7 Best Running Shoes For Orthotics in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Running Shoes For Orthotics in 2022

Running shoes for orthotics tend to be wide. Given the number of wide running shoes on the market, choosing can be a drag. 

Having tested loads of running shoes that match well with the orthotics, we’ve selected the finest models from various categories to help all runners.

How we test running shoes

We don’t just randomly choose the orthotic-friendly running shoes we put on this list. We pace and test each one of them to see if they’re worth recommending. 

Some of the steps we take include: 

  • Buying them with our own money to avoid brand loyalty 
  • Logging 30-50 miles worth of test runs
  • Slicing them to pieces
  • Measuring each part of the shoe in 30 different parameters
  • Calculating the Corescore for each running shoe to see how well they go against other running shoes

Best running shoes for orthotics overall

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 70,269 users
90 / 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 running shoes for orthotics

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,724 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop, doing it all from slow days, tempo sessions, and gym workouts even. If you want to run with fun, take the Pegasus any day!
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Best trail running shoes for orthotics

Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 6,247 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

The Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a trail shoe that will make run with confidence! It's sturdy underfoot, supportive, and it's got the right blend of comfort and responsiveness. Throw in any terrain, and this show will bite its way through them!
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Best Asics orthotic friendly running shoes

Asics Gel Kayano 28
Asics Gel Kayano 28

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 8,270 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

Built around comfort, our feet were right at home in the Asics Novablast 2! It's springy and soft (as in everywhere!) - much like a spa day treat in long, easy miles. And with all that plushness, you might think this is a shoe that wears easily. Good news! It DOESN'T. It's built to eat up miles (300-500 miles), and we can confirm this!
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Best Nike running shoes for orthotics

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 432 users
90 / 100 from 28 experts

Pros

  • Super-cushioned
  • Insanely fun and bouncy ride
  • Great grip
  • Impressive foot lockdown
  • Stretchy toebox
  • Good for wider feet
  • Not weighing you down
  • Really breathable

Cons

  • Unstable on uneven terrain
  • Really tall
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

Now, this is what we call FUN! The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run literally made us feel like each step was made of springs. It's NOT going to pace you, but it will make your runs lively and effortless! If you want a premium daily trainer that's going to work best on long, easy days on the road, we tell you, this is THE best of its kind.
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Best value running shoes for orthotics

Asics Gel Contend 7
Asics Gel Contend 7

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 28,456 users
100 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Good heel lock
  • Stable
  • A fair amount of cushioning
  • Value for money
  • Durable, grippy outsole
  • Guidance line keeps the foot steady

Cons

  • Rubber outsole is squeaky
  • Not comfortable on longer runs
  • Inefficient arch support

Verdict

If you're looking for one of the best value running shoes out there, the Asics Gel Contend 7 is it. From ample cushioning for short to medium-length runs, to tough constructions the Gel Contend 7 exceeds expectations for this price bracket.
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What are the cheapest running shoes for orthotics in 2022?

  1. Adidas EQ21 - from $40
  2. Asics Gel Scram 6 - from $40
  3. Under Armour Charged Vantage - from $40
  4. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from $44
  5. Asics Jolt 3 - from $44
  6. Salomon Sonic 4 Balance - from $51
  7. Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8 - from $68
  8. New Balance Shando - from $70
  9. Merrell Moab Flight - from $75
  10. Saucony Echelon 8 - from $80
  11. Brooks Ricochet 3 - from $85
  12. Adidas Terrex Speed Ultra - from $95
  13. Asics GT 4000 2 - from $100
  14. Hoka One One Mach 4 - from $104
  15. Altra Superior 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.