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10 Best Custom Running Shoes Rated

last updated Jan 26, 2019
We often get a lot of feedback about the sizing and fit of shoes. They don’t fit right. The sizing is off. We can do very little about the lack of uniform sizing in the shoe industry but we can address the other side of things. Yes, shoe sizing isn’t all the same, but neither are feet. And that’s the problem with trying to make anything about the human body uniform, we are all different.

Below we have the list of the shoes most suited for runners with unique needs. We have selected from a wide variety of custom and adjustable shoes. We knew going in that if you are reading through this list then you have specific needs and we want you to be able to meet them right here.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research

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Nike Downshifter 6
94.6/100 our score
Size
90
Features
97
Value
98
Comfort
95
Support
93
Nike Downshifter 6
Why is it better?

Rugged and can endure a wide range of physical conditions

Extremely comfortable, as explained by many critics of this shoe

The upper is breathable and light

Affordable

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Today we added three products to this buying guide: the ASICS Gel Fortitude 7, Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10, and the New Balance 1260v6. All of these options come highly reviewed and will help give you the support you're looking for. Come back again soon because we're constantly on the lookout for the best new products to help keep you on the road, feeling great and having fun!

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Nike Downshifter 6
  • Brooks Glycerin 14
  • Saucony Triumph ISO
  • Under Armour Micro G Assert 6
  • Brooks Ghost 10
  • Brooks Ravenna 7
  • New Balance Fresh Foam Zante
  • ASICS Gel Fortitude 7
  • New Balance 1260v6
  • Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Our Top 10 Best Custom Running Shoes

1. Nike Downshifter 6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.6
Nike Downshifter 6
Size
90
Features
97
Value
98
Comfort
95
Support
93
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Pros:

Rugged and can endure a wide range of physical conditions

Extremely comfortable, as explained by many critics of this shoe

The upper is breathable and light

Affordable

Cons:

Runs a half size larger than what Nike advertises

Some felt the tread could be more durable

The Nike Downshifter 6 provides great breathability while still maintaining sound construction and cushion.

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Breathable

The custom feature for this shoe consists of a mesh upper with and leather overlays. This allows for good breathability and more importantly stretches with your foot’s distinct movement.

Durable

The outsole of this shoe is entirely made of durable rubber, and also features deep flex grooves in the sole for the potential for diverse agility.

Cost and Value

This shoe is even cheaper than the Saucony Triumph ISO, and is certainly affordable for most budgets.

2. Brooks Glycerin 14

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
Brooks Glycerin 14
Size
94
Features
93
Value
88
Comfort
92
Support
95
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Pros:

Lightweight, especially for the cushioning that they offer

Provide adequate protection for all types of activities

Great for people with a variety of foot problems

Made of highly breathable material

Cons:

Some consumers miss the additional cushioning of the previous model

Shoelaces could be made of a better quality material

Lightweight and well-cushioned, the Brooks Glycerin 14 will allow you to experience a comfortable and effortless ride.

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Stability

This shoe features an adjustable saddle that is controlled by the lacing of the shoe. This featured combined with the overlay allows the foot to swell and continue to provide great stability.

Breathable

The overlay of this shoe is also made with a material that is able to repel moisture easily. This keeps the overall shoe flexible and light.

Cost and Value

Pricier than most of the shoes we’ve looked at so far. You’ll certainly be able to find a cheaper one on this list.

3. Saucony Triumph ISO

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91
Saucony Triumph ISO
Size
87
Features
90
Value
96
Comfort
90
Support
92
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Pros:

Perfect for wider feet

For even more cushion, there is plenty of room to add an insert

Lightweight, especially for the amount of cushion that's provided

Quite affordable

Cons:

Some people claim that the toe box is a bit narrow

Could provide more arch support for some

The Saucony Triumph ISO offers unique customizable shoe technology that will adapt to your foot throughout your ride.

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Responsive

Unlike other shoes on the market, this shoe has been built with an ISOFIT inner sleeve that will snugly wrap around your foot, regardless of its shape. Saucony’s POWERGRID foam has also been built into this shoe, which is lighter than traditional EVA foam. POWERGRID foam works with the ISOFIT sleeve to provide you with the responsiveness that’s customized to your stride and gait once you start running in them.

Protection

The upper of this shoe is seamless, meaning that chance of blisters is reduced. The upper also flexes to work with your foot.

Cost and Value

This shoe is cheap and affordable, especially considering the customizable aspects that it can offer your ride.

