Best Walking Shoes for Wide Feet

As a person with wide feet it really bugs me that many shoes are made only in a medium width fitting. I go to the store, find the perfect shoe and they NEVER have my size - even if they are made in wide.

First I have to be lucky enough to find a shoe that is actually made in a width wide enough for my foot (2E or 4E) and then that the right length is in stock in the right color.

It's a lottery which is why I buy online. In order to have some chance of getting the right size I measure my foot fairly often as I know my feet are getting bigger and wider as I get older.

We are trying to build out a size chart on WooWalkers to help you get the right size. We have started with shoe brands we own and are building it out as we go. Pop over to that page and take a look - there's also details on how to measure your foot.


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Best Walking Shoes for Wide Feet


Best Walking Shoes for Wide Feet - Men 

Skechers Equalizer Relaxed Fit 3.0
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Orthofeet
Sorrento
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New Balance 1300
Trail Walking
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Nike Air
Monarch IV Trainer
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Best Walking Shoes for Wide Feet - Women 

Dr. Comfort Vigor
 Hiking Shoe
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Brooks Adrenaline
 GTS 19
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Propet Travelactiv Fashion Sneaker
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Mt. Emery
Mary Jane
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Walking Shoes for Wide Feet - Men 


Most Comfortable Shoe for Wide Feet - Men
Skechers Men's Relaxed Fit Equalizer 3.0 

$65.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Casual Sports Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

6.5 - 16 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Mesh

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

98%

Activity:

Regular Walking & Casual

Gait:

Overpronators & Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

This sporty walking and trainer / sneaker design shoe from Skechers with a knit mesh upper provides a great alternative style that’s great for walking and standing all day on your feet.

The shoe has a padded collar to provide support around your Achilles and a relaxed fit with a better-shaped toe box to work for wider feet.

The Go Walk series is renowned for the memory foam cushioned insoles that provide excellent comfort and good shock absorbency from the lightweight midsole.

The slip-on shoe is available in medium and extra wide fittings and a wide range of sizes in several different colors.

The Skechers Men’s Equalizer 3.0 comes with adequate arch support.

They are a great pair of everyday shoes generally running true to size or if anything a little large. So don't be tempted to order larger than your normal shoe size and if in between size order down in length.

For the width, the shoe seems to run very slightly narrow so order wider.

These are super comfortable and light, leaving your foot with more energy than normal at the end of the day.

With all that energy you could take another walk!!

Just kidding!

You might like to brush up on whether memory foam shoes are actually good for you as they do affect people differently.

Skechers Equalizer 3.0 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Best Seller
  • Great Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Oh So Comfy
  • Look Great Even in Wide
  • Multi-Purpose

Not so Good Things

  • Not a Great Choice if You Only Wear Leather?

Best Orthopedic Walking Shoe for Wide Feet - Men
Orthofeet Sorrento

$135.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

7 - 14 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Mesh

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

85%

Activity:

Casual & Work

Gait:

Overpronators & Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

I know it's difficult sometimes to accept that you need shoes that are marketed as orthopedic shoes. The perception is that it somehow marks you as 'different', though of course, this is just a personal perception.

It sort of brings up memories of school, where if you didn't fit in and do what everybody else was doing you were labeled as either cool or weird. And who wants to be weird right?

For this reason I think the marketing of Orthofeet faces an uphill battle to persuade you that their product is really what you want.

Well, I'm not in school anymore and I guess neither are you, so let's put those thoughts behind us and concentrate on the features and benefits of the Orthofeet Sorrento that can help you as a guy with wide feet.

Firstly the shoe is obviously designed specifically for people with foot problems much like the Propet Men’s Stability Walker Sneaker.

Even though there is a wide variety of foot problems that can bother you, solutions for one are often equally good solutions for a different problem with a similar need.

The Sorrento is provided with great cushioning with an insole that is supportive to the arch and toe area particularly.

The foot last made in a squarish shape with plenty of room in the toe box for your toes to spread out and do their job.

Medial support does a good job in countering overpronation, a common problem especially for flat arched and wide feet.

It's fortunate that shoes that are made with medial support are equally suitable to neutral arch types.

