Best Stability Running Shoes Reviewed & Tested

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Being a runner opens you up to a different kind of awareness. You have to consider things that just won’t cross most people’s minds, such as what sort of terrain is beneath your feet, what your shoes are made out of, and, especially for the consideration of this article, quirks in your gait.

Having an issue with stability or pronation is a common problem that many only become conscious of once they start running more. Thankfully runners have solutions available to them, from issues that require only a minor correction to something more intensive, such as medial support. We want everyone to know what kind of shoes will have them running at their best regardless of the type of support they need.

This article elaborates who would best benefit from a stability running shoe, and what they can do for you. Below is a wide variety of shoes to suit a wide variety of needs, and we are confident that one of the excellent shoes on this list will be able to help you.

Last Updated: April 23, 2018
By Brian Price:

When it comes to the well being of our runners, we take our information very seriously. We want to make sure our advice and product information is up to date To that end we have added shoes from Adidas, Brooks, and North Face.

Asics Gel Kayano 24
  • Asics Gel Kayano 24
  • 5 out of 5
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  • ASICS FluidFit upper technology
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Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
  • Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Double Fan Wave support
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Brooks Transcend 4
  • Brooks Transcend 4
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Ideal for mild overpronators
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13 Best Stability Running Shoes

 

Asics Gel Kayano 24

This running shoe has great resemblance and similarity to the GT 2000 from Asics. The 24th edition of Gel Kayano has more stability and extra cushioning. It's also praised for its well fitting abilities on the upper part of the shoe. It has a comfortable under foot with good plush cushioning. These are the best shoes if you suffer from over pronation and want an extra soft feeling on your feet. The shoe has a heel drop of 10 mm and weighs around 11.5Oz.
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Comfort/Stability
Of all the reviews we researched on this shoe, the vast majority praised the comfort and cushioning of the shoe with most of those reviews also praising the stability. Not much has changed from the 23 to the 24 other than an improved upper and more room in the toe box. The sides of the shoe around the heel are higher so you won't feel like you're falling out. The sole unit is identical to the 23 with Dynamic Duomax cushioning, FlyteFoam, and the guidance line. The heel still has the large exoskeleton clutching system. As in past versions of the Kayano, we recommend ordering up half a size due to them running small.

Quality/Durability
While researching all critical reviews of the Kayano 24s, only a mere two reviews complained of quality issues. In both cases, the outsole began to tear fairly soon. But that is from a total of hundreds of reviews. Durability seems to be a strong point for these.

Cost
The price tag on these are higher than some would like to pay. You may end up spending a minimum of $100 but customers seem to find the expense worthwhile for the quality of a stability running shoe.
Pros
  • Extra cushioning for shock absorption
  • Higher sides to keep heels secure
  • High durability for long runs
  • Large exoskeleton clutching system on the heel
Cons

Rather expensive

Still runs somewhat small - order up 1/2 size

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

The idea of the Wave Inspire 13 is that of a wave - energy is concentrated in the impact and spread out evenly as we work through each stride. As one of the best shoes in the market with loyal customers, the 13 version of Wave Inspire from Mizuno still has the usual Mizuno design. It is a hulking stability shoe that feels surprisingly lightweight on the foot.
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Comfort/Stability
The Wave Inspire 13s are heavily reviewed and widely praised for the comfort and stability they provide. One customer reported they are a "great shoe for the heavy and overpronator." The structure of the shoe is attested to fix the form of flat-footed runners. The shoe weighs in at 11oz, nearly half an ounce heavier than the previous version, but the weight difference is hardly noticeable. Blown rubber on the forefoot gives lightweight plush cushioning to make you land on your forefoot with the wave system translating into even energy when you lift back up.

Quality/Durability
The tough durability of these shoes can seem to be an issue for some runners. A few reviews claimed it took about 50 miles to finally break in the shoes. The heel of the shoe is incredibly sturdy and keeps the heel locked in place while giving impeccable control.

