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Best Running Shoes For Flat Feet

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Last updated: 11/11/2023

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by James McCormack

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Best Running Shoes For Flat Feet

The best running shoes for Flat Feet have medial arch support, stable cushioning and a supportive heel cup.

Medial arch support refers to extra support along the inner aspect of the foot to help control the excess pronation moments associated with flat feet. Stable cushioning is firm but absorbs impact to control the foot’s motion through the running cycle, whereas plush cushioning can facilitate excess movement. A supportive heel cup cradles the heel bone to support the rear foot on heel strike when running. 

Our Top 3 Running Shoes for Flat Feet

Hoka Gaviota Running Shoes

We recommend the Gaviota Hoka Running Shoes for Flat Feet as they are a maximum support running shoe due to their J-Frame midsole, Durabrasion Rubber and Late-Stage Meta-Rocker.

The J-Frame is unique to Hoka, helping to control pronation moments, and the Durabrasion Rubber which you will notice by the two tones in the midsole provide durability and shock absorption.

The CMVA sole provides cushioning without the added weight that you would expect and the Meta-Rocker facilitates a smooth push of phase when running.

In our opinion, the Hoka Gaviota is one of the best lightweight, low profile Flat Feet Running shoes.

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Asics Gel-Kayano 30 Running Shoes

We recommend the Asics Gel-Kayano 30 Running Shoes for Flat Feet as they are the most supportive model of Asics Running Shoes. The AHAR rubber, FlyteFoam and Blast Plus Eco, and 4D Guidance System are in the sole, providing a smooth ride.

The Gel Kayano have a 10mm heel drop compared to the 4mm drop of the Gaviota and a deeper heel cup to help control the ankle joint during the contact phase of running.

The AHAR rubber is highly durable, facilitating plenty of running, while the FlyteFoam and Blast Plus Eco provide ample cushioning.

Finally, the 4D Guidance System has replaced the previous LiteTruss technology to help control excess pronation forces associated with flat-foot runners.

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Nike Structure 24 Running Shoes

We recommend the Nike Structure 24 Running Shoes for Flat Feet due to its firm, supportive sole, prominent medial arch and forefoot rocker.

The Structure 24 works well for those with flat feet who like a stable ride on everyday runs.

If you have a flexible flat foot, you will enjoy the medial arch support that helps to control pronation forces, and the durable sole will last considerably longer than most trainers.

The forefoot rocker is flexible but helps with the push-off phase when running.

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Best Running Shoes Flat Feet by Brand

Best Adidas Shoes for Flat Feet

We recommend the Adidas Solarglide 4 ST shoes for flat feet if you need low to moderate support.

The Adidas Solarglide 4 ST is designed for those who want more support for comfort or want to add extra miles to their runs. The Stability Frame guides the foot through the natural biomechanics of the stride, and the Boost sole technology helps to energise each stride.

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Best Brooks Shoes for Flat Feet

We recommend the Brooks Addiction GTS 15 as the best shoe for flat feet that need moderate to high support. 

The Brooks Addiction GTS 15 is a cushioned and maximal support shoe. It has the Brooks GuideRails® technology to keep the foot moving in a neutral position through each stride.

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Best New Balance Running Shoes for Flat Feet

We recommended the New Balance Vongo v5 Shoes for low arches and flat feet due to their Fresh Foam X midsole, medial posting and 8mm heel drop.

The Fresh Foam X midsole is lightweight and comfortable, providing cushioning from impact. At the same time, the medial posting plays a vital role in reducing excess pronation moments that can be present in those with flat feet.

The 8mm heel drop keeps an even force distribution across the foot.

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Best Saucony for Flat Feet

We recommend the Saucony Glide 16 shoe for flat feet.

These have a low heel-to-toe drop of 8mm, meaning less pressure on the plantar fascia than higher heel-to-toe drop shoes. The shoe has moderate arch support to improve foot mechanics through the gait phases, preventing excessive pronation, which can be more likely with flat feet.

These shoes also provide good cushioning with the PWRRUN foam to reduce the impact of walking and running.

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Best Skechers Shoes for Flat Feet

The Skechers GOwalk Arch Fit are our recommended shoes for flat feet that need moderate to high support.

The Skechers podiatrist-certified Arch Fit® is a podiatrist-certified insole system offering good arch support to prevent over-pronation. And has additional support from the Comfort Pillars®.

These shoes also provide cushioning to absorb the impact of walking and to distribute weight more evenly when standing.

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Shoes Advice from James McCormack

This article is written by James McCormack, a Foot and Ankle Specialist who is an expert in prescribing the best shoes for Flat Feet.

This is not medical advice. We recommend consulting with a medical professional such as James McCormack before purchasing any shoes recommended in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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