16 Best Running Shoes Recommended By Podiatrists in 2020

 

There are many different kinds of running shoes. They vary in sturdiness, stability, and cushioning, resulting in a vast array of possibilities. However, having so many options can make it difficult to pick the ideal shoe. Shoes aim to accommodate a variety of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, weak ankles, flat feet, and high arches. There are three simple tests to perform in determining the sturdiness and fit of a shoe. The first is to make sure there is good arch support, meaning the arch of the insole reaches up to touch your arch when you are wearing the shoe. The second is to hold the shoe at the toe with one hand and the heel with the other hand and push together. Sturdy shoes won’t bend very much. The third is to hold the shoe at the toe and the heel and twist the shoe sideways. Again, sturdy shoes won’t allow for much twisting.

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe
ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 (4E) Running Shoes
ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes
ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes
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ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe
ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 (4E) Running Shoes
ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes
ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes
Customer Rating
Reviews
9,450 Reviews
849 Reviews
2,100 Reviews
391 Reviews
Pronation
UNDER, NEUTRAL
OVERPRONATION
NEUTRAL
UNDERPRONATION (Supination)
How Your Foot Contacts The Ground
-
The foot lands on outside of heel, then rolls inward (pronates) excessively, transferring weight to inner edge instead of ball of the foot.
The foot lands on outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight.
The outer side of the heel hits the ground at an increased angle with little or no normal pronation, causing a large transmission of shock through the lower leg.
Push Off
-
Big toe and second toe do majority of the work
There is even distribution from the front of the foot.
The pressure is on smaller toes on outside of foot.
Foot Type
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Low arches
Normal aches
High arches
ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe
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ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
9,450 Reviews
Pronation
UNDER, NEUTRAL
How Your Foot Contacts The Ground
-
Push Off
-
Foot Type
-
ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 (4E) Running Shoes
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ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 (4E) Running Shoes
Customer Rating
Reviews
849 Reviews
Pronation
OVERPRONATION
How Your Foot Contacts The Ground
The foot lands on outside of heel, then rolls inward (pronates) excessively, transferring weight to inner edge instead of ball of the foot.
Push Off
Big toe and second toe do majority of the work
Foot Type
Low arches
ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes
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ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 6 Running Shoes
Customer Rating
Reviews
2,100 Reviews
Pronation
NEUTRAL
How Your Foot Contacts The Ground
The foot lands on outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight.
Push Off
There is even distribution from the front of the foot.
Foot Type
Normal aches
ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes
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ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes
Customer Rating
Reviews
391 Reviews
Pronation
UNDERPRONATION (Supination)
How Your Foot Contacts The Ground
The outer side of the heel hits the ground at an increased angle with little or no normal pronation, causing a large transmission of shock through the lower leg.
Push Off
The pressure is on smaller toes on outside of foot.
Foot Type
High arches

Some brands of running shoes are well-known for creating high-quality shoes. For example, Brooks, New Balance, Asics, Mizuno, and Saucony are all known for creating shoes that are consistently sturdy with good arch support and appropriate cushioning. These brands also have specific shoes with assorted features to best suit a runner’s individual needs. There are some ideas to keep in mind when it comes to searching for the best type of shoe for a runner’s foot type. Cushioning will generally provide more comfort for runners as it provides more shock absorption. However, if a patient suffers from plantar fasciitis, too much cushioning will take away from the benefit of a sturdier, harder sole. The same is true for patients with very low arches or high arches, as they need extra support to keep their feet in proper alignment. Patients who suffer from weak ankles will benefit from a higher topped shoe with heel support to keep their ankles from moving side to side as much while they run.