Cost
The Wave Inspire 13s are very affordable when you hunt down a deal on Amazon. They are available from a variety of other places for higher prices.
Pros
  • Great cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Well-structured heel
  • Structure will fix a number of gait issues
  • High durability
  • Very affordable
Cons

Takes time to break in

Brooks Transcend 4th Edition

The Transcend 4 is a staple stability shoe for overpronators. The maximum cushioning and 8mm drop make this an ideal road shoe. With numerous systems of cushion technology, the shoes are destined to support a variety of gait issues.
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Comfort/Stability
Pebax External Heel Counter reduces heel rotation beyond natural movement. The synthetic midfoot saddle that's built into the lacing system allows for an adjustable, custom fit. The wraparound heel collar and padded interior creates optimal comfort. The full-length S-257 Cushsole midsole compound increases plush and flexibility. The improved Guide Rails direct the body back into its natural path of motion. Super DNA midsole cushioning adapts to each step and stride for ultimate underfoot feel. The 3D Fit Print upper technology applies strategic stretch and structure for a better fit and feel. Seamless mesh upper lets your feet breath without painful pressure points from too many stitches.

Quality/Durability
While researching these shoes, we did not find a single complaint about durability. The shoe holds together from everyday wear to avid running every day.

Cost
At a fair price ($100+), these shoes are worth more than their price tag.
Pros
  • A responsive cushion that is durable
  • Excellent stability and motion control
  • A very secure heel that offers amazing upper fit
  • Lightweight
  • Cheaper than its predecessor
Cons

Consider ordering up half a size as these run slightly small

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo

The Vongo shoe is the first stability shoe in the Fresh Foam line from New Balance and is a highly cushioned stability shoe with a snug upper for runners with high motion control needs. This shoe is not for everyone. The toe box is rather tight so if you need room to move around in the forefoot, try a different running shoe. If this fits your description, we recommend easing into this shoe if you are not used to a shoe with a low drop height.
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Comfort/Stability
Reviews raved of the support in these shoes, especially for heavier people with overpronation. These minimalist-like running shoes feature various technologies such as: snug, shallow-fitting toe box for secure stability; cushion that can handle the repeated beating of pounding pavement; a lightweight low drop; Varus Wedge midsole; outsole split by a line running from heel to midfoot. Perforated overlays add structure, breathability, and a unique design feature to the shoe.

Quality/Durability
The pattern of the Vongo does not seem to promise durability so we recommend sticking to running on the road. With good care, these shoes will withstand many miles - and we have reviews to prove it!

Cost
These are super affordable - starting at $60 with a great deal on Amazon! (Link above)
Pros
  • A snug fit
  • Ample cushion
  • Great stability
  • Low 4mm drop
  • Minimalist-like shoe
  • It is lightweight
  • Very affordable
Cons

Takes some time to get used to low drop

Asics GT 2000 5

Asics is well-known for making a variety of stability shoes with the GT2000 being one of the top competitors. Asics is one of the best sellers in running shoes overall and the GT 2000-5 is beautifully made with a great combination of a plush feel and an ample stability thanks to the Dynamic-Duomax. Best for runners who are moderate overpronators. Though ideally for standard surface it can manage well in trails without creating any harm to the knee or ankles. The shoe has an average weight of 11 oz., with a heel drop of 10mm.
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Comfort/Stability
I.G.S. Technology (Impact Guidance System) employs linked components to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel to toe. Dynamic Duomax Support System enhances stability and support with reduced weight and increased platform support. Gel Cushioning systems in the rear and forefoot absorbs shock. FluidRide midsole provides the perfect combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight. Guidance Trusstic System Technology enhances gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity for overpronating runners.

Quality/Durability
With over 400 reviews of these shoes, a mere few noted durability issues. If they are used on rough terrain they are bound to wear out faster. But if you're a road runner you should have no issues with keeping these shoes intact.

Cost
As usual, a very affordable shoe. Take a peek at Amazon and find them for as low as $45. Take note, these shoes do run small so order up one half or a whole size to avoid having to return them and order another pair.
Pros
  • Average stability and cushioning
  • Stylish with sleek design
  • Impressive lacing style
Cons
  • Runs 1/2 size to whole size small

Saucony Guide 10

The Saucony company has been running strong since 1898 when two young men started the business in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA. By 1910 they were turning out 800 pairs of shoes a day from their modest two-story factory. As olympic athletes worldwide became more serious about running, Saucony set out to create a high-quality running shoe. After multipe Olympic athletes won marathons with Saucony shoes on their feet, the company could finally declare themselves successful. The Guide 10 is a durable and responsive shoe with long-lasting comfort and great support for a daily running shoe.
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Comfort/Stability
The SSL EVA of the 10 has been modified to provide a more consistent underfoot. Reviews called the 10 a very stable shoe with high cushioning and perfect for mid to long distance runs. The 8mm drop allows for a smooth transition and will propel runners onto the ball of their foot and into their next stride. The Chevron shaped outsole gives more contact with the ground for better traction while the deep grooves give a surprising amount of flexibility - according to reviews. One stability update from the 9 - the outsole rubber pattern has eliminated the decoupled areas along the medial and heel area, which by design, should provide better stability to the medial side. One downside we've noticed in our research was the fit of the upper. It seems to be tighter than past version of this shoe. While some people are okay with this, others found the problem fixed after a few runs when the shoes broke in. Keep this in mind when you're buying this pair of shoes.

