The Best Shoes For Overpronation

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Dear readers, I’m going to talk to you about overpronation, and the best shoes out there that could be of help.

I should note that this article was made with the help of my dear friend Ruth, an expert podiatrist and a professional in our field,

thank you once again for all your help!

Let’s get to it then –

What Is (Over)pronation?

First of all – pronation is the way your feet roll inwards when you walk or run on daily basis.Basically, it’s a mechanism you develop over the years,

that helps your feet absorb shock and potential damage.

Some people tend to overpronate – which means that their feet roll inwards more than they should, and their feet, hips, and knees absorb more shock

than it should – This could lead to short and long-term injuries if not dealt properly.

Dealing with overpronation is quite easy these days actually – you need super cushioned shoes, which support your body weight and will offload a decent

amount of shock away from your body.

Considering those factors, we went out there and gathered the best shoes for overpronators – those will fit great for walking, running and even brisk walking.

Here’s a video that summarizes the main points:

 

 

The Best Shoes For Overpronation Guide Chart

PictureNameRatingPrice
Saucony Women's Redeemer ISO Running Shoe4.4$134.97 - $140.00
ASICS Women's GEL-Flux Running Shoe4.6$59.99 - $99.99
ASICS Women's GT 1000 2 Running Shoe4.4$49.99 - $113.99
New Balance Women's W940V2 Running Shoe4.4$109.95 - $119.99
Vionic Womens Venture Athletic Shoes4.2$49.95 - $236.00
New Balance Women's W1340v2 Optimum Control Running Shoe4.4$129.94 - $154.95
Brooks Women's Addiction Walker Walking Shoes4.4$99.99 - $129.95
New Balance Men's M940V2 Running Shoe4.5$109.95 - $119.95
ASICS Women's GEL-Exalt Running Shoe4.6$59.99 - $97.00
ASICS Women's GEL-Foundation 12 Running Shoe4.6$71.19 - $125.00
Vionic Zen - Women's Walking Shoes - Orthaheel4.1$34.97 - $124.99

Saucony Women’s Redeemer ISO Running Shoe

Saucony Women's Redeemer ISO Running Shoe Testimonial:

Saucony never disappoints! I bought a 1/2 size larger since I was afraid of the isofit causing problems with my high instep. It fits just fine. The tonque opens up enough that your foot will slip right in. I think I would have been fine with my normal size. I walk 1-2 miles a day and I’ve been having really bad pain on my chin and left side of calf. I overpronate severly. I put them on right out of the box and walked over a mile and felt like skipping all the way home cause I didn’t have any pain. They are expensive but well worth the extra money. I’ve been wearing only Saucony for about 5 years now and nothing compares to the support they have. If you overpronate, buy these! oh on the plus side, the shoe laces (which you get two pairs, purple and black) are stretchy so they stay tied the whole time. Love that. The only minor complaint I had was one of the outside lines on the shoe rubbed my toe wrong on the inside. Since I had bought the larger size it didn’t bother me too much but maybe it would have been worse on the normal size. I’m sure it can be easily fixed with a thicker sock. Not a deal breaker for me.

 

ASICS Women’s GEL-Flux Running Shoe

ASICS Women's GEL-Flux Running Shoe Testimonial:

I’m normally a New Balance girl, but after wearing their minimal shoes for about a year I started to get pain/pulling sensation in my left foot, specifically the inside of my ankle and arch. I know I overpronate but hate the fit of their stability shoes. Since I can’t find the right last/sole shape for my foot type I always end up with blisters from their stability shoes, which are really expensive.Decided to take a chance on these. While other reviewers say they run small, I think they fit just fine, but it could be because I have narrow feet.The pain is now gone since I’ve switched to these, which have an ample amount of padding. The color is really great, too – they almost glow in the dark since they’re so bright.Would recommend to anyone who likes New Balance’s NL-0 last but needs more stability than a minimal neutral shoe.My only complaint is they slip off my heel slightly, but that’s common for me since I have narrow heels. However, I’ll be sticking with the Gel-Flux for training from now on.

 

ASICS Women’s GT 1000 2 Running Shoe

ASICS Women's GT 1000 2 Running Shoe Testimonial:

These shoes are great so far. I’ve been wearing them for almost a week. I’m thrilled to have shoes that are in my actual size, 10.5 (USA), which is a size that is hard to find. These shoes are not good for wearing in the rain, of course, because the water can easily go through the mesh, so I end up with wet toes. So I will just try to wear these shoes on the sunny days. I bought these shoes for the purpose of walking around the city on the sidewalks and uneven cobblestone roads. My feet used to hurt in the old shoes but these new shoes feel bouncy and comfortable. Plenty of support in the heel of these new shoes! The color pink is fun, too. Another thing I like is how easy they are to take off my feet: I can just pull apart my normal bow-tie (with the shoe laces) and then kind of just pull up on the tongue or whatever it’s called, and then the shoes slip right off. They came in the mail fairly quickly. Do you see the white part that goes along the bottom of the shoe, close to the ground? It has a few decorative dark spots all over it, kind of like a Jackson Pollock painting; at first, I wondered why the shoes were dirty and I wondered if they were used instead of new. But then I figured that it was a decorative effect, so I didn’t mind. It doesn’t look that bad, really. Thanks!

