If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you might want to consider purchasing wide shoes.
Please note that these problems could be associated with other issues. If you are in need of medical advice, be sure to consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.
1. Do your feet go numb when you run?
This could be a sign that you need more accommodation in your toe box. Constant pressure from shoes on wide feet can impact your circulation and cause numbness. If you’d like to run the road in HOKA favourites, the CLIFTON 6 and BONDI 6 are offered in wide. If you also need stability to prevent over-pronation, check out the ARAHI 3 or GAVIOTA 2.
2. Do you use custom orthotics or a brace?
Orthotics and braces take up room in your shoes. Choosing a shoe in a wide size can help make up for that taken space.
3. Do you have a bunion or consistently get blisters on the sides of your feet?
Constant rubbing from running or other daily activities can irritate bunions or cause blisters. Choosing a wide size shoe may help reduce the rubbing that would take place in a regular width shoe.
4. Are you prone to foot swelling, or do you stand for long periods of time?
If you run long distances or stand on your feet for long periods of time, your feet are likely to swell. If this has caused you to feel like your shoes are too tight, you can combat this feeling by choosing a wide shoe. If you are on your feet all day, we would recommend the AKASA. If your feet are swelling for long days on the trail, check out the CHALLENGER ATR 5.
5. Take a look.
Are your feet “muffin topping” over the last of the shoe? Can you see excessive pressure on the seams? Does there not appear to be enough room for your toes? Do your older shoes have blowouts or unusual wear or rips? Sometimes you can tell you need a wider fit from just looking. If your investigation reveals any of these problems, you might want to try a wide shoe.
6. Have you ever been fitted for footwear before?
If you’re unsure if you need wide shoes, there is no harm in asking. Visit a run specialty store and ask to be measured to take out all of the guesswork. Find a HOKA dealer near you HERE.
Measuring your feet:
One of the best ways to tell if you need a wider fit is to divide your heel-to-toe length measurement by your foot’s width measurement. Standard shoe width sizes for both women (“B” width) and men (“D” width) are at a length-to-width ratio of about 2.65 to 1. For wide width shoes (“D” width for women’s shoes and “EE” width for men’s shoes), this ratio is closer to 2.45/1.
So, for any length-to-width ratio of less than 2.55, a wider running shoe might go a long way toward improving your comfort.