Quality/Durability
The durability issue with these shoes is in relation to the sizing issue. When runners ordered their normal size, their feet rubbed and wore holes inside the shoe. If you order up 1/2 size or a whole size, you shouldn't have issues with wearing inside the shoe. Other than this issue, the outsole seems to hold up quite well.

Cost
These shoes can be very affordable when you grab a good deal on Amazon for about $40 and up.
Pros
  • The Dual-density EVA midsole offers responsive cushioning
  • The upper has decent breathability
  • Saucony's PowerGrid full length cushioning and SRC impact zone give great comfort and protection from impact
  • The outsole contains sections of XT-900 carbon rubber for added durability
Cons
  • The fit seems to be slightly different from the previous versions - rder up a size

Nike LunarGlide 9

Nike is dedicated to building shoes for the athletes of today while inventing better equipment for the athletes of the future. The LunarGlide 9 is one of those inventions built for the runner who likes an incredibly lightweight stability shoe. Not only does it work as a serious running shoe, it also works as a super comfortable everyday wear shoe.
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Comfort/Stability
The LunarGlide 9 retains the sole unit of the 8 with the slits and pods contoured to the natural shape of the foot. This design creates comfort and traction. In a few reviews, runners claimed these pods trap a few stones but not bad enough to create a major issue. The Flywire is now concealed and made of wider, softer string for more comfort with the same amount of upper stability. The upper-most layer of the sole provides ample arch support for runners with high arches who need that extra boost in the shoe. The Dynamic Support holds the midfoot stiff where feet are naturally stiff, which is necessary to support the foot. The rearfoot is kept upright through the footplant with the external TPU Heel Counter. The moderately plush heel collar draws the comfort of the shoe up around the ankle.

Quality/Durability
Only one review commented on the Nike symbol peeling after many miles. Otherwise, the LunarGlide 9s are said to be well built.

Cost
While these may be on the mid to upper end of the price spectrum, they are said to be worth the money for the comfort and support they provide. We do recommend, however, if you have wider feet, steer away from these shoes as they are built narrow. We want you to avoid dealing with returning ill-fitting shoes and buying another pair.
Pros
  • The Flyknit upper provides exceptional breathability
  • The laces run directly through Flywire cables, which offer additional support and security
  • Lunarlon foam sole gives plenty of cushion and impact protection
  • High arch support
  • Dynamic Support keeps midfoot stiff where it naturally stays stiff
  • TPU Heel Counter keeps heel upright and supported
Cons

Shoes can make a 'squish' noise when walking

Not great for runners with wide feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

While Brooks heavily studies runners' needs, we heavily study the inventions of Brooks. And with that we have brought you the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. This shoe provides superior stability for the runner with pronation or arch needs with an easy and fast-paced ride. Additionally, on a slightly different note, these shoes are designed to biodegrade faster so when you finally hang them up and move on to a new pair of shoes, these will break down faster and reduce the carbon footprint of Brooks and yourself.
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Comfort/Stability
First and foremost, this is a go-to shoe for runners with overpronation. (The 'GTS' even stands for "Go To Shoe"!) The sole unit of the shoe is separated by heel vs. foot with emphasis on different hot spots on the foot - which Brooks calls a "Full Length Segmented Crash Pad." This makes for adaptive landing whether you land on your heel or the ball of your foot and supports your foot either way. This coincides with the Biomogo DNA midsole foam adapting to every stride. Lastly, Brooks' Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar is hardened plastic aimed to correct missteps and give a more natural stride.

Quality/Durability
We did encounter a number of reviews claiming the shoes tear rather easily. We do not know what conditions each of these shoes were used in, so perhaps these shoes were used in very rough terrain. If that is the case, we suggest sticking to road, track, or treadmill running to preserve the condition of the shoes.

