UPDATED 10/12/2022. For a few race day options, check out our Best Wide Foot Plated Running Shoes review as well.
PSA: This is Jarrett’s wide foot running shoe roundup, and this is a safe space. As all wide foot runners know, we’ve been shunned for far too long. There are dozens of us, dammit! So this is a place where my fellow wide fam can view all the good options that work for us folk who can’t squish into those “normal” width shoes.
Now, this is technically not a “Best Of” list (although my favorite shoes are indeed in here). Instead, this is a list of almost every wide shoe that I’ve run in that’s currently available. I’ll give you the good, the bad, and everything in-between. Some shoes will have links to my full review, and others will offer summaries of shoes I have worn but received after others on our team reviewed them (it turns out very few companies care about doing pre-production runs of wide shoes).
As any runner with wide foot problems knows, the list of companies who cater to us is pretty brief. You’ll also notice that the following list is New Balance-heavy, as they consistently offer the most diverse options in the wide segment (for that, we thank you, New Balance).
We’ll keep updating this list throughout the year (organized alphabetically, btw), so check back for new additions from time to time. Should you have any questions or shoe requests, leave a comment below or hit me up on the gram!
The best wide foot running shoes:
Altra Torin 4.5 Plush
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 9.6 oz. for a US M10.5
- 0 mm drop (28 in heel, 28 in toe)
Altra knocked it out of the park with the Torin 4.5 Plush with just an update to the upper. The new knit upper is softer and more breathable. Oh, and it looks pretty damn sleek too! It felt slightly snug at first but loosened to allow more room in the midfoot. I’m annoyed they removed the second eyelet, so there goes my heel lock lacing, but that’s a personal problem.
The midsole and outsole are the same as the previous iteration, and that’s a-ok with me. The ride is comfortable and cushioned for recovery easy runs or going the distance. Plush is an understatement. The cushion is real here. I also absolutely love that Altra cut 1.1 oz. to make this come in under 10 oz. Altra has a hit on their hands with the Torin 4.5 Plush.Read The Review Shop The Shoe
ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 10.8 oz. (306 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (26 in heel, 16 in toe)
I’m not even going to sugarcoat my feelings, ASICS hit it out of the park with the Gel-Nimbus 24. They took a legacy daily trainer that hasn’t changed much over the years and made it feel new and enjoyable with the Flytefoam Blast+ midsole.
The engineered mesh upper is comfy, has solid lockdown, and feels luxurious. I noticed the lateral midfoot logo overlay a little bit on my longer runs, and I wish it had some give to it, but it was a side thought. Those with extra-wide midfoots might see it as more of an issue.
The knit tongue is super stretchy and sits up slightly high on the ankle. I’ve never had a tongue this elastic, so it was pretty weird at first. Once running, I completely forgot about it, which is as good a compliment as it gets.
The midsole features the new Flytefoam Blast+ foam. ASICS claims FF Blast+ to be lighter, softer, and more responsive than FF Blast. Upon first step-in, the cushioning hit me, and all I could think was, damn, this feels good! This translated exceptionally well to the underfoot feel while running. No matter the distance, I enjoyed the soft landing and energy return. The outsole has some exposed foam, and the strategically placed ASICS Lite rubber covers enough of the outsole for extra durability and grip.
ASICS did a fantastic job with the 24th iteration of the Gel-Nimbus. The FF Blast+ midsole is an excellent addition to make it stick out in an overflowing pool of daily trainer options. If you’re looking for a reliable, neutral wide foot daily trainer that’s extremely enjoyable, check out the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24.Read The Review Shop Nimbus 24 – Men
ASICS GLIDERIDE 2
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 11.1 oz. (314 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 5 mm drop (31 in heel, 26 in toe)
If you’re reading the roundup for ASICS, you’re probably used to offerings like the Kayano, Cumulus, or Nimbus. ASICS is sharing the love with the #WideFootFam in the form of the GLIDERIDE 2, the first wide shoe to use GuideSole technology. ASICS explains this as a technology consisting of a curved sole that improves running efficiency by decreasing the load placed on the lower limbs.
