UPDATED 10/12/2022. For a number of race day choices, try our Greatest Huge Foot Plated Operating Footwear evaluate as properly.
PSA: That is Jarrett’s extensive foot operating shoe roundup, and it is a protected house. As all extensive foot runners know, we’ve been shunned for a lot too lengthy. There are dozens of us, dammit! So it is a place the place my fellow extensive fam can view all the great choices that work for us people who can’t squish into these “regular” width footwear.
Now, that is technically not a “Greatest Of” checklist (though my favourite footwear are certainly in right here). As a substitute, it is a checklist of just about each extensive shoe that I’ve run in that’s at present out there. I’ll provide the good, the unhealthy, and every thing in-between. Some footwear may have hyperlinks to my full evaluate, and others will supply summaries of footwear I’ve worn however acquired after others on our staff reviewed them (it seems only a few firms care about doing pre-production runs of extensive footwear).
As any runner with extensive foot issues is aware of, the checklist of firms who cater to us is fairly transient. You’ll additionally discover that the next checklist is New Steadiness-heavy, as they persistently supply probably the most various choices within the extensive section (for that, we thanks, New Steadiness).
We’ll maintain updating this checklist all year long (organized alphabetically, btw), so examine again for brand spanking new additions now and again. Ought to you may have any questions or shoe requests, go away a remark beneath or hit me up on the gram!
The perfect extensive foot trainers:
Altra Torin 4.5 Plush
> Every day Coach
- Weighs 9.6 oz. for a US M10.5
- 0 mm drop (28 in heel, 28 in toe)
Altra knocked it out of the park with the Torin 4.5 Plush with simply an replace to the higher. The brand new knit higher is softer and extra breathable. Oh, and it appears fairly rattling smooth too! It felt barely cosy at first however loosened to permit extra room within the midfoot. I’m irritated they eliminated the second eyelet, so there goes my heel lock lacing, however that’s a private downside.
The midsole and outsole are the identical because the earlier iteration, and that’s a-ok with me. The journey is snug and cushioned for restoration straightforward runs or going the gap. Plush is an understatement. The cushion is actual right here. I additionally completely love that Altra minimize 1.1 oz. to make this are available in underneath 10 oz. Altra has a success on their fingers with the Torin 4.5 Plush.
ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24
> Every day Coach
- Weighs 10.8 oz. (306 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (26 in heel, 16 in toe)
I’m not even going to sugarcoat my emotions, ASICS hit it out of the park with the Gel-Nimbus 24. They took a legacy each day coach that hasn’t modified a lot through the years and made it really feel new and pleasant with the Flytefoam Blast+ midsole.
The engineered mesh higher is cozy, has strong lockdown, and feels luxurious. I seen the lateral midfoot emblem overlay a bit of bit on my longer runs, and I want it had some give to it, nevertheless it was a facet thought. These with extra-wide midfoots would possibly see it as extra of a difficulty.
The knit tongue is tremendous stretchy and sits up barely excessive on the ankle. I’ve by no means had a tongue this elastic, so it was fairly bizarre at first. As soon as operating, I fully forgot about it, which is pretty much as good a praise because it will get.
The midsole options the brand new Flytefoam Blast+ foam. ASICS claims FF Blast+ to be lighter, softer, and extra responsive than FF Blast. Upon first step-in, the cushioning hit me, and all I might suppose was, rattling, this feels good! This translated exceptionally properly to the underfoot really feel whereas operating. Irrespective of the gap, I loved the mushy touchdown and vitality return. The outsole has some uncovered foam, and the strategically positioned ASICS Lite rubber covers sufficient of the outsole for further sturdiness and grip.
ASICS did a implausible job with the twenty fourth iteration of the Gel-Nimbus. The FF Blast+ midsole is a wonderful addition to make it stick out in an overflowing pool of each day coach choices. Should you’re searching for a dependable, impartial extensive foot each day coach that’s extraordinarily pleasant, try the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24.
HOKA Arahi 5
> Gentle Stability
- Weighs 9.7 oz. (275 g) for a US M9 2E
- 5 mm drop (35 in heel, 30 in toe)
CAUTION: these with further extensive toes or bunions ought to keep away from this shoe altogether. Even my 2E feels a bit of tight on me.
