If your feet are wide but with a narrow heel (a triangle foot), then you are probably aware of the difficulty of finding the most suitable and comfortable shoes. Thankfully, most leading shoe making companies are designing and making special shoes for this type of foot shape.
Here are our picks for the leading running shoes with a wide toe box and narrow heels:
Best shoes with wide toe box and narrow heel at a glance
Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 Running Shoe – Women’s
These running shoes are fascinatingly comfortable, light and pretty. The mesh upper is especially designed to be as light and comfortable as possible, due to the special printing and seamless design. The roomy toe box is suitable for people with wide feet, with triangle feet and those with bunions. They are great for people with narrow heels.
There is room for the toes to spread freely while running, so they give a comfy neutral ride. They come with two pairs of different toe laces, and the producer also offers great advice for an alternate lacing depending on the shape of the feet on its web site. The zero heel-to-toe drop allows for a smooth run without fatigue in the feet and legs. They are breathable and provide good ankle support as well.
It has sufficient cushioning for a minimalist shoe, and let’s admit it – it looks great too!
Altra Olympus 3 Womens
These manmade shoes have a very comfortable rounded and wide toe box and a ton of cushioning and a zero heel to toe drop. They feature nice rocker outsoles and are perfect for people suffering from plantar fasciitis or other foot pain. The amazing mid sole padding makes them suitable for running on roads, mountains and other terrains comfortably. The stability of the insoles is great, but the insoles are also removable, so you can run without them, if the stability is too much.
The Astra Olympus 3 shoes are definitely one of the leading running shoes with a very comfortable wide toe box and are suitable for ladies with wide feet and narrow heels.
ASICS with Wide Toe Box GT-2000 6 Women’s
This is a re-take of the classic ASICS 2000 running shoe, and once again has a wide toe box, but possibly not as wide as the original one, so some runners may be disappointed by theat. Otherwise, these running shoes provide nice cushioning, The rear heel and forefoot gel cushioning system efficiently absorbs the shock and improves the gait cycle. These shoes have a guidance line for further enhancement of the efficiency of the gait. The patented impact guidance system yet again enhances the natural gait – heel strike to toe off. The breathable mesh is light and the trusstic system further reduces the weight of the sole and the whole shoe. Overall, this is a brilliant shoe for runners with wide feet but narrow heels.
Altra Olympus 2.5 Mens
These maximal running shoes have unbelievable cushioning. In fact, the producer recommends you go a half size up when buying them because of the double layer EVA covered by an A-Bound top layer and 5mm contour footbed. They have Vibram outsoles which improve traction and add to the cushioning. The upper is very light and flexible, and thus very comfortable which makes them the preferred running shoes for people with bunions. The wide toe box and the plush comfort is why these shoes take one of the top places of the best running shoes with wide toe boxes and narrow heels.
Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 Running Shoe – Men’s
This neutral running shoes have a foot-friendly design and make, with a very wide toe box, which allows all your toes to spread freely while running. The mesh upper has unique printing techniques embedded in it to improve the lightness, and to make the shoes even more comfortable, without any seams which can cause rubbing and discomfort. The shoes come with two pairs of colored laces so you can change their look.
The wide toe box and ergonomic design allow the feet to keep their natural shape throughout the running experience. Exceptionally light and comfortable, these shoes are perfect running shoes with a wide toe box and narrow heels.
ASICS GT 2000 – 6 Mens
The new ASICS GT 2000 have an even better fit than the original 2000 running shoes. They are fitted with a heel clutching system for an improved fit, and a very light and flexible mesh upper and a ComfoDry sockliner. The cushioning is provided by the rear heel and forefoot cushioning systems, the FluidRide midsoles and a guidance trusstic system for gait enhancement. Lightweight, very comfortable wide toe box and proper support is what you should expect if you choose to buy these brilliant running shoes.
If Anything Else Fails – Use Heel Lock Lacing Technique
Helpful lacing technique
Unfortunately, no matter how wide the toe box of your running shoes seems, and how good the heel support, you may still feel that your heels will be all blistered if you go out running with them. But fear not – there is a special lacing technique you should try out to resolve this issue.
The heel lock lacing method is a simple solution which can resolve the issues with blistering. It helps create better friction between the ankles and laces, and helps keep the heel and ankle tight in place during the run. It can also prevent getting black toe nails from the toes getting smashed in the front of the shoe while running. All you need is to have that extra top shoelace hole, or you can use the top hole instead.
Use these holes to create loops on both sides and then cross the laces and insert them in the opposite loops. Pull the laces down for a tight lace lock and proceed to tie them like you normally would.
You will immediately feel the comfortable and nice fit, and you can say goodbye to those blisters once and for all!