8 Best Men’s Walking Shoes for Supination (Underpronation)

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Welcome to our selection of the best men's walking shoes for supination or underpronation. The terms are synonymous so I'll be using supination throughout to avoid confusion.

We have a page which goes into depth on supination and if you are interested in learning more about the cause and effects then please check that out.

If you landed here but you're looking for women's walking shoes for underpronation then jump over to this page.

Last Reviewed 12 March 2019 - Image Corrections & Fix Links

by Curtis


Best 8 Men's Walking Shoes for Supination 

Asics Mens Gel Venture 6

ASICS Gel
Venture 6 
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Orthofeet Mens Gramercy

OrthoFeet Gramercy
Men's Dress Shoe
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Vionic Mens Preston Loafer

Vionic Men's Astor
Preston Loafer 
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Under Pronation - A Quick Look

Under pronation, underpronation, and supination - all mean the same thing and we'll take a quick overview of what the synonymous terms mean.

Supination is simply a tendency for the foot to maintain pressure on the outer edge of the foot throughout the stride from impact through to push-off.

In a normal foot, the arch collapses slightly in order to distribute pressure from your weight as you progress from the point your foot lands on the floor and into your mid-stride where your leg bones are more vertical.

The downward movement of your foot arch causes the foot to adopt a flattering shape by rotating about the ankle and rolling in towards the inside of your foot. This is normal pronation.

Then as you move further forward a normal foot rotates slightly back outward as the pressure of your weight off the arch and onto the ball of your foot and big toe ready for the push off to propel your momentum.

Supination occurs when the foot maintains pressure on the outside of the foot instead of rolling inwards midstance. As you will read everywhere this is a common result of inflexible high arches.

This is true but we should not ignore the fact that high arches are not the only cause since flat footed people who you might expect to overpronate can sometimes be supinators instead.

Image of Right Foot Showing Pronation & Supination

Pronation & Supination Showing Right Foot

How Can Flat Footed People be Supinators you might ask?

Your feet are individual to you and made up of many bones and muscles & ligaments etc., all working together with the leg bones and muscles. The leg bones alignments are affected by the posture, the way they work with the hips and so on. It is an amazing connection of multiple parts that affect the angle and position on which your foot lands, how weight is then distributed in the foot and so on. 

The brain can also be an influence when people consciously alter their gait but bunching their toes or twisting their ankles to compensate for say flat-footedness which can result in over-compensation and supination.

If you are not sure whether you supinate or not I suggest that you visit a specialist who can video you walking and examine your gait professionally. This is really the only reliable way of properly assessing how you walk.

How Does Supination Affect You?

The problem with supination is that the outside of the foot bears the brunt of the forces from your weight throughout your stride. As well as this, these forces end up on the ball of your foot under your smaller toes instead under your big toe (which is designed better to deal with it which is why it is big!)

Supinator Foot Pressure Transfer Through Gait Cycle

Supinator Foot Pressure Transfer Through Gait Cycle

This ends up causing foot pain as well as pushing your legs, knees, hips and back out of alignment as they all work together. As a result, you can get pain in any of these other areas as a direct result of your supinating.

It makes sense for a man to get himself a pair of walking shoes that can offset the supination and mitigate some existing problems and prevent new problems appearing. They do this by providing support to the arch area which enables the outside of the foot to dissipate the forces on it better throughout the foot.

Hence shoes designed with enhanced support to help supinators.


Brooks Men's Ghost 11

Brooks Men's Ghost 11
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Pros

  • Fitness or Power Walkers Dream
  • Lightweight
  • High Energy Cushioning
  • Neutral Shoe
  • Good Breathability
  • Comfort & Supportive Insole
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • High Archers may need special insoles
  • One Size width fittings for some colors
  • Shoe fit a little narrow
  • Not suitable for casual or office so much
  • Not suitable for wet areas unless you get the GoreTex edition.

As a walking shoe for supinators, the Brooks Ghost 11 is an exceptional shoe.

It is a neutral shoe with moderate support and excellent cushioning which is what most supinators need. 

If you have very high foot arches you may need to remove the footbeds and insert your own which you will only know by trying the shoe on. Anyway, it's no big deal to fit them - just the extra cost, unfortunately.

