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 for running 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 popularity of the Altra Olympus 4, a renowned wide fitting trail shoe, knows no limits it would seem as we see more and more comments in forums and on groups at how amazing they are. As someone who is in many of the ultra running groups, these comments come from hardened trail runners that are used to covering extreme distances.

The Altra Olympus 4 is considered to be the widest fitting shoe of the range of wide fit trail running shoes. Alongside that they have the best cushioning and are designed to be worn for longer distances. If you are looking for the perfect pair to see you through a 100 mile ultra marathon, these shoes are the ones most likely to get you to the end comfortably and with your feet in the best condition. The reviews suggest that you don’t need to go up a size, something those with wider feet often do to get the roomier toe box however, if you have longer toes that tend to smash agains the front of the shoe, you may still want to go up a size. 

The Altra Olympus 4.0 is considered “a beast of a trail 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. All things considered, in all the research we have carried out, this particular shoe is a close contender to the Hoka Challenger which will visit in more detail below. 

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The Inov-8 Best Wide Fit Trail Shoe Range

Inov-8 are also considered to be good trail shoes for wider feet. We can attest to this as it is our preferred shoe of choice, although we are partial to a Hoka too. 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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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Nike Pegasus GTX 

Not only does the Nike Pegasus GTX feature in our selection of the best waterproof trail running shoes, it is also a great contender when it comes to wide fit trail shoes. It will keep your feet dry in all wet conditions and can deal with rocky terrain. The grip and durability is impressive however, don’t expect this to be too fast when racing. What you will get is a wide, bouncy and comfortable shoe that will look after your feet on your challenging trail runs. 

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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. 

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Hoka Challenger (EE-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 an EE 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. 

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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! 

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Hoka Tecton X

An update to this article in May 22 to add the Hoka Tecton X to this list. After trying out Hoka’s first offering in the carbon fibre plate field, we were pleasantly surprised at just how much room there is in the toe box of this shoe. In fact, they are a little like wearing slippers. Having run in them on multiple occasions from mid to long distance, we are yet to find anything negative about this shoe. While they won’t stick in mud during the wetter months, they are a great shoe for dry conditions and less rugged terrain and definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a shoe for speedier endeavours! 

For a full round up of this shoe you can visit our product review 

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Finding the Best Wide Fit Trail Shoes for You 

If having wide feet prevents you from finding the right trail shoe 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. 

 

 

 

 

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.

9 Comments

  1. […] someone who struggles to find a shoe that doesn’t complete obliterate my toes and accommodates my wide feet, I was delighted to discover that the Tecton X has a wider toe box to support this. This is a […]

  2. […] Even so, that’s not the same for everyone and trail runners, especially those that run ultra distances face lost toenails just as much as road runners. Choosing shoes that fit and finding the right pair is just part of the battle. To avoid the trauma of kicking a rock, choose a pair of trail running shoes that have a protective toe cap that connects to the rand such as the Salomon Speedcross 5. If you need a wider toe box, you could check out wider fitting trail shoes […]

  3. Richard Dyas June 28, 2022 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    PLease note: Altra Olympus and their other models are no longer wide across the metatarsal / ball of the foot area. Only wide at toe area. After using altra’s for 5 years i had to send the last 3 pair back – too narrow!!

    • Runningforthehills20 July 4, 2022 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      That’s good to know and useful for others. I really struggle in the toe box area not so much the rest of the foot.

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  5. John August 3, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Any thoughts on which sticks to rocky balds the best? Hike above tree line and the granite gets slippery

  6. Jim Grindinger August 6, 2022 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    That big grey foam area on the bottom of the Olympus gets chewed up very quickly on rocky terrain. I went through these and Hoka speedgoats so so fast. There not for a rocky terrain like we have here in Colorado. I wish Altra and Hoka would use a FULL vibram soles with some muscle to it. Their current designs look cool but they’re not rugged and it only serves to save them material money. I have several pairs of Altras but only use for running and just daily wear. I now use Brooks Cascadia 16 for my trail running and mountain hiking. They’re much more rugged and pretty comfortable.

  7. MÏSE August 30, 2022 at 11:07 am - Reply

    WE NEED WIDE OR EXTRA WIDE TRAIL SHOES GTX

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