UPDATED 3/28/2022. 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 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 880v11
> Daily Trainer (Traditional)
- Weighs 11.3 oz. (320 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (34 in heel, 24 in toe)
Have you ever met up with a friend after a year away, and it feels like you haven’t missed a beat? That’s exactly how I felt putting on the New Balance 880v11. Sure, the shoe looks a little different with the new engineered double jacquard mesh upper, but it hasn’t really changed.
The mesh upper holds my foot comfortably with no sharp pressure points. It’s got enough width in the midfoot and forefoot to provide lots of comfort for the longer runs. A traditionally padded heel collar holds my foot in, and a slightly more tame tongue keeps it from going up too high on the ankle. Comfort is the name of the game.
I found the Fresh Foam X midsole to feel just as good as it did in the v10. It’s not a super soft shoe, but it has enough comfort and cushion while providing a little bit of that bounce. I never really pushed the pace in these as they felt better at a relaxed speed. The wider outsole with blown rubber also provides a ton of traction and a more stable ride. This shoe is even lighter than its predecessor, with a .2 oz shed from the v10 to v11.
The 880v11 is still a workhorse and is a super safe daily trainer option. I’ll be pulling these out for a lot of runs when I want a no-frills everyday shoe.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 Beacon 3
> Daily Trainer (Our best daily trainer of 2020)
- Weighs 8.7 oz. for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop
I can’t help but get all giddy when the Beacon gets mentioned. While I didn’t love the first version, I put about 400 miles in v2. Once I heard that Fresh Foam X would make its debut in the v3, I was pretty much sold.
Upon step in, it’s clear that the v3 is softer than the v2. FFX provides a more cushioned and bouncier ride. I was testing it on easy runs, long runs, and speedwork. They all felt great in their own way. While moving slower, the ride was cushioned and soft. Once I sped up, it got more bouncy and responsive.
In my opinion, the upper fits better. The wide width is excellent in the midfoot, and the toe box isn’t nearly as sloppy as the v2. I should note that my 10.5 felt long, and I could have easily run in a size 10 and still had some room. The Ground Contact Fresh Foam outsole is almost the same as the v2 and still provides sure footing at faster speeds.
While I’m not pleased that the Beacon v3 has gained .7 oz. from my v2 pair, finding a wide shoe that comes in under 9 oz. is a treat. This shoe will 100% stay in my rotation.Read The Review Shop The Shoe
New Balance Fresh Foam More V3
> Max Cushion
- Weighs 11 oz. (311 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 4 mm drop (33 in heel, 29 in toe)
Last year I closed out my New Balance Fresh Foam More V2 review by saying, “If V3 fixes the ankle debacle and provides some rocker for easier transitioning, it could be way better, in my opinion. Sorry guys and gals, this one doesn’t do it for me.” These changes were made (I’m going to assume NB heard me, and it wasn’t deep in production before my review) and let’s get it out of the way now — Jarrett, you were right!
The engineered mesh upper is on the traditional side. It’s soft, breathes reasonably well, and is very comfy. An “N” logo overlay is placed on each side of the midfoot for some structure, but otherwise, it’s got some stretch. Both the tongue and heel are padded well and aren’t causing any irritation like the previous version. I think the upper feels warm, but keep in mind I’m also trying to swim through the Maryland pudding-like humidity over the summer.
My wide foot is in heaven thanks to the room in the midfoot and forefoot, as well as the spacious toebox. What I’m trying to say is that the #WideFootFam will go bonkers with the fit of the More V3. For me, it’s near perfect.
The outsole is showing some cosmetic wear, but the midsole is so thicccc that it’s not like anyone will wear through this shoe any time soon. Even though the More V3 is a neutral shoe, the platform is extra wide and incredibly stable.
The More V3 is a max cushioned beast. The midsole is Fresh Foam X for a highly cushioned feel that is soft but not squishy like its FuelCell cousin. I thought the V2 ride was stiff and clunky. New Balance responded with a rockered geometry that smooths out the ride.
I packed the More V3 for a weekend getaway, and it covered the bases. This is a shoe that will fit the bill for recovery or easy miles, as well as long chill runs. During an 11 mile run, my feet and legs were happy the whole time. If you care more about comfort, it’s even a marathon shoe option. Pair the More V3 with the Rebel V2 for speed work, and you’ve got a killer 1-2 training combo.
I received the all-black colorway that makes me look about 900 years old. I won’t dock any cool factor points, though, because New Balance offers other, much younger, color options, unlike some other companies (if you feel like I’m talking about you, I probably am).
