Review: The Ravenna 8 is an energizing and supportive running shoe designed for upbeat everyday training and casual racing.
This stability shoe features a diagonal roll bar to correct pronation issues, uses Brooks BioMoGo DNA midsole foam to add responsiveness and is designed with a more open toe box than previous models for a more natural toe splay.
Diagonal Rollbar keeps stride in alignment.
BioMoGo Adaptive DNA midsole foam adapts to your weight and gait.
Mid-foot transition zone on sole moves you forward fast.
Not all color combos available in wide sizes.
The Brooks Ravenna 8 comes highly recommended by seasoned road runners, and is my choice for best stability running shoes for 2021.
Review: This UA running shoe for men has plenty of stability and structure for runners who need extra support.
It has a dual-density medial post to help correct overpronation, a TPU heel counter for stability in the heel and to keep your heel secure in the shoe, plus a sock liner that adds arch support and cushion.
Medial post added for stability.
External TPU heel counter for structure and heel lockdown.
High abrasion rubber sole to slow wear caused by overpronation.
8mm drop will not be less ideal for heel strikers.
Reasonably priced and fashionable, these are good stability running shoes.
Review: This 940v3 was specially designed by New Balance for the unique needs of overpronators. This stability shoe features T-Bean torsional pronation correction and Abzorb midsole foam to take on impact.
It adeptly balances comfort and cushioning with stability to make one of the best stability running shoes for men.
High density medial post for stability.
T Beam Torsional stability bar keeps your foot properly aligned.
Dual-density impact-absorbing midsole.
A little heavy.
These are very supportive and highly cushioned running shoes for men.
Review: The Saucony Omni ISO stability running shoe provides support for runners who moderately or severely overpronate thanks in part to the midsole medial post, external support frame and PWRFOAM midsole.
It has an 8mm drop which makes it ideal for midfoot strikers with a medium arch. And overall, it’s a versatile shoe that will cope well with moderate intervals or marathon-length runs.
Medial post in the midsole to prevent pronation.
High cushion, high support running shoe.
Everun layer in the top sole adds responsiveness to add some kick to your stride.
Not weather or water-resistant.
One of the best stability running shoes for overpronators who midfoot strike.
Review: Hoka One One’s shoes are known for their massive midsoles, but impressively lightweight. You wouldn’t usually associate such bulky midsoles with stability, but the Arahi 3 achieves this, while maintaining plush cushioning.
It doesn’t use traditional medial posting, but instead, an EVA J frame provides a firmer platform that runs up the inside edge of the shoe and around the heel, for extra stability.
However, what’s even more impressive about the Arahi, is that despite being a maximally cushioned shoe, it’s really responsive and feels fast.
Doesn’t feel bulky once it’s on.
Wide options available.
Breathable engineered mesh upper.
5mm drop will be too low for heel strikers.
This shoe is best suited to mid foot strikers who appreciate pronation support and plenty of responsive cushioning.
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Review: If you’ve been doing any of your own shoe research, you will have come across the Adrenaline GTS. It’s such a reliable and high performing option that nearly everyone recommends it as versatile, every day running shoe with excellent support.
This is the latest version of the ‘Go To Shoe’ and it’s proving to be as popular as ever. Springy and fast but with reliable stability.
The Adrenaline finds the middle ground between the cushioning of the Transcend and the responsiveness of the Ravenna, by providing plush cushioning in the heel and responsive foam in the toe.
12mm drop and heel cushioning is perfect for heel strikers.
Guide rails provide a ‘holistic support system’.
Well suited to narrow feet with medium arches.
Perfect balance between cushioning and responsiveness.
These are easily some of the best stability running shoes for overpronators and some of the best women’s stability running shoes.
Review: The Air Zoom Structure 22 is one of Nike’s best stability running shoes available. Dynamic Support technology provides protection against overpronation using Nike’s Cushlon foam and dual-density Phylon.
The decoupled heel absorbs the shock associated with heel striking while air pockets in the forefoot provide an energizing toe-off.
Firm structured heel adds support.
Reliable pronation support.
Flat wide, stable outsole.
Responsive Air Zoom cushioning.
Stiffer than other Nike running shoes.
