Let's get active outdoors and enjoy everything Spring has to offer!
Spring really is a beautiful time of year. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming and there's an air of anticipation as to what the year might hold. It really is a joy to be out and about at this time of year.
For many people with wide feet or foot health issues, though, getting out of the house and keeping active can be a painful experience, with shoes pinching or rubbing, and this can have a huge impact on overall health.
But it needn't be like this. So what are the best wide-fitting shoes for exercise?
NHS guidance suggests that adults should do some type of physical activity every day, including walking or a gentle jog, but even these can be too painful with the wrong shoes.
With well-fitting wide-fitting trainers or leisure shoes for women and men you can get outdoors and keep active in comfort, contributing to an overall healthier lifestyle and a positive spiral of health improvements. Even people requiring extra-wide fit can still get out in comfort with our shoes available to 6E or 8E width fittings - that's EEEEEEEE - and to ladies' size 9 and men's size 14.
The right wide-fitting shoes really can have this impact so we've outlined our pick of the best wide-fitting trainers for you this spring to get you outdoors and exercising gently, to see a new you for 2022!
Unless mentioned, the styles below are available in our 2V and 6V variable width fittings, containing specially designed removable insoles for extra internal space or for the insertion of orthotic or other specialist insoles, making them ideal for people with high or fallen arches or other foot conditions requiring a specialist insole.
What are the best wide-fitting trainers for exercise?
The best wide and extra-wide fitting trainers firstly have the width and depth that you need you're your foot to avoid squashing and squeezing. They also offer the support that you need, where you need it with the right level of stability to prevent you turning over on your ankle.
Our shoes come with built in back stiffeners for support and many have flared soles that are slightly wider at the bottom, to ensure optimum stability.
The best shoes for exercise also have a secure fit to avoid rubbing (or coming off altogether) during exercise, have grippy soles to ensure you’re sure of foot and offer the cushioning that you need to avoid too much wear on joints.
All of our wide and extra-wide trainers have these features in spades and, with features like soft leather or stretch fabric uppers to feel soft against your feet, and a genuinely wide and deep fit they're SO comfy.
The 10 best wide and extra-wide fitting shoes for exercise this Spring
1. Scaup is a classic wide-fitting trainer in soft suede with almond shaped toe designed for comfort, slightly pointed at the end for a stylish look. A lace-up fastening offers the most secure, adjustable fit and a grippy rubber sole is ideal for active feet. Available in 4 great colour options.
2. Stylish trainer Pheasant has twin cut-to-fit strap fastening in suede or leather with mesh stretch panels for extra comfort and breathability.
The air-bubble sole offers extra cushioning as you walk, the air-cooled mesh design allows air to flow round the foot, keeping them cool on warm days and the adjustable straps allow you to tighten or loosen the shoe as required as your feet swells through the day.
3. Barrow is made with no animal products so it's completely vegan-friendly. The stretch mesh panels expand to mould to the shape of your foot to offer so much comfort! The mesh design allows air to flow round the foot and the seam-free stretch toe-box ensures minimal rubbing.
4. Wide-fitting trainer Fox is from our Stretch range, containing Stretch faux leather panels that mould around awkward shaped feet for the ultimate in comfort whilst you walk, and also blend into the leather upper so they look just like normal trainers. Dual straps can be easily adjusted at will and can even cut to the desired length to avoid flapping and catching whilst you exercise.
5. Diss is a classic wide-fitting trainer style shoe in soft leather & mesh upper, to keep your feet cool. A lace-up fastening offers the most secure, adjustable fit and a grippy rubber sole is ideal for active feet. Available in 4 great colour options.
6. Sporty sandal Selena is great for summer walks and days out. Easy to slip on and off with three adjustable straps for ultimate adjustment to suit your foot. Air-bubble technology sole, padded textile lining and a Cushioned Comfort footbed mean it’s SO comfy it's perfect for all day wear.
7. Take to walking in our super-comfortable walking shoes - specially designed for walkers with wide and extra-wide feet, they accommodate thick socks too! Wyoming are waterproof and even come with a bellows tongue to avoid water entry from above, ensuring your feet stay dry whatever the weather. They have removable 'Air Comfort' padded insoles for extra depth or to insert your own orthotic insoles and you can be sure-footed with our flexible & grippy rubber soles. The round toe shape and deep, seam-free toe box give the ultimate toe comfort!
What are the best men’s wide and extra-wide fitting active shoes for men?
8. Our leisure shoes like Dawson have a sporty fashion look (just like "normal" trainers) - but they are wider & deeper, allowing room for your feet, with hidden cushioning so that you can enjoy the pleasure of walking without discomfort.
Dawson is a classic active style with lace-up style for secure fit, a round, deep toe-box to give plenty of room for your toes, removable air-comfort insoles and a grippy rubber sole. The textile mesh upper allows your feet to stay cool as your body warms up!
9. Logan is another classic training style with a twist! Dual adjustable, cut-to-fit straps give it a striking look whilst adding a great feature. Suitable for people with less finger dexterity they still come with all the other features that make our shoes the perfect fit for wide, deep and active feet.
10. Rugged wide-fitting walking boot Colorado is perfect for the more adventurous! Completely waterproof in suede with bellows tongue, padded collar and lightweight, shock absorbent sole for extra cushioning as you walk.
We know that our shoes will help you to get out of the house and keep active, helping you to lead a healthier lifestyle without pain. But don't just take our word for it. See what our customers say: