When running, your feet absorb the shock of every step and support many times the weight of our bodies, thus protecting joints and bones from injuries and damage. Those who suffer from flat feet lose out on some of that natural shock absorption; over time, this can result in recurring ankle twists, knee aches and a host of common running injuries. To compensate this, runners need to look for shoes that provide plenty of arch support and cushioning to lessen the impact that comes from pounding the pavement on a regular basis.
Luckily, athletic shoe experts and manufactures across the world are constantly working on providing comfortable solutions for this extremely common problem. We’ve picked out some shoes that use advanced construction and material technologies to give flat-footed folks a pain-free running experience.
Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 10
The GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is a stable and well-cushioned training/racing shoe for overpronators. Maximum shock absorption for the entire foot is balanced with a flexible fit that promotes natural foot movements. The multipart cushioning system offers plenty of support for fallen arches; uppers are made from moisture-wicking mesh material that keeps your feet dry and prevents skin irritation.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante
A lightweight road running shoe, the Fresh Foam Zante features a plush Fresh Foam midsole engineered to offer support where you need it most and a smooth transition from heel to toe. A 6mm offset design delivers a performance feel for fast training, while no-sew booty construction with a midfoot wrap provides a snug fit. Open Mesh covers the majority of the upper for lightweight breathability, and a raditional Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning. The Fresh Foam Zante is designer for neutral pronators.
Adidas Duramo 6
The Adidas Duramo 6 is a lightweight running shoe equipped with synthetic upper with mesh inlays for ventilation. The adiPRENE technology in the heel offers superior cushioning, while EVA insole offers comfort and flexibility. The adiWEAR outsole is of durable design. The shoe features a Traxion profile for a good grip on various surfaces, and is therefore ideal for trail running, or running on uneven ground.
Asics GT-2000 3
A daily running protective shoe, the ASICS GT 2000 3 is designed for moderate overpronated foot motion. An updated FluidRide midsole cuts weight without compromising on cushioning, while Dynamic Duomax works to reduce the rate of overpronation. A breathable open mesh upper with an improved Heel Clutching System provides a secure fit, and the shoe’s Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition. It also features DuraSponge in the forefoot, made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility.