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5 Best Running Shoes For Overweight Runners (Road Running & Trail)

If you’ve got plans to kick your fitness goals into high gear, you’ve come to the right place. I’m all about helping you get started with the best knowledge and gear you need. Purchasing the right shoes will make all of the difference when you’re running. I’ve gathered some great reviews, from fellow bloggers and running resources, to bring you the 5 best running shoes for overweight runners. Plus, I’ve divided them into two categories: for road running and trail. 

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5 Best Running Shoes For Overweight Runners

Picking the right shoes can make such a difference in your running. It can prevent injuries, help elevate excess stress on your joints and even offer some cushion to make running more comfortable. You shouldn’t cheap out on running shoes. They’re an investment that will help you crush those fitness goals.

When To Buy New Running Shoes

You should be replacing your running shoes every 300 – 400 miles. Do not purchase new running shoes right before a race. You want to allow time to break in your running shoes. Allow at least a month, before a race, to break in your running shoes. If you’re running multiple back to back races, like Run Disney’s Dopey Challenge, you’ll want to purchase several pairs of running shoes. If you run on a daily basis (which you really shouldn’t do that year round), your running shoes need a break. By alternating shoes, you’ll allow the cushion to expand. Once again, it’ll offer you the support you need.


How To Track The Mileage On Your Running Shoes

After purchasing a new pair of running shoes, you want to make a note of it. Most likely, you’re probably already using a fitness tracker to keep track of the miles you are logging. I use my Apple Watch. When I complete my first workout in a new pair of shoes, I make a note on that workout. Most fitness apps have a section where you can add notes about your workout. From there, you’ll be able keep track of how many miles you’ve run in that particular pair.

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Best Road Running Shoes For Overweight Runners

Hoka One One – Arahi 

Everyone can immediately recognize a Hoka One One shoe. They offer so much support and cushion that they’re easy to pick out amongst other shoe brands. The Hoka One One Arahi 2 offer a stability ride. If you have a tendency to overpronate, a stability shoe is what you need to correct the issue. The Hoka One One Arahi 3 is the updated version that offers a bit more structure, without the added weight.

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Mizuno Wave Rider 23

The Wave Rider offers a neutral ride. The Mizuno Wave Rider 23 is an updated shoe that focuses on performance. It’s got a great flexible feel and offers enough support at the same time. I like that Mizuno sells this model in both medium and wide widths.

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Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

This shoe is designed to be versatile enough for short runs on the track or longer training runs. It has an upper mesh fabric makes it a breathable shoe. It also supports your heel, as you run, with a stabilizing cup.

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Asics Gel-Nimbus Gt 2000 8 Running Shoe

Asics makes this shoe in a D width. That’s considered wide for women and a medium for men. This shoe offers a layered gel technology to give you some extra support and cushion in your heel. They’re the shoe my Podiatrist recommended to me when my Plantar Fasciitis was causing extreme heel pain.

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Brooks Adrenaline Gts 20

Brooks knows how to make a great running shoe without adding extra bulk. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 offers signature cushioning technology with a rebound action. It also has a 3D print mesh that is designed to make it more comfortable and a better fit for the runner.

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Best Trail Running Shoes For Overweight Runners


Once again, I have to brag on Hoka One One. They’ve found a way to provide a ton of cushion and support without adding weight. I love that you still feel connected to the road while running in them too.

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Brooks Caldera 3 Trail

This shoe is designed to withstand the demands of rough terrain and uneven hills, this off-road running shoe is built from the ground up for traction and stability. It’s a little higher too, which offers some ankle support.

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ASICS GT-2000 7 Trail

This is the trail sister shoe to the GT-2000 above. Asics really focuses on that upper mesh support to make all the difference. While they don’t offer wide sizes in this model, they do offer a “true to fit” outer sole.

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On Cloudventure Water Repellent Trail

On is a newer brand, but they’re really changing the market. I love that these are waterproof! The Zero Gravity Cloud cushioning makes inclines and declines easier to tackle in a water-repellent trail-running shoe topped with durable ripstop fabric and mesh.

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Merrell Bare Access Trail

This one makes the cut for less than $100 too! This one is the most barefoot running shoe on the list. So be sure you don’t need the extra support. However, it will offer you plenty of freedom.

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