Best Running Shoes For Heavy Runners

Running is a great way to get into shape.  Once you get your heart rate going, you can really get burning body fat.  You can either run on your own and set your own preferred pace, or you can make it more social by running with a partner or in a group.

Your body weight doesn’t have to be a barrier to getting out running.  If you don’t feel particularly fit, you can get into running as gradually as you like, and you can get running gear that suits you and your needs, and makes your run as comfortable as possible.

Best Running Shoes For Heavy Runners

Every runner needs good running shoes, whether you’re on a running machine at the gym, or if you're running round the block or enjoying the outdoors.  There’s an array of different running shoes on the market at the moment, and some of them are great for heavy runners.

We’ve handpicked 5 of our favorite running shoes for heavy runners, and our reviews on them are coming up shortly.  After that we also have a handy buying guide for you, which covers how extra weight can affect runners, what you can do about it, and what to look out for in a good pair of running shoes for heavier runners.

Whether you’re heavy because you’re already muscular, or whether you’re starting to run in order to lose a few pounds, we’ve got some great running shoes to show you that you should really check out.

Top 5 Best Running Shoes For Heavy Runners

OUR TOP PICK

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 5 Trail Running Shoe, Frost Gray/Silver/Soothing Sea, 7.5 M US

This women’s running shoe from ASICS is flying off the shelves at Amazon - and the customer feedback is pretty impressive too.  After well over 8,500 individual customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at an attractive 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.

At this price range, it’s clearly not a cheap running shoe, but with these ratings, the customers clearly feel it’s worth the money.

The color options are great, you can either go for something with subtle coloring that will go with just about any running kit, like the Frost Gray/Silver/Soothing Sea or you could go for something more striking like the Titanium/Pistachio/Pink Glow.

The size options are great too, they start at 6 and go up to 11, and for that perfect fit, they also do half sizes, and they do wide foot options as well.

What makes it so good for heavy runners is the Gel cushioning system which is specifically designed to lessen any shock during impact with the ground, meaning less pressure on your bones and joints as you run.

If you do suffer from overpronation and have been advised to wear a medical orthotic, that’s not a problem with this shoe, since you can remove the sockliner to accommodate one.

It’s also designed to be durable, which is important for heavier frequent runners, with it’s high abrasion rubber outsole, and it also features good grip so you can run on any kind of terrain, going uphill or downhill as you please.

The shoe’s mesh really helps make the shoe breathable, which is great when your feet start to sweat.

Pros:

  • Amazon bestseller for the category
  • Great customer feedback
  • Great color options, subtle to striking
  • Range includes half and wide sizes
  • Gel cushioning system to absorb shock
  • You can wear it with an orthotic
  • Durable high abrasion rubber outsole
  • Designed for any terrain
  • And breathable to boot

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price 
ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 5 Trail Running Shoe, Frost Gray/Silver/Soothing Sea, 7.5 M US
  • Rubber sole
  • Rugged neutral runner in mesh with bright overlays
  • GEL Cushioning System

EDITOR'S CHOICE

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 27 (4E) Running Shoes, 12.5XW, Black/Pure Silver

The Gel-Kayano is the latest running shoe that ASICS have brought out, and it incorporates all the new technology that goes into making top quality running shoes.

The shoe is specially designed not just to help with the effects of overpronation but to actively combat it and stop the foot from pronating.  (More on overpronation in our buying guide.)

It does this by adding flex grooves in the heel and by providing increased support and stability from midstance through to toe-off.

There’s also gel cushioning in both the rearfoot and the forefoot, which is great for shock absorption at both impact and toe-off.

The shoe also uses Flytefoam, which is what gives it so much more bounce than you get with a more basic running shoe.  You’ll feel the difference.

There’s also added support toward the inside of the arch.

As for the style of the shoe, all of the color variations look very sleek and impressive, and if you wanted to go for high visibility for running in low light, then there’s a great lime zest color option that would be perfect.

The size range is more inclusive than ASICS previous models, with sizes ranging from 6 to 16 extra wide, with half sizes also included.

