Best Running Shoes for Overpronation

Overpronation describes the way in which your weight shifts too far onto the inner edge of your foot when you walk. You’ll know this is happening if your big toes and inner heels take a lot of pressure in helping you to balance when you’re moving at speed. A ‘normal’ gait should be spread more evenly across the ball of your foot.

Severe overpronation can be caused by naturally low (fallen) arches, collapsed arches as  result of injury, or an uneven posture that comes from rebalancing excess weight. Does any of this mean you shouldn’t go running? Of course not!

Best Running Shoes for Overpronation

This doesn’t mean that you have to give up the freedom of running, of course. Attitudes to the correct treatment of overpronation have seen a sea change over the last twenty years. Feet that overpronate are now seen as an idiosyncrasy that needs to be provided for rather than a problem to be ‘fixed’.

Gone are the days where the only solution to the sneaker problem was to invest in orthotics or choose from the one or two lines of shoes which provided more padding on the inside of the midsole.

These days, it’s almost impossible to spot a ‘stability’ shoe from the outside unless you recognize the brand someone happens to be wearing. And the range of styles, colors and shapes is awesome.

With so many choices on offer, it’s important to track down a pair which is going to perform exactly as you want them to, and in the right price range. We’ve narrowed down the field to the top performers in each area. If you’ve got the time, you might want to read the buyer’s guide and frequently asked questions to help you decide what’s important to you when buying the right shoes.

Best Running Shoes for Overpronation

OUR TOP PICK

New Balance Men's 860v10 Running Shoes (8.5 Wide, Supercell with Orion Blue & Sulphur Yellow)

The New Balance 860 v10 is the latest iteration in a line of shoes designed specifically to combat a strong overpronation in the gait. It’s geared to fill a product niche so exactly that it’s the darling (and well-kept secret) of running club reviewers but not so easy to find on Amazon unless you know to look.

As with previous designs in the line, the focus is on medial support in the midsole, providing a smooth heel-to-toe role in a shoe that feels like an extension of the feet. It is said to feel very light for its weight. The shoe has seen three key evolutions from the previous design.

Firstly, the construction of the medial post has been rethought. Beneath the midsole, extra support has been provided along the inside edge through a combination of two foam layers. The TruFuse midsole is formed of an underlay of responsive, dense foam (guiding foot direction and providing spring), topped with an upper layer of cushioning that keeps the foot comfortably in place following a heel strike.

Secondly, the heel counter, formerly a more rigid and close-fitting plastic enclosure, has become a molded 3D heel cup.

Thirdly, the upper has been significantly revamped for a sleeker look. Two layers of mesh, a complementary shade showing through the Jacquard outer layer, don’t just provide better ventilation but also combine to provide topside support in keeping your foot in place without any sewn seams which have the potential to chafe. They look compact and tidy—more fashionable than functional.

The blown rubber outsole continues to provide reliable traction for trail running as well as making good time on a hard road.

It does seem a little unfair that the women’s shoe comes in one color design (albeit cute and entirely inoffensive) whereas the men get four color combinations to choose from. That said, the range of sizes is generous and steps up in halves from 6-12 (W) and 8-14 (M) with width options for the latter.

Pros

  • Comfortable cushioning

  • good durability

  • great foot ventilation and cooling

  • smooth roll through the foot

Cons

  • Being a specifically engineered shoe, this make will not fit a neutral-gait foot comfortably. Not a problem if both feet overpronate, but not an option if it’s a recovery shoe for one injured foot

New Balance Men's 860v10 Running Shoes (8.5 Wide, Supercell with Orion Blue & Sulphur Yellow)
  • 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Medial post located on inside edge of shoe to help prevent overpronation
New Balance Women's 860v10 Stability Running Shoes (Blue/Team Carolina/Moon Dust, Numeric_8)
  • Lace up the new 860v10 running shoe for women and experience reliable support and exceptionally responsive cushioning when you hit the road for your run. A ramped medial post gives more...

