10 Best Running Shoes For Overpronation in 2021

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10 Best Running Shoes For Overpronation in 2021

The role of overpronation running shoes is to offer extra support which prevents excessive inward rolling of the foot. They help to lower the risk of injury and discomfort by using supportive elements on the inner side of the foot, right where the biggest impact happens.

Given how crucial it is to your foot health, we were especially cautious when testing shoes for overpronation. Over 90 models had gone through our lab tests and wear tests before we claimed the best ones.

We also presented our top picks in five different categories, depending on what you may find the most important in your pair of shoes.

For more in-depth details on buying running shoes for overpronation, scroll down to the guide part below the shoe descroptions.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to educate, not to make any medical diagnosis or recommendation.

How we evaluate running shoes for overpronation

Having runners with overpronation on our team, we understand how crucial it is to feel the best support you can get from a running shoe. 

With the help of our shoe testing lab and an in-depth approach to the review process, we put each running shoe through the wringer:

  • It is literally sliced into pieces in our lab and measured based on 30+ parameters, including ones that contribute to arch support and stability.
  • Our dedicated runners log 30-50 miles in overpronation running shoes before delivering their extensive feedback.
  • We purchase all reviewed shoes with our own funds to escape any bias or brand loyalty.
  • In addition, over 1600 expert reviews and 270,000 user ratings for overpronation running shoes are incorporated into our ranking system for a more comprehensive overview.

The output is a CoreScore, a number from 0 to 100 which is assigned to each product. It reflects how well the shoe performs and helps us compare it to 250+ other shoes of its kind.

You can expect to see the best running shoes for overpronation here.

Best overall

If most of your shoes make you feel like you are walking on the inner side of your feet, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 will make you forget all about this discomfort.

Having tested over 80 shoes with pronation control, we know what makes a truly great running shoe for overpronation. And the Adrenaline ticks every box!

What we loved most about this Brooks shoe is its less intrusive approach to stability which veers away from the traditional medial posting. The gentle GuideRails technology wraps around the heel, keeping your foot and ankle steady as you move from the heel to the toes.

We wore the Adrenaline on multiple daily runs of various distances (up to 10K) and were blown away by its capacity as a daily trainer. It offers a luxuriously cushioned ride for slow recovery runs and is not too heavy if you choose to speed up. It’s not a tempo shoe by any means but it does have a nice balance of softness and responsiveness to help you glide through the run.

The shoe’s generously padded upper makes it one of the coziest trainers we have ever tried. We just keep comparing it to a hug, given how accommodating it feels on the foot.

Another very welcome feature of the shoe is the gusseted tongue. It also plays an important part in keeping the foot in place when it tends to roll in.

There is a lot to love about the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21. And we didn’t even want to take it off after our wear tests! You just want to stay in its plush comfort a little longer (and hit the snooze button to walk another mile).

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With nearly 30 years in the making, the Kayano just keeps getting better and better!

The 28th iteration really came as a surprise to us with its fresh take on the series. Yes, it still uses the medial post for stability, but all the new tweaks make it feel significantly more flexible, better cushioned, and overall, more fun to run in.

The long-time Kayano fans will rejoice as the shoe maintains its high level of stability and support. There is just no chance of rolling our foot inwards in this sturdy workhorse! And its platform measures slightly above average in width, offering a nice and wide landing area.

And it even lost a little weight (0.5 oz) from the past iteration! It is currently at 10.8 oz, hopefully, moving towards the 10 oz mark. But if you can’t wait to get a lighter version of the original series, get the Kayano Lite now!

Another aspect of this shoe that is hard to beat is its phenomenal durability. You can even use the word “Kayano” to describe a level of durability! The AHAR rubber scores way above average in thickness and stiffness, promising a lifespan of over 500 miles.

Finally, this is one of the most well-padded running shoes in history. Just the tongue itself measures 14 mm, while the average across running shoes is 5.8 mm!

There is a lot to love about the Kayano and it truly is the king of stability shoes.

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Best cushioning

Need a stability shoe but want it to be as bouncy and responsive as a neutral shoe?

Saucony solves this dilemma with the Hurricane 23! We were awestruck by its snappy ride which makes you forget that you are wearing a shoe with pronation control. No wonder, the brand employs its top-tier PWRRUN+ cushioning which is also found in its premium speed shoes and racers.

And there is no lagging in the stability department either! We felt highly supported all throughout the run with no awkward wobbling or ankle rolling.

The upper is nice and form-fitting and it screams cozy the moment you put it on. And the gusseted tongue is like a cherry on top - finishes it all up with a secure foothold.

