Running Shoes for Wide Feet – Advice & Shop the Range
Running Shoe for Wide Feet – Are Your Shoes Wide Enough?
This seems obvious but, how should your running shoes fit ?
The most important point to take away is that there should be plenty of room in them. Whether you land on your heel or your mid-foot your foot will change shape as you go through the running cycle. Your foot spreads out as it touches the ground to absorb shock and to load your planta fascia which then springs you off the floor. If your running shoes don’t allow for this movement then you will lose your body’s natural shock absorption, stability and propulsion. This means that your hips and knees take more force which means more wear and tear. An additional complication to consider is that your foot also expands as it gets warm. A symptom of this expansion and shoes that don’t fit is thinks like black toe nails, pins and needles in your feet and after prolonged use bunions and neuromas.
When your running shoes are laced up with your favourite socks on and you are stood up, you should have a thumbs width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. You should also be able to freely wriggle your toes. The shoe should have hold of your heel so that the heel doesn’t slip up and down as you run and also be a comfortable fit around the mid part of the foot. As everyone’s feet are slightly different shapes, we stock different width fittings in our most popular shoes as well as ½ sizes.
Key Brands’ Width Fittings Explained
New Balance and Brooks
Men’s D Width = Regular
Men’s 2E Width = Wide
Men’s 4E Width = Extra Wide
Women’s B Width = Regular
Women’s D Width =Wide
Precision Fit = Narrow (specially designed to stay snug on harsh terrain)
Standard Fit = Wide (equivalent Mens 2E or a Ladies D)
All Altra running shoes are designed with a Foot Shaped Toe Box to allow the foot/toes to spread when they touch the ground and encourage improved foot function. N.B. Altra shoes are also Zero Drop, so they dscourage heel striking. You’ll need to transition slowly to Zero Drop from most regular running shoes. Get in touch for advice: Contact Us.