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Mizuno Men's Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe, True Blue, 11 D US

Although there is a very strong correlation between overpronation, flat feet, and the need for a wider fit, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 might be a good option for the runner who does not need as much width as is usually on offer in a stability shoe. In fact, too much room creates opportunities for skids, missteps, and sprained ankles.

The Wave inspire is a great shoe for overpronators who need moderate gait correction, good grip on the road, and who have a tendency to strike hard on the heel rather than the midsole or the ball of the foot. There is substantial heel to toe drop of 12mm in the men’s version and 14mm in the women’s.

However, the midsole support copes well with even a heavy footfall. The shape of the shoe along the instep is held not by a medial post but a wave-shaped plate for a smoother, well-directed roll which keeps the weight of the foot from moving too far across the ball to the inside. The comfort comes from the use of the softer U4icX foam at the forefront of the shoe for gentle cushioning, and the denser, firmer U4ic foam to buttress the arch.

The most praise has been given for the breathability of the shoe, which comes from the soft but snug mesh covering the forefront and the interior toe cap. It’s a good shoe for mixed terrain, the carbon rubber X10 outer sole able to take a great deal of punishment over a long time.

It’s reported to be a light wear, good for dialing in speed. 

Pros

  • Sleek look

  • Flexible (good for interval running which involves sprints)

  • Fantastic sole grip

  • Nice cushioning under the toes and balls of the feet

  • Treats overpronation without targeting support at an assumed fallen arch

Cons

  • Customer reviews do not bear out ‘true to size’. If you do not have narrow feet, then go up a size. Treat ‘wide’ as ‘normal’

  • The HTT drop takes quite a bit of getting used to if you’re accustomed to the more average 8-10mm range. Practice close to home to begin with.

Mizuno Men's Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe, True Blue, 11 D US
  • This favorite stability trainer is a workhorse. Use for fast track workouts All the way up to a marathon distance
  • Smoothride support wave brings an ideal balance of cushion and lightness in every step
  • Premium Sockliner for increased cushioning and comfort
Mizuno Women's Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe, Vapor Blue-Silver, 8.5 B US
  • This favorite stability trainer is a workhorse. Use for fast track workouts All the way up to a marathon distance
  • Smoothride support wave brings an ideal balance of cushion and lightness in every step
  • Premium Sockliner for increased cushioning and comfort

BEST VALUE

Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 20, Black/Black, 11 D US

The Brooks Adrenaline 20 is the latest iteration of the support shoe version of the ‘Ghost’ line. As with the Dyad 11 (last on this list), the Bio MoGo DNA adaptive cushioning provides a light, smooth ride, protecting the midsole and almost cradling the heel. The Adrenaline GTS 20 is fabulous for the long-distance runner.

The DNA Loft Crash Pad cushions are powerful shock absorbers and they work in tandem with the Guiderails Holistic Support system introduced with its 2019 predecessor to keep internal excess movement in check. Holistic, Brooks calls this system, because it looks at the whole runner and the effects of the wrong shapewear.

Their focus is on guiding the runner into the right posture, which will take stress off the knees. The stabilizing effect is also helpful to those suffering shin splints, removing the stress from the toe-off and forward motion.

While the fit itself hasn’t significantly changed since the previous iteration, the mesh upper has been streamlined (de-decorated, in fact) to improve the lightness and ventilation and to raise the comfort levels behind the heel with the 3D Fit Print system.

The base of the soles offer excellent grip which holds up in the long term. It’s quite literally better for the long run; although this shoe is a strong performer for long distances with good cushioning and strong midsole support, the same rigidity that protects your arches means that the shoes aren’t quite flexible enough to match your usual sprinting speeds.

It’s a great preparatory shoe for raising and sustaining fitness levels, but if you want to beat a personal best, you might want to have a look at the Brooks Ravenna line.