Durability-wise, this shoe can be compared to the Kayano. A very thick and hard-wearing rubber layer shows no signs of wear after 50 miles of wear tests. Expect at least 500 miles of service from this daily trainer!

Yes, this is not a cheap shoe. For $160, it is asking as much as the Kayano. And just as the latter, it has a lot of premium stuff to offer in return.

We highly recommend it if you want to move away from the traditional ride of stability shoes (read “flat and dull”) and experience something livelier and bouncier.

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Another glorious option if you want to level up the cushioning is the Glycerin GTS!

It is based on Brooks’ plushest daily trainer (Glycerin) but sports the GuideRails support system for stability. It works exactly the same as the one on the Adrenaline, which we have thoroughly enjoyed.

The landings are exceptionally soft in this cozy stability shoe. It feels different from the traditional Kayano support as it is noticeably less intrusive. It is best described as gentle guidance other than sturdy pronation control.

It is so subtle that we could even recommend this shoe to runners with neutral pronation who just want a little extra support on recovery days.

Very similar to the Adrenaline, the upper on this trainer is very form-fitting and is snug in all the right places. We were also happy to wiggle our toes in its spacious toebox.

The Glycerin GTS is meant for some long-distance efforts. You can even go as far as a marathon thanks to its plush yet consistent support.

All in all, we can’t stop praising the Glycerin GTS for all the comfort it provides to people with overpronation. You can even wear it for walking and standing all day long!

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Best for wide feet

At first, we wanted to put this soft, max-cushioned Hoka shoe under Best cushioning. But because of its substantially wider base and toebox, we think that it will best benefit people with wider feet.

It’s got some of the most voluminous uppers that can accommodate the widest of feet. And even if you feel like that’s not enough, the shoe is also available in a Wide option.

And it’s not just the upper that’s wide. Measuring the width of the platform, we found that it’s significantly wider than the average, especially in the heel (7.7 mm wider!).

The landings felt very stable in the Arahi. It’s got some extra “junk in the trunk” (meaning protruding heel cushioning) that really helped us feel more balanced hitting the ground and transitioning to the toes.

And we still have a big question for Hoka. How could they pack all of that cushion and support in under 10 oz? It is 2 oz lighter than the staple Kayano and most other stability shoes. This is an insane cushion-to-weight ratio and we applaud the brand for nailing it!

Overall, the Hoka Arahi 5 is more than just a great shoe for wide feet. It packs a lot of marvelous features for a less than premium price!

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Best budget shoe

A stability shoe for $100 that can go fast? Yes, please!

Brooks is really stepping up their stability shoe game with yet another GTS (go-to-shoe). This time around, they are adding their acclaimed GuideRails pronation control to the Launch tempo shoe. And how is the result? Excellent!

The Brook’s guiding stability works just as efficiently as in the rest of their pronation control models. It is that unintrusive support that feels more subtle than a medial post.

It is also a beautifully lightweight trainer. At only 8.8 oz, it is among the lightest stability shoes on the market.

The shoe also scores high on durability without any noticeable wear after 100 miles. We anticipate it to last up to 400 miles.

It can be a great option for beginners who want just one running shoe for a variety of activities including daily runs, speedwork, walking, and gym use.

We can also see it as a complement to daily trainers like Adrenaline or Glycerin for the days when you want to be light on your feet and do some speedwork.

All in all, this shoe has a great deal to offer for $100!

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A little brother of Asics Kayano, the GT 1000 10 packs all the essentials of a stability shoe for just $100.

We felt pretty solid support that helped in keeping our pronation under control. We felt quite surefooted and didn’t feel like it was a cheap downgrade of the Kayano. The GT gets its primary job done very well!

The cushioning may lack the softness and response of the more expensive options but it does feel consistent and is not bottoming out easily.

The upper felt quite nice to the touch and we experienced no issues with heel slipping, hot spots, or side-to-side support. What seemed like a basic upper actually performed better than expected!

Yes, it is a simple shoe but can be a great start as your first stability running shoe. Especially if you are not yet sure about investing in a premium Kayano.

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Best for trail

Asics made sure to bring its A-game to the trails too!

We were happy to test out the GT 2000 Trail as the selection of trail shoes for overpronation is quite scarce. And the shoe excelled!

It retains all the acclaimed stability of the GT 2000 road version but packs it into a more rugged setup to help you traverse the off-road scene. We felt that solid support coming from the medial post and the shoe’s wide base.

The cushioning comes very close to the Kayano in its ability to keep the feet protected. Even though there is no rock plate, the foam still did a great job buffering some debris along the way.

