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Could You Benefit From Wide Running Shoes?

Find out if you could benefit from a shoe that doesn't leave your feet squashed and uncomfortable, and how to choose the right pair.

Do You Need Wide Running Shoes?

When it comes to picking out your running shoes, fit is by far the most important thing. For runners with wide feet, this can sometimes be a tricky issue. Luckily, there are more options on the market for wide athletic shoes than ever before. As with any shoe, you will need to make sure it provides optimum comfort and support.

How to Know if You Need a Wide Shoe

Women's Wide Feet Runnig Shoes

Some people know that they have wide feet and get all of their shoes in wide sizes. Other people are kind of in between the standard and wide varieties of shoes.

For running shoes, it is important that your feet are not too constricted. If a standard running shoe feels too tight, or if your feet hang over the foam in the midsole, it may be beneficial to try a wide running shoe instead. We’ve already covered what we believe to be the best running shoes for wide feet, so we’ll keep this article informative without making specific recommendations.

Wide Letter Sizing

In order to indicate that a shoe is wide, there are letters used along with the number in the size. For men’s shoes, you will find three different options. An “EE” is men’s wide, an “EEE” is a men’s extra, extra wide, and an “EEEEE” is a men’s extra, extra, extra large.

Like men’s shoes, there are letters indication width in women’s shoe sizes. An AAA size is the narrowest. A D is wide, an EE is extra wide, and an EEEE is extra, extra wide. You may need to get your feet measured in order to know how wide of a shoe you really need.

Things That Make for Good Wide Running Shoes

Finding Running Shoes


When buying your running shoes, it is often a good idea to order a half size up. This can be especially helpful if you have wider feet. You want to have about half of a centimeter between your big toe and the end of the shoe. That allows for your feet to swell a bit during your running.

Toe Box

The toe box is something that some runners need to be on the wider side. If you have a bunion or other foot issues, look for shoes with a wide toe area. Other runners do not necessarily need a wide toe box, but just find it to be more comfortable.


When you lace up your shoes, you want it to fit tight in the heel and be looser in the toes. Always make sure you do not cut off your circulation when lacing up your shoes.


Running is done for endurance and stamina, so you do not need heavy shoes slowing you down. A good pair of running shoes will have enough foam to be comfortable but not add a lot of weight. The balance between comfort and being lightweight is key for picking out wide running shoes.

Since you are going to be running, possibly over long distances, you will want a lighter shoe. Although a lot of padding can be nice, it isn’t worth it if it weighs your feet down. Finding the best running shoe is all about finding a balance between being lightweight and comfortable.


Above all else, you need a pair of running shoes that fit your feet well. They should be relatively tight in the heel to provide proper support for your ankle. At the same time, they should allow room for your toes to move around. That is why it is important to find shoes with a wide toe box. For many women, buying their shoes a half size up helps to make sure they fit properly.


Generally speaking, women have 15% less body mass than men. As a result, women’s running shoes need a deeper groove to provide extra flexibility when compared to men’s. With great flexibility, you will get a smoother toe-off motion which will be easier on your feet. A little less foam cushioning in running shoes for women tends to be a good thing.


Anytime you spend a lot of money on a product, you will want to make sure it is made well. The construction needs to be well done in the midsole, outsole, and upper portions of the shoe. Odds are, you plan on putting a lot of miles on your new running shoes so you want to make sure they are up to the task.


You want to make sure your feet can breathe when you are running. Otherwise, you can get very sweaty and uncomfortable quickly.

Whether you have wide feet or not, you simply need the skin on your feet to be able to breathe while running. A mesh material on the top is perfect for allowing your feet to get some air.

Of course, if you live in an area where you will be mostly running on cold and rainy days, breathability becomes less essential.

Final Thoughts

With a little research and work, it is possible to find a wide pair of running shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. They will likely cost you a pretty penny, but just think of them as an investment in your workout regime.

Finding wide running shoes may take a little extra time, but it will definitely be worth it. Your feet go through a lot when you go for a run, and you want to give them as much support and comfort as possible.

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