11 Best Stability Running Shoes for 2018

11 Best Stability Running Shoes for 2018

You know why they’re called stability shoes? Because it’s a lot easier to say than “shoes that leave your feet feeling great after running in them, instead of giving you weird aches and shooting pains in areas that you shouldn’t have to think about.” From a biomechanical point of view, your feet are incredibly complex, with tendons bending, twisting, pulling, and distributing energy and impact forces in all directions. Many of us do best with shoes that are adapted to our not-quite-perfect footstrike. Keep reading for the full list of the best running shoes stability runners (AKA overpronators, AKA runners like you and me) have selected based on their experience logging miles in them.

Number 11

Brooks Ravenna 9

Brooks Ravenna 9

In between your easy runs and intense faster workouts or races, there’s a wide range of paces where you want to run faster than most days, but without straining. Maybe you call it a tempo run, or maybe you call it cruising along your favorite route a minute faster than usual and feeling fantastic. Whatever you call it, the Ravenna 9 is built for days like this. The Ravenna weighs just 9.3 ounces in a men’s size 9, lighter than a typical daily trainer, and Brooks has designed the sole for responsiveness and higher energy return. Your feet land on a softly cushioned heel,which then transitions to a moderately firm forefoot for a fast feel on toe-off. Put all this in a very reasonably priced package, and you’ve got a Runner’s World Best Buy award winner.

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Number 10

Asics Gel Kayano 25

Asics Gel Kayano 25

For many years, Asics’s GT 2000 has been the shoe of choice for runners who prefer extra support in their daily trainers. But when you want to move up to luxurious cushioning and premium comfort, the Kayano is the flagship of Asics’s support shoe models. The Kayano shows that for the best running shoes, stability and cushioning go hand in hand.

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Number 9

Saucony Guide ISO

Saucony Guide ISO

Saucony’s variation on the daily support trainer is tuned toward enhancing performance. The one-piece breathable ISOFIT mesh upper reduces weight and avoids seams, while the Everuntopsole layer provides higher energy return than almost any other Saucony model. At 8 mm, the drop in sole height from heel to toe is just a bit more aggressive than most daily trainers, promoting a footstrike closer to midfoot. Combining all these features creates a shoe that keeps nudging you to go just a little bit faster.

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Number 8

Asics GT 1000 6

Asics GT 1000 6

Although extra stability features typically drive up cost, the best running shoes for overpronation don’t have to be expensive. The GT 1000 provides the support and impact absorption of Asics’s GT 2000, but with a list price 50 dollars less. While most shoe companies saddle their budget models with generic technology, names like “SoreFester” or “BlisterFast,” and styles ranging from off white to dull gray, Asics outfits the GT 1000 with the same gel units and sole technology as its more expensive models. And if you find you need even more cushioning, the GT 2000 will bethere for you (and the Kayano after that).

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Number 7

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

What are stability running shoes? Mizuno answers that question with the Wave Inspire 14. Like other Mizuno running shoes, the Inspire uses a mechanical midsole Wave plate to absorb impact forces and then return that stored energy back to your stride. One of the advantages of Mizuno’s approach compared to a pure foam midsole is that the Wave plate creates an extra stable platform so your foot doesn’t roll too far inward on impact, helping to keep your ankles and knees aligned so you can keep clicking off the miles.

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Number 6

Brooks Transcend 5

Brooks Transcend 5

There’s a good chance the best shoes for stability runners come from Brooks—literally: Four of the eleven shoes on this list are Brooks models. If you’re looking for a supportive daily trainer, the Transcend 5 and the Adrenaline are both excellent choices that differ primarily in plushness and price. What the Transcend offers is maximum cushion, premium materials, and an uncompromising commitment to comfort.

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Number 5

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

You know what you want in the best running shoes: stability, arch support, and dependability. Even in comparison to other stability shoes, the Adrenaline GTS 18 stands out for its supportiveness, and runners praise its effective arch support. And you can depend on the fit and comfort of running shoes from Brooks, a company that makes shoes only for running.

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Number 4

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2

The Vongo v2 is not your old coach’s stability trainer. Although it’s unquestionably supportive, the Vongo features an especially soft forefoot, and a heel height just 4 mm higher than the toe. That puts the Vongo into the same range as the minimal offsets offered by start-ups like Hoka and Newton, while New Balance’s Fresh Foam midsole material provides a cushioned ride with smooth transitions.

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Number 3

New Balance 1500 v4

New Balance 1500 v4

When are stability shoes best for running? Any time—says the guy wearing New Balance 1500’s who just smoked me by a minute in a 5K race. If you prefer supportive shoes, the 1500’s add just enough stability to get you to the finish line without driving up the weight. As a true racing shoe, the 1500 is nearly a full ounce lighter than any other shoe on this list. The moderately cushioned heel transitions to a firm forefoot to put some snap in your stride and propel you through any race distance from 5K on up.

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Number 2

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Nike’s storied Structure 21 has been continuously refined and updated to become one of the best running shoes for stability and motion control, with a degree of supportiveness matched only by Brooks’s Adrenaline GTS. The Structure’s dual-density Phylon/Cushlon sole has a forefoot Air unit for absorbing impact, while the mesh upper incorporates Nike’s Flywire filaments for a precise, individual, and dependable fit.

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Number 1

Brooks PureCadence 7

Brooks PureCadence 7

Traditional stability shoes counteract your foot’s movement. Natural running shoes are meant to set your feet free. Combining both into one shoe sounds like a contradiction in terms, but the PureCadence 7 achieves the impossible. Part of the secret to the PureCadence’s success is its light weight—at just 9 ounces, it’s lighter than the Ravenna. And it shares the low heel-toe offset of the Vongo. The difference is that the relatively high and stiff sole of the Vongo lifts you above the road, while the flexible PureCadence keeps you close to the ground so your run can feel natural and stable at the same time.

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