The More V3 has quickly taken over my recovery shoe slot. The massive stack of Fresh Foam X provides a supremely cushioned ride, and the rocker smooths out the transitions. While the upper is on the warmer side (I’d be very curious to see how the More V3 midsole would work with either the Rebel V2 or RC2 upper), it’s incredibly comfortable and fits my wide foot great. If you’re looking for a wide foot recovery running shoe or easy long run shoe, the More V3 should be at the top of your 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 Propel V3
> Daily Trainer
- Weighs 9.5 oz. (269 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop (30 in heel, 24 in toe)
New Balance popped out another great option with the FuelCell Propel V3. We’re getting an updated mesh upper in this new version, while the FuelCell midsole and NDurance rubber outsole remain the same.
The upper doesn’t feel that much different on foot. It still fits well, and the 2E width is suitable. My only legitimate complaint with the V2 was the tongue was too short to the point that the shoelace knot sat right at the top of the tongue. New Balance added just enough length to the tongue to fix this. I’m now out of complaints.
The midsole feels softer when pinching it with your fingers, but the rubber outsole firms it up to give it a nice comfortable ride and isn’t nearly as unstable feeling as the Rebel V2. I enjoyed taking the Propel V3 out for easy runs and using it for tempo runs. I found the shoe easy to pick up the pace and feel surprisingly good in the 7-minute mile region as it has a slight bounce to it.
My 10.5 2E Propel V2 weighed 10.2 oz., and the new V3 weighs 9.5 oz. That’s a perfect amount of weight cut for just a change to the upper.
At a price point of $99.99, the FuelCell Propel V3 is one of the best budget shoes on the market. Not only is it a cheap option, but it also includes New Balance’s newer FuelCell foam. The shoe isn’t outdated by any means, and I would even recommend it over some other $130+ shoes. I dare you to find dealbreakers if you buy this shoe, especially after factoring in the price.Shop The Shoe
New Balance FuelCell Rebel V2
> Daily Trainer (Tempo)
- Weighs 7.8 oz. (221 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop (30 in heel, 24 in toe)
I have to start my review by stating that the FuelCell Rebel V2 in the white and habanero colorway might be the best-looking wide foot running shoe ever. It’s gorgeous. Don’t tell my wife, but I’m in love…
The engineered mesh upper is super thin and slightly see-through. It contains a lateral N overlay for structure and molded collar foam for comfort and a secure fit. The tongue is very thin but soft, and causes no irritation on the ankle. I was concerned about the lack of a second eyelet for heel lock lacing (which I do on every pair of shoes I have), but the Rebel V2 didn’t slip at all.
I usually have about a thumbs width of space between the front of my running shoes and where my big toe is. In the Rebel V2, I have half a thumbs width. So if your shoes are already tight-fitting, you may need to size up, but I didn’t need to. Just like with the RC Elite 2 and TC (see my thoughts in the wide foot plated roundup), it feels like my arch is kind of hanging over because of the shape of the last. However, I’m thrilled with the wide fit of the shoe. My midfoot and forefoot don’t feel crushed and aren’t in pain while running.
The FuelCell midsole in the Rebel V2 feels a lot softer and more squishy than the Rebel V1. It has the same squishy feeling as the RC Elite 2, but because the Rebel V2 doesn’t have a plate, it’s very flexible and doesn’t put as much strain on the feet.
During slower, easier runs, the shoe feels soft. When picking up the pace, it starts to feel firmer and more responsive (and, to me, a little more unstable). I do feel like the Rebel V2 is missing that forward propulsion you’d get in a carbon-plated wide foot running shoe, but this also isn’t a $225+ race day shoe. The Rebel V2 is an everyday trainer option that can go fast without a harsh feeling.
New Balance strategically placed NDurance rubber in high-wear places on the outsole. I was delighted with the grip it provided. One of my tempo runs was during the pouring rain, and going around the harbor promenade on wet brick was fine. However, sharp turns do feel a little iffy and unstable because of the softness of the midsole.
New Balance is changing the wide foot game with the Rebel V2. A 7.8-ounce size 10.5 2E is absurd. Add in the fact that it fits great and has a soft and squishy midsole, and it’s starting to get unfair.
The FuelCell Rebel V2 is an excellent tempo shoe that can also be used for easier days. The price point of $130 is also appreciated because New Balance definitely could have charged $10-20 more. If you really want to stay in the New Balance family, your rotation could easily be the More V3, Rebel V2, and RC Elite 2.Read the Review 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
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.