Feeling comfortably supported becomes a priority when you have flat feet. We want to make sure that every flat-footed runner receives the right kind of support from their next pair of shoes.
Equipped with a shoe testing lab and a team of dedicated testers, we have reviewed over 90 running shoes that are recommended for flat feet.
Depending on what you value the most, we have selected our top picks in several categories. Whether you want more cushioning, or need extra space for the toes, or look for a more budget-friendly option, there is a shoe for every demand.
In shoe language, Brooks Adrenaline translates to a big cushy hug that comforts and supports you. Isn’t it exactly what you need in a shoe for flat feet?
This shoe has made it to our top picks in 15(!) different categories of running shoes. And we just can’t get enough of it, still taking it on daily walks long after the wear tests are done.
What makes it our top recommendation for flat feet is the gentle supportive system that cradles your foot on the sides. Those firmer bumpers around the heel do a fantastic job keeping the heel in place as you walk or run. They prevent the foot from rolling inwards, which often happens when you have flat feet.
This Brooks trainer also uses one of our favorite cushioning foams, which is among the plushest ones across running shoes. Our feet felt pampered even on the longest of test runs (10K) and there was absolutely no recovery period afterwards!
The shoe keeps your feet in all-around comfort also thanks to its generously padded upper. There is a gentle yet secure clutch around the ankle, which also helps to minimize strain on your feet.
We also find it one of the most durable daily trainers on the market, which makes it a perfect option for all-day wear in addition to your runs.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 was our love at first step!
The Hurricane is the most well-cushioned and most stable daily trainer from Saucony. And it also uses the brand’s premium foam that you can also find in its top-tier marathon shoes (the Endorphin series).
We have tested it on slower runs and some longer efforts (10K) and can highly recommend it for that purpose!
It is probably the most impressive combination of plushness and responsiveness that we have ever experienced! Normally soft means mushy, but not in the Hurricane 23! If it wasn’t for the heavier weight and stability, we would’ve thought that we are running in the Endorphin Pro!
However, weight is not much of a concern here. The shoe is right at the average of stability shoes.
Stability-wise, the shoe passed with flying colors. Even if you have a more severe case of overpronation, will benefit greatly from the Hurricane. It’s got a wide, stable base along with the brand’s premium support system.
And this trainer screams cozy! It’s got some of the most form-fitting uppers across running shoes and feels like memory foam.
Overall, for $160, the Saucony Hurricane 23 sets a high bar and it lives up to it!
Brooks is one of the go-to brands for people with wider feet. Not only do they put emphasis on the more spacious toeboxes, but they also make their shoes in Wide and Extra Wide options.
We thoroughly enjoyed the soft comfort of the Brooks Adrenaline 21. That uber-plush and padded collar holds the heel nicely, transitioning to a very secure midfoot hold.
And the forefoot is where the fit relaxes, offering a good amount of space for your toes. Wide on the sides, it also has ample space up above the toes, allowing them to wiggle freely.
We wear-tested the shoe on some longer 10K+ runs and were impressed with how well it accommodates the swelling! No cramping or pressure points, the soft material stretches easily to contour the changes in your foot volume.
All that in addition to the plush generous cushioning and gentle pronation control make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 our #1 choice for flat and wide feet!
If you love the Ravenna 11, the Launch GTS 8 won't fail you. It is a budget-friendly option for beginners and long-time runners who want a new addition to their daily trainer rotation. Where it shines is in tempo paces. Anything slower than that, the shoe struggles. Since it's only a moderate stability shoe, it's perfect for those who only mildly overpronate and neutral runners looking for a touch of stability.
If you want a bit less rugged shoe that can transition from road to trail, we highly recommend the GT 2000 9 Trail.
An off-road version of Asics’ staple stability shoe, it keeps all the supportive features of the original model. The shoe feels a lot like the Kayano!
We experienced a very steady ride on its wide platform. Even though it uses a classic medial post that the more advanced stability shoes are moving away from, it still feels solid and very reasonable for the price!
In our opinion, if you’re not after the latest bells and whistles but prefer a more traditional approach to arch support, the GT 2000 is an excellent value for the price!
Adding to its benefits is a lasting cushioning unit. Based on our wear-tests, it can even take you up to a marathon distance!
