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Best Stability Running Shoes for Men & Women

last updated Nov 08, 2018

Running is an activity that millions of people participate in daily for health and weight loss benefits. Most people have no idea they could potentially be wearing the incorrect shoes for their running pattern and needs. Further, most have no inclination that they could possibly have an offset gait. The gait is described as the pattern to which our feet step, or our stride. It also includes the area of the foot where much of the impact occurs with each step and spring.

There are three wear patterns that determine the wear mechanics of each individual person. They are neutral pronation, overpronation, and supination (under-pronation). Pronation has to do with the natural roll through from heel to toe. When you have a neutral pronation you are described as having a basic and proper gait, with minimal risk from non-proper absorption of shock to knees and joints. Supination is described as having an outward roll of the foot causing not enough impact reduction at the landing of each step. It can be seen by improper and uneven wearing along the outer edge of the soul of a shoe. Overpronation is a common problem amongst runners leaving them more prone to injury and knee pain. This is where having a proper stability shoe can benefit the runner. Overpronators need to have a stability shoe which has been perfectly designed to lessen the effects of mild to moderate overpronation.

When shopping for the correct stability shoe, is it important to find a shoe that will firmly hold the foot in place to prevent too much exertion and incorrect roll on impact. Shoes in this category need to have a stiff upper (the part of the shoe that surrounds the feet; all of it excluding the sole). It will have a stronger arch which will give more support to the foot as well.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
  • Salomon SpeedCross 4
  • Nike LunarGlide 9
  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
  • New Balance M990v4
  • Asics Gel Kayano 25
  • New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo 3
  • Asics GT-2000 6
  • Brooks Ravenna 9
  • Saucony Cohesion 14
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Top 10 Picks

1. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.3
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
Overall Fit
95
Shock Absorption
97
Support
94
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$129.95
Pros:

Vegan Materials

Lightweight Insole

Rounded Toe Section

Fan Wave Midsole Design

Cons:

Not Ideal for Wide Feet

Mizuno shoes consist of a synthetic upper that is lightweight and breathable paired with a durable rubber outsole make this shoe ideal for overpronators and those that do not like heavy running shoes. This Mizuno Wave Inspire shoe will move with your foot and inspire you to run the distance and stretch your limits. Added shock absorption is paramount to the reinforced midsole that cradles the arch for corrected gait.

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Discreet interior straps
With the internal straps being hidden inside the shoe it protects the strength of the straps and the cradle of feet. It helps to reinforce the entire structure of the shoe and provide a shoe that does not allow the foot to move. It will help to align perfect heel strike and roll through.

Rounded toe
Most shoes consist of a more pointy toe area which can result in the runner having their toe crammed into a small space just to assure the foot is secure in the rest of the shoe. A rounded toe area allows for more of the toes to spread out and thereby creating a more comfortable run without causing trauma to the toe or nail bed (ingrown toenails being a major problem with too tight of a shoe.

Cost and Value
While these shoes are in the higher range of the middle price point for shoes, Mizuno has been making shoes for over 100 years. They have a great track record of producing shoes that are dependable and quality that can be relied on. Even though the price is higher than other shoes in this category, runners will be confident in their purchase of these shoes based on the reputation that Mizuno has built.

2. Salomon SpeedCross 4

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.7
Salomon SpeedCross 4
Overall Fit
93
Shock Absorption
97
Support
94
best offer for today
$129.95
Pros:

Anti-Debris Mesh

Water Resistant

Durable Rubber Outsole

Lightweight Cushioning

Cons:

Inner Seams Can Be Irritating

The SpeedCross 4 is a trail runner that offers great stability in a number of ways – first, it has an aggressive grip for running on the softer ground. Secondly, it will hold your foot well into the shoe and finally, the midsole will provide both cushioning and a stable ride. All of this and it looks much heavier than it actually is.

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Anti-debris mesh
There is nothing worse when running on trails than having your shoes fill with dirt and debris or even worse, water. The upper on this shoe is built with an anti-debris mesh to keep grit out and the material is also water-resistant to keep water away from your feet. This provides you with a dry, comfortable and clean ride.

