NOTE: This is an evergreen list (updated 10/14/2022). For the best non-plated wide foot running shoes right now, check out our Best Wide Running Shoes list.
Almost every major running shoe brand has a plated super shoe built on a chassis of carbon, carbon composite, or nylon, ensconced by a marshmallowy-thick midsole filled with some kind of magical foam.
If you’re a runner, you know what shoes I’m talking about because they take up 90% of your Instagram feed. In short, they are the iPhone of shoe technology – a leap-frogging advancement that allows runners to race at great speeds, rewarding us no-talent ass clowns for nothing other than tying our shoes and walking outside. And while there used to be just one to rule them all, there are now nearly a dozen vying for the throne.
Within this carbon realm, it seemed like every other week saw the release of a race shoe that would’ve made Emil Zatopek’s brain explode at the mere mention of it. With this many plated shoes, there has to be something for everyone. Right? Wrong. Kind of.
There’s a whole contingency of neglected runners when it comes to racing, or really any kind of shoes. Those people are my people – the wide footers among us. And just like “Among Us,” we’re hiding in plain sight, waiting for the chance to take you out. If only we were given the chance.
Unsurprisingly, a true 2E width plated shoe is about as rare as a foil Charizard. But as a “normal” wide footer in size 2E, I had to know – can any of the regular-width shoes actually work? I’m not alone in pondering this question. As the preeminent wide foot reviewer at Believe in the Run (i.e. the only one), I have upwards of dozens of fans messaging me on Instagram (the same person messaging 12 times counts as a dozen), wanting to know the answer.
So here we are. I’ve heard you loud and clear, guy with ‘runner’ in his Instagram handle. Believe In The Run has also heard me loud and clear in demanding our voice is heard (EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s true, he’s annoying as shit). So I’ve stuck my feet in Thomas’s shoes when his hypochondriac-ass wasn’t looking and stole some runs to see if my theory of wide feet working in normal shoes indeed gains traction like a rockered HOKA or falls flat like a burst Nike Alphafly pod.
Below are a handful of plated super shoe options that just might work for the wide foot fam. I’ve also tried other shoes not listed because they’re absolutely not runnable. As anyone with a foot wider than a pencil knows, there ain’t no Nike on here.
For reference, my foot runs wide in the forefoot and midfoot so these thoughts will be based on that. What works for me might not work for others and vice versa. I’ll be going over the details, fit, likes, and dislikes. Most importantly though, I’ll be mentioning what my maximum distance I’d run in the shoes since they are all standard width.
Should I come across more options, this list (which is organized alphabetically) will get updated. Any questions or comments can be left here or hit me up on the gram gram.
» ASICS METASPEED Edge+
- Weighs 8 oz. (226 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (39 in heel, 31 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon
When I saw the updates to the Metaspeed series, I knew I had to try it out. I loved the Metaspeed Sky for running fast workouts and races. Hell, I even PR’ed my 5k in them and went sub 20 minutes for the first time.
The Metaspeed Edge+ is for the cadence-runner who increases their speed by increasing the number of strides (as opposed to the stride-runner who takes longer steps and may like the Sky+ more). ASICS increased the drop to 8mm, added 16% more midsole foam for more cushion and bounce, and moved the carbon plate lower to the ground.
The upper is very similar to the prior Metaspeed series with the polyester jacquard upper, super thin tongue, and lightly padded heel collar. I still have to play with the tongue to make sure it doesn’t fold over itself when putting on the shoes. The laces are ribbed and hold well.
ASICS fixed the length issue, and while I had to size up to an 11 in the original Metaspeed Sky, I went with a 10.5 in the Metaspeed Edge+ and the length is perfect. I find the toe box to be a little tight, just like the Metaspeed Sky, and the midfoot is snug. I’m able to make the Edge+ work because the midfoot logo is sublimated and lacks any harsh overlays. The biggest problem I have with the upper is that I get some heel slip unless I heel lock lace tight. I’ve had to retie my shoes at the beginning of a run to get a good secure lock down.