Pros:

  • Works with & combats overpronation
  • Increased support and stability
  • Gel cushioning for shock absorption
  • Flytefoam, for more bounce
  • Suitable for big feet, up to 16 extra wide
  • Added arch support
  • Sleek color options

Cons:

  • As it's such a newly available product, there aren’t too many peer reviews around on it just yet.
  • We have to admit it is rather expensive for a running shoe, but if you’re a heavy runner and you suffer with overpronation, then it is worth it if you’re committed to frequent running.
ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 27 (4E) Running Shoes, 12.5XW, Black/Pure Silver
  • Dynamic DuoMax Support System - This evolution of DuoMax system enhances stability and support, with reduced weight and increased platform support.
  • SPACE TRUSSTIC Technology - Reduces the weight of the sole unit while providing stability and retaining the structural integrity of the shoe.
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System - Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.

BEST VALUE

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 Running Shoes, 6.5M, Grand Shark/Peacoat

These men’s running shoes from ASICS have seen some great customer feedback.  On the Amazon page for example after well over 1000 individual customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at a very nice 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.

It’s a shoe purpose built for runners with neutral or overpronation.  (More on overpronation in our buying guide.)  And has a number of different features that make it a great choice for heavy runners.

There’s special gel cushioning in the rearfoot and forefoot that provides high density shock absorption for that extra support that heavy runners need.

The shoe has a nice, bouncy feel, comfortable enough to run for long distances.

The contoured midsole provides great arch support, which is a good feature for heavy runners, distributing the runner’s weight more evenly.

And the shoe also provides good breathability too.

The rubber outsole is designed for durability, so no matter how heavy the wearer you can be sure to get a decent lifespan out of them.

The sizes range from 6.5 all the way through to 15 extra wide.  And the color range is fairly large too, with some bright and feisty looking options, and there’s some nice subtle and unique color options in there too.

Pros:

  • Excellent customer feedback
  • Wide and half sizes available
  • Great color options available
  • Built for neutral or overpronation
  • Gel cushioning for shock absorption
  • Really good breathability

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

RUNNER UP

Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 20, Grey/Pale Peach, 5 Medium

This is another of Amazon’s best sellers for the category.  The shoe comes from Brooks, and has proved to be pretty popular with customers.  After over 450 individual customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at a splendid 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.

It is expensive, we admit, but for the additional cost you’re more likely to get the perfect fit, since the sizes start from a small 5 Narrow, all the way through to a very big 13 extra wide.

The color range is almost as extensive as it’s size range, with color options that allow you to either blend in or stand out, and there’s even a nice rose gold option.

As for why it’s a good choice for heavy runners, well there’s the balanced soft DNA LOFT Crash Pads which cushion each footfall, providing great stability and support, which is great for runners with overpronation.  (More on overpronation in our buying guide.)

The additional support and stability is in part down to the 12mm thick midsole drop.  But despite this sturdiness offered, the shoe provides plenty of flexibility too.

We feel heavier runners may even be comfortable in this shoe if they were running long distance.

Pros:

  • One of Amazon’s best sellers
  • Great customer feedback
  • Excellent range of sizes
  • Nice color options available
  • Great stability and support
  • Great for overpronation
  • And durable too boot

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price
Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 20, Grey/Pale Peach, 5 Medium
  • THIS SHOE IS FOR: Runners who need a perfect blend of support, cushion, flexibility, and reliability. The modernized, streamlined design satisfies runners who crave a low-profile look.
  • SUPPORT AND CUSHION: Provides just the right amount of stability and support, great for overpronation while providing high energizing cushioning. Ideal for road running, cross training, the gym or...
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: The DNA LOFT Crash Pad cushions each footfall and works with BioMoGo DNA to adapt to your every stride.

RUNNER UP

Saucony Women's S10545-25 Hurricane 22 Running Shoe, Blue | Aqua - 9.5 W US

This shoe from Suacony makes a great choice for the heavy runner.

And what makes it so good is the structured support in the soles that provides a highly cushioned underfoot feel, that’s resilient enough for a heavier run, however far they decide to run.

Yet despite being so supportive and stable, it’s a very lightweight shoe, 25% lighter than previous generations of the brand’s shoes in fact.

We really like the rocker-like heel, which together with the toe spring, really puts you in the mood for running, literally giving you a spring in your step.

The color range is quite nice, featuring color options that are highly likely to match with your other running gear.

With regards to the different sizes that are available, it starts as small as 5, and goes up as far as 12.  Better yet, there are also half sizes and wide sizes available.  And once you’ve found the right fit, it’s really comfy to wear and run in.