4. Under Armour Micro G Assert 6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.2
Under Armour Micro G Assert 6
Size
88
Features
94
Value
93
Comfort
87
Support
89
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Pros:

Built with high-quality materials

Offers a low ride with adequate support and cushioning

Provides good grip

Micro-G foam to add support

Cons:

Advertised as a wider shoe, yet still not wide enough for all consumers

Not enough cushioning for some

True to its name, Under Armour Micro G Assert 6 combines performance capabilities with comfort for an experience like no other.

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Support

The interior of this shoe is made with an EVA sock liner. This foam sock liner is padded in the underfoot and is able to contour to match the specifications of your foot. This will leave your foot feeling both comfortable and supported.

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is designed with Micro G foam. This adds to the support that the EVA sock liner provides, and will also enhance the explosiveness of your ride.

Cost and Value

The cost of this shoe is more expensive than the first two shoes on this list, but still quite affordable.

5. Brooks Ghost 10

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.6
Brooks Ghost 10
Size
88
Features
90
Value
84
Comfort
90
Support
91
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Pros:

Very comfortable

Supportive

No break in window

Lightweight

Roomy toe box

Helps relieve pain

Cons:

A few issues with durability

Brooks is a brand that produces shoes of superior comfort without breaking the bank when it comes to weight, a rare combination that they bring to the table again and again and the Ghost 10 are no different.

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Cushion

We are dead certain that the Ghost 10 is one of the most comfortable shoes you will ever wear. Not only does their padding make for a smooth run but lends the energy back into your gate with each springy step.

Supportive

This shoe from Brooks promises a lot of support no matter if you need it in your arch or your knees. Pain-free running is a thing of the past. You also don’t have to worry about the Ghost 10 weighing you down with extra padding since it is exceptionally lightweight.

Cost and Value

The price of the Brooks Ghost 10 is a little higher than some of the shoes on this list but the product quality is one of the finest. You pay a very fair price for one of the lightest and most comfortable running shoes on the market, let alone its ability to fulfill customization and support needs.

6. Brooks Ravenna 7

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.4
Brooks Ravenna 7
Size
80
Features
90
Value
91
Comfort
85
Support
91
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Pros:

This shoe is able to provide great stability and support

Provides a softer cushion than other Brooks shoe models

Protects the heel well

Fairly priced

Cons:

Provides too snug of a fit for some runners

Mesh material could be more durable

Similar to the Brooks Glycerin 14, the Ravenna 7 offers moisture-managing upper material that is ideal for enduring rugged conditions and a variety of elements.

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Adjustable

The Brooks Ravanna 7 combines two features at which we’ve already looked. These include Brook’s BioMoGo DNA midsole and adjustable saddles via the shoe’s laces.

Midfoot

In addition to the DNA material, this shoe also features a Midfoot Transition Zone, which ensures that the heel-to-toe transition is quick and to the point.

Cost and Value

This shoe is affordable, especially for the shoe technology that you’re receiving

7. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.6
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante
Size
85
Features
84
Value
82
Comfort
87
Support
90
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Pros:

Provides the foot with a quick spring, without providing too bouncy of a ride

Breathable and lightweight

A quicker shoe than others on this list

Cons:

Could provide a bit more cushioning

Material shoe construction could be more durable

Designed for runners who are looking for comfort, cushion, and speed, the New Balance 1980V1 is sure to meet any speed demon’s expectations.

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Fit

This shoe features an interior that is low in weight volume and also features an inner booty that wraps to your foot regardless of its shape. This allows the shoe to maintain its lightweight, while also meeting the sizing needs of your individual foot.

Agility

This shoe features a Fresh Foam midsole. The Fresh Foam midsole combined with the toe-spring propulsion design of this shoe encourages speed and efficiency, whether you’re racing or training.

Cost and Value

This shoe is only slightly more expensive than the next shoe, the Reebok Sublite Escape 3.0.

8. ASICS Gel Fortitude 7

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.6
ASICS Gel Fortitude 7
Size
75
Features
85
Value
80
Comfort
90
Support
93
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Pros:

Extremely comfortable

Great for those with flat feet and/or overpronation

Good price

Cons:

Sizing changed from previous model, you may want to order a size larger than usual

This is a good option for runners with flat feet and/or overpronation. They have added cushioning in the forefoot and heel to give you extra comfort. They are also comfortable and give the user excellent traction. They are very comfortable and despite having a lot of cushioning will let you feel the ground really well as you run.

