Let’s call it what it is, but weightlifting shoes are an investment. They’re a pair of shoes that come with a very specific purpose, so they’re only going to be wear the on limited occasions. Factor in that you’ll be using them to perform athletic and weight bearing movements, then the idea of finding the best weightlifting shoes for your specific needs becomes even more important.
Something that can be tough to figure out when searching for weightlifting shoes are the best options for wide feet. Since weightlifting shoes are not incredibly mainstream, then finding this type of specific information for various shoes can be tough at times.
More than likely, if you have a wide feet, then you’re probably very well aware of that fact. That piece of information in itself is incredibly important because finding the best shoe weightlifting shoe for your wide feet becomes much easier, as now it comes down to your budget, the shoe’s construction, and your respective strength sport.
Benefits of Weightlifting Shoes for Wide Feet
What Defines a Wide Foot?
Before diving into the rest of this article, it’s probably a good idea to start by defining a wide foot. A foot’s maximal width is the summation (length) between the edge of the outside of the pinky toe to the furthest part of the medial side of the foot (this could vary depending on the foot). Once you have this information you can compare it to how companies and other shoe retailers define their shoe’s sizing. Again, this may vary slightly.
When it comes to weightlifting shoes that can match a wide foot’s needs there are two major construction aspects worth considering. Will these always be the case for your specific foot? Not necessarily, but considering the two construction features listed below can make your weightlifting shoe choice much more educated and calculated.
1. Wide Toe Box
First, what the heck is a toe box? The toe box is the portion of the shoe that pretty much starts at the base of your toes (end of the laces) and extends to the very end of the shoe. For weight lifting purposes this part of the shoe is much more important than your standard running shoe, but why?
Whether you’re squatting, doing Olympic movements, or wearing these shoes for other power-based movements, then maintaining a tripod position is increasingly important. A tripod position means the ability to grip the floor and maintain three points of contact with the pinky toe, big toe, and heel. Weightlifting shoes offer a strong support for the heel, so that area is always covered, but for those with wider feet a tight toe box can feel limiting.
Imagine trying to spread your toes in a pair of soccer, track, or football cleats — it’s pretty tough, right? A wider toe box is conducive for those with wider feet and matching their toe splay needs. Toe splay is the act of spreading the toes under lifts to create stability and grip the floor. Thus, a wider toe box is much more beneficial to those with wider feet in order to produce stability.
2. Outer Weightlifting Shoe Construction
Another important construction feature worth considering is what a weightlifting shoe is made out of. Unlike tennis shoes and your traditional cloth based shoes, weightlifting shoes will often be composed of leather, mesh, and hybrid-like material (a combination of mesh & leather). For those with wide feet this can be incredibly important, as it can help with long-term durability and make your investment last.
Ideally, if you have wide foot and may be more prone to having the foot near the edge of the mid/outsole on the lateral or medial side during full toe splay, then a heavier constructed shoe will be beneficial. A heavier leather material will help prevent the shoe from stretching out in these scenarios, which can be a sneaky construction feature often not accounted for when searching for a wider fitting weightlifting shoe.
Best Weightlifting Shoes for Wide Feet
When it comes to defining a wide foot, your best bet will be to measure your foot’s maximal width, then spend some time researching how some companies size their models. Below, we’ve included our favorite three weightlifting shoes for wide feet, and a runner-up. All of the shoes below have a slightly wider toe box, decently wide mid-foot, and have a durable outer construction.
1. Reebok Legacy Lifters
Our favorite weightlifting shoe model for wide feet is the Reebok Legacy Lifters. Yes, these shoes can feel a bit heavy at times if you’re not used to their weight (20 oz.), but they match all of our wide footed weightlifting shoe asks. For starters, their toe box is designed to be wider on purpose, and in addition they’re composed of a thicker layered leather material, so they don’t stretch easily.
Why We Like the Reebok Legacy Lifters
- Wide Toe Box: These shoes are purposely constructed with a wider toe box that easily allows full toe splay even with wide feet.
- Built to Last: Heavy layered leather construction that’s resistant to stretching over time.
- Extra Stability: On top of the heavy leather, these shoes have two straps to promote foot and ankle stability and to help avoid stretching.
- Read our full review.
2. Rogue Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes
One of the lesser known models to the strength athlete community is the Rogue Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe. For those with wide feet, this shoe is pretty awesome. This shoe is purposely designed with a wider build and offers similar aspects to the Reebok Legacy Lifter, but has one pretty big difference. That difference? Price.
Why We Like the Rogue Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe
- Wide Profile: From Rogue Fitness’ site they write, “Do-Wins are also noted for their wide profile—giving athletes with wider feet greater comfort and stability.” We found this to be right on the money in terms of how these shoe’s actually fit.
- Leather Upper and Double Straps: This model has double straps and a decently heavy leather construction to avoid any pre-mature stretching.
- Cost Efficient: This model comes in at a price of $95.00, which puts them on the lower end for weightlifting shoes.
- Read Our Full Review.
3. Adidas Powerlift 3.1
The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 was surprisingly a wide fitting shoe, especially since it’s made by Adidas (a typically narrower fitting brand). While the Adidas Powerlift 3.1 may not be designed for wide feet, we felt the toe box was plenty wide to promote full toe splay. In addition, this model is a great jumping off point for beginners who want to acclimate to weightlifting shoes before investing more money.
Why We Like the Adidas Powerlift 3.1
- Decently Wide Fit: This shoe has a wide toe box and a surprisingly wider mid-foot. For those who want a shoe that’s slightly wider throughout, these are a good fit.
- Leather and Mesh Construction: The material that composes the Powerlift 3.1 isn’t nearly as heavy as the Legacy Lifters or the Do-Wins, but it does a good job at resisting early durability issues.
- Very Cost Efficient: If you’re new to weightlifting shoes and have wide feet, then the price for these shoes is probably the best on the market. A pair comes in around $75.00 – $90.00.
- Read Our Full Review
Runner-Up: Nike Romaleos 2
If you’re reading this and thinking, “Wait, the Nike Romaleos 2 weightlifting shoe has a wider fit and solid construction, where’s it at?”
Believe me, we hear you, but these shoes are becoming increasingly tough to find. For that reason, we wanted to include them in this list, but not get any hopes up by including them in our built out list of currently sold models. Willing to search around? Read our Nike Romaleos 2 review.
More than likely, if you have wide feet, then you understand how much of a struggle finding properly fitting shoes can be. Hopefully this list was able to help provide a few ideas and direction to support you in your search for your perfect pair of weightlifting shoes.
If you’re not a fan of any of the options discussed, then your best would be to measure your foot, search at different company’s shoe sizings, and analyze each shoe’s construction features.