That mentioned, I benefit from the HOKA Arahi 5. It options an up to date engineered mesh higher and flared-out heel to scale back stress on the Achilles. The brand new higher is mushy and breathable. I additionally just like the tongue much more because the earlier model was slim the place it sat on the ankle. Let’s additionally say what everyone seems to be considering: the Arahi appears precisely just like the Clifton, and we’re pleased with it.
HOKA up to date the midsole to really feel a bit of bit extra responsive. It nonetheless has the EVA J-Body, a firmer foam that goes alongside the medial facet and wraps across the heel for stability. The early-stage Meta-Rocker offers a nice toe-off sensation. Because the Arahi 5 is a stability shoe, it’s agency by HOKA requirements, nevertheless it’s certainly not harsh.
My dimension 10 2E weighs 9.9 oz. This shoe weighs lower than many of the different footwear on this roundup. The outsole traction feels nice in dry situations, however issues get a bit of slick when the bottom is moist. The extensive base additionally contributes to extra stability.
I’m satisfied that getting lace size right is tougher than determining the Good Will Looking math equation. Why are they so lengthy? Why?
Assuming HOKA has labored for you previously, the Arahi 5 is a very good light-weight stability extensive foot operating shoe. They did an important job with the burden for the quantity of stability. The midsole is snug and peppy.
HOKA Mach 5
> Every day Coach (Tempo)
- Weighs 8.7 oz. (246 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 5 mm drop (29 in heel, 24 in toe)
It has solely taken 5 iterations of the Mach and a offshoot Supersonic to get Hoka to unfold the like to the #WideFootFam. The Mach 5 is a light-weight each day coach that can be utilized for tempo work and even race day.
The higher is a jacquard mesh that’s mild and breathable. It sports activities an excellent skinny, lay-flat, gusseted tongue, and a luxurious heel collar. I’ve had points with extensive Hoka footwear previously being too slim which precipitated ache and discomfort. I discovered the Mach 5 extensive width to be simply sufficient for my midfoot. It’s a bit of tight, however causes no irritation. The forefoot additionally has sufficient room for me. I get a strong lockdown with none heel slip. The most important problem I’ve with the higher is how brief the tongue is. When the footwear are tied, I can barely seize the tongue. The guessetting fortunately retains the tongue from shifting round, in any other case it could be a catastrophe.
The Mach 5 has a twin density midsole. The higher layer options the ProFly+ foam, whereas the underside is a denser layer of rubberized EVA foam. I’m loving the underfoot really feel whereas operating. It offers a lightweight and nimble journey that has a handy guide a rough bounce to it. I’m undecided I might decide the shoe out for a restoration day, however rattling it runs properly at a simple and average tempo. Additionally, with the extensive base, it feels very secure.
I’ve positively received some considerations with the sturdiness, because the outsole is that rubberized EVA. The traction was nice in each dry and moist situations, however my pair has some put on and I haven’t even reached 50 miles but.
Should you’re searching for a light-weight each day coach that may simply be used for sooner miles, the Hoka Mach 5 simply is likely to be the shoe you search.
HOKA Speedgoat 4
> Path (Max Cushion)
- Weighs 11.9 oz. (337 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 4 mm drop (32 in heel, 28 in toe)
The Speedgoat is often within the dialog when path footwear get talked about. It’s a shoe I used to be by no means in a position to put on due to the usual width, so I received fairly jazzed once I noticed it was lastly coming in extensive. Spoiler alert: the width is nice!
The EVA midsole cushion is spectacular, and I didn’t really feel rocks or sticks whereas on the paths. That is often a fear as a result of I’ve gotten an excellent gnarly bruised heel earlier than, which stored me from operating for per week. I’ll say the Speedgoat did really feel a bit unstable due to the dearth of floor really feel.
If I had been to purchase one other pair, I’d in all probability dimension down half a dimension. Between the super-thin tongue, weirdly obnoxious overlay proper above the center of the toe field, and wrestle to get a great tight match, I ended my runs with a number of blisters. I feel a whole lot of that in all probability got here from my toes sliding ahead at occasions.
The Vibram MegaGrip outsole supplied some tremendous strong traction whereas operating down the paths, round switchbacks, and over moist rocks.
There aren’t too many path choices that are available in extensive. HOKA throwing the Speedgoat into the 2E ring is a recreation changer!
