Review: One of the most popular shoes on the market for overpronators, the Kayano is Asics’ top of the line stability shoe. The 26th version brings with it, even more, shock absorption with a redesigned open-weave upper.
There is so much technology in the midsole, it’s almost overwhelming. Flytefoam Lyte coupled with Flytefoam Propel and Asics’ Gel cushioning makes for a very cushioned, lightweight and responsive midsole. Dynamic Duomax provides the arch support, while a Trusstic System and Impact Guidance System provide stability.
Gel cushioning system.
Lighter than previous versions.
Very stable with good arch support.
Fairly expensive (but arguably worth it).
The Gel Kayano 26 is probably the most supportive shoe on the market for people with low arches.
Review: The latest of the Fresh Foam Vongos, version 4 offers a very well-cushioned stability shoe for forefoot strikers. It has a 4mm drop, New Balance’s popular Fresh Foam cushioning, and a very stable platform well suited to heavier people.
Aside from the low drop, the other less common characteristic of this shoe is the lack of medial post. Instead, the midsole is made of one single piece of molded Fresh foam with a thicker section under the arch and an EVA foam insole.
Impressive balance between comfort and stability.
Upper mesh is extremely breathable.
Shaped Fresh Foam midsole provides arch support.
At 11.6 ounces, it’s slightly heavier than many similar shoes.
The Fresh Foam Vongo v4 offers the rare combination of stability and cushioning in a low drop package. It’s the perfect choice for forefoot strikers with low arches.
Review: One of Nike’s best low arch running shoes, the Air Zoom Structure series has been a hit with runners for years. This most recent edition features an extremely sleek design and a ton of great color options.
The Premium Cushion ST Foam in the midsole really provides a lot of stability and arch support. The Zoom Air Bag ensures maximum control and performance.
Firm and Supportive ride.
Heel cup is slightly narrow.
Really easy to recommend a shoe that has over two decades of history and remains so popular.
Review: Brooks’ Ravenna 10 is a stability shoe with a 10mm drop. It’s well-cushioned but lightweight, with a medium arch.
This means that while it might be too uncomfortable for people with really flat feet, if your arches are just low, this amount of arch support inside the shoe might be perfect. It’s not a plush shoe, but the stability and durability are top level.
Guiderail support system.
Not as plush feeling as some.
This is a really versatile running shoe, suitable for a everything from long runs, to recovery or even tempo runs.
Review: The latest of Brooks’ Go-To shoes, the highly popular Adrenaline GTS is always a fail-safe choice for overpronators with low arches. They are light, comfortable, and provide a ton of stability.
The GTS 20 is definitely designed for distance running – it boasts a blend of BioMoGo DNA and DNA Loft foam cushioning with a Guide rail support system that provides some of the best arch support and cushioning currently available.
Stable, comfortable and lightweight.
Guiderails prevent overpronation.
Tread attracts stones.
Easily one of the best shoes for low arches on the market right now (potentially THE best), the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 offers tremendous support and stability.
Review: Saucony really hit it out of the park with the Guide 10 – the updated design is flashy and sleek, while the structure of the shoe that was such a hit with runners has remained the same.
The top sole of the shoe features Everun technology, which ensures a stable, comfortable run. They also really light, with excellent responsiveness, and while the arch support is really stable, it’s comfortable for flat feet.
Comfortable for flat feet.
Performs well in multiple environments.
The shoe seems to run quite narrow.
The Guide 10 remains loyal to the past everywhere it counts – comfort and stability – while also successfully revamping the visual impact of the shoe.
Review: This shoe is definitely a fantastic option for runners with low arches. Mizuno’s wave technology provides both stability and shock absorption while creating a really smooth heel to toe transition.
The 15th iteration brings with it more mesh in the upper, a U4ic heel wedge, and greater flexibility. But, it remains lightweight, durable, and extremely comfortable.
Soft and cushioned ride.
Lightweight and responsive.
Good choice for heel strikers.
Mizuno’s Wave Inspire 15 is a reliable stability shoe for low arches, known for being very comfortable and responsive.
Review: The 990v4 is a stability shoe with a 12mm drop, formidable cushioning, and New Balance’s very supportive ENCAP midsole technology. It’s designed for heavier people with harder landings, providing a wide, stable platform and excellent shock absorption.
The breathable upper mesh portion of the shoe really helps eliminate moisture build-up while the padded tongue and soft liner ensure maximum comfort.
Comfortable and breathable.
Wide widths are available.
Well-cushioned and very stable.
Not the best traction.
These are some of the best running shoes for low arches if you have wide feet.
Review: A stability shoe that comes in a variety of widths, the Redeemer ISO 2 offers fantastic support and an 8mm drop. It is also surprisingly breathable, especially when considering the presence of extra padding in the heel.
Arch support comes in the form of traditional medial posting, while Saucony’s ISOfit lacing system provides more recent technology, molding to the shape of your foot while you run.
Effective stability and cushioning system.
Snug-fitting ISOfit upper.
A little heavy.
This shoe scores well across the board in spite of carrying just a little bit extra weight. If you don’t mind a heavier shoe, the Redeemer ISO provides top-quality stability and arch support.
Review: A stability shoe with a 5mm drop but with Hoka’s characteristic high stack height, the Gaviota provides support in a lightweight and very well cushioned package.
There are no medial posts in this shoe, instead, the stability comes from the J-Frame technology which is similar to Brooks’ guardrail, and consists of a denser foam, running down the inside edge of the shoe.
This means your feet stay in alignment from the moment they touch the ground to the moment they toe-off.
Plush, lightweight cushioning.
Stable support without a prominent arch.
Low drop encourages mid-foot striking.
Not a fast shoe.
Hoka’s Gaviota is very well cushioned, very comfortable, and very durable.
What Makes a “GOOD” Running Shoe for Low Arches?
If you have low arches, chances are you overpronate.
However – it’s not quite as simple as just choosing a pair of shoes designed for overpronation.
It is possible (though less common) for people with normal arches to overpronate. Consequently, some running shoes designed for overpronators have a prominent arch sticking up from the midsole.
For someone with low arches, this is going to be really uncomfortable!
So, what should you look for?
Ideally, you want as much stability and support as possible to prevent overpronation, but without an uncomfortably high arch.
This means choosing a stability, or motion control shoe, and checking inside to make sure that the interior arch shape isn’t too prominent.
A Straight Last
You also want a straight last. A last is a 3D foot shape used in the design and manufacturing process of shoes. They come in three broad shapes: straight, semi-curved and curved.
Straight lasts provide the most stability and arch support, so this is the shape you want to look for if you have low arches.
Finally, cushioning is really important. Since you don’t have a normal arch to allow for the natural shock absorption of pronation, you’re going to appreciate some cushion under your feet so that your knees don’t have to absorb it all.
Fortunately, there are some really good running shoes for low arches on the market. All of the shoes on the list above are really great choices.
If you’re not sure whether you have low arches or not, try doing a ‘wet test’ to get an idea of the shape of your feet.
If you have a flat feet, your requirements are going to be similar, but you’ll likely need a wider fitting shoe, and you’ll want to really make sure that there are no uncomfortably protruding arches inside the shoe.
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