Louise, My husband and son have wide feet. New Balance offers a good variety for the wider foot. I have flat thin feet. After going to a running store and letting them videotape me on the treadmill, I started wearing Brooks. I no longer get shinsplints or have foot pain. You should go to a store where you can talk to real runners about your needs. Be sure to talk about your arches, any foot, heal, or knee issues. Whenever I start getting strange aches, I know it is time for new shoes.