The engineered mesh upper is like most other ASICS on step-in, which means it’s super comfortable. The fit is true to size, the upper is soft and stretchy in the right places, and there’s enough room in the midfoot and toe box for my chunky feet. A stiff heel counter adds some ankle support, but I like the traditionally padded heel collar. Some people get excited at pull tabs or gusseted tongues, but I’m the type of guy who prefers a good heel collar.
To make you feel even better about yourself, 20% of the primary material of the shoe’s upper is made with recycled materials to reduce waste and carbon emissions. So if you’re trying to save the world, ASICS hears you.
The midsole is made up of two layers of FlyteFoam with a plate sandwiched in the middle. Yup, you read that right. Technically this is a wide-plated shoe. The result is a thiccc midsole with very stiff integrity due to the plate. I find the midsole to feel a bit firm, but the shoe runs so smooth thanks to the GuideSole technology (that super exaggerated toe spring).
Not only does the GuideSole hide the firmness, but it also makes the shoe seem lighter. At 11.1 oz., the GLIDERIDE 2 hasn’t fatigued my legs much. I guess that’s the difference between a heavy shoe that stomps and one that just flows through toe-off. During most of my runs, I found myself moving quicker than I thought. Runs felt easier than with some of the other traditional daily trainers. The strategically placed high abrasion rubber in the forefoot and heel show barely any wear at all.
The GLIDERIDE 2 is a fun and very different ASICS offering to come in wide. The black and grey colorway may be as dull as it gets, but I’m just excited that ASICS is expanding past the traditional stuff in the glorious 2E width. The fit is excellent, and the crazy toe spring, i.e., GuideSole, makes running feel smoother than your favorite jazz musician.Read the Review Shop The Shoe
HOKA Arahi 5
> Mild Stability
- Weighs 9.7 oz. (275 g) for a US M9 2E
- 5 mm drop (35 in heel, 30 in toe)
CAUTION: those with extra wide feet or bunions should avoid this shoe altogether. Even my 2E feels a little tight on me.
That said, I enjoy the HOKA Arahi 5. It features an updated engineered mesh upper and flared-out heel to reduce pressure on the Achilles. The new upper is soft and breathable. I also like the tongue a lot more as the previous version was narrow where it sat on the ankle. Let’s also say what everyone is thinking: the Arahi looks exactly like the Clifton, and we’re ok with it.
HOKA updated the midsole to feel a little bit more responsive. It still has the EVA J-Frame, a firmer foam that goes along the medial side and wraps around the heel for stability. The early-stage Meta-Rocker gives a pleasant toe-off sensation. Since the Arahi 5 is a stability shoe, it’s firm by HOKA standards, but it’s by no means harsh.
My size 10 2E weighs 9.9 oz. This shoe weighs less than most of the other shoes on this roundup. The outsole traction feels great in dry conditions, but things get a little slick when the ground is wet. The wide base also contributes to more stability.
I’m convinced that getting lace length correct is more challenging than figuring out the Good Will Hunting math equation. Why are they so long? Why?
Assuming HOKA has worked for you in the past, the Arahi 5 is a really good lightweight stability wide foot running shoe. They did a great job with the weight for the amount of stability. The midsole is comfortable and peppy.Read the Review Shop The Shoe
HOKA Mach 5
> Daily Trainer (Tempo)
- Weighs 8.7 oz. (246 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 5 mm drop (29 in heel, 24 in toe)
It has only taken 5 iterations of the Mach and a offshoot Supersonic to get Hoka to spread the love to the #WideFootFam. The Mach 5 is a lightweight daily trainer that can be used for tempo work and even race day.
The upper is a jacquard mesh that is light and breathable. It sports a super thin, lay-flat, gusseted tongue, and a plush heel collar. I’ve had issues with wide Hoka shoes in the past being too narrow which caused pain and discomfort. I found the Mach 5 wide width to be just enough for my midfoot. It’s a little tight, but causes no irritation. The forefoot also has enough room for me. I get a solid lockdown without any heel slip. The biggest issue I have with the upper is how short the tongue is. When the shoes are tied, I can barely grab the tongue. The guessetting thankfully keeps the tongue from moving around, otherwise it would be a disaster.