And we are just as happy to say that the outsole durability is at par with what you would expect from Asics! At least 450 miles are guaranteed in this trail shoe.
If $120 is the maximum you are ready to spend on a pair of trail shoes for flat feet, Asics GT 2000 9 Trail is a fantastic option! Highly supportive, durable, and road-to-trail-friendly, we see it as the go-to shoe for a great number of runners.
If you feel like the $160 Kayano is out of reach, we can highly recommend its budget-friendly sibling, the GT 1000 10.
Sure it lacks some of those premium technologies like Gel cushioning, but it is a great option if you just want a simple stability shoe for no more than $100.
We enjoyed wearing the GT 1000 for short daily runs, casual walks, and even all-day wear. It can easily become one’s go-to shoe with its efficient support system. Your overpronation stays under control in this shoe, although we do recommend upgrading to the Kayano in case of severe overpronation.
It is quite light for a stability shoe too! More precisely, we measured it to be 17% lighter than the average.
We see it as a great entry-level option for runners who are just starting to build up their foot and ankle strength and could use extra support to avoid injury.
Stable and wide, the GT 1000 helped us feel surefooted all throughout the wear tests.
It’s not a speedy one, and we wouldn’t recommend it for longer distances (10K+). But for regular daily use, this Asics shoe is among the most comfortable stability options for less than $100!
A stability shoe made for training runs, the Guide 14 from Saucony just gets the job done for us. No frills, no gimmicks, just plain support. While it may be a positive for the shoe, it also renders a negative - it's a dull ride. Whether you're an overpronator or a neutral runner in need of extra arch support, the Saucony Guide is neither obtrusive nor too harsh to not find that sweet spot in your daily running shoe roster.
3 mistakes to avoid when looking for running shoes for flat feet
Are there shoes designed for flat feet? Well, not exactly! There are running shoes designed for overpronation, and most flat-footed runners overpronate. Thus, individuals with flat feet find comfort in using stability or motion control shoes.
If you want to buy the most comfortable running shoe for your flat feet, avoid these mistakes:
1. Not knowing how much support you need
When it comes to flat feet, extra arch support is not always the answer. Having flexible or rigid flat feet will significantly affect your choices.
Flexible flat feet
Rigid flat feet
The arch is visible when there is no weight (ex. while sitting, on toes, or lying down); it disappears when weight is put on the legs
Arch is not visible; remains flat in all positions
Causes pain during everyday activities
Usually affects both feet
Usually affects one or both feet
Which running shoes to choose
For flexible flat feet, it is recommended to use stability running shoes because having too rigid and substantial arch support can put stress on the feet and knees.
neutral shoe (left) vs. stability shoe (center) vs. motion control shoe (right)
2. Forgetting that heel and toe support are also important
Flat-footed runners usually apply more force in the heel and toe areas; thus, they need to wear running shoes with added durability and support in those areas. Running shoes for flat feet are usually bulkier and thicker than normal running shoes because of these added features.
3. Not recognizing the importance of shoe last
When dealing with flat feet, arch support is not the only solution. You need to pay attention to the shoe's last or mold. It dictates the shoe’s level of stability.
Straight last will help flat-footed runners feel more sure-footed and avoid pain.
Hoka shoes are known for straight, extra-wide platforms
Other important things to remember if you have flat feet
Replace your running shoes before they wear out
Do not wait for your running shoes to be completely worn out before you replace them. Some experts suggest that running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles, depending on your running style, weight, and the quality of the shoes itself.
If you have flat feet, pay attention to your shoe’s midsole. It provides shock absorption as well as the stability and motion control you need for your foot condition. Over time, the midsole will wear down and won’t provide the same level of comfort and support. If you have already run a lot of miles and you notice pain during or after you run, then it’s time to buy a new pair.
Stretch and strengthen your feet
If you have flat feet, keep your arches strong and properly stretched. Make sure to stretch regularly every day for a few minutes and after your running activity.
For instructions and more flat feet exercises, read this article.
Do not ignore the pain
Running through pain will worsen the condition and increases the risk of serious injury. If you experience pain while running, get professional help. It is important to rest too.
If you are interested to learn more about flat feet and associated foot conditions, as well as tips on how to choose the right running shoes, here are a few articles to explore:
Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.