The Best Motion Control Running Shoes Reviewed
Searching for the Motion Control Shoes? Take a look at the top rated shoes of 2017, Pros & Cons and what to be aware of before buying them in a store!
There are so many different types of footwear which are produced to meet the specific requirements of, not only certain activities, but also the requirements of different types of users. There are some that provide a lot of cushioning, and some that don’t. There are shoes which are intended for use on the road and pavement, and others that work best over the trails and through the mud. The list goes on and on. There are even shoes which provide a certain amount of motion control for those who prefer or require it.
In this review, we are going to take a good look at the top ten best motion control shoes that you will currently find on the market today. A few of the points that we will be paying attention to are things like stability, construction quality, functionality of design, key performance and comfortability features as well as overall durability.
10. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
Since this is more of an off-road option, we’ll start from the bottom up. Aside from the slightly aggressive tread, The outsole has the UltrATAC high abrasion material in high wear area for increased durability. Moving up, there is a TPU Snake Plate I the forefoot for added protection from rougher terrain.
In the midsole there is a full length molded EVA foam unit which offers plush comfort. Additionally, the 109 gets an extra bit of balance and stability from the ESS shank that is found in the midfoot.
The outer covering of the upper consists of a well ventilated mesh material. This is lined by Gore-Tex membrane which provides exceptional waterproofing capabilities. And finally, for added protection there is a TPU toe cap. This comes in handy when encountering rough trails with loose rocks and other debris.
According to the reviews from customers, these rate well with the majority. But, there are some out there who have claimed to have minor durability issues that they did not expect from something with this kind of construction.
9. New Balance 1340v2
The blown rubber outsole is thick, and also has a more durable rubber covering the higher wear areas of the bottom.
These do have a pretty bulky build, but that is something that usually, with few exceptions, most have come to accept with this specific type of footwear.
8. ASICS GEL Fortitude 7
In addition to ASICS’ proprietary GEL cushioning in the heel and forefoot, this version also has a SpEVA Foam platform for energy return. The Fortitude provides good mobile stability, partly owed to its Guidance Trusstic system as well as the vertical flex groove along the outsole.
Searching through what customers had to say we found that most of it is quite positive, especially with regards to the overall design, However, there are a few that are critical of the weight. Some state that these are still quite heavy, like others of this type, even despite the reduction in height. But, really the shoe is in fact quite similar to the rest in this lineup. The only major design difference is the lower collar. These are still a great option, especially if you want a less bulky appearance.
7. New Balance 1260
Moving down, these have a full length ABZORB midsole paired with their T-Beam support. The 1260v6 provide quite a bit of shock absorption as well as torsional stability. Additionally, the ABZORB crashpad in the heel also allow even more stability and control.
The general consensus of buyers have responded positively to this newest version of the 1260 model, although there were several complaints of sizing issues for both male and female customers. There weren’t any major concerns with their overall durability or quality in build.
6. Newton Aha
One of Newton’s unique patented technologies that this shoe also has is their Active/Reactive system. The purpose of this is to give a trampoline-like effect that efficiently reduces energy loss.
Since most who purchased these tend to be aware of Newton’s Lug design, most of the reviews are positive. There are some who weren’t crazy about the lugs, but there really aren’t many major complaints regarding durability or fit.
5. Skechers GOrun Forza
Looking at what customers had to say, most comments are really positive. However, there are always some critical one as well. It is important to look at both in order to make an informed decision. Some mentioned that the thin rubber over the outsole did not adhere well to the bottom, coming apart fairly quickly. Others were concerned about that same outsole rubber, mentioning that it seemed like there should be a bit more protection there. In all these do have the necessary properties to put them right where they are in the review.
4. Mizuno Wave Legend
The Dynamotion Fit upper is put together with a ported mesh material with the more sparsely woven AirMesh on top. There are also stitched overlays and toe cap to add to the supportive fit, as well as increased durability.
Another plus that these offer is their ability to be worn comfortable by runners with wider feet, mostly due to the roomier toe box.
In general, Mizuno’s products rarely receive much negativity. That continues to be true with this one as well. A majority of the customer feedback is positive, however there are a few who had some critical points. Believe it or not, there are some who felt that these weren’t as breathable as they expected. Also, there were some reviews that expressed concerns over the lasting durability. In all, these offer exactly what we are looking for in terms of support and control, making them a prime choice for our list.
3. Brooks Addiction 12
The mesh upper provides plenty breathability and moisture management. It is supported by stitched overlays that connect to the lacing system to maintain a proper fit. Additionally, these have an extended rollbar for even more reliable control. Along with the decent tread and flex grooves on the outsole, there is also a segmented crash pad in the heel. This allows softer landings when pushing yourself out on the road. One more plus is that these work pretty well for wider feet, as there is a little more room in the toe box.
We know that these are most likely going to be a quality made product, just based on the manufacturer, but it is always good to see what other runners think as well.
Although most comments are positive, one of the things that got a bit of criticism was that the mesh material in the upper seemed to wear out pretty quickly. That could depend on the particular work you put your shoes through. Another point that some were critical of was the weight. Some thought the Addiction was a little on the heavier side. However, generally, the positive reviews outnumber the negative ones enough for these to rate at the top.
2. ASICS GEL Foundation 12
Moving inside, ASICS has added their ComforDry sockliner. This provides some moisture wicking and odor control properties, and even adds a little more cushion.
This version has a lot going on under the foot. In the midsole you will find features such as their Guidance Trusstic System, Dynamic DuoMax Support as well as SpEVA which provides effective energy return post impact. And of course, These wouldn’t be complete without ASICS’ GEL system under the forefoot and heel.
These really do have everything required for the proper support and care for overpronation. According to general opinions of users who offered reviews, These are received enthusiastically positive by the majority. With that said, these are claimed to be very flexible despite the amount of cushion, however there are some complaints that the movement is a bit stiff. There are also some who state that this version runs about a half size larger. It is probably a good idea to go to a store and try a pair on before ordering online, if that is how you plan on purchasing them.
Like most quality footwear, these aren’t the cheapest option around, but they are still pretty affordable when compared to some others. You will probably find the best savings on sites like Amazon.
1. Brooks Beast 14
The BioMoGo midsole, paired with Brooks’ DNA cushioning is able to effectively adapt to the user’s foot, offering a more custom fit. The interior has a built in saddle which incorporates stretch TPU, allowing the foot to lock into place for increased stability during use. The upper is constructed of sparse mesh with a finer mesh liner. Both help the shoe maintain breathability, keeping your feet cool and comfortable. For additional support, as well as durability, the upper also has no-sew overlays which are not stitched in to keep from adding rub points that could cause irritation during a run. Now down to the outsole. There is quite a bit of tread here, but the road is still the most suitable terrain for the Beast. Besides some light paths, You probably wouldn’t want to go too far off-road with these.
As far as user reviews go, these rate really high. In all these seem to be a quality made model, however you will find some complaints out there of the midsole not lasting as long as the rest of the shoe. Even though this isn’t a majority, it is still something to keep in mind. Although these are certainly not the most expensive option, they are also not the cheapest. However, If you look, you can usually find them for a reasonable price, especially if you consider all that you really get with the Beast 14.
Motion control shoes are those that are intended to provide a more effective amount of stability, support and and even cushioning. These are some of the attributes that give a bit more control to issues such as overpronation, which if ignored and not properly supported, can lead to much more serious problems down the road. Furthermore, the correct support and stability will allow you to have a much better overall running experience with regards to comfort, as well as a reduction in foot fatigue.