Flat shoes with laces 2018

Running is a popular sport throughout the world because it allows us to de-stress, compete in events, as well as maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Regardless of where you run, it is definitely an excellent way to stay in shape and push yourself further.

Unfortunately, some runners have illnesses, injuries, or specific foot types that may put a damper on the benefits they receive from running–in my case, I have a flat foot. If you are here then chances are you can relate to as well as understand the negative side effect this can have on you as a runner.

Flat-footed runners often develop painful symptoms that can easily be managed and prevented if we simply wear running shoes for flat feet. These shoes provide us with the stability, protection, and support we need to ensure we have a comfortable and pain-free run.

Below you will find our list of the top ten best running shoes for flat feet! Enjoy, and happy shopping!!

Last Updated: September 1, 2018 Avatar

By Giselle Killebrew:

This time around we have added the Brooks Beast 18 and the ASICS GT 2000 6 running shoes. Previous versions of these models were on our list and their update versions also earned, and deserve, on our list as well. These two come highly recommended and are currently among the best of the best.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS18
  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS18
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  • Biomogo DNA Midsole
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ASICS GT 2000 6
  • ASICS GT 2000 6
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Removable Sock liner
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Saucony Guide 10
  • Saucony Guide 10
  • 4.9 out of 5
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10 Best Running Shoes For Flat Feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Best Running Shoes for Flat FeetBrooks Adrenaline GTS 18

The Adrenaline GTS model has been a favorite among flat-footed runners everywhere because it provides excellent stability, proper support, and adequate cushioning. The shoes are highly responsive and very lightweight. This model keeps getting better and better, and this most recent model continues to be a top pick for flat footed runners.

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Comfort / Stability
The Adrenaline shoes are a perfect option for runners with flat feet. They are designed for distance running, and thus provide plenty of comfortable features. This new edition brings in many aspects from its previous model. It utilizes Biomogo DNA Midsole cushioning--which provides optimal arch support. For additional stability, the shoe features the Diagonal Roll Bar--this allows the foot to take its natural stride and prevents overpronation. This model is also much lighter than its predecessor.
Quality / Durability
This model is more durable then the previous model and is composed of high quality material.
Cost
The shoes is a bit higher than moderately price, but is less expensive than the previous model was when it was released. It is well worth the cost given all of the specs and benefits it boasts.

Pros

  • Great stability
  • Adequate cushioning
  • Provides optimal stability
  • Lightweight
  • Prevents moisture and odor build up
  • Comfortable
  • Lots of color options available

Cons

  • Not as durable as some other models

ASICS GT 2000 6

ASICS GT 2000 6

The most recent model of these shoes have once again topped many lists and quickly become one of the best of the best for flat feet. They are stylish, comfortable, and perfect for those of you with flat feet.

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Comfort/ Stability
These shoes will absolutely keep you comfortable as well as provide you with the stability and support you need. They have an adequate amount of cushioning and provide you with shock absorption during your runs. Their removable sock liner is moisture-wicking and breathable--and allows you to insert an insole or orthotic if you prefer. Their New ComforDry anti-microbial will prevent bacteria from forming and help prevent odors from emerging. They also utilize a
PHF heel counter with memory foam to look the heel into its proper place and ensure a secure fit. They are flexibile and lightweight as well.
Durability/ Quality
The high-quality rubber is very solid and reviewers said that the shoes last for a very long time. They’re more like road running shoes, not for trail.
Cost
These come at an above average price, but they are definitely not the most pricey option on our list.

Pros

• Comfortable

•Cushioned

• Removable sock liner

• Insole and Orthothic compatible

• Flexible

• Lightweight

Cons

 For some runners the sizing was tricky and the shoes were also a little too narrow


Saucony Guide 10

Best Running Shoes for Flat FeetSaucony Guide 10

The Saucony Guide 10 has certainly got an aesthetic upgrade. Die-hard Saucony supporters love that the company made few changes to the structure of the shoe itself. It still has much of the same fit and feel of the previous models; except, now the shoe has a fast appearance and runners are excited that it looks as good as it feels.