The Mach 5 has a dual density midsole. The upper layer features the ProFly+ foam, while the bottom is a denser layer of rubberized EVA foam. I’m loving the underfoot feel while running. It gives a light and nimble ride that has a snappy bounce to it. I’m not sure I would pick the shoe out for a recovery day, but damn it runs well at an easy and moderate pace. Also, with the wide base, it feels very stable.
I’ve definitely got some concerns with the durability, as the outsole is that rubberized EVA. The traction was great in both dry and wet conditions, but my pair has some wear and I haven’t even reached 50 miles yet.
If you’re looking for a lightweight daily trainer that can easily be used for faster miles, the Hoka Mach 5 just might be the shoe you seek.Read The Review Shop The Shoe
HOKA Speedgoat 4
> Trail (Max Cushion)
- Weighs 11.9 oz. (337 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 4 mm drop (32 in heel, 28 in toe)
The Speedgoat is usually in the conversation when trail shoes get talked about. It’s a shoe I was never able to wear because of the standard width, so I got pretty jazzed when I saw it was finally coming in wide. Spoiler alert: the width is great!
The EVA midsole cushion is impressive, and I didn’t feel rocks or sticks while on the trails. This is usually a worry because I’ve gotten a super gnarly bruised heel before, which kept me from running for a week. I will say the Speedgoat did feel a bit unstable because of the lack of ground feel.
If I were to buy another pair, I’d probably size down half a size. Between the super-thin tongue, weirdly obnoxious overlay right above the middle of the toe box, and struggle to get a good tight fit, I ended my runs with a few blisters. I think a lot of that probably came from my feet sliding forward at times.
The Vibram MegaGrip outsole provided some super solid traction while running down the trails, around switchbacks, and over wet rocks.
There aren’t too many trail options that come in wide. HOKA throwing the Speedgoat into the 2E ring is a game changer!Read The Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance 860v12
> Max Stability
- Weighs 12.2 oz. for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (31 in heel, 21 in toe)
The 860v12 is New Balance’s max stability tank. The engineered mesh upper has plenty of width in the forefoot and midfoot. I’m happy that the Ultra Heel is no more, and it’s now a more traditional heel collar that feels more comfortable and fits better.
Near the arch of my left foot, I felt the stitched overlays inside the shoe right above the midsole. I don’t know why I only felt it on my left foot, but it was annoying to the point that I thought about it multiple times on each run.
The midsole and outsole remain unchanged from v11. It has the layer of Fresh Foam X sitting above the full-length Fresh Foam, which contains a firm medial post. The outsole is full blown rubber, and the durability seems sky high.
The 860v12 provides a comfy and slightly cushioned ride for a maximum stability wide foot running shoe, but after a few miles, the shoe starts to feel cumbersome. Even though it’s down .2 oz. from last year’s model, 12.2 oz. is by no means light. My legs were getting fatigued, and the weight definitely played a factor.
Runners who had v11 won’t be in for a huge surprise here and should be content with the update. Personally, I’d choose the Vongo v5 over the 860v12 to get a lighter shoe that isn’t as firm. However, if you need all of the stability you can get and want a tank, going with the 860 would probably be wiser.Read The Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance 880v12
> Daily Trainer (Traditional)
- Weighs 12 oz. (340 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (35 in heel, 25 in toe)
The big update to the 880v12 is in the dual-layered midsole. The heel and top layer of the forefoot are Fresh Foam X, which is tooled to be softer, while the bottom layer of the forefoot is a denser FuelCell compound for more energy return. The Fresh Foam’s softness is immediately apparent when putting on the shoes. It just feels, well– softer– and better.
While I noticed the Fresh Foam cushioning on my runs, it was most apparent when running downhill. It provided a softer landing, but not to the level of the max cushioned Fresh Foam More v3. I had some issues picking up the pace, but running around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at an easier 8:30-9:00 minute pace was comfortable for me.
