Best Running Shoes for High Arches Reviewed & Rated

What happens after you run for five minutes? An hour? Twenty? What you should be feeling is a sense of accomplishment, but if you’re here odds are it’s what you feel instead are shin splints. Or pain in the arch, ball, or heel of your foot. Maybe you’ve even developed plantar fasciitis. Whatever the reason, it’s time to tackle the likely root of your problem: High arches.

Last Updated: June 7, 2018
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By Himmatpreet Kaur:

The latest update brings together 15 of the best running shoes for high arches. In order to give you a better understanding of what people with high arches require, we have included a criteria section that details exactly what we looked for during our selection process. We have updated the frequently asked questions list as well to provide answers to questions you may have about high arches and the running shoes that suit them.

While high arches are pretty common, running with the wrong shoe can lead to long term consequences and effectively end your running career. Those runners with high arches need to make sure the weight of their body is spread evenly throughout the foot, not over-taxing the arches. Runners with high arches can tend to underpronate (not rotating the foot sufficiently to avoid putting too much weight into the ball of the foot), so it’s important for those with high arches to look for a shoe with neutral-cushioning, flexibility, and that are lightweight.

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Salomon XR Mission
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Brooks Ghost 10
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Asics Gel Venture 6
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Most runners with high arches typically make the initial mistake of trying out a shoe with additional cushioning in the arch; but just as the St. Louis Arch would fall apart if it was supported with a beam in the middle, so too will too much support damage your feet. Stick to neutral, single-density midsoles that provides uniform protection throughout the foot.

 

15 Best Running Shoes for High Arches

 

1. Salomon XR Mission

Whether you’re pounding the pavement, hitting the treadmill, or pitting yourself against nature on the trail, the Salomon XR Missions should easily be the first shoe you consider. This versatile shoe features quick-dry technology, a no-nonsense design that helps you maintain a balanced stride. Buy a size down and let them adapt to your feet, while the Contragrip Outsole give your great traction and the Quicklace system gets you up and running smoothly and quickly.
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Adaptable to your running style
The breathable upper mesh provides the necessary ventilation and moisture control to keep your feet dry and cool, while the Contragrip Outsole allows for optimal traction both indoors and outdoors. So whether you’re an avid trail runner, hitting the pavement, or cruising on the treadmill, the Salomon XR Mission adapts to you.

Supports and conforms to your feet
With a minimalistic Quicklace system, cushioning foam to reduce friction, and EVA in the heel for heel striking, the Salomon XR Mission conforms to your feet and provides the necessary cushioning in the heels and toe to provide optimal support for high arches.

Cost and Value
This shoe will usually hover around the medium cost range, so definitely on par with the versatility, durability, and comfort quality that you’ll be purchasing. Like all Salomon products, the shoe itself is also backed by a 2-year warranty so you can purchase with peace of mind.
Pros
  • Dries exceptionally quickly 
  • Excellent durability
  • Versatile uses
  • 2 year warranty
  • Trail runner for high arches
Cons
  • Sizes run large

2. Brooks Ghost 10

2. Brooks Ghost 10
High arches demand a lot of cushion, comfort, and flexibility, unlike flat feet which need more stability and support in the sole. The Ghost 10 is a shoe that stretches to accommodate your feet while providing cushioning where you need it most. The insole provides great arch support but is also removable in the event you choose to use your own custom insole or orthotic.
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Well cushioned
There is plush padding in the tongue and collar of this sneaker, a removable supportive foam insole, and a BioMoGo midsole that is environmentally friendly, responsive and cushioning. The forefoot is made of a soft blown rubber material which supplies even more cushion along with grip for toe-off. You can run for days in this shoe without worrying about painful feet.

Crash pad
There is a full-length segmented crash pad in the sole of this sneaker that accommodates the way your foot lands and helps to set your foot up for a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off. With a more natural gate and smooth transitions, your run will be that much more enjoyable.