The midsole gets the FlyteFoam Blast Turbo treatment. This new midsole is supposed to be more cushioned and give a more reactive bounce. The carbon plate was moved towards the bottom of the shoe to help make the ride feel a little less harsh and there is a noticeable toe spring for a smooth transition. The Edge+ is made for speed and doesn’t feel as good when going at an easier pace. I also think people who heel strike may find it to be unstable as the heel is more narrow than the forefoot.
ASICSGRIP outsole rubber mostly in the forefoot. If you tore up the original Metaspeeds in the heel, you’re probably going to have the same issue. If you found it to be very loud, you’re probably going to have the same issue. Otherwise, the forefoot grip works very well.
My first run in the Edge+ was for the Falmouth Road Race. I was a little nervous running in a new shoe for the first time, but they worked great. I had no pain or blisters, and besides it being stupid hot, my feet were happy. My speed workouts have also been extremely fun. The Edge+ feel so fast when pushing and they have a snappy pop that I don’t get in some of the more cushioned and softer plated shoes. For me, there’s no doubt that the Metaspeed Edge+ is a top contender on race day.
» ASICS METASPEED Sky
- Weighs 7.7 oz. (220 g) for a US M11
- 5 mm drop (33 in heel, 28 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon
*ASICS has entered the chat.* That’s right, we have another brand that has made the wide plated roundup. We all know the saying “mo options, mo problems,” (ok that’s not really the saying) which is why I’m here to break down my thoughts on the new ASICS METASPEED Sky.
The METASPEED Sky is one of two new super shoes coming from ASICS (the other being the Edge). The Sky has been created for the runner who increases their stride when running faster. The Edge is for the runner who increases their cadence. I’m not quite sure which category I fall into since I’m not a data nerddd. I just like to run.
ASICS sent me a size 10.5 and 11 to see which one fit better and boy am I thankful. My normal 10.5 size felt extremely snug and short. When I put on the 11, things felt normal again and my foot could breathe. The Sky runs small, so my recommendation would be to size up! The size 11 is a light 7.7 oz. and is the only sub 8 oz. shoe on the list as of writing this.
The upper is made of a one piece engineered mesh made from 100% recycled polyester. It’s very light and thin and is somewhat see-through. The wide footers are going to be pleased that there are no overlays on the shoe. I’m loving the fact that the ASICS logo is painted on as there are no serious pressure points in the midfoot.
Like other racing shoes, the tongue is a thin piece of fabric. I didn’t get any pressure points from the tongue, but sometimes it folded over when putting the shoe on, so I’d have to spend extra time getting it to lay flat. A minor inconvenience at worst.
The heel collar has some padding that wraps around the heel and also down the Achilles. It’s just enough padding in the exact points needed. I do find the heel counter to lack some stability as it doesn’t have much structure.
My biggest complaint with the Sky isn’t even with the shoe itself. It’s with the laces. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know I’m a heel lock fanboy. Even with this lacing technique, my laces had so much extra material. I also don’t really love how they feel. Switching them out was an easy solution to my first world problem.
For me, the midfoot fits pretty well. It’s snug, but not constricting, thanks to the lack of overlays. I also didn’t have any big issues with the midfoot when running 13.1 miles in them! The forefoot might be another story. It feels tighter in the forefoot and unfortunately the bunion gang might have some issues. I noticed some of that tightness during my runs, although it didn’t cause blisters. As reference, I think the midfoot of the Sky feels a little better than the Hyperion Elite 2, and unless you have bunion issues, I believe you can make the Sky work if you successfully ran in the Speed, TC, or RC Elite 2.