 

New Balance Women’s W940V2 Running Shoe

New Balance Women's W940V2 Running Shoe Testimonial:

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a uniquely American company. They advertise manufacturing as a combination of “MADE IN THE USA and Imported”.For many decades, this company has produced very high quality running shoes.This model, the New Balance Women’s W940V2 Running Shoe clearly exemplifies that tradition. These shoes are built for maximum support and cushioning.Composed of all textiles, the shoe is lightweight and `breathes” really well. Your feet are comfortable and do not get hot or clammy using just a simple 100% cotton sock.These shoes are impact resistance with the rubber soles and N2 low-to-the-ground cushioning. So, in the long run, this is possibly the running shoe you want to be wearing to avoid back and hip problems, shin splints, foot pain, etc.These New Balance shoes are built for comfort and better medical/podiatric performance. People who have issues with moderate to severe over-pronation will probably find these shoes more comfortable. They are designed to be helpful for Diabetic footcare with a Medicare Billing Code (Medicare / HCPCS code = A5500 Diabetic shoe).Be aware, that sizing tends to be generous and runs large. Probably best to try them on and fit your foot properly in all dimensions to minimize difficulties caused by running on any surface (pavement, dirt, grass, etc.).Last- but not least-this is an attractive running shoe.I will update this as more information becomes available.I hope my review is helpful for you! Thanks for your time.Enjoy!

 

Vionic Womens Venture Athletic Shoes

Vionic Womens Venture Athletic Shoes Testimonial:

I wore these shoes for the first time yesterday on a two mile power walk over varying terrain. Afterwards? Minimal to no pain in my feet, knees, hips, mid-back and shoulders. I’d had such intense pain previously that often resulted in migraines.After wearing these one day, I immediately noticed a tremendous difference. I enjoyed a decent night’s sleep for the first time in months. I’d been having plantar fasciitis problems, along with incredibly tight Achilles’ tendons issues. Tried the “Walk Fit Platinum” orthotics (which I cannot recommend), then the Cogent brand of shoes (also can’t recommend) after having gone to an orthotics store, being outfitted with expensive inserts some years ago. Well, feet change over time and those expensive inserts have to be completely redone, which means the prices change too (up, up, up!)I broke my left calcaneus (heel) bone 10 years ago tomorrow (Happy Anniversary, right?!) so now my left foot likes a size 8 but my right still holds out for the 7.5 I was pre-break. The size 8 works just fine for me, wearing socks of thin to medium thickness.I love everything about these shoes and have already ordered several more pair. I’m so grateful to have found these. Hope they work for you too!

 

New Balance Women’s W1340v2 Optimum Control Running Shoe

New Balance Women's W1340v2 Optimum Control Running Shoe Testimonial:

I have a bunion and wearing regular width sneakers had become a major problem. I have tried many other shoes, including men’s (as suggested by my Podiatrist) as they have a wider toe box. I tried NB’s W1340 in medium (B) at a local shoe store in my usual size and when I told them it was still too tight they suggested to go up a size, to a size 9, as “shoes are manufactured smaller now”. I wasn’t convinced that “swimming” in a shoe would solve my problem as the overall support of my foot would be very week in order to accommodate my bunion and did not buy a size 9. Instead I continued my search online and learned that NB makes this shoe in a C/D width and ordered it in my regular size in wide. It has been a blessing indeed! I can now run without a blistered bunion and the area has finally started to heal.The support is adequate, I miss a bit more support around my ankle, it could be a smudge narrower, but I’m not “swimming”. I also wear a shock absorbing insole (max cushioning) that was recommend by my podiatrist (SuperFeet – they have a variety of choices for cushioning and arch support, including casual shoes).NB’s W1340 is good looking in addition to be a “bunion saver” for me. So, if you suffer from a bunion problem, perhaps this shoe in wide will work for you 🙂

 

Brooks Women’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes

Brooks Women's Addiction Walker Walking Shoes Testimonial:

Brooks women’s Addiction started out hurting my arches—so I thought–, and ready to return. I stand 5-6 hours minimally without breaks —during one of my jobs, on a concrete floor, no mat. Out of 5 pairs of shoes, these end up being the most effective for my flat feet. The other 5 pairs, I was forced to take those afternoons off just to alleviate my pain. With these particular shoes that that align my feet, knees, hip, arches, back—, I was actually able to work again on those afternoons I wear these particular shoes!Changes included less fatigue, more energy to meet my productive goals for the day after an hour of elevating my feet vs. 4-5 hours as though unwinding for bed. I am that serious. I cancelled my return, and grateful I observed the differences enough to give these shoes another try in comparison with the 5 others. Noteworthy differences.