Cost and Value
This shoe falls in the mid-range of prices. It is well worth the investment if you have high arches given that is has the flexibility, stretch and cushion that you need to run comfortably and safely, without causing unnecessary pain and aches in your feet.
Pros
  • Arch support
  • Energizing cushion
  • Breathable, stretch mesh
  • Lightweight overlays
  • Plush collar and tongue
  • Removable insole
Cons
  • Lower durability

3. Adidas Supernova Glide 8

This is a great runner for those with high arches – reasonably lightweight, cushioned, breathable yet still stable and supportive for your run. It features great traction in any weather conditions a low-top cut for ankle flexibility and a durable construction. Addidas has been dedicated to athletic gear for more than a century and you will appreciate their experience in building this shoe.
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Engineered mesh
It is hard to find comfortable shoes for high arches, to be frank. So when you find one with the right amount of cushion and flexibility, you don’t want to comfortable a cool, breathable fit. The engineered mesh in the upper of the Supernova Glide will allow your feet to breath well, staying cool and dry throughout your run.

Molded overlays
The synthetic molded overlays at the heel and midfoot provide stability and support for your run. Whether your pounding out the miles on a treadmill or hitting marathon length runs, your feet will not fatigue in these shoes but will stay stable, pushing your forward with every strike.

Cost and Value
These shoes are an investment, no doubt. However, you are getting a very durable road runner that will not cause you fatigue and foot pain. When rain breaks out midway through your run, you’ll stay stable and able to finish. The responsive sole will also provide energy feedback, making your run smoother.
Pros
  • Low cut top
  • Energy feedback sole
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Molded midsole
  • Torsion system
  • Excellent grip
Cons
  • Sizes run small

4. Nike Tanjun

4. Nike Tanjun
A shoe that is by very definition minimalist (the name “tanjun” translates to “simplicity”), this sneaky favorite should at least be something you check out. To the eye alone the entirely mesh upper and lightweight, almost foam like sole makes this look more like a casual shoe that a runner’s dream -- however if you like barefoot running but still need minimal support for your high arches, that’s exactly what this shoe is. The lightweight materials give it unparalleled flexibility and breathability while maintaining a neutral sole.
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Minimalist
This is about as close to a barefoot shoe as you can get while still maintaining enough support for your high arches. The very definition of lightweight, you get the minimalist feel while still coming off your run shin splint and pain-free.

The entire shoe is flexible
The upper is entirely composed of a no-sew mesh, which means the upper is not only breathable but delightfully flexible. Add to that the sturdy foam like sole and you have a shoe with excellent cushion that adds on to the flexibility from the upper.

Cost and Value
Minimalist design means minimalist cost. Trending towards the lower end of the cost scale, these puppies won’t put you outside of your budget. While the mesh at the toe is likely to give out first, you can expect quite a few miles out of these shoes for the casual runner.
Pros
  • Barefoot feel
  • No sew mesh upper 
  • Exceptional flexibility
  • Great style
Cons
  • Not ideal for long runs

5. Brooks Glycerin 14

5. Brooks Glycerin 14
The Brooks Glycerin 14 is marketed specifically for those with a tendency to underpronate (a common side effect of those runners with high arches), seeking a neutral shoe. Segmented cushioning (or “crash pads”) make for a uniform, yet flexible buffer that adapts to your running style; while “pressure zones” on the outsole fight against shin splints by evenly distribute pressure throughout the foot. The shoe also combines mesh and synthetics to create an upper that is flexible and breathable, while being more durable than some on this list.
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Lightweight without sacrificing cushion
Rivaling the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus+ 33 for weight, the Brooks Glycerin 14's still managed to maintain an ideal amount of cushion by segmenting it. Keep in mind, with high arches you’re going to want to look for a shoe with a decent amount of cushioning, while still being a neutral midsole throughout.

Width
Too narrow of a shoe and you end up exasperating the rigidity of feet with high arches, restricting rotation and making an already bad underpronation worse. Owners comment time and time again that the Brooks Glycerin 14 manages to stay streamlined and light, while still being comfortable and flexible enough for

Cost and Value
Yet another shoe that ticks all the boxes, but can be a little bit cheaper than the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus+ 33 at the cost of very little difference. Slightly less durable (give or take 50 miles), not as many bells and whistles, fewer choices in style (one reviewer called them “ugly as sin” but depends on how you feel about dynamic color schemes). In general? Slightly cheaper for slightly less fancy.
Pros
  • Correctd underpronation
  • Crash Pads
  • Lightweight build
  • Breathable and flexible
  • Very durable
Cons
  • Sizes run small

