10 Best Motion Control Running Shoes in 2021
Disclaimer: Brands have different approaches to naming categories of supportive running shoes. So, we will be using the term ‘motion control’ in reference to shoes with the highest level of stability. The purpose of this guide is to educate, not to make any medical diagnosis or recommendation.
Although there are very few motion control running shoes on the market these days, we have put them all through our lab and wear tests to find the top performers.
Also, to make sure that motion control running shoes are the right choice for you, see our guide on pronation and shoe types below the top picks.
Overview of this guide
How we shortlist the best shoes with motion control
Even though very few brands still make running shoes with maximum support, we make sure not to overlook any. You can find models from Brooks, New Balance, Saucony, Hoka, among others in our rankings below. Here is how we end up with the top 10:
- Buy shoes with our own funds to avoid brand loyalty and bias.
- Determine whether a shoe can be classified as “motion control” based on our standards
- Summarize nearly 100,000 user and expert reviews for 30+ motion control shoes.
- Take each pair on a test run of at least 30 miles before delivering feedback.
- Cut shoes in half at RunRepeat lab and measure over 30 parameters that contribute to their performance.
Finally, we give each shoe a CoreScore from 0 to 100 to determine the best ones.
It’s massive, and it sure is big on stability - the Saucony Omni 19 didn’t just give our feet all the support they needed. Even better, it’s unlike all the motion control running shoes we’ve come across.
Underfoot, you get all the support and bounce you could ever dream of!
The midsole may be stable AF, but the upper takes everything up a notch. It molds around the contours of the feet so well, we had NO issues with slips and wobbling. Even on sharp turns, we were surefooted as ever.
And if you’re a severe overpronator in need of custom orthotics, fret not. This shoe is wide enough to accommodate custom insoles.
If you want a pain-free ride, nothing does it better than this shoe. It’s shock-attenuating, and it dampened the impact so well, our feet and legs were fresh from the first mile down to the last.
But what really shook us was the very light ride the Omni 19 delivered. It’s a massive titan on the outside and on paper (at 11.4 oz), but it’s the exact opposite on the run!
Whether you’re an overpronator or a heavy runner, your feet will feel right at home in the Hoka One One Gaviota 3. Seriously, this is THE Bondi of overpronators.
It’s one hell of a chunky shoe and it’s insanely padded from top to bottom. Having tested tens of stability shoes, nothing comes close to the plushness of this shoe.
When we did our lab tests, we just couldn’t wrap our head around how cushioned the upper is. Even the tongue is two times thicker than the average at 10.3mm vs. 5.8mm!
Yes, the midsole is soft, but it’s not the kind that’s mushy. Stability is not compromised in this shoe at all. It’s forgiving, and at the same time, it’s CRAZY supportive.
Even the shoe’s heel screams stability. It’s stiff, as in stiffer than the average running shoe (107.9N vs. 64.1N). The rigidity amplifies the lockdown at the rear, preventing slips.
And if you’re looking for a tank that’s going to eat up miles and miles of harsh hammering before retiring in your closet, this makes the cut. The midsole is not going to pack out easily, it has tons of rubber, and the upper is as solid as it can get!
It’s a literal beast. The Brooks Beast 20 is among the toughest running shoes we’ve ever run in!
After 50 miles of beating, it came out looking and feeling fresh as ever. The outsole and upper are scratch-free, while the midsole remains supportive and stable.
And it doesn’t stop there. Your feet get all the protection they need with the copious amount of foam this behemoth has.
Seriously, it can mute out everything underfoot, and you can expect it to last 400-500 miles before replacing it.
You might think that this colossal shoe also indicates heftiness on foot. But just like us, it’s here to surprise you. It’s NOT.
It looks heavy and it’s surefire heavy on paper at 11.7 oz, but not once did we feel like it was weighing us down.
And comfort is not lost in this motion control running shoe. Yes, it’s on the stiffer side, but it also has some give in the midsole to keep the feet feeling nice and comfy. Even more, there’s ample space in the toe box for a roomy toe placement.