New Steadiness 860v12
> Max Stability
- Weighs 12.2 oz. for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (31 in heel, 21 in toe)
The 860v12 is New Steadiness’s max stability tank. The engineered mesh higher has loads of width within the forefoot and midfoot. I’m completely satisfied that the Extremely Heel is not any extra, and it’s now a extra conventional heel collar that feels extra snug and suits higher.
Close to the arch of my left foot, I felt the stitched overlays contained in the shoe proper above the midsole. I don’t know why I solely felt it on my left foot, nevertheless it was annoying to the purpose that I considered it a number of occasions on every run.
The midsole and outsole stay unchanged from v11. It has the layer of Contemporary Foam X sitting above the full-length Contemporary Foam, which accommodates a agency medial put up. The outsole is full blown rubber, and the sturdiness appears sky excessive.
The 860v12 supplies a snug and barely cushioned journey for a most stability extensive foot operating shoe, however after a number of miles, the shoe begins to really feel cumbersome. Regardless that it’s down .2 oz. from final yr’s mannequin, 12.2 oz. is certainly not mild. My legs had been getting fatigued, and the burden positively performed an element.
Runners who had v11 received’t be in for an enormous shock right here and needs to be content material with the replace. Personally, I’d select the Vongo v5 over the 860v12 to get a lighter shoe that isn’t as agency. Nevertheless, should you want all the stability you may get and need a tank, going with the 860 would in all probability be wiser.
New Steadiness 880v12
> Every day Coach (Conventional)
- Weighs 12 oz. (340 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 10 mm drop (35 in heel, 25 in toe)
The massive replace to the 880v12 is within the dual-layered midsole. The heel and prime layer of the forefoot are Contemporary Foam X, which is tooled to be softer, whereas the underside layer of the forefoot is a denser FuelCell compound for extra vitality return. The Contemporary Foam’s softness is instantly obvious when placing on the footwear. It simply feels, properly– softer– and higher.
Whereas I seen the Contemporary Foam cushioning on my runs, it was most obvious when operating downhill. It supplied a softer touchdown, however to not the extent of the max cushioned Contemporary Foam Extra v3. I had some points selecting up the tempo, however operating round Baltimore’s Interior Harbor at a better 8:30-9:00 minute tempo was snug for me.
The higher is the same engineered mesh to the v11, and the tongue in v12 sits a bit of decrease on the ankle. I discovered the higher further voluminous to the purpose that I needed to cinch down the laces extraordinarily tight and use the heel lock lacing method. As soon as I did that, I had a strong lockdown. Evaluating these to v11, I feel they could run only a contact longer, which explains the additional room within the forefoot. As for the width, I feel the #WideFootFam will probably be completely satisfied. I discovered it to have loads of room with out pinching something.
I’m a fan of the brand new, playful look of the 880. Perhaps it’s the truth that the newborn blue and peach emblem go collectively so properly. It may very well be the contact of yellow within the outsole, too. Both manner, I’m completely satisfied to not have an all-gray shoe! Talking of the outsole, there’s a monstrous quantity of rubber, and I’d virtually assure it should outlive every other a part of the shoe over time.
The New Steadiness Contemporary Foam 880v12 continues to be top-of-the-line workhorses available on the market. It’s going to work as anticipated and, with the up to date Contemporary Foam X midsole, will really feel even higher than v11. Should you’re searching for a protected each day coach, try the 880v12.
New Steadiness Contemporary Foam 1080v12
> Every day Coach (Max Cushion)
- Weighs 10.9 ozfor a US M10 2E
- 8 mm drop
It’s not usually I obtain a pair of extensive footwear in vivid orange. By “not usually,” I imply actually by no means. I like the extensive, enjoyable colorway, despite the fact that it’s throwing me for a loop. I don’t often look down whereas operating and see such vivid footwear.
The Hypoknit higher is snug and form-fitting. It has a ton of stretch, which permits it to adapt to extra foot shapes. I feel the 2E width is superb for the extensive footers on the market. My midfoot doesn’t really feel cramped, and the toebox has loads of house. The problems I had with the v11 inflicting ache on the highest of my foot from both the medial “N” overlay or lacing are gone. New Steadiness additionally went with a extra conventional padded heel collar seen on the Vongo v5 as a substitute of the earlier iteration’s dreaded UltraHeel.
The Contemporary Foam X midsole is just about unchanged, which implies the cushioning is superb. It’s softer than the 880, however to not the extent discovered within the Extra V3. As anticipated, I loved my each day straightforward miles within the New Steadiness Contemporary Foam 1080v12 and the shoe began to really feel even smoother once I picked up the tempo. Should you don’t care about weight, it is a do-it-all shoe.