6. Asics Gel Venture 6

6. Asics Gel Venture 6
With thousands (literally, THOUSANDS) of positive 4.5/5 star reviews the internet over, this is the only iteration of the ASICS Gel series to prove its worth time and time again. Loyal fans of the Gel Venture 5 laud its overall comfort and arch support in the heel and toe, as well as overall comfort and bang for your buck. While more variations have come out since customers return again and again to the Gel Venture 5 series.
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Great for Plantar Fasciitis
With extra cushioning in the heel and a neutral midsole, the ASICS Gel Venture 5 is an ideal running shoe for those who are already feeling the impacts of high arches, like plantar fasciitis. The gel cushioning is great for lessening the impact of your feet.

Great for beginners or casual runners
Just starting out and don’t know what’s best for you? Enjoy an easy morning jog or just run on the weekends? This is a great, low-investment shoe for those who are just starting out or who expect to run under 40-50 miles a week. Not so cheap that you don’t feel confident in your purchase, and not so expensive that it’s over-kill.

Cost and Value
Definitely the cheapest shoe on the list, this is definitely one of the more affordable shoes you’re going to find for a quality run. While you shouldn’t expect it to last for more than 250-300 miles, this is a great shoe for the casual runner and is easily replaced when necessary.
Pros
  • Excellent value
  • Gel cushioning 
  • Great fit 
  • Room for inserts
Cons
  • Stiffer than others

7. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

7. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33
Recommended by experts and customers alike, you’ll see this shoe brought up time and time again for runners with high arches. It ticks all the boxes: Mesh upper (a.k.a. Flexible AND breathable??), check; Heel and forefoot Zoom Air units (ball and heel cushioning for maximum arch support), check; Flexible rubber outsole, check; fancy extras and a cool design, bonus check. You can’t boast about this shoe enough. The mesh upper and cloth tongue gives the shoe a sock-like fit with very little room for irritation while being durable enough to hold up for even the most avid runner. The sole is responsive enough to bring the foot as close to the ground as possible while rebounding quickly enough to prepare for the next step. Basically, it’s all the necessities with thoughtful bonuses made for running enthusiasts.
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Flexibility without sacrificing quality
Shoes with mesh uppers and ultra flexible soles of any kind tend to sacrifice durability for breathability, temperature control, and flexibility. However, the signature design of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus+ 33 and the quality inherent in higher end Nike products means that this shoe offers the flexibility necessary for high arches without ended up with a shoe that falls apart quickly.

Maximum cushioning with a lightweight feel
Ideal for those who underpronate because of high arches, the Air Zoom Pegasus+ 33 is marketed as the minimalist, lightweight, neutral running shoe of the Nike family. One of the lightest shoes on the list at around 10.8 oz (varies by size of course), this shoe still packs in heel and forefoot Zoom Air units as well as Zoom cushioning in the midsole for a uniform feel throughout.

Cost and Value
While definitely one of the most expensive shoes on the list, it ticks all the boxes necessary for a serious runner with high arches. You’ll find few other shoes on this list which combine all these traits so seamlessly, and they’re bound to last for over miles. As a bonus, it also comes in a variety of styles and colors.
Pros
  • Mesh upper 
  • Lightweight design
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Neutral midsole 
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Can be slippery

8. ASICS Gel Kinsei 6

8. ASICS Gel Kinsei 6
The ASICS Gel Kinsei 6 uses all of ASICS athletic gear building experience to create a comfortable, stable, personalized feel for runners with high arches. The external heel counter will provide excellent support at the heel and the shoe has won the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance.
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Fluidfit upper
The upper of the Kinsei is made of a multi-directional stretch mesh that is supportive and adapts to your feet. The personalized feel will leave you comfortable and secure while you run your body through its paces.

Seamless construction
Finding a great pair of shoes only to discover that one of the seams inside rubs against your skin, causing friction, sores and blisters is aggravating. Shoes with seamless construction, like this ASICS, avoid the problem of hot spots from seam friction within the shoe, leaving you that much more comfortable during your run.