The upper is a similar engineered mesh to the v11, and the tongue in v12 sits a little lower on the ankle. I found the upper extra voluminous to the point that I had to cinch down the laces extremely tight and use the heel lock lacing technique. Once I did that, I had a solid lockdown. Comparing these to v11, I think they might run just a touch longer, which explains the extra room in the forefoot. As for the width, I think the #WideFootFam will be happy. I found it to have plenty of room without pinching anything.
I’m a fan of the new, playful look of the 880. Maybe it’s the fact that the baby blue and peach logo go together so well. It could be the touch of yellow in the outsole, too. Either way, I’m happy not to have an all-gray shoe! Speaking of the outsole, there’s a monstrous amount of rubber, and I’d almost guarantee it will outlive any other part of the shoe over time.
The New Balance Fresh Foam 880v12 continues to be one of the best workhorses on the market. It’s going to work as expected and, with the updated Fresh Foam X midsole, will feel even better than v11. If you’re looking for a safe daily trainer, check out the 880v12.Read The Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12
> Daily Trainer (Max Cushion)
- Weighs 10.9 oz for a US M10 2E
- 8 mm drop
It’s not often I receive a pair of wide shoes in bright orange. By “not often,” I mean literally never. I love the wide, fun colorway, even though it’s throwing me for a loop. I don’t usually look down while running and see such bright shoes.
The Hypoknit upper is comfortable and form-fitting. It has a ton of stretch, which allows it to conform to more foot shapes. I think the 2E width is excellent for the wide footers out there. My midfoot doesn’t feel cramped, and the toebox has plenty of space. The issues I had with the v11 causing pain on the top of my foot from either the medial “N” overlay or lacing are gone. New Balance also went with a more traditional padded heel collar seen on the Vongo v5 instead of the previous iteration’s dreaded UltraHeel.
The Fresh Foam X midsole is pretty much unchanged, which means the cushioning is excellent. It’s softer than the 880, but not to the level found in the More V3. As expected, I enjoyed my daily easy miles in the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 and the shoe started to feel even smoother when I picked up the pace. If you don’t care about weight, this is a do-it-all shoe.
The sizing seems to be off on this shoe. I got lucky and was sent a pair half size down, and it fits me perfectly. For reference and as far as I can tell, my US M10 2E 1080v12 is the same length as my 10.5 2E 1080v11 and 10.5 2E Vongo v5.
My other small gripe is that the shoe clocks in at 10.9 oz. when my pair from last year weighed 10.2 oz. I’ll gladly take the added weight in exchange for New Balance sending the UltraHeel to a farm up north.
I may not have been a big fan of last year’s 1080v11, but I’m certainly sold on the updated 1080v12. The wide fit is excellent once you have the right size, and it’s extremely comfortable on the run. I’m ecstatic New Balance scrapped the UltraHeel and went with a more traditional heel collar as it works so much better. By now, it should be pretty obvious that I think the 1080v12 is a daily trainer star.Read The Review Shop New Balance 1080
New Balance Fresh Foam More V4
> Max Cushion
- Weighs 11.9 oz. (337 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 4 mm drop (34 in heel, 30 in toe)
The chonkiest of chonks is back to try to hold on to the title of the cushion king. New Balance says this is both the highest stack and softest Fresh Foam X midsole ever, and the More name is really living up to the expectations we have put on it. That extra mm of FFX midsole makes a difference and is noticeably softer in the heel than the v3. In addition to the height, the width was also increased slightly to ensure it would remain stable and not end up like some of the wobbly nightmares out there.
I think the shoe shines on easy or long runs where pace isn’t as important. It’s soft, insanely comfortable, and easy on the feet. However, I did a 15 mile run and was able to speed it up a little during a few middle miles. The cushion feels so good, but it has a bounciness to it that is great.
I love when a 2E fits well without discomfort, and the More v4 does not disappoint one bit. The engineered mesh upper fits my foot extremely well and the toe box has enough room. For the runners looking for extra visibility, the lateral N logo is reflective and so are 2 strips around the heel.