The best Nike stability running shoes for women if you’re looking for a highly responsive ride.
Review: The Asics Gel Kayano is always a reliable choice for overpronators. It is a stability running shoe that has an external heel counter for support, a Trustic guidance system to alleviate overpronation and Flytefoam in the heel and forefoot to take on shock while returning bounce to your stride.
It’s been a go-to-shoe for many overpronators for many years and will likely be a popular option for many years to come.
Trustic System Guidance technology for pronation correction.
Flytefoam midsole is responsive and returns energy.
External Heel Counter for added support.
Toebox is wide, too wide for some.
The next best Asics stability shoes after the Meta, and an ideal choice for daily training.
Review: The Wave Horizon 3 are Mizuno’s most supportive stability shoes, but also come loaded with Mizuno’s characteristic responsiveness and comfortable cushioning.
Smooth Ride engineering makes for an easy roll through from heel strike to toe-off, while the Wave plate provides stability and shock absorption, and U4icX foam provides extra soft cushioning in the heel.
Fan Wave plate designed specifically for overpronators.
External Heel counter adds support.
Incorporates Smooth Ride technology for added support and stable toe-off.
Run small and short.
These are the most stable Mizuno running shoes and some of the best stability running shoes for women.
Review: The GT 2000 series has been the hallmark of Asics’ mid-range stability shoes for many years.
It tends to be more traditional in terms of design, with a drop that encourages heel striking and a medial post for protection against overpronation.
Asics uses Flytefoam throughout the midsole with DuoMax pronation support and the Trusstic System for torsion control. The upper is made of Jacquard mesh with overlays which adds to the support with a secure fit.
Designed for heel strikers with medium arches.
Good pronation support.
Secure lacing system.
Narrow fit is not suited to wide feet.
The GTR 2000 7 is a solid upper-mid-range shoe that offers good value for money. It has reliable pronation support and a comfortable amount of responsive cushioning.
Review: Less well known compared to the GT2000s and Kayanos, this low drop stability shoe from Asics is generating its own loyal following. It’s designed as a lightweight and snappy racing flat while still holding onto the crucial stability that overpronators need, even when racing!
Flytefoam Lyte forms the midsole with a subtle Duomax arch support and thermoplastic Trusstic System. The outsole is made of Asics’ High Abrasion Rubber which is really grippy while the knit upper provides plenty of breathability for hot, sweaty runs.
8mm drop is designed for midfoot strikers.
Very, very lightweight.
The knit upper absorbs sweat and will be damp by the end of your run.
If you’re looking for a fast and lightweight shoe for tempo sessions and racing that’s still provides some stability, this is a great option.
Review: This is the latest Lunarglide on the market and comes with some updates and advancements that are keeping it relevant and popular.
The engineered mesh upper is now more supportive and durable, the heel lock is stable and secure and the outsole has a little more strategic flexibility.
But, overall, the Lunarglide is still a well-cushioned but lightweight stability shoe that offers a very smooth ride. It’s at the more neutral end of the stability spectrum so it shouldn’t be relied upon if you are a severe overpronator, but it could be used as a casual racing flat.
Well-cushioned with Lunarlon foam.
Moderate stability for mild overpronators.
Durable engineered mesh upper.
Outsole is a little less durable it could be.
Less stability than most of the shoes above.
If you only need a little support and you appreciate a medium drop and a very smooth ride, this could be your shoe.
Do You Overpronate? Your Sole will Tell the Truth
The sole of your shoe can tell you a lot. The wear on the bottom of an old pair of kicks can give you clues to your pronation style.
Is there wear on the inside heel?
Is there extra wear at the ball of the foot, near the big toe?
If you lay your shoes on a flat surface do they tilt inwards?
If so, you may overpronate when you run and a quality pair of stability shoes can help correct this.
Note: If you see wear on the outside edge of the shoe, or the shoe tilts to the outside you may actually be an under-pronator, also known as supination. In that case, check out our guide to the best running shoes for underpronation.
Why You may Need Stability Running Shoes
Overpronators need more support and stability, plus extra underfoot cushioning to alleviate discomfort and correct pronation issues before they cause injury.
