Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe and force it to crowd against the other toes, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can be painful. Runners who develop bunions should get a running shoe that allows enough toe box room. Fortunately, many running shoe manufacturers understand this problem, and make wider shoes to help.
Wide Shoes for Neutral Feet
While bunions can afflict the feet of a runner, it is important to get a running shoe with not only a roomy toe box, but also one that is correct for her foot type. A runner with a nicely arched foot that does not have inward or outward roll can use a running shoe like the Asics Gel Nimbus 12. The Nimbus is available not only in 2A -- narrow, B -- medium, but also in a D -- wide for women, and up to 4E -- extra wide for men, to accommodate a foot with a bunion. It retails at $125 as of 2010.
Wide Stability Shoes
For a bunion-afflicted foot that tends to have moderate tendency to overpronate, or roll outward, the New Balance 760 is a popular choice. The NB 760 incorporates a denser mid-sole foam under the arch to provide stability and is made in 2A and B, but also in D -- wide, and 2E -- extra wide for women, and up B, D, 2E and 4E -- extra wide for men. It sells retail for $100 as of 2010.
Wide Motion Control Shoes
A flat foot with a bunion is the one that needs the most toe box room. In addition to the extra room required for the bunion, the collapsed arch of the flat foot requires even more room. The Brooks Ariel is specifically designed for a very flat foot and has maximum cushioning, too. For ladies, the Ariel is available in B, D, and 2E -- extra wide. The man's version of the Ariel, while being the same design, only in different colors, is called The Beast, and is available up to 4E -- extra wide. Both the Ariel and Beast sell retail for $130 as of 2010.