The midsole is composed of ASICS’ FLYTEFOAM BLAST TURBO midsole foam with (you guessed it) a full-length carbon fiber plate. What you end up getting is a very light, but relatively firm (compared to the RC2), ride that has a ton of pop to it. I really noticed the bounce when running at a harder pace, which I think is where the shoe excels. My opinion is the Sky isn’t a casual pace shoe, which makes sense because of the rigid plate. With the platform being wider in the forefoot and more narrow in the heel, I also think the heavy heel strikers might find the shoe to feel somewhat unstable (at least I did).
The outsole features ASICSGRIP on the forefoot of the shoe and some placed on each side of the heel. This rubber is crazy grippy and just plain wonderful. I’ve seen a few pictures of people destroying the heel where it’s exposed foam, but I’m not having this issue. Pick your feet up, people!
I have to warn everyone, these shoes are loud. Yes, they are bright, but I’m talking about the sound of the ASICSGRIP hitting the pavement. I’ll just put it like this, I wouldn’t recommend the Sky to a ninja. Since I did mention looks, I want to say how hot the Sky is. So hot that it looks like the whole shoe could have originally been orange and the ankle area burned. The shoe is straight fire!
My first run was the ASICS Jean Mile, which I ran with the faster bastards. In skinny jeans I somehow set a new mile PR of 5:43. I questioned if I should give the credit to the shoes or the jeans. My next few runs weren’t as fast, but I pushed the distance all the way up to 13.1 miles, and while my feet were getting tired, no huge issues arose. As I said before, I noticed some tightness in the forefoot and that might cause bunion pain, but everything else felt fantastic. I could really feel the plate and the FF Blast working together to help propel me forwards.
When it comes down to people asking about the Sky or the RC2, it depends on what ride you prefer. You’re going to get a super soft and bouncy ride in the RC2. With the Sky, you’re getting the more stable, firmer, but still responsive feel with pop.
I’m very happy ASICS sent me the METASPEED Sky to test out for the #WideFootFam. If the laces were a little better, I’d have so few complaints you’d probably think this was sponsored (it’s definitely not). The Sky is a phenomenal shoe that has just about everything I could ask for; a comfortable heel collar, midfoot room, lightweight, and a fun ride. This is a top tier shoe!Shop ASICS – Men
» Brooks Hyperion Elite 2
- Weighs 8.0 oz. (227 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (35 in heel, 27 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon
The Hyperion Elite 2 is the successor to the short-lived Hyperion Elite 1. Like very short-lived. But that’s beside the point as Brooks realized there was an issue and successfully fixed it.
New to the HE2 is a 2 mm thicker nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH midsole. This midsole isn’t as bouncy or soft as the other shoes listed here, but it’s also not nearly as firm as the HE1. It provides more of a light and semi-cushioned ride. Within the midsole is a full-length carbon plate. The magic is revealed when the DNA FLASH and plate are combined with the Rapid Roll Technology (think curved midsole to assist with smooth turnover).
I found myself in cruise control when pushing a faster pace. My mid-strike landing rolled through toe-off buttery smooth. I actually didn’t notice the plate too much because the Rapid Roll transitioned so well.
If you need more stability, the HE2 is the obvious choice. With the wider base and firmer midsole, you don’t have to worry about looking like a newborn giraffe in high heels. This is by far the most stable shoe listed here.
The outsole has rubber placed in the forefoot and heel. The rest is exposed midsole. I was concerned about my footing while running through the leaves (it’s Fall y’all!), but had no issues with slipping during dry days.
The featherweight stretch woven upper is unchanged from the original Elite. It’s extremely thin and light. The tongue is just a thin piece of fabric that is saved by having the lacing go through it to keep it in place.
To me, the midfoot feels slightly more snug than the Endorphin Speed (more on that later), but makes up for that with more room in the forefoot and toe box.
The biggest gripe I have with the HE2 is the heel collar. My first run came with some blisters on both my Achilles. For the next few days and runs, I tried wearing the collar in by smashing it with my foot throughout the day and also wearing band-aids while running. 20+ miles in and it’s feeling much much better.
Brooks claims the DNA FLASH will last 200-400 miles. That’s a big range, but the life expectancy is appreciated when having to drop $250 on a shoe.
