The Best Walking Shoes for Overpronation for Men & Women 2019

The best walking shoes for overpronation need the following features:

  1. Resistance to Twist from front to back (longitudinally) called stability or motion control

  2. Support to the foot arch to resist the foot turning inwards excessively mid-stride (overpronation)

  3. Heel support and positioning to protect and maintain foot alignment

  4. Cushioning to the heel and inner ball of the foot near the big toe

  5. Provision to enable different lacing methods for a better fit for the wearer

  6. Removable insoles to allow users to upgrade support

Of course, there are many other features that you will want that are not specific to overpronation but desirable for everyone.

Last Reviewed on 20 January 2019 - Content Rewritten for 2019 & All New Reviews

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The Best Walking Shoes for Overpronation for Men & Women in 2019 Are:

ASICS GT-2000 7, ASICS Gel-Kayano 25, Saucony Omni Walker, Brooks Addiction Walker, New Balance 928v3, New Balance 1540v2, Orthofeet Orthotic Sneakers, Hoka One One Gaviota

This page concentrates on the best athletic shoes for exercise walking such as power walking, fitness walking, and regular walking exercise. We have other, more targeted pages for men and for women that you might find interesting too

If you want to learn more about overpronation, what it is and what problems it can lead to, then skip past the reviews using the blue button directly below.


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Best Walking Shoes for Overpronation in 2019


ASICS GT-2000 7 Trail Walker

Asics Shoes
93
Overall

Pros

  • Designed for Overpronators
  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Improved Shoe Last Shape
  • Support System
  • Lots of Cushion
  • Removable Insole

Cons

  • Only Medium fit

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ASICS Gel-Kayano 25

Asics Shoes
91
Overall

Pros

  • Designed for Overpronators
  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Improved Shoe Last Shape
  • Support System
  • Plenty of Cushioning
  • Removable Insole

Cons

  • Not A Lot

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Saucony Omni Walker

Saucony Shoes
86
Overall

Pros

  • Very Supportive
  • Made for Overpronators
  • Decent Cushioning
  • Removable Insoles
  • Leather Uppers

Cons

  • Limited Color Styles
  • Quite Heavy

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Brooks Addiction Walker

Brooks Shoes
88
Overall

Pros

  • Made for Overpronators
  • Motion Control Shoe
  • Leather Uppers
  • Very Comfortable
  • Great Shock Absorbance
  • Quality Shoe
  • Quite Well Cushioned
  • Lots of Width Fittings

Cons

  • Limited Colors
  • Not for Fitness Walkers 

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New Balance 928v3

New Balance Shoes
82
Overall

Pros

  • Great Cushioning
  • Great Support
  • Made for Overpronators
  • New Balance's Answer to Brooks Addiction Walker
  • Good Range of Width Fittings
  • Leather Uppers

Cons

  • Not many Colors
  • Insoles Pretty Thin

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New Balance 1540v2

New Balance Shoes
86
Overall

Pros

  • Motion Control Shoe
  • Rollbar Stability
  • Wide Toe Box
  • Very Supportive
  • Widths up to Extra Extra Wide

Cons

  • Few Colors
  • Quite Heavy

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Orthofeet Orthotic Sneakers

Orthofeet Shoes
89
Overall

Pros

  • Excellent Orthotic Insoles
  • Good Support
  • Good Cushioning
  • Counters many Foot Issues
  • Extra Depth Shoe Last
  • Seam Free Linings

Cons

  • Not Very Pretty
  • Poor Orthotic Emphasis on Marketing Off-Putting

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Hoka One One Gaviota

Hoka One Shoes
86
Overall

Pros

  • Perfect Balance of Cushioning & Support
  • Good Midfoot Positioning System
  • Rocker Sole for Better Toe Pressure Distribution
  • Square Shoe Last
  • Lightweight
  • Look Great

Cons

  • Upsize 1/2 Size
  • Can squeak if you’re unlucky
  • Can squeak if you’re unlucky

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Do you overpronate when you walk? If you're not sure, a podiatrist or the staff of a good retailer that sells athletic shoes may be able to help you determine your level of pronation. An overpronator's feet tend to roll too much to the inside of the foot while striding, putting most of pressure on the big and second toe and making it difficult for the ankle to stabilize the gait.

