Do your feet collapse inwards while running?
If so it means you’re pronating and may need anti-pronation shoes as well as orthotics to avoid injury.
Running shoes and orthotics work together for your benefit. One does not replace the other. The orthotics will only reach their full potential when combined with shoes that give you the support and control you require. That’s why it’s vital to buy your shoes from a specialist shop with experts to advise you.
Our orthotics are personalised to each foot as your feet are asymmetrical, while the shoes (symmetrical) improve the lower limb alignment.
Our friends at Run and Become, London SW1, recommend the following shoes for overpronation:
BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR HEEL SUPPORT
If your foot starts to roll in at the heel you could try:
New Balance 860 / Saucony Tempus / Saucony Omni / Mizuno Inspire / Brooks Adrenaline GTS
New Balance 860
A medial post controls pronation and a two layered midsole offers soft cushioning when you land. The engineered mesh upper conforms to the shape of your foot. Also available in width fittings
Saucony’s plush supportive road running shoe, the Hurricane, has been replaced by the new superior Tempus. Tempus features the latest technologies including a PWRRUN frame which is a new generation anti-pronation support. Plenty of splendid, light cushioning with energy-return in a wide platform, designed to offer premium comfort on long runs, during everyday training or even on short distance. Overall the new Tempus ticks all the boxes for a runner demanding highly-cushioned, energy-return trainer with a natural but lightweight feel.
Solid support with good shock absorption. A layer of Saucony’s bouncy PWRRUN cushioning on top of the midsole gives a springy underfoot feel. The heel collar and lacing system have been redesigned to enhance the heel and midfoot fit. The medial underfoot support post has been improved to support the foot better as it goes through the gait cycle.
Mizuno shoes are often firmer underfoot than others. A fan-shaped wave plate in the midsole reduces pronation. A super breathable mesh gives a comfy, well-ventilated feel. Also available in wide fit.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS
The Adrenaline GTS is rightly one of the most relied upon support shoes on the market. Support features offer effective pronation control and the BioMogo DNA midsole gives a great cushioned ride. The GTS’s upper features a midfoot saddle for an individualised fit. Also available in width fittings (see below).
BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR ARCH SUPPORT
If your foot collapses in later in the stride, i.e. at the arch, here are some options:
Hoka Arahi / Saucony Guide / Brooks Launch / Asics GT-1000 / Asics GT-2000 / Asics Gel Kayano / Brooks Glycerin GTS
Hoka One One’s popular supportive road running shoe, the Arahi 6 has been updated with small tweaks. It gives excellent arch support in two ways: with a wide platform under the arch to give a supportive base to the foot. Also with the innovative J -Frame – a slightly firmer density insert running long the medial (inner) side of the foot and then encircling the ankle, giving maximum support to steady overpronation. The engineered mesh upper is more open at the forefoot for increased breathability and has a soft inner heel collar, to deliver a better fit. Also available in a wide fitting.
Saucony’s PWRRUN midsole gives the Guide a lively underfoot feel. The TPU guidance frame supports the arch effectively without compromising flexibility. Light, cushioned, easy to run in, but stable enough for moderate to heavy overpronators.
Brooks Launch GTS
The Launch GTS replaces the Ravenna. It sits in Brooks’ Energize category as a cushioned, supportive road running shoe for long distances that offers you enough spring and flexibility for fast, energised running. Lighter and more flexible than many equivalent support shoes, the Launch offers good support for the arch.
A DuoMax support system which runs the length of the arch and a stable heel counter work together to provide effective stability. Gel cushioning absorbs shock and an engineered mesh upper offers breathability and control. The GT-1000 is cheaper than most but is still a very good long-distance running shoe.
Similar to the GT-1000 but even more cushioned and supportive, with Gel in the forefoot to cushion the foot as you press down to toe off. The Dynamic Duomax support wedge supports the foot without compromising flexibility.
Asics Gel Kayano
The Kayano is truly a super-shoe offering a premium cushioned and supportive experience for the overpronating runner. The Flytefoam midsole offers as much cushioning at mile 26 as it did at mile 1 and abundant Gel cushioning delivers the ultimate in plush cushioning. The breathable jacquard mesh upper cradles the foot and the secure heel clutch counter holds the heel comfortably without feeling intrusive. Duomax support reduces pronation.
Brooks Glycerin GTS
Replacing Brooks Transcend, they provide maximum cushioning and excellent support to decrease over-pronation in your stride. The Guide Rails technology and DNA loft cushioning offer a plush transition with excellent shock absorption on hard surfaces. If you are looking for responsive trainers that will keep you going through your long runs, these are for you. Also available in wide fit.
BEST MOTION CONTROL RUNNING SHOES
For the serious over-pronator who needs maximum support from a shoe:
Brooks Beast / Brooks Addiction
Like its name suggests, this is a Beast of a support shoe. With a super strong progressive diagonal rollbar to control even the heaviest overpronation. Great cushioning and a seam-free comfy upper complete the package.
With the updated Beast 20 Brooks replaced the firm medial post with new GuideRails technology to provide support for over-pronation. Brooks’ primary focus is on the knee. GuideRails technology restricts the rotation of your heel, and that way brings your foot and your knee to a more natural alignment.
Super-supportive and solid motion-control shoe with ample shock absorption. Roomier than most in wide fittings (D or 2E for women, and 2E for men). Plush insole for step-in comfort.
BEST STABILITY SHOES FOR WIDE FEET
Designed to accommodate wide feet comfortably:
New Balance 860 / Brooks Adrenaline GTS / Brooks Glycerin GTS / Hoka Arahi / Mizuno Inspire
New Balance 860
Reliable support, comfy underfoot. A medial post controls pronation and a two-layered midsole offers soft cushioning when you land. The engineered mesh upper conforms to the shape of your foot. Available in men’s 2E and 4E; women’s D (see above for standard width).
Brooks Adrenaline GTS
Support, cushioning and comfort (see above). Men’s 2E and 4E. Women’s D.
Brooks Glycerin GTS
The DNA LOFT v3 midsole is packed with nitrogen while delivering luxurious step-in comfort. The nitrogen makes the midsole much softer, but still lightweight in comparison with the Adrenaline GTS. Brooks’ holistic GuideRails support is gentle, yet very effectively in correcting over-pronation to encourage a balanced alignment. The premium upper is a bit more generous, with a soft feel, to give you a next-level experience. Also available in standard width.
Hoka Arahi Wide
The Arahi 5 gives excellent antipronation support with a wide platform under the arch to give a supportive base to the foot. Also with the innovative J-Frame – a firmer density insert running long the inside of the foot and around the ankle, giving maximum antipronation support. The engineered mesh upper is more open at the forefoot for increased breathability and has a soft inner heel collar, to give a better fit. Also available in standard width.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 2E
The new Inspire 2E is more sustainable than its predecessors – thanks to its Bio base Wave plate and recycled materials. The Enerzy midsole absorbs impact from running on road. The Wave plate provides support and also cushions your stride. You might find the fit of this trainer a little tighter than its competitors. Also available in standard width.