9 Best skate shoes for wide feet (that are comfortable)
Shoes are the type of thing that can make or break your skating – I’d say they are something you shouldn’t overlook. It’s also important that you get a skate shoe that you will be comfortable in.
With that in mind, today I’ll be looking at the best skate shoes for wide feet. Not all shoes are made the same and some are better than others for different feet. Check it out below.
9. Etnies Marana Skate Shoe
The shoe is made from textiles and synthetics. It has a rubber toecap that ensures resistance to wear, and a suede layer over the front bit for extra protection. It also features a cupsole and an STI Evolution foam insole to ensure comfort and impact absorption when you land tricks.
The shoe is ‘true to size’ and fits narrow to average feet comfortably. It will also fit wider feet better when broken in, but I recommend going up in size if you want comfort from the outset.
If you want a shoe a bit better for wide feet, the Lakai Sheffields below is better. Check out the Marana here on Amazon.com.
8. eS Men’s Accel Og Skate Shoe
This shoe has been worn by some of the greatest skateboarders and it’s hardly changed since it’s the first design in 1995. It’s one of the best skate shoes of all time.
The Accel OG is a beefy shoe. It’s made from suede and has a ton of reinforcement in areas that experience a lot of wear. With double and triple stitching all over the shoe, it’s guaranteed to last you a long time. It also has surprisingly good ventilation for a shoe made from suede.
Finally, the OG comes with a cupsole and STI insert insole to ensure comfort.
Whilst this shoe is also ‘true to size’ it is unbelievably comfortable and quite roomy`. It’s great for skaters with really wide feet. That said, it’s looks aren’t for everyone, the Lakai Griffins below has a more modern look if that’s what you’re after. Find the Accel OG here on Amazon.com.
7. DC Court Graffik Skate Shoe
Like the Accel OG above, this is another OG skate shoe – a true blast from the past but iconic in its own way. It’s one of the best cheap skate shoes.
Made entirely from suede, this skate shoe is kept pretty simple and doesn’t feature anything fancy. That said, it does have double stitching on the side where the show is prone to wear from doing ollies and flip tricks.
The shoe also doesn’t feature much in the way of ventilation holes so it might be uncomfortable to wear in hot climates. If you need something more breathable in the same style, the Accel OG above is great for that.
The above said and done, this shoe fits great even with its cupsole. A lot of skaters with wide feet fit love it and are return buyers. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.
6. Lakai Griffin-SMU
The shoe itself comes in lightweight construction with a durable suede upper. Though it has double stitching, it doesn’t feature much reinforcement so it might wear quickly from skating (the Reynold below will be more durable).
With the vulcanized sole, the shoe breaks in quickly and feels light on your feet. It also has a grippy feel onboard because of the rubber sole.
Finally, it’s got a D width measurement, which means it’s good for medium width feet. If you have wider than average feet, this will be a good shoe. But if your feet are too wide, it might be wise to pass on this one. Find the Lakai Griffin here on Amazon.com.
5. Emerica The Reynolds
The shoe comes in a ton of different styles but the theme remains the same. The designers keep it low profile and sleek with every different design.
The shoe comes with a vulcanized sole and double stitching on areas of high wear. The upper is quite sleek and feels like one smooth continuous surface – no parts of it will catch when you’re doing flip tricks. It has good reinforcement but will wear kinda quickly – so not good for someone who skates a ton.
In a similar style to the Lakais above, these are a bit narrower. They will be good for someone with feet that fit between wide and narrow. Check them out here on Amazon.com.
4. Etnies Fader Skate Shoe
Another classic skate shoe, these come in that infamous 90s bulky shoe look. Of course, like the classic Accel OGs and DCs above, these have lasted this long on the market for good reason – they’re pretty good.
These shoes have mid-tier reinforcement – they don’t have a lot of it and rely on the materials to hold together.
If you want a shoe with excellent reinforcement, the Marana above will last a lot longer. That said, they do have double-stitching so they won’t suddenly fall apart. With the cupsole, it will be durable and have a long-lasting consistent feel.
Like all the classic skate shoes, these are comfortable and great for averagely wide feet – if you have really wide feet, pick the Accel OGs instead. Find the Etnies here on Amazon.com.
