The 9 Best Motion Control Sneakers to Buy for Walking in 2018

The right sneakers for overpronaters

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Motion control shoes provide the correction you need If you overpronate, especially if you are a heavy person who overpronates. They are typically firm and heavy and often are not very flexible, but they do have the advantage of often being more durable. The athletic shoe industry has put a lot of technology into their shoes, with the best innovations going into running shoes rather than walking shoes, and so many of the models recommended for walkers are running shoes. This list has shoes are of high quality with motion control technology. No shoe is right for everybody—get fit for the shoe that is best for you. It needs to have the right shape and size to fit your feet.

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Brooks Ariel

Brooks Ariel 16
Brooks Ariel 16. Courtesy of

The Ariel is the women's version of the Beast. Like the Beast, it is built for motion control, especially for heavy walkers and severe overpronators. It is a more durable shoe. It even comes in wide and extra wide for those who need even more width. It also comes in sizes up to 13. Some men will find that the Ariel fits them better than the Beast, so don't be afraid to try on both.

New Balance 1340

New Balance 1340 Shoes
New Balance 1340 Shoes. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This motion control trainer is an update to the New Balance 1012. It has extra cushioning for those who are heavier in weight or put in long mileage. They come in standard, wide and extra-wide for those who need more width, as well as up to size 13 for women and 16 for men. It is Medicare rated as a diabetic shoe.

Saucony GRID Stabil

Saucony GRID Stabil CS3
Saucony GRID Stabil CS3. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Overpronators and heavy walkers have loved this shoe for years. The CS3 is significantly lighter than previous versions, which tended to be very heavy. The GRID Stabil has more cushioning than many motion control shoes. It also is more flexible than many motion control shoes. But it only comes in regular width.

New Balance 1011

Featuring the ultimate in pronation control, the New Balance Women’s WR1011 Motion Control Running Shoe is the cream of the crop when it comes to functional footwear for runners who overpronate. These popular New Balance shoes boast breathable mesh, a firm rubber sole, and thickly padded linings, in addition to cutting-edge Abzorb technology to provide shock absorption to those who need it most.

Amazon reviewers routinely praise these shoes for being ultra-supportive and comfortable, and highly effective for extreme overpronators. On your next long walk or run, keep your feet stable, cushioned, and supported—and help prevent injuries and painful blisters—with the New Balance 1011 sneakers.

Brooks Adrenaline

Brooks Adrenaline 14
Brooks Adrenaline 14. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

For walkers who need stability, the Brooks Adrenaline is an excellent choice. It comes in narrow, regular, and wide widths, and even comes in a GTX waterproof trail version. Consistently good year after year, it has earned awards from running publications and many walkers have found it a go-to favorite.

Vionic Orthaheel Walker Shoes

Orthaheel Walker Shoe
Orthaheel Walker Shoe. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Vionic Orthaheel Walker is a patented, orthotic walking shoe. It helps improve your posture and realign your foot. with a special footbed system, arch support and a deep heel cup. It has received the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. These shoes come in nice, drab colors you can wear every day, including black, tan, white, and beige.

Brooks Addiction

Brooks Addiction 9
Brooks Addiction 9. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This is an eco-friendly shoe for the severe overpronator who needs serious motion control. The mid-sole is biodegradable. Wearers cite the comfort and stability of the shoe. And even though it's biodegradable, the outsole is durable. The Brooks Addiction comes in widths, although this model tends to run narrow.

Asics Gel Foundation Walker

Asics Gel Foundation
Asics Gel Foundation. Photo courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Gel Foundation has been a top rated motion control shoe for many years. It has some flexibility due to flex grooves in the forefoot. This shoe comes in regular and wide versions, from size 6 to 11. It has a wider toe box, and even features a "bunion window" to relieve pressure in the bunion area.

Hoka One One Gaviota

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At first glance, you might dismiss the Gaviota as having a huge, clunky sole. But this is deceptive as they actually have a flat profile with a deep, cushioned heel cup and a tiny 5-millimeter heel-toe drop. Pick up the shoe and you’ll be amazed at how lightweight they are, ounces less than most motion-control shoes. They build guidance and a rocker motion into the frame while keeping it all flexible. These features make them suitable for walking as well as running.

Many buyers said they were very comfortable to wear if you are on your feet all day. Several wearers also said their orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist recommended the Gaviota for their foot problems, and many said they found this shoe good for their plantar fasciitis. They are available in regular and wide. They come in some flashy colors if you want to stand out. On one popular running shoe site, 98 percent of wearers said they would recommend them to a friend.

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