I enjoy the HE2 more at a distance between a 10k and half marathon. Compared to the other shoes, it was lacking the pop and aggressive carbon plate feeling. It made up for this with the smooth Rapid Roll. If the HE3 has a more traditional heel, it would make the shoe even more killer and could provide me with enough confidence to push the distance even further.Shop Hyperion Elite 2
» Craft CTM Carbon Ultra Race Rebel
- Weighs 8.5 oz. (240 g) for a US M10.5
- 11 mm drop (35 in heel, 24 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: n/a
The CTM Carbon Ultra Race Rebel is Craft’s first go at a road carbon plated race day shoe. Looking at the Race Rebel, it looks eerily similar to the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2, but blacked out Tommy Rivs style. The Race Rebel’s jacquard mesh upper is super thin, but still feels strong. Even though it doesn’t stretch at all, the lack of overlays is welcomed for my wider midfoot. The heel collar lacks structure, although my foot was held in place and I didn’t experience any heel slippage.
The Race Rebel’s UD Foam Pro midsole is up there with the Hyperion Elite 2 in terms of stability. While the ride was not what I hoped for, I felt comfortable with my stride and form thanks to the shoes being more stable. Each run I was really hoping to get that carbon plate racer sensation. Each run I ended disappointed by the lack of that carbon plate racer sensation. For me, the Race Rebel doesn’t provide that oomph that I get in the New Balance RC Elite 2 or ASICS Metaspeed Sky. There isn’t much of a bounce, nor is there any pop in the UD Foam Pro midsole. The Race Rebel feels like it could be a daily trainer. If “carbon plate inside” wasn’t written on the midsole, I wouldn’t even think that there was one.
While the Race Rebel is extremely accommodating in the forefoot, the upper is baggy enough that it allows my foot to move around. On my 10 mile run, I was on the verge of bad blisters on both feet on the medial side of the forefoot.
I was really excited when I tried on the Craft CTM Carbon Race Rebel. On step in, it felt like the Hyperion Elite 2, but with a heel that wasn’t tearing my Achilles apart. The Race Rebel has a #WideFootFam approved midfoot and roomy forefoot. Unfortunately, that excitement quickly faded once I got running.
The upper doesn’t have any stretch nor structure, so the extra room ended up being sloppy and baggy. The Race Rebel lacks the premier carbon racer feel and the ride is borderline dull. I’d be way less harsh if it was a daily trainer and priced around $150, but it’s not. The Craft CTM Carbon Race Rebel is priced at $250. My hope is that Craft gets it right with their next version.Shop Race Rebel – Men Shop Race Rebel – Women
» Saucony Endorphin Pro 3
- Weighs 7.9 oz. (223 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (39.5 in heel, 31.5 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon (?)
The Endorphin Pro 3 is Saucony’s elite racing shoe. It has all the fancy bells and whistles you’d expect from a top tier racer. Here we’re looking at a carbon plate, an almost illegal midsole stack height, and a barely there upper. Mix it all together and somehow Saucony still managed to keep it in the featherweight division.
The upper is made of an incredibly light and thin single layer of mesh. Upon closer look, the holes in the mesh have tiny tinsel looking threads that give the shoe its sparkly shine. The gusseted tongue is paper thin and has 3 large holes punched out to reduce weight and have it even more breathable. All these weight reduction decisions paid off because my size M10.5 came in at a measly 7.9 oz. (223 g.).
The padded heel collar sits up pretty high on the ankle. On my long run, I noticed rubbing on my Achilles that was on the verge of causing a blister. My next run was a speed workout and I decided to wear higher socks and pull the laces tighter while heel lock lacing, and that helped.