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Comfort / Stability
This shoe is built with more cushioning, and many endurance runners appreciate this. Using the Everun technology in the topsole, the shoe feels quite responsive while giving you a softer landing. Those with flat feet appreciate added structure to the midsole as well. However, there are quite a few reviews that report that the Guide feels tighter than previous models and a handful that say the shoe interior has caused some pain and blistering. Overall, reviews tend to be overwhelming positive otherwise.
Quality / Durability
For the most part, reviews report that this shoe lasts and the quality is great. Although a few report that the shoe interior lining wears quickly, holes in the lining especially seem to form around the heal. However, Saucony upgraded the upper and mesh of the shoes to provide a more flexible fit, a lighter feel, and more air flow. So far, reports about the quality of this improvement are positive.
Cost
The price is quite average. For a quality shoe, is a reasonable price and can be found on Amazon at the lower end of the range.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Responsive

  • Great cushioning and support

  • Good for road running and track

  • Aesthetic upgrade

Cons

  • The lining around the heel wears down quickly.

  • This model seems to run narrow, plan to size up.


Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 shoes are one of the best options for flat-footed runners. They provide maximum cushioning, stability, and comfort for those of you who deal with this issue.

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Comfort / Stability
This new model does not bring significant change--however they are bit more lightweight than their predecessors. These shoes provide ample cushioning thanks to its dual-density foam midsole. Their wave plate technology also provides--specifically around the heels and ankles. They are lightweight and spacious like their previous models, and they definitely will not disappoint.
Quality / Durability
These shoes are highly durable and are sure to last you a while.
Cost
These shoes are a bit high on the moderate price range--but they are well-worth their cost when you take everything they have to offer into consideration.


Asics GEL Kayano 24

Best Running Shoes for Flat FeetAsics GEL Kayano 24

After considering negative reviews from the previous Kayano 23 model, Asics reverted back to a fit similar to older models, all the while making new improvements. The Kayano 24 is now lighter at 11.3 oz, Asics claims the fit is true to size and that the upper material is improved for a glove-like fit.

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Comfort / Stability
Runners seem to prefer the Kayano 24 as a good trainer, especially when they log miles, due to the significant amount of cushioning. Made for over-pronators, the shoe comes with Fluidride Midsole technology that reviews confirm is true to the advertisement on the website with its “bounce-back and cushioning properties”. There were mixed reviews on the shoes fit, some feel that, despite Asics efforts to make the shoe more suited towards those with wide feet, that the shoe still runs narrow in the toe box. One reviewer also mentioned that the shoe cut slightly higher which caused rubbing around the ankle, thus being uncomfortable. However, the overall trend of reviews moves in a positive trajectory.
Quality / Durability
A reviewer reported that the quality seemed cheap due to the lettering dissolving and the color of the shoe fusing with the laces, however, this was one of very few negative reviews about the quality. As for durability, there is a consensus that these shoes will take you a long way before needing to be replaced.
Cost
The price point for these is set high. However they do have the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of acceptance, so perhaps that counts for something. However, the general opinion of reviewers is that these are quality all-around shoes, so if you don’t mind the high price, they certainly won’t be a waste of your money.

Pros

  • Exoskeletal heel counter for additional support
  • APMA Seal of Acceptance

  • Durable

  • Good trainers

  • Improved upper

  • Gel cushioning system in rear and forefoot manages sock from impacts

Cons

  • Runs a bit tight

  • Pricey

  • Mixed reports of comfort  


Brooks Beast 18

Brooks Beast 18

The Brooks Beast 18 is here to replace the 16 model. The 18 has proven to be one of the top options for runners with flat feet and has allowed this model to continue holding a spot on our list.

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Comfort / Stability
A huge proponent to the shoe's stability and comfort is the Super DNA Midsole which offers extra padding and support. It is, by far one of the most cushioned shoes on the market, making it perfect for long distance and/or large runners that are overpronators. Also, the shoe comes with an external heel to reinforce support in the rear of the foot. Reviews on the Beast 16 generally fall on the positive side. Runners are happy with the updates, while it keeps its overall fit and feel of previous models. A few reviews berate the shoe saying it does not feel as solid as previous models, however, the general consensus is that it is a comfortable shoe.
Quality / Durability
Reviewers believe the overall quality of the shoe is great. There are very few negative reviews about it, and some even say the quality has increased with using updated and contemporary materials. Durability is great as well, however, there were a few reviews that noted it wore down quickly in the toe area on the insole.
Cost
Can be found for a moderate price on Amazon, but it's pretty expensive elsewhere.

Pros

  • Breathable mesh upper reinforced with overlays for durability and added support
  • Super DNA Midsole provides added cushioning

  • Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar provides motion control

  • Great quality and durability

  • Lots of support and padding for long distance, large, overpronating runners

  • External heel

Cons

One of the heavier shoes on the market.


New Balance Vongo v2

New Balance Vongo v2

The New Balance Vongo is a relatively new line, replacing the renowned 870 series. Although much heavier than the 870 series and many of the Vongo’s competitors at 11.6 oz, runners are very happy with the comfort of these shoes. New Balance finally introduced their Fresh Foam midsole to the stability shoe and the result was a great balance between comfort and stability.