Pros

  • Cute designs
  • Comfy for varied foot ailments (bunions, hammer toes and plantar fasciitis) due to the roominess and soft cushioning
  • Pretty good consistency with the fit of predecessor 19
  • Great for controlling overpronation
  • Durable and great value for money

Cons

  • Comparatively dear—very much an investment pair
  • A rather rigid shoe and better for long-distance running rather than sprinting
  • They can come up a size too large in the women’s range in terms of width
Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 20, Black/Black, 11 D US
  • 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.
Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 20, Grey/Pale Peach, 8.5 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 Men's S20548-25 Guide 13 Running Shoe, Blue/Silver - 8 M US

The Saucony 13 is another option for the moderate to serious overpronators but the cushioning is so comfortable that it does not exclude the neutral-gaited wearer. The comfort comes from the highly responsive FORMFIT interior which molds itself around your foot and gives great support to the arch.

The overpronation control comes from the TPU guidance frame which keeps the foot facing forward without excess lateral roll across the ball of the feet. The roll from heel to toes is exceptionally smooth.

The runners choosing the Saucony Guide 13 are doing half marathons and beyond. Solid propulsion and pacing are aided by the PWRRUN cushioning, the even, moderate HTT drop (8mm) and the light weight (10oz for the average man’s shoe).

Happy reviewers refer to these shoes as springy, snug but breathable, and streamlined. The Saucony Guide 13 in both male and female lines does appear significantly more durable on road than trail.

Pros

  • Great propulsion and cushioning for long distances

  • A good choice for runners who have feet with different levels of overpronation (perhaps due to temporary or recent injury)

  • Nicely padded, long tongue

  • Spare laces provided

Cons

  • The sleek appearance appears to be at the expense of sufficient room in the toebox for some

  • Not as durable on variable terrain as you would hope for the price

Saucony Men's S20548-25 Guide 13 Running Shoe, Blue/Silver - 8 M US
  • New PWRRUN cushioning provides just-right softness that's responsive enough to tackle as many miles as you wish
  • The new medial TPU guidance frame quickly and quietly guides each foot through its natural gait cycle for the smoothest feel yet
  • FORMFIT surrounds the foot with a made-for-me feel that can accommodate a wide range of foot shapes comfortably
Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 20, Grey/Pale Peach, 8.5 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

ASICS Men's GT-2000 8 Shoes, 15M, Smoke Blue/Black

This latest iteration in the GT-2000 line provides a great all-rounder casual and running shoe. It’s been evolved to become more flexible than the GT-2000 7 while remaining responsive, tidy and supportive on the inside.

Popular both on Amazon and with the overpronating reviewers of the running clubs, Asics GT-2000 is like the less expensive cousin of the Gel-Kayano 26, which is a top seller for runners with fallen arches. The GT-2000 offers plenty of spring from the toe as well as providing impact cushioning on the heel. The rear and forefoot gel cushioning system (the pockets built into the soles) minimize any jarring sensations from repeat, rapid impact and the result is happier joints as well as happier feet. There are fewer opportunities for slips, grazes and bruises too, given the fabulous traction offered by Asics’ own High Abrasion Rubber.

The HTT drop on this shoe is 10mm (heel 22mm and forefoot 12mm).

The structure is great for propulsion, featuring Asics’ own Duomax wedge support system to provide comfort around the arch without forcing the foot into an unnatural position in the shoe.

This shoe comes with a number of features that Asics fans will already be familiar with. The Spevafoam 45 lasting gives that soft platform feel throughout the length of the shoe and the FlyteFoam Lyte cradles the midsole for superb comfort. The GT-2000 also features the Ortholite Sockliner for superior moisture management. If you have a heavy footfall and you’re going quite some distance, the last thing you want is overheating or chafing where your instep meets the cushion.

The breathable upper complements the Ortholite Sockliner nicely in this respect. The Jacquard mesh fits closely without abrasion and molds itself across the top, doing a great job in making a light shoe feel lighter still, and more like a sturdy extension of the foot.

