inserts made just for them. The only real downside we could think of, was the fact that there aren’t many colors to choose from but the ones that are available are beautiful.

 

New Balance Women’s 1080v8 Fresh Foam Running Shoe at a Glance:

  • Sole: Synthetic
  • Upper: No-Sew Mesh
  • Midsole: Fresh Foam
  • Flexibility: 4/5
  • Color Options: 6

The Saucony Cohesion 10 is a great budget trainer perfect for entry-level runners, recreational runners, or those who need a shoe for general training.

It features injection-molded EVA in the midsole for more than adequate cushioning, and a breathable mesh upper for constant airflow. Not only is it there for the purpose of comfort, but also to keep you stable, preventing pronation.

The shoe may be light, but it’s very sturdy and reliable. With padding on the collar and tongue, as well as a removable insole, you’ll experience much less irritation and chafing than with most competitor products.

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The outsole uses soft iBR+ rubber in the front and middle of the shoe, while carbon rubber is on the more high-wear areas.

It’s designed to be durable, perfect for wear on more rough terrain. The Tri-Flex system is made for great shock absorption and traction, complete with flex grooves.

We felt like they could’ve performed a bit better in wet conditions, but it’s not a deal-breaker. In addition, we weren’t huge fans of the colorways offered, and felt they seemed a bit outdated.

 

Saucony Women’s Cohesion 10 Running Shoe at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Mesh
  • Midsole: Injection-Molded EVA
  • Flexibility: 3/5
  • Color Options: 13

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Women's Running Shoes

Searching for the perfect balance between cushion and firmness? The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is just that; a neutral shoe perfect for competitors and casual runners, alike.

The springy “CloudWave Plate” combined with the U4icX foam midsole gives you great response with that firm/cushioned feel we just mentioned.

As far as grip goes, the soles were generally good and never slipped, but there were a few times on slick concrete where you could feel it giving the tiniest bit.

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If you’re going to be using them for long-distance marathons, you’re probably going to want to opt for a shoe that’s softer than these. However, for regular daily runs, or even half marathons, these will work more than adequately.

The dual-layer upper is extremely breathable, but perhaps too much, depending on the kind of climate you live in or where you’ll be running.

If you live in colder environments, you’re going to have a lot of cold air coming in. If you live in hot or humid environments, these will be great.

Overall, we would’ve liked to see a wider selection of colorways, or perhaps more trendy or eye-catching colors. The shoes are lightweight, plush, great for tempo, and are nice and springy. If you don’t need them for extremely long runs, check them out.

 

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Women’s Running Shoes at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Mesh
  • Midsole: U4icX
  • Flexibility: 4/5
  • Color Options: 7

The New Balance w940v3 is a sturdy, cushioned, stable shoe that is a great combination of function and a hint of fashion. This design features a lightweight leather upper with a bit of mesh, giving it durability and breathability all at once.

They’re definitely not as lightweight as the other shoes on our guide, but they are one of the most long-lasting. Featuring a 12mm midsole drop, they’re not ideal for minimalist runners, featuring a somewhat high drop.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of this model are how comfortable they are.

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They’re not the most flexible, but the ENCAP midsole technology gives excellent support, protecting the insole from the pavement and providing good bounce and reflex.

Use them for a run, walking, or even just general training – whatever you need them for, you’re sure to be happy with them.

Traction is good, and perform well on groomed trails, local roads, and tracks. Coming in only 7 colors, there aren’t many options to choose from there, but they do transfer well from the trails to casualwear.

 

New Balance Women’s w940v3 Running Shoe at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Leather/Synthetic
  • Midsole: EVA core
  • Flexibility: 2/5
  • Color Options: 4

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 4 running Shoe

These comfortable, highly-cushioned shoes from Asics are luxurious-feeling and perfect for low-mileage runners or those who need something for the gym or general training.

The mesh upper is breathable and lightweight, but features overlays perfectly placed for a better fit and more stability. The outsole is very flat, and the lug distribution is uniform.

This makes the shoe great for running on flat, even surfaces. When used on rough or wet terrain/surfaces, they don’t have the same amount of traction. The high-abrasion outsole is made for sturdiness, however.

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The SpEVA midsole gives you protection and a great amount of cushioning – notably more than your traditional EVA midsoles.

In the rear of the foot, they have a Gel Cushioning System in the heel area for extra comfort and improved shock absorption.

The upper has a good amount of airflow, and feature 3M reflective materials on the sides and rear for better visibility at night, which we loved.

 

ASICS Women’s Gel-Excite 4 running Shoe at a Glance:

  • Sole: Rubber
  • Upper: Textile/Synthetic
  • Midsole: spEVA
  • Flexibility: 3/5
  • Color Options: 17

Running Shoes For Wide Feet Comparison Table

Running Shoes SoleUpperFlexibilityColorsRating
Brooks Adrenaline GTSRubberMesh4/5164.6 / 5.0
NIKE Revolution 3RubberMesh3/5254.4 / 5.0
New Balance 1080v8Blown RubberFabric / Mesh4/564.4 / 5.0
Saucony Cohesion 10RubberMesh3/5134.5 / 5.0
Mizuno Wave Rider 21RubberTextile / Mesh4/574.4 / 5.0
New Balance w940v3RubberTextile / Mesh2/534.4 / 5.0
ASICS Gel-Excite 4RubberTextile/Synthetic3/5174.3 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Running Shoes For Wide Feet – Buying Guide

Best Womens Running Shoes For Wide Feet

Now that you’ve taken the time to read through each one of our detailed reviews, you may already have the perfect shoe selected for yourself.