The sizing appears to be off on this shoe. I received fortunate and was despatched a pair half dimension down, and it suits me completely. For reference and so far as I can inform, my US M10 2E 1080v12 is identical size as my 10.5 2E 1080v11 and 10.5 2E Vongo v5.
My different small gripe is that the shoe clocks in at 10.9 oz. when my pair from final yr weighed 10.2 oz. I’ll gladly take the added weight in alternate for New Steadiness sending the UltraHeel to a farm up north.
I could not have been a giant fan of final yr’s 1080v11, however I’m actually offered on the up to date 1080v12. The extensive match is superb after you have the suitable dimension, and it’s extraordinarily snug on the run. I’m ecstatic New Steadiness scrapped the UltraHeel and went with a extra conventional heel collar as it really works so significantly better. By now, it needs to be fairly apparent that I feel the 1080v12 is a each day coach star.
New Steadiness Contemporary Foam Extra V4
> Max Cushion
- Weighs 11.9 oz. (337 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 4 mm drop (34 in heel, 30 in toe)
The chonkiest of chonks is again to attempt to maintain on to the title of the cushion king. New Steadiness says that is each the very best stack and softest Contemporary Foam X midsole ever, and the Extra identify is absolutely residing as much as the expectations we’ve got placed on it. That further mm of FFX midsole makes a distinction and is noticeably softer within the heel than the v3. Along with the peak, the width was additionally elevated barely to make sure it could stay secure and never find yourself like among the wobbly nightmares on the market.
I feel the shoe shines on straightforward or lengthy runs the place tempo isn’t as vital. It’s mushy, insanely snug, and straightforward on the toes. Nevertheless, I did a 15 mile run and was in a position to velocity it up a bit of throughout a number of center miles. The cushion feels so good, nevertheless it has a bounciness to it that’s nice.
I like when a 2E suits properly with out discomfort, and the Extra v4 doesn’t disappoint one bit. The engineered mesh higher suits my foot extraordinarily properly and the toe field has sufficient room. For the runners searching for further visibility, the lateral N emblem is reflective and so are 2 strips across the heel.
Within the Extra v3, the higher was extremely accommodating and was one of many widest extensive footwear on the market. Some individuals who put on 2E had been in a position to put on the common width with ease. On the v4, the lateral sidewall foam sits up above the foot. This retains the midfoot in place properly, but additionally doesn’t enable as a lot stretching. The 2E suits me very properly, however I wished to be clear that should you put on extensive and went commonplace width on the final mannequin, the 2E could also be extra crucial right here.
On a number of of my runs, I seen the tongue slide over to the facet. A gusseted tongue would have solved this and stored it in place. My 10.5 2E weighed 11.9 oz. It doesn’t really feel like an excellent cumbersome shoe, however I really feel the necessity to touch upon the .9 oz. weight acquire from v3 as a result of it’s borderline hefty.
If in case you have run within the different New Steadiness Contemporary Foam footwear and simply wished further cushioning, look no additional. The Contemporary Foam Extra v4 would possibly simply be the golden commonplace of max cushioned footwear. I do know there are going to be one million questions relating to this and the SuperComp Coach, so right here is my fast take. The Extra v4 is extra secure and has a way more conventional each day coach really feel to it, however with a ton of underfoot foam. The SuperComp Coach has a sleeker really feel and is extra squishy due to how mushy the FuelCell foam is. I might very properly see myself operating within the Extra v4 on straightforward or restoration days, and doing my lengthy runs the place I’m not too anxious about tempo within the SuperComp Coach. I’ll say, the Extra v4 ought to positively be on the purchase checklist.
New Steadiness Contemporary Foam Vongo V5
- Weighs 11 oz. (311 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 8 mm drop (34 in heel, 26 in toe)
I used to be a bit of hesitant to let the Vongo again into my life due to how upset I used to be with the v4. With out losing your time, it’s protected to say the Vongo is again! Since ending the complete evaluate virtually a month in the past, I’ve frequently grabbed the Vongo v5 and have put over 100 miles in my pair.