Cost and Value
These shoes are priced in the mid-range. Though a bit of an investment, you are getting a shoe that is designed for your high arches and for the safety and comfort of your feet. It will give you propulsion feedback with each step, keep your foot secure in the sneaker and allow you to focus on your run.
Pros
  • APMA Seal
  • Seamless construction
  • Fluidfit upper
  • Heel clutch system
  • Propulsion technology
Cons
  • Narrow toe box

9. Hoka One One Clifton 4

9. Hoka One One Clifton 4
Hoka One One makes running shoes for a variety of athletic needs, including the Clifton 4 which is a good runner for high arched feet. It features great cushioning, a solid rubber sole and a rounded toe box for comfort and confident traction. The shoe will take the beating you give it on the road, on a treadmill or on light trails.
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Rounded toe box
For those with both high arches and a wider forefoot, this is a comfortable running shoe. Well cushioned as well, your toes will not be cramped in the front of the shoe, leaving you pain-free and ready for your run.

Ultra lightweight
The shoe looks substantial and is a secure sneaker for sure but it is also very lightweight. With a breathable mesh upper, and a very lightweight frame your feet will not fatigue from weight in this shoe, giving you the most of your exercise.

Cost and Value
For such a great quality runner, this shoe is priced in the mid-range relative to the shoes on the list. It is wider in the toe box for comfort, lightweight but well cushioned, breathable and still supportive. You will not regret the investment you make in this runner.
Pros
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Roomy toe box
  • Great traction
  • Wider forefoot
  • Lightweight construction
Cons
  • Sizes may run small

10. Altra Torin 3.0

10. Altra Torin 3.0
Meeting the reputation that precedes it from the outstanding Altra Torin 2.0, the Altra Torin 3.0 maintains the same responsiveness and lightweight feel as the previous model. Surpassing the former model though, the upper has a lot more breathability while the updated outsole adds flexibility and comfort. A larger toe box also adds a little more spaciousness to the shoe. Expect incredible cushioning that doesn’t detract from the spaciousness of the shoe.
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Responsiveness
Building on the tradition of great responsiveness, the updated Footpad outsole claims to better map out the bones and tendons of your feet adding additional flexibility. The conforming inner shoe and solid outsole also offer a better response time between footfalls, rebounding quickly from each step and giving you confidence in your run.

Cushioning
The next generation of Torin offers both more room and more cushioning. Added padding in the heel makes it great for runs exceeding 10 miles, while still maintaining a neutral enough midsole to support high arches. Definitely the shoe with the most cushioning on this list.

Cost and Value
The Altra Torin 3.0 will definitely cost you a pretty penny, but if you’re a serious long-distance runner it’s worth it. The cushioning is unmatched, the responsiveness great, and the arch support on point enough to justify the price for those who run more than 60 miles a week.
Pros
  • Footpad outsole 
  • Responsive 
  • Unmatched cushioning
  • Great for high arches
  • Very breathable
Cons
  • May feel bulky

11. Nike Free 5.0

11. Nike Free 5.0
Living up to the name “Free”, while sadly you still have to pay money for these, the Nike Free 5.0 gives you the freedom to run how you please. Encouraging flexibility for all the rigid high-arched runners with at fluid sole and mesh upper, and adding traction and stability, feel free to take these from urban to rural. Adding cushion and swapping out for a mesh upper increases the long-run capabilities while still maintaining the lightweight capabilities of the previous model. With a rounded heel that encourages a more natural footstrike and flexible support, the Nike Free 5.0 meets the needs of those with high arches without specifically catering to it.
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Hexagonal Flex grooves
The hexagonal flex grooves are an innovative take on adding flexibility while maintaining durability and comfort. Flywire cables integrate with the laces so that the Nike Free 5.0 conforms better to your foot, enhancing that flexibility and giving you a better fit.

Traction and stability
Want to take these out on the street? Swell. Off-roading a little more your style? Go for it. You dream it the Nike Free 5.0 can handle it. With a fat outsole and rubber pods that handle the lateral sides, this shoe can take a beating while giving you great traction and amazing stability.

