Experienced weightlifters know this, but if you're new to the gym, this might be a surprise to you:
Regular athletic sneakers are actually not great for lifting weights.
Specially designed weightlifting shoes (usually with a much more flat or firm sole and/or raised heel) can help you get extra stability and juice out of your lifts. You could totally be missing out on some great PRs wearing your old ratty running shoes for lifting.
But similar to running shoes, FIT is super important in a weightlifting shoe. And if you've got wide feet, you may have trouble finding a shoe that feels right.
So without further ado, let's jump into the best weightlifting shoes for wide feet.
(In a hurry? Here's an overview:)
Why bother with a weightlifting shoe, anyway?
If you've been working out in regular sneakers, you might be totally used to the feel of it. And that's not to say that sneakers are bad for lifting... but there are a couple of really important benefits to a properly fitting weightlifting shoe:
- Elevated heel provides more range of motion for squats
- Extra support at the ankle
- More stable base for squatting or pressing movements
- Sometimes straps will prevent any kind of slippage
- May help you lift more weight on some lifts
And what's great is that there's very little downside to wearing weightlifting shoes to the gym. You don't have to be advanced or even intermediate... If you've started lifting weights and learned proper form, a good pair of well-fitted weightlifting shoes can make a world of difference.
(Though, important note, most weightlifting shoes will be horribly uncomfortable for long cardio or other athletic endeavors. In that case, you may want to look into a cross-trainer style shoe... See the second recommendation on this list.)
A few notes on fit, for weightlifters with wide feet.
If you're going to invest in a weightlifting shoe (they're not necessarily cheap), you'll want to make sure the fit is as good as possible.
Like any kind of shoe for athletic performance, there are a few major considerations:
- If the shoe is too loose, your foot will slip and wiggle inside, hurting your overall stability
- If the shoe is too tight, you'll be uncomfortable and feel restricted
This presents a tough problem for lifters with wide feet. You may be tempted to go up a size to accommodate your foot's width, but that may make some parts of the shoe too loose. Go back down a size, and the widest part of your foot will feel incredibly cramped.
You'll want to look for shoes that naturally run wide or have wide sizes available.
That will give you the best possible fit and the best overall lifting performance.
I've compiled a few recommendations of weightlifting shoes for wide feet that should get you started:
Best Budget Weightlifting Shoe for Wide Feet: PF Flyers Sneaker
Overview: A lot of lifters love to workout in Chuck Taylors. The only problem is, they're known to run narrow. If you have wide feet but want an uber simple, comfortable, flat-soled shoe to lift weights in, you'll want to check out the wide-running PF Flyer.
Why we like it: When it comes to weightlifting shoes, you won't find a more friendly price than this. These are incredibly comfortable and well-constructed, so you shouldn't need much time to break them in at the gym, and you can expect them to last a while. They'll definitely get the job done and provide you a stable base for pressing and squatting with no extra frills. Just an effective, pretty cool looking shoe that is known to run a little bit on the wide side.
Potential drawbacks: Very bare bones. No raised heel for extra range of motion and no added ankle support.
Best Mid-Range Weightlifting Shoe for Wide Feet: Reebok Crossfit Speed TR 2.0 Cross-Trainer Shoe
Overview: The Reebok TR 2.0 is a true do-it-all shoe. Relatively flat and firm with a small raised heel, it's great for lifting weights. But it also has just enough contour and cushion to make it a good shoe for running and athletics as well. If you're not a serious intense lifter and want a shoe with a bit more versatility for your workouts, this is the one.
Why we like it: Versatility. It's not the greatest weightlifting shoe, or the greatest running shoe, but it's one of the best hybrids on the market for exercisers who want to do it all with one pair. Construction is fantastic and price is relatively friendly. Plus, it comes in lots of fun colors and reviewers note the shoe runs on the wide side.
Potential drawbacks: No ankle straps. Not the best pure weightlifting shoe for serious lifters.
Best High-End Weightlifting Shoe for Wide Feet: Nike Romaelos Weight-Lifting Shoe
Overview: For the purists, this is the weightlifter's weightlifter shoe! The Nike Romaleos have every feature you'd want in a lifting shoe, and are known to run wide to accommodate bigger feet. They're a specialized shoe that does it's job extremely, extremely well.
Why we like it: Raised heel, check. Ankle straps, check. Sweet designs, double check. This shoe has it all, and reviewers rave about the lifting experience, even claiming it can help you increase PRs, particularly on the squat where it gives you a fantastically smooth range of motion. For unrivaled stability and feeling "glued to the floor," the Romaelos are the best choice.
Potential Drawbacks: On the expensive side. May run a size small (though are proportionately wider than normal.)
You could spend hours and hours browsing weightlifting shoes on Amazon or your other favorite retailer. There are so many to choose from!
However it can be hard to tell if they'll fit your feet or if they run wide or narrow. Your best bet is to use my list as a starting point and branch out as needed. You can typically return shoes quite easily when the fit isn't to your liking.
For my money, it doesn't get too much better than the Nike Romaleos if your number one priority for the shoe is lifting heavy weights. Click the link to check them out on Amazon.
Hope this helped!