Recognized with the Runner's World Editor's Choice Award, you can be sure you are buying a quality shoe. 

The Brooks Ghost 11 has improved heel cushioning coming from Brooks' DNA LOFT crash pads which is great as supinators tend to hit the ground a little heavy on their heels.

There is also an internal heel counter to provide a good locked in fit. The Lycra heel section provides comfort and support and lessens slipping.

The midsole comes in BioMoGo DNA which is basically a springy foam material to add cushioning with very low weight. The design also encourages your foot into a natural gait which is the ideal for supinators.  

So you get a pair of shoes that is nicely balanced, looks great and fits well.

The engineered mesh upper has also been improved for flexibility and comfort and great breathability.

The sole is quite flexible with integrated shock absorbers that attempt to distribute the forces from landing across the shoe for a smoother experience through your stride.

There is also a GoreTex® version for additional water resistance.

The whole package brings you a super comfortable and cushioned experience with enough support for most supinators together with a design to help promote your natural gait rather than try to oppose it into pronation which would only cause more issues for you.

As for sizing, it appears the general consensus that the shoe is, if anything, a little long but rather narrow. Therefore we suggest you get your regular size and possibly consider the wide fitting if most of your usual shoes fit snugly already. 

The New Ghost 11 from Brooks Running

Brooks Glycerin 16

Brooks Men's Glycerin 16
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Pros

  • Top Arch Support
  • Full Cushioning
  • Removable Footbed
  • Great Brand
  • Luxurious Comfort
  • Great for Road Surfaces
  • Great for Treadmills
  • Power & Fitness Walkers Shoe
  • Width Fittings
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • Pricier than some
  • Won't suit Office Environments
  • Some people may find it too cushioned for treadmill walkers - others may find it good.
  • Not suited to trail walking or wet areas

If you're looking for a shoe for casual or all day wear then this is probably not the optimal shoe for you. It is a shoe designed for energetic exercise on roads or the treadmill.

We have a full length review of the Brooks Glycerin 16 here.

Brooks market the DNA midsole as a full-length cushioning to give you an extra soft feel. And it does give you what they claim!

The shoe is very breathable thanks to its stretchy mesh upper which can stretch bi-directionally to hug the foot softly and securely.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with a footbed designed to be supportive for walkers who supinate and with a little luck you will find it suits you. If not then the removable insoles make inserting your own orthotics a simple task.

The shoe comes in wide as well as normal sizes which should let you get exactly the size you need.

The shoe has excellent cushioning everywhere you need it and a durable flexible sole designed for natural flexibility. 

If you are a fitness walker or power walker who is also a supinator then this is one of the best shoes on the market and is designed for you.

The New Glycerin 16 from Brooks Running

ASICS Gel Cumulus 20

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Pros

  • New Lightweight  Design for 2018
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Great Brand
  • Rearfoot & Forefoot Gel Cushioning
  • Durable Outsole

Cons

  • Only Standard Width Fitting in some colors (but quite roomy)
  • Outsole durability but questions over the mesh
  • Brooks cushioining better IMHO

The ASICS Gel Cumulus 20 is a well-upgraded shoe from its predecessor - the Cumulus 19. It has a 20-year pedigree and fan club to match.

I could tell you about the FLYTEFOAM technology and the SPeVA lasting but you'd probably appreciate better the fact that the full-length special foam used gives you great cushioning and a lightweight shoe. Just what you need right?

The toe box and fit are a little roomier than the Ghost 11 but the mesh and upper are otherwise little different and just as breathable.

The ASICS does have an ORTHOLYTE sock liner which means that it is able to help manage the sweat from your feet by wicking it away well.

Cushioning is a big deal for most supinators and the Cumulus 20 has both rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning which will fit your foot well.

Another feature of the shoe is the outsole with its high abrasion rubber compound to give you more durable wear.

The sides have a little reflective detailing for a bit of reflectivity at night if you are into night walking. But if that is the case it will be a help rather than a reliance.

This is a good shoe and better than its women's counterpart but I don't think it is a match for either of the Brooks shoes.