Brooks Womens Launch 6 Running Shoe
Brooks Mens Ghost 12 Running Shoe
Brooks Mens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe
Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe
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Brooks Womens Launch 6 Running Shoe
Brooks Mens Ghost 12 Running Shoe
Brooks Mens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe
Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
5,958 Reviews
1,534 Reviews
2,909 Reviews
1,048 Reviews
Support or Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Support
Neutral
Experience Level
Energize Level 1 of 3
Cushion Level 2 of 3
Cushion - Level 2 of 3
Cushion Level 3 of 3
Experience Description
Responsive and springy to give lift to your every stride
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Recommended For
Speed / Track, Cross Training, Treadmill, Road
Long Distance, Cross Training, Treadmill, Road
Long Distance, Treadmill, Road
Long Distance, Treadmill, Road
Midsole Drop
10mm
12mm
12mm
10mm
Weight
8.0oz / 226.8g
10.4oz / 294.8g
11oz / 311.8g
9.2oz / 260.8g
Brooks Womens Launch 6 Running Shoe
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Brooks Womens Launch 6 Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
5,958 Reviews
Support or Neutral
Neutral
Experience Level
Energize Level 1 of 3
Experience Description
Responsive and springy to give lift to your every stride
Recommended For
Speed / Track, Cross Training, Treadmill, Road
Midsole Drop
10mm
Weight
8.0oz / 226.8g
Brooks Mens Ghost 12 Running Shoe
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Brooks Mens Ghost 12 Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
1,534 Reviews
Support or Neutral
Neutral
Experience Level
Cushion Level 2 of 3
Experience Description
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Recommended For
Long Distance, Cross Training, Treadmill, Road
Midsole Drop
12mm
Weight
10.4oz / 294.8g
Brooks Mens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe
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Brooks Mens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
2,909 Reviews
Support or Neutral
Support
Experience Level
Cushion - Level 2 of 3
Experience Description
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Recommended For
Long Distance, Treadmill, Road
Midsole Drop
12mm
Weight
11oz / 311.8g
Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe
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Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe
Customer Rating
Reviews
1,048 Reviews
Support or Neutral
Neutral
Experience Level
Cushion Level 3 of 3
Experience Description
Soft and protective to cushion your every step
Recommended For
Long Distance, Treadmill, Road
Midsole Drop
10mm
Weight
9.2oz / 260.8g

The Asics Evoride shoes feature toe springs that help the foot land from heel to toe as the foot steps down. This allows the foot to maintain proper alignment as it moves. The Brooks Adrenaline line has guiderails that run along the sides of the shoes to prevent excessive side to side motion of the foot. This is especially helpful for runners with low or high arches and runners with weak ankles that move too much. The Fresh Foam shoes from New Balance feature extra cushioning and a secure heel, perfect for runners with weak ankles and those who overpronate (run on the inside of their foot). Mizuno’s Wave Prophecy shoes offer superior shock absorption that is ideal for runners with heel pain. Saucony features the Liberty ISO shoe with insoles that conform to the runner’s foot, perfect for overpronation.

New Balance Men's Roav V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
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New Balance Men's Roav V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
  • Truly unique: The new balance fresh foam Roav V1...
  • Fresh Foam midsole: Feel like you're running or...
  • Endurance outsole: Step up your game without...
  • Ultra Heel: These neutral running shoes boast a...

New Balance Men's 481 V3 Trail Running Shoe
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New Balance Men's 481 V3 Trail Running Shoe
  • CUSH+ midsole
  • AT TREAD outsole
  • NB Ultra Soft comfort inset

New Balance Men's 520 V5 Running Shoe
1,779 Reviews
New Balance Men's 520 V5 Running Shoe
  • Injection Molded EVA
  • Data Inspired Upper Design
  • Rubber Outsole
  • NB Response 1.0 Performance Insert

The huge variety of running shoes from many brands makes it difficult to choose the best shoes for a runner. The brands mentioned above make shoes with consistently high-quality features, including stability, arch support, and cushioning. Wearing appropriate shoes is the best way to reduce foot and ankle pain while running, so choosing the best shoes for your foot type is very important.

Saucony Men's Liberty Iso 2 Running Shoe
19 Reviews
Saucony Men's Liberty Iso 2 Running Shoe
  • Full-length EVERUN midsole EVERUN topsole...
  • Isofit creates a dynamic fit system by adapting to...

Saucony Women's Guide 10 Running Shoe
607 Reviews
Saucony Women's Guide 10 Running Shoe
  • EVERUN Topsole for continuous cushioning
  • Light Stability for runners looking for extra...
  • Engineered mesh upper for dynamic lightweight fit
  • Removable insole

Saucony Ride ISO 2 Men's
155 Reviews
Saucony Ride ISO 2 Men's
  • Successor to the Ride ISO
  • Arch: Normal (Mid)
  • EVERUN Topsole construction for consistent,...
  • PWRFOAM midsole absorbs impact and can respond to...

Mizuno Men's Wave Prophecy 8 Running Shoe
160 Reviews
Mizuno Men's Wave Prophecy 8 Running Shoe
  • MIZUNO WAVE: Wave sets the standard for running...
  • Mizuno's only Full Length Infinity Wave Plate: The...
  • AIRmesh Upper: Air Mesh Upper for superior feel,...
  • U4icX Strobel Lasting Board means extra cushioning...

Patricia Nolan

Patricia is an athletic trainer specializing in foot and sports injuries. She is an avid runner and an expert in choosing the proper footwear and shoes in the field of running and other sports.

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