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Support and Comfort

These are great for severe over pronaters and those with flat feet due to their design. The toe box is a bit narrow but not uncomfortably so, but nonetheless they aren't the best for those with wide feet. These consistently draw high praise for how good they feel on your feet, with a couple of reviewers even calling them "slipper-like" which is quite an achievement for a running shoe.

Features and Size

These have strategically placed cushioning in the front and rear as well as supportive overlays in the upper. They also have a breathable and comfortable liner and the insole is removable for those who want to use orthotics and really up their customization game. Finding the right fit was the biggest complaint we found in our research that ASICS has switched the sizing from the previous model so users may want to consider going a bit larger than usual.

Value

Good price for a quality running shoe that most users were happy to pay.

9. New Balance 1260v6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
New Balance 1260v6
Size
80
Features
77
Value
82
Comfort
90
Support
90
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Pros:

Great overall stability

Good cushioning

Sleek and inspiring design

Comfortable

Cons:

Heavier than other options

This is a super solid option that offers all-around stability and cushioning for runners who want something that's going to help their feet stay comfortable when running a lot of miles. They're a bit heavier than other options because of this, think of them more like a truck than a sports car, but they're well-cushioned, supportive, and comfortable, and are especially good for users with flat feet.

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Support and Comfort

These are great for runners with flat feet because of plenty of cushioning in the front and the heel. The thick rubber sole absorbs impacts well and they're great for those who run 15+ miles at a time. The feet of most users felt good after wearing those, although we did find one person who completely disagreed.

Features and Size

These have NB's Fantom fit design which makes them fit really well. The mesh upper is also designed for comfort and breathability, and the midsole is specially designed for maximum impact. These seem to run true in volume.

Value

These come at a good price, although it can differ widely based on size, color, and what seller you order them from.

10. Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.4
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10
Size
74
Features
83
Value
79
Comfort
86
Support
90
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Pros:

Great design for flat feet and overpronators

Very breathable

Well cushioned

Gender-specific design

Cons:

A little heavy

Run large in size

This company has done away with their Renegade Model leaving the Alchemy as their only foot control model. They have a "Wave" plate in the midsole that supports the inner foot especially to prevent overpronation and they get high praise from runners of all shapes and sizes for their effectiveness.

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Support and Comfort

The main feature that controls unwanted motion is a "Wave" plate in the midsole that limits unwanted pronation. They also have added cushioning in the heel and front so they're good for those with flat feet as well. Most users found to be a joy to wear.

Features and Size

These have a lot of design aspects that are specialized. They are made differently for men and women, which is different from most companies that simply change the size to accommodate different genders. They are also very breathable due to their mesh upper and insole venting patterning. A couple of reviewers felt they ran large so keep this in mind when ordering and consult the sizing chart carefully.

Value

These are about average in price for a shoe on our list which is a good value considering how many features they have and the thoughtful design.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Support

Needing a shoe that offers a custom fit usually means you either under or overpronate, have extra high or fallen arches, or flat feet. All of these things mean that you need a shoe that offers extra support in a certain area of the shoe. This can mean many different things depending on how the shoe is designed. Products for under and over pronators usually have strengthened overlays in the upper to help stabilize the foot and guide it in a certain direction. Shoes designed for high arches will have a specially designed insole that is higher in the middle than usual so that it makes contact with and supports your arch. Options for those with flat feet typically have extra cushioning in the forefoot and the heel because that is where most of the impact occurs for those with this type of foot. Whatever your reason for seeking out a shoe of this type, we've included several different options on our list so that you can find one that's right for you.

Comfort

Because no one would like discomfort this must apply, we all know that the more comfortable one is the more likely for that person to give his or her best in all they do. This will play a great role in ensuring that the person looks forward to reaching their goal, when getting a customized shoe you need to consider the fact that comfort should be part of it. A customized shoe is made for such purposes and we cannot fail to put it in this place comfort brings a lot of factors in place and that includes great fit and style and quality all bring comfort. Customized shoes are made for people who have various reasons and having comfort is one great factor to put in mind.

Features

In most cases customized shoes are made for reasons like this, cushioning is one great reason. When going for a customized shoe you need to ensure that the cushioning is one that can support your movement and will be able to ensure that you get the perfect feel when having it one, with such reasons one can be guaranteed great self-esteem when rocking this shoes for a run or walk or any other activities that there is. Ensure that the cushioning will be of great help in case you had previous injuries or things like that.

Size

When it comes to the right fit or size one needs to get the right fit, we can go round this whole day but we all know that one needs to buy a shoe that is of the great size and fit. This not only makes you comfortable but confident too, when going for a customized shoe ensure that it is of right fit as the fit will determine how well you will be able to use the shoes, for you to customize your shoe there are factors that led to it, make sure all the factors are considered to when getting the right fit no factor should be ignored. Also, ensure that you fit it first before going home with it as this can bring about a great disappointment as well.