I don’t love the Hypoknit higher, however I don’t hate it both. As long as I’m not attempting to make any tight turns, it retains my foot in place. Nevertheless, it has a loopy stretch to it, so issues have the potential to maneuver round. I’m extremely grateful New Steadiness went with a well-padded heel collar because it’s very snug, doesn’t slip, and leaves my ankle irritation-free.
The midfoot feels simply extensive sufficient for me. For me, the forefoot may very well be a hair wider, which might trigger points for these with unhealthy bunions. My 10.5 2E sits proper at 11 oz. I feel my greatest want for the v6 could be to chop out one other half ounce. I don’t understand how I might go about doing that, however fortunate for me, I don’t need to determine it out!
The Vongo v5 midsole acquired the Contemporary Foam X therapy. The forefoot offers off a 1080 vibe with the mushy cushion, whereas the midfoot to heel is a bit firmer. Because of a medial put up consisting of a denser gradient twin compound, there’s simply sufficient stability. Whereas it looks like a Franken-shoe midsole, it’s blended so properly that you just get one clean and secure journey.
I’ve no problem with giving my blessing to the Vongo v5. It’s a implausible alternative for these trying to find a secure each day coach. The shoe shines in so many alternative areas and is flexible sufficient to be an possibility for individuals who don’t need a whole shoe rotation. Whereas I’m not the most important fan of Hypoknit, it’s a private desire and never one thing that ruins the shoe by any means. Go attempt the Vongo v5. Do it. You received’t be mad.
New Steadiness FuelCell Insurgent V3
> Every day Coach (Tempo)
- Weighs 8 oz. (226 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 6 mm drop (29.5 in heel, 23.5 in toe)
The Insurgent v3 has a brand new lace knit higher, and whereas the tongue is much like v2, it acquired the gusseted therapy. I do know some folks had points with blowing out the midfoot space of the higher on the v2, however I by no means skilled that. When evaluating the two variations, I do really feel that v3 is strengthened with the extra conventional higher in comparison with that paper skinny v2 materials.
The size of v3 appears nearly the identical because the v2. It runs a bit of brief, so whereas I usually have a thumbs width of room in my footwear, these are about half a thumb which is how the v2 was. The toebox is a bit more rounded and the higher on my extensive suits me splendidly in each the toebox and midfoot. On my first 2-3 runs the toe bumper was dimpling proper on the perimeters of my large toes and precipitated a blister. After that, it appeared to have damaged in and softened as a result of the irritation disappeared.
The midsole is the FuelCell we got here to like within the v2, however New Steadiness added an additional 1.5 mm of stack. The bottom was additionally widened to create a extra person pleasant Insurgent. This makes it really feel like extra of a each day coach than only a velocity day shoe.
The journey has a very snug and lightweight really feel to it. We’re clearly not speaking max cushion, though it’s barely softer than the v2. I took the v3 out for runs starting from half marathon distance to shorter speedwork. I felt snug taking corners shortly and whereas the quick miles had some pop, the slower paces had been properly cushioned.
I’m conscious that New Steadiness had a objective to make the Insurgent extra cohesive in appears to the remainder of the FuelCell assortment, however I used to be an enormous fan of the Insurgent v2 design and had a love affair with the mango habanero colorway. It was (and nonetheless in all probability is) the most effective trying extensive shoe I’ve ever had). Personally, I feel the Insurgent v3 doesn’t look practically pretty much as good as its predecessor and it loses a few of its uniqueness because it blends in. This complete take is my private opinion although.
The Insurgent v3 continues to shine vivid. Whereas the v2 was extra of a tempo shoe, v3 has now moved into the each day coach class because of the additional midsole stack and wider, extra secure base.
Some folks could also be battling all of the New Steadiness each day coach choices, so I see the Insurgent v3 becoming the runner who needs a flexible, light-weight, and minimal shoe, in comparison with the chonky Extra or conventional 880. Plus, at $130 it’s an important worth!
New Steadiness FuelCell SuperComp Coach
> Every day Coach (Max Cushion Carbon Plated)
- Weighs 11.5 oz. (326 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 8 mm drop (47 in heel, 39 in toe)
Nicely, #WideFootFam, we’ve reached the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. New Steadiness supplied us a ticket to the ball within the type of the SuperComp Coach. This carbon plated shoe evaluate will probably be completed utilizing the WIDE possibility.