However, if you’re still on the fence or aren’t sure why you should select a certain model, then keep on reading. We’ve gone ahead and created a buying guide to ensure you’re picking the shoe perfect for your needs!

Comfort

Comfort is definitely one of the most crucial parts of selecting running shoes. After all, if you weren’t uncomfortable in “normal” shoes, then you wouldn’t be looking for shoes specifically with a wider toe box.

When you have wider feet, it can be difficult to find a model that can accommodate them, and actually be a good or comfortable fit.

That’s why we’ve only included shoes with a wide fit from the toe box to the heel, or at least allows enough room for your toe/foot splay.

Oftentimes, if you have wider-than-average feet, you’ll be tempted to just go up a half or full size. This really isn’t helping you in the end, as the rest of your feet, such as your heels, are left wiggling around, and not giving you the fit you deserve.

In addition, you should have a wide enough toe box that lets your toes the ability to breathe and operate as they are meant to.

In addition, you’ll want to take into consideration how much cushion you would like. If your instep is more sensitive or you have flat feet, you’ll want to look for more arch support, an insert that gives you that support, or a good amount of cushion in the midsole to provide stability and comfort.

In addition, make sure that you’re selecting a shoe that gives you the perfect amount of breathability for your feet and your environment.

If you’re going to be in the cold while running, you may want to consider either very warm socks, or shoes that don’t have quite as much ventilation. If you’re in a warm environment, you’ll probably want to go the opposite way.

Stability

Stability is highly important, no matter what kind of feet you have. However, when you have wide feet, many times, you’ll also have “flat” feet, which can lead to pronation, which can lead to discomfort and even injury.

To help prevent any trips, twists, or falls, look for extra lugs, solid support beams, rock plates, and sufficient cushioning. It’s not enough to solely look at your feet or gait, but also the kind of terrain and weather conditions you’ll be running in.

If you’re running in rough terrain and/or wet conditions, you’ll want to look at very different features (more stability and traction) than if you’re running in dry, smooth, even surfaces.

Durability

Chances are, you’re going to want a pair of shoes that aren’t just going to last you for a few months. If you’re selecting such a high-level shoe, then it wouldn’t speak much to the quality if you put the money to invest in them, and they ended up breaking down after only a few runs.

Choosing shoes that match your lifestyle, while practicing proper shoe care and wearing the proper socks can all lengthen the life of your shoes, but you’ll first need to start out with a shoe that’s well-made to begin with.

Flexibility

Just how important is flexibility when it comes to a running shoe? Very! In order for them to feel comfortable, they’ll need to provide a certain amount of flexibility, while also remaining stable.

However, if they’re too stiff, you may have a bit of resistance or even chafing on your feet and ankles, which no one wants to deal with. You’ll want them to move with your feet rather than against them.

Price

As with almost any piece of clothing or sports product in the world, we often base the value off of how much they cost. This isn’t always relative, however, we tried to find shoes with a good quality-to-cost ration, so you don’t have to empty out your wallet, while still receiving the perfect model for you.

If you can swing it, splurge a bit more if it means you’ll be receiving the features and performance that your feet will benefit from. The shoes aren’t all going to last the same amount of time, but take into consideration how many miles you’ll be running in them, and base it off of there.

FAQs For Wide Feet Running Shoes

We’ve gone ahead and answered all of the most frequently asked questions, to make sure you’re as confident as possible in your selection.

Q: What is the width of the standard running shoe?

A: You’ll find that the “standard” is listed as a B width, but there are typically always stores that carry multiple widths. For women, A, B, and D signify different widths. A is narrow, B is standard, and D is for wide.

Q: What exactly makes “wide” shoes different?

A: The toe box is much roomier, ensuring your toes aren’t going to be cramped in there, while ensuring the rest of your foot has a good, properly snug fit so your feet aren’t flopping around inside while you’re out running.

Q: How should I choose my shoes aside from the width?

A: You’ll want to base your selection off of how often, how you run, and where you run. If you’re just running laps on the treadmill at your gym, you’re not going to want to select the same ones as if you regularly are running out on uneven, possibly wet trails outdoors.

Tips For Choosing Running Shoes For Wide Feet

Tip #1: Always try to go with your “true-to-size” shoe. As we touched on earlier, don’t try to go up a size to accommodate wider feet. Simply select the proper wide shoe, so you have a proper fit that is going to give you the most out of your running.

Tip #2: If you aren’t sure what size of foot you have, it’s a good idea to either find a foot sizing chart online to measure your feet at home, or go to a local shop and have them measure them for you. Assuming your size can be a problem, and it’s a mistake many make. A size isn’t just a size, always.

Sizes often vary depending on the brand you’re settled on, the shape of the upper, and other factors. Tight-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, and women are often used to that feeling, but keep in mind that that’s not how it’s supposed to be.

Tip #3: Always make sure you have about a thumb’s width or room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Also make sure you have a secure yet comfortable fit throughout the midfoot, and that your heels aren’t slipping at all, or very little.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve read through all of the detailed reviews, as well as our buying guide, we hope that you’ve found the best running shoes for wide feet for you. We look forward to seeing you again, but now it’s time for you to get out on that running trail!

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The Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 18 is our top pick for the best women's running shoe for wide feet with its combination of support, comfort and value.

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