A significant percentage of people have what is known as flat feet, which can also be referred to as fallen arches. While this can cause issues surrounding discomfort, aching and injury, it does not mean that you are unable to run on a regular basis.
The range of manufacturers offering running shoes specifically designed for this condition is increasing by the week.
I have put together a list of some of the best running shoes for flat feet available at present, which will provide the correct amount of support and comfort necessary. Those with flat feet will often endure pain as a result of their arches acting as a natural shock absorber, but a good pair of running shoes will take the pressure away in this area.
Let’s get things underway by taking a look at the first product in my list.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is designed for everyday use and its added stability also means that it can more than do a job as a running shoe for those with flat feet.
The midsole of the shoe features Brook’s progressive diagonal rollbar which keeps runners stable and protection from pronation.
A 12mm heel drop ensures that users perform a solid running style despite the shape of their foot, while I found that the streamlined mesh upper provided both breathability and comfort during testing.
A generous toe box allows for wiggle room, without being too roomy, while the structure of the heel helps to provide a locked-down feel.
The latest model in the Adrenaline range has also seen an increase in cushioning and flexibility, which I believe enhances the heel to toe transition phase during a run. Such positives are achieved by an integrated crash pad, while bevelled edges also minimise impact upon landing.
The Adrenaline GTS 18 is both affordable and attractive, with Brooks having specialised in running shoes for a number of years. Customers are also able to choose between different widths when making their purchase, which as someone with a wide foot, I found hugely beneficial.
The Redeemer ISO 2 offers those with flat feet excellent stability and motion control, with EverRun cushioning also allowing for excellent comfort. Flexible engineered mesh on the upper also helps to lock down the feet during running, as well as ensuring that they shoe remain lightweight.
ISOFIT technology creates a dynamic fit system, which I found adapted to the shape of my feet during testing. The ISO 2 has seen the introduction of Tri-Flex on the outsole, creating the perfect blend of flexibility and protection.
The materials used on the shoe does mean that they are not water resistant, which was certainly a minor issue during testing in wet conditions. Those who run in the gym regularly will enjoy this product from Saucony however, with their stability being their standout feature.
Saucony is known for developing high-quality and durable products, while their price point is on a par with other running specialists in the industry. Customers can also select between a regular or wide fit when purchasing the Redeemer ISO 2.
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The GT-1000 7 SP from Asics has been specifically created for those with flat feet, as well as those looking for moderate support. A mesh and synthetic upper helps to create both breathability and comfort, while I found that the removable insole allowed for good arch support and cushioning.
Heel and toe support systems give responsive reactions to shock, which comes in the form of Asics’s famous gel technology. A DuoMax support system and full-length guidance line helped me to maintain gait efficiency during a long run whilst wearing the GT-1000 7, with the shoes retaining their structure throughout.
Speva and Flyte foam are used in the by Asics in order to improve cushioning and responsiveness, which does not waver during long-distance runs.
For a shoe featuring so much technology, the GT-1000 7 SP is available at an excellent price, making it one of Asics’s best value for money products.
With a wide range of colourways available to suit your style, these shoes are undoubtedly an excellent option for flat feet runners looking for a flexible, durable and comfortable option at a good price.
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As well as being one of Nike’s widest fitting running shoes, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22 is also an excellent option for those with flat feet. Flywire cables help to create lockdown of the feet at all times, with engineered mesh providing the ventilation necessary for runners of all kind.
The Zoom Air unit in the forefoot helped me with both cushioning and responsiveness during testing of the shoes, while duralon blown rubber in this area only added to the comfort levels. Dynamic support in the midsole provides a stable transition whilst running on a range of surfaces.
As with the majority of Nike’s shoes, the Air Zoom Structure 22 is available in a range of colours, with its price point making it a viable option for those on a budget.
These shoes performed well for me on the road in particular, but they are also suitable for gym goers and undemanding trails.
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You should have found something that caters for the fact that you have a flat foot from my list above, as well learning a little about what the differentiating features and technologies involved.
But, there are still some important factors to consider before making your final decision and parting with your cash. Such factors generally revolve around price, styling and structure of shoes.
Your budget is certain to have an impact upon the type of shoes that are available to you, with those offering both stability and motion control likely to be at the top end of the price range. However, those with flat feet will perhaps already be aware of the importance of finding a good quality and high-performing shoe, meaning that where possible it is worth making an investment in this area.
The materials used and technologies featuring on such shoes are likely to mean that they remain in good shape after extended use, also helping to make them a better option than a cheaper pair of trainers.
Flat foot runners are likely to quickly wear out the heel and toe of standard running shoes, meaning that it is important to find something that offers more arch support. As well as this, many running shoes made for those with flat feet will come with removable insoles, which help to further stabilise the arch and heel when exercising.
Finding the right fit of shoe is perhaps as important as the actual shoe itself, with an ill-fitting product likely to lead to discomfort and potential injury. As a result, it may be worth getting your feet measured properly before making any purchase.
Many manufacturers nowadays develop shoes specifically for certain types of running, whether it be on the road, treadmill or trail. As a result, determining what type of running type of running you will be doing is imperative.
For example, those running on concrete are likely to require more cushioning than someone doing cardio in the comfort of the gym. As well as this, those running in wet conditions are likely to need something waterproof, or at the very least water resistant.
More and more shoes are being developed with flat-footed runners in mind, meaning that you should be able to find something that meets all of your needs and wants from such a product.