Cost and Value
You already know you’re going to pay a Nike price for a Nike shoe, so don’t expect a deal on this one. While having fewer bells and whistles of some of the higher up models on the list means it’s a little cheaper, it also lacks some of the support and neutrality of the shoes higher up on the list. That being said it’s still a much raved about shoe and receives great reviews from all kinds of runners, not only for its innovative take on flexibility but it’s incredible cushioning as well.
Pros
  • Hexagonal flex grooves 
  • Added cushioning 
  • Synthetic upper 
  • Increased traction 
  • Rounded heel 
Cons

Not a neutral shoe

12. Adidas UltraBoost

12. Adidas UltraBoost
Adidas designed these shoes for energy feedback to the runner. Every strike compresses the midsole which releases a push-off back to you for a light ride. For your high arches, you will find the upper comfortable as well. Focus on the miles you get in and not on achy feet and a painful midfoot.
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UltraBoost midsole
The midsole in this shoe features extra cushioning that won’t compress over time. So as you wear them you will continue to experience the comfort and the energy feedback of the UltraBoost technology run after run. The more you give it, the more it gives back.

Primeknit upper
The upper in the UltaBoost is made of Adidas’ Primeknit material which stretches to move with your foot as you move or run. Great for high arches, the shoe will remain secure and hugging throughout your time on the road. The cage offers lockdown support so the upper will not overstretch.

Cost and Value
This shoe is definitely an investment. However, it has a durable midsole, outsole and upper that will ensure you get value for the money. The comfort for your arches alone makes the shoe worth an investment but combined with a breathable, flexing upper, the torsion stabilizing midsole, and extra cushioning, boosting technology, you are getting a great value.
Pros
  • Ultraboost midsole
  • Well cushioned
  • Torsion system stabilizer
  • Primeknit upper
  • Breathable and dry
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

13. New Balance Leadville v3

13. New Balance Leadville v3
It wouldn’t be a complete list of the best shoes for runners with high arches if we didn’t have at LEAST two trail running shoes. Trail running shoes will always be at the top of any list for running shoes, especially for those with high arches and a desire to get off the usual path. The New Balance Leadville v3 offers incredible cushioning, N2 Cushioning Tech in the toe for a springier step, and incredible breathability. Like most trail runners these days this will adapt to both the road and the trail.
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N2 Cushioning Tech
Probably one of the coolest additions to the v3 iteration of the Leadville series, the N2 Cushioning Tech in the toe adds a spring and responsiveness unparalleled in similar brands. While it takes a moment to get used to, once you’ve got it down you’ll fly up and down the trail. Also great for high arches on the trail because it encourages a more engaging run.

Ready to go out of the box
Most shoes take a while to break in, but excluding the N2 Cushioning Tech (think of it as a bonus), the Leadville v3 is ready to go straight out of the box. Very little breaking in is necessary to get you running comfortably on the road or the trail.

Cost and Value
Pretty standard for a trail runner but definitely on the pricier side. Honestly though, with all the incredible and clever additives like the N2, Vibram outsole, and REVLite cushioning, you have a great shoe that adapts to the road and the trail.
Pros
  • Ready to go out of the box
  • REVLite cushioning 
  • Vibram outsole 
  • Road and trail
  • Outsole sheds dirt
Cons
  • Slightly less flexibility

14. Mizuno Wave Creation 17

14. Mizuno Wave Creation 17
This Mizuno runner is made to be durable and comfortable for many, many miles of wear. Designed specifically for long runs, the shoe will be supportive, smooth and breathable at the beginning of your marathon until long after you’ve crossed the finish line. It is also a vegan-friendly shoe for those that are looking for a shoe made without any animal product.
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X10 Carbon
The Wave Creation is a reasonably lightweight shoe that has X10 carbonized rubber at the heel and toe, where you strike and take off, for enhanced traction without excessive weight. This is also usually the wear point on long runners so the carbonized rubber will improve the durability of the shoe.

Dynamotion
This shoe features a Dynamotion fit build which adds support without adding significant weight. The shoe will adapt to your foot and move with you as you run – from heel strike to take off – the shoe stays in place on your foot without restricting your movement.