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Comfort / Stability
The overall consensus between reviewers is that the Vongo is a really comfortable shoe. You would be hard-pressed to find a negative response to this new model. The Vongo has a dense midsole with New Balances Fresh Foam technology finally being introduced to the stability series and runners appreciate a wide toe box. Also, some other new features are the updated mesh upper that is breathable, built-in bootie construction and sock-liner.
Quality / Durability
Reviews on quality and durability are all positive, the shoe is comfortable and it lasts.
Cost
Despite the price, runners seem satisfied with the comfort and the quality/durability of the shoe. The general understanding is that it is a worthwhile investment.

Pros

  • Bootie construction

  • Molded sockliner

  • No-sew material application

  • Improved synthetic/mesh upper for breathability

 

Cons

Socks slipped a little around the heel, causing some rubbing 


Brooks Ravenna 8

Brooks Ravenna 8

The Ravenna 8 will be great for both people with flat feet and plantar fasciitis. Runners praised traction and smooth transition.

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Comfort/ stability
Ravenna combines both stability and comfort. This means that it will work for over pronators. The special cushion is said to adapt with your stride. The shoes are surprisingly lightweight( don’t forget that there’s big amount of cushioning). Runners said that the breathability is okay, there’s mesh in the upper that will also prevent any small elements. The protection is good for running on the roads but not for the trails.
Durability/ Quality
Runners enjoyed the lifespan of the shoes, the materials lasted for a long time.
Cost
You can get this shoe for about 110 dollars but there are many other discounts and the shoes can be purchased even for 70 dollars.

Pros

They have very soft cushion

Stability and support at the high level

Cons

The toe box is too narrow for some runners


Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 running shoes are another excellent option for flat-footed runners. They provide excellent stability and support, and have been a favorite among runner who struggle with this issue for quite some time now. They also come in various color options and feature a sleek and aesthetically pleasing design.

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Comfort/ stability
These shoes provide optimal comfort and stability during your runs. They utilize Premium Cushion ST foam combined with sturdy medial post that is melded into the midsole--this allows for adequate support and stability. These shoes also feature a compressed Zoom Air Bagin the forefoot of the shoe; this makes them more responsive, which makes your runs more comfortable and enjoyable.
Quality/ Durability
These shoes are made of high quality material and feature a rubber sole. They are highly durable and will last you many miles.
Cost
These shoes are pricey--but that isn't surprising given their brand. They are attractive, comfortable, and come in lots of color options. If you are willing to invest in these shoes you won't regret it.


Saucony Omni 16

Saucony Omni 16

One of the lighter shoes on the market, Saucony has been able to further decrease the weight of this shoe while maintaining a good amount of padding and support. The Omni 16 is the successor to the Omni 15 and still remains one of the best shoes on the market for overpronators. The offset is 8mm, heel stack is 27, forefoot stack is 19. The Omni 16 weighs in at 10.1 oz. It comes in a wide size for the men’s line. For the women’s line, it is available in the regular size, as well as a wide and narrow size.

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Comfort / Stability
The mesh upper has been further designed for a comfortable and lightweight feel. For an adaptable midfoot, Saucony applies the SAUC-FIT technology in the midfoot, resulting in great arch support. This model also comes with an external heel to provide extra support and comfort in the rear of the shoe. Like most Saucony shoes, the EVERUN Topsole Construction is applied in the Omni 16 as well as the TRI-FLEX outsole. Those new to Saucony feel that the shoe takes a little longer to break in than others, but are encouraged by the comfort of the shoe once it is broken in. Overall, the reviews for this shoe are overwhelmingly positive in terms of support, comfort, and cushioning. Reviewers are also surprised by how light it is for a support shoe.
Quality / Durability
You’d be hard fought to find a negative review on the durability and quality of the shoe, there is a reason why the Omni 16 made it to this list and is one of the best on the market.
Cost
The Omni 16 is on the expensive end of the range, but there is a reason for this. It is a good quality shoe, provides excellent support and cushioning, all the while finding a way to reduce weight. Having all of these qualities in a shoe is tough, especially with the sufficient cushioning and support while keeping the shoe light and durable. Most reviewers feel that it is worth the cost.

Pros

  • Mesh upper provides a dynamic, lightweight fit
  • SAUC-FIT technology in the midfoot provides support
  • External heel Support Frame
  • EVERUN Topsole Construction for extra cushioning
  • Updated TRI-FLEX outsole

Cons

  • Takes longer to break in.