Medial support is only really unsuitable for sportsmen who push the boundaries or people who have a supination issue where flexibility is much more important.

The shoe is nicely lightweight and made to help make walking as pain-free as possible for as many people as possible.

If you want a casual style outdoor shoe that will love your feet more than you hate the pain, then the Orthofeet range of shoes should be on your list to try out.

There is a wide range of sizes and width fittings available, so you can certainly find a shoe that fits. The cushioning and support is already excellent but the insoles are also removable should you wish to install your own custom orthotics.

There's plenty of room inside the shoe so replacing the orthotics will not leave the shoe feeling too snug all round, as is the case with many other models.

The cushioning from the insole will also help if you have pain on the underside of your foot from plantar fasciitis.

Altogether a great men's walking shoe for wide feet and plantar fasciitis.

Orthofeet Sorrento - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Multiple Choices for Foot Type
  • Great Brand
  • Premium Orthotic
  • Designed for Wider Feet
  • Good Fit with Space
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Not so Good Things

  • Can Take Getting Used To
  • Not particularly durable

Best Trail Walking Shoe for Wide Feet - Men 
New Balance 1300 Fashionable Trail Walking Shoe

$69.87 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

7 - 14 Half Sizes to 10.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

83%

Activity:

Light Trail & Regular Walking

Gait:

Overpronator & Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

The New Balance 1300 is a men's trail walking shoe that blends style and sophistication with outdoor ruggedness for a super cool look.

The beautiful two-tone leather uppers have plenty of cushioning around the heel and ankle and a strengthened heel cup gives the shoe better stability.

The shoe is provided with rollbar technology to offset any overpronation and comes with a waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry.

The New Balance 1300 is a stability shoe, with proper leather uppers. It's at home on the pavement and concrete roads as much as it is on the trail.

If the rugged man look suits you better than the sporty bouncy lightweight athlete style of running shoes then this could be the shoe for you.

Mostly it runs true to size or possibly slightly small so if you're going to use with socks or possibly a custom orthotic, order up a half size.

Cushioning is pretty good, and gives some arch support. But if you're looking for a plush cushioned shoe then my suggestion is to switch out the supplied insole for one that's more cushioned and/or supportive commercially available.

The shoe definitely hits the sweet spot between the casual look and dedicated hiking equipment.

If it's a true hiking boot you are after that is waterproof for proper all day hiking then you will be looking at competitors which have more focused offerings.

With medium, wide and extra wide fittings available you should have no problem getting the fit you need.

I do suggest erring on the side of wider if you are in between with fittings to give you a little bit more room in the toe box.

New Balance 1300 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Square Toe Box for Toe Spread 
  • Great Leather Uppers
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Rollbar for Overpronators
  • Good Wide Fitings
  • Durable Outsole

Not so Good Things

  • Limited Color Styles
  • A bit heavier than some

Best Training Shoe for Wide Feet - Men
Nike Air Monarch IV

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$54.97 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Multipurpose Training Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

6 - 15 Half Sizes to 12.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Supportive

Rating:

88%

Activity:

General Walking & Gym

Gait:

Mild Overpronator & Neutral

Arch:

Flat, Normal & Wide Feet

It's a walking tennis shoe for dads with wide feet!  The Nike Air Monarch IV lifestyle shoe could be an option for the more mature who don't want the latest flashy teenager designs.

With the renowned air technology for great cushioning and stylish leather upper it looks restrainedly sporty casual.

The shoe is designed with a round toe box that is not particularly roomy width wise though there is more room in the height.

So if you have a really wide forefoot then you might find they pinch your pinky.

If you need enhanced correction for overpronation you should note that whilst the shoe has good arch support there is no real anti-roll or stability reinforcement in the sole.

Available in medium and wide fittings but in a limited color selection.

A valiant effort from Nike and one of the best Nike walking shoes for dads with wide feet in a sneaker style.

