Overpronating is probably the most common affliction among runners and has the potential to result in many debilitating injuries.
Though transitioning towards a barefoot running style and strengthening the muscles in your feet is one way to manage overpronation, the traditional route involves choosing shoes known as ‘stability shoes’ that have a good amount of arch support and prevent excessive pronation.
The Asics website has a fantastic guide for understanding pronation and includes a good visual representation of underpronation, neutral pronation, and overpronation.
It’s important to understand that a little bit of pronation is natural and needed in order to allow for the natural roll through of the foot which absorbs the shock of impact.
Those with high arches typically under pronate, those with normal arches typically have a normal amount of pronation, and those with low arches or flat feet typically overpronate.
Consequently, this article is primarily for those with low arches or flat feet.
However, depending on the strength of your foot muscles, anyone can overpronate. Even someone with high arches can overpronate if the muscles in their feet have become weak enough to allow their arch to collapse.
If you’re not sure what foot type you have, there are numerous easy tests such as standing on paper with wet feet and looking at the shape of the footprint you leave behind, or placing a finger under the arch of your foot while sitting and then seeing whether or not you squash your finger when you stand up.
Other signs that you overpronate may include knee or hip pain, pain in the ball of your big toe, the presence of bunions on your big toe joint, and problems such as plantar fasciitis.
Most, if not all of the issues resulting from overpronation can be prevented and resolved by choosing shoes with good arch support.
The list below includes a great range of stability shoes providing varying amounts of support and cushioning.
So, there will be something for everyone on this list, whether you want a bulletproof motion control shoe that leaves no room for mistakes, or a shoe that tends slightly towards neutral in its support but still provides basic protection against overpronation.
TOP 18 Best Running Shoes for Overpronation Reviewed 2019
Let’s begin with men’s shoes!
Asics Men's Metarun Running Shoe
Review: According to Asics, the Metarun is their number one, spare no expenses, top of the range shoe for overpronation.
But, if the reaction to the 2017 debut is anything to go by, the Metarun lives up to Asics’s claims, it’s just a case of whether the shoe lives up to its price tag.
The Metarun uses all of the best technology available to Asics to create a stability shoe that is extremely well-cushioned, supremely comfortable and yet impressively lightweight.
The quality of materials used also means that this is an extremely durable shoe that is likely to last longer than the average running shoe.
The verdict from the 2017 model was that if money is no object and you want the best, then the Metarun won’t disappoint. But whether the shoe is literally twice as good as the Kayano, as its price point suggests, is debatable.
- Good stability
- Very well cushioned
- Extremely comfortable
- Very lightweight for a stability shoe from Asics
- Very durable
It comes down to the money factor in this case. This is undoubtedly a great shoe, though it’s price tag is mildly insulting.
If money doesn’t play a role in your decision making, then these are the best Asics running shoes for overpronation.
Nike Men's Air Zoom Structure 19 Running Shoe
Review: There are more recent models of the Air Zoom Structure on the market, but the 19 is arguably the best so far in terms of the fit and comfort of the upper.
Three different kinds of foam form the sole unit, as can be seen from the different colors, the white being the softest on the outer edge, the dark blue a little firmer, and then the arch support of the hardest, light blue.
Air Zoom technology provides extra cushioning under the ball of the foot which adds to the overall highly cushioned feel.
The engineered mesh upper is also extremely comfortable, being just the right amount of soft and flexible.
- Great cushioning
- A fantastic arch support that isn’t overly noticeable in the footbed
- Very comfortable upper
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Saucony Men's Guide ISO Running Shoe
Review: The Guide is a popular stability shoe from Saucony and now it comes paired with the ISOFit technology for an even more top of the line model.
EVERUN cushioning in the midsole provides reliable cushioning with good energy return. The overall sole unit provides a firm and controlled ride, ideal for overpronators who want to run longer distances.
The ISOFit upper is highly adaptive, comfortable and supportive, providing everything you’d want out of an upper.