Shoe companies often produce shoes with specific features designed to reduce impact. For runners with low arches, shoes with good and high stability, motion control and great support are the optimal choice. The following guide highlights the 10 best running shoes which provide the above mentioned features, making them suitable options for runners.

What Is A “Flat Foot”?

For some runners, it is difficult to recognize whether their feet are flat or not. And you may ask, what exactly does this really mean? The simple answer is this, on impact, the arch of the foot collapses with entire foot making contact with the ground. As you may know, the arch of the foot is also formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, strengthened by tendons and ligaments. This allows the foot to support the weight of the body.

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In other words, the foot arch is a natural shock absorption system. Designed to alleviate the shock and impact of your own body weight, which can affect your hips, feet, knees, and ankles. In addition, the height of the arch can determine pronation as well as foot type. The arch height of the foot can be checked by using the ‘wet feet test’.

This is often related to , as your ankles and feet roll inward . You will notice it happens with your feet by checking your shoes, the sole is often worn much more on the inner edge. This will increase the likelihood of injury and eventually lead to several long-term problems. In fact, , as during the running gait the arch has to support on average 3 times of the runner’s body weight.

The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation

Stability and Support

Stability, good support, and motion control are the important features you should remember when looking for running shoes best suitable for this particular foot type.  A person with flat feet has to care much more about the stability that a running shoe gives.

In fact, that stability is considered as an industry standard term, which categorizes running shoes which aim to help with overpronation.

Motion Control

Typical motion controlling running shoes also have the same technology such as stability with added upper construction in order to lock in the runner’s feet and provide additional support. Also, hard material usually offers more motion control and stability to shoes as well as also helping support the arch and keep it in the proper position. Some runners don’t like a high and hard arch. Therefore if you find it uncomfortable during , it will also be just as uncomfortable for running, too.

In the past decade, the demand for shoes which are suitable has increased; the need for high-quality track shoes has taken an important role in the shoe manufacturing industry. This high demand has created the good opportunity for most major shoe brands to produce and offer these three important shoe features to help flat-footed runners achieve optimum performance . Many unners often found it difficult to keep up with the speed and agility that their competitors had with a normal twenty years ago.

Thanks to recent advances in technology, shoe companies have developed the science of ergonomics which is aimed at producing the best option for flat feet, available for both male and female runners. The current market is full of great choices for ; A runner now has many options when choosing a specific pair of shoes which suits their individual needs.

First, it is suggested to should buy shoes which provide good and high stability. As each brand has their own collection of High , it should be fairly easy to find one that works best for you.

Second, make sure that the shoe you choose has good motion control properties as well as shock absorption. Motion Control shoes usually include enhanced stability options.

Last, This foot type requires much more support. When you look at technical specifications or shoe reviews, any indication of “added support” means you are headed in the right direction. You should search for shoes, which have high support properties as they are better able to sustain your feet properly when running.

It is important to remember that each individual has their own needs. So, in addition to looking for the elements mentioned in this guide, it is equally important to do your own research when choosing a proper and effective pair of running shoes.

As for running shoes, in addition to the extra support, we are also looking for many of the same features that you would want in footwear for regular arches. Those features include:

Grip

A good grip on the road is obviously important. If wouldn’t be helpful to the added stress, to have a pair of shoes that tend to slip all over the place during your run.

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We look for things such as the proper amount of tread for the shoe’s intended purpose. This factor can often depend on your particular environment, climate and the types of surfaces a specific pair of runners is designed to be used on.

Breathability

Like any running footwear, this is a big one. You don’t want to go on a long run wearing something that has very little airflow and retains all of the moisture from your sweat. Aside from being uncomfortable, the lack of ventilation and moisture control in a running shoe can actually create issues with the feet.

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Proper breathability can reduce the chance of bacterial problems caused by constant sweating, and the feet staying immersed in it consistently for long periods of time. It is critically important to keep the feet dry and ventilated.

Flexibility

Although you’re looking for added support, you still don’t want to go on a run with something that feels like a pair of stiff boards strapped to your feet. Running shoes need to have enough flexibility to allow the feet to function as naturally as possible.

Although we are looking for the type of flexibility that minimalist footwear offers, we do want to see that the shoes allow natural motion of the feet.

Sole

As fallen arches require more center support, they also need to have adequate shock absorption and protection from impact.

You won’t find that type of necessary support in a pair of , so you can cross those off the list. The ideal choice would be a shoe that offers decent cushioning, while still, the fallen arch of the footwell supported.