Nike Air Monarch IV - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Multi-Purpose
  • Cross Trainer
  • Leather Uppers
  • Budget Price
  • Removable insole
  • Multiple Width Fittings

Not so Good Things

  • Medium a bit Narrow.
  • Quite Heavy
  • Add 1/2 size for custom orthotics
  • Good Shoe for Grandad

Walking Shoes for Wide Feet - Women 


Best Hiking Shoe for Wide Feet for Women
Dr. Comfort Vigor Casual Hiker 

$139.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Trail / Hiking Boot

Fitting:

Narrow to Extra Wide

Length:

4 - 11 Half Sizes to 10.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

92%

Activity:

Power & Trail Walking

Gait:

Overpronators & Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

If you like walking outside through the forests around the trail with the family or your partner but still want that cute outdoorsy look then this is a shoe you should take a look at.

The leather upper is classy and I particularly like the brown color which would look great with jeans.

The thing is this shoe is stylish enough to be worn at work especially if you are walking about on rough surfaces. Granted your fancy pancy office manager wouldn't shine to it, but if you're working outdoors or maybe at some facility then they'll look perfectly in place.

The shoe has a great looking leather upper with elasticated no tie laces secured by the Velcro strap that makes it really easy to get the shoe on and off.

Although it’s lightweight and comfortable it's not really waterproof although I guess you could boost that resistance with a waterproof application.

As a good rubber sole that is thick enough to protect you from brambles and the like but probably not up to standing on nails and so on. So it's not suitable for wandering around construction sites.

So much for its looks; let's talk about the inside because all women know the inside of the book is more important than the cover, right? Well most of the time!!

Dr. Comfort makes shoes to solve foot problems like wide feet and Plantar Fasciitis. So it's of no surprise that the shoe comes in plenty of width fittings and sizes, so no stress in finding a fit to suit your foot shape.

The toe box is made to allow your toes to spread but doesn't look old maid like. There is a toe cap to protect from stubbing your toe as well.

It has a decent quality heel counter which adds to stability through your stride and some good quality removable insoles that provide adequate support.

If you need to fit custom insoles then no problem! The shoe is big enough to take them without making your feet feel claustrophobic.

Some decent cushioning around the ankle and heel area gives some protection there along with a good degree of comfort.

If you're struggling with really bad overpronation then you'll probably want a shoe with better motion control but if it's mild, or not an issue, then the shoe will do its job of keeping your stride on track.

I suggest you try the supplied insoles as they are pretty good and have gel inserts to help with comfort, stability, shock absorption and support for wider feet.

Described as a hiking shoe, and suitable for Short Hikes and nature walks but don't expect it to perform like more expensive hiking boots designed for seriously long hikes.

This is a fashion conscious, short hike cum work boot which is also very lightweight and comes in Narrow, Medium, Wide, Extra Wide and Really Seriously Wide width fittings!

A great light hiking and multi-purpose shoe for women with wide feet.

Dr. Comfort Vigor - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Multiple Widths
  • Lightweight Shoe
  • Durable
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Very Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Power & Fitness Walkers Shoe

Not so Good Things

  • Harder Than They Look
  • Order Half a Size Longer

Best Athletic Shoe for Wide Feet & Plantar Fasciitis - Women
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19

$130.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Athletic Shoe

Fitting:

Narrow to Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 13 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Fabric

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

94%

Activity:

Power & Fitness Walking

Gait:

Overpronators & Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

There is a difference between trail walking and hiking. These terms are widely misunderstood now that trail running is the new buzzword.

When I was a little younger I did do some running until various joints began to complain and looking after my family grabbed my time. But I've never been a serious runner as in running non-stop for hours at a time.

Even when I was running, there were long periods of walking in between and especially when going uphill!

I think most 'trail runners' are just as much trail walkers. And trail walking is its own thing anyway, differing from hiking mainly by speed, effort and focus put into walking. And so we have the term power walking.

Many of my friends who do power walking, do it on the trails because they find the variation in terrain gives them a better workout in a shorter time. It's also less boring and easier on the knees and power walking on concrete.

Anyway, the point of this diatribe is to explain that power walkers need shoes that have similar features to runners because the gait of a fast walker is in many respects similar to that of a runner.

And then there are people just like to look super sporty and athletic wearing running shoes despite never running. Perhaps because the designs of these are pretty fashionable these days.

