8 Best motion control running shoes for men and women

8 Best motion control running shoes for men and women

What are motion controlled running shoes? Meant for extreme pronators (those whose arches collapse extremely inward with ever step), motion controlled running shoes can help correct a runner’s gait to be more efficient and help a runner stay injury free. This extreme pronation can often be caused by very flat feet, being overweight, or a variety of other foot problems diagnosed by a podiatrist.

To help control the extreme pronation, motion controlled shoes--or high stability shoes, as they’re often dubbed--have a stiffer heel, a significant amount of cushioning, a firmer midsole, and less overall flexibility to help a runner's’ foot stay straight rather than collapse inward. As a result, many of these shoes are some of the best running shoes for flat feet.

Below are the 8 best motion control running shoes for men and women.

Number 8

Asics GEL-Foundation 12

Asics GEL-Foundation 12

The Foundation, now in its 12th incarnation, has been one of the most popular motion controlled running shoes for the past decade. That’s because it gets the basics right. The Foundation’s upper has a maximum support last to help with wider feet and those looking to fit orthotics in their shoe (just like its walking version). The shoe has rear foot and forefoot gel cushioning that assists with absorption and a durable rubber outsold that can withstand miles of pounding. This is a great shoe for those looking for a reliable, basic, and somewhat inexpensive (as this list goes) motion controlled shoe.

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Number 7

New Balance 1340 v2

New Balance 1340 v2

An entry level (read: lower price point) shoe from New Balance’s motion controlled line, the New Balance 1340v2 is a reliable shoe with a good amount of pronation control. The 1340v2 has a supportive upper that wraps around the midfoot and heel beautifully, allowing the shoe to feel firm on the foot. The 1340v2 has a solid amount of cushioning—especially in the forefoot—that assists with shock absorption for those who hit the ground hard. The part that helps reduce pronation, the medial post, is long and runs from the heel to the forefoot, permitting a strong degree of pronation control. The shoe is solid, but nothing about it is best-in-class.

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Number 6

New Balance 1540v2

New Balance 1540v2

If you’re looking for even more stability and more cushioning than the 1340v2, New Balance’s 1540v2 is an excellent option. The 1540 includes New Balance’s Rollbar technology, which minimizes rear foot movement and helps give the shoe a more controlled ride. In addition, the 1540v2 includes a stiffer midsole, which helps with impact and minimizes overall foot movement. And while the 1340v2 has a solid upper, the 1540v2 has a stitched-on overlay, which assists with the shoe’s support. The 1340 and 1540 are similar shoes, but if you’re looking for a more feature rich shoe (and a richer price), go for the 1540.

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Number 5

Brooks Addiction 13

Brooks Addiction 13

One of the best selling shoes on the list, the Addiction is a fantastic shoe that has plenty of stability for the aggressive pronator. Like most other motion controlled shoes, it’s hefty (the latest version, the Addiction 13, weighs 13.3 ounces for men’s size 9) and aggressively controls pronation; in the Addiction’s case, the pronation control is from the shoe’s Rollbar that runs from heel through the forefoot. The shoe has an adaptive cushioning that makes it feel pillow-esque. It also includes two of Brooks’ signature technologies: the Caterpillar Crash pad and BioMoGo DNA, both of which absorb shock and create a smooth ride.

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Number 4

Asics GEL-Fortify

Asics GEL-Fortify

A relatively new offering from the long time shoe manufacturer, the Fortify is one of the most cushioned motion controlled shoes on the market—and a more premium version of the Foundation. It takes the absurd softness and much of the technology behind the incredibly popular Asics Gel Kayano and turns into a wonderful motion controlled shoe. In addition to Ascis’ signature gel technology for a fluid bounce, the Fortify has a durable rubber outsole, Guidance Line flex groove technology to help with a smoother ride, and a high medial post that helps with even the most egregious over pronation. It’s also built with a wider last, helping for those with wider feet. If you’re a severe over pronator and want a well-designed, well-cushioned running shoe, this should be your choice.

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Number 3

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4

While not technically a motion controlled shoe, the Wave Paradox works great for 95% of extreme pronators who are looking for a motion control shoe. What substantively separates the Paradox from other shoes on the list is its lack of a traditional medial posting: instead, the Wave Paradox uses a Double Fan wave plate that runs from heel to arch, limiting extreme pronation. Like other Mizuno shoes, it’s firm, durable, and springy. And somehow, even with the structured support, the shoe is insanely light at only 11.7 oz for men’s size 9.

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Number 2

Saucony ISO Redeemer 2

Saucony ISO Redeemer 2

Saucony’s ISO series, which include the Saucony Triumph ISO, have been some of our favorite shoes over the past few years. The Redeemer, Saucony’s latest motion control offering, is no different. The shoe has an incredibly comfortable upper, helped by Saucony’s form fitting ISO technology. It has a highly cushioned midsole as well as a pretty firm heel to help with motion control. And it has a medial support that perfectly prevents significant over pronation. The shoe is comfortable, cushioned, and has a great heel-to-toe transition, making for a wonderful ride.

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Number 1

Brooks Beast/Brooks Ariel

Brooks Beast/Brooks Ariel

The ultimate shoe for the ultimate pronator. The shoe is the Cadillac of motion control shoes. Yes, that means it’s heavy (13.9 oz for a men’s size 9, 12.1 oz for a women’s size 8) but it also means that it’s well-engineered cushioned shoe that comes with the full package of support. The upper is flexible, allowing runners to fit their orthodontics or their wider feet inot the shoe. The shoe has a firm, multi-density midsole and a cushioned heel that, despite its weight, keeps the shoe springy. The shoe is comfortable, durable, and a great choice for the runner needing maximum support.

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