Best running shoes for supination 2024: Find the perfect fit for your feet

Best running shoes for supination
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If ankle injuries keep knocking you off your stride, you may want to consider investing in a good pair of running shoes for supination. 

Supination — also known as underpronation — refers to the tendency to run with your weight landing on the outside of your foot. This means you are less likely to absorb the full impact of each stride. If ignored, supination can lead to a higher risk of injury for runners, regardless of whether you are on roads, trails or at home on a treadmill

But how do running shoes for supination differ from other types of trainers? 

“Anything too flexible or soft will lead to early fatigue on the outer border of the outsole – then the danger of injuries will increase,” musculoskeletal podiatrist Anne-Marie O’Connor told Live Science. “A lower offset or drop is advisable to aid a fuller foot contact and the thicker midsole of a maximalist trainer is ideal. This will help with the midfoot advised running technique and also aid shock attenuation.”

If you’re a supinated runner — or need some footwear with extra support for your runs — we’ve got you covered. At Live Science, we’ve tested a range of running shoes  to bring you a round-up of what we think are the best picks for a range of budgets and runners. Whether you’re just starting out or training for your tenth marathon, scroll down for our round-up of the best running shoes for supination.

The quick list

See the quick list below for a summary of our favorite running shoes, or scroll further down for more detailed reviews of each product.

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The best running shoes we recommend in 2024

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The best running shoes for supination overall

Best overall: Comfortable, stable and reasonably priced, these neutral shoes take the well-deserved top spot.

Specifications

Weight: Men 8.8oz (250g), Women 7.8oz (221g)
Drop: 8mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neutral

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable, cushioned ride
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Flared midsole for stability 
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Improved

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest, even for an everyday shoe
Buy if

✅ You want a running shoe that can do it all: It performs well no matter the workout type. 

✅ You prioritize comfort and stability: This shoe is designed to help shield your feet from strains and blisters. 

You want good value for money: It costs less than $75.

Don't buy if

❌ You want a racing shoe: It is not as responsive as some of the more premium models.

❌ You want to keep up with the trends: It is an old model, and it offers a relatively basic design. 

What the users say

The Saucony Ride 16 scores 4.5 out of a possible five stars from more than 460 reviews on Amazon, with 71% of reviewers giving it the full five stars. Reviews praise the shoe’s comfort and fit. As one user said, "they fit like a glove and have a ton of support. You really feel like you're running on a cloud."

The Saucony Ride 16 is a great neutral running shoe, just as good for everyday wear as it is for sweaty endurance sessions, short sprints and easy jogs. What we like most is how, surrounded by carbon plates and other eye-catching innovations, Saucony has kept things simple, and executed it excellently — which is why we gave it a hefty 4.5 stars in our Saucony Ride 16 review.

With an ample PWRRUN foam stack at the heel and flared midsole around the forefoot, it offers a soft ride that made us feel comfortable and confident in every stride. It’s firm enough to push the pace on anything over 10km, and beginners will be able to wear these for all sorts of runs. However, athletics veterans will definitely want a separate, more responsive shoe for intervals and speed work. 

The most notable difference between the Ride 15's and Ride 16's is a slightly thicker, higher quality mesh in the upper, which feels slightly more durable than the Ride 15’s. But it keeps its predecessor’s cushioned PWRRUN midsole, deep-lying footbed and upper straps that lock even narrow feet in place.

The Saucony Ride 16 is relatively affordable, too. As a relatively old model, it tends to cost less than $75, and it is often discounted on Amazon and other major retailers.

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Best running shoes for newcomers

Best for newcomers: Extra cushioning and stability to suit the needs of beginner runners.

Specifications

Weight: 10.01oz/ 286.3g(men)/9.1oz / 258g(women)
Drop: 10mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neutral

Reasons to buy

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Ultimate cushioning
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Protects feet during long runs
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Good for neural runners who prefer a big drop

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy underfoot
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Bulky design
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Less responsive
Buy if

You prioritize stability over responsiveness: This shoe will keep your foot securely in place.

You need extra toe room: It is suitable for wide-footed runners.

Don't buy if

You want a racing shoe: It is bulkier and less responsive than other shoes in this guide.

You want a lightweight shoe: It comes with a relatively heavy underfoot. 

What the users say

The Brooks Glycerin 20 score 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Brooks website, with 77% of users giving it a full five stars. Positive reviews praise this running shoe for its great cushioning, resilient sole and value for money. However, some users disagree on the fit and sizing. 