Wide feet do not need to stop you because Brooks have an excellent shoe in the Adrenaline GTS 19 - in fact I'd say it's a super shoe.

Excellent control for overpronation and a stable shoe comes from guide rails built into the soles and midsole to keep your gait on track. The EVA midsole and excellent insole provide you with great cushioning to your plantar fascia & toes with additional cushioning through the shoe to provide a great experience.

The flexible mesh upper moves to fit your foot shape perfectly in the shoe simply looks great - and sexy! Oh maybe that's why we like them!

There's a whole raft of features through the shoe to help you as a flat footer with overpronation that suitable for power walking, general exercise walking and even walking around town if you like the look.

This is truly a five-star shoe from Brooks that I heartily recommend whether your trail runner, trail walker, or just want to look stupendous!

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good For Vigorous Walking Exercise
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent Cushioning
  • Mild Overpronation Control
  • Good Breathability
  • Comfortable & Supportive Insole
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Not so Good Things

  • A Little Pricey

Best Travel Shoe for Wide Feet - Women
Propet Travelactiv Fashion Sneaker

$59.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Walking Sneaker

Fitting:

Narrow - Extra Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 12 Half Sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Fabric Synthetic

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

89%

Activity:

Walking, Casual & Travel

Gait:

Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

The Propet Travelactiv Fashion Sneaker is a super lightweight shoe that is airport friendly and perfectly suited to travelers and suitcases.

Available in a wide range of colors and sizes. With fittings of narrow, medium, wide, extra wide and extra extra wide and a full set of half sizes from 5 through to 12 mean to have no problem finding a pair to fit your wide feet.

This is another shoe with an attractive flexible mesh type upper welded to a lightweight cushioned, foamy midsole and outsole that makes for a super lightweight shoe.

However, that doesn't mean that the cushioning and comfort is altogether thrown out with the bathwater.

The flexible outsole provides enough shock absorbency to distribute forces across the sole of the shoe and the removable insole provides a level of support that may be enough for some.

Being a Propet shoe, there's plenty of room within the shoe to accommodate custom orthotics and upgrade the cushioning and support for those of you with the flattest arches.

Stylish lightweight and perfect for travel with a suitably shaped shoe last to give your feet room to expand and your toes room to spread out.

This is particularly important for travel shoes if you take a long haul flight where your feet tend to expand up in the air.

While you may be walking in the clouds on your Dreamliner, is not quite enough cushion in the shoe to describe them as cloud walkers!

Nice breathability and a good balance between being super lightweight and providing ample cushioning and support for most women.

I wouldn't call the shoes high fashion but there is an interesting range of colors available which I invite you to check out - I particularly like the dark red one!

Propet Travelactiv - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Super Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • Good Range of Colors
  • Easy to Put On
  • Accepts Orthotics
  • Multi-Purpose Use

Not so Good Things

  • Lightweight Durability
  • Better Shock Absorbance to be Had

Best Shoes for Flat & Wide Feet - Women
Mt. Emery (Apis) 9205 Mary Jane 

$132.45 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Professional Work / Dress

Fitting:

Medium -  Extra Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 11 Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

86%

Activity:

Casual & Dress

Gait:

Neutral

Arch:

Flat to Normal

Bringing up the rear for no particular reason, is the Mt. Emey 9205 Mary Jane.

The Mary Jane is a simple shoe design that Apis shoes, who own Mt. Emey, have made a little more attractive by detailing to the upper leathers.

The shoe is made for wide feet and is another super lightweight shoe with EVA outsole. It is the ultimate in practicality and sensibility for people with super wide feet.

It's ideal for the wide and flat footed woman because it has extra depth and width of the toe box for better toe placement and an elongated medial and lateral counter within the sole to improve support and stability and counter overpronation.

The shoe comes with multiple pairs of inserts that are removable so you can put in your own custom orthotics as necessary.

Apart from the fact that this supportive shoe has medial reinforcement, it looks pretty good despite being designed for feet that are particularly wide.

So if you have extra wide feet and need a shoe in wider fitting than normally available you might like to give this a try.

