Evaluated and Selected by Stephen Pribut, DPM

Updated September 26, 2011

Running Shoes - Mild Pronation Control

ASICS GT-2150/2160 (M/W) widths si
ASICS Gel Empire (M/W) si
ASICS Gel Kayano 16 (M/W) widths si
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 (M/W) widths si
Brooks Trance 10 (M/W) si
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11 widths si
New Balance 767 (M/W) widths si
New Balance 1221 (M/W) widths si
Nike Air Structure Triax 14 (M/W) widths si
Nike Air Max Moto (M/W) si
Nike Shox TL IV si
Saucony Omni 10
Saucony Progrid Hurricane 13 Running Shoe

Running Shoes - Moderate Pronation Control

Adidas Supernova Sequence (M/W) widths
ASICS Gel-Foundation 10 (M/W) widths si
ASICS Gel Evolution 6 (M/W) widths si
Brooks Addiction 9 (M/W) widths si
Mizuno Wave Elixir si
New Balance 859 ST (M/W) widths si
Nike Equalon (M/W) widths si

Nike Zoom Nucleus (M/W) widths si
Reebok Supreme Control DMX (M/W)
Puma Complete Premise
Saucony: 3D Grid Regulate (M/W) si
Saucony: Grid Stabil (M/W) widths

Saucony Progrid Omni 10 (M/W) widths si

Running Shoes - Maximum Pronation Control

Brooks Beast (M/W) widths si
Brooks Ariel (W) widths si
Mizuno Wave Renegade si
New Balance 1012 (M/W) widths

Running Shoes -Cushioning

ASICS Gel-Cumulus 13 widths si
ASICS Gel Nimbus 13 widths si
ASICS Gel Landreth 5 si
ASICS Gel Kinsei-4
Brooks Glycerin 8

Running Shoes - Green

Brooks Trance 8 - Said to degrade in 20 years in a landfill. Midsole made of biodegradable foam.

Key

widths readily available in widths (partial listing and subject to change)

si readily available in large sizes (partial listing and subject to change)

Running Shoes - Trail

Adidas Supernova Trail++
Asics Gel-Eagle Trail+
Brooks Gila (M/W) Trail Shoe +
Montrail Diez Vista + (also for road use)
Montrail Vitesse +
Montrail Leona Divide + (fits wide foot)
Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR ++ (goretex)
Montrail Hardrock +++ good torsional rigidity
Montrail Kinabalu +
North Face Ultra GTX +

Key

+ Mild pronation control

++ Moderate pronation control

+++ Strong pronation control

Trail shoes also require protective features that limit exposed EVA to prevent piercing of the sole by sharp branches and to limit stone bruises. Traction elements are also important with the sole designed to enhance braking and limit lateral slipping.

Torsional and Flexion Stability are desirable features to assist in protection from the adverse impact of excessive pronation and to help those individuals with plantar fasciitis. Lateral stability is also desired to lessen the possibility of ankle sprains.

The current commonly used terms of stability and motion control are poorly chosen and inappropriately used. The way these terms are used in shoe descriptions does not reflect biomechanical function and are confusing and potentially misleading. We choose to define shoes function in degrees of protection from over pronation (which is a form of stability and motion limitation) using the term "pronation control". This method is used rather than creating confusion by the use of two similar terms taken to mean something different than they should. Many of the shoes we rate as offering mild pronation control are often categroized as "netutral" shoes.

Selecting An Athletic Shoe

1. Sport Specific Shoe. Plan to select a shoe specific for the sport in which you will participate. A rule that says if you particpate in a sport more than 3 hours per week use a sport specific shoe makes no sense. Do you want to play soccer in tennis shoes? Do you want to jog in football cletes? Of course not. Get a sports specific shoe for each sport you participate in.

2. Specialty Shoe Store. It is best to use a store that specializes in athletic shoes and has a good reputation in your community. If you are a runner, make certain to ask local runners clubs and runners that you know where they recommend you purchase your shoes. You might also call the office of a local sports podiatrist for suggestions.

3. Bring Useful information to the store. What injuries have you had in the past and what if anything is your current problem? Bring your old shoes in to the store. Which shoes have been succesfully used in the past and which ones caused problems? What is your general foot type and foot shape? How have previous shoe models worn?

4. Have Your Feet Measured Each Time You Purchase Shoes. As you age, you'll find that your foot size may gradually change also. Each manufacturer often changes where their shoes are made and the last that the shoe is made will vary from one manufacturer to another. The measurements should include sitting, standing and heel to toe, heel to ball and width.

In spite of obtaining a number from the Brannock measuring device, you'll still have to actually fit the shoe to your foot. The measurement itself is only a general guide.

5. Wear Socks You Plan To Use And Don't Forget Your Orthotics. If you wear an insert, an orthotic or an orthotic with a flat insert underneath it, bring these along to the shoe store. And be sure to wear the same type of sock when you are fitted for your shoe as you will wear when participating in your sport.

6. You need a fingers width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be fit with your index fingers width between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. The toe box should have adequate room for your toes. The shoe should bend at the ball of your foot where your toes actually bend. If the heel to ball fit is off, then the break of the shoe will not match your foot and abnormal forces will develop in your foot and in the shoe. The heel should be stable and not move in and out of the shoe. Wear the shoe for at least 10 minutes in the store, and if allowed do a brief short jog outside of the store to see how it feels.

7. Check the shoe for defects. Examine the exterior of the shoe for tears, inproper stitching and other blemishes and defects. Place the shoes on a level counter and make sure the shoes line up evenly, stable, that the heel is straight, and there are no obvious defects.

8. Check the wear of your shoes regularly. Make sure you examine and replace your shoes regularly. Most running shoes last for between 350 miles and 500 miles of running. Checking and changing your shoes is one of the best ways to avoid the doctor's office. With a careful training schedule that avoids over training and doing too much, too soon, too quickly and too often, you can reduce your risk of injury markedly. Be sure to check all aspects of your shoe for wear. Make sure the outsole is not excessively worn. Make sure that the heel counter is not tilted in or out. Check for holes worn by the pressure of your toes.

9. Don't wear a new shoe in a race. When you go off to run a marathon, bring your old friends along. Wear shoes and socks that you've broken in thoroughly.

10. Select appropriate socks. Cotton socks are available everyewhere, but are not often appropriate for your sports activity. The best sock is often one made of synthetic fibers that wick moisture away from your feet.