The Best Motion Control Running Shoes Reviewed
A motion control running shoe holds your feet in place to prevent rolling and unnecessary movement, helping to prevent injury. They are heavier than other types of running shoes, but for overpronators, they may be a necessity.
- Brooks Beast 16
- Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
- ASICS GEL Fortitude 7
- Hoka One One Gaviota
- Newton Aha
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
- New Balance 1260 v6
- ASICS GEL Foundation 12
- Brooks Addiction 12
- New Balance 1340v3
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Brooks Beast 16
Good arch support
Very heavy shoe
Rigid feeling underfoot
This one continues to own the number one spot because of its versatility. The Beast 16 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.Read more
Although there are a few different features that perform different functions, they all seem to come together 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 foot support as well as durability, the upper also has no-sew overlays which are not stitched in to keep from adding rub points that can 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 fairly friendly on your wallet, they aren't the cheapest. However, If you look, you can usually find them for a reasonable price, especially if you consider all that comes with the Beast 16.
2. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
Lightweight for a motion control shoe
No break in period
Air mesh system
Provides good support and stability
Requires a breaking in period
Heavier than predecessor
Cushioning falls flat over time
No reflective features
The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 shoe is one of the most lightweight options in this category. It comes with many useful features and provides good comfort, a secure fit, and effective support. They are also highly breathable and responsive.Read more
This shoe is lightweight compared to many other motion control running shoes. They won't slow you down and are a great choice for long distance running. While they won't help you increase your speed and 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 highly responsive and durable option. They employ 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 and lightweight 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.
3. ASICS GEL Fortitude 7
Great mobility control
Lower height than most other comparable footwear
Still pretty heavy, even with the shorter profile
Not ideal for long distances
Slightly lower in height compared to other options for motion control, The Fortitude from ASICS is definitely a little different from the others in this guide. These are said to be very effective for even the most severe over-pronators, despite their reduced profile.Read more
Starting at the top, the upper is built from a breathable mesh-like material with sewn-in reinforcement overlays and toe cap. On the inside there is a moisture-wicking Comfordry sock liner, as well as a removable insole to accommodate custom orthotics 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 was 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, despite the reduction in height. But, really the shoe is quite similar to the others in this lineup. The only major design difference is the lower collar. These are a great option, especially if you want a less bulky appearance.
4. Hoka One One Gaviota
Reliable motion control
Durable and comfortable
The Hoka One One Gaviota gives top-level support minus shoe weight, which makes this shoe a breakthrough in the motion control shoe market.
This shoe is very light-weight and a great performer for motion control. For runners with severe overpronation, you get maximum cushioning support where it really matters. This shoe is up there with the top Hoka shoes for support and works to reduce problems with overpronation.
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.Read more
RMAT is built in on the medial shoe side and the heel area so the foot gets natural guidance and serious stability, as well as sure-fire support from the EVA foam system and the durable rubber RMAT.
Top performing breathability and airflow is enabled through the use of durable and comfortable printed mesh which lends towards a lightly built shoe. For mid-foot structure, stability comes from the arch lock wings shoe tech. More cushioning is combined with odor control through the high-performance Ortholite sock-liner.
This Hoka One shoe weighs in at 9.7 ounces and has a stack height for the heel of 32mm, and forefoot of 27mm. The 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. Ultimately, this product comes at a price which reflects a quality investment: well worth the cost for a good motion control shoe.
5. Newton Aha
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
Direction of P.O.P. 3 lugs seemed to decrease traction for some
The 5 lug design doesn’t appeal to everyone
This shoe would be a little higher on the list, but some of the features that it 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.Read more
Other design items that went into 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.
6. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
Excellent motion control
A light shoe
Dries out quickly
Nice choice of colors
Pay attention to the heel design
Carrying on a long and positive reputation for performance, this shoe steps forward as the next in line from its predecessors. Giving a high level of performance, protection, targeted cushioning, 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.Read more
The Adrenaline GTS gives seriously good support, nice flexibility, a light and quick shoe that is very nice for short local runs on a daily schedule. Additionally, the feedback on this shoe is very impressive.