Aggressive grip
This shoe offers exceptional grip on all kinds of terrain. It looks a little like a cleat and offers as much traction on soft ground as most cleats do. Mud, soft soil, and loose sand won’t stop your run.

Cost and Value
These shoes fall into the middle of the price range relative to the list. For the price though, they are a durable, stable shoe for trail running. They will keep unwanted dirt and water out while holding your foot stable and sure with every strike.

3. Nike LunarGlide 9

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
Nike LunarGlide 9
Overall Fit
97
Shock Absorption
92
Support
94
best offer for today
$87.93
Pros:

Breathable Mesh Upper

Durable Rubber Outsole

Seamless Construction

Laser-Cut Outsole

Best For Overpronation

Cons:

Runs Narrow

Nike shoes are synonymous with comfort. They strive to give runners a cloud-like feel when wearing their shoes. The LunarGlide 8 has a lightweight and breathable upper and soft cushioned sole to feel light as air. The highly cushioned midsole cradles arches and helps with roll-through that overpronators suffer from being irregular with their gait. The cushion is ultra-responsive throughout the entire shoe. Nike has been making shoes for decades and stands firm on the ground of quality they have worked to achieve.

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Flywire cables
Nike developed a thread generally made of nylon that is used in the upper of the shoes. It was designed to alleviate some weight of the shoe and reinforce the support structure at the same time. It also adds to the breathability of the shoe since it is not made of as heavy materials as other shoes made for overpronators.

Laser cut outsole
With precision cut laser grooves and smooth outsole grooves, Nike has delivered a seamless transition from heel strike to toe takeoff. This contributes to the sock-like fit of the shoe as it gives added flexibility by allowing the shoe to bend in many spots to not constrict the foot.

Cost and Value
With the Nike name comes a sometimes higher price tag. These shoes can easily fall within most budgets. The strong point for Nike is that they are a well-known and reputable shoe brand and buyers can trust that the shoes they are buying will be backed by the Nike name and standards. Go ahead and give this one a check for quality.

4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
Overall Fit
95
Shock Absorption
94
Support
91
best offer for today
$99.95
Pros:

Breathable Mesh Upper

Post Diagonal Rollbar Technology

Lightweight Construction

Cons:

High Heel Drop

The Brooks Adrenaline is one of those shoes that improve every year, and the most recent version is just that. Building on the features of its predecessor, the 2018 model has a redesigned upper for a lightweight feel while offering the exceptional support runners have come to expect from the Adrenaline line. The GTS in the name stands for "Go To Shoe," and it's easy to see why.

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Progressive Diagonal Rollbar
PDRB for short, this is a feature unique to Brooks shoes. It's a combination of hardened rubber and plastic that is used in the midsole for extra stiffness. This is important in a stability shoe because it will keep your feet from moving around in the shoe, especially for overpronators.

Redesigned Upper
While some running shoes will use multiple overlays of fabric, Brooks used a streamlined mesh design for the upper of the Adrenaline GTS 18. This provides a lightweight feel, and some runners consider this one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes they've ever worn.

Cost and Value
While these are more expensive than their predecessor, the redesigned upper of the Adrenaline GTS 18 and midsole technology make them well worth the investment.

5. New Balance M990v4

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
New Balance M990v4
Overall Fit
95
Shock Absorption
94
Support
91
best offer for today
$164.95
Pros:

Blown Rubber Outsole

EVA Heel Counter

12mm Drop

Dual-Density Collar Foam

Cons:

Limited Long-Term Durability

While it isn't designed for off-road running, the New Balance M990v4 is designed to provide the best in comfort and stabilization when running on the road. A blown rubber outsole provides a bouncier step without adding too much weight, and the high heel drop provides ideal support no matter your level of pronation, though isn't ideal for those with flat feet.

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Blown Rubber Outsole
Blown rubber is a rubber compound that is either expanded or mixed with air, creating a lighter and bouncier outsole. While the long-term durability is limited with blown rubber, it provides that extra bit of support and shock absorption that you need when it comes to stability shoes.

12mm Drop Midsole
The drop level of a midsole is the difference in height between the heel and toe of the shoe. Most minimalist shoes will have a very low drop, though it isn't terribly supportive for high arches or stability. This is where higher drops come in, as they are designed to offer more support regardless of your level of pronation.