Cost
The Adrenaline GTS 17 is about midrange in its price. You're going to spend some money but it won't completely drain your wallet.
Pros
  • Go-To Shoe for overpronators
  • Full Length Segmented Crash Pad adapts to each stride
  • Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar corrects missteps and encourages a more natural gait
Cons
  • Some noted durability issues - depending on terrain

Brooks Ravenna 9

The Brooks Ravenna 9 are a solid pair of stability shoes. A lightweight and secure shoe that can make a real difference. The Ravenna’s steps are designed to be energizing, returning what you invest into your stide and giving it right back to you, always pushing you forward. The Ravenna is a high spec running shoe that provides support to those who need it, rather than a strictly support based shoe.
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Comfort/Stability
The Ravenna 9 is designed to be both comfortable and supportive, and Brooks has a clear idea of what a runner needs from their shoes to accomplish this. The Ravenna are best suited for those with a flat or mid-range arch. The cushioned is reinforced with rebranded rubber so the Ravenna are not only comfortable but also provide a beneficial spring to your step. The Ravenna also have a mesh upper to provide a cool, well ventilated run to their wearer, improving their comfort overall.

Quality/Durability
These are reliable shoes in terms of durability. Almost no wearers had issues with wear and tear or breaking from strain. Additionally many runners reported that the The Ravenna 9 lasted a notably long time before they needed replacing, even going as so far as buying new ones when they normally would and not needing them since the original pair were still up to snuff.

Cost
The cost of these Brooks running shoes is higher than some comfortable price ranges, but we can say that not only are the Ravenna 9 quality shoes but they do last a very long time, so we believe them to be a worthwhile investment.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Long lasting
Cons
  • Colors not available in all sizes

North Face Ultra 109 GTX

The Ultra 109 GTX from Adidas are a fantastic choice for runners who enjoy pounding the trail and who need a little help with stability. The runner with unstable footing may be extra intimidated by the idea of a rocky or steep trail, so a shoe like the Ultra 109 GTX can be a real blessing. These shoes even have supportive upper to provide stability for your ankle as well as the rest of your foot. Unstable trail running could be a thing of the past for anyone considering purchasing the Ultra 109 GTX.
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Comfort/ Stability:
The Ultra 109 GTX are very supportive shoes. They have a compression molded insole so you know they will do more than the average running shoe. These shoes are also comfortable, intended to save your feet from a rough trail. North Face also built these shoes with Gore-Tex, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. North Face also utilizes a mesh design so your feet will stay cool as well.

Quality/Durability:
These shoes are one of the more sturdy shoes available on this list. The Ultra 109 GTX are made to survive the outdoors and almost anything it can throw at them. And between their combined leather and Gore-Tex construction, there isn’t much they can handle.

Cost:
These shoes are certainly pricey. North Face has made a shoe that not only a reliable stability shoe but also a remarkable trail runner. The Ultra 109 GTX are of exceptional quality and provide a diverse array of benefits, making these shoes well worth the cost.
Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Strong support
  • Very stable and sturdy
  • Very comfortable
  • Great for hiking
  • Provides ankle stability
Cons
  • Shoelace durabilty issues
  • Not the best ventilation

Adidas Supernova M

Adidas’s have made a roomy and comfortable running shoe that can provide the stability and support to your gait. The well cushioned sole meets a relatively small heel drop. But all the cushioning doesn’t slow the Supernova M down, as tends to be the issue with some stability shoes, as it is constructed with four separate panels to keep it lightweight. An all around solid choice if you are looking for a stability running shoe.
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Comfortable/Stable
Adidas made the Supernova M to be especially well cushioned. The heel has extra cushioning for a more supportive shoe. The rubbarized outsole stretches to accommodate your gait, giving energy back to you as you run. The specialized torsion system worked into the shoes design keeps your gait stable. This shoe comes equipped a wide toe box, to allow you for optimum spread and giving you the best tools for secure footing. The Supernova M are so supportive that they are recommend as an option post injury to help aid in stability and healing.

Quality/ Durability
Adidas is a widely acclaimed brand and along with that fame comes standers and assurance of quality. The only issue some wears had in terms of long term quality is some excessive wear and tear with the sole.