Cost and Value
The Wave Creation is priced in the mid-range. While this still represents an investment, the shoe will last, providing value over time. It is also built to help you move freely and give you a smooth, supported ride. This is a case of you get what you pay for – in a great way.
Pros
  • Vegan build
  • Great traction
  • Lightweight
  • High-mileage design
  • Dynamotion Fit
  • Infinity Wave heel
Cons
  • Narrow toe box

15. New Balance 890v4

15. New Balance 890v4
This lightweight runner is a great shoe for sprints and mid-length runs. It features exceptional cushioning, a lower drop than many runners and a one-piece upper that will not irritate your feet or cause hot spots. With great durability and traction in the sole, you’ll be looking forward to run after run in this shoe.
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FantomFit upper
The upper is synthetic and mesh so it’s breathable, keeping your foot cool and dry, and also fits well to the foot, moving with you. It will not restrict your midfoot or forefoot as you hit the ground. The low cut around the ankle gives you further flexibility of movement.

ABZORB sole
The midsole of the 890v4 is made to absorb shock while continuing to provide great cushioning to your feet. The midsole is made from New Balance’s REVlite foam which is very lightweight and won’t add to foot fatigue.

Cost and Value
This is the most expensive shoe in our line up but still well worth the investment if you want a shoe that is incredibly comfortable and shock absorbing. It has a limited color range but when you’re serious about a great runner, color takes a back seat. The rubber sole and synthetic upper also help make a durable shoe so you will get more miles for the money in the end.
Pros
  • Rubber sole
  • Lightweight runner
  • FantomFit
  • REVlite midsole
  • ABZORB cushioning
  • Very durable
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

Because high-arched feet tend to be more rigid, you’re also going to want to look for a shoe that’s more flexible to compensate. Look for shoes with an extremely flexible upper (everything north of the sole, basically) like mesh, and even a sole that bends easily in your hands. As a bonus, look for a shoe that’s lightweight. Remember, you’re looking to even out the impact in your stride which will naturally be rigid and uneven because of high arches.

So now that you know a little more, to get you started, check out our selection of the Top 10 Best Running Shoes for High Arches and skim through them again if needed — because the discomfort you feel should be a result of pushing your limits, not because you’re wearing the wrong type of shoe. Below you will find the criteria needed in order to evaluate them yourself from now on.

 

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Running Shoes for High Arches

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Comfort

Many factors contribute to the overall comfort of a running shoe. For high arched feet, those factors can be very specific.

“High arches” are so called because the foot curves upward from the toes to the heel of your feet. So, the position of the cushioning within the inner soles of the shoes is highly important. The purpose of any shoe, especially running shoes, that deal with this physical disorder is to cut down the pain as much as possible. High arches demand great cushioning and arch support. Look for runners that either have high arch support build in or are well cushioned with a removable insole so that you can use your own custom insert or orthotic.

Don’t overlook the front of the foot. The toebox of the shoes for high arches must have enough room for the toes to move around a bit. This with help remove some of the pain from the area along the toes, especially for those with bunions, or hammer or claw-like toes.

Whether you have high arches, average arches or flat feet, heat must be able to get out of the shoes so the feet can cool off. Otherwise, the heat will cause moisture to build up and add more problems and complications to the feet that are already hurting from their high arched disorder.

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Durability

Running shoes take a beating, whether you’re a sprinter, a short distance runner or a marathoner, the shoes need to hold up. This is especially so when your runner represents an investment of money. It will not matter how cushioned a shoe might be if it lasts a few days or weeks before wearing out.

Look for shoes with the following characteristics:

  • Rubber soles – rubber soles provide solid traction on numerous surfaces but rubber also makes for a very durable sole. Hardened or carbonized rubbers are abrasion resistant and more durable than softer, sticky rubber soles.
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  • Synthetic upper – synthetic uppers tend to last longer than thin canvases while maintaining a breathable shoe for running. Look along the lines of the shoe to be sure there are no loose spots where the shoe can separate. Reading reviews can be very helpful in determining where any weak points in the upper may be hiding.
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  • Compressible but strong midsole – the midsole provides a lot of the cushion that is important for high arches. It should be spongy and compressible but not so soft that it won’t bounce back or will collapse. Again, this is another area where reading reviews of the shoes will assist.
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  • Weak points – Look for lace ups with strong eyelets and quality laces that will not break readily. Other weak points to look at are the rubber covering over the toe, pods on the outsole that may be glued down loosely, the sewing around the tongue and collar and the lining. Reviewers will gladly tell you where weak points are.

