The 6 Best Men's Running Shoes for Underpronators

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Underpronation is a foot movement in which the heel leans outward, causing a runner to put more weight on the outer edge of the foot. This often occurs in people that have a high arch or an instep with only a small amount of flexibility.

If you are an underpronator, you'll want to do your research before purchasing a running shoe. Look for shoes labeled "neutral" that offer foam cushioning and a good range of motion. Extra cushioning helps neutralize stiffness ad lack of flexibility in the foot.

Here, the best men's running shoes underpronators, as recommended by a running coach.

Our Top Picks
An ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace make this shoe feel like a part of your foot.
High marks from runners for its cushioning and comfort.
The ComforDry insole helps keep your feet dry and blister-free.
A triple threat of balance, cushion, and lightweight materials.
Runners love the wide toebox, cushioning, comfort, and great support for long distance running or walking.
Great for men with high arches who run high mileage and like a cushioned shoe.

Best Overall: Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoes

Men's Mizuno Wave Rider

Mizuno Wave Riders are an excellent choice, especially for long distance runners. An ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace make this lightweight trainer feel like a part of your foot. Runners who wear them are very brand/model-loyal and many have been in Wave Riders for many years.

Best Budget: ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 19 Running Shoes

ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 19 Running Shoes

Another excellent shoe from Asics, the GEL Cumulus shoes get high marks from runners for its cushioning and comfort, saying they truly live up to the "cumulus" name.

Runners do recommend sizing up at least a 1/2 size for the proper fit.

Best Moisture Control: ASICS Men's GEL Nimbus 17 Running Shoes

Men's Asics Nimbus

This running shoe from Asics absorbs shock, cushions, and energizes the neutral to underpronating runner. Long-time wearers rave about how lightweight and comfortable they feel. The ComforDry insole helps keep your feet dry and blister-free.

Best Lightweight: Brooks Ghost 11 GTX Men's Running Shoes

Brooks Ghost 11 GTX Men's Running Shoes

The Brooks Ghost Running Shoe is a triple threat of balance, cushion, and lightweight materials. BioMoGo DNA in the shoe's midsole offers adaptive cushioning while staying more flexible. Runners love the Brooks Ghost as a comfortable, supportive shoe, especially for those training for a half or full marathon.

Best Cushioning: Saucony Men's Triumph ISO Running Shoes

Saucony Triumph Men's

Runners love the Saucony Triumph for its wide toebox, cushioning, comfort, and great support for long distance running or walking. Triumphs have a high brand/model loyalty: Many runners report wearing Triumphs for years and swear they'll never switch.

Best for High Arches: Brooks Men's Glycerin 14 Running Shoes

Brooks Men's Glycerin 13 Running Shoe

These shoes from Brooks are great for men with high arches who run high mileage and like a cushioned shoe. They also have some extra room in the toebox if you have a wide forefoot.

What to Look for in a Running Shoe for Underpronators

Fit

If you have high arches, ensure you purchase a shoe with a snug fit. Underpronators have heels that lean outward when running, and need extra cushioning. It's always best to have your running shoes professionally fitted so that you can get help choosing a shoe that works for your gait and foot shape.

Cost

If you are on a budget, call running stores to find out if they offer any clearance sales that move out old product. This tends to happen at the end of the year when the stores need to stock new brands and models. Look at stores that offer a return policy in case you find the shoes uncomfortable after a couple of long runs. You don't want to feel that you have to stick with a shoe that's not right for your foot because you've already invested in it.

Fabric

If you are a marathoner or trail runner, consider shoes made with canvas or mesh fabric, which are easily cleaned. You can even put them in the washing machine (avoid the dryer).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do running shoes last?

    You should replace your shoes every 350 to 500 miles. You should also assess your shoes after a long run by asking yourself these two questions: "Do the shoes feel supportive?" and "Do they feel breathable?" If not, you should replace them. Underpronators can experience shin splints and plantar fasciitis with worn-out shoes.

  • Are running shoes good for walking?

    Some running shoes will work for walking. When shopping, look for shoes with as little a flared heel as possible, especially if you underpronate. Many running shoes have a flared heel, but you don't need this for walking.

  • How do you clean running shoes?

    You can spot-clean your shoes with a mixture of 70% alcohol and water; spray directly onto your shoes, blot any stains, and allow to air dry. You might want to keep a bottle near the door to spray your shoes immediately after returning home. This keeps you from bringing dirt and bacteria from outside into your home.

  • Can I wear running shoes when hiking?

    Running shoes can work for hiking, if you're not on challenging terrain or hiking for days at a time (for example, trekking in mountainous regions). To shop for running shoes that you can use for hiking, make sure you can bend the shoe in your forefoot, and choose a waterproof shoe for the inevitable mud you will experience.

  • How do I know if a running shoe fits?

    Because your feet swell when running, you should purchase a shoe that leaves a half to a full thumb's width of space at the top of your foot. Underpronators want a snug fit with lots of extra cushioning; you will want to avoid thin, super-flexible shoes.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

As a writer and editor, Christine has held positions at Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal, and she has written for Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Sports Illustrated for Women, Asics.com, and Rodale Online, to name a few.

Christine offers experience as both a runner and a coach, and she is certified as a personal trainer and a fitness nutrition specialist by the American Council on Exercise.

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