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:
New Balance 1080v13
The New Balance 1080v13 is a big departure from previous 1080 models with the squishiness and bounciness of Fresh Foam X midsole reaching new levels. The fit is great for most people and in true New Balance form there’s a wide version available for wide footers. There’s also solid arch support for flat footers.
It’s a versatile and fun ride that can go fast or slow as needed. The only issue is the price point is higher than most daily trainers. But that said, the 1080v13 is easy to recommend if you’re not too price-sensitive. Read the full review. Price: $165
Hoka Clifton 9
The Hoka Clifton 9 is the best, most versatile Clifton to date. It’s the same great neutral cushioned shoe with added bounce and elasticity in the midsole and increased durability in the outsole. The upper is, as usual, super comfy and the fit is accommodating. There’s also a wide version for those that need it. Improved arch support will excite flat footers, but some may find it a bit distracting. It’s a great shoe for everyone from beginners to seasoned vets and can handle jogging, easy running, recovery runs, and long runs. See the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $145
Asics Gel-Nimbus 25
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 25 isn’t a snappy shoe, but there’s plenty of soft FF Blast+ cushion underfoot. That, alongside an absolutely luxuriously comfortable upper, means the Gel-Nimbus 25 is ready for a ton of road miles. We don’t recommend using it for any of your speed work, but you can churn out miles in the Gel-Nimbus 25 while saving your legs from harsh asphalt and roads.
As an added bonus, the foam flares out from the foot, creating an incredibly stable platform. Oh, and it’s built to accommodate tons of foot types. Wide-footers, flat-footers, and beginners (who are likely still figuring out what their feet are) will all find a shoe that works for them. And for wide-footers that need even more room, Asics sells an extra wide version that may be perfect for you. See the full review.
Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160
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
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 InfinityRN 4
The Nike InfinityRN 4 is technically a stability shoe. However, the stability features are unobtrusive and won’t affect you if you don’t need the help. The very noticeable arch on previous Infinity Runs is also found on this version though it’s somewhat toned down. If you don’t like a lot of arch support, you should still stay away. But this will be helpful for flat-footers who want ever-present arch support. Overall, the InfinityRN 4 is a highly comfortable daily training shoe that’s ready for lots of miles while also packing a ton of casual appeal. Read the full review.
Fit: Go up a half size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $160
Asics Magic Speed 3
The Asics Magic Speed 3 is a modern-day racing flat built for speed work, track work, and shorter races like the 5k and 10k. The two layers of FF Blast+ sandwich a full-length carbon plate. You get a similar squish to the Novablast 3 but the extra pop and stability that a carbon plate brings with it.
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, won’t bug flat footers, and allows a ton of airflow. The outsole is also similar to the Metaspeed series and provides great traction. The Magic Speed 3 feels comfortable on foot and excels on tracks or other surfaces where you can go fast but don’t need much impact protection. Read the full review.
Fits: True to Size, Drop: 7mm, Price $160
New Balance FuelCell Propel v4
The New Balance FuelCell Propel v4 has the best value proposition of any shoe on the market. $110 for a bouncy Fuelcell midsole and a TPU plate? That alone raises my eyebrows.
The upper isn’t spectacular but it’s comfortable. There’s arch support that’s unobstrusive making it great for flat footers. The tongue can be slippy, it’s a little on the heavy side, and the traction is solid. Durability is a big question mark because there’s not a ton of rubber on the outsole and it wears down pretty fast. But, at $110, a price serviceable daily running shoes don’t touch anymore, sacrificing some durability and comfort is expected.
The end result is a shoe that’s perfect for a wide range of runners. It’s also great for cost-conscious parents that need solid running shoes for kids running track or cross country (and growing out of the shoes way too fast). I’d recommend the Propel v4 over Nike’s current Pegasus and several other $130-150 models. Watch Kofuzi’s review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 6mm, Price $110
Hoka Arahi 6
The Hoka Arahi 6 packs fantastic support without feeling invasive or annoying while offering plenty of room for wide footers. For wide footers that need a little extra support, you’ll have a hard time finding a better option. The cushioning is soft and responsive, exactly what you’d expect from a Hoka. It’s a versatile shoe that’s plush enough for long distances, light enough for short distances, and ready for the occasional fast workout. If you need support and width but want that neutral cushioned shoe feeling, the Arahi 6 offers exactly what you need.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $140
Brooks Ghost Max
The Brooks Ghost Max has soft, fluffy cushion, a smooth feel, good stability, and a super comfortable upper that’s also very wide and flat foot ready. Even with lower-than-average durability thanks to a soft outsole, it packs a lot of value. And it’s the only current Brooks road shoe with a drop lower than 8mm. It’s a different feel than what Brooks fans are used to but that’s not a bad thing. The Ghost Max is ready to protect your feet and legs as you pound the pavement. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price $150
Skechers GoRun Max Road 6
The Skechers GoRun Max Road 6 is a high-value, high stack max cushion shoe with Skechers’ ArchFit system. ArchFit is a polarizing system but a great option for flat-footed runners who need maximum arch support. The Max Road 6 also packs top-of-class squish, comfort, and durability. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price $130
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash
The price tag on the Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash is a bit high at $150 but it’s your best bet for a speed day shoe from the current Mizuno lineup. It feels light on foot but still packs a ton of rubber on the outsole. And that outsole, in typical Mizuno fashion, hardly shows wear and is ready for the long haul. The upper, while comfy, does have a bit too much material in the toebox and a slippy tongue. Underfoot the Mizuno Enerzy Lite and TPU Wave plate make the shoe feel poppy, if slightly on the firm side. It’s also a good option for flat footers who don’t want much of an arch and wide footers who enjoy the Mizuno midsole geometry.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160