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.
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.
One of Brooks’ most revered and popular stability shoes gets a well-needed modern update for 2022. This daily runner is loved by many because it’s seen as the Jack of all trades running shoe thanks to a bi-directional correction for different over-pronation. With fresher looks, it’s now an even more attractive option.
Hoka One One’s lightweight stability shoe is almost identical to its predecessor, the Arahi 5, with a nice, even amount of cushioning and consistent yet subtle stability. This shoe’s ready to take you through long miles and help you with recovery runs. What’s more, it’s lightweight, especially compared to its chunky aesthetic.
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.
New Balance’s stability running shoe provides amazing support for overpronators. Ever improving, the v12 has brought some new technology into this shoe while bringing back some of the features of the old upper.
The Salomon XA Pro 3D, now in its 8th iteration, is a trail running shoe that is suitable for neutral runners and mild pronators. It is a great option for runners and athletes seeking a durable, comfortable, and supportive running companion. This shoe offers reliable protection and traction that help the user stay in control on any trail.
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.
The Guide 15 from Saucony is a lightweight stability shoe that's perfect for easy training runs on the road. With the support it provides, it delivers a predictable ride on any road surface. Even more, it lets go of the stability conventions of the past. Lightness aside, it also doesn't tax the foot. It's firm, but just enough to keep the foot steady and supported.
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.
Asics updates their long-running, budget stability shoe and finally moves away from the plastic post design. This shoe is an ideal daily trainer for runners looking to get into the sport that pronate or have flat feet and want a product that’s comfortable, consistent, and lighter on the wallet than competing shoes.
The Beast '20 from Brooks is a highly cushioned motion-control shoe that's perfect for road running and walking. With its technologies, it successfully counters stability stereotypes of being too firm and dull. It's enjoyable and forgiving. Even better, it's lighter than ever while maintaining all the loved features of the Brooks Beast series.
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.