Review: The Asics Gel Nimbus 20 is an ideal shoe for under pronators. It is a highly cushioned, neutral running shoe, which means your foot won’t be forced further outwards but will instead be encouraged to roll inwards.
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.
Rearfoot and forefoot gel pads to absorb shock.
Asics tends to run a little narrow.
A comfortable, well-cushioned ride, these could be the best running shoes for underpronation.
Review: The Brooks Revel 2 is a neutral running shoe with plenty of cushion designed for high to mediums arches.
BioMoGo DNA cushioning adjusts to your weight and stride, absorbing impact and taking it off your knees and joints. It’s also well suited to heel strikers with excellent heel cushioning and a secure heel cup.
This shoe has a relatively wide toe box, so your toes can spread naturally as you run, and the one-piece knit upper looks at home on the road or in the office if you like a shoe that can transition from work to workout.
BioMoGo DNA cushion adjusts to your weight, stride, and impact.
Excellent heel support.
12mm drop is only really suited to heel strikers.
A very comfortable running shoe with a wide toe box, provided you’re a heel striker and don’t mind the 12mm drop.
Review: This is a high-quality neutral shoe from Saucony that’s a popular choice with under pronators. The Ride ISO was the first shoe to incorporate Saucony’s ISO technology, providing a snug, sock-like fit.
The shoe also 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 with a top-quality midsole, these are some more of the best running shoes for underpronators.
Review: This shoe is light and flexible with a stretchy, form-fitting Flyknit upper, and lightweight but well-cushioned midsole.
Nike’s React foam provides a comfortable, shock-absorbing ride with good responsiveness, which is perfect for providing overpronators with enough cushion to encourage them to pronate more without resulting in a spongy, slow ride.
Responsive and well cushioned React foam midsole.
Snug, secure Flyknit upper.
TPU heel clip provides a secure fit.
Good shoe for heel strikers.
Soft light and durable, with react foam making them cushioned and responsive, these are great shoes for supinators and heel strikers.
Review: These are another excellent Nike shoes for underpronators, being well-cushioned, neutral shoes.
Using Nike’s VaporMax air pockets, these shoes come with a unique form of cushioning that results in a bouncy feel. There is no foam midsole as such, instead, bubbles of air sit directly under the insole, meaning you are literally running on air.
Flyknit upper means a comfortable, snug, locked-in fit.
Not everyone’s going to love the slip-on design.
If you like a bouncy feel to your runs, these shoes are for you.
Review: Mizuno’s Wave Creation 19 is another excellent neutral road running shoe with a high level of responsiveness.
The wave plate technology is what gives this shoe its springy feel while also contributing to good overall shock absorption. This combined with the U4ic midsole and mesh construction makes for a breathable, well-cushioned ride.
Infinity wave plate provides a snappy feel.
U4ic midsole through the entire length of the shoe.
Anatomical sock liner offers arch support.
Not as durable as other shoes in this list.
Runners love the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 for its cushioned and responsive ride. These are some of the best running shoes for underpronation and high arches.
Review: The Asics Gel Quantum 360 4 running shoe is a neutral running shoe in Asics’ premium cushioning category.
The rear and forefoot gel pads combined with “Solyte” foam in the midsole creates a very plush ride well suited for long distances and recovery runs. But true to form, being an Asics shoe, it’s also a stable and supportive ride with the impact guidance system encourage good alignment.
“Solyte” midsole reduces joint impact.
Impact Guidance system corrects pronation issues to encourage a natural gait.
Asics high abrasion rubber placed in key areas of the sole, including the outside edge.
A little responsiveness is sacrificed in favor of cushioning.
These are easily some of the best men’s running shoes for underpronation and long distances.
Review: The Altra Men’s Lone Peak 4.0 provides a trail option for overpronators who get bored of the road. It’s a zero drop shoe designed for forefoot strikers, with a nice wide toebox and very durable outsole.
They have excellent traction and formidable durability with a protective rock plate that doesn’t take away too much ground feel.
A-Bound high responsive cushioning.
Wide fit with good sized toe box.
Rugged durable Max Trac rubber outsole withstands wear.
If zero drop is a bit much for your calves, you can insert a heel lift under the insole.
Review: The Air Zoom Vomero is another favorite from Nike, achieving lightweight but responsive cushioning.
It uses Nike’s high performing Lunarlon foam in the midsole, which while not as elite as React foam, still does a very good job. This combined with Air Zoom units creates a springy feel in a neutral package.
With a 10mm drop, it’s ideal for heel strikers looking for a comfortable a lightweight shoe.
Nike Lunarlon cushioning.
Air zoom units at the heel and forefoot.
10 mm drop keeps your stride zooming forward.
Flywire lacing system for a secure fit.
Runs small, order a half size up.
Best running shoes for supination 2021 – a plush, responsive shoe that alleviates impact.
