Overpronating? Underpronating? You've come to the right place..
Pronation refers to the way the foot rolls to absorb impact during both walking and running.
While most runners have a neutral foot roll, there are many who underpronate, and even more who overpronate. Especially for those in the latter category it is important to run in shoes or insoles designed for stability and support.
Stability running shoes are designed to help runners who overpronate by helping to fix the way the foot moves during running. This allows the foot to go through a more normal heel to toe off phase. If you are a runner who overpronates, you will want to be extra careful to select the correct shoe to help you reduce injury and run as pain free as possible.
Luckily, major shoe brands have been refining these shoes for multiple decades to help runners who overpronate. So, if you have ever asked “What are stability running shoes?” or “What are support running shoes?” your answer is simple: shoes that are made to provide the proper features for runners who overpronate. These shoes usually feature a heel counter and a custom midsole specially adapted for the changed heel to toe off phase of those who overpronate.
Here are some of the best stability running shoes on the market:
The previous version of this shoe, the 860v7, was one of the best-reviewed support shoes of last year, and this year’s version looks to be even better. This shoe features New Balance’s TruFuse midsole designed to ensure long lasting cushioning and stability. The shoe is relatively heavy for an everyday trainer, weighing in at 11.3oz, and is built with 10mm heel to toe offset. It is also, at least in this writer’s opinion, the best looking shoe on this list.
The Brooks Adrenaline is built with Brooks top of the line midsole, the BioMoGo DNA, providing maximum support and cushioning. While being a bit bulky, the Adrenaline is pretty light at 10oz. The Adrenaline also has a 12mm heel to toe offset, the biggest drop of this list. The biggest stability feature of the shoe, however, is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar to keep the foot going through the proper running motion. The shoe also has a 3D Fit Print and TPU saddle to wrap around the heel and secure the foot throughout the running process.
The Guide 10 is by far the cheapest shoe on this list, the only one under $100. But the shoe does have Saucony’s top of the line EVERUN midsole, engineered to improve energy return while providing plenty of cushioning, a midsole near the top of the market. The shoe also has FLEXFILM which provides a lightweight, sock-like fit in the upper of the shoe. The Guide 10 also has the lowest heel to toe offset at 8mm while being as light as the Adrenaline, weighing in at 10oz. Saucony is occasionally known for being less durable than competitors like Brooks or New Balance, but without a doubt, this is a quality shoe.
This shoe, like most of the ASICS lineup is made best with their FLYEFOAM technology. The FLYEFOAM is an EVA foam in the midsole that competes with the TruFuse, BioMoGo, and EVERUN midsoles of ASICS’s competitors. While it is the most expensive shoe on this list, this is the 24th version of this shoe from ASICS, and has constantly been loved by its customers. The shoe is 11.3 oz with a 10mm offset. The GEL-Kayano 24’s primary stability feature is the Guidance Trusstic System technology, integrated with Guidance Line technology to move the foot through proper pronation.
This is the lightest and lowest drop shoe of this list. The Arahi 2 is 9.2 oz with only a 5mm heel to toe offset. The Arahi is relatively new to the scene, with this being only its 2nd version, but the J-Frame stability midsole seems to be well liked. The biggest complaint of the first Arahi has also been fixed, with an all new upper that only looks slightly worse than most of the major shoes on he market.
While Merrell is new to the running scene, they are not new to making shoes. The Agility Peak Flex 2 represents the second iteration of this shoe. The Peak Flex 2 has a FLEXconnect EVA Midsole designed for both agility and stability on the trails. The shoe also only has a 6mm drop and weighs a light 10oz. The Agility Peak Flex 2, like most of its competitors, also has a heel counter, with their Hyperlock technology to secure the foot.
Nike’s premier stability shoe is the LunarGlide 9. Their unique support system comes from lofted Flywire cables that work with the laces to hold the shoe in place. The outside of the heel also has a stabilizer to prevent the foot from sliding around. The shoe is also relatively light as well, weighing in at 9.9oz with a 10mm offset. The LunarGlide also features Nike’s iconic knit upper.
Adidas revolutionized running shoes with their boost cushioning system. While most of their competitors have caught up, the Boost midsole is still one of the best and this shoe features a Dual Density boost midsole to emphasize stability. The shoe also has a Torsion System to increase stability between the heel and forefoot. The Supernova ST is middle of the pack as far as weight and drop, coming in at 11.1 ounces and a 8mm midsole drop.
Stability shoes for overpronation help prevent injuries for runners. If you overpronate, ordering one of the best stability running shoes will make your runs much less painful, especially if you experience injuries to your lower extremities.
By Hayden Cox..
Hayden Cox is a former NCAA DI athlete in Cross Country and Track. He has had the opportunity to work with 2x U.S. Olympian, Robert Gary, and a host of elite athletes at the collegiate and professional level. Hayden's ideal day consists of an early morning long run on a mountain trail followed by a giant bowl of pasta and a chocolate milkshake (just don't tell anyone about the milkshake!)