Best Trail Running shoes for Wide Feet in 2022

Squashed toes, bunions, lost toenails, tight fitting shoes, blisters… for those of us with wider feet, the struggle is real. When it comes to wider feet, the two main queries are which are the best wide fit trail shoes and which have the widest toe box. If you struggle with the mainstream trail running shoe, we take a look at those considered to be a wider fit, and those which have a wide version to give you an idea of the best shoes for you. 

Altra Olympus 4

The Altra Olympus 4 is considered to be the widest fitting shoe of the range of trail running shoes. Alongside that they have the best cushioning and are designed to be worn for longer distances. If you are training for a 100 mile ultra marathon, these shoes are the ones most likely to get you to the end comfortable. The Altra Olympus 4.0 is considered “a beast of a shoe” offering supreme cushioning and support to get you from start to finish without battering your feet. While they are ideal for the longer distances, they will also feel very comforting for a few easy miles a day or two after your long run. 



Inov-8 are also considered to be good for the wider feet. We can attest to this as it is our preferred shoe of choice. We wear the Roclite 290, the MudClaw 275 and the X-Talon – all of which are generous around the toes and for the wider foot. Here are 3 of our favourites. 

Inov-8 X Talon 235

Designed for the muddier trails, the Inov-8 X Talon 235 has an impressive set of lugs. Like so many of the Inov-8 range, they have a lower profile to help you fly over the trails with less of a risk of rolling an ankle. The great news, they are among the top models recommended for those with wide feet. 


inov-8 x talon trail running shoes


Inov-8 Roclite 290

The inov-8 Roclite 290 is a firm favourite with us and was originally adopted because of its fit. It is a wider fitting shoe. In fact, sometimes I have to do the laces up a bit tighter to stop me losing it in the mud. I don’t tend to wear them in muddy conditions, preferring the drier terrain with these particular shoes. Another highlight is how well they transfer from road to trail. A great hybrid shoe when you need something comfortable. Never had a blister from these particular shoes. 

The only negative is that they tend to only last 300 or so miles before they wear through on the upper – the breathable upper drains water beautifully but does tend to wear out a little quicker. 


INOV8 ROCLITE low profile trail running shoes


Inov-8 Mudclaw 275

Not the widest of the inov-8 models, we included this because of our personal love of this show. Having wide feet, it is often a problem to find a shoe wide enough across the toe box. The first couple of times I wore these, I found them a little tough on the terrain however in the good old tradition of wearing new shoes in, by the time I had worn them couple of times for ten mile runs, they were extremely comfortable. They have since covered 20 miles without any issue whatsoever. In fact, of all the inov-8 models I have tried, these are by far the most hard wearing. Still going strong after a couple of years.

These shoes are perfect on the muddy, soft trails – an absolute pleasure to wear.  


Salomon Speedcross 5 Wide 

There is no doubt that the Salomon Speedcross 5 is a firm favourite with many seasoned trail runners. We love this shoe and are delighted that they have applied all of the features of this all round trail running shoe to a wider fitting version. The Speedcross 5 is a great shoe for all kinds of trails. You can read more about our experience here.

In order to understand the sizing, you should know that they go from narrow to wide alphabetically. in this case you will see letters after the model – 2E meaning EE which is the widest fitting version that you can get. We are showing the 2E model below. 



Hoka Challenger (D-Width)

The Hoka Challenger ATR 6 is a neutral shoe which is designed to transfer from the road to the trails. It can take you to the front door to the trails with both comfort and cushioning. A great shoe for racing and long training runs, the outsole is spaced closer on the heel to offer a smoother, consistent ride. With a wider forefront for added grip, this shoe is available in a D fit for those who want a roomier shoe. 

Remember when selecting this shoe to click the tab that says wide fit when selecting your size. 








Brooks Cascadia 16

Brooks Cascadia 16 is a supportive shoe providing comfort and stability on the trails. Great for those who want support on rigid and rough terrain, the shoe isn’t a bouncy cushioned shoe but it is lightweight, grippy and flexible with a Ballistic Rock Shield which includes vertical grooves to provide side-to-side adaptability and a design that protects you from slipping. 

The Brooks Cascadia 16 is great on  on technical trail where unpredictably means that you can find yourself dealing with a change in terrains. When downhill descents and the uneven surfaces occur, you can be confident that this shoe will offer you the support you need. 

For those with narrow feet, they find the shoe a little roomy so have to tighten the laces to get a more snug fit. Good news for those with wide feet. If you want a shoe for the wider foot, this is certainly a contender! 

brooks cascadia 16


Finding the Best Wide Fit Trail Shoes for You 

If having wide feet prevents you from finding the right fit, we are confident that the models above give you enough choice to find the best trail wide fit trail shoes for you. You certainly don’t have to compromise when it comes to quality and experience. 


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About the Author:

Running for the Hills was founded and is run by two keen, experienced trail runners who also happen to be UK Athletics Coaches. Like most of you, we have a great passion for trail running and, having bored our family and friends with tales of the trail, we thought we'd put our experience and knowledge to good use by creating this blog. We hope that you find something valuable within our pages. If you do, please share, if not let us know how we can help.

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