- Great support
- EVERUN midsole
- Responsive, springy feel
- 8mm heel drop
- ISOFIT upper
The Guide ISO is an almost perfect stability shoe for overpronators, with a great balance of cushioning, support and comfort.
Easily among the best men’s running shoes for overpronation and could be a good choice when looking for the best running shoes for overpronation and plantar fasciitis.
Hoka One One Men's Gaviota Running Shoe
Review: The Hoka One One Gaviota is an extremely comfortable motion control shoe for overpronators. If you want a shoe where you can truly feel the amount of cushioning present, then this is the shoe to go for.
A 5mm heel drop and reasonably light weight make this stability shoe one that doesn’t follow the usual rules.
The midsole wraps up and around the base the foot, keeping it aligned through the length of the heel strike while being extremely soft and bouncy underfoot.
The Gaviota’s upper is a seamless mesh with 3D printed overlays for added structure. All in all, this is a comfortable feel though not your typical stability shoe.
- Very soft cushioning
- Light weight
- Toe box could be more spacious
A unique shoe in the world of stability shoes, but one that does its job while being extremely comfortable. Well worth a try if you’re open minded enough to get used to a new feel.
Brooks Men's Ravenna 9 Running Shoe
Review: The Ravenna 9 is a popular shoe that is classed as stability but, now tends towards neutral in its actual midsole design.
This is great for mild overpronators who are just looking for a little support but don’t want something too overbearing.
Brooks’ trademark BioMoGo DNA forms the cushioned and responsive midsole, but little other technology is in place to provide stability, resulting in a rather flexible shoe.
The blown rubber outsole is durable and grippy and the seamless mesh upper is breathable and comfortable.
- Seamless, breathable mesh upper
- Very light weight
Overall this is a mildly supportive shoe that is most flexible than most others on this list so it would work well for someone wanting to gradually move towards neutral shoes.
New Balance Men's 1540 v2 Running Shoe
Review: The 1540 v2 is a motion control running shoe with decent cushioning, designed for flat feet and more severe overpronators.
ABZORB foam combined with the TPU rollbar results in a highly stable, cushioned foot-strike, with a pretty standard 10mm drop.
The seamless mesh upper is very breathable while synthetic overlays provide additional stability. Blown rubber in the outsole provides additional cushioning while NDurance rubber provides durable tread.
- Very supportive
- Durable outsole with good traction
- Extra wide widths available
- A little heavy
- May feel stiff
A very stable shoe for overpronators with flat feet to use for daily training and recovering runs, but a little too stiff and heavy for racing or tempo runs.
Asics Men's Gel Foundation 13 Running Shoe
Review: The Gel Foundation is a well-cushioned stability shoe. SpEVA foam forms the midsole which together with gel cushioning under the heel and forefoot results in a very cushioned ride.
Multiple guidance system technologies provide support and stability while the 10mm heel drop is moving in direction of a more appropriate drop for overpronators.
The engineered mesh upper is supportive and breathable with a soft moisture-wicking inner.
- Well cushioned
- Good stability
- Caters to wider feet
- Removable insole to allow for custom orthotics
- Toe box could be roomier
- May feel a little on the stiff and firm side
This is a reliably supportive and cushioned shoe with the added benefit of fitting wider fit, and are overall good running shoes for overpronation.
Adidas Men's Ultra Boost ST Running Shoe
Review: The Ultra Boost ST is a daily stability shoe that manages to be extra springy through stepping away from the industry standard EVA foam, utilizing Adidas’s famous Boost technology.
Boost foam’s main claim to fame (and it does live up to this claim) is that it remains responsive long into the run as opposed to gradually becoming more compressed.
A Torsion System running through the midsole provides extra stability while the outsole is made of very durable rubber which has excellent traction.
Finally, Adidas’s Primeknit upper may look like a jersey at first glance but proves to be durable and comfortable.
- Springy Boost midsole
- Durable outsole
- 8mm drop
- Long lasting Primeknit upper
As with all Adidas shoes, the name doesn’t come cheap!
But if you don’t mind the price, then the Ultra Boost ST may just fill your overpronation needs.
