Quick tips: How to know if you need wide shoes

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Think you need a little extra wiggle room in your shoes?

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 favorites, the Clifton 6 and Bondi 6 are offered in wide. If you also need stability to prevent overpronation, check out the Arahi 4 or Gaviota 2. If you’re looking to go off-road, try the trail-ready Speedgoat 4 and the all-terrain Challenger ATR 5.

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 something with ample cushion, such as the Akasa or the Bondi 6. If your feet are swelling from long days on the trail, check out the Speedgoat 4 or Challenger ATR 5.

5. Take a look.

Are your feet extending, or “spilling,” 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 guess work. Find a HOKA dealer near you here.

There’s a HOKA option offered in wide for any activity. Shop all HOKA wide models here.