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Where to buy wide fit trainers from in person?

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GloGirl Wed 06-Jan-16 17:26:57

I'm likely to need a 6 with a wide fit but would like to try it on to make sure it's comfortable. I'm normally rubbish at returning what I buy online!

Nothing too expensive, I'm after my first pair to start off walking, I'm overweight so need good foot support.

Any suggestions of friendly places welcome thanks. Not sure if I should avoid the likes of Sports Direct etc or where if anywhere is good for wide fit.

nancy75 Wed 06-Jan-16 17:29:10

I don't think trainers come in width fittings? Some styles are wider than others, I think the fit flop trainers are wide but not sure where you but them

RealHuman Wed 06-Jan-16 17:29:31

I have wide feet and like Puma, Vans, Dunlop, and Mizuno.

MrsMook Wed 06-Jan-16 19:00:37

I'm currently on Brookes for running. Previously Aisics.

I go to a specialist shop for running shoes. I got my cross trainers at sports direct. I can't remember what they are.

lljkk Wed 06-Jan-16 19:13:03

Sports Direct has a H U G E selection, definitely a great place to go try on.

user7755 Wed 06-Jan-16 19:18:35

He runs she runs (thats where i got mine from)

AllYouDoToMeIsTalkTalk Wed 06-Jan-16 19:28:53

Brooks are wide but like misunderstanding are a bit pricey.

lapsedorienteerer Wed 06-Jan-16 19:30:27

Buy a mens trainer, they are always wider.

antimatter Wed 06-Jan-16 19:34:14

Or boys! They are in this size and def wider.
I always buy mine in the unifirm shop on our High Street which doubles up as a sport shop.

Sunseed Wed 06-Jan-16 19:37:12

I have wide feet and wear New Balance. I go to our local independent sports shop and ask for someone to help to make sure they fit properly.

Glitterkitten24 Wed 06-Jan-16 19:37:56

Can you go to a running type shop that does gait analysis?

The only supportive, well fitting trainers I've had were from one of these shops, they ask you to walk/ run on a treadmill and then suggest trainers that support and correct your gait.

The trainers I bought were about 50quif but there were some cheaper options.

GloGirl Wed 06-Jan-16 19:44:13

I bought a new balance trainer in a 6 it was so uncomfortable. I think I'm a definite wide fit E not just wider than average.

Thanks for the recommends.

user7755 Wed 06-Jan-16 20:00:36

Same here Glitter. First year i did the moonwalk I lost 2 toenails through badly fitted trainers, second year the only difference was that i had properly fitted shoes (no price difference from the others) and could happily have gone for a run afterwards grin

lljkk Wed 06-Jan-16 20:03:22

I thought gait analysis cost like £80... but DH says it was free as long as he actually bought some trainers (oops). It turned out that DH has like perfect textbook feet/legs that don't do anything wrong; fitter said she had never seen that before in previous years.

You won't get GA in sports Direct.

user7755 Wed 06-Jan-16 20:07:11

I paid £110 for trainers and insoles moulded to my feet (I think they cost about £40, the gait analysis was free.

lapsedorienteerer Wed 06-Jan-16 20:28:19

General advice is that you should buy trainers a size bigger than your normal shoes. I'm a 41 shoe and buy a 42 mens trainer (for the width).

SandunesAndRainclouds Wed 06-Jan-16 22:22:50

I have to have wide fit to give Billy the Bunion space.

The best thing to do is go to an independent for gait analysis and have a brand recommended. I was in Brooks Ghost but once I started increasing distance for marathon training, Billy Bunion got rubbed up the wrong way by the overlay design. I'm currently in Nike LunarTempo and love them.

Cherryminx Wed 06-Jan-16 23:10:58

New Balance do wide fit ones (look for D fit ones) - I got mine from a running shop but you can buy online. They weren't cheap but now I know which ones to go for I can buy another pair online cheap before they bring out next season model.

FaithAscending Sat 09-Jan-16 16:32:08

In some areas there are independent running shops, my local one is the Lincolnshire Runner and I know there's one in Derby and Nottingham. I had gait analysis and bought Brooks GTS15. I'm an F fitting and they're great. Previously I had Asics which were ok but not as good as the Brooks.

I did try on a couple of wide fitting trainers when I was there, I think Nike do an extra wide fitting (too wide from me) but my suggestion would be to ask around for a decent local running shop.

Grannygrots Sat 09-Jan-16 18:36:19

I've always found Sweatshop very good for gait analysis and have never been hassled to actually buy shoes afterwards. I did once buy moulded inserts from them but didn't get on with them at all. On the other hand, my DD just got some with her new runners and loves them - but she has a very very high instep.

Sweatshop have a sale on at the moment - I still paid just over £60 for my trainers but in my opinion, well worth it. If you do start to run you also need to consider that the cushioning and support they provide during a run doesn't last forever - I only run between 350 - 500 miles in mine before they are consigned to walking trainers, and then I wear them until they literally fall apart!

CoperCabana Sun 17-Jan-16 18:42:51

If you are just walking, I would try Skechers. The relaxed fit are up to an EEE fit, but if you buy some with proper laces, not bungee, then you can properly adjust. You can get some with memory foam inside and they are like walking on air. I have just started on a brisk walking routine and they are great. If you are looking for proper sports / running shoes then I would second the above advice. I know Brantano do Skechers but not sure how many pairs of relaxed fit they have. I tried on one style in store, then ordered a different style in the same size on the internet.

Anglaise1 Tue 19-Jan-16 15:54:08

I used to have really narrow feet but due to a terrible bunion I've had to change to widefitting trainers for running. I used to run in Asics but they ended up to narrow for my now severely deformed feet and I now run in Mizuno Waveriders (a running friend recommended them), they are quite wide fitting and super comfortable to run in for HMs and marathon distances.

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