If you have flat feet or know someone with flat feet, you know the struggle. It’s close to impossible to find the best running shoes for flat feet. There just aren’t a lot of shoes out there made for that kind of feet, in part because arch support is not a focal point for most shoe companies. For flat-footers, this kind of support and overall containment in the midfoot is key to being safe while doing activities.
We’ve taken the time to test out shoes just for you so you can make your next purchase worth it. Last time, we created a list of the best basketball shoes for people with flat feet. Now it’s the runners’ turn! Check out our list below to find out the best running shoes for flat feet.
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- The 10+ Best Running Shoes for Runners with Flat Feet:
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The 10+ Best Running Shoes for Runners with Flat Feet:
New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4
The New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4 is a comfortable, affordable, and excellently executed running shoe. The upper’s fit is super accommodating, and any foot shape will enjoy it, especially wide footers and flat footers. The Fresh Foam X feels great on foot for any amount of miles or household chores. The stability is great due to the midsole’s geometry and sitting inside the midsole walls. The lockdown is solid, so even narrow footers can be confident their foot will stay in place even on the sharpest of turns or bumpiest of roads. And the style — chunktastic is in these days, so this shoe will work as well casually as it does for running. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $150
Saucony Endorphin Speed 3
The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 is a near-perfect everyday running shoe. It’s versatile enough to handle easy running, track work, tempo runs, and even races. The fit is excellent with impressive lockdown and stealthy but solid midfoot/arch support which works great for flat footers.
The PWRRUN PB in the midsole is both plush and bouncy. It’s a well-cushioned, long-lasting ride ideal for long distances. The only small issue is some slippage in wet conditions. But that can be easily overlooked because the Endorphin Speed 3 is comfortable top-to-bottom and a true do-everything running shoe. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price $170
Asics Gel Kayano 29
The Asics Gel Kayano 29 is Asics’ flagship stability shoe, and it delivers top-of-class stability via the stiff foam LITETRUSS system that steps in to prevent moderate to severe overpronation. If you don’t need the motion control, it stays out of the way and allows you to maintain your natural footstrike. The LITETRUSS system also provides the arch support that most flat-footers love. Now, the cushion does take some time to break in, but once the FF Blast+ livens up, you get an extremely comfortable upper and a super durable outsole. On top of all that, the Kayano 29 comes in regular, 2E, and 4E widths for men and regular and D widths for women. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $160
New Balance FuelCell SC Trainer
The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer is a high-stack neutral training shoe perfect for long runs and minimizing wear and tear on tired legs. It packs massive amounts of FuelCell cushioning underneath one of the best uppers of the year. The engineered knit upper is comfortable and accommodating to all foot types. It’s got good arch support without being obtrusive. And while it’s a bit heavy, the SuperComp Trainer is plenty stable. If you run long distances often, want to save your legs, or are a bigger, taller, or heavier runner, make the SuperComp Trainer a shoe you consider. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price $180
Brooks Glycerin 20
The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a comfortable, breathable, and versatile daily running shoe that works great for those with flat feet. The DNA Loft v3 midsole is plush and can easily handle long runs. The ride is really smooth and easy on the legs. The traction is durable and doesn’t slip in any conditions. Just don’t get the StealthFit version because the upper on the regular version is much better fitting and more comfortable. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160
Nike React Infinity Run 3
The Nike React Infinity Run 3 is a well-rounded shoe that can be your daily workhorse. The fit accommodates just about every foot type and provides some arch support but not enough to cause discomfort for most flat footers. The React midsole is plush and lasts a long time. The shoe’s rocker motion is smooth. Plus, the Flyknit is super comfy and molds to your foot. The lacing system isn’t the best but this shoe is an all-around good choice for flat footers because of its support and comfort. See the full review. Price: $160
Asics Magic Speed 2
The Asics Magic Speed 2 is a firmer shoe focused on speed sessions or short races. The top layer of FF Blast+ doesn’t offer the impact protection as the Asics Novablast 3, but it does pop off the pavement. A lot of that pop is due to the full-length carbon-infused TPU plate sandwiched between the FF Blast+ and the heel Flytefoam.
The upper is super breathable and very similar to the uppers on the Metaspeed series. It’s not perfect, but it accommodates wide footers well. Flat footers will enjoy the Magic Speed 2 because there’s good arch support that’s also unobtrusive so it won’t cause discomfort. The Magic Speed 2 feels comfortable on foot and excels on tracks or other surfaces where you can go fast but don’t need a ton of impact protection.
Fits: True to Size, Drop: 7mm, Price $150
Hoka Arahi 5
The Hoka Arahi 5 is the most supportive shoe the brand has to offer. Although that may sound the “restrictive” alarm to you, it really isn’t that restrictive, which is the best part. It gives great support without making you feel like your foot is in a straight jacket. As should be expected from Hoka at this point, the cushioning is plush and light for both short and long distance runs. These easily made our Best Hoka Running Shoes list. Price: $130
The On Cloudflyer is one of those shoes that nobody would be mad if you got them. They look good and provide plenty stuff you want as a runner. They’re durable and therefore worth the money. The cushion is ok using the typical Helion Superfoam Clouds sitting below the TPU Speedboard. The speedboard and beefy insole provide both arch and torsional support. Everyday running in them, as long as you’re not running really long distances, works well. Read the full review. Price: $160
The On Cloudswift is basically the brand’s attempt at making a casual shoe a good running shoe at the same time. These are definitely comfortable enough to walk around all day in and will also to give you enough impact protection for short runs. What makes these great for flat footers is the midfoot cage that locks in that section of the foot really well providing extra stability. However, the arch support is very noticeable so watch out if you don’t like that feeling. As a bonus, there’s no slipping, even in wet conditions. Read the full review. Price: $150
Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 3
The Asic Gel Nimbus Lite 3 is a wide-based, eco-friendly daily running shoe with good but not obtrusive arch support. While there’s no wide option like on many Asics shoes, the mesh upper is flexible and accommodating. And the tongue, wow! The gusseted knit tongue is super stretchy, comfy and breathable. One of the best tongues on a running shoe. The Flytefoam cushion is solid, though you may not want to take it on runs longer than 10 miles because it’ll lose a bit of plushness over the long haul. Overall, a supportive, versatile and super durable shoe. Read the full review. Price: $150
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Brooks Glycerin 19
The Brooks Glycerin 19 is the most expensive daily trainer that the brand has to offer, and for good reason. They feature full-length DNA Loft which looks and feels super soft. They also surprisingly don’t bottom out as easily as other foam compounds.The traction is both durable and flexible. The outsole actually flares out so you can have a nice, stable ride every time you lace these up. And the insole cups the arch for added support in the midfoot. Read the full review. Price: $150
New Balance Fresh Foam More v3
For the New Balance Fresh Foam More v3, plush is the focus. Plush foam under foot and a plush foam lining the tongue and heel. It’s a super comfortable shoe built on a wide platform to accommodate all foot shapes, thus excelling for those with flat or wider feet. The only watch out is the 4mm drop, which at half the average running shoe’s 8mm drop, may not be for everyone. But the shoe features a really nice rocker that helps the shoe into and out of every step. At $165 it may seem expensive, but the comfort and accommodating fit make it a winner. Price: $165