On to fit, which is why you’re probably here! I have a chunkier midfoot. My longest run while testing was 13.1 miles and I didn’t have any problems or pain with the width. The toe box feels slightly better than the Endorpin Speed 1 and 2, but it’s not as spacious as a true wide shoe might be (as expected). The midfoot is definitely more accommodating than the Speeds were. I haven’t run in the previous Endorphin Pros, but if you have wide feet and are able to make the Asics Metaspeed Sky or New Balance RC Elite 2 work, you can definitely live it up in the Pro 3.
The midsole is a massive stack of PWRRUN PB. Saucony pushed the stack height to the legal race limits with the 39.5mm heel and 31.5mm forefoot drop. I love how bouncy and soft the foam is. To provide more rigidity and pop, Saucony uses a S-curve carbon fiber plate. Additionally, the Speedroll rocker works in unison with the carbon plate to propel you forward. Saucony has so much going on in the midsole and it works flawlessly.
Underneath is a XT-900 rubber outsole in the forefoot and heel for added durability and I thought the traction was fantastic. It was a little nerve wracking taking sharp corners at high speeds. Even though it may be more stable than the Endorphin Pro 2 because of the wider midsole, that massive 39.5mm of PWRRUN PB still wobbles.
If I haven’t made it apparent enough, Saucony crushed it with the Endorphin Pro 3. The thiccc stack of PWRRUN PB, along with the carbon plate, provide a bouncy and snappy ride that feels oh so good to run in. If you can run in any of the other shoes on this list, I don’t see why you would have a problem here. These pink shoes get the green light.Shop Saucony Racing – Men Shop Saucony Racing – Women
» Saucony Endorphin Speed
- Weighs 8.4 oz. (238 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (33 in heel, 25 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon
After lots of begging, I was able to finagle a pair of the Saucony Endorphin Speed. The Speed is Saucony’s middle-tier tempo shoe nestled nicely between the Shift (daily trainer) and Pro (racer).
The Speed has just enough width that it can cater to the wide crowd. Not only did I find the shoe wearable, I’ve had tons of people message me or comment saying it works for their feet too!
The engineered mesh upper is soft and the 3D printed overlays provide structure. Combined with the gusseted tongue, the upper fits like a glove… but like on your foot. I also like that the heel is pretty traditional (i.e. lightly padded and firmer). As expected, the Speed is a tad tight in the midfoot and forefoot. I got around this by wearing thin socks and keeping the midfoot lacing looser. So long as I did the heel lock lacing, my foot didn’t move around at all.
When compared to the RC, the Speed definitely doesn’t feel as tight. Compared to the Hyperion Elite 2, the Speed has a bit more room in the midfoot and slightly less in the toe box (at least on the lateral side).
The concoction going on below the foot is special. A PWRRUN PB midsole provides exceptional bounce in a lower weight package. Within the PWRRUN PB foam is a full-length nylon plate. You read that correct, this isn’t the carbon plate found in the Endorphin Pro. This nylon plate is less rigid and almost feels non-existent, but assists with turnover. Add in a SPEEDROLL geometry for smooth roll-off and the hits just keep coming.
The outsole is full-length rubber with some exposed midsole foam. I could see some issues with grip as the rubber wears out, but one of the track workouts I did was the morning after a storm and the turns were fine.
The Endorphin Speed is my favorite shoe of 2020. I need more in all the colors. The Speed can do it all. From crazy fast and fun tempo or track workouts to cushioned and bouncy slower miles, this shoe is a winner. Until a true wide plated racing shoe comes out (I’m not counting my metaphorical chickens), this is my half marathon pick.Shop Endorphin Speed
» Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
- Weighs 8.2 oz. (232 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (33 in heel, 25 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: half marathon
The Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is extremely similar to the Speed 1. The only update is to the upper, so if you want to see how much I love the PWRRUN PB midsole, full-length nylon plate, and ride of the Speed 2, read the review above.
With the Speed 2, Saucony updated the upper to provide a snugger heel fit, more breathable mesh, and softer anti-slip laces. Truthfully, I never had an issue with the breathability of the previous iteration, so I don’t really notice any big change here.