Cost and Value
This is one of the most expensive shoes on our list, but that's for a good reason. New Balance typically fetches a premium thanks to their high-quality build and robust customer service, so you won't be disappointed.

6. Asics Gel Kayano 25

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Asics Gel Kayano 25
Overall Fit
96
Shock Absorption
94
Support
89
best offer for today
$159.90
Pros:

IGS System For Support

Breathable FluidFit Upper

Dual-Density Midsole

Redesigned Outsole For Extra Traction

Cons:

Limited Insole Cushioning

Sporting a similar set of features to its predecessor, the Asics Gel Kayano 25 is an overpronator's best friend. With a stretchy mesh upper that provides maximum airflow and comfort, along with an Impact Guidance System for the extra support you need for overpronation, the Kayano 25 will quickly become your favorite runners.

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Impact Guidance System
The Impact Guidance System is the result of extensive research done by Asics over the years, paying close attention to how the foot lifts off and strikes when running. It works by using linked components that move with your foot's natural shape as well as your overall gait.

FluidFit Upper
FluidFit is a stretchy mesh material that works double duty in the upper of the Kayano 25. The mesh is designed to be as breathable as possible, working to properly manage temperature and making hot and sweaty running shoes a thing of the past. This cross-directional mesh fabric is not only comfortable fresh out of the box but will gradually conform to your feet and become even more comfortable as they are broken in.

Cost and Value:
The Gel Kayano 25 is priced similarly to its predecessors, and we feel it is an affordable shoe overall. Asics has a strong reputation and is well-known across the world for their incredibly high-quality products, and each new version builds upon the success of the last.

7. New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo 3

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.7
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo 3
Overall Fit
90
Shock Absorption
92
Support
96
best offer for today
$99.95
Pros:

Roomy Toe Section

Breathable Mesh Upper

FantomFit Overlays

Lightweight Construction

Cons:

Heavy

Sporting a completely redesigned upper and fabric sockliner, the New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo 3 is made with comfort and breathability in mind. The new upper is made of a stretchy mesh and a FantomFit overlay, which work together to properly control temperature. The fabric sockliner forms to the unique shape of your foot, providing the exact level of support and comfort you need.

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Redesigned Upper
New Balance updated the upper in the Vongo 3, using engineered mesh and the brand's own FantomFit overlay. The mesh allows for proper breathability and temperature management. The FantomFit overlay is strips of plastic running through both sides of the upper, which increases the overall comfort of the shoe.

Fabric "Bootie" Liner
The Vongo 3 uses the same kind of fabric sockliner as its predecessor, which forms to the shape of your foot over time, creating more arch support as you break the shoes in as it compresses laterally. Even after miles of running, it will work hard to give you the support you need when running.

Cost and Value
New Balance is well known for their high-quality products and focus on comfort and dependability. The Vongo 3 will go with you for miles and miles, and the sockliner gets even more comfortable with use.

8. Asics GT-2000 6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Asics GT-2000 6
Overall Fit
95
Shock Absorption
91
Support
90
best offer for today
$89.95
Pros:

Ideal For Flat Feet

Lightweight Design

FluidRide Technology For Support

Heel-Clutching System

Cons:

Limited Long-Term Insole Durability

The Asics GT-2000 is made to be comfortably supportive with its Dynamic DuoMax Support System and it’s Guidance Trusstic System that helps improve the gait by setting it as close to neutral as possible. The shoe is made with a patented gel forefoot and rearfoot system to be more adaptive and responsive to impacts with every stride. This shoe is a good fit for mild to moderate overpronators. It also has a midsole that is made with FluidRide technology to cushion the arch in the most supportive way possible.

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I.G.S. Technology
Impact Guidance System otherwise known as I.G.S. is a trademark of Asics. It helps overpronators with the gait of each step from heel-strike to toe-launch by supporting the proper roll-through from heel to toe.

Heel-Clutching System Technology
Asics strives to “lock” the heel into place to prevent the heel and foot from slipping around while running, thereby improving the gait of the runner. This shoe is made with an exoskeletal heel counter to provide support and cushion.

