7 Best Running Shoes For Low Arches in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Running Shoes For Low Arches in 2022

Running longer miles is not easy – especially for low arch or flat-footed runners wearing the wrong shoes. If you’re one of them, there are key factors to look for in running shoes that may help you feel supported and comfortable.

We’ve rounded up 200+ low arch running shoes available in the market today. Equipped with our shoe testing lab and our staff of dedicated testers, we’ve reviewed and looked for the best stability tech, arch support, and motion control design to come up with our top picks of the best shoes for runners with low arches.

Depending on your specific needs, we’ve selected our best picks in five categories. Whether you want the best value for your money, a solid choice for the trails, or a more budget-friendly option, we’ve you covered.

How we test running shoes

Our team of experienced runners is constantly testing the latest offerings in the low arch running shoe category. Each pair of shoes is put to the wringer – lab-tested and wear-tested – and to see how it fares as compared to others in the selection. The entire process specifically includes:

  • Buying all the running shoes on this list with our own money to keep everything transparent, honest, and unbiased.
  • Cutting the shoes into pieces at the lab to get a much closer look.
  • Weighing and measuring 30+ parameters from stability, cushioning motion control technology, and many others.
  • Wear-testing the shoe in various training conditions and racing environments, logging at least 30 to 50 miles for each model.
  • We gather more info from other shoe experts and regular users and reduce every useful thing they said into a summary format.

Finally, we input our aggregated data into our proprietary CoreScore system, which generates a final rating for each model from 0 to 100. The top picks are shown on this list.

Best running shoes for low arches overall

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 71,713 users
91 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability.
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Best road low arch running shoes

Brooks Glycerin GTS 19
Brooks Glycerin GTS 19

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 8,394 users
91 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Good cushioning
  • Breathable
  • Smooth transition
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not very versatile
  • Slight heel slipping

Verdict

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is a great every-day runner’s shoe that offers good cushioning on a stable platform and will go the distance. The Glycerin GTS 19 doesn’t offer anything that is mind-bending or earth-shattering. It’s simply consistent.
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Best trail low arch running shoes

Asics Gel Trabuco 9
Asics Gel Trabuco 9

Corescore

84
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 625 users
84 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Excellent outsole grip
  • Durable
  • Impact-absorbent
  • Supportive
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable upper
  • Well-fitting

Cons

  • Lugs collect rocks
  • Excessively roomy toe box
  • Short laces

Verdict

The Asics Gel Trabuco 9 is a trail shoe that embodies the perfect mix of ruggedness and comfort. It's a solid choice for daily runs on the trails or grass. And for races, it's an excellent selection for sub-marathon and marathon distances. For anything longer, it falls short on cushioning. Experts advise going for the Asics Trabuco Max instead.
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Best Nike low arch running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Structure 23
Nike Air Zoom Structure 23

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 414 users
85 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Excellent cushioning
  • Suitable for all-day wear
  • Wide platform 
  • Great stability
  • Snug and supportive heel area
  • Efficient landing and take-off
  • Eye-catching colorways

Cons

  • Poor breathability

Verdict

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 offers a different feel from its predecessor. It has a softer and more responsive cushioning but continues to provide a decent level of stability. This high-mileage Nike running shoe is not ideal for excessive overpronators because of its soft midsole. Also, the plush cushioning delivers an all-day comfort but users must keep in mind that it may feel warm on hot summer days.
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Best Asics low arch running shoes

Asics Gel Kayano 28
Asics Gel Kayano 28

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 8,715 users
91 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Familiar Kayano fit
  • Roomier toebox
  • No lace bite
  • Added pep 
  • No medial post
  • Lost weight
  • Kayano durability

Cons

  • Heel slipping
  • Overly plush
  • Runs warm

Verdict

Still staying true to its Kayano roots, we found the Kayano 28 retaining its hallmark on stability and support while seeing some updates to amp up comfort and flexibility. And with better flex, the shoe was just overall fun! Although designed as a daily trainer, we found it fitting as a standalone shoe that you can take out of the closet during race day and on long, slow miles.
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Best value running shoes for low arches

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
Mizuno Wave Inspire 17

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 3,393 users
90 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Perfect fit
  • Impressive lockdown
  • Moderate stability
  • Great for faster runs
  • Cushioned ride
  • No break-in needed
  • Really breathable
  • Good grip 
  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Limited color options

Verdict

Super comfy, silky smooth, and sneaky fast! The Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 truly gave us a confidence-inspiring ride. It's a stability workhorse. If you want a supportive training run, it's the shoe to get, just as it's the right fit for a peppy, bouncy ride on race day. And as a true Mizuno, it's a killer in the durability department!
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What are the cheapest running shoes for low arches in 2022?

  1. New Balance FuelCell Prism v2 - from $59
  2. Saucony Omni 20 - from $63
  3. Brooks Bedlam 3 - from $70
  4. Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 - from $71
  5. Saucony Hurricane 23 - from $75
  6. Salomon Predict Soc - from $76
  7. Asics GT 1000 10 - from $79
  8. Puma Eternity Nitro - from $79
  9. New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5 - from $81
  10. Asics Gel DS Trainer 26 - from $82
  11. Asics GT 4000 2 - from $84
  12. Asics Gel Kayano 28 - from $99
  13. Saucony Guide 15 - from $100
  14. Asics GT 2000 9 Knit - from $100
  15. Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 - from $104

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.