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The Best Running Shoes for People With Flat Feet

Updated July 20, 2017

What to Look For

Running shoes for flat feet are designed to absorb the impact on the inside of your foot and correct over-pronation. This is done by extra support, starting at the heel and running through the midsole. You'll need a stiff midsole and extra cushioning, supporting your foot and ankle. When shopping for the best running shoe, remember flat feet need stability, support and motion control. The two choices of shoes are stability or motion control.

Common Pitfalls

To find the best running shoe for your flat feet, be prepared to try on different styles of shoes. Many motion control shoes have a hard, raised arch that runners can find uncomfortable. A good stability shoe can give you all the support you need without the extra stiffness of a motion control shoe. Larger runners will find the support and durability of a motion control shoe appealing.

Where to Buy

Quality running shoes can be found at all sporting goods stores. However, to receive knowledgeable service and fittings for your flat feet, your best choice is with a store specializing in running equipment and supplies. Once you find the right shoe, you can search online for the best price.

Cost

Motion control and stability shoes can be readily found from as low as £35 to £130 online, with the most common price between £65 and £100.

Comparison Shopping

Over-pronation happens when the flat foot rolls inward as you land. Motion control shoes are the best choice for severe over-pronators or larger runners. Stability shoes help to correct slight to moderate over-pronation and offer greater cushioning without the stiffness of the motion control shoe.

Accessories

The cushioning in a stability shoe can be increased, without adding stiffness, by using a cushioned insert. You might need a slightly larger shoe when using an insert. Changing the type of laces or how the shoe is laced can increase or decrease the amount of stability.

Insider Tips

Running barefoot on a soft surface, such as a grass field or the beach, can strengthen the foot muscles. These muscles can then supply better support even for a flat footed runner.

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About the Author

Nicole Stoermer, a private business writer for the past 10 years, started writing for publication in 2009. Her educational career has focused on business management and health and nutrition, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. Stoermer has written for LIVESTRONG and eHow, specializing in the areas of lifestyle, pets, family, health and business.