If you’re a supinator, you’re probably tired of hearing that you’re doing it wrong. Just because most people’s feet absorb shock by rolling inward when they run doesn’t mean you’ve got it backward because your feet roll out. Supination is a description of how you run, not a diagnosis, or a requirement to get fitted for devices that look like they were used to treat polio victims in the 1930s. Based on a survey with 14,000 participants, we have some suggestions where you can find the best running shoe for supination. Because supinators are runners, too.
Updated: January 20, 2019
10. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4, Men's, Women's MSRP $100
Many runners find that with a flexible running shoe, supination doesn’t need to slow them down, and our list starts off with a couple of light, flexible shoes that will have you flying through interval workouts or road races. At only 8.5 ounces in a men’s size 9, the Zante from New Balance is both the lightest shoe on this list and the least expensive. Plus it’s a great shoe to be wearing when there’s 200 meters left in your race, your rival has a five-step lead, and you’ve got a wild grin on your face and a wicked gleam in your eye.
9. Brooks PureFlow 7, Men's, Women's MSRP $100
If you need a running shoe for supination, especially running shoes for supinators with high arches, then the flexibility of the PureFlow might be just what you need. This Brooks model was inspired by the natural running movement, and it’s also a great uptempo shoe that is barely heavier and barely more expensive than the Zante.
8. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14, Men's, Women's MSRP $140
The stability features needed by pronating runners usually just compound the issues faced by supinators, so most of the best supination running shoes are neutral trainers that provide plenty of generous cushioning like the Vomero. With its soft padding and luxurious comfort, you can think of the Vomero as the premium version of Nike’s hugely popular Pegasus—except the Vomero runs $20 less than other premium models, even with Nike’s huge brand recognition.
7. Asics Gel-Cumulus 20, Men's, Women's MSRP $120
Plush cushioning and a reliably comfortable ride make the Gel-Cumulus great sneakers for supination. The soft and ample cushioning in the forefoot also make the Cumulus a great shoe for runners worried about shin splits, a common complaint among supinators.
6. Hoka One One Clifton 5, Men's, Women's MSRP $130
Hoka’s signature high-stack shoes provide deep and gentle cushioning in the heel, at the forefoot, at mid-foot—basically anywhere your foot will be, Hoka’s soles have got it cushioned. But the Clifton is no clunker: at only 9.6 ounces in a men’s size 9, the Clifton is the third-lightest shoe on this list, and it regularly ranks among the best running shoes, supination or no supination.
5. Asics Gel-Nimbus 21, Men's, Women's, MSRP $160
If you need shoes for supination, “best running shoes” doesn’t mean checking off a list of features. It means the best running shoes for your feet. If you like the Asics fit, but need more cushioning than Asic's neutral Cumulus, you might want to step up to the premium comfort of the Gel-Nimbus, which is especially well cushioned in the forefoot.
4. Adidas UltraBoost, Men's, Women's, MSRP $180
If extra cushioning is what you need for supination, running shoes can do more than just absorb energy. The UltraBoost provides not only the same dependable cushioning of other running shoes, but also the highest energy return of any shoe on this list. The secret to the UltraBoost’s responsive ride and luxurious cushioning is Adidas’s Boost rubber, which other shoe companies are only now starting to imitate.
3. Mizuno Wave Rider 22, Men's, Women's, MSRP $120
The top three models on this list of running shoes for supination all share one intriguing feature: the difference in sole height from heel to toe is unusually high. The Mizuno Wave Rider 22, for example, comes in at 12.2 mm. Maybe that’s what makes the Wave Rider work so well for supinators who need a firm, stable, and reliable trainer.
2. On Cloudflyer, Men's, Women's, MSRP $160
Maybe it takes a team of Swiss engineers to do the impossible: On, founded in Zurich in 2010, has created a stability trainer that’s also one of the best running shoes for supination. The goal of On’s designers was to create running shoes that provide comfortable cushioning on landing and a springy pop on toe-off. Considering how many runners praise the Cloudflyer for both stable comfort and for feeling light, quick, and effortless on the run, the design wizards of Zurich seem to have succeeded. (But someone should tell the On marketing department that the Cloudflyer’s heel-toe drop, supposedly a sporty 7 mm, was measured by Runner’s World as 13.0 mm.)
1. Brooks Ghost 11, Men's, Women's, MSRP $120
For many runners, the best running shoe for supination ends up being a shoe that’s best for runners of all kinds. For supinators (and back surfferers), the Ghost offers a soft heel and stability features in a neutral shoe, while quality of construction and reliable comfort make the Ghost a perennial favorite (and a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice). How attached can runners get to a standard daily trainer with a 12 mm heel-toe drop? (Fine, Runner’s World measures it at 11.2 mm.) As it turns out, levels of devotion to shoes that have seen you through 15-mile long runs for months at a time can be surprisingly intense, no matter what way your feet rotate on landing.