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Stability & Security

While high arches demand a lot of cushion and flexibility, that does not mean that stability and security should be compromised. You do not want a sole that is overly stiff or an upper that will push down on and restrict your foot but you do want a stable and secure fit. High arches or not, slipping in the shoe, wobbly gaits and a lack of support can cause other conditions and risks serious injury.

Look for shoes that have the following characteristics:

  • Stabilizing heel – the heel counter in the shoe should hold your heel securely in the shoe, preventing it from slipping out or moving from side to side. If you have a prior ankle injury or ‘weak’ ankles, look for shoes with higher cuts to provide extra support.
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  • Flexible but firm sole – your sole needs to flex but the shoe also be stable enough to guide your foot strikes from heel to toe. Look for a shoe that bends easily at the midfoot but cannot be folded down the center line of the shoe.
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  • Snug but not tight upper – if you have high arches you need a stretchable, flexible upper that will hug your foot without constricting it. Look for shoes that are not too binding around the midfoot and are constructed of a stretchable mesh that can move with you. The closures should not put pressure over the top of your feet, which will cause pain, but should hold on to the foot instead.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What are “high arches?”
A: Also known as “cavus foot.” (Pes Cavus is Latin for “hollow foot.”) It’s a condition in one or both of the feet that causes an upward curve shape between the toe bones and the ankle bone. The weight and pressure are placed on the heel and balls of the foot; causing pain when standing and/or walking. Cavus foot is indiscriminate; it will affect anybody at any age. It’s painful you literally won’t be able to stand.

Q: So what’s the cause of cavus foot?
A: It may just be something a person inherits; like arms that can’t bend all the way or thumbs with tiny nails. Or it could be a neurological disorder. People who had suffered from a stroke, polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida suffer from cavus foot. People with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, one of the more common neurological disorders, can also cause cavus foot. If you have cavus foot, you should get a diagnosis just to be sure.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Hammertoes (toes bent upwards), claw toes (toes clenched like a fist), inward-tilting heel (which can sprain your ankle), and the loss of muscle use within the ankle and foot (aka “foot drop”). Pain is also a nice, unwanted addition to the body.

Q: Can it be treated surgically?
A: Let’s hold off on that and call it the “last line of defense,” shall we?

One way to solve this problem is to fit an orthotic device in your shoe; adding cushioning and stability to your high arched foot. Another way is to buy shoes for high arched feet. The final way is for the surgeon to add a brace to your foot. (This way can also deal with the foot drop issue.)

If you do choose surgery, you might need surgery again in the future if the problem is worse than just some “bent-outta-shape foot.”

Q: So what about Plantar Fasciitis?
A: That’s tissue inflammation at the bottom of the feet near the heel. Although it’s not usually found among those who suffer from cavus foot, it’s not impossible. As said before, ask your doctor about it and get a diagnosis.

Q: I keep hearing about “pronation.” What is it?
A: It’s how the foot rolls inward when you run. When you’re running, the way your foot lands will cause a shock to the rest of your leg. Some of the impact caused to your legs when you run is not good. Hence, the importance of shock absorbing in your running shoes.

Underpronation can give your lower leg too much shock. That can cause plantar fasciitis. And/or that can be the result of high arches in your foot. So more cushioning should be placed in your running shoes.

Overpronation is when you land on your heels too much when you run. So the weight is not distributed evenly; causing heel spurs and bunions. A more constructive support and cushioning for your running shoes should be sought after.

Q: Are they any good?
A: Apart from complaints about sizes that don’t fit those who wear them, they seem to have remedied most of the problems. Mainly; the pain people have when running in shoes that aren’t made for those with high arches.

Q: Where do you buy them?
A: The lot of specialty shoe stores you’ll find in your mall and local “premium outlet” shopping centers sell them. They’re also sold online through the companies that make them. If you’re looking for insoles to put in your regular running shoes, it’s been recommended by some podiatrists to use custom-made orthotics instead of cheap “dollar store” inserts.

Q: What are some other ways to deal with high arches outside of surgery?
A: You can massage your feet. You can work on strengthening and stretching the muscles in your feet and legs that are tight and weakened. You can also remove some of the weight and pressure placed on your high-arched feet. Try some other strenuous exercise that doesn’t require running.

All-in-all: You should get a better answer to this question from someone who’s in the profession of caring for the feet and legs; like a podiatrist.


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