Cost and Value
Asics is a very reputable brand and has been around for many decades. They have a reputation for upstanding quality shoes. One will not have to be concerned with these shoes wearing out too soon. There are many miles to run in these shoes. The shoes are at a great lower price point so buyers can feel confident with their purchase and the durability of it.

9. Brooks Ravenna 9

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Brooks Ravenna 9
Overall Fit
96
Shock Absorption
88
Support
91
best offer for today
$110.00
Pros:

Breathable Mesh Upper

Durable Rubber Outsole

Ultra Responsive Foam Insole

Moisture-Wicking Liner

Cons:

Not For Off-Road Running

Compared to other shoes in this niche, the Brooks Ravenna 7 is ultra lightweight. However, do not worry that less weight means a subpar product. This shoe follows in true fashion the name that Brooks company has set for the shoes it makes. Brooks shoes are known and loved by runners for their responsive cushioning, durability, and the corrective ability for overpronation. Also known industry-wide as the shoe that will go the distance; meaning many pairs have hundreds of pavement miles on them.

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BioMoGo DNA
If you are looking for an ultra-padded sole that will absorb even the toughest impacts and stand the distance with every stride, this is the shoe. The revolution behind the foam is that it is quick and responsive to the heel strike and gives appropriate spring-back through the toe.

Forefoot Energy Zone
The energy zone for this shoe is placed in the forefoot. The theory behind this is, the heel takes the strike upon impact and transfers the energy to the forefoot for when the roll through is complete the energy zone springs the ball of the foot back off of the ground with ease.

Cost and Value
Brooks shoes have been catering to runners for many years. They know how to build a shoe that is meant to last. The price is a perfect starting point for anyone looking to get into their first set of shoes for overpronation or the avid runner that has for years trusted Brooks shoes. With a high-quality product, buyers can be sure their investment will last for a long time and many steps on the pavement.

10. Saucony Cohesion 14

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.3
Saucony Cohesion 14
Overall Fit
88
Shock Absorption
91
Support
95
best offer for today
$42.99
Pros:

Breathable Textile Upper

Supportive Cushioning And Overlays

Durable Outsole

Strong Traction

Cons:

Not Ideal For Narrow Feet

This Saucony runner is a durable shoe that will be supportive and cushioning at the same time. It features a rubber sole for durability and traction, a supportive and stabilizing midsole and supportive upper overlays for great fit and security. The shoe is also very breathable and reasonably light.

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Comfortably versatile
The Cohesion 11 offers a supportive level of cushioning – not too much or too little – so that your feet feel well secured inside the shoe while remaining comfortable. Whether you use the shoes for running or you wear them for work all day, your feet will end the day comfortable.

Durable traction
The rubber sole offers good grip on the road for your runs or on most other surfaces for work or casual wear. Rubber is a very durable material and so the sole in this shoe will last you a very long time.

Cost and Value
This is the least expensive shoe on our list, which represents an excellent value. You could have two pairs – one for running and one for casual or comfortable work wear. They will also last a long time, which makes them an even greater value for the money.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Overall Fit

Shoes for overpronators must be constructed with some sort of heel system in place that firmly cradles and supports the heel. In doing so, it prevents the heel from moving around inside the shoe while the running is taking their steps. It locks the heel into place and helps to facilitate more of a proper and correct step to alleviate some, if not all, of the overpronation.

By securing the heel, it overall protects the runner and helps to prevent injury to not just the heel but the ankles and legs as well. Most injuries occur when there is a misstep. Sometimes the injuries can be minimal such as just twisting the ankle. Other times it can result in severe injuries such as a broken ankle or leg if such force is applied behind a misstep due to the foot not striking the ground properly.

Shock Absorption

The shock absorption ability of a shoe is a very important consideration when picking new shoes, whether overpronation is a concern or not. The shock and impact absorbing ability of a shoe is what allows runners to go the distance. If a shoe is not properly absorbing the impact of the ground, runners can face injury, shin splints, or low-tolerance for running which could make a person stop running. All of these complaints plus much more can be completely eradicated if a person is wearing the proper running shoe that has the best cushioning for the run.

