If you've got flat feet choosing the right running shoe isn't just a matter of comfort; flat arches can overpronate, causing your ankles to twist inward on impact and passing the duty of shock absorption to your knees, which increases your risk of injury. Flat feet may be caused by obesity, aging or injury or may simply be the way your feet developed. The best running shoes for flat feet provide adequate support to control overpronation.
Brooks Ravenna 4
Running Shoes Guru recommends the Brooks Ravenna 4 for runners with flat feet who pack on the miles. These shoes walk the line between neutral and extra supportive, offering both cushion and flexibility. The Brooks Ravenna 4 features a decoupled heel to prevent overpronation.
ASICS Gel GT-2000
The ASICS Gel GT-2000 provides stability and protection at a reasonable price for flat-footed runners, says Running Shoes Guru. A curved mid-foot design offers extra rigidity for arch support, while a medial post stabilizes your stride for a smoother ride.
Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15
For heavier, flat-footed runners, The Active Times and Running Shoes Guru suggest trying the Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15. These stability shoes prevent overpronation through a combination of a heel with a firmer inside edge, a medial post that provides arch support and a plastic shank at the mid-foot to add even more arch support and help prevent ankle injury.
New Balance 860v3
For a lightweight shoe that still provides extra stability for flat feet, Sneaker Report recommends the New Balance 860v3. These shoes offer a roomy toe box for added comfort, while a 12-mm heel-to-toe drop keeps you steady on your feet through your stride and foamy midsoles absorb shock on impact.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 8
The Active Times recommends the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 for flat-footed runners who want a lightweight shoe that still provides adequate support. Weighing in at 11.5 ounces per shoe, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 offers a low profile and a springy, cushy midsole.
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12
Another selection from Mizuno, the Wave Alchemy 12, gets raves reviews from Sneaker Report and Running Shoes Guru for flat-footed runners. These motion control shoes keep overpronation under control with durable, carbon rubber outsoles and firm arch support that's located nearer the heel than the forefoot.
Brooks Trance 11
For severe overpronators with flat feet, Running Shoes Guru suggests the Brooks Trance 11. These shoes employ a specially designed crash pad to control overpronation by guiding each stride, from heel strike to toe down. The Brooks Trance 11 also features gel cushioning that automatically adjusts its firmness depending on the force you exert and your weight.
New Balance 1226
The Active Times recommends the New Balance 1226 for flat-footed runners who put high mileage on their shoes. These motion control sneakers control pronation with firm, durable medial support at the mid-foot and offer shock-absorbant cushioning at the heel for a more comfortable ride.
ASICS Evolution 6
Designed for severe overpronators, the ASICS Evolution 6 offers exceptional arch support for flat-footed runners, says The Active Times. These motion control shoes provide firm, stable support that guides each step to control the inward rolling motion of overpronation.
Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
"Fitness" magazine recommends the Mizuno Wave Renegade 4 for flat-footed runners who desire motion control. These sneakers offer extra cushioning for more controlled impact, as well as reinforced arch support and strong ankle support for better stability.
- Mayo Clinic: Flatfeet
- Running Shoes Guru: The Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet
- Sneaker Report: The 8 Best Sneakers for Runners with Flat Feet
- The Active Times: The Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet
- Runner's World: What Kind of Shoes are Good for Flat Feet?
- REI: Running Shoes -- How to Choose
- Fitness: The Best Motion Control Sneakers
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