Wearing Brooks Glycerin 20 is like having your feet smothered in cotton wool. This creates a luxurious, cushioned fit but makes for a less responsive, tactile ride. Whether this is the shoe for you really depends on whether you like a soft, snug fit to keep you cozy during everyday runs and walks or if you prefer something light and speedy for faster workouts. The Glycerin 20 is the slipper of the running world, which is why it may be a great option for beginners or people who are on their feet all day.

During our Brooks Glycerin 20 review, we were also impressed by the grip and durability of this running shoe. We did not like its looks, though. The Glycerin 20 does not have streamlining and is rather chunky and basic in design. And although there is a breathable upper mesh, in hot weather the shoe does feel quite cumbersome.

That being said, it comes with a wider toe box, thanks to a redesigned midsole and outsole. But this extra toe wriggle room is offset by the intense cushioning making it feel like your feet are being held in place by four walls of pillows.

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Best running shoes for women

Best for women: Designed specifically for female feet, these colorful running shoes provide ultimate comfort.

Specifications

Weight: 11.8oz / 333g
Drop: 10mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neutral

Reasons to buy

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Out-the-box comfort
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More responsive than previous models 

Reasons to avoid

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Not a fast shoe for racing
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Toe box is too snug 
Buy if

Regular women's running shoes do not fit you well: This shoe was designed with female anatomy in mind.

You run in challenging outdoor conditions: Its sole boasts excellent grip and durability. 

Don't buy if

You want a racing shoe: It lacks the responsiveness needed for fast runs.

You are on a budget: It can cost as much as $150.

What the users say

The adidas Women’s Ultraboost 22 receives a 4.7 star rating from user reviews left on the adidas website. Many buyers say they like the generous levels of cushioning for jobs where they’re on their feet for long periods, and others say they like the look and fit of the shoes. Some say they find the large, flared midsole too clunky, but this group is in the minority.  

Unlike many running shoes on the market, the adidas Ultraboost 22 has been designed for women – rather than just being a shrunken-down version of a men’s shoe. Drawing from an enormous data set of more than one million feet, a female Adidas team found distinct differences between male and female feet, with women on average displaying a thinner heel and shorter instep. So, it has adjusted the design accordingly. 

During our Adidas Ultraboost 22 review, we found this latest iteration of the Ultraboost series felt snug and form-fitting, without ever becoming uncomfortably tight. 

The Continental rubber outsole offers brilliant grip, too – after all, if it’s good enough for tires, shoe tread should be a walk (or should we say jog) in the park. And the shoes are also among the cream of the crop when it comes to cushioning, with the Adidas Boost foam providing a soft, bouncy ride. You can feel the 22mm of cushioning in the heel, and the 10mm drop helps your foot move through the heel-to-toe transition smoothly.

What the adidas Ultraboost 24 isn’t is a fast shoe. While we found the cushioning soft and comfortable, we didn’t get much energy return from them. Instead, this pair is best kept for longer distances and easy runs – something they do brilliantly.

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Best running shoes for wide feet

Best for wide feet: Durable running shoes for those who need a larger fit.

Specifications

Weight: 8.3 oz/ 234 grams
Drop: 8mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neutral

Reasons to buy

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New sustainable build
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Durable design
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Good levels of cushioning

Reasons to avoid

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Larger fit not for everyone
Buy if

You tend to run in hot weather: This shoe features a breathable design.

You need a durable shoe with good grip: It will survive a downpour and gravel roads.  

Don't buy if

You want a racing shoe: It is more suitable for a laid-back run.

You are on a budget: It can cost as much as $140.

What the users say

The shoes have got 4.7 stars out of five on Amazon, with 77% of users giving it a full five stars. Most customers report that the shoes run true to size, and that they are incredibly comfortable, both during runs and for walking. Some unhappy customers report that they are actually too soft for their liking. 

The 1080 sneakers are incredibly popular with all kinds of runners – and the latest version of the shoes features some nice little tweaks. The sneakers now have Fresh Foam X packed into the midsole – instead of the old Fresh Foam material – which makes them feel even springier and softer underfoot. There's also a new, breathable Hypoknit upper, which is perfect for hotter days.