Cost
While the Supernova M are a reliable, dependable stability shoe in their own right, they do have the added benefit of being affordable. We know that not everyone has access to the same equipment, so we believe it is important for our readership to know that they don’t have to sacrifice the quality of their run in order to shop for shoes on a budget. Adidas’s Supernova M are a great shoe for a great price.
Pros
  • Wide toe box
  • Well cushioned heel
  • Very supportive
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Can help alliviate pain
Cons
  • Sole may have some durability issues

Asics GT-2000 4 Lite-Show

Here we have a slightly bolder running shoe for runners who like high-vis equipment. The Asics GT-2000 4 Lite-Show is basically the same as the GT-2000 4 but made with florescent colors! This is an excellent stability shoe with PlasmaGaurd (allows breathability and protection from the elements), a lower heel drop, and a lighter weight with the addition of the neon reflective details. A great choice for stability runners and over/underpronators who want to run in the lack of daylight during the winter months.
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Comfort/Stability
As for the structure of these shoes, they have the classic Asics technology that provides comfort and stability, such as FlyteFoam, Dynamic DuoMax, and FluidRide foams in the midsole. A plastic shank in the section of the shoe adds to the shoe's stability but also counts for the slightly stiffer transition. Additionally, these shoes do great on the track, the road, or the trail. They're versatile and protective enough to run on dry, wet, or muddy grounds.

Quality/Durability
Our research says these are high quality shoes since they shed mud, throw reflections to drivers, and offer a good-quality basic running shoe, especially for overpronators. None of the reviews for these shoes complained of the structure tearing or wearing too quickly.

Cost
These shoes come with a somewhat higher price tag, due to the added Lite-Show details. But they are still the simple and straightforward shoe that runners love. Starting at $60 on Amazon, these shoes could probably be found even cheaper if you hunt around for a good deal.
Pros
  • Straightforward basic running show for overpronators
  • Highly reflective for low-light running
  • 3 layers of foam in midsole
  • Plastic shank in midsection for added stability
Cons
  • Fit is tight - order up 1/2 size

Nike Zoom Structure 20

Stability and support at its finest! Nike delivers with their workhorse daily trainer for the flat-footed and the overpronators. Runners are raving about the stability levels and incredible fit. Both novice runners and experts alike feel a significant difference when lacing up the all new Nike Zoom Structure 20. You have to try them for yourself!
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Comfort/Stability
The structure of this shoe is that of a well-cushioned high mileage trainer that offers ample support for overpronators. The sole unit is a balance of Phylon and Cushlon foams - typical for a stability shoe. The foam is softer on the lateral side of the shoe and firmer on the medial side thanks to Nike's Dynamic Support. The Flywires connecting the eyelets to the sole keep your foot securely in place. The 20 version is slightly higher at 3mm higher than the 19, giving even more support and protection from the ground. The bottom of the sole unit has gained hexagonal studs for increased traction. The crash pad on the heel is now connected to the rest of the sole for better transitions.

Quality/Durability
Even as a high-mileage shoe, this shoe holds up to long runs of wear and tear. No reviews complained of the shoes falling apart any time soon.

Cost
These shoes can vary from an attractive $50 to a whopping $220, depending on where you find them. Check out Amazon for a great deal!
Pros
  • Great for flat-footed runners or overpronators
  • High-mileage daily trainer
  • Double foam in sole unit
  • More studs for increased traction
Cons

Order up half a size

Can be expensive


Benefits you can get from stability shoes

Pronation control: Over pronators can get great support from a stable shoe. This shoe helps reduce over pronation and provides the straight gait during the moving.

Premium cushioning: other benefit of stability running shoe is having a premium cushioning which can offer a plush underfoot feel. In addition to providing great comfort, this cushioning also softens the impact on the trail or road and reduces pressure as well as reduces the risk of injuries in the foot joints and leg.

Arch Support: The arch support in stability shoes is more prominent in supporting semi-low arches than other types of running shoes. This support helps prevent the foot from rolling inward during transition.

Durability: the premium midsole materials and thick cushioning of the stability shoes enhance their durability. Generally, durability of this category is higher in the comparison with minimalist or neutral ones.

Who uses stability footwear?

Runners with over-pronation or flat feet get the largest benefits from stability running shoes. Because this type of shoe usually has extra-dense foam in the arches as well as other components that provide support, the feet are more effectively guided forward reducing the inward roll. However, there are 3 common degrees of pronation or in the other words, there are different levels of support need that why stability shoes are coming with moderate and high level.

But with support provided by stability footwear, it can make all the difference to face to some issues such as shin splints and patellofemoral pain syndrome.