As a well-balanced shoe with good arch support and a substantial amount of well placed cushioning, the design is sleek and comfortable and the lightness of the shoe ensures a comfortable run. The shoe is true to sizing and the fit is nice, and it has a 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 helping with structural support and the sole ensures consistent ongoing reliable traction. For a brand name shoe with a good reputation, the price is fair.
7. New Balance 1260 v6
More than adequate stability with dual density post and T-Beam support
Excellent choice for over-pronators
Fit a bit large in length for men, and smaller for women
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 v6, 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.Read more
Beginning with the upper, the well-ventilated construction consists of 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 New Balance's 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 allows for even more stability and control.
Most 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.
8. ASICS GEL Foundation 12
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
May not be as flexible as intended
Possible sizing issues
You really can’t go wrong with footwear from ASICS, especially when is comes to good options for comfort, stability and support. The Foundation is one that was designed to provide the right amount of support for runners who over-pronate. This she has 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.Read more
Starting with the upper, a portion of the shoe's 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 cushioning.
This version has a lot going on underfoot. 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 were received enthusiastically by most people. With that said, these are claimed to be very flexible despite the amount of cushioning, 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 large. 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 buying 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.
9. Brooks Addiction 12
Good for wide feet
Ideal support for overpronation
Plenty of cushion and support where needed the most
Too heavy for some
Brooks seems to continuously improve model on each new version of their shoes, 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 shoes.Read more
Brooks 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 make it worth checking out.
The mesh upper provides plenty of breathability. It is supported by stitched overlays that connect to the lacing system to maintain a proper fit. Additionally, these have an extended rollbar for 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 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 be worthy of our list.
10. New Balance 1340v3
Good amount of cushioning
Stable platform for running or everyday wear
Wide toe box
Sizing issues with this version, according to some reviews
Branded by New Balance as an Optimum Control Shoe, The 1340v3 deserves to be here. Like other products from this company, the reliability of this one is pretty good. Starting off with their style, they have a little more going on than many other New Balance shoes, which seems to be part of their popularity.Read more
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 motion control footwear.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
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 not to 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 the mall. Trail runners need a bulkier and sturdier design that that may include a rock plate. On the other hand, roadrunners will require a lighter well-cushioned shoe that will prevent any damage or blisters from forming, especially on 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.
There is no reason that you should have to sacrifice flexibility when you're looking for a great pair of motion control running shoes that are just right for you. There are many options on our list that are just as flexible as anything else on the market.
Unfortunately, durability is a difficult attribute to find in a pair of motion control running shoes. Many of the products 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 overpronation. 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.
Style is important to many runners and, while it shouldn't be the first factor you consider, it is also a relevant feature to think about. Most importantly, 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.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Even if you're wearing shoes with impressive motion control capabilities, you still need to take caution when exercising in order to avoid running injuries. The best practice is to take extended rest periods in between strenuous workout sessions in order to let your body recover. These 'rest days' should be spent eating healthy food with lots of protein and getting a good night's sleep to ensure proper muscle recovery and growth.
Before investing in a pair of specially designed motion control shoes, you should make sure that A, you actually need them, and B, you are getting the right kind. In order to figure out both of these factors, you should consult a podiatrist, physical therapist, or kinesiologist. They will understand the machinations of the human foot well enough to determine the best course of action for you to take.
Other Factors to Consider
When it comes to shoes, one size never 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 can be returned, just in case they don't fit appropriately.
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 isn'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 increased pressure and will be shaped to minimize the strain caused by the overpronation.
Before making your purchase you should also take a look at the sole of the shoe. The shoe's sole is typically 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 motion control shoes look and feel heavier than minimalist shoe options. However, there are options on our list, like the Brooks Beast, that offer the right amount of cushioning while still maintaining their speed and lightweight features.
The upper of the shoe should be both breathable, comfortable, and provide ample room for even the longest run. That being said, all of our choices are breathable, some more than others of course. An 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 major factors you look for when shopping for new running shoes.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 would not benefit you anyway.
Overpronation is indeed real and 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.
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 that isn't available to you, there is always the option of recording yourself running and seeing for yourself where your foot is landing.
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 you have an exaggerated overpronation that a motion control shoe won't fix.
Not at all! Overpronating is common and there are many shoes available at competitive prices.
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