3. Globe Tilt Skateboarding Shoe
The shoe has an upper that features triple stitching on areas that will see a lot of wear. It features a mix of suede and leather, with an extra layer of suede acting as the toe cap. The bottom two lace holes are protected by a layer of leather that extends from the sole.
Finally, the shoe has vulcanized sole. It also has fairly decent ventilation thanks to perforations near the heel.
If you have medium to wide feet, these shoes will be great for you. However, the design is kinda ugly, so I’d suggest you pick the better looking Accel OGs for something in a similar style. Check out the Globe shoe here on Amazon.com.
2. DC Evan Smith Hi Zero Skate shoe
The shoe itself has pretty great features for durability. From the extended rubber toe-cap to the double stitching and sleek suede upper. The shoe has been designed with minimal spots that could potentially catch when you’re sliding your shoe across your griptape.
That said, the laces have minimal protection so they might cut depending on your skate style. Finally, they have decent impact technology thanks to DC’s Impact-I™ insole technology.
When it comes to fit these don’t disappoint either. They have a wider toe box than shoes like vans, so they’ll be good for wide feet. Find out more about the shoe here on Amazon.com.
1. Lakai Sheffield Skate Shoe
Unlike the Griffin, these have a slight/minimal toe cap that extends from the sole. It provides a little bit more protection for the upper, but not by much. The upper is also shorter and smoother, and features less stitching.
It has fewer places where the seams could come apart. Finally, you can also get an option with more ventilation if breathability is a key point for you.
Otherwise, the shoe is quite similar to the Griffin. They’ve even got the same vulcanized sole and are made from the same materials. It’s also really good for wide feet and is quite well known for that. Check it for yourself here on Amazon.com.
How to pick the right skate shoe for your wide feet?
Make sure you know your shoe width
When looking at shoes, we only take the length as measurement. However, when doing some research for this article I was surprised to find that there is actually a standardized measurement for shoe width .
The shoe width measurement is a scale from AAA to EEE, with D being about medium width. The full scale is:
- AAA, AA, A – being the narrowest with further sub-sizes
- E, EE, EEE – which is the widest with further sub-sizes.
I think this scale is especially useful if you struggle with getting the right shoe often. So if you have really wide feet, you can quickly get the right shoe without having to try loads of them.
Unfortunately, not all manufacturers measure or design the shoes according to these widths. It’s only really common in the US, so if you live there lucky you. This system is really useful so hopefully the rest of the world will catch up quickly.
You can make narrow shoes bit wider
It’s difficult to find wide skate shoes, so what do you do if you’ve found a shoe you like but it simply doesn’t fit? You could get a size bigger, but that never works perfectly. A good solution is to use a shoe stretcher. But that said, some shoes are better for stretching than others.
A shoe with a vulcanized sole will be great for stretching. For example, the Lakai Sheffield vulcanized sole and suede upper can stretch quite a bit. This is because the vulcanized sole is quite flexible and can comfortably stretch a couple centimetres.
All you need to do is throw in a shoe stretcher and let it widen the shoe overnight.
On the flip side, shoes with cupsoles don’t stretch as much. They may feel better when broken in, but not by much. This is because cupsoles are usually quite stiff and don’t deform much. So if you try on a shoe and it has a cupsole and doesn’t fit well, my advice is to give up on it.
In summary, only shoes with vulcanized soles and be stretched by a shoe stretcher. So if a vulcanized shoe doesn’t fit, you can always stretch it to do so.
Try replacing the insole
I’ve found that taking out the insole in a shoe and replacing it with one of your own can make the shoes a lot more comfortable.
This is because most insoles cradle your feet and take up space on the sides of the shoes. So by putting in narrower after-market insoles, you can make the shoes feel better on your feet.
You can also try cutting the insole down.However, this isn’t that reliable as taking it out often completely ruins.
Finally, you should really be sure if you want to do this to your shoe. You often can’t return the sole, so removing it can kinda ruin the shoe performance if you get it wrong. I only really recommend it if you have no choice but to do it to the shoe. You can also try it on an old shoe to see if you can get it right.
Did you find the right shoes?
Like I said earlier, shoes are really important parts of your skate gear. Getting the wrong one can make your skating feel off, so it is worth spending time, researching and using different pairs to get the right one.
If you’re undecided about which shoe to pick, the Lakai Griffin is a great shoe that will work for most people with wide feet. Finally, you can always simply go a size higher if you like a shoe but it doesn’t fit.