General Info

Each stability shoe has own pros and cons and is suitable for different types of runners. Importantly, you must be aware of your particular foot condition, as well as what you need to choose with reference to  stable running shoes for yourself. Amazon is a reliable place to go as far as products and prices go.

 

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The Criteria Used When Selecting The Best Stability Running Shoes:

 

Importance Of Feedback And Real World Application

Every foot is different, however, when looking at running shoes that are strong in the stability department, we looked at the biggest reasons why this may be a necessity for runners. Over-pronation and lower or flatter heels are the foot types that require the most stability to help prevent too much collapsing when the foot strikes the ground. We researched countless reviews as a starting point to develop a more comprehensive list. While manufacturers can make claims of stability and shoes can feel very stable on department store carpet, we’re runners that know the true test of a shoe’s stability comes from getting out there and putting miles on the footwear. You will find that this guide reflects that fundamental principle in an effort to give our readers the best list possible.

Stability For Longer Distances

Our research indicates that stability is one factor that decreases as run distance increases. In fact, we found that runners complained about the long-term stability of running shoes more often than cushioning or protection. We made sure to listen to user feedback on individual models and took into consideration data from runners that engaged in loner mileage runs. This ensures that we provide our readers with stability that lasts as long as their runs do. Most runners will agree that a running shoe’s comfort and stability levels actually become more and more important to them as endurance demands rise. Our choices have been put through their paces and offer enough stability to get through long distance runs.

 The quality and the durability of the trainer

Running shoes with great stability are typically well constructed or constructed and feature high quality materials. There’s a connection between increased durability levels and high support. What good is it to add sophisticated shoe technology if it breaks down after ten miles of run time? This is why it’s important to not get lost in features to the point where you overlook durability. Our picks are dependable and trusted by runners to deliver quality run after run without compromising the integrity of the stability levels of the running sneaker.

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Breathability

Check the ventilation and the airiness of a trainer, as this can determine the endurance levels of the shoes. When a runners’ feet are cool and nice, then he or she can prevent fatigue, which in turn causes more improved foot control. This means that runner will have a stride and gait which is most controlled.  In addition, let’s face it: whether you need stability or not, its obvious that no runners want a running shoe that is sweaty and uncomfortable. This is why we listened to what testers had to comment about the ability of the footwear to wick away moisture and control temperatures in order to eliminate hotspots.

Flexibility

Some runners might believe that running in a high stability shoe means sacrificing flexibility. If you are not careful, this can be true. However, knowing what to look for will ensure that stability doesn’t translate into a rigid and inflexible running shoe. We made sure that our selections have the highest flexibility available without losing the high stability levels that runners may require for their inward rolling tendencies.

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Other Important metrics To have in mind When Selecting The Right Choice For You

Picking the best size for your feet

Remember that going for maximum stability and selecting a good fit go hand in hand. The width of the feet is a matter of great importance when dealing with issues of pronation (under pronation, neutral pronation and overpronation) and other foot issues. If you are a runner with wider feet, you might have had issues with the shoes’ narrowness.

Fit is a very important factor in any shoe. Running shoes are intended to be snug to give you the most control over your foot but it is important they are still comfortable to keep you running at your best. Fit determines how comfortable you will, bearing in mind running spikes are meant for extra rough terrain, it is important that the perfect fit is attained at all cost. Remember to always try on shoes before you buy them. If you purchase it online, make sure the pair is returnable in case it does not fit. Most stores will allow you to try your new running shoes before you purchase them, this will give you an actual feel of how the shoes will feel on your feet while running, you can even jog while wearing the sneakers.

Make A Selection For Your Run Length

Even if you don’t need higher stability running shoes, most runners enjoy shoes with higher motion control and stability for longer distance runs. It’s important to always have in mind the fact that, although stability runners are perfect for runners suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and flat feet, they may also be the running shoe of choice for standard marathon runners or long distance runners. In addition, heavier runners report a significant change in ride comfort and a positive feedback return.

Make Room For An Orthotic Insert

Look for insole kiosks that can help you make a customized selection in minutes and have you on your way. You can also try insoles that have different sized and shaped inserts that you can swap out for a customized fit. Customization is key.

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How to make sure your trainers are more durable

Every runner wants to have trainers that have high durability. That’s why factors like the sole and the material used in making the shoes are taken into great consideration by a buyer. Not everyone has the luxury of getting a new pair of trainers after a few months. Though, it is recommended that we replace our sneakers after a minimum of 300 miles to a maximum of 400 miles running. That’s why it is advisable that you take good care of your current running shoes. Below are some of the tips used by top athletes to make sure that their shoes do not wear out faster than they should.

