From Flat Feet to High Arches: The Best Running Sneakers for Every Issue
Whether you’re a marathoner or more of a walk-around-the-block type, the sneakers you’re wearing can make a huge difference. Pronation, high arches or flat feet can all determine what kind of shoe is best for you.
Not sure where to start? We consulted David Siik, running expert and creator of Precision Running at Equinox. His pro tip: “Don’t overthink it. If you have not been diagnosed with a foot specific foot condition, then don’t try to invent one.” Instead, visit a local running store and try on a minimum of three different types of shoes to find which one feels most comfortable. Chances are, that’s the perfect shoe for you. If you do know your foot shape and preference, then look no further. Here are the best running sneakers for every type of foot.
If you have flat feet: New Balance ‘Vazee Prism v2’
If you have naturally flat feet, look for a soft shoe with a flat footbed. But fair warning: You don’t want to get a super-cushioned pair that bends your foot in an unnatural way. Instead, look for something subtle with no added support features to get in the way of your natural running motion.
If you have high arches: Saucony ‘Echelon 6’
For a high arch, you want to find a shoe that curves to the bottom of your foot so your feet don’t start to ache on long (or short) runs. These shoes have a thick cushioning to support high arches without compromising comfort or stability. They also have signature foot-hugging lacing and a breathable mesh upper so you’ll have no blisters or rubbing even though you’re nice and snug.
If you overpronate slightly: Brooks ‘Adrenaline GTS 17’
Pronation describes a slight inward rolling motion the foot makes as it hits the ground during a normal running stride. If you tend to overpronate slightly, this shoe has an cushioned midsole to help keep your foot stable. Strategically placed gel pockets also work to diffuse impact along the bottom of your foot, creating a gentle shock absorption that leaves your legs and joints feeling great.
IF YOU OVERPRONATE DRASTICALLY: Mizuno ‘Wave Alchemy 10’
These shoes feel like walking on clouds. Two pieces of wave-shaped plastic in the midsole provide extra stability for moderate to severe overpronators, while added cushioning in the heel and forefoot create a solid shock absorption when hitting the pavement.
IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER: Nike ‘Air Zoom Pegasus 34’
As one of the longest-standing running shoes on the market, the Pegasus is a perfect well-rounded shoe for all types of runners. Lightweight, springy and comfortable, it offers a solid amount of support and structure no matter the shape of your foot and is also great for other kinds of activity as well.