Get Fit in PersonNothing beats getting your shoes fit at a running shoe store that caters to serious runners and walkers. These are often called "technical running shoe stores." The salespeople at such stores are experts at analyzing your stride and finding the best shoe for you. Their goal is to get you into the right shoes and convert you into a loyal customer. <p>The drawback of these stores is that they may not have wide or extra-wide shoes in stock. However, they usually will order them for you so you can try them in a few days. Your visit won't be wasted, as you will leave knowing whether you overpronate and need a motion control shoe, a stability shoe, or a neutral shoe. That alone will help you be more effective in finding the right shoes online. These stores generally narrow their shoe choices to those that are the best suited to runners and fitness walkers, so you don't end up with "walking shoes" that are stiff, heavy, and not appropriate for fitness walking.
Finding Serious Running Shoe Stores
Search Online for Wide and Extra-Wide Athletic ShoesRoadrunner Sports
Roadrunner Sports stocks shoes that are appropriate for fitness walking and running. To find wide or extra-wide shoes, click on "Mens Running Shoes" or "Womens Running Shoes" and then further select "Wide" or "Extra Wide" in the left side column.
Zappos makes it easy to search online for wide shoes and extra-wide shoes. Their search for wide athletic shoes returns designs not specific for running or walking, so you will still need to narrow the field and look for "Running Performance" or "Run/Walk."
Zappos Wide Shoe Search: Buy Direct
Lace Your Shoes to Give More WidthCreative lacing can make a large different in comfort. You can lace your shoes so that the laces stay wide and loose over the forefoot and bunion area, while still holding your heel firmly in the heel cup. Using this technique, your laces won't continually tighten up and constrict your toes.
Lacing for a Wide Foot
Lacing for a Wide Foot with a Narrow Heel