Well, to get a pair of running shoes to fit wide feet, all you have to do is use and abuse them until they get broken in properly… not.
Luckily, shoe brands have at some point figured out that not everyone on the planet shares most of their genetics with Cinderella.
You can now find a decent selection of models that will promise both a good look and a great fit, with Nike leading the charge with some of the most attractive and innovative designs.
I have 5 top-rated and most beloved pairs here to share with you, but before that, we have to have a quick chat.
How to choose the best Nike running shoes for wide feet?
You’ll have to go a bit beyond that “W” mark next to the size. Yes, your foot will be able to fit inside that shoe, but will you be able to run in it? Or will it start falling apart on you within several uses?
Pay attention to these details, and you are bound to make a good purchase!
The toe shape
Most running shoes taper into some kind of a point, but you don’t want them to become too pointy.
On one side, that can translate into a lot of pinching and pain for your toes, while on the other side you will have a shoe that is falling apart from the stress and stretch.
A funny sight in a cartoon, not a good look in the middle of a run.
If you’re shopping in person, wear your most comfortable pair to the store. That way you will be able to see all models that are too narrow and pointy by comparing them to your shoes.
If you’re shopping online, this will get a bit difficult. Still, keep them close so you have something to compare to the images on the screen. If you choose to put them on the table, that’s your thing, and I don’t want to have anything to do with it.
The sole connection
Not trying to be poetic here, but you have to search your sole. To be precise, inspect in detail the seam between the sole and the upper.
It must look like it will take a nuclear reaction for it to tear apart since this is the part of the shoe that will suffer most damage when you have wide feet.
All of the models below passed this test (yes, those explosions and meltdowns were us testing shoes), but if you see a sole that is similar to something that didn’t work out for you before, feel free to give it a pass. I won’t cry… much.
The upper fabric
Unless you’re best friends with Phil Knight and he made sure that all the shoes are shaped to fit you, skip the rigid uppers and go for something with a bit more of flex and stretch.
To be honest, rarely anyone will feel comfortable in cement shoes, but that’s beside the point.
You are looking for the same things you would get with a bespoke garment – the fit has to be snug but also offer full mobility.
If your feet are not “standard shape”, most likely anything too stiff is a huge no-go.
Best Nike Running Shoes For Wide Feet
As a brand, Nike is usually a good place to start when you’re looking for a new pair of shoes. They tend to be well made, feature some cool technology, and just simply look good.
The following 5 models are all suitable for wide feet, and each one has slightly different features to satisfy different needs.
1. Epic React Flyknit
The Epic React Flyknit is truly… epic. If you have not been a fan of Nike, this shoe will change your mind. It’s heaven-sent for any high-impact activity and the special React Foam technology makes a sprint seem like you’re jumping through clouds.
The upper can stretch quite a lot to accommodate any size and shape of a foot without restricting mobility. But all this can come at a price, so be ready to get that second mortgage!
Our Rating 4.5/5
2.Flex Experience RN 6
It’s not a barefoot shoe, but it’s as close as you can get when you need support. It’s great for all types of activities with the injected foam midsole providing the needed cushion and response.
If you have tried a previous incarnation of this shoe and it was a bit tight, give it another go. The RN 6 comes with a roomier fit than its predecessors.
Our Rating 4.5/5
3. Revolution 3
There is a reason why this is the company’s best-selling wide-fit shoe – it’s simple, comfortable and versatile, while still bringing all the benefits of contemporary running shoe technology.
It’s perfect for any activity from gym training to long-distance running. But keep an eye on that upper. The single layer of mesh gives great ventilation in summer, but it will not provide a lot of protection. Also, it is far more likely to develop a hole in comparison to other models.
Our Rating 4.5/5
4. Lunar Glide 8
Probably the best bet if you’re shopping online. The Lunar Glide series is designed with a lot of space in the toe box and the upper forefoot with the latter addition providing more room than the previous versions.
However, if your heels are also very wide, they might not be for you – the back of it is very rigid and tight.
Our Rating 4.3/5
5. Air Zoom Structure 21
The Zoom line is very popular amongst runners and they can certainly outperform many other models on the market. The Structure provides a lot of stability on any terrain.
However, even though it has a wide toe box, the fit can be too tight for a “meatier” wide foot.
Our Rating 4/5
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you still be a professional runner with wide feet?
Yes. Running is not just about one body part. If it were, Paralympics would not be a thing.
Will my shoes fall apart faster if I have wide feet?
Yes if you buy a wrong pair. Make sure to follow our tips and you will be far less likely to waste your money on shoes that can’t go the distance with you.
Do I need to do something special to break in the shoes?
No, the process is pretty much the same no matter the shape and size of your foot. You can learn more about it by clicking here where I talk about the step by step process of breaking into new shoes!
I have bunions and wide feet. Which shoe should I buy?
Round toes are a must. Anything else will likely pinch a touch too much. All other advice applies here as well.
Can I go running “barefoot” with wide feet or do I need special support?
Neither one of those has anything to do with the width of your feet, so knock yourself out whichever way you want to go. But, maybe check with your doctor first, just in case.
If you’re clear, go and be Abebe Bikila as much as you want!
You do have to pay a little extra attention when buying shoes for wide feet, but it’s not like you’re lacking options. As you see, Nike has a decent range of styles and designs, so it’s a great place to start when you’re looking for a perfect shoe.