A strong cushion from the outer sole and inner sole is hugely important in the shock absorbing impact a shoe will make. The constant jolt from each ground strike has to be absorbed by something, so just make sure it is the soul and not the body taking the blunt force in. Studies have shown that the impact runners face can cause many long-term problems to the body such as aches and pains, arthritis, osteoarthritis, cartilage loss, and more. By providing the body and foot with the correct absorbing power, it can prevent such drastic health problems.

Support

What the actual problem is that an overpronator face is, the incorrect alignment through the foot when it strikes the ground and then takes off again. The main goal of a stability shoe is to facilitate the correct sequence of the heel strike, roll through, and toe off. If the shoe does not hold the foot in place and does not have the best energy diversifying sole, it cannot succeed in its job to correct the overpronation.

It is important for a runner to pick a shoe that corrects their individual level of overpronation, whether it is mild, moderate, or severe. Different shoes will be tailored to different levels of pronation. If you are a sufferer of severe levels do not buy a shoe that is made for mild to neutral as it will not properly align the foot enough to prevent the side effects that pronators face. Conversely, purchasing a shoe that is made for moderate to severe pronation is just as unhealthy for someone with a slight gait offset. It could overcorrect the problem and the ensuing result could be a whole different set of injuries.

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Experiencing Knee Pain? Replace Your Running Shoes!

Most runners know that replacing your running sneakers regularly is part of the sport. Wearing down cushioning or deteriorating uppers can ultimately affect your runs and how sore you may feel afterwards. One key sign you need new sneakers if if you start experiencing knee pain when running that subsides when you're finished. Try to get a new pair of sneakers before heading to the doctor for a further evaluation on what may cause your knee pain.

Stability Vs. Motion Control Shoes

Stability running shoes are designed for those who pronate slightly past neutral, and have support features to correct gait alignment in the midsole and arch. Motion Control Shoes are designed for individuals who severely pronate past the neutral plane. If you're unsure which you need to run your best, consider having a gait analysis done to pick the pair best suited for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What is a stability shoe?
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A stability shoe is a shoe that is specifically designed for runners that do not strike the ground properly when they are running. Moreover, the shoes help to align the foot from the heel completely through the toe. It has special design features that typical running shoes do not have such as a very rigid heel, internal straps to secure the foot and special energy footbeds in the sole that disperse energy throughout the foot upon each step impact.

q: Who would benefit most from a stability shoe?
a:

A stability shoe is needed by any such runner that has been diagnosed with overpronation. This can be done by a foot specialist for the most accuracy. However, runners can examine an old pair of running to shoes to see where the most wear has occurred on the tread of the sole. If the interior portions of the sole are the most worn in relation to other parts, then it is a good chance you suffer from overpronation. These shoes are scientifically designed to properly assist the foot of the runner with correct foot placement upon striking the ground. They also are made to protect the joints of runners with overpronation because they are more likely to suffer from injury than those that rin with a neutral gait.

q: How do stability shoes work?
a:

Stability shoes are made to work so that when the foot of a runner hits the ground with high impact, the heel of the sole is designed to take the brunt force of the impact and disperse the energy through the footbed. Some of the shoes have higher arches for more support and some have tighter heels on the interior to hold the heel in place. The energy from each pound is sent throughout the shoe while assisting in the roll through from heel to toe. Then upon toe off the energy shoots back through the toes to make the toes come off of the ground at the same time instead of one side of the toes coming off first.

q: Are stability shoes good for flat feet?
a:

Stability shoes can be a good option for those with flat feet. Just because someone has flat feet does not guarantee that they will have the proper strike pattern when running. It is a wise choice to pick a shoe with either removable arch supports/insole or ones that have a small arch in them. Otherwise, a too high arch support will result in overcorrecting the pronation and can lead to other injuries.

q: Are stability shoes good for plantar fasciitis?
a:

Actually stability shoes are a great option for people with plantar fasciitis. Those runners need to avoid a low or no arch support and choose a shoe with high arch support. Most stability shoes have a very high arch support and therefore will be a good choice for someone suffering from plantar fasciitis.