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Best running shoes for flat feet?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by aguydude, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. aguydude

    aguydude Senior member

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    Hey guys, I've recently decided to take up running to increase my overall fitness level. I've been told that because I have fairly mild-severe flat feet, unless I choose the proper shoes, my knees will go to shit. I know there are quite a few runners on this board, any recommendations (preferably from personal experience) would be great! Thanks.
     
  2. bob99

    bob99 Senior member

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    I'm also flat-footed, and the only shoe you need to know about is the Brooks BEAST. It helps a great deal. I was fitted for it at the Running Room, a professional running shop where they properly size you for a shoe.

    I don't run as much as I used to, but these shoes helped greatly. I highly recommend them!

    A link to the Brooks site
    http://www.brooksrunning.com/product/1100521D/Beast

    Bob
     
  3. Hollowthorn

    Hollowthorn Senior member

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    You need a motion control shoe. I'm sure others will post suggestions to specific models.
     
  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    I'm also flat-footed, and the only shoe you need to know about is the Brooks BEAST. It helps a great deal. I was fitted for it at the Running Room, a professional running shop where they properly size you for a shoe.

    I don't run as much as I used to, but these shoes helped greatly. I highly recommend them!

    A link to the Brooks site
    http://www.brooksrunning.com/product/1100521D/Beast

    Bob


    + 1 on the Beast. I use 'em with my orthotics and they're great.
     
  5. Althis

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    I've used motion control shoes with orthotics before because of my extremely flat feet. It might just be me, but none of it really helps. The higher arch support just winds up rubbing my "arch" raw and the shoes are pretty heavy because of all the extra support and bulk. I tried getting some lightweight running flats and running on the balls of my feet more and it definitely helped.

    BTW, the shoes I've tried were Mizunos and New Balances with Superfeet orthotics. They were all fitted on me at professional running stores.
     
  6. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    I've used motion control shoes with orthotics before because of my extremely flat feet. It might just be me, but none of it really helps. The higher arch support just winds up rubbing my "arch" raw and the shoes are pretty heavy because of all the extra support and bulk. I tried getting some lightweight running flats and running on the balls of my feet more and it definitely helped.

    BTW, the shoes I've tried were Mizunos and New Balances with Superfeet orthotics. They were all fitted on me at professional running stores.


    This may be a dumb question but were your orthotics custom?
     
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    Bill Smith Senior member

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    I'm cursed with flat and skinny feet (B width) and my Nike Equalons have been good to me. Again, the best advice, get into a store that specializes in running and be very specific in terms of your feet and fitness goals. A good sales associate will get you fitted out well. What works for me won't work for you.
     
  9. Mauby

    Mauby Senior member

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    Superfeet insoles.
     
  10. PolePosition

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    I use Vibram Five Fingers Treksports. The Bikila model is similar. My feet are more mild flat feet than the moderate-severe but I also do run with a mid-foot stride, which is probably what you'd be running with as well. I find these to be far more supportive than any running shoe I've used in the past (I used to go to the running stores and get fitted as well, before switching over to the VFF's).
     
  11. eyeframeking

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    Something light and soft for your feet.
     
  12. Cognacad

    Cognacad Senior member

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    No shoes.

    True that. Or as close as possible.
     
  13. yjeezle

    yjeezle Senior member

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    i'm also a fan of the lunar glides... they work pretty well for my flat feet
     
  14. cross22

    cross22 Senior member

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    Superfeet insoles.

    It is funny how the best answer sometimes goes completely unnoticed.

    Superfeet Blue is all you need. Go to a store and try them on a bunch of different shoes and you will know what I mean.
     
  15. Althis

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    the orthotics or insoles i used were superfeet orange and i also tried green
     
  16. pinchi22

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    I´ve tried nearly every brand (e.g. Super Feet, Pedag, etc.) for my flat feet and the Powerstep Pinnnacle is, for me, the best orthotic by far. It´s recommended by many podiatrists and works with most shoes.

    The best shoes for my flat feet have been Asics and New Balance (in that order).

    Of course, your feet may vary.
     
  17. ArliHawk`

    ArliHawk` Senior member

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    Pearl Izumi Syncro Guide III is your friend. I am an overpornator and found these to be the perfect shoes.
     
  18. Timbaland

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    A little off on a tangent, but do any of you guys do exercises to help with flat feet? I've found doing a lot of flexing your toes upward as high as you can followed by scrunching them downwards as hard as you can repeatedly has helped a lot. Also doing ankle hopsbarefoot on the balls of your feet not letting your heel lower at all upon impact has helped.
     
  19. Hayato

    Hayato Well-Known Member

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    I swear by Asics, and I'm almost flat footed. My father is the same, and he ran several big marathons wearing Asics (Tiger back then) as well. He told me that most of the runners he went against who were flat-footed thought Asics offering was the most comfortable.
     
  20. Dar FTW

    Dar FTW Senior member

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    Hey guys, I've recently decided to take up running to increase my overall fitness level. I've been told that because I have fairly mild-severe flat feet, unless I choose the proper shoes, my knees will go to shit. I know there are quite a few runners on this board, any recommendations (preferably from personal experience) would be great! Thanks.

    what happens to the knees? i have low arches and played sports through college with no problems. should i be on the look out?
     

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