The Best Motion Control Running Shoes Reviewed

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Nowadays, when you hit the internet or a local sporting goods store to choose a pair of shoes for running, you will most likely notice a huge selection to choose from. There are shoes for every need you can imagine. However, if you are an athlete with an issue with overpronation, you may want to zone in on motion control running shoes. Why is this? And why what are motion control running shoes?

First of all, overpronation is when the foot has an exaggerated inside roll, hence, why a shoe with extra-firm support and stability would come in handy. A motion control running shoe holds feet in place to prevent rolling and too much movement. Motion control shoes tend to be designed in a way so that their build has a bit of a stiffer heel and straighter shape. Some find them to be heavier than other types of running shoe options out there. However, the good news is that they offer your feet total support and, of course, motion control.

Follow along with this list as we look at the best motion control running shoes. We are sure that you will find something that will work for you.

Last Updated: July 7, 2018
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By Madison Ambrose:

In this update, we have freshened up much of our content to ensure that you have the best information out there for motion control shoes. Our most recent shoe add to the list is the Mizuno.

Our Top 3 Picks

Brooks Beast 16
  • Brooks Beast 16
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • BioMoGo midsole
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Mizuno Wave Inspire
  • Mizuno Wave Inspire
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Lightweight
  • Price: See Here
ASICS Gel Fortitude 7
  • ASICS Gel Fortitude 7
  • 4.6 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Removable Insole
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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. We will be taking a close look at the shoe’s stability, construction quality, functionality, performance, comfort, and overall durability.

10 Best Motion Control Running Shoes

1. Brooks Beast 16

This one continues to hang out in the number one spot, when it comes to versatility of use. The Beast 16 once again finishes first, this time as an outstanding motion control shoe, not only because of its exceptional performance, but also its high rating among users. Let’s get into it and see what this one has to offer, and why this model rates so high.
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Although there are a few different attributes that perform different functions, they all seem to come together nicely like a well oiled machine. Let’s start by taking a look at the comfort and stability that this shoe provides, then move on from there.

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 upward side 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 of the feet, and
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 whenever the rest of the shoe. Even though this isn’t a majority, it is still something to keep in mind. Although these are certainly the pocket friendly, 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 16.

2. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

2. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 shoes is one of the more lightweight options in this category. It comes with many useful features and provides adequate comfort, a secure fit, and effective support.
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This shoe is lightweight compared to many other motion control running shoes. They won't bog you down and are a great choice for long distance running. While they won't help you increase your speed or shred seconds off your time, they definitely won't slow you down or hold you back.

These shoes are also a breathable and flexible option. They have an improved air mesh system that will keep your feet cool and dry on those hot runs--all without sacrificing any of their flexibility.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 running shoes are also a high responsive and durable option. They employ a U4ic and U4icX technology to ensure this. The U4ic midsole ensures the shoe is responsive during your runs as well as provides additional shock absorption. The U4icX heel wedge technology provides additional cushioning in the heel wedge of the shoe. This makes the shoe more cushioned and helps provide you with additional support and stability.

As far as cost, this shoe is pretty pricey. However, it is a durable motion control shoe--which is difficult to find. It also provides you with plenty of beneficial features that will improve both your performance and comfort levels.
Pros
  • Lightweight for a motion control shoe
  • Secure fit
  • No break in period
  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Durable outsole
  • Air mesh system
  • Responsive
  • Cushioned
  • Provides adequate support and stability
Cons
  • Sizing runs large

3. ASICS GEL Fortitude 7

3. ASICS GEL Fortitude 7
Slightly lower in height, compared to most other options intended for motion control, The Fortitude from ASICS is definitely a little different from the others in this guide. Surprisingly, these are said to even be quite effective for the more severe over-pronators, despite their reduced profile.
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Starting from the top, the upper is built from breathable mesh-like material with sewn in reinforcement overlays and toe cap. On the inside there is a moisture wicking Comfordry sockliner, as well as a removable insole to accommodate custom orthodics if needed.