In the More v3, the upper was incredibly accommodating and was one of the widest wide shoes out there. Some people who wear 2E were able to wear the regular width with ease. On the v4, the lateral sidewall foam sits up above the foot. This keeps the midfoot in place well, but also doesn’t allow as much stretching. The 2E fits me very well, but I wanted to be clear that if you wear wide and went standard width on the last model, the 2E may be more necessary here.
On a few of my runs, I noticed the tongue slide over to the side. A gusseted tongue would have solved this and kept it in place. My 10.5 2E weighed 11.9 oz. It doesn’t feel like a super bulky shoe, but I feel the need to comment on the .9 oz. weight gain from v3 because it’s borderline hefty.
If you have run in the other New Balance Fresh Foam shoes and just wanted extra cushioning, look no further. The Fresh Foam More v4 might just be the golden standard of max cushioned shoes. I know there are going to be a million questions regarding this and the SuperComp Trainer, so here is my quick take. The More v4 is more stable and has a much more traditional daily trainer feel to it, but with a ton of underfoot foam. The SuperComp Trainer has a sleeker feel and is more squishy because of how soft the FuelCell foam is. I could very well see myself running in the More v4 on easy or recovery days, and doing my long runs where I’m not too worried about pace in the SuperComp Trainer. I will say, the More v4 should definitely be on the buy list.Read the Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo V5
- Weighs 11 oz. (311 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 8 mm drop (34 in heel, 26 in toe)
I was a little hesitant to let the Vongo back into my life because of how disappointed I was with the v4. Without wasting your time, it’s safe to say the Vongo is back! Since finishing the full review almost a month ago, I have continually grabbed the Vongo v5 and have put over 100 miles in my pair.
I don’t love the Hypoknit upper, but I don’t hate it either. So long as I am not trying to make any tight turns, it keeps my foot in place. However, it has a crazy stretch to it, so things have the potential to move around. I’m incredibly grateful New Balance went with a well-padded heel collar as it’s very comfortable, doesn’t slip, and leaves my ankle irritation-free.
The midfoot feels just wide enough for me. For me, the forefoot could be a hair wider, which could cause issues for those with bad bunions. My 10.5 2E sits right at 11 oz. I think my biggest wish for the v6 would be to cut out another half ounce. I don’t know how I would go about doing that, but lucky for me, I don’t have to figure it out!
The Vongo v5 midsole received the Fresh Foam X treatment. The forefoot gives off a 1080 vibe with the soft cushion, while the midfoot to heel is a bit firmer. Thanks to a medial post consisting of a denser gradient dual compound, there is just enough stability. While it seems like a Franken-shoe midsole, it’s blended so well that you get one smooth and stable ride.
I have no issue with giving my blessing to the Vongo v5. It’s a fantastic choice for those searching for a stable daily trainer. The shoe shines in so many different areas and is versatile enough to be an option for people who don’t want an entire shoe rotation. While I am not the biggest fan of Hypoknit, it’s a personal preference and not something that ruins the shoe by any means. Go try the Vongo v5. Do it. You won’t be mad.Read the Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance FuelCell Prism V2
> Mild Stability
- Weighs 9.8 oz. (277 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop (30 in heel, 24 in toe)
New Balance’s Vazee Prism was one of my favorite shoes, so anything with Prism in the name is going to have a high standard to live up to. I’m pleased to say that the FuelCell Prism V2 meets the expectations I set.
The FuelCell Prism V2 is New Balance’s lightest stability shoe option coming in at 9.8 oz. for a size US M10.5 2E. Part of the lightweight package comes from the synthetic mesh upper that is very airy in the forefoot. The gusseted tongue and collar have a standard amount of padding.
For me, the upper gives my wide midfoot a nice snug fit and holds my foot in place. The width here is what I wish the Hoka Arahi in wide was. I have enough room in the toe box and don’t get any heel slipping. I did find myself adjusting the tongue a few times because it was rubbing my ankle. It was annoying, but moving it around and pulling my sock up higher dealt with the issue.