 

New Balance Men’s M940V2 Running Shoe

New Balance Men's M940V2 Running Shoe Testimonial:

Size 12. Flat feet that sweat. Large bunion.My feet are not a pretty sight, and I always have a hard time finding comfortable shoes.The 940 sole is light, but substantial and provides good support. Size 12EE fits me perfectly. The uppers are thin mesh, which allows my toes to stretch, air to circulate, and accommodates my oddly-shaped foot.I have tried New Balance in the past (as they are one of the few manufacturers that makes many of their styles in wide sizes) and occasionally suffered from muscle spasms and other discomforts. I’ve never had a 940 before now, and I will likely never wear a different athletic shoe. I have had no spasms, cramps, discomfort, or any other issues with these in the last two weeks of wearing them. In fact, I’m about to buy a second pair so I can avoid wearing them daily and give them a chance to dry out (did I mention my feet sweat?).I don’t give out 5-star reviews. Until now. Seriously.What should you know about these before buying them? They are reflective silver, white, grey, and blue. A bit over the top in my opinion – they have gathered more attention than I am used with my old shoes. The upper is a nice thin mesh, which does mean that you’ll get soaked wearing these in the rain. The soles are substantial, and probably add about an inch of height.I did not find these easily at brick-and-mortar stores, non did I find a better price than Amazon.

 

ASICS Women’s GEL-Exalt Running Shoe

ASICS Women's GEL-Exalt Running Shoe Testimonial:

I have been so completely satisfied with my new Asics GEL-Exalt running shoes. I have a slight over-pronation, and this shoe corrects it very well. They are supportive, comfortable, and my foot breathes well in these shoes. They are not the lightest running shoe on the market, and they are a bit heavier than my earlier running shoes, but I do not mind the extra ounces. I get compliments on my running shoes pretty often. These are literally the best running shoes I have ever owned, and they were MUCH cheaper on Amazon than at other retailers. I did months of homework, and I am very glad that I invested in this pair. The colors are bright and cheery. The shoe is well constructed. I no longer have shin splints like I did with my old pair of Nike running shoes. These fit light a glove with the GEL footbed. I am VERY happy!! Love my new ASICS. I’ve put about 15 miles (road and trail jogging), and they still look brand spanking new.

 

ASICS Women’s GEL-Foundation 12 Running Shoe

ASICS Women's GEL-Foundation 12 Running Shoe Testimonial:

I’ve been wearing the Kayano’s for years, but I recently went on Asics’ website and did their shoe finder analysis. This is the shoe it told me to use. I had just recovered from shin splints and I believe it’s mainly because I severely over pronate (you should see my cowboy boots heels!). I don’t feel the Foundations heel is as cushiony as the Kayano’s, but I’m guessing it’s designed that way. I’ve run in them several times between 3-4 miles at a time and I feel really good. The shin splints are not coming back either! I always wear Orthaheel orthodics in my shoes and I have those inserts in these, as I felt I needed more arch support. I wear a 9 but always order a half size up in my running shoes. They fit perfectly.

 

Vionic Zen – Women’s Walking Shoes – Orthaheel

Vionic Zen - Women's Walking Shoes - Orthaheel Testimonial:

I had heard/learned about Orthoheel on QVC, and I have always been intrigued. I have constant pain/discomfort from within my lower back/sciatic area (supposedly diagnosed as an Annular Tear). Unfortunately, this issue has been and issue for the last several years and getting worse. Along with all my other efforts, I wanted to now try using an Orthoheel shoe.My husband had been given aI $100 Amazon gift card for Christmas from someone at work, which he had given to me. I chose to use it towards the purchase of these shoes. I was hoping that it would correct my walking and standing alignment & would encourage quicker/further healing.In ordering them, I was hoping I ordered the correct size (in most sneakers I take a 10). YES, I did. They fit GREAT! I have been wearing then pretty much every day. The cushion/sole isn’t very thick or soft. The toe of the shoe is nice and wide, so toes aren’t squished.They are an all leather/vinyl fabric. I don’t feel they look geriatric.

 

 

Some final notes

We think we got an extremely good cover for the best shoes for overpronation out there – with brand names like Vionic, ASICS and New Balance,

you can be certain you’re in good hands – any pair you choose from the above will result in a very good cushioning and support for your feet,

and you would be safer from potential injuries.

As always – feel free to contact us with any requests whatsoever, we’ll use your feedback to get better and produce better content.

You can comment in the comment section below and let us know what is your favorite pair – or any other tips you find relevant.

Thank you for your time, and we hope you had a lovely read,

TheShoesForMe Team.