The Best Running Shoes for Over Pronators
Written By: SportsShoes
If you’re a runner, you’ll already know the importance of selecting the right shoe for your running gait, whether you’re a neutral runner, an overpronator or you underpronate.
Over 70% of runners overpronate, with the foot rolling inwards excessively through the footstrike, placing strain on the lower leg, knees, hips and lower back. That means most of us will find ourselves looking for a good support shoe to help slow down that excessive inwards movement. A great support shoe helps guide the foot into a more biomechanically efficient position, helping to reduce the risk of injury and optimising the footstrike for better performance. Here’s our pick of the best.
The best-selling, technology packed, 2000 series from Asics really sets the benchmark for high performance support shoes. Featuring a new cushioned FlyteFoam Lyte midsole that is 55% lighter than the industry average, the GT-2000 7 also features rear and forefoot Gel cushioning for optimum shock absorption. Dual density materials in the midfoot and technologies such as Asics’ Guidance Line help guide the foot into an efficient position, promoting a supported, more neutral footstrike in a relatively lightweight package. The GT-2000 is particularly good for higher mileage runners, so if you’re training for half or full marathon distance, this is a great option.
High mileage and yet very responsive, New Balance’s 860v9 features a TruFuse midsole, designed to provide resilient and sustained cushioning over long miles. A dual density midsole with medial posting helps slow the rate of overpronation and helps encourage a more efficient footstrike. This is a reliable supportive, stable option for moderate overpronators running long mileage.
Fast and yet stable, this shoe features a Dynamic Support midsole delivering an ultra-smooth yet supported transition through the gait cycle. Lightweight and low profile, Nike’s Air Zoom Structure 22 sits close to the ground optimising proprioception or “ground feel” for a more efficient footstrike, making it perfect for overpronators who want supportive shoe, but with a faster and sleeker feel.
Designed to provide a stable and yet fluid and smooth transition, Mizuno’s go-to support shoe is engineered to provide lightweight and yet reliable support for overpronators. Wave technology cushions and supports the foot while U4icX cushioning technology provides an ultra-luxurious feel and absorbs impact, making it perfect for every day training.
Featuring a BOOST midsole, the Solar Glide ST delivers superior energy return for optimum response, resilience and bounce through the footstrike. Dual density technology helps support the foot through the gait cycle, making this shoe a great option for moderate overpronators who like a soft, luxurious and cushioned feel.
For runners who love luxury cushioning, the Arahi delivers all the benefits of maximal cushioning with a stable ride. J-Frame technology delivers dynamic stability that allows the foot to move through the gait cycle without compromising its natural movement and without utilising rigid, unforgiving materials, promoting a natural and efficient footstrike for mild to moderate overpronators.