The midsole comprises a full-length FuelCell foam with a denser medial post blended in for stability. While the forefoot and heel feel noticeably softer, the firmer medial post helps to keep the ankle from rolling in. The forefoot of the outsole is covered in a slightly softer rubber than the heel, and the entire shoe has excellent grip.
I found the shoe to be bouncy and responsive but with a slight firmness (nowhere near as squishy as the Rebel V2) thanks to the medial posting and heavy-duty outsole rubber on the heel. Unlike some other stability shoes, the Prism v2 is pretty flexible. Compared to the Vongo V5, I get more ground feel in the Prism v2, and I like it for my faster days.
For anyone who needs a hint of stability, the Prism V2 is a great option. It has friendly pricing at $120 and is a versatile daily trainer that can even be a race day option for the runners who don’t buy into the carbon plate experience.Read the Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance FuelCell Rebel V3
> Daily Trainer (Tempo)
- Weighs 8 oz. (226 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop (29.5 in heel, 23.5 in toe)
The Rebel v3 has a new lace knit upper, and while the tongue is similar to v2, it received the gusseted treatment. I know some people had issues with blowing out the midfoot area of the upper on the v2, but I never experienced that. When comparing the 2 versions, I do feel that v3 is reinforced with the more traditional upper compared to that paper thin v2 material.
The length of v3 seems just about the same as the v2. It runs a little short, so while I normally have a thumbs width of room in my shoes, these are about half a thumb which is how the v2 was. The toebox is a little more rounded and the upper on my wide fits me wonderfully in both the toebox and midfoot. On my first 2-3 runs the toe bumper was dimpling right on the sides of my big toes and caused a blister. After that, it seemed to have broken in and softened because the irritation disappeared.
The midsole is the FuelCell we came to love in the v2, but New Balance added an extra 1.5 mm of stack. The base was also widened to create a more user friendly Rebel. This makes it feel like more of a daily trainer than just a speed day shoe.
The ride has a really comfortable and light feel to it. We’re obviously not talking max cushion, although it is slightly softer than the v2. I took the v3 out for runs ranging from half marathon distance to shorter speedwork. I felt comfortable taking corners quickly and while the fast miles had some pop, the slower paces were well cushioned.
I’m aware that New Balance had a goal to make the Rebel more cohesive in looks to the rest of the FuelCell collection, but I was a huge fan of the Rebel v2 design and had a love affair with the mango habanero colorway. It was (and still probably is) the best looking wide shoe I’ve ever had). Personally, I think the Rebel v3 doesn’t look nearly as good as its predecessor and it loses some of its uniqueness as it blends in. This whole take is my personal opinion though.
The Rebel v3 continues to shine bright. While the v2 was more of a tempo shoe, v3 has now moved into the daily trainer category thanks to the extra midsole stack and wider, more stable base.
Some people may be struggling with all the New Balance daily trainer options, so I see the Rebel v3 fitting the runner who wants a versatile, lightweight, and minimal shoe, compared to the chonky More or traditional 880. Plus, at $130 it’s a great value!Read the Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer
> Daily Trainer (Max Cushion Carbon Plated)
- 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 The Shoe
- Weighs 11 oz. (311 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 7 mm drop (36 in heel, 29 in toe)
After seeing a plethora of On shoes everywhere, from airports to races to farmers’ markets, we have finally been blessed with an expansion into the wide foot running shoe world (try saying that five times fast). The Cloudflyer is marketed as a high cushioned, medium to long run trainer.
The engineered mesh upper is actually very comfortable — it’s both soft and breathable. The Cloudflyer has an absurdly padded tongue and heel collar. On even advertises that this is their most plush tongue on their website (kind of a weird flex).
As for wide width, On did a great job with their first attempt at catering to our people. The midfoot has enough room, and the forefoot is accommodating. On states that it’s 4 mm wider at the ball of the foot compared to the regular width. What I appreciate most is that there are no overlays right where the ball of the foot is located. Anyone with bunions should be happy.