The v12s are a lot roomier than their predecessors, which has divided opinion. People with narrow feet find that there is too much room in the toe box, but wide-footed runners will appreciate the extra space. During our New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12 review, we felt that the wide fit was almost too generous, and we would recommend sizing down by half a size. 

There's also a softer heel counter, which has replaced the hard plastic design of the previous shoe. Runners report that this allows them to run blister-free but still provides enough grip so that there's no slippage.

These shoes have a cult following for a reason; they're perfect for speedy 5K runs or longer, laid-back sessions. And to top it all off, they look pretty stylish too.

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The best Ultraboost for runners

Best Ultraboost: With lighter build and better looks, this model blows their predecessors our of the water.

Specifications

Weight: 11oz/314g (US 9.5)
Drop: 10mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neutral

Reasons to buy

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Lighter than other Ultraboost shoes
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Durable, good-looking design
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Outsole grips well

Reasons to avoid

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Forefoot lacks cushioning
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Not well-suited for faster runs
Buy if

You do not want to be weighed down: No chunky design or heavy underfoot. 

You tend to run in challenging outdoor conditions: Its sole grips exceptionally well.   

Don't buy if

You want a racing shoe: It is not suitable for speed work.

You need extra cushioning: It may not be as comfortable as other shoes in this guide.

What the users say

The Ultraboost Light has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Adidas website, with users complimenting its good looks and versatility as a shoe you can wear for running and casual use. Several reviews noted the tight fit around the toe box and many runners were pleased that the shoe is lighter than the Ultraboost 22. 

Adidas redesigned the midsole of the Ultraboost Light to use a new foam that’s 30% lighter than the Boost used on the Ultraboost 22, and it improves the ride of the shoe considerably. The Ultraboost Light is still not a lightweight speedster, but feels more nimble underfoot and it works well for easy runs.

It’s also a durable shoe with an excellent outsole that grips well in all conditions, and it’s better-looking than most running shoes, so you can wear it when not training as well. You pay a high price for the Ultraboost name and look, but you’ll get a good return on your investment in how long the shoe lasts.

During our Adidas Ultraboost Light review, we found that its Light BOOST foam takes a couple of runs to break in and is a little firmer than the plush materials used in shoes like the Nike Invincible 3 or Asics Gel-Nimbus 25. This does mean the Ultraboost Light is less comfortable than those shoes, but it does have a more snappy ride because of the Linear Energy Push system in the shoe—a plastic shank that pushes you onto your toes with each stride. 

This model is also relatively old, so if you want to keep up with the latest trends, you may want to check out some of the more recent Adidas models. 

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Best running shoes for cushioning

Best for cushioning: A springy and comfortable shoe, but not that stable.

Specifications

Weight: 11.1oz / 316g (US 10)
Drop: 9mm
Terrain: Road
Category: Neurtral

Reasons to buy

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Springy ZoomX cushioning
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Very comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Not very stable
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Heavier than Invincible 2
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Loose fit at heel
Buy if

You prioritize comfort over stability: It is one of the softest shoes in this guide.

You want spring in your step: It features bouncy ZoomX foam in its midsole.

Don't buy if

You are looking for extra support: Not as stable as other shoes in this guide. 

You have a narrow hill: This shoe may feel too loose. 

What the users say

The Invincible 3 has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five from 568 reviews on the Nike website, with runners hailing how comfortable it is and noting that it is a little more stable than the previous versions of the shoe. Some runners did note the added weight as a negative though, and several did say that the new heel design was a little loose so the shoe rubbed during runs. 

Thanks to the giant stack of bouncy ZoomX foam in its midsole, the Nike Invincible 3 delivers one of the most comfortable and enjoyable rides you can get from any cushioned shoe. It’s very soft and protects the legs throughout even your longest runs, while having enough spring that you don’t feel like you’re sinking into the midsole foam too much.

It’s not a shoe we’d class as particularly versatile because it’s a bit bulky for fast running, but the Invincible 3 will help you bounce merrily through your easy daily training, and it’s great for longer runs too thanks to the amount of protective cushioning underfoot.

During our Nike Invincible 3 review, the only concerns we had with this shoe are that its new heel design can be a little loose and start to rub during runs, and also that it’s not the most stable shoe because of the high, soft midsole. The stability has been improved a little on the third version of the shoe which has a wider base and a redesigned heel clip to cradle the foot better, but it’s still a more wobbly shoe than other cushioned options.

The Nike Invincible 3 is also on the expensive side.