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.
Pros
  • Great mobility control
  • Lower height than most other comparable footwear
  • Surprisingly flexible
  • Fairly priced
Cons
  • Still pretty heavy, even despite the shorter profile
  • Probably not ideal for long distances

4. Hoka One One Gaviota

4. Hoka One One Gaviota
Here we see top level support minus shoe weight, this shoe breaks through with regards to reliable motion control.

This shoe is very light-weight and a great performer for motion control, for those with severe overpronation, you get maximum cushion support where it really matters. This shoe is up there with the top Hoka shoes for support and works to reduce problems with over pronation and does not require a designed in medial post.

Stability emanates from a J Frame ( R-Mat) construction which works in conjunction with a built-in foot frame combined with a nice broad base.
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MIDSOLE

RMAT is built in by the medial shoe side and the heel area so the foot gets natural guidance and serious stability, sure fire support from the EVA foam system and the durable rubber RMAT.

Late-Stage-Meta Rocker shoe tech gives stability and support for the fore-foot via a rockered built in the midsole.

OUTSOLE

Great performance traction combined with top durability through the strategic use of Light-weight rubber with hi - abrasive qualities.

UPPER

Top performing breathability and airflow through durable and comfortable printed mesh which lends towards a light built shoe.  For mid-foot structure, stability comes from the arch lock wings shoe tech. More cushioning combined with odor control through the high-performance ortholite sock-liner.

The shoe weighs in at 9.7 ounces and has a stack height for the heel 32mm, forefoot 27mm, shoe widths are D wide and B medium. For sizing, we see standard running shoe sizes, a narrow-medium heel, low volume for the midfoot and medium forefoot, medium arch structure with a semi to straight shoe shape.

Cost

A price which reflects a quality investment, well worth the investment for a good motion control shoe.
Pros

Ortholite sock-liner

Late-Stage-Meta Rocker

Reliable motion control

Very good cushion

Durable and comfortable

Good stability

Cons

This shoe model is for lady runners only.


5. Newton Aha

5. Newton Aha
This shoe would be a little higher on the list, but some of the features that this one has, although great, may not be for everyone. The Aha, like others produced by Newton, has the P.O.P. 3 Platform near the forefoot of the outsole. This consists of five lugs that stick out slightly further from the bottom, which are designed to promote forefoot running.
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Another thing that went into building this shoe include a Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor Plate. This allows support for the foot in key areas. Also, on the outsole you’ll find a super high abrasion rubber compound, or S.H.A.R.C. for increased protection and durability.

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. some weren’t crazy about the lugs, but they aren’t many major complaints regarding durability or fit.
Pros
  • Lightweight and decent breathability
  • Reduced energy loss with the Active/Reactive technology
  • Increased durability on the outsole with the S.H.A.R.C. material
  • Additional support from the Metatarsal Sensor Plate
Cons
  • Direction of P.O.P. 3 lugs seemed to decrease traction for some.
  • The 5 lug design doesn’t appeal to everyone

6. Brooks Addiction 12

Brooks seems to continuously improve noticeably on each new version of their different models, resulting in premium running footwear for multiple uses. In this case we have chosen the Addiction 12, as is among the best choices for those who need exceptional motion control in their runners.
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Their BioMoGo midsole, which provides effective energy return and adaptive DNA cushioning are the staple features in this model, there are plenty of other things that earn it the number three spot on our list.

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 to a 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.
Pros
  • work for wider feet
  • Ideal support for overpronation
  • High breathability
  • Plenty of cushion and support where needed the most
Cons
  • Fairly expensive
  • Too heavy for some

7. New Balance 1340v2

7. New Balance 1340v2
Branded by New Balance as an Optimum Control Shoe, The 1340v2 deserves to be here. Like other products from this company, the reliability of this one is pretty good. Starting off with the style of these, they have a little more going on than many other New Balance shoes, which seems to be part of their popularity.
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First with the upper, they have a loose knit material accompanied by a lot of sewn in overlays and supports. Next, the control properties that these have include an extended web system in the midfoot that provides additional support. Additionally, there is a polyurethane insert as well as the ABZORB cushioning in the forefoot for added support and comfort.

