10 Best Running Shoes For Low Arches in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 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 22
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
£115
£130
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,723 users
95 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Promising durability
  • Stability for all directions
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Phenomenal grip
  • A firmer, faster midsole
  • Consistent in all conditions
  • Reliable daily runner

Cons

  • Very heavy
  • High price point for stability aimed at beginners
  • Midsole is too hard for some

Verdict

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.
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Hoka One One Arahi 6
Hoka One One Arahi 6
£112
£125
£125
£125
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 302 users
95 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  
  • Fits true to size
  • Balanced cushioning
  • Lightweight for stability shoes
  • Good lockdown
  • Stable platform
  • Fun to run in
  • Very comfortable
  • Improved lacing

Cons

  • Grip is not reliable
  • Durability problems

Verdict

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.
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Best road low arch running shoes

Asics Gel Kayano 28
Asics Gel Kayano 28
£77
£111
£124
£125
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 5,493 users
92 / 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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New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12
£76
£120
£125
£125
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 412 users
88 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Excellent stability shoe
  • Good lacing
  • Looks the part
  • Comfortable
  • Consistent ride in any condition
  • Good grip
  • Perfect daily runner

Cons

  • Runs half a size small
  • Heel counter is not for everyone
  • Quite heavy

Verdict

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.
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Best trail low arch running shoes

Salomon XA Pro 3D V8
Salomon XA Pro 3D V8
£95
£108
£108
Top pick

Corescore

84
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 14,565 users
85 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Supportive
  • Agreeable to wear
  • Generous padding
  • Grips on muddy surface
  • Easy on/off
  • Suitable for trail running
  • Great for hiking

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Clunky
  • Stiff

Verdict

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.
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Asics Gel Trabuco 9
Asics Gel Trabuco 9
£59
£84
£120
£120
Also great

Corescore

84
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 530 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 value running shoes for low arches

Saucony Guide 15
Saucony Guide 15
£125
£130
£130
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.2 / 5 from 63 users
95 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Stability that's not bothersome
  • Protective cushion
  • Rolls smoothly
  • Also for neutral runners
  • Lighter than other Saucony Guides
  • Snug and secure foot wrap
  • Roomy toe box
  • No lace bites
  • Breezy for summer
  • Upper made of recycled contents

Cons

  • Lacks bounce
  • Too much rubber outsole in the heel 

Verdict

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.
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Brooks Glycerin GTS 19
Brooks Glycerin GTS 19
£131
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 7,767 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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What are the cheapest running shoes for low arches in 2022?

  1. Salomon Predict Soc - from £47
  2. Asics Gel Trabuco 9 - from £60
  3. New Balance FuelCell Prism v2 - from £66
  4. Asics GT 1000 10 - from £72
  5. New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12 - from £76
  6. Asics GT 2000 10 - from £81
  7. Brooks Bedlam 3 - from £83
  8. Hoka One One Gaviota 3 - from £84
  9. Asics Gel DS Trainer 26 - from £86
  10. Brooks Levitate GTS 5 - from £88
  11. Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 - from £91
  12. Brooks Launch GTS 9 - from £103
  13. Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 - from £104
  14. Asics Gel Kayano 28 - from £105
  15. Altra Provision 6 - from £107

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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.