Newton Men's Aha Running Shoe
Review: Newton is a less well-known brand but the Aha is a worth a look if you’re open to trying something new.
Lightweight, supportive and comfortable, the Newton Aha with its 6mm drop is a gateway shoe which allows runners to transition easily into forefoot running.
Newton’s own ‘lugs’ on the outsole are actually designed to encourage you to foot strike more the midfoot as opposed to the heel, literally teaching you to run differently. The P.O.P 3 midsole is very soft resulting in a well-cushioned ride over short and long distances.
- Very soft cushioning
- 6mm drop encourages more natural running
- Very breathable
A gateway shoe for those wanting to transition to forefoot running, the Newton Aha is a lightweight stability shoe with lovely soft cushioning
The North Face Men's Ultra 110 GTX Trail Running Shoe
Review: Most stability running shoes won’t handle a rugged trail and still provide support for overpronation. The North Face Ultra 110 GTX trail running shoes will!
They are a stability running shoe designed for gnarly trails that will support your roll through and keep you aligned while providing excellent traction and protection against rocks and debris.
They’re not suited for road running, being a little too hot, stiff and heavy for that. But if the trails are where your heart is, then these are a good choice.
- Plenty of support
- Great traction
- Protection against rocks and debris
Comfortable, breathable and suitably rugged, the Ultra 110 GTXs will keep you safe and stable on the trails while doubling as a hiking shoe.
Some of the best trail running shoes for overpronation.
Now time for women’s shoes!
Asics Women's Kayano 25 Running Shoe
Review: The Kayano is a legend in the world of stability shoes, and deservedly so. It consistently provides premium level arch support in conjunction with cushioning and comfort, year after year.
They are versatile shoes, so though most wouldn’t race a 5k in them, they are a solid choice for anything upwards of 10k, being very well suited for long-distance training.
The 25 contains new technology in the form of Flytefoam Lyte and Flytfoam propel cushioning in the midsole which provides responsive support along with Asics’s classic Gel and Dynamic Duomax. The upper has also had improvements made, now being more durable and even more comfortable than previous versions.
All in all, the Kayano remains a top of the line stability shoe.
- Reliable arch support
- Good cushioning
- Very comfortable
- Improved traction
- May feel a little firm underfoot
As an overpronator you really can’t go wrong with the Kayano. The Kayanos are easily some of the best Asics women’s running shoes for overpronation.
Brooks Women's Addiction 13 Running Shoe
Review: The Addiction 13 is a motion control shoe, meaning it’s a stability shoe with an extra dose of stability to guide your roll through.
The Addiction achieves this through the use of the full-length Progressive Diagonal Rollbar which keeps the shoe, and hence your foot, stable from foot strike to push off, along with its trademark BioMoGo DNA foam midsole which provides cushioning as well as stability.
An additional segmented crash pad in the heel provides even more cushioning for heel strikers while HPR Plus in the outsole ensures extreme durability.
The mesh upper is breathable and secure while the padded collar and tongue add comfort.
- Well cushioned
- Very supportive
- Extremely comfortable
- Gender-specific shoes
- Version 13 a little narrower in the forefoot
Designed for serious overpronators, the Brooks Addiction is a highly supportive shoe that is also well cushioned and very comfortable. The best Brooks running shoes for overpronation.
Mizuno Women's Wave Alchemy 12 Running Shoe
Review: The Wave Alchemy 12 is ideal for more extreme pronators, proving a solid amount of support in a well-cushioned package. Mizuno’s wave plate prevents excessive pronation while ensuring a springy toe-off.
Durable carbon rubber forms the outsole providing additional medial support while the women’s specific design brings along a segmented heel. The mesh upper is lightweight, very breathable, flexible and comfortable while the overlays provide just enough support to work well with the highly supportive sole unit.
Overall, this is a winner in the realm of motion control shoes owing to its light weight and streamlined design.
- Very breathable upper
- Lightweight for a motion control shoe
- Good value for money
- Solid arch support
- Cushioning could be softer
Another reliable shoe for overpronators, the Wave Alchemy 12 provides solid arch support in a light weight design.