Mt. Emey Mary Jane - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Lightweight
  • Well Cushioned
  • Extra Depth & Toe Box
  • Quality Materials
  • Formally Casual
  • Made for Problem Feet

Not so Good Things

  • Strap a Bit Flimsy

Why aren't there more shoes made in a wide width fitting?

The medical world has its XRAY, MRI, DNA, and other tests to prove that humans are all physically constructed in little different ways. 

The retail world, in the interest of simplicity and cost, has chosen to use letters like S, M, L, XL and N, M, W to give an estimate fit and cost. There is a gap that any shopper recognizes.

Manufacturers and retailers want to make money which does not always add up to serving everyone. With so many shoe sizes, adding widths multiplies the number of shoes that must be stocked hugely.

Serving the biggest slice of the market, medium, makes sense but doesn't help you if you have wide feet because your choice becomes limited quickly.

We are not all built alike, nor do we fit the same letters. In addition, our brains give signals for the use of these differences.

Therefore, when dealing with anything that our feet need to use with the most efficiency and comfort, it is imperative that the first step is to consult your feet.

This is especially true of the extra wide foot for the first consideration is room for movement and relaxation.

In this article, we will show you, what is the best walking shoe for wide feet. It is only when the foot is given the opportunity to show its uniqueness, that the shoe is able to serve its best.

Even Big Stores Often Do Not Have Much Choice for Wide Footed People - So Annoying!

What to look out for when buying

Even though feet are different and have different needs, there are similarities, and it is important that the store chosen to find walking shoes have several elements. It must be large enough to carry a variety of styles that might fit your needs.

It must have qualified people who understand the foot, with its different problems, and can identify them. Time should be given to examine feet and determine any particular characteristics. The atmosphere should be relaxed and comfortable in order for the customer to become informed as he makes his decision.[/tcb-noscript]

An intelligent and personable staff member should be able to answer all questions and give explanations. A return policy should be available, since the shoe may feel good at the first try, but reveal problems on the second try at home.

Alternatively, you can buy a couple different pairs online and send the models that don't fit back to the shop. This is more of a hit-or-miss option, but is not a bad idea, if you don't have access to a retail store near your home.

The Shoe

It is time to replace your walking shoes about every 300-500 miles when the absorbency of the material begins to break down. The fact that the shoes will be used for “walking” should be made known immediately for different styles work best with specific activities.

This is because stress is located in various locations of the foot and your foot determines how best to deal with the stress of the activity. Feet may have high or low arches (flat feet), supination or overpronation, and wide or narrow structure. Wearing a wrong fit can bring the pain (back pain for example) not only to feet but to knees, hips, and legs.

Shoes Don't Last Forever & The Insides Wear Out Much Quicker Than The Outsides Leading to Foot Problems

Foot Analysis

Analyzing your foot is important. Wet your foot and step on a piece of coloured or absorbent paper (see my guide about women's walking shoes here). The imprint will show an outside lining of the foot where the heel is connected with the rest of the foot.

It is easy to determine that the top part of the structure of your foot is extra wide. Arches are determined by the line from heel to the upper part of the foot. When there is no line of contact, it indicates a high arch which is rather rare.

The low arch gives a fully visible line of contact. It is most common for anyone over 165 pounds and the foot will roll to the inside. A shoe with stability and motion control is needed. The wider width of the foot is easily met by shoe size but is extremely important. The foot must have room to move and rest in comfort.

Here's a good article on how to determine if your feet are wide or narrow.

Alternatively, you can watch the following video:

Examining your current shoe will help the clerk determine how much you will need help from the new shoe. The best shoe will cushion your heel when it first strikes the ground, supports your foot as it rolls to toe, and support your toe as it pushes on to the next step. The heels will be low and rounded to support the heel as it hits the ground.

When walking, the heel does not need too much cushioning but it does need flexibility. Bending the toe of the shoe back to heel will determine also how much resistance and arch support it gives.

All of this information is necessary to determine differences and needs of your particular foot. The shoe industry has been most successful in designing different types of shoes, with amounts of flexibility, that will best serve you.

Taking the time and finding a store or staff member that will help determine your type is very important.

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