Editors Pick

Saucony Echelon 7

Saucony Echelon 7 Men
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Pros

  • Purposely made for flat footed walkers
  • Also made for supinators and neutral gait
  • Accommodating fit
  • Great Brand
  • Good toe box dimensions
  • Removable footbed
  • Multiple Width Fittings

Cons

  • A bit pricey unless you are a flat footed supinator
  • Not Very Heavy
  • Pricey but great quality

Saucony is an excellent brand even if a little less known that the bigger names. Their shoes are generally excellent!

The Saucony Echelon 7 is a quite amazing shoe and full of really thoughtful design elements.

Are you fed up with shoes that seem to have been made for aliens with tiny feet? Well, I am but not with this shoe which has a wider last to give a much better fit and ground contact.

The foam midsole actually runs full length which is similar to the Brooks and ASICS models above but comes with a further cushioning layer to provide better more evenly distributed cushioning. 

The insole is a little thicker than most, this is a great help if you want to use your own orthotics. No more the toss up between better support at the cost of a tighter all round fit because the orthotic replaces a thinner offering from the manufacturer and restricts the sizing of the shoe.

The Saucony 7 is designed to help the flat-footed but also the supinator being a neutral and cushioned shoe.  I actually contacted Saucony on this point as it runs contrary to what most people read on the internet - that supination is caused by high arches.  

Well, that's true for most people but there are also flat-footed supinators out there. And enough to make a shoe for them!

To be fair the Saucony is made to fit a wide range of foot types and you can bet it will be a great solution for people who do need to use special orthotics because of the accommodating sizing of the shoe.

The Echelon 7 has a good no-nonsense sole with carbon sections to the high wear heel and toe areas and is a flexible enough shoe to suit supinators.

This shoe is our pick of the bunch for most users. Do yourself a favor and watch the video - it explains much!


ASICS Gel Venture 6 Trail Shoe

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ASICS Mens Gel-Venture 6 Shoe, Indigo Blue
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Pros

  • A trail style shoe for men who supinate
  • Firmer shoe generally with moderate support
  • Cheaper than most other quality competitors
  • Great Brand
  • Rearfoot gel to protect your heel
  • Good grip

Cons

  • Not many cons at this price
  • Not waterproof
  • If you are tackling intermediate or harder trails then you'll need a better shoe
  • A bit harder and less cushioned than the others in this round-up

The ASICS Gel Venture 6 is the successor to the very popular Gel Venture 5 model which was very well received and positively reviewed.

ASICS have designed this shoe for supinators as well as those with normal gait - if there is such a thing.

ASICS Gel Venture 6 Review – Women’s & Men’s

The shoe is aimed at trail walkers and if you walk easy trails then it is a great choice at an unbelievable price. But if you are walking harder more rugged trails then there are much better shoes for those.

In contrast to the Saucony 7 made for supinators with flat feet, the Gel Venture 6 is designed for you if you have a normal to high arch and supinate. bear in mind most shoes suitable for supinators are also suitable for those with a normal gait.

Supinators need cushioning to the heel and forefoot to reduce the increased stresses on those areas caused by the supination. Your little toes will be doing quite a lot more work than the average and need a little love underneath.

The Venture 6 does not have much specific forefoot cushioning though, relying on the insole to provide most of that.

The rearfoot gets more attention though with a GEL® cushioning system which helps dissipate the forces from the impact as you land on your heel. 

The outsole is made from AHAR or high abrasion rubber which give it some durability. It has lugs pointing in various directions to give all-around improved grip hence the 'trail' suitability.

I am with a lot of people who found the comfort of this shoe inferior to its predecessor and as a result would not be recommending it unless it was at an exceptional price point.

But it is at an exceptional price point and is a good buy if you are on a budget and your walking is done on a little more challenging surfaces that flat road, tarmac, and treadmills.

By the way, it isn't waterproof to any great degree so be careful to avoid deep water.

The insoles are removable so they can be replaced with your preferred alternative supportive footbed but if that is the case consider sizing up as the shoe is cut rather tight and you'll be needing extra space to accommodate a thicker insole.

The shoe has also been made slightly narrower so you might want to consider a slighter wider fit than normal. The shoe does redeem itself in that it comes in Medium, Wide and extra wide fittings but if you have narrow feet then the normal width should fit you fine.


