It's an age-old tale: You see a pair of shoes you absolutely love and insist on buying them, even though the fit isn't perfect, reasoning to yourself that you’ll be able to wear them in. Unfortunately, according to podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a Vionic Innovation Lab member, this shoe-shopping philosophy is an absolute no-no, especially when you’ve got a wider foot.
“From the moment you try them on in the store, the shoes should fit comfortably and feel just right,” Sutera explains. “If they’re tight, try the next width up or a different style. Breaking shoes in damages feet in the process.” Luckily, finding sneakers that comfortably fit a wide foot isn’t that hard. According to Sutera, styles with adjustable straps and a more rounded or square-shaped toe box tend to better suit a wide foot. Many brands also allow shoppers to pick their preferred width (e.g., M for medium and W for wide).
Another top tip for spotting the best sneakers for wide feet? Make sure the shoe width matches the width of your foot. “Put the shoe next to your foot to quickly see if it’s the correct shape,” Sutera says. “Shoes that don’t match your natural shape will be too tight and cause short-term—and possibly long-term—pain and potential problems.”
Sutera notes that ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, calluses, corns, pinched nerves, and bone spurs are some long-term effects of wearing footwear that doesn’t fit properly. She also listed Vionic, New Balance, and Saucony as three of the most trusted offerings. Speaking of which, see and shop our favorite trainers from each brand—plus a few others—below.
1. Vionic Tokyo Sneaker
Vionic Tokyo Sneaker ($129.95)
This lightweight sneaker is perfect for summer.
2. Vionic Abigal Lace-Up
Vionic Abigail Lace Up ($130)
How amazing is the suede?
3. Nothing New Low Top Sneakers
Nothing New Low Top Sneakers ($95)
Nothing New's sneakers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and other sustainable materials. Pretty cool, right?
4. New Balance 720 Sneakers
New Balance 720 ($55)
The rounded front ensures a comfortable fit on a wider foot.
5. Vionic Demetra Slip-On Sneaker
Vionic Demetra Sneaker ($78)
Slip-on sneakers are so practical.
6. Saucony Kinvara 8 Running Shoe
Visit the Saucony Store Saucony Women's Triumph 18 Running Shoe ($149.9)
Your new favorite running sneaker.
7. Vionic Alaina Sock Sneakers
Vionic Alaina Sock Sneaker ($120)
Sock sneakers boast insane comfort.
8. Vans Old Skool Sneaker
Vans Old Skool Sneaker ($60)
There’s a reason these sneakers have been around for years.
9. Vionic Walker Sneakers
Vionic Walker Sneaker ($100)
Test-drive the chunky-sneaker trend with this podiatrist-approved style.
10. Veja Esplar 3-Lock Sneaker
Veja Esplar 3-Lock Sneaker ($135)
Sutera recommends a style with a Velcro fastening.
11. New Balance Fresh Foam Roav
New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Tee Shirt ($80)
Classic running shoes.
12. Vionic Codie Slip-On Sneakers
Vionic Codie Slip-On Sneaker ($140)
These are available in two different widths.
13. New Balance 574 Core
New Balance 574 Core ($79.99)
Every girl on Instagram owns a pair like these.
14. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Canvas Sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Chuck 70 Ox Sneaker ($80)
You can’t go wrong with a pair of Chuck Taylors.
15. New Balance 574 Sneaker
New Balance 574 ($80)
Here’s another classic pair but with a few modern updates.
16. Saucony Jazz Lowpro Sneaker
Saucony Jazz Lowpro Sneaker ($43)
These have rave reviews.
17. Vince Suede Warren Sneaker
Vince Suede Warren Sneaker ($195)
So sleek and streamlined.
18. Veja V-Lock Leather Sneakers
Veja Veja V-Lock Velcro Sneakers ($118)
We love Veja for countless reasons.
19. Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers
Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($50)
Another old-school classic.
20. Vionic Honey Sneakers
Vionic Honey Sneaker ($130)
Sleek, chic sneakers perfect for everyday wear.
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