The higher is a pleasant lace knit materials with a little bit of stretch to it (not as excessive because the hypoknit). I attempted on Thomas’ commonplace width pair over a month in the past and thought it felt too tight within the midfoot. The additional higher materials of the extensive model makes the match a lot extra snug. It might simply be the most effective becoming plated shoe I’ve tried. The midfoot is a bit of cosy, however not tight, and the toe field has extra space. Apart from the lateral midfoot emblem, there aren’t any overlays to trigger extreme stress. The gusseted tongue is good and I didn’t have any issues with the collar.
The SC Coach is the evolution of the FuelCell TC. This go round, New Steadiness determined to blow previous the authorized World Athletics peak restrict of 40mm with 47mm of FuelCell goodness. An enormous midsole doesn’t come with out some further weight. My pair weighed 11.5 oz. I’d be extra upset if it was a racer, however that is for coaching, so weight isn’t the top all downside.
New Steadiness is touting their vitality arc midsole expertise, which accommodates a cambered carbon plate that’s sandwiched between two layers of FuelCell foam. The underside layer accommodates a void happening the middle of your complete size of the shoe. This enables the shoe to maximise vitality return.
I used to be fairly involved about how secure the shoe could be with the large void. Nevertheless, I’m pleasantly stunned to say it’s much more secure than the FuelCell TC and RC2. The width of the heel is an effective quantity wider than each these footwear and it helps with the pronating. Simply needless to say this isn’t a stability shoe and should you pronate unhealthy, you might have some points. I used to be extraordinarily hesitant when taking corners quick. I discovered it practically unattainable to keep away from slowing down as I didn’t wish to roll my ankles.
The midsole foam is absurd with how mushy it’s. It might simply be the softest shoe I personal. Whereas folks speak concerning the compression, I’m pretty assured the technical time period could be “the squish.” Within the SC Coach, the squish issue is subsequent stage. Paired with the carbon plate, I get a mushy touchdown that has glorious vitality return to maintain me shifting.
My miles have been glorious. I had mile pickups with Thomas throughout a future and different days I took it gradual and straightforward. The shoe can carry out at greater paces if wanted, however shines on simpler on a regular basis operating.
The extra I run within the SC Coach, the extra I prefer it. Certain, the burden is up there, however it is a excessive efficiency coach and goes to maintain you feeling contemporary on these lengthy runs the place you’re simply going for distance. Oh, and did I point out it freaking is available in extensive?! I’ve received a sense the SC Coach goes to get pulled off the shoe rack rather a lot. It’s a winner. Easy as that.
- Weighs 11 oz. (311 g) for a US M10.5 2E
- 7 mm drop (36 in heel, 29 in toe)
After seeing a plethora of On footwear all over the place, from airports to races to farmers’ markets, we’ve got lastly been blessed with an enlargement into the extensive foot operating shoe world (attempt saying that 5 occasions quick). The Cloudflyer is marketed as a excessive cushioned, medium to future coach.
The engineered mesh higher is definitely very snug — it’s each mushy and breathable. The Cloudflyer has an absurdly padded tongue and heel collar. On even advertises that that is their most plush tongue on their web site (type of a bizarre flex).
As for extensive width, On did an important job with their first try at catering to our folks. The midfoot has sufficient room, and the forefoot is accommodating. On states that it’s 4 mm wider on the ball of the foot in comparison with the common width. What I admire most is that there aren’t any overlays proper the place the ball of the foot is positioned. Anybody with bunions needs to be completely satisfied.
The midsole is fabricated from On’s Helion foam within the signature CloudTec pod design. Proper above the midsole is a Speedboard for extra help. This all sounds good and dandy, however the actuality is that this shoe is harsh on the toes. You wouldn’t discover this at first, because of the cozy insole, however when you get operating, it’s obvious. Every run I did was borderline uncomfortable.
With the Cloudflyer, I discovered the heel agency and the forefoot laborious. The forefoot flexes properly due to the break with the pods, however that doesn’t assist an excessive amount of. It’s agency. That’s the easiest way to explain the journey. The longest run I ended up doing within the Cloudflyer was a bit of over 6 miles solely as a result of my toes had been getting beat up so unhealthy.
I by no means fairly understood what Robbe and different reviewers talked about with On and firmness, however I get it now. Promoting the Cloudflyer as cushioned is perplexing. It’s not cushioned. I might run barefoot, and it’d really feel simply the identical. Should you don’t like a softer shoe, you can attempt the On Cloudflyer. Nevertheless, you is likely to be higher off investing that $159.99 in some On inventory.