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.
Pros
  • Good amount of cushion.
  • Stable platform for running or simply everyday wear
  • Wider toe box
Cons
  • Slightly expensive
  • Sizing issues with this version, according to some customer reviews

8. ASICS GEL Foundation 12

You really can’t go wrong with footwear from ASICS, especially when is comes to good options for comfort, stability and adequate support. The Foundation is one that was designed to provide the right amount of support for runners who over-pronate. This choice has a quite a few features that work in unison to provide stability and control to your run, keeping you from experiencing as much fatigue that you would with less supportive footwear. Now we’ll go from top to bottom, and see what we’ve got here.
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Starting with the upper, a portion of the support comes from the non-stitched overlays that reinforce the breathable, lightweight mesh material, which has been engineered with ventilated sections in the forefoot. A growing trend in most sports footwear, the seamless design of stitchless overlays provides a secure fit while saving the user from the irritation that offset areas on the inside can cause.

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.
Pros
  • GEL cushioning system
  • Guidance line and Flex Grooves on outsole for added flexibility
  • Ideal for those with overpronation
  • Seemless upper construction for less chance of irritation
Cons
  • May not be as flexible as intended
  • possible sizing issues

9. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

9. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
Carrying on a long and positive reputation for performance, this shoe steps forward as the next line from its predecessors. Giving a level of performance, protection, targetted cushion and stability and of course excellent motion control.

If you are looking for support combined with seriously good performance, then you will find what you want in this shoe.
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The Adrenaline GTS gives seriously good support, nice flexibility, a light shoe and quick, very nice for short local runs on a daily schedule.

Feedback on this shoe is very impressive.

A well-balanced shoe, good arch support and a substantial amount of well placed cushioning, the design is sleek and comfortable, the lightness of the shoe ensures a comfortable run. The shoe is true to sizing and FIT is nice, nice quick dry out time if you get caught running in a downpour, though it's a good shoe for short daily runs it also works well for long runs. The upper is well constructed and affords good breathability while also lending towards structural support and the sole ensures consistent ongoing reliable traction.

Cost

For a brand name shoe with a good reputation, the price is fair.
Pros

Excellent motion control

Flexibility

A light shoe

Breathability

Quick dry out

Reliable traction

Nice choice of colors

Cons

Pay attention to the heel design


10. New Balance 1260

10. New Balance 1260
A reliable option for many runners, New Balance continues to produce and improve upon their 1260 model. Branded as a stability running shoe, these have all of the right stuff to fit the needs of our list. They were able to maintain a slightly lower profile design for the 1260, especially for a shoe that is intended to provide greater stability and control. They have designed this one to be an ideal option for over-pronators.
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Beginning with the upper, their well ventilated construction primarily consists of a very breathable mesh that is reinforced with a combination of both stitched and non-stitched overlays that provide additional security.

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.
Pros
  • More than adequate stability with dual density post and T-Beam support
  • Optimal breathability
  • Excellent choice for over-pronators
Cons
  • Fit a bit larger in length for men, and smaller for women

Motion control shoes provide effective amounts of stability, support, and cushioning. They also specifically address control issues associated with having a low arch–such as overpronation. If overpronation is not properly addressed it may lead to serious problems later on down the road, so it’s important you begin treating this as soon as possible. The correct support and stability will also improve your overall running experience, increase your comfort levels and reduce foot fatigue.


