Runners with wide feet can often find it difficult to find the optimal running shoes. They have all the usual factors to consider along with added complications. Running shoe brands focus on sizes that cater for the majority of non-wide footed runner. This can leave the wider footed runner struggling to find the best running shoe for their wide feet.
Some running brands do a better job than others. I’ve researched this around the web and three brands that are always mentioned are – Hoka, Altra and Asics.
Measure your feet and check out those three. One of them will have a shoe that will fit, be comfortable and suit your running.
Choosing The Wider Running Shoe For You
How any running shoes fits in important but it can be extremely frustrating to find the right fitting running shoe if you’ve found that most are just too narrow for you.
When pulling on the potential shoe for the first time it’s important that it isn’t too snug fitting. There should be enough room to allow your foot to relax in all directions. You can very quickly get a feel for a shoe but first impressions are not always to be relied upon.
There should be at least a thumb gap with between the end of your toes and the shoe tip. You should be able to wiggle your toes around. Also consider that your feet will swell to a greater or lesser extent as you run. So a shoe that’s ‘just about right’ before a run might end up being tight after a few miles of running.
Shoe and Foot Measurement
You don’t need a Brannock device to measure your feet. Tracing the outline of both of your feet will give you all the information you need. Once traced use a ruler or tape to measure the length and width of both of your feet.
It is quite possible that your feet may be different sizes and this exercise may save you time and money in the future.
Shoe measurements vary from manufacture to manufacture. You may have experienced this if you’ve switched brands. That size nine you always run in might leave you feeling like you’ve picked entirely the wrong size when you switch brands.
Finding the exact detail of makes and sizes would be a useful detail to insert here. I’ve found its not easy information to find in explicit detail from the manufactures. That said I’ve approached all the major manufactures asking for this information. I’ll update this soon with what they come back with.
One mans (or women’s) comfortable running shoe is another mans nightmare shoe. It’s a two way relationship between the foot and the shoe. I’ve certainly been recommend a ‘comfortable shoe’ only to find it.
If you’ve been running in the same make of shoe for a number of years you may want to consider trying another. Or if you find that make comfortable, stay with it but consider other factors such as size or model of shoe.
The big names in running shoes are big because they generally make good quality shoes that don’t fall apart and are comfortable. Don’t stray too far away from the big names when considering switching from your long-loved manufacture.
If you’ve got wide feet and are looking for a shoe to make running for comfortable. I would suggest staying away from anything too racy or exotic. Giving your feet the support they deserve will certainly help as you start to run or start to run further.
As a rule, if you can pick up a running and easily twist it, you should probably put it back on the shelf. Play it safe and stick to a shoe that has the word stability in the name or description.
Trying to save money on a running shoe is a false economy. Cheaper running shoes tend to be made of cheaper materials and will not last as long as a quality shoe made by a quality manufacture. That said and not for the context of this article but high-end shoes have exposed foam that wears surprisingly fast!
I would recommend looking at the sole of a shoe and making sure you can see mostly rubber.
The midsole and the upper component of the shoe will also wear out but again. Stick with the good manufactures and you cant get it wrong.
Value for Money
I would define value for money as a comfortable shoe that is priced at a reasonable level that lasts six months or 500 miles.
Running shoes quite literally take a pounding every time you put them on and do have a relatively short useful life span. Continuing to run in a pair of shoes that have no rubber left or a crushed midsole will lead to disaster and injury.
Before rushing out to buy a new pair of shoes consider the lacing pattern. This video describes very well what I mean so rather than me writing a description, please go a head and watch the video.
Going up a size might seem like a really good idea to get a little more width to accommodate your feet but fixing the width issue with a bigger shoe may lead to other problems. Such as the extra length may interfere with your gate and the lacing pattern may be compromised due to the extra size in the upper.
That said, going up half a size may be just what you need to accommodate your feet without causing any other issues.
Taking Care of Your Running Shoes
You should take care of your running shoes no matter what width your feet. However if you do have wide feet and find a shoe that you like, looking after those shoes becomes more critical as you’ll want to eek out as much life from them as you can.
Keep the Insert
Your shoes should come with inserts that help them keep their shape. Continuing to use those inserts between runs will help your shoes in the long run. Especially if your shoes are tossed in a pile of other shoes and end up at the bottom of a heap.
Clean Your Running Shoes
Getting the grit and the dust out of your shoes after a run will reduce the abrasive impact the next time you put them on for a run. Depending on how dirty they get, a quick going over with a baby wipe may be all that’s required. Or they may needs a little more attention with a firm brush and warm water. Just make sure they are dry slowly but steadily so they are ready for your next run.
Keep Warm and Dry
Don’t store your shoes outside in a shed or outhouse in cold temperatures. They are made of strong but supple materials that become less supple the colder they get. Running in shoes that have been stored in cold temperatures may lead to an early failure.
Plus, who wants to put on a cold pair of running shoes!
Where is the shoe tight
If you find it difficult to pull on the shoe and you can then feel the sides of the shoe pressing on your feet. You have a classic case of the shoe being too narrow. If you find it difficult to pull on the shoe but then not so tight on the sides but tight across the top. You may need to simply slacken the laces or go up a size.
If you find it difficult to distinguish the difference you should get some help. You’ve may have spent too long thinking about it and can no longer see the wood for the trees.
Running Shoes for Wide Feet (candidates)
Of all the quality running shoe brands out there, three are often mentioned as being ideal for wide feet:
If you are buying online make sure you measure both of your feet and check the manufactures shoe size and width charts. Check the returns policy and (if you can afford to) buy two possible candidates and return the pair that you like least. By the time you hit buy you should know your feet will physically fit and by this stage you are selecting the pair that feel best.