With new materials and , the days of having to go on a run wearing a pair of big bulky shoes are pretty much in the past. these days many of the choices out there come in a much more low-profile design than they would have years ago.

Durability

Like with any other running shoe, you want them to last. We looked for any major complaints regarding durability, as well as the quality of the materials and construction.

Certain features such as high abrasion rubber compound used on the outsole, upper design, including supportive overlays are put together well, and also do certain parts of the shoe tend to wear out prematurely.

Nothing is more annoying than buying a new pair of runners and having sections of come unglued shortly after you purchase them.

 

More Important Things To Consider

In order to choose the right pair, you have to understand clearly about the general characteristic features of shoes. Here are some things you should know before heading out to shop.

Flat-Footed Dynamics

Flat-footed runners also tend to overpronate. This means that their feet roll inwards too far when walking or running. As a result, your feet strike the ground with a collapsed arch, causing your knee to compensate for this by twisting your ankle. To fix this issue, you might consider wearing shoes that have stability features that help prevent foot rolling. Motion control shoes can also be helpful because they help reduce extra foot motions.

Well-cushioned

Shoes with a firm middle arch cushion offer a stable balance to help prevent stumbling while running. Another feature supplied in most running shoes for this foot type is the additional cushioning in the forefront and heel. This is useful with shock absorption and can prevent painful shin splints.

Stability

Stability shoes provide density underfoot with foam to help support your arch. They may also help reduce necessary foot motions.

Motion control shoes have a bump made with hard material, where you arch supposed to be. Motion Control running shoes apply the same solutions as Stability shoes, with special sole unit/upper construction to lock your foot in position and support it throughout the ride.

In other words, they provide features such as or a design built on straightener lasts in order to counter overpronation. If when you wear the shoe you can feel it during a simple walk, you will definitely feel it (and hate it) during your running. However not all runners feel suitable with it, But motion control is a must if you are dealing with this issue. Some models have gel in a ball and heel areas for added comfort.

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How to choose the best running shoe for your feet?

How to choose the best running shoes for your type of feet? Here are some tips for you to refer:

  • Ask a podiatrist’s idea. Being a foot doctor, a podiatrist can tell you know about the severity of your condition and may suggest the best options.
  • Read running shoe reviews. Product reviews are written by actual users who have actually gone for a run in the shoes you are considering. But don’t just look for reviews that sing praises about the products. Look for honest reviews that include user ratings and pros and cons.
  • Make comparisons between products. Look for websites that have comparison tables to have an easier selection.
  • Ask your friends or people around you. Do you know people who have a similar condition like you? Ask them the types of their sneakers for flat feet and then look them up online.

Many solid options for flat feet will cost over 100 dollars. Cheaper alternatives are available but do not always expect them to perform equally to those that cost a bit more. In short, it’s always better to invest in running shoes now than to pay doctors to treat knee, foot, and hip problems later down the road.

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that reflect concerns from many searching for the same type of product online. Hopefully, these questions will even spark some of your own.

Q:  Can I safely run with flat feet?

You can run safely, and even comfortably with flat feet. To do so requires the appropriate footwear. The big factor to consider is if your running shoes provide the correct type of support.

Q:  I also severely overpronate. Do any of these running shoe models offer the right support for both?

As often time these two conditions follow each other, Many of the models which are ideal are also good choices for other issues requiring support and motion control. So yes, some of them do.

Q:  If I purchase a pair of runners that are ideal choices for flat feet, will I still need to use my orthotic insole that I am using with less suitable shoes?

If you pick up footwear which is either intended or suitable for providing adequate support, you probably won’t need to use your insoles with those shoes.

Q:  I have purchase footwear online before, and each time I ended up with sizes that didn’t quite fit right. Any suggestions?

Locate the models you want in a local shoe store and try them on. Make sure they fit perfectly, then be certain to remember the correct size when ordering online.

In conclusion, the elements discussed above are really very important when searching for a good and comfortable shoe. I hope that this guide on choosing the best running shoes for flat feet has been helpful.

Having flat feet is no longer a barrier, preventing you from performing the way you want. You just have to be smart in choosing the shoes that are best suitable for your feet. Balance the pros and cons and make your choice based on practicality and affordability, however, you shouldn’t be too thrifty, because this is a choice that not only improves your performance but one that significantly helps prevent injuries from lack of support.

 

Here are some sources we used during our research

To get the best information, we have searched high and low for reliable sources which offer good insight into how to not only deal with flat feet but prevent further issues by finding the proper support in the most suitable running shoes available.



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