The best cycling shoes for wide feet, from someone who has wide feet

Wide shoes
(Image credit: Will Jones)

The best cycling shoes, or the best gravel cycling shoes for that matter, are a key part of your performance. Those of you with skinny feet can choose based on style, weight, or closure mechanism without having too much of an impact. Those of us with wide feet, and I count myself among you, cannot simply pick anything from the list without risking discomfort at best, and injury at worst.

For years I struggled in narrow shoes. I just assumed sore feet was just par for the course for cyclists, like how I also assumed that numb privates were the norm until I tried different saddles. It was only after a bike fit, during which I not only tried some wide shoes but also proper insoles, that I saw the light, and since then I’ve decided to make it my mission to pull together a comprehensive list of the brands that offer wide versions of their shoes, and where possible test them actually to let you know how wide they actually are. For reference, my feet are an EU44 and 102mm wide when splayed out with my weight through them. Not super wide, but wide enough that most normal bike shoes don’t fit.

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.