Running shoes with sufficient structure, disperse the impact caused by your foot striking the ground as you run.
The stability features of support shoes work to guide the foot and prevent it from rolling too far inward as you run.
What Features of Running Shoes Help You the Most if You Overpronate?
The arch of your foot acts as a type of spring or shock absorber in a normal foot. If the arch is low or weak, it does not absorb shock effectively, instead, it collapses and allows the foot to roll inwards.
This is where a medial post helps.
The medial post is placed in the midsole of the shoe under the arch of the foot.
The medial post is composed of firm foam and prevents the foot from rolling too far inward while absorbing some of the impact at the same time.
If you overpronate, your feet do not absorb shock as well as a normal foot.
That extra shock ends up impacting your knees and other joints, causing foot pain or injury.
Shoes with lots of plush cushion can absorb some of that extra shock.
As a result, good stability shoes will also be really well cushioned.
External Heel Counter
An external heel counter is a stiff plastic piece that wraps around the heel of the shoe.
Sometimes this heel counter is integrated into the shoe, and sometimes it is fastened to the outside.
A firm heel counter keeps your foot properly aligned and works together with other stability elements to prevent overpronation.
Guidance Systems, Guide Rails
Guidance systems, roll bars, and guide rails are other components of the motion control system that stability shoes use to correct overpronation.
Reinforced Sole on the Inside Edge
If you overpronate, your foot lands at the heel and your ankle tends to roll inward which places your weight on the inside ball of the foot.
This is why you see more wear on the heel and inside edge of the ball of the foot.
Good stability running shoes will have firm rubber reinforcements or similar technology to add wear resistance to these areas.
Those are the key stability features that will be present in a good stability shoe.
However, you also need to pay attention to the unique characteristics of your own feet to make sure that you get the right fit and style.
Other variables between different stability shoes include width, drop, arch height, amount of support and level of responsiveness.
Width should be pretty self-explanatory. If you have wide or narrow feet, you’re going to need to choose your shoes accordingly. Most shoes have different width options available, but some brands also tend to run a little narrow or wide.
Drop describes how much higher the heel is compared to the forefoot. If you land on your heel, or heel strike, you’ll need a drop of at least 10mm. Lower drops will encourage you to land more on your midfoot or forefoot. This isn’t a bad thing but it takes some getting used to and may not be the right step for you.
Arch height also varies within stability shoes. Some shoes are designed for low arches or flat feet while others are more suited for medium arches. If you have flat feet, be sure to have a read of our list of the best running shoes for flat feet.
The amount of support varies on a spectrum, with some stability shoes being closer to neutral and some being closer to motion control. Motion control shoes have the most stability of all and are designed for people who need a LOT of support. If this is you, check out our article on the best motion control running shoes.
Level of responsiveness varies depending on the kind of cushioning used in the shoe’s midsole. Some shoes will be plush but feel spongy and slow while other shoes will feel a little firmer but feel faster and springier. There’s no right or wrong, it just comes down to what works for you.
How do I Know if I Need a Neutral or Stability Shoe?
If you don’t experience any foot or knee pain during or after running, you are probably completely fine with neutral shoes (and remember, a little bit of knee pain is normal after you increase your mileage).
If you observe wear on the inside edge of your shoes and you are experiencing pain, you probably need stability shoes.
Are Stability Shoes Bad for Neutral Runners?
Stability shoes are unlikely to cause harm to neutral runners, but as they are providing support that neutral runners don’t need, they may end up causing the foot to weaken and depend on the stability, rather than maintaining its own strength.
So, if you’re a neutral runner, it’s best to stick to neutral shoes.
Do I Really Need Stability Running Shoes?
This depends on ‘how far gone’ your feet are and whether you’re willing to put some work into strengthening.
Some people have shorter metatarsal bones on the inside of their foot, forcing a kind of flatfootedness that will not be helped with strengthening exercises. Some people also have old injuries that are always going to cause problems. In these cases, stability shoes are needed.
Most people, however, could benefit from changing their running style and moving towards barefoot running to strengthen their feet if overpronation is a problem.
This wraps up the best stability running shoes. Keep an eye out because we update this list as new stability shoe models are released.
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