Value

No criteria would be complete without involving the cost which is translated in terms of value, we all believe that the more expensive a product is the more value it has, well this sometimes can be the case and sometimes not the case, going by brand can make you believe this is the case while going by value can prove us wrong, going for a customized shoe so quite expensive compared to the normal shoe you go to the market and buy and it needs some specific feature that is not found around and this can make the price higher than the normal ones. Make sure you are aware of this as in this case you won’t be shocked when you get out a few extra boxes for this.

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Custom is the future

Before we know it, we'll all be wearing shoes fitted specifically for us, by way of 3D technologies and biometric assessments.

Custom for the injury prone

If you want to keep running even though you have various injuries, custom shoes are a must!

Other Factors to Consider

Durability

The quality and durability if any product relies on one another the better the quality the longer the product will last this is also subject to change as the cost sometimes have a say in this situation. Getting the right quality is beneficial to you in the end as you will not be disappointed to look for another product soon, in custom shoes you need to consider the best quality as they tend to be expensive and not in the market as you have to get a manufacturer to make your desired shoe. This not only costs time but also money as there is nothing like it you can get anywhere. Finding the right quality guarantees the durability and you can stay with it being comfortable as you plan on getting another one, no hurry that will make you arrive at bad conclusions.

Flexibility

Ensure that the shoes which are made especially for you will have the flexible account in, this not only serves you with confidence all the step of the way but it also makes you enjoy having to do your thing as an athlete, you need to focus more on the fact that the more flexible your shoe is the more advantage you have of doing your best in them. With each stride, the flexible aspect will determine and matter what the results are more likely to be.

Style

Style is one of the factors to have when going for customized shoes, it might not be the main factor but surely is one to never ignore, for customized shoes you get the best that can be able to suit just you remember you are allowed to say how you want it to be and this is the advantage point right there by having to say that you want it the way you would love it to be on your feet, no questions of where to get the one you want since you have the say, also note that this might attract additional costs that you never expected to have all this in place in case you want to go for one that has your style and taste as they will be very few in the market or totally not present.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Are customized running shoes more expensive than the normal shoes?
a:

There is a noticeable price difference, yes. What you’re really paying for, though, is the convenience. The specialized materials needed for more adjustable shoes may cost more and be better suited to your needs, true. You are more paying so you don’t have to order and return for different shoes or compromise and wear a pair that is uncomfortable in one regard or another.

q: Are there degrees of customization?
a:

The idea of shoe customization can be unsurprisingly nuanced. This list mostly focuses on shoes that have adjustments built into the shoe but there are other options. Some shoe retailers offer customized shoes built from the ground up at the factory to serve your specific needs. Of course, with increase customization comes an increased price, so this sort of option is really accessible to people with higher budgets.

q: How can I get customized running shoe?
a:

When it comes to shoe shopping we always find our answers on the fence between the two options. If you do your shopping in a physical store then you have the expertise of the clerk and some options only available in store, like getting your foot sized. At the same time you are missing out if the store doesn’t have all of their running shoes in stock or they don’t carry a particular variety. On the other hand, you have online shopping, which while give you access to the full range of the customization available for a brand or specific shoe. Then you lose out on the benefits on the staff on hand.

There are pros and cons to each and when you have the option we recommend you do both, shopping online and in store until you find the best fit for the best deal.

q: Whats the best way to wash my custom shoe?
a:

Like we always say when this type of question pops up: read the package. Your care instructions will come with specific dos and don’ts for washing and you’ll want to follow these to the letter to avoid accidental damage or wear. That being said for a simple clean most shoes are safe for a simple wipe down with a rag or washcloth.

q: What should I look for In custom shoes?
a:

You are already looking for a shoe that meets your needs so what more is there to look for? With custom shoes, you want to make a choice that is roomy, padded, lightweight, and supportive. All of these attributes can easily found in a singular shoe, a good number on this list fit that bill. But all these qualities should run the gambit of foot and leg issues guaranteeing you a smooth and productive run.

Sources

  1. Jennifer Van Allen, How to Buy Running Shoes, sporting article, Apr 04, 2013
  2. solereview, WHAT DOES IT COST TO MAKE A RUNNING SHOE?, Running guides., May 22, 2016
  3. Phil Wahba, Your Next Running Shoes Will Be Custom-Built for You, Jan 22, 2018