Pros

  • Very durable soles

  • Great for moderate-neutral overpronators

  • Less rigid construction than iteration 7

  • Generous padding around the heel collar

Cons

  • The sizing runs a little small; the running advice is to go up a half size

  • The cushioning is responsive rather than soft. Could take a little time to break in

Best Running Shoes for Overpronation - Buying Guide

As promised, here’s a little summary of things to look out for while choosing your shoe.

Ankle su​pport

A normal running gait involves hitting the ground with the outside of your heel and then rolling inwards by perhaps 15%. Look for shoes with a strong heel (exoskeletons are good!), ideally a soft or cushioned collar (nobody likes blisters), and a heel counter to keep from slipping inside what is usually a slightly wider shoe by default.

Check the size consensus

Just about every manufacturer will claim ‘true to size: buy your usual shoe’ in the product summary that sits alongside those enticing pictures. And we’re quite sure that they mean it, too. However, sizing consistency between brands is not one of the shoe industry’s strong points, so it is a good idea to seek out the Question and Answer sections for your product on Amazon and get an overall idea for the fitting trend. 

Another thing to take into account is how far you will be running and how your feet usually behave in the heat. Not everyone’s feet swell significantly, but it’s a good idea to remind yourself what you like best about the fit of your current shoe so that you can replicate the benefits or improve upon them with your next purchase.

Flexibility

If you’re going for speed in your run, then go for a shoe which has strong flexibility in the forefoot, and responsive cushioning in the midsole. You want your feet rolling smoothly with each stride, not slamming down on the sidewalk.

Durability

Given the amount of biomechanical engineering which now goes into the design of shoe fit and gait accommodation, you’ll be lucky as an overpronator to find a quality shoe (which does not require you to insert orthotics) that costs much less than $80.

Now, you would hope to get at least 600 miles out of them before you develop worn treads in the heel strike/inner toe areas, or before the internal cushioning begins to lose its resilience. Most of the brands which combine cushioned heels with springy midsoles and strong traction tend to hit the wallet to the tune of $100-$135. Check for durability. If you’re investing, you want to see how long these shoes lasted for other customers.

Have the gel pockets lasted out? Does the tread still stick nicely 4-5 months into your purchase? Can you get spare laces easily? It’s much more exhilarating buying a pair when you know you’re going to have them around for a long time. Plus, it gives you time to save up for their replacements.

Best Running Shoes for Overpronation - FAQ's

How do I help my feet other than wearing the right shoes?

The main immediate damage from overpronation is undue stress and rigidity in the long and short plantar ligaments, and in the tibialis posterior muscle, which runs from your toes around the ankle and up the back of your calves. It’s really important to stretch before and after running. Avoid tight work shoes. This is your chance to refuse to wear high heels (if you even needed an excuse).

Keep a weather eye on the difference between a fatigue ache from overactivity, and the overheated sensation and sharp pain of localised inflammation (like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis). You may find that teaching yourself foot massage is a cheap, relaxing and easy way of keeping most foot ailments at bay.

Can I put my own orthotics into these shoes?

That probably won’t work with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 (too narrow) or the New Balance 860 v10, which already has significant molding in the interior. Brooks are particularly good for adaptability with your own medical inserts, as are the Asics Gel-Venture series.

Alternatively, look for a neutral, everyday sports shoe with a roomy fit, straight last, and a moderate to minimal heel-to-toe drop for the least complicated fitting process of your own medical insert support.

I have a hammer toe. If these shoes are so specifically shaped inside, does that mean the fit will be too close for me to wear them?

Hammer toes can be painful, but they don’t have to stop you in your tracks if you take a few things into account when making your choice. You don’t necessarily need a wide toebox—it’s the lateral fit and the quality of cushioning which is the most important thing here.

So, avoid a really high heel-to-toe drop unless you’re convinced that there is sufficient contact and control around the midsole to stop your foot sliding forward in the shoe. A second element which would make for a more comfortable shoe is an absence of any interior toe caps and seams across the top of the foot. If possible, seek out shoes with a high mesh surface area and minimal sewing detail.

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