  1. Your running sneakers should only be worn during workout sessions: Although your favorite sneakers might be the most comfortable trainers in your wardrobe, don’t be tempted to wear them in every occasion. Only wear the trainers when going for a walk or when going for a run. Wearing the trainers all the time will hasten their wearing out and the cushioning will start to decrease. Also when you wear the shoes, you are simply exposing the trainers to dirt, sweat and bacteria. Not to mention that you will have to clean your shoes which means the style and design will start getting spoilt. The more you run the more the insole and the upper sole gets worn out.
  2. Make sure you put on and take off your shoes in the proper way: Many of us when in a hurry tend to just pull out our shoes without untying the laces. When you are late for your workout session you might be tempted to just shove your leg into your shoe, this tends to cause the collar of the heel to bend. The upper section and the lacing system will exert stress on the trainers’ stitching and the glue which holds the shoe parts together. That’s why runners are advised to loosen their shoe laces before putting on the shoes and when taking off the shoes.
  3. If you have wet trainers, take your time to dry them properly: In case you ran in a wet weather and your trainers got wet, please do not expose them to direct heat e.g. a radiator. This is because too heat has many disadvantages to the running sneaker: making the leather to dry out and some materials that are used in making the trainers. Adhesives are also affected by too much heat. If you want to dry up your shoes correctly: start by loosening the laces, ten take out insoles from the shoes, then let them dry but don’t expose them to direct sunlight. To hasten the drying process you can use newspapers that are crumples up, put the newspaper inside so that they can absorb any form of moisture and water still inside the shoes.
  4. Get two pairs of trainers and use them alternatively: if you are a daily runner then it’s advisable to get 2 pairs of trainers. Trainers tend to have increased durability of they are given a resting period of one day or rather two days. During the resting period the shoes will dry out and decompress. A good plan or tactic to put in place would be to start wearing a brand new pair of sneakers after you have worn your current pair of sneakers for close to 4 to 6 weeks. This will give you an opportunity to observe and compare the cushioning and level of support offered by the two trainers. This is a good indication that you should replace the older pair of sneakers.
  5. Make sure the shoes are stored properly: The shoes ought to be kept in a place that is dry and cool, the place should also have access to free air movement. The storage place ought to be a place that cannot start heating up. Avoid putting your shoes in a gym bag after wearing them,  you can opt for a designated shoe bag. This means your shoes won’t dry up properly and will have a dump smell. Poor drying out environments can cause your sneakers to have bacteria which can lead to fungal infection to your feet. If it’s possible dry your sneakers in open air.
  6. No matter how tempting and innocent it might look, don’t clean your trainers using a clothes dryer or a washing machine: in case you want to clean or wash your trainers make sure you have with you the following materials soft scrub brush, col water and mild soap. Wash the she’s gently so that you don’t damage the outer upper section of the trainer with the bristles of the brush. When cleaning the shoes make sure you remove the laces and the insoles. Wash the laces separately. Allow the trainers to air dry.

 

What are the types of foot arches?

Runners have different foot arches the same way they experience different degrees of pronation. Knowing the type of arch you have, gives the runner a hint on the trainer that will be most suitable for him. The types of arches are discussed below together with their traits and potential foot problems a runner can get.

  1. The Flat feet or Low Arch type

This arc type offers maximum flexibility to the athletes’’ feet. There is very minimal arch definition and the foot sits very low to runners’ running surface. Some of the possible foot problems that can be caused by flat feet are:

  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Over pronation
  • Knee problems though medial,
  • Post-tibial tendonitis

The orthotics ought to be used with the rear foot, which is medial, hence offering the needed arch support that will keep the runner’s foot aligned hence be able to deal with the excess pronation challenge. Statistics show that roughly 20% of the world’s population have low arches!

The low arches have more flexibility and experience too much inward rolling of the foot when running (over pronation). Low arches can be described to be biomechanically imbalanced, this condition can make the feet to be more prone to common problems and ailments that affect the foot like the plantar fasciitis, arch pain or heel pain. However, runners with this foot arch should not be worried, because with the correct footwear and good foot orthotics (insoles), the body can be offered the proper alignment hence be able to prevent getting injured while running.

