10 Best Running Shoes For Orthotics in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 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
£84
£120
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 66,326 users
91 / 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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Brooks Glycerin 19
Brooks Glycerin 19
£111
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 36,028 users
89 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Plushy 
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Tongue stays put
  • Perfect midfoot lock
  • Soft and stable ride
  • Durable
  • Great grip even on dirt roads
  • Roomy toebox
  • Smooth ride
  • Perfect for daily runs

Cons

  • Lacks pep underfoot
  • Too warm for summer days

Verdict

The Brooks Glycerin 19 is Brooks' softest running shoe yet. It's a long-time favorite daily trainer that's built on comfort and stability. It's not peppy, but if you're looking for a consistent ride, this is it. As a true Brooks, it's a shoe that's built to last!
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Best road running shoes for orthotics

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£77
£80
£82
£90
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,510 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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Asics Gel Kayano 27
Asics Gel Kayano 27
£103
£108
£158
£164
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 56,775 users
90 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Excellent stability
  • Superb lock-in feel
  • Plush 
  • Comfortable
  • Luxurious feel 
  • Smooth ride 
  • Good for walking
  • Amazing grip
  • Extremely durable

Cons

  • Not for speed runs

Verdict

Now on its 27th iteration, the Kayano is everything we expect from a premium stability shoe. It's sturdy, supportive, has got an incredibly plush comfort (surprising for a stability shoe)! If there's a hang-up to it, it's the shoe's hefty weight, which for us, is not something that should be penalized, given its top-tier performance.
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Best trail running shoes for orthotics

Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0
£105
£77
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,179 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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Saucony Peregrine 11
Saucony Peregrine 11
£80
£83
£104
£104
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 2,544 users
85 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Outstanding grip
  • Perfect foot lockdown
  • Great for mud, ice, rocks 
  • Durable as a tank

Cons

  • For narrow feet only
  • Not breathable
  • Heavy

Verdict

A beast in all our trail runs, the Saucony Peregrine 11 was more than confidence-inspiring! It's a tank that mutes out all the harshness of the trails while eating up everything you throw at it! From slick mud, snow, dry, and rocky stream crossings, this shoe just bites hard and deep into the ground. It's also built to run fast, and we got exactly that in the Peregrine!
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Best Nike running shoes for orthotics

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
£165
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 409 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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Nike Quest 2
Nike Quest 2
Also great

Corescore

84
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 11,700 users
81 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Plush cushion
  • Lively ride
  • Lightweight
  • Grippy
  • Versatile use
  • Stable
  • Durable 
  • Protective
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Scratchy upper
  • Loose fit

Verdict

Sporting a technical look with reliable features, the Nike Quest 2 is perfect for runners seeking to go the distance. With the technologies and components loaded into the running shoe's engineering, it offers an outstanding blend of comfort and support. Since it is built for distance races, it incorporates featherlight elements that increase the runner's propulsion. At an affordable price, athletes can expect a stable, breathable, and comfortable run from the Nike Quest 2.
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Best value running shoes for orthotics

Asics Gel Contend 7
Asics Gel Contend 7
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 23,789 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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Saucony Guide 14
Saucony Guide 14
£66
£80
£100
£100
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 2,811 users
85 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Mild stability
  • Wide toebox
  • Familiar Saucony fit
  • Good grip
  • Perfect midfoot lockdown
  • Really durable

Cons

  • Uninspired ride
  • Heel slipping
  • A bit heavy

Verdict

A stability shoe made for training runs, the Guide 14 from Saucony just gets the job done for us. No frills, no gimmicks, just plain support. While it may be a positive for the shoe, it also renders a negative - it's a dull ride. Whether you're an overpronator or a neutral runner in need of extra arch support, the Saucony Guide is neither obtrusive nor too harsh to not find that sweet spot in your daily running shoe roster.
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What are the cheapest running shoes for orthotics in 2022?

  1. Asics Jolt 3 - from £36
  2. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from £40
  3. Under Armour Charged Vantage - from £41
  4. Adidas EQ21 - from £45
  5. Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8 - from £50
  6. Asics Gel Cumulus 23 - from £55
  7. Salomon Sonic 4 Balance - from £56
  8. Merrell Moab Flight - from £63
  9. The North Face Vectiv Enduris - from £75
  10. Brooks Ricochet 3 - from £76
  11. Asics Gel Kayano 28 - from £81
  12. Asics Novablast 2 - from £88
  13. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11 - from £95
  14. Adidas Terrex Speed Ultra - from £96
  15. Altra Superior 5 - from £97

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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.