The midsole is made of On’s Helion foam in the signature CloudTec pod design. Right above the midsole is a Speedboard for more support. This all sounds nice and dandy, but the reality is that this shoe is harsh on the feet. You wouldn’t notice this at first, thanks to the comfy insole, but once you get running, it’s apparent. Each run I did was borderline uncomfortable.
With the Cloudflyer, I found the heel firm and the forefoot hard. The forefoot flexes well because of the break with the pods, but that doesn’t help too much. It’s firm. That’s the best way to describe the ride. The longest run I ended up doing in the Cloudflyer was a little over 6 miles solely because my feet were getting beat up so bad.
I never quite understood what Robbe and other reviewers talked about with On and firmness, but I get it now. Advertising the Cloudflyer as cushioned is perplexing. It’s not cushioned. I could run barefoot, and it might feel just the same. If you don’t like a softer shoe, you could try the On Cloudflyer. However, you might be better off investing that $159.99 in some On stock.Shop The Shoe
> Max Cushion
- Weighs 10.3 oz. (292 g) for a US M10.5 (standard width)
- 4 mm drop (30 in heel, 26 in toe)
Starting off, I have to say the On Cloudmonster are not 2E shoes and do not come in wide. However, I find them to be very accommodating so they could be a solid option for someone who wants a wider standard width or less roomy wide shoe.
The upper is a recycled polyester. It’s light, breathathable, and holds my foot well. I’m a big fan of the thin gusseted tongue which sits comfortably on top of the foot and doesn’t bunch up when pulling the laces tight.
The lack of excessive overlays allows my wider midfoot to have some space without being constricted. For a standard width shoe, I’ve got ample room in the midfoot and enough space in the forefoot. My only complaint with the upper is that it bags a little bit on the medial side of the midfoot. It’s a purely cosmetic complaint because I don’t notice anything while running. Speaking of cosmetics, the Cloudmonster is one of the best looking monster I’ve ever seen. It’s less of a Frankenstein (no offense, Mr. Frankenstein) and more of a sophisticated Dracula.
On presents the Cloudmonster as their max cushioned… monster. The midsole is a softer Helion foam with larger CloudTec pods compared to other On models. Above the midsole is the familiar On Speedboard (a TPU plate). I have to say, the Cloudmonster does have a nice soft landing with a very smooth transition through the toe-off. My stride felt great and instead of stomping, I was rolling right through my stride. Underneath each pod is a dab of rubber for the outsole and the traction is solid.
The Cloudmonster may be a max cushioned shoe per On standards, but to be completely honest I find it to fit better into the daily trainer category. The landing is soft, but there’s not a super cushioned underfoot feel when landing because of the Speedboard. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t feel at all like you’re running on a piece of wood strapped to your foot like with some of On’s other options. Hopefully this makes sense and I’m not completely contradicting myself.
I took the Cloudmonster on a variety of runs and enjoyed all of them. Since I know the #WideFootFam is reading this, my 10 mile run in wet conditions saw no pain nor blisters. I was able to pick up the pace if I really tried, but it feels way better at a more relaxed pace. On has something here with the Cloudmonster. It’s unlike any of their other shoes and is definitely a winner. If I was using it solely as a max cushion recovery shoe, I may be a tad disappointed, but thinking of it as a daily trainer has me very pleased and impressed.Shop On Running
Saucony Endorphin Speed
> Tempo/Race Day
- Weighs 8.4 oz. (238 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (33 in heel, 25 in toe)
The Saucony Endorphin Speed is the second plated shoe to make the wide foot running shoe roundup (the first being the FuelCell TC, see above). Technically speaking, the Speed doesn’t come in wide, but it has just enough width to cater to the wide crowd. Not only did I find the shoe wearable, but I’ve also had so many 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. 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.
The midsole is where the Big Mac special sauce can be found. 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 keep coming.
On my first run, I unintentionally set a new 10k PR. My second run was easy miles, and it felt more stable than I thought it would. In my third run, I made it 10 miles with no blisters. My feet were a tad sore but not broken. My fourth run was a track workout where I crushed some 1000m repeats. Are you not entertained? Do you need me to continue?!