  1. The Medium Arch Type.

This arch type is found in feet that can be described as biomechanically efficient. The foot also has moderate flexibility and the arch us very defined. The frequent problems associated with this arch type are metatarsalgia (caused by the repetitive stress combined with an incorrect fit) and heel pain. When you use orthotics they provide a good arch support, ample cushioning and maximum comfortability. The insoles should prevent foot pain by absorbing the shock generates when running or walking. Roughly a percentage of 60, of the world’s total population have a medium arch type.

Medium arch is always biomechanically efficient, however, it’s still vulnerable to some foot problems that are common, like the heel pain or a little discomfort at the ball of the foot. If you scan your foot you will notice that almost half of the arch area has a much defined rearfoot and forefoot. Runners with this type of arch should look for trainers that offer shock absorption features, extra support and added cushioning. If you manage to get the correct pair of shoes and orthotics then you will have perfect body alignment, prevent cases or scenarios of injuries occurring.

  1. The High Arch Type

Present in a foot that is very rigid, and sits very high from the running surface. The arch type is also well defined as the medium arch type. When running the forefoot and the rear foot tend to experience excessive pressure. Common problems associated with the high arch are:

  • Calluses
  • Arch strain
  • The claw toes
  • The heel pain (syndrome).
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis

Ideal orthotics for this condition must have arch support that is proper, provide forefoot relief by the metatarsals pads and have maximum cushioning properties. 20% of runners in the world have this arch type. The arch type is classified as under pronated (supinated) and they have the most rigid feet.

When running or going for a walk, runners who have high arches have their feet absorbing a large amount of shock and impact generated from the heel striking the ground. With high arches, a runner will have a small surface area used to absorb the shock impact. The for foot part and the rear foot parts are exerted with high pressure hence a runner has a high chance of suffering from plantar fasciitis, heel pain or have pain in the foot’s ball.  Getting the correct insoles will make sure the arch cavity is filled and hence disperse the amount of shock. Cushioning is offered and the proper alignment for one’s body hence minimal chances of getting injuries.

How do I determine my arch type?

In order to learn the shape, the size, the movement and the amount of pressure exerted when running then you can go for a foot scan. The scanning ought to be done annually. The scan will be able to give you all the information you need related to your arch type, type of pronation, the pressure points, the correct sizing and the gait analysis. The other option would be to opt for the DYI wet foot test.

 

FAQ

Q: How can I tell if I need more stable footwear?

A: Your stability needs require a bit of self assessment. Do you have issue with balance? Do your feet turn inward while you are walking or running? Does your ankle often twist from under you with no warning at all? It might be time to give stability shoes a try and see how they might improve your performance.

Q. Is Breathability Important?

A. The airiness and ventilation of runner’s footwear can have a direct impact on their endurance levels. When feet are nice and cool, runners are able to keep fatigue at bay, which leads to better foot control and ultimately, a better-controlled gait and stride. In addition, let’s face it: whether you need stability or not, no one likes a sweaty, uncomfortable running shoe. This is why we listened to what testers had to review about the ability of the footwear to wick away moisture and control temperatures in order to eliminate hotspots. Most runners agree that a light and breezy running shoe is a welcomed companion on any run

 Q. Why is stability important to long distance runners?

A.Stability and comfort go hand in hand. A runner who is unstable is likely to experience discomfort over the course of a long run due to having to carefully consider every step while unable to properly correct. The right shoes will make sure that every footing is certain, and in turn limit your discomfort that results from the difficulties of your gait.

Q: I only experience slight discomfort and inward rolling when I run, do I really need stability running shoes?

A: There are plenty of types of stability running shoes, so you won’t have to sacrifice any other positive features for the sake of having a proper corrective shoe. So even if you need a minor correction to your stability or pronation there is little to no reason to deprive yourself of relief from possible chronic pain, weakness, and injury.

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Here are some sources used during our research

It’s important to use a wide variety of sources to ensure quality information. We like to utilize trusted running enthusiasts and manufactures when providing our readers with the most up-to-date statistics found in all our buying guides. We are also very interested in taking what everyday users have to comment about specific products, and we perform our due diligence to make sure that quality research goes into every guide. Here are some sources which helped us with this guide:

Sources

  1. Jack Rabbit Running, Jack Rabbit Running, Running Website,
  2. REI, REI, Running Website,
  3. Runner’s World, Runner’s World, Running Website,
  4. Amazon, Amazon, Product Reviews,
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