> Max Cushion
- Weighs 10.3 oz. (292 g) for a US M10.5 (commonplace width)
- 4 mm drop (30 in heel, 26 in toe)
Beginning off, I’ve to say the On Cloudmonster are usually not 2E footwear and don’t are available in extensive. Nevertheless, I discover them to be very accommodating in order that they may very well be a strong possibility for somebody who needs a wider commonplace width or much less roomy extensive shoe.
The higher is a recycled polyester. It’s mild, breathathable, and holds my foot properly. I’m a giant fan of the skinny gusseted tongue which sits comfortably on prime of the foot and doesn’t bunch up when pulling the laces tight.
The dearth of extreme overlays permits my wider midfoot to have some house with out being constricted. For the standard width shoe, I’ve received ample room within the midfoot and sufficient house within the forefoot. My solely criticism with the higher is that it luggage a bit of bit on the medial facet of the midfoot. It’s a purely beauty criticism as a result of I don’t discover something whereas operating. Talking of cosmetics, the Cloudmonster is without doubt one of the greatest trying monster I’ve ever seen. It’s much less of a Frankenstein (no offense, Mr. Frankenstein) and extra of a classy Dracula.
On presents the Cloudmonster as their max cushioned… monster. The midsole is a softer Helion foam with bigger CloudTec pods in comparison with different On fashions. Above the midsole is the acquainted On Speedboard (a TPU plate). I’ve to say, the Cloudmonster does have a pleasant mushy touchdown with a really clean transition via the toe-off. My stride felt nice and as a substitute of stomping, I used to be rolling proper via my stride. Beneath every pod is a dab of rubber for the outsole and the traction is strong.
The Cloudmonster could also be a max cushioned shoe per On requirements, however to be fully sincere I discover it to suit higher into the each day coach class. The touchdown is mushy, however there’s not an excellent cushioned underfoot really feel when touchdown due to the Speedboard. Don’t fear although, it doesn’t really feel in any respect such as you’re operating on a chunk of wooden strapped to your foot like with a few of On’s different choices. Hopefully this is sensible and I’m not fully contradicting myself.
I took the Cloudmonster on a wide range of runs and loved all of them. Since I do know the #WideFootFam is studying this, my 10 mile run in moist situations noticed no ache nor blisters. I used to be in a position to decide up the tempo if I actually tried, nevertheless it feels manner higher at a extra relaxed tempo. On has one thing right here with the Cloudmonster. It’s in contrast to any of their different footwear and is unquestionably a winner. If I used to be utilizing it solely as a max cushion restoration shoe, I could also be a tad upset, however considering of it as a each day coach has me very happy and impressed.
Saucony Endorphin Velocity
> Tempo/Race Day
- Weighs 8.4 oz. (238 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (33 in heel, 25 in toe)
The Saucony Endorphin Velocity is the second plated shoe to make the extensive foot operating shoe roundup (the primary being the FuelCell TC, see above). Technically talking, the Velocity doesn’t are available in extensive, nevertheless it has simply sufficient width to cater to the extensive crowd. Not solely did I discover the shoe wearable, however I’ve additionally had so many individuals message me or remark saying it really works for his or her toes too!
The engineered mesh higher is mushy, and the 3D printed overlays present construction. Mixed with the gusseted tongue, the higher suits like a glove. I additionally like that the heel is fairly conventional (i.e. evenly padded and firmer). As anticipated, the Velocity is a tad tight within the midfoot and forefoot. I received round this by carrying skinny socks and protecting the midfoot lacing looser. As long as I did the heel lock lacing, my foot didn’t transfer round in any respect.
The midsole is the place the Large Mac particular sauce could be discovered. A PWRRUN PB midsole supplies distinctive bounce in a decrease weight bundle. Inside the PWRRUN PB foam is a full-length nylon plate. You learn that right, this isn’t the carbon plate discovered within the Endorphin Professional. This nylon plate is much less inflexible and virtually feels non-existent however assists with turnover. Add in a SPEEDROLL geometry for clean roll-off, and the hits maintain coming.
On my first run, I unintentionally set a brand new 10k PR. My second run was straightforward miles, and it felt extra secure than I believed it could. In my third run, I made it 10 miles with no blisters. My toes had been a tad sore however not damaged. My fourth run was a observe exercise the place I crushed some 1000m repeats. Are you not entertained? Do you want me to proceed?!