As for the laces, they are definitely different between the two versions, but let’s be real, you’re not buying or avoiding shoes over laces. The biggest difference between the two shoes is that the Speed 2 feels just a touch tighter in the midfoot. I believe that this is caused by the overlay that runs along the entire lateral side of the shoe behind the Saucony logo. It provides more structure, but less give for us chunky midfooters.
The quick take here is that if you had issues with the Speed 1 because of the midfoot, you most likely won’t be able to run in the Speed 2. If you had some extra room, then these will probably work out for you. I really hope with Saucony’s next take, they get rid of the excessive overlays and make it more midfoot friendly.Shop Endorphin Speed 2 – Men Shop Endorphin Speed 2 – Women
» New Balance FuelCell TC
- Weighs 9.9 oz. (281 g) for a US M10.5
- 10 mm drop (36 in heel, 26 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance in the shoe: 10 miles
I think the New Balance FuelCell TC might be the most accommodating plated shoe for the wide foot fam. The curve of the shoe makes it so the lateral part of my foot stays in the shoe and doesn’t muffin top over. My arches are what hang over on the medial side. However, the structure of the upper keeps my foot held in and my wide feet can fit comfortably!
The upper is a lightweight mesh upper that I find to fit almost perfectly. The heel counter is lightly padded and I have no issue with the elf curl. The outsole has enough rubber in the forefoot to grip the road and the heel is mostly exposed FuelCell with some rubber.
The midsole is a massive stack of FuelCell with a carbon plate shoved in there which helps provide some stability. Although, runners who actually need stability may have trouble with the TC; it gets wobbly if you heel strike. Like real wobbly. The TC is for sure the least stable shoe here.
The bounce is real in the TC. It’s like a damn trampoline. Once I hit my stride, I’m propelled forward by the plate and up from the FuelCell. I can’t help but go fast in this shoe and it feels so easy!
Lots of people had an issue with the TC being heavy when compared to other carbon racers out there. Most wide shoes weigh more than the TC. I don’t feel like the TC is chunky or soul-sucking at all.
I have the TC listed for my max distance at 10 miles because I find my form starts to fall apart as I get tired. With the FuelCell being so soft and the stack height being so high, I pronate pretty bad during the later miles.
I really like the New Balance FuelCell TC for tempo runs (although it could easily be used for race day). The midsole bounce is so much fun and makes me feel like I’m galloping along. If you’re struggling with fit on the other shoes listed here, try the TC!Shop New Balance TC
» New Balance FuelCell RC Elite 2
- Weighs 8.6 oz. (245 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (39 in heel, 31 in toe)
- Jarrett’s max distance: Half-Marathon
In a weird alternate Rick and Morty universe, the FuelCell TC and RC Elite 1 had a baby which grew up to be the FuelCell RC Elite 2. Seriously, this racer update has taken the best bits from both shoes and evolved into an even greater super shoe.
The upper is made of a soft and light engineered mesh. The mesh over the toes has holes so big you can see your toes. When it comes to fit, the RC Elite 2 is more like the TC than the RC Elite 1 and that’s a really good thing. The new model is more true to size and has plenty of room in the toe and just enough in the midfoot to be a viable option.
A large NB logo overlay extends over the toe box to the midfoot. This allows the upper mesh in the midfoot to actually stretch and not cause any excessive pressure spots. Just like in the TC, my arch hangs over the side, but it isn’t an issue.
The RC Elite 2 is packing heat in the midsole. It’s measuring in at a huge 39 mm heel and 31 mm toe compared to 32/22 in the original. The larger-than-life FuelCell midsole makes the shoe softer and waaaaaay bouncier.
I found the carbon plate to feel a little better in the RC Elite 2 thanks to the extra FuelCell during my runs. On a few short runs, I threw in a fast mile that clocked in the 6-minute range. I can do that in most shoes, but I was surprised at how easy the effort was. The roll of the FuelCell and pop of the carbon plate work seamlessly together.
