Three Shoe Features You Should Pay Attention to if You Underpronate
1. Impact Resistance, Shock Absorption and Cushion
Supinators, or those who underpronate, have a foot that does not absorb shock as well as those who pronate normally.
A “normal” foot is designed to pronate about 15% or less as you run.
Your Foot’s natural suspension
A normal degree of pronation, combined with a natural and temporary flattening of your foot arch, is what takes the brunt of the impact as your foot strikes the ground. Think of it as your foot’s built-in suspension system.
If your arches are flat, or your foot does not pronate, guess what?
Your underpronating foot lacks natural ability to absorb shock properly.
The extra shock caused by your foot not attenuating shock properly is taken up by your knees and other joints, causing strain, pain and possibly or eventually, injury.
I don’t mean to freak you out, I just want you to know why under pronators need shoes with a lot of cushion and other shock absorbing features.
Rule #1 for underpronation:
Find shoes with plush cushioning and other impact absorbing features to keep extra shock and impact away from knees and joints.
2. Find a Neutral Running Shoe
If you supinate, you want to find a neutral running shoe.
NOT a stability shoe, or support shoe, and certainly not a shoe designed for overpronators.
Stability, support, and shoes for overpronators are designed for people whose foot rolls inwards, not outwards like underpronators.
Shoes for overpronators have features like roll bars and variable density foam, that cause the foot to roll outward, the exact opposite direction you want!
Neutral running shoes do not try and guide the foot to roll in either direction and as an underpronator, this is what you want.
Rule #2 for underpronators:
Find a neutral, cushioned running shoe.
3. Look for a Durable Sole that Resists Outer Edge Wear
An easy way to diagnose underpronation is to take a look at an old pair of your shoes.
Are your shoes worn on the outside edge?
If so, this is a sign you roll your foot excessively outwards as you run. Hence, you underpronate, or supinate. Supinators wear the outside edge of the shoe faster than other areas of the sole.
Rule #3 for Underpronaters:
Look for shoes with a durable sole, ideally one with a firm material along the outside edge, to resist the wear your foot strike naturally creates.
19 Best Running Shoes for Under Pronation Reviewed 2020
Review: The Asics gel Nimbus 20 is an ideal shoe for under pronators. It is a Gel cushioned neutral running shoe.
It features gel pads in the heel and forefoot, specially designed flytefoam spanning the entire midsole and an additional Fluid ride layer of cushion that also acts to give you an energetic bounce back as you propel yourself forward.
Neutral, well cushioned running shoe.
Trustic guidance system in the sole works to perfect gait.
Rear foot and forefoot gel pads to absorb shock.
Not all colors available in wide sizes.
A comfortable, well-cushioned ride, Asics delivered what the supinator needs with the Gel nimbus 20.
Review: This neutral shoe from Saucony absorbs impact using several features unique to the Saucony brand.
This shoe is the first shoe that incorporates ride ISO technology and the shoe features XT900 high wear material on the sole to cover high wear areas, especially on the outside edge of the sole, where supinators tend to wear the sole the most.
Ample, comfortable toe box allows your toes room to move naturally.
3mm of “Everun” top sole for added cushion.
Powerfoam EVA spans the entire midsole for yet another layer of cushion.
Shoes are a tad heavy, however, these are every day trainers.
An everyday running trainer great for those who under pronate.
Review: This running shoe by Adidas is a great choice for under pronators. They are built with the famous Adidas Boost Cushioning which is super responsive, and so popular, other shoe makers try to replicate it.
In addition to being ultra responsive, it also adds quite a bit of impact absorbing qualities, which is why it’s on the list for supinators.
Responsive Boost Cushioning.
Continental brand rubber resists wear and abrasion.
Review: The Zante v4 running shoe is a super lightweight neutral cushioned running shoe. The reason I recommend it for supinators is because of the aforementioned cushion, thanks to New Balance’s innovative Fresh Foam midsole cushion.
This is an everyday trainer yet it is still super light, just 8.5 oz for men’s sizes.
Review: I love the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 for under pronators because the shoe is made using Mizuno’s Cloudwave cushion technology, saving your knees and joints from the extra impact that comes with being a supinator.
Cloudwave tech also means the ride is responsive, and that will keep you moving forward faster.
Cloudwave Cushion Technology absorbs impact and propels you forward.
U4ic midsole, an additional layer of luxury and liveliness.
12 mm drop propels you forward at lightning speed.
Not many dynamic colors to choose from, muted color selection.
Move forward faster; minimize impact damage with the Mizuno Wave Rider 22’s.
Review: This attractive running shoe by Under Armor is great for ladies who under pronate. It is a neutral cushioned running shoe with several useful features like an EVA sock liner with arch support that adds cushion and responsiveness.
Under Armors Micro G foam midsole is a pleasure to run on as it eases the impact on your joints while launching you forward during toe-off. One of the best underpronation running shoes for women.
Neutral, well cushioned running shoe.
Micro G foam technology eases the impact.
EVA sock liner provides arch support.
May feel snug in the heel.
A pleasure to run in, a good balance between responsiveness and cushion thanks to Micro G foam technology.
New Balance Women's Cruz V2 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
Review: The new Women’s Wave Sky 2 is a very cushioned ladies running shoe and it is ideal for those who under pronate.
The padding is due to the U4icX podular midsole foam, that uses air pods to take the brunt off your running impact so your joints don’t have to. The U4icX midsole material, combined with Mizunos Cloudwave technology make this shoe one cushy ride.
Neutral cushioned running shoe, good for Under Pronators.
Mizuno’s Cloudwave & podular UCiX midsole work together for max cushion and impact control.
Durable blown rubber outsole.
Runs a little small.
Light and soft, a great running shoe for women, among the best women’s running shoes for underpronation.
Review: The Asics Gel Quantum 360 is a neutral cushioned running shoe built with Asics rear foot/heel and forefoot gel pads, a trustic support that runs the length of the shoe, and “solyte” midsole for an added layer of padding.
These here design elements work together to create a shoe that is a great fit for supinators who need the added impact alleviation.
“Solyte” midsole cushion adds an extra layer of impact protection.
Front and rear gel pads for crash landing impact dispersion where you need it.
Ortholite x40 sock liner adds yet one more layer of impact resistance.
Shoe can get warm.
One of the most shock absorbing running shoes you can get for underpronators.
Review: The New Balance 880v8 running shoe is a neutral cushioned running shoe. It has a few small tweaks from the v7 model, including a more breathable upper, but it is essentially the same shoe performance wise.
“Trufuse” midsole foam is both impact resistant and responsive.
Rubber outsole is durable, and firmer at the heel, outside edge and toe to resist abrasion.
Wide forefoot for natural toe movement.
Roomy enough for a custom insert.
Runs a bit small and wide.
Bouncy, responsive and soft, one of the best running shoes for underpronation 2020 for women.
This wraps up my list of the 19 best running shoes for underpronation I could find.
If you know of any others or have a favorite of your own I would love to hear about it.
Drop me a line in the comments below and I may feature the shoe in a future update.
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