Well, I think I solved my foot issues with another pair of New Balance 860’s. No, not more V9’s, but rather a new pair of V11’s but in the 2E width.
New Balance has always been a shoe maker that caters to those runners, like myself, that have either big feet, or wide feet. Even the standard D width shoes from New Balance feature a fairly wide forefoot area compared to some other brands. But New Balance also makes their shoes available in wider widths like the 2E that I picked up over the weekend.
Wider or Narrower
In fact, New Balance has shoes in a big range of widths catering to those with narrow feet, and also those with very wide feet. Most of us humans would run in the “standard” D width, but you can get shoes in 2A, B, D, 2E and 4E. The difference, according to New Balance, is about 1/4″ between each of the widths.
For me, that 1/4″ difference between the D and 2E widths is just enough to give me some extra room on the sides that reduces the irritation on the outside of my forefoot. I would say that I’m on the edge of needing the wider shoe, but when I get a pair that causes the irritation and pain, the solution is clear.
As you can see, I’m partial to New Balance specifically because they tend to make shoes that work well for wider feet, but also because they make a “wide” range of different widths. Nike also makes some of their shoes in various widths along with Brooks, Saucony and others. Often times the biggest issue you’ll face is finding them in stock at your local running store (I’m looking at you, Running Room).
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Some On
If you have trouble with your feet and suspect your shoes, then trying different widths is something you should consider. If you have wider, flatter feet, then see if stepping up to the 2E width gives you that little bit more room to avoid blisters or irritation. And similarly, moving down to a narrower width like a B might be wise for those with smaller feet.