The only negative things I can think of are slight issues with sharp turns as the stack height is so high, and this is not the most stable of shoes. If you need some stability or have weak ankles, you might be wasting your time.
New Balance killed it with the FuelCell RC Elite 2. They fixed the small sizing of the RC 1 and added a ton more FuelCell to make the ride softer and bouncier. If you loved the TC for training runs, the RC 2 is now what I would actually consider to be the race day version. Congrats #WideFootFam, you’ve got another half marathon option.Shop RC Elite 2
» New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer
- Weighs 11.5 oz. (326 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 8 mm drop (47 in heel, 39 in toe)
Well, #WideFootFam, we’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel. New Balance provided us a ticket to the ball in the form of the SuperComp Trainer. This carbon plated shoe review will be done using the WIDE option.
The upper is a nice lace knit material with a bit of stretch to it (not as extreme as the hypoknit). I tried on Thomas’ standard width pair over a month ago and thought it felt too tight in the midfoot. The extra upper material of the wide version makes the fit so much more comfortable. It may just be the best fitting plated shoe I’ve tried. The midfoot is a little snug, but not tight, and the toe box has more space. Besides the lateral midfoot logo, there are no overlays to cause excessive pressure. The gusseted tongue is nice and I didn’t have any problems with the collar.
The SC Trainer is the evolution of the FuelCell TC. This go around, New Balance decided to blow past the legal World Athletics height limit of 40mm with 47mm of FuelCell goodness. A massive midsole doesn’t come without some extra weight. My pair weighed 11.5 oz. I’d be more upset if it was a racer, but this is for training, so weight isn’t the end all problem.
New Balance is touting their energy arc midsole technology, which contains a cambered carbon plate that’s sandwiched between two layers of FuelCell foam. The bottom layer contains a void going down the center of the entire length of the shoe. This allows the shoe to maximize energy return.
I was pretty concerned about how stable the shoe would be with the huge void. However, I’m pleasantly surprised to say it’s even more stable than the FuelCell TC and RC2. The width of the heel is a good amount wider than both those shoes and it helps with the pronating. Just keep in mind that this isn’t a stability shoe and if you pronate bad, you may have some issues. I was extremely hesitant when taking corners fast. I found it nearly impossible to avoid slowing down as I didn’t want to roll my ankles.
The midsole foam is absurd with how soft it is. It may just be the softest shoe I own. While people talk about the compression, I’m fairly confident the technical term would be “the squish.” In the SC Trainer, the squish factor is next level. Paired with the carbon plate, I get a soft landing that has excellent energy return to keep me moving.
My miles have been excellent. I had mile pickups with Thomas during a long run and other days I took it slow and easy. The shoe can perform at higher paces if needed, but shines on easier everyday running.
The more I run in the SC Trainer, the more I like it. Sure, the weight is up there, but this is a high performance trainer and is going to keep you feeling fresh on those long runs where you’re just going for distance. Oh, and did I mention it freaking comes in wide?! I’ve got a feeling the SC Trainer is going to get pulled off the shoe rack a lot. It’s a winner. Simple as that.Shop SuperComp Trainer
Feel free to disagree, but this is my opinion regarding fit from most accommodating to least accommodating:
- New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer
- New Balance FuelCell TC
- New Balance FuelCell RC Elite 2
- ASICS METASPEED Sky
- Saucony Endorphin Speed
- Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
- Brooks Hyperion Elite 2
I realize that’s only a few shoes, but at least it’s something. And for once, you can wear a shoe that doesn’t have a colorway that falls somewhere on the color palette between nuclear ash London-fog grey. Like I said, any questions or comments (or further recommendations!), just drop it in the comments below or hit me up on Instagram!
Robbe is the Senior Editor/Review Manager for BITR. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two sons and runs with the Faster Bastards. When he’s not running in weird places or getting injured in odd ways, he can be found hiking, camping, bikepacking, or hanging with friends.