Review: A neutral road running shoe by Altra with a natural “toe shaped” toe box, responsive cushioning and scant 8.5 ounce weight make this shoe a great choice for road runners looking for a snappy ride.
The plush shock absorbing midsole and strong wear-resistant foot pod outsole make the Torin 3.5 a good choice for supinators. But, remember this is a zero drop shoe for forefoot strikers.
Cushioned neutral road running shoe.
A-Bound midsole cushion.
Foot cradling insole for an added layer of plushness.
Review: Mizuno’s Waver Rider 22 is a very comfortable, well-cushioned but supportive, neutral shoe, creating the perfect combination for heel strikers who supinate.
The combination of U4ic cushioning and the wave plate result in a very responsive but soft ride with excellent shock absorption for heel strikers. Meanwhile, the shoe’s overall structure provides a secure fit and nice roll through.
Cloudwave Cushion Technology.
12 mm gives a more traditional feel for heel strikers.
Toe box runs on the narrow side.
This is a really versatile and comfortable shoe, equally suited to long runs and tempo runs and likely the best women’s running shoes for supination.
Review: The Newton Gravity 7 has several shock-absorbing features that make it our choice for female runners who supinate.
The Newtonium cushioning combined with the action-reaction technology in the heel and midfoot work together to take the force of impact from your running stride. This protects your knee and ankle joints and is especially important for runners who supinate.
Newtonium cushioning protects from impact and has great rebound.
Action-reaction technology in the heel and midfoot to absorb impact.
Anatomically correct insole adds comfort.
Runs small, laces are short.
Plenty of bounce back from a shoe that will spare supinators’ knees and joints. The best women’s running shoes for supination if you’re ok with the price.
Review: The Terra Kiger 4 is a trail running shoe by Nike that is on my list of best trail running shoes for supination because of the cushy midsole and strategically placed Zoom Air Technology in the heel and forefoot that make this shoe an impact-absorbing and energetic ride.
The durable lugged outsole adds to the appeal, and robustness of this shoe allows you to use it in all terrains and weather.
Review: The toe shaped neutral road running shoe by Altra is sure to be a favorite of under pronators due to the responsive and impact-absorbing Altra Ego midsole, cushy 6mm insole and extremely lightweight.
Be aware that it is a zero drop shoe though, so it’ll take some getting used to if you’re coming from a traditional style.
Just 6.4 oz for women’s size.
Zero drop shoe with a natural foot shape so you can run as nature intended.
Altra shoes for women are designed for the anatomical shape of women’s feet.
Review: The Cascadia 13 trail running shoe by Brooks is a well-cushioned neutral trail running shoe that incorporates Brooks BioMoGo cushion in the midsole.
This unique material conforms to your stride taking up the shock and sparing your shins and feet from impact.
Support for medium to high arches.
BioMoGo Midsole cushion.
Gore-tex upper protects your feet from rain and mud.
Lace holes need to be reinforced.
One of the most comfortable Cascadia versions yet, well-cushioned with a smart fit.
Three Shoe Features You Should Pay Attention to if You Underpronate
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% as you run.
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 the natural ability to absorb shock properly.
The extra shock caused by your foot not absorbing 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 underpronators 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.
Find a Neutral Running Shoe
If you supinate, you want to find a neutral running shoe.
NOT a stability shoe, or motion control shoe, as these are designed for overpronators.
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.
However, there is a small caveat to this. There is such thing as a neutral shoe being unstable, which can cause your ankle to roll and may mean you end up supinating more.
The best running shoe for supinators will still have some basic stability in place to keep your foot in alignment, it just won’t have all the medial posting of traditional stability shoes.
Rule #2 for underpronators:
Find a neutral, cushioned running shoe.
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.
Look for shoes with a durable sole, ideally one with a firm material along the outside edge, to resist the wear that your foot strike naturally creates.
Are You in the Right Place?
If your supination hasn’t caused any issues thus far and you think you have pretty strong feet, you might be interested in minimalist running shoes as an alternative to the highly cushioned, neutral shoes on this list.
Minimalist running shoes require you to run with either a forefoot or midfoot strike, but once this becomes second nature, issues such as over or underpronation should, in theory, be a thing of the past.
One more step along from minimalist shoes are barefoot shoes, which really provide the least amount of cushioning and protection from the ground that you can get.
But, the theory is that once you’re running on your forefoot, your foot absorbs the shock of impact so you don’t need to rely as heavily on the cushioning in your shoes.
Alternatively, do you have a flat feet? People with flat feet usually end up overpronating rather than underpronating because their low arch naturally pulls the foot inwards.
But, not all stability shoes are a good choice for people with flat feet as they may have too much of an arch shape which will dig into your foot. We have a list of the best running shoes for flat feet if you think that’s what you need.
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