The outsole is full-length rubber with some uncovered midsole foam. I might see some points with grip because the rubber wears out, however the observe exercise I did was the morning after a storm, and the turns had been tremendous.
The Endorphin Velocity is likely to be my new favourite shoe of 2020. It may do all of it. This shoe is a winner, from loopy quick and enjoyable tempo or observe exercises to cushioned and bouncy slower miles. I can’t consider I might push 10 miles in a standard-width shoe. Till a correct extensive plated racing shoe comes out (I’m not relying on it), this may very well be my half marathon decide.
Saucony Trip 15
> Every day Coach
- Weighs 9.4 oz. (266 g) for a US M10.5
- 8 mm drop (32.5 in heel, 24.5 in toe)
Saucony upped their recreation with the Trip 15. It’s an important each day coach that has a agency, however responsive journey, that feels good at any tempo.
The higher is an engineered mesh that’s ethereal and structured properly sufficient to keep away from extreme bunching and not using a ton of overlays. Saucony says, “with greater sidewalls, you sit into the shoe as a substitute of on prime of it, creating an unbelievable underfoot sensation and supportive match.” With my foot sitting a bit of extra into the shoe and a better sidewall, my heel feels bizarre, prefer it’s being cradled. Whereas it doesn’t have an effect on my operating, it could be a possible problem for you should you occur to want a wider heel.
My 2E is cosy within the midfoot however not uncomfortable or tight and constricting. I additionally really feel as if the forefoot has sufficient room. The bunion gang needs to be happy that there aren’t any overlays within the forefoot. Each the heel collar and tongue are evenly padded and supply glorious consolation across the foot.
The Saucony Trip 15 options the identical PWRRUN midsole because the 14, nevertheless it has been tweaked to be softer. Some might say it’s borderline agency. I discovered operating a pleasure, and I didn’t have to essentially take into consideration what was on my toes. I had no qualms on my straightforward day runs, and on my longer day, I even threw in some strides that felt fairly dang good for a each day coach.
I’ve to shout out the PWRRUN+ insole for the luxurious and responsive really feel. It really works along with the midsole to create a journey that straddles the road between agency and cushioned. Though, I get this annoying squeaking noise from the insole as I stroll round. I’m hoping it breaks in, nevertheless it hasn’t but.
The outsole has sufficient rubber for strong traction and sturdiness beneath the shoe however isn’t fully inundated by it. My M10.5 2E weighed in at 9.4 oz. and simply hits that sub 10 oz. that I favor. Followers of the Saucony Trip sequence needs to be very pleased with the replace.
Saucony Triumph 20
> Every day Coach
- Weighs 10.5 oz. (297 g) for a US M10.5
- 10 mm drop (37 in heel, 27 in toe)
The Triumph is Saucony’s extremely cushioned each day coach. The twentieth iteration underwent some large modifications with a brand new higher and midsole.
The engineered mesh higher is mushy and the tongue and heel collar are plush. You need a good step in consolation? You’re in the suitable place. I feel the match of the extensive is fairly good. The toe field isn’t large, nevertheless it has sufficient house, and the midfoot has a pleasant cosy match. The most important downside is the lacing. I prefer to heel lock lace all my footwear, and there’s simply barely sufficient lace to get the job completed.
The Triumph 20’s midsole contains a fats stack of PWRRUN+, measuring 37 mm within the heel and 27 mm within the toe. Whereas strolling, the underfoot has a really good cushioned, however not mushy, really feel to it. Whereas operating, the PWRRUN+ has a barely springy really feel to it that’s softer within the heel and a bit of firmer within the forefoot.
Saucony says that is the lightest-ever PWRRUN+ foam cushioning. My 10.5 2E weigh 10.5 oz., so it’s not tremendous mild, however is correct in step with the extensive each day coach pack.
Saucony’s Triumph 20 is a superb possibility for the runner searching for cushion, however not an excessively mushy shoe. The higher is lush, and the midsole is responsive and clean. Oh, and did I point out the all blue appears fairly sharp too??
Because the wide-shoe reviewer for BITR, Jarrett is on a endless seek for the Cinderella shoe to suit his Yeti toes. He at present lives in Baltimore the place he enjoys operating roads and trails with November Mission and Sooner Bastards. He additionally loves craft beer, donuts, and pretending to be elite in his NormaTec boots.