The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation Of The Best Motion Control Running Shoes

In order to determine which running shoes we should include in our list, we compared their overall breathability, flexibility, fit, comfort and other criteria associated with motion control running shoes.  Furthermore, it’s important to consider your own specific needs–just because a pair of shoes is at the top of our list does not mean it is the best option for everyone, so be sure to look through all 10 of our picks. While making our choices we also considered style and color options, because we know how important this can to many runners out there, myself included! Furthermore, since motion control shoes are designed to be supportive and corrective we have also emphasized the importance of the shoe’s effectiveness at correcting over-pronation. If you are looking for a more general shoe then check out our list of the Best Overall Running Shoes.

Breathability

One of the most important factors to consider is the shoe’s breathability. The upper of the shoe should be both breathable, comfortable, and provide ample room for even the longest run–which is why the Brooks Beast running shoes have once again maintained their number one spot on our list. These shoes are some of the most breathable options out there and will keep your feet cool and dry on even the hottest of days. That being said, all of our choices are breathable, some more than others of course.  extremely breathable upper will keep your foot cool and dry on hotter days. So, if you are running in hotter environments, breathability should definitely be one of the first factors you look for when shopping for new running shoes.

Protection

There have been many times where we have all probably wondered why our predecessors began wearing shoes in the first place. I mean it can be so convenient–and comfortable– to not have to remember to put on shoes and just walk around barefoot, especially around the house. Well, unfortunately running or walking around barefoot proved to be futile, especially before the invention of transportation. Our predecessors began wearing shoes to protect their feet and today we still do so for the very same reason–although they have also definitely become a fashion statement as well.

The amount of protection you will need from your shoes depends on their intended purpose–some activities call for a much higher level of protection than you would need on a leisurely stroll through your local mall. Trail runners need a bulkier and sturdier design that that may include a rock plate or a generous. On the other hand, roadrunners will require a lighter well-cushioned shoe that will prevent any damage or blisters from forming, especially on those longer runs.

Motion control shoes specifically are designed to protect the feet of overpronators. This means they may be a bit heavier than other running shoes because of the added features they employ to address those issues. This is why we encourage you to analyze they overall flexibility of the shoe once you start narrowing down your choices.

Flexibility

There is no reason that you should have to sacrifice flexibility when looking for a great pair of motion control running shoes that are right for you. There are many options on our list that are just as flexible as anything else on the market.

Profile

Many Motion Control shoes you will have a high amount of cushioning because the structure of their sole needs it to properly correct your gait. This means there aren’t any minimalistic designs when it comes to motion control shoes. However, there are options–like the Brooks Beast–that are as lightweight as they can be while also providing the support, stability, and cushioning that you need.

Sole Thickness

Before making your purchase you should also take a look at the sole of the shoe. The shoe’s sole typically is the first part of the shoe that experiences wear and tear, so if it isn’t designed to meet your needs you may be in trouble. The sole of the shoe should have the proper amount of foam to keep your joints and knees happy while also being durable enough to last through the types of runs you enjoy. This feature typically adds to the shoe’s profile, making it thicker and bulkier in design–which is why many maximalist shoes look and feel heavier than minimalist shoe options. However, there are options–like the Brooks Beast, which is featured in our list–that offer the right amount of cushioning while still maintaining their speed and lightweight features.

Toe Box

No shoe will fit every person the same, so it’s important to take into consideration the width of your foot. If you have wide feet you may often find your toes squishing together in the toe box of your shoes. On the other hand, if you have narrow feet you will definitely want to avoid shoes that are designed to have more ample toe box room. It is highly important to allow your toes enough room to spread out because it allows your blood to flow–and if you run longer distances your feet tend to swell a bit. That being said, you don’t want your feet swimming around in your shoe–so, if you have narrow feet make sure you have a just the right amount of wiggle room before making your purchase.

Durability

Unfortunately, durability is a difficult attribute to find in a pair of motion control running shoes. Many of the issues we reviewed have reported durability issues, many of which may have to do with the extra strain put on the shoe for it to correct your over-pronation. That being said, all of the shoes are excellent picks so consider investing in two pairs so you can alternate between the two–especially if you are an avid runner.