Customer feedback has been pretty positive and whilst there’s not a lot of customer reviews on the Amazon page, people are raving about this shoe on some of the other websites.

Pros:

  • Great customer feedback
  • Supportive and stable
  • Highly cushioned
  • Includes half and wide sizes
  • Convenient color options
  • Rocker-like heel
  • Toe spring

Cons:

  • This running shoe runs a little expensive, even for the smaller sizes.
  • It’s only available in 3 colors
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Saucony Women's S10545-25 Hurricane 22 Running Shoe, Blue | Aqua - 9.5 W US
  • Soft and supportive for the long run, now lighter. For those who need support and want lots of resilient cushioning, the Hurricane 22 is our most cushioned stability shoe, providing plenty of energy...
  • PWRRUN+, the next generation of amazing cushioning, gives you a luxurious underfoot feel that wont break down-now 25% lighter than before
  • A rocker-like heel and enhanced toe spring gives every step and extra push forward to keep you going strong and feeling fresh

Best Running Shoes For Heavy Runners - Buying Guide

How do I know if I’m classed as a heavy runner?

Someone is generally considered to be a heavy runner if they weigh over 90kg, or alternatively if they have a BMI (body mass index) of over 25.  To work out your BMI, you can use this formula (or find a chart online) BMI = kg/m(squared).

How Extra Weight Affects Runners

If you fall into the category of heavy runners, then there’s more pressure exerted on your bones and joints as you run.  This means that you have to be more careful about your running form to avoid any unnecessary shock on your joints as you run.  We’ll look into running form in more detail shortly.

As a heavy runner, you will also run with a higher heart rate, higher oxygen consumption, higher body temperature and, perhaps favorably, higher energy expenditure and therefore calorie loss.  On the down side however being a heavy runner also tends to slow down your running speed.  As a general rule of thumb, 10 pounds of extra fat will slow you down about a minute for a 5 kilometer run.

You should also determine your pronation, which refers to the natural motion of your foot during running (and walking).  Many heavy runners tend to overpronate, which means you tend to flatten your foot as you run and your foot rolls inward as you move.

In order to compensate for overpronation, heavy runners would be well advised to choose supportive running shoes, with good arch support.

Since overpronation is such a common problem in heavy runners, we’re now going to look into it in more detail, as this may well determine what may be the best kind of running shoes for you.

More on Overpronation

A foot that overpronates stretches and shortens structures in the foot and can in turn contribute to a number of different issues such as lower back pain and achilles tendonitis, just to name a few.

(If you find yourself experiencing pain or repeated injury due to overpronation, we recommend that you see a doctor about it.)

But overpronation becomes very manageable if you choose good supportive shoes, do certain exercises (which we don’t have time to go into here), and if necessary, wear orthotics.  

Overpronation and Running Shoes

Sufferers of overpronation need to look for shoes that offer extra support and stability so that the shoes minimize the impact of each step.  A thicker sole in the shoe will aid shock absorption for each time that the shoe hits the ground.

Oftentimes, a heavy runner will have insufficient arch in the sole of their feet to effectively support the body weight as they run, so you should also look for running shoes that feature good arch support, to avoid your body overcompensating, and causing you unnecessary pain.

Good Running Form Basics

Proper running form ensures that shock from impact is distributed as evenly as possible, and this means any potential damage to joints and tendons is minimized.  It’s important for all runners, but becomes more important for heavier runners who are at greater risk from such injury.

For good running form you need to lean slightly into the run at your hips, aim to hit the ground with the ball of your feet, have your legs at a 90 degree angle to the ground when you land, and have your knees so that your foot hits the ground right under the knee.

If you’re finding this hard to picture, you could look up a video of good running form on YouTube.

More Tips on Running Shoes for Heavy Runners

Heavier runners tend to see more wear and tear in their running shoes than other runners, so you need to find shoes with a good durable outsole and midsole.  These are the parts of the shoe that will start to break down first.

There are different ways to tell if you need new running shoes.  The different signs include feeling more sore than usual after a run, the shoes have less bounce, or the soles have gone thinner.

If you intend to go running very often, say 3 times a week or more, it may be worth investing in two pairs of running shoes.  (Either two pairs the same if you like a particular pair, or two different pairs.)  You can rotate the shoes, and by doing this the shoes will get less wear and tear and will last much longer.

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