One of the main things to consider when buying running shoes is your natural gait pattern, of which there are three: overpronation, supination, and neutral. Overpronation is the act of moving your foot inward as you run, a natural movement that happens when you push off from the big toe and the second toe (imagine the inside of your heel rotating down and your outer foot going up). Runners who overpronate tend to have flat arches and are at higher-than-normal risk for common running injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. (To determine if you overpronate and are at risk for specific injuries, we recommend seeing a podiatrist, physical therapist, or really any source more qualified than a running shoe blog.)
We’re just here to tell you what the best running shoes for overpronation are. Every major running brand makes a stability shoe that is designed to correct the gait cycle of those who overpronate and make running a more enjoyable experience. Below, you’ll find our favorites.
Keep reading for the best running shoes for overpronators.
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Weight: 7.6 ounces (Women) // 9.3 ounces (Men)
The Arahi is our Hoka stability shoe of choice. It’s designed with Hoka’s “J-frame” technology, a literal J-shaped foam support frame that extends from the outside of the shoe to the inner medial side to combat overpronation. It has a structured, engineered mesh upper and features a refined collar shape that is meant to alleviate pressure on the Achilles tendon, making this shoe a great choice for beginner runners who tend to get sidelined by Achilles issues early in their tenure. In terms of aesthetics, you’d expect a stability shoe from Hoka to be extra bulky but that isn’t the case here; the Arahi is a surprisingly sleek shoe that will keep your gait in check.
Offset: 13mm (Women) // 10mm (Men)
Weight: 9.1 ounces (Women) // 10.9 ounces (Men)
The Asics Gel-Kayano is an everyday running shoe for those whose gait has even the slightest trace of overpronation. There are a few stability features to note in the shoe. The first is Asics’ Space Trusstic system that sits in the middle of the sole to prevent the shoe from twisting excessively. The second is the Dynamic DuoMax foam, which is essentially a firm sponge on the inside of the midsole that prevents the heel from rolling too far inward. The Gel Kayano 28 also features a lightweight, midsole foam that encourages a more cushioned ride than previous iterations of the shoe. This is one of the best running shoes for new-ish runners who overpronate, or more advanced runners with low arches looking for a reliable trainer for easy runs. (Read more about Asics’ Space Trusstic design here.)
Weight: 9.4 ounces (Women) // 10.5 ounces (Men)
The Saucony Guide is an utilitarian running shoe that delivers on its purpose: to give its wearer a stable ride. It has a responsive feel thanks to Saucony’s PWRRUN EVA foam and delivers a full spectrum of stability from the tonal medial TPU guidance frame to the 3D-engineered fascia in the upper. Those who have mild to severe overpronation will like that it delivers on comfort and stability without looking clunky.
Weight: 8.1 ounces (Women) // 8.8 ounces (Men)
It’s rare to find shoes that are good for overpronation and good for speed workouts, but that’s where the Brooks Launch GTS, a rebranded version of the Ravenna, comes in. The stability element of the shoe focuses on the relationship between the knee and ankle and is centered around Brooks’ GuideRail system, essentially two pieces of foam that serve as bumpers to prevent the foot from rolling too far inward and the heel from shifting too far out (read more about the GuideRail design here.) The Launch GTS is able to remain relatively lightweight and speed-focused due to its air-injected outsole rubber that helps propel you forward.
Offset: 8.4mm (Women) // 9mm (Men)
Weight: 8.6 ounces (Women) // 10.65 ounces (Men)
The Nike React Infinity Run is a great shoe for mild overpronators. The neutral shoe has a more stable, cushioned ride than the brand’s other stability shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Structure, and is made with Nike React foam, a lightweight but durable material that’s shaped like a rocker to offer consistent support through each stride. One thing that’s very noticeable in the React Infinity is the flared forefoot and wide toe box and heel, features that are designed to combat overpronation by allowing the foot to land differently. This is a great shoe for injury-prone or beginner runners who are looking for a general stability shoe to log easy miles. It’s one of our favorite Nike shoes.
Weight: 8.9 ounces (Women) // 11.4 ounces (Men)
If you have wide feet or just prefer a roomier toe box, the New Balance Fresh Foam 860 is a great stability shoe choice. It combines the responsive cushioning of New Balance’s Fresh Foam (a material that cushions the high-impact striking movement of running) with a supportive medial post and a snug heel. It’s also a notably breathable shoe.
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