Saucony Women's Omni ISO Running Shoe
Review: The Saucony Omni ISO is a formidable stability shoe that falls in the middle of range price wise, making is a very good value shoe.
The Everun midsole provides support, cushioning and responsiveness while adapting to your feet as you run for an extremely comfortable ride.
The ISOFit upper is Saucony’s latest technological breakthrough and has proved enough to give old shoe designs a new lease of life.
Overall, the upper provides superior fit by including a high customizable lacing system together with mesh technology which moulds to the shape of your foot.
- Everun midsole
- ISO upper
- Very comfortable
- Flexible in all the right ways for a stability shoe
- Upper could be more breathable
The Omni ISO is an all–around fantastic stability shoe providing a very comfortable running experience. Easily among the best women’s running shoes for overpronation.
Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 18 Running Shoe
Review: The Adrenaline GTS 18 is the ‘Go-To-Shoe’ for pronators in the Brooks range. But it is a stability shoe that is remarkably lightweight for an everyday running shoe.
BioMoGo DNA foam in combination with the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar makes for a highly cushioned, responsive and supportive midsole.
The upper is sleek, soft, supportive and comfortable with a good sized toe box and secure lacing system. The 12mm drop will encourage heel striking to a degree which won’t be an issue if you heel strike anyway but if you’re more of a forefoot runner this might be a drawback.
- Slightly more affordable than its counterparts
- 12mm heel drop is high for a lightweight shoe
If the high heel drop isn’t an issue for you, this is a mighty fine running shoe, light, sleek and comfortable.
Mizuno Women's Wave Inspire 14 Running Shoe
Review: The Wave Inspire 14 is another solid stability shoe that will be a reliable choice for any overpronators out there, particularly those who heel strike.
The sole unit contains Mizuno’s U4ic and U4icX foams which work together to provide a very cushioned landing, together with Mizuno’s classic wave plate which provides stability and responsiveness along the length of the sole.
The upper isn’t formed of any latest and greatest engineered/seamless/knitted mesh technology, but it works. It is comfortable, secure and snug fitting.
- At the pricier end of things
- 12mm drop
Another shoe with the heel drop at the higher end of the scale, but aside from this, a reliable and comfortable stability shoe and good women’s running shoes for overpronation.
Asics Women's GT1000 7 Running Shoe
Review: The GT 1000 7 is a stability shoe designed for mild overpronators, with the 7th edition coming with a sleeker design and lower heel drop.
The stable sole unit consisting of Asics High Abrasion Rubber, Flytfoam, SpEVA and Gel, coming together to provide a highly supportive and well-cushioned sole which feels fast and responsive.
The upper consists of sleek engineered mesh that is light, streamlined and supportive contributing to the fast feel of the shoe.
- Supportive upper
- Very stable sole unit
- Good cushioning
- 9mm heel drop (lower than previous versions)
- At the affordable end of Asics stability shoes
- Lower arch than previous versions
A very modern take on the previously traditional GT 1000 stability shoe, the 7 is now lighter, faster and with a little less arch support but still a reliable shoe for mild overpronators.
Nike Women's Zoom Odyssey 2 Running Shoe
Review: The Zoom Odyssey 2 is a lightweight, fast feeling shoe with a moderate amount of stability. It won’t be suited to those who severely overpronate as the arch support is minimal, but, the EVA foam midsole provides good stability for moderate overpronation.
The Flymesh upper is flexible, snug, breathable and very comfortable, with a well-fitting heel lock. If you’re a strict heel striker, the 12mm drop and moderate stability may make this act like more of a neutral shoe. However, it could be a great choice if you’re looking to transition towards a truly neural shoe.
- Breathable upper
- Highly cushioned heel with a snug fit
- Good ground feel
- Flexible while remaining moderately supportive
- 12mm drop is a little too much for the lower stacked forefoot
This is a great shoe for mild overpronators who heel strike and want a fast shoe for tempo work.
And that concludes the list of the best running shoes for overpronation 2019.
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