Other Important Factors To Consider When Selecting The Best Pair For You

When searching for the best motion control running shoes for you there are a few more additional factors to consider. Motion control running sneakers are designed to correct the over-pronation that occurs when your foot angles inward when you run. This can lead to running form that can contribute to injury. In order to avoid injuries or muscular imbalances associated with over-pronation, a motion control shoe is essential.

If you are looking for motion control running shoes, it is essential you purchase a pair that properly corrects the way you over-pronate. There are differences in how a shoe corrects this issue, so you need to base your decisions on your own specific needs.

Sizing

When it comes to shoes, there is never a one size fits all. Sizing may vary greatly among users, so it’s important you try them on and ensure they fit you properly. There are options for those of you with wider feet as well as shoes that will only work for runners with narrow feet. If you decide to purchase a pair of shoes online, make sure they have a return option–just in case they don’t fit appropriately.

Foot Type best-running-shoes-for-overpronation

Another important factor to consider when looking for a pair of shoes is your own specific foot type.

Overpronation occurs when your foot places unnecessary pressure on the medial side of your foot. Over time, this will cause discomfort and may contribute to injuries if it is n’t addressed. Overpronation occurs at varying degrees, which can make your shoe search trickier than you would expect.

Don’t be dissuaded by negative reviews you may find on a shoe you are interested in–just because they didn’t work for one user doesn’t mean they won’t work for you! Find a shoe you love and see if it satisfies your specific needs.

Design differences in motion control shoes can be found in the sole of the shoe. The medial end of the sole will typically be modified to support pressure increase will be shaped to minimize the strain caused by the pronation.

Style

Style is important to many runners and, while it shouldn’t be the first factor you consider, it is also a relevant feature to consider. First, you must ensure the shoe properly fits your needs and gives you the support you require–then you can consider the different style options you have to choose from. Once that is established, consider your price range and narrow down your options–but always ensure your shoes are comfortable, fit properly, and have the features that you need.

FAQ

Below we have included several frequently asked questions many runners ask themselves when searching for the best motion control running shoes.

Q:  Should I use motion control shoes if I don’t Overpronate?

No! If you don’t need them then you shouldn’t use them for running–even if they are gifted to you. Doing so can cause unnecessary injury and they would not benefit you anyway.

Q:  Is over-pronation something running shoe companies up so they can charge more for additional features?

Overpronation is indeed real and it can greatly impede your performance, lead to injury, and cause great discomfort. It is essential to get a shoe that addresses overpronation as soon as possible in order to prevent these things from occurring.

Q:  How do I know If I overpronate?

A treadmill gait analysis at your local running store is a great way to determine if you are an overpronator. The experts there can quickly assess if you are in need of motion control shoes and help you find a pair that meets your needs. If this isn’t available to you there is always the option of recording yourself running and seeing for yourself where your foot is landing.

Q:  Is there any alternative option to using Motion Control running shoes? 

If you love the pair of shoes you have and don’t want to give them up you can purchase an orthotic that will correct your pronation problem. This is a great option if it is an exaggerated pronation that a motion control shoe won’t fix.

Q: Are motion control running shoes more expensive?

Not at all! Overpronating is common and there are many shoes available at competitive prices.


 

Here are some sources we used while conducting our research:

We utilize many different resources while trying to provide the best information to our readers. Some are clinical sources, some are brand specs provided by manufacturers, and some sources are even other sites which may specialize in particular information which is relative to our subject.

Sources

  1. Foot Smart, Pronation, Orthotics source,
  2. Runner's World, Pronation Explained, Running enthusiast publication, Feb 23, 2005
  3. Sports Injury Clinic, What Is Overpronation, Online sports injury information,
  4. Active.com, Overpronation: Why it Happens and What You Should Do About It, Health & fitness website,
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