The outsole is full-length rubber with some exposed midsole foam. I could see some issues with grip as the rubber wears out, but the track workout I did was the morning after a storm, and the turns were fine.
The Endorphin Speed might be my new favorite shoe of 2020. It can do it all. This shoe is a winner, from crazy fast and fun tempo or track workouts to cushioned and bouncy slower miles. I can’t believe I could push 10 miles in a standard-width shoe. Until a proper wide plated racing shoe comes out (I’m not counting on it), this could be my half marathon pick.Shop The Shoe
Saucony Ride 15
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 9.4 oz. (266 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (32.5 in heel, 24.5 in toe)
Saucony upped their game with the Ride 15. It’s a great daily trainer that has a firm, but responsive ride, that feels good at any pace.
The upper is an engineered mesh that is airy and structured well enough to avoid excessive bunching without a ton of overlays. Saucony says, “with higher sidewalls, you sit into the shoe instead of on top of it, creating an incredible underfoot sensation and supportive fit.” With my foot sitting a little more into the shoe and a higher sidewall, my heel feels weird, like it’s being cradled. While it doesn’t affect my running, it may be a potential issue for you if you happen to need a wider heel.
My 2E is snug in the midfoot but not uncomfortable or tight and constricting. I also feel as if the forefoot has enough room. The bunion gang should be pleased that there aren’t any overlays in the forefoot. Both the heel collar and tongue are lightly padded and provide excellent comfort around the foot.
The Saucony Ride 15 features the same PWRRUN midsole as the 14, but it has been tweaked to be softer. Some may say it’s borderline firm. I found running a joy, and I didn’t have to really think about what was on my feet. I had no qualms on my easy day runs, and on my longer day, I even threw in some strides that felt pretty dang good for a daily trainer.
I have to shout out the PWRRUN+ insole for the luxurious and responsive feel. It works together with the midsole to create a ride that straddles the line between firm and cushioned. Although, I get this annoying squeaking noise from the insole as I walk around. I’m hoping it breaks in, but it hasn’t yet.
The outsole has enough rubber for solid traction and durability underneath the shoe but isn’t completely inundated by it. My M10.5 2E weighed in at 9.4 oz. and easily hits that sub 10 oz. that I prefer. Fans of the Saucony Ride series should be very happy with the update.Read the Review Shop Saucony Ride – Men Shop Saucony Ride – Women
Saucony Triumph 20
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 10.5 oz. (297 g) for a US M10.5
- 10 mm drop (37 in heel, 27 in toe)
The Triumph is Saucony’s highly cushioned daily trainer. The 20th iteration underwent some big changes with a new upper and midsole.
The engineered mesh upper is soft and the tongue and heel collar are plush. You want a good step in comfort? You’re in the right place. I think the fit of the wide is pretty good. The toe box isn’t huge, but it has enough space, and the midfoot has a nice snug fit. The biggest problem is the lacing. I like to heel lock lace all my shoes, and there’s just barely enough lace to get the job done.
The Triumph 20’s midsole features a fat stack of PWRRUN+, measuring 37 mm in the heel and 27 mm in the toe. While walking, the underfoot has a very nice cushioned, but not soft, feel to it. While running, the PWRRUN+ has a slightly springy feel to it that is softer in the heel and a little firmer in the forefoot.
Saucony says this is the lightest-ever PWRRUN+ foam cushioning. My 10.5 2E weigh 10.5 oz., so it’s not super light, but is right in line with the wide daily trainer pack.
Saucony’s Triumph 20 is a great option for the runner looking for cushion, but not an overly soft shoe. The upper is luxurious, and the midsole is responsive and smooth. Oh, and did I mention the all blue looks pretty sharp too??Read The Review Shop The Shoe
As the wide-shoe reviewer for BITR, Jarrett is on a never-ending search for the Cinderella shoe to fit his Yeti feet. He currently lives in Baltimore where he enjoys running roads and trails with November Project and Faster Bastards. He also loves craft beer, donuts, and pretending to be elite in his NormaTec boots.