What Are the Best Running Shoes for Overpronators?


Pronation occurs in running when a runner's foot strikes the ground and rotates while weight is being transferred to the front of the foot. Overpronation occurs when the foot rotates too much, placing significant stress on joints and increasing the risk of injury. Luckily, with the right running shoe, the effects of overpronation can usually be mitigated.

ASICS Gel-Evolution 5

  • According to Running Shoes Expert, an online running shoe-ranking site, the Asics Gel-Evolution 5 models are "the most supportive shoes in the Asics lineup of running shoes and fall into the motion control category of running shoes." This shoe is designed for runners who seriously overpronate. The shoe is built with extra cushioning and reinforced stability and, according to Asics, the shoe's "Impact Guidance System enhances the foot's natural movement from heel strike to toe-off." The Gel-Evolution 5 also contains memory foam in the heel collar, enhancing fit. The shoe is available in both men's and women's sizes, in a variety of sizes and colors.

Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10

  • The Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10 is recommended for moderate to severe overpronators by Running Shoes Guru, an online running-shoe review site. This shoe, available in both men's and women's sizes, is designed with "wave technology." This technology includes a plastic plate that is designed to accommodate a variety of types of foot strikes--including overpronation. The heel of the shoe includes a shock-absorbing compound meant to reduce stress on joints. The shoe also includes forefront cushioning for the front of the foot.

Saucony ProGrid Paramount 3

  • The Saucony ProGrid Paramount 3, available for both men and women in a variety of sizes, is best for heavy runners who overpronate. This shoe is recommended by Motion Control Running Shoes, a site that specifically focuses on running shoes for motion control. Built with extra cushioning, this shoe is designed to reduce joint stress while also controlling for overpronation. Saucony's "Arch-Lock" helps to keep the foot down onto the running surface, reducing rotation. The shoe also includes a plate that helps to absorb impact and shock, which also assists in limiting stress during the transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Brooks Addiction 8

  • The website Running Shoes Expert ranks the Brooks Addiction 8 shoe as one of the best for motion control. According to the site, this durable shoe provides good cushioning, stability and support for runners who overpronate. Its construction supporting low arches helps to limit pronation. On the con side, the shoe is a bit heavy. The Addiction 8 comes in a variety of sizes for both men and women, in several colors.

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