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

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 supination then jump over to this page.


Best 8 Men's Walking Shoes for Supination 

Brooks Men's Ghost 11

Brooks Men's Glycerin 16

ASICS Gel
Venture 6 

OrthoFeet Gramercy
Men's Dress Shoe

Vionic Men's Astor
Preston Loafer 

Last Reviewed on 4 January 2019 - Image Corrections

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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

95
Overall

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.

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Brooks Glycerin 16

94
Overall

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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

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ASICS Gel Cumulus 20

90
Overall

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

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Saucony Echelon 7

95
Overall

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

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ASICS Gel Venture 6 Trail Shoe

90
Overall

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

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OrthoFeet Grammercy Men's Dress Shoe

90
Overall

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 

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Vionic men's Astor Preston Loafer

89
Overall

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

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Hoka One Bondi 6

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89
Overall

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

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