NOBODY LIKES wearing shoes that don't fit well, especially when running. Finding a model and fit of running shoe that feels great takes some trial and error for most, but for those with wider than average feet, it can be a painstaking process. A solid pair of running shoes is arguably the most important piece of running gear you need to stay consistent and avoid injury while getting in your mileage, so it's worth investing time and energy in finding your Goldilocks pair.
Hitting the pavement in a too-narrow pair of runners can be uncomfortable at best, with your pinky toe taking the brunt of an ill fit. "Shoes that are too small or too narrow can cause for blisters, calluses, numbness in the toes, discomfort and or continued pain," says Dr. Mark Mendeszoon, a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Precision Orthopaedic Specialties in Chardon, Ohio, and owner of Achilles Running Shops in Willoughby, Ohio and Erie, Pa..
"Typically, shoes should have enough room in the forefoot, so that your toes have ample room to move independently and not have pressure on them. Many times people just buy shoes that are larger and length to compensate for the lack of width and those type of shoes still provide problems for the person," says Mendeszoon, who's also the owner of Achilles Running Shops in Willoughby, Ohio.
Wearing a properly fitting pair of shoes won't transform your running game completely, but we can bet it'll make each stride feel better, and ultimately, help avoid undue foot pain. After all, shoes should accommodate your feet, not the other way around.
Whether you're just getting into running and are on the hunt for a shoe to suit your foot anatomy, or you're looking to upgrade your worn-out runners, the right running shoes bring value to the table that can't be beat. Below, we bring you the 11 best wide running shoes to shop in 2023
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