Although this shoe is not meant for technical terrain, its outsole capacity for light and moderate trails is impressive! It also has a good grip that prevents slipping on wet rocks and branches.

The GT 2000 Trail is not a tank like Salomon below, but it does an excellent job as a road-to-trail stability shoe.

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If you are about to traverse some really rugged trails and need the most support and protection that you can get, definitely consider the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8.

It is a very structured and well-built shoe that feels steady at all times. We tested it on some rocky and muddy areas and couldn’t stop comparing it to a hiking shoe. With its wide and sturdy platform, this Salomon never let our feet and ankles roll in.

And it can literally crush anything under your feet! We felt protected all around: the rugged sole chewed up all the stones and debris underfoot, the toe bumper kept us safe when hitting rocks, and the heavy-duty upper took every bullet for us! If you are looking for a tank, this is it!

The upper on this trail monster is just as supportive. It gives a solid lockdown all throughout the run, even if you choose to go on some twisty paths.

And the Quicklace is a lifesaver! If you don’t like fiddling with the laces, you will rejoice at how quick and easy it is to adjust the fit with it.

Overall, the XA Pro 3D V8 is more than just a stability shoe. It is a real trailblazer that comes impressively close to a hiking shoe.

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Do you need overpronation running shoes

Yes, if you overpronate.

While novice runners might use neutral shoes as shown in this study, research (here and here) has shown that overpronators benefit from using overpronation running shoes - these shoes improve rearfoot eversion and lower the injury risk.

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neutral shoe (Saucony Ride) vs. stability shoe (Saucony Guide)

To find out if you overpronate and at which level, consult the visual guide below. You can video your movement (from behind), or visually inspect your footwear that has seen significant mileage already. 

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Level of overpronation might be mild: it’s when you should look for stability shoes. It can also be severe, then you should look for motion control shoes

When overpronating, impact distribution isn’t even throughout the foot during ground-time, so it might lay ground for injuries like shin splints or plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important to choose the shoes that match your running gait. 

Wet test: discover your arch type

If you’re insecure about the above-mentioned methodology, you can also do a so-called wet test to discover the type of your arches. 

Here’s how: 

  1. Wet the soles of your feet, one at a time
  2. Stand onto a piece of paper while allowing the water from your feet to sink into the paper
  3. Step off
  4. Look at the shape of your footprint and compare it to the ones shown below.  

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If your footprints look like the 1st picture, you should look into motion-control running shoes or stability running shoes. People with medium and high arches usually run in neutral running shoes. 

These guidelines are general and don’t apply to 100% of cases. Scientists still think that, when picking a running shoe, comfort comes first. If you have a history of injuries or experience severe pain during the run, consult a specialist.

Features of overpronation running shoes 

Both stability and motion control running shoes have some supportive elements or rigid feel. They stop your feet from severe overpronation and make your shoes last longer. Enforcements are placed on parts that would wear down first if it was a neutral shoe. 

This is how they compare to neutral shoes:

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This comparison is rather general and doesn't apply to each and every shoe on the market.

Types of arch support in running shoes from least to most supportive:

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neutral or no support (Nike Air Zoom Pegasus)

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stability: support for mild to moderate overpronation (Asics Gel Kayano)

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motion control: supports severe overpronation (Hoka One One Gaviota)

How to recognize overpronation running shoes

Features of the shoes can be found in RunRepeat’s database, where you can also look for overpronation or severe overpronation filters. However, if you want to judge the shoe “in person”, you should: try to bend it, twist it, look at the outsole, and squeeze the heel counter.

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A highly stiff heel counter on the Hoka Arahi helps to control the heel motion.

Running-shoe market dropdown by stability features

Unfortunately, the minority of shoes on the market are made for overpronators. That’s why it’s important to double-check if your pick has the stability features you’re looking for. 

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FAQ about overpronation running shoes 

1. What happens if overpronators run in neutral shoes? 

While novice runners might use neutral shoes as shown in this study, research (here and here) has shown that overpronators benefit from using overpronation running shoes - these shoes improve rearfoot eversion and lower the injury risk. 

2. What does it mean to overpronate while running? 

It means your feet roll inward while you’re running. You’ll notice this when you inspect your used footwear - the inner side will have significant wear when compared to the middle and outer side. 

3. Is overpronation bad? 

It’s a call for caution. Since impact distribution isn’t even throughout the foot during ground-time, it might lay ground for injuries like shin splints or plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important to choose the shoes that match your running gait. 

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Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

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.