OrthoFeet Grammercy Men's Dress Shoe

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Pros

  • Casual Dress Styling
  • Designed as Orthotic Shoes
  • Premium Sockliner
  • Helps a wide range of issues
  • Suitable for work
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Cons

  • Not the smartest shoes on the block
  • Not particularly durable
  • Rubber soles can squeak on some surfaces
  • Quite Pricey 

Orthofeeet is a shoe company that serves people who suffer pain in their feet with shoes to help alleviate it.

The shoes are not a one trick pony though as they are proven to help many different conditions. I know because I read well over a hundred reviews from buyers - you can read for yourself here if you are inclined.

The reason this shoe is great for supinators is that is designed to normalize your gait and provide great arch support and cushioning.

The shoe is lightweight and adopts what Orthofeet call the Ortho-Cushion system which is basically a springy foam base through the midsole.

The heel is made with an air pocketed gel system to reduce impact forces on the heel and the insole supports the arch through the midstep. There is also cushioning at the toes to help your little toes cope with the added work they are forced to do.

The orthotic insoles are removable but if you are replacing them with a good quality orthotic then you will probably need to go up half a size as the supplied ones are likely to be thinner.

The shoes come in various widths with some models coming in narrow and super wide fitting widths. This particular model comes in half sizes and Medium, Wide and Extra Wide width fittings.

The shoe has a leather laced upper with plenty of room in the toe box and looks OK if a little clunky. That said it is hard to make an Italian style looking shoe that fits your painful feet. For what they achieve the design is OK.

If you want a comfortable shoe for walking or just to go to work in then these may be an excellent choice, especially if you have foot pain right now.

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Vionic men's Astor Preston Loafer

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Pros

  • Looks good
  • Leather Upper
  • Flexible Rubber Sole
  • Good support for a dress shoe
  • Classic slip-on shoe design

Cons

  • Only Medium Widths
  • A Bit pricey
  • Order to size

Vionic are another shoe company with foot care as their primary focus in contrast to the bigger brands who market with celebrities.

Their philosophy grew out of work by a famous podiatrist Philip Vasyli who specialized in lower limb mechanics, ran a number of clinics around the world and founded Vionic. He died of a stab wound at the end of 2017. 

Anyway, the point of that information was to demonstrate the focus of the company rather than the unfortunate end of its founder.

The Vionic Asto Preston is a pretty good looking slip on shoe with a leather upper and flexible shock absorbing rubber sole.

The insole is cushioned as you would expect and provides good support.

The company supports studies to demonstrate that its products actually do help ease foot pain - here is a link to a heel pain study as an example with a button to a PDF download if you want to read a research paper. It's quite interesting!

Anyway, the shoe has great reviews from many telling how they have alleviated their foot pain and I urge you to read through a few if you need more convincing.

They convinced me!


Hoka One Bondi 6

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Pros

  • Great looking Restrained Design or Garish as You Wish
  • Exceptional Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Minimal Toe Drop
  • Neutral Cushioned Shoe Perfect for Most Supinators
  • Normal & Wide Width Fittings

Cons

  • Toe box a little slim
  • You'll be sad to take them off
  • A little pricey

Hoka One are a running shoe company but no apologies for their running shoe making this list. It is a shoe after all!

Hoka One shoes are made lightweight for runners which is perfectly fine as a walking shoe for a supinator because they are super cushioned. Well teh Bondi 6 is anyway.

The midsole is a dual density affair called PROFLY® which provides softer cushioning in the heel area and firmer in the toe area. This helps you push off more definatively.

The masterpiece of the Hoka One Bondi 6 is the Active Foot Frame system which is basically an insole and midsole combination that allows your heel (predominantly) and rest of your foot to bed into the footbed rather than sit on top of it.

This holds your foot firmer in place and restricts the amount of slippage and sloppyness giving you a much better experience.

Combine this with their Meta-Rocker system which is basically their low drop midsole design that helps your natural gait stay on track.

The Bondi 6 is a somewhat multi-purpose shoe coming in black (good for referees) which matches everything and designed well enough to wear with jeans and casuals.

On the other hand if you want to jazz it up a bit there are several other colors available.

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