While overpronation is typically associated with flat arches (see: Best walking shoes for flat feet), other causes might include weakness or stiffness in muscles located in the lower leg, a “bow-legged” gait, or loose ligaments.

If you want to learn more about choosing the best walking shoes for overpronation, keep on reading this article. Below I've picked out a few shoe models which might be a good fit for your feet.

Image of effect of overpronation on the knees and shin bones

How Overpronation Affects Other Body Components & Especially the Knee & Shins

The effects of overpronation

Overpronators are more vulnerable to shin splints due to increased rotation of the inner part of the shin bone, known as the tibia. This is especially true for people who have a fitness regimen that includes certain aerobatic activities like walking or running or work in fields that require them to be on their feet for several hours at a time.

Knee and hip pain is also an issue because an ankle that rolls too far inward can also cause alignment issues in other leg joints.

Overpronation reduces the foot's ability to distribute the “shock absorption” of walking and running, leading to greater risk of bunions and bone fractures in the first and second toes. Severe overpronation can lead to acceleration of the rate of bone deterioration in people with arthritis in the leg joints.

Motion control shoes

The wrong kind of shoe leads to most complaints of sore feet and exacerbation of an existing pronation issue. Shoes built for people with an underpronation issue (see my articles about good shoes for cavus feet and walking shoes for underpronation) , for instance, can actually add to an overpronation problem and increase the risk of injury.

This leads to most of the complaints that an otherwise good pair of shoes did not work for someone with a pronation issue. For this reason, shoppers for a motion control shoe should talk to someone who is pretty knowledgeable about issues with pronation and the brands of shoes that might help before they make a choice.

motion control shoes to minimalistic shoes

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A motion control shoe built for overpronators includes features that assist with stabilizing the ankle's tendency to roll inward such as a thicker midsole made of a hard material. These shoes tend to be heavier and more durable than many “stripped-down” versions of athletic shoes.

With the most highly recommended motion control shoes, you can remove the insole to put in your customized insert or use the shoe with an orthotic device.

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Other treatment for overpronation

You may have already tried several different pairs of motion control shoes and they just aren't doing it for you. This can be a frustrating experience, especially in cases where those shoes normally get consistently good reviews and even your podiatrist is scratching his head about why that shoe didn't work.

However, treatment of your overpronation may simply require considering options other than motion control shoes. In cases where overpronation may be caused by something other than flat feet, orthotics or exercises designed to strengthen the muscles and improve your gait used while walking may help.

​Many fitness trainers are used to working with people who have issues with their range of motion and may be able to show you exercises with an inexpensive exercise band that can reduce overpronation. This can take a lot of patience because it usually takes several weeks to make real progress and build good pronation habits. These exercises are especially helpful for people whose overpronation is caused by muscles in the legs and ankles that need to be strengthened.

Here's a video with ankle mobility exercises for flat feet and overpronation:

​Pronation issues caused by a bow-legged gait can sometimes be treated with orthotics like a leg brace. This is especially useful for young children who have trouble walking because their bones are still forming and it's easier to correct issues. If a child is under 4 years old, a bow-legged gait is normal though the child should be watched for signs of rickets or malnutrition that can affect the development of the leg, ankle and foot bones.

However, a child who is bow-legged past that age may have a condition known as Blount's disease or did not fully recover from a broken leg. The affected bone usually runs from the knee to the ankle and is curved outward to the point where the gait is affected. In older children or adult patients whose difficulties arose from trauma such as a broken bone or occupational health hazards, orthopedic braces may provide relief.

Surgery is another option for people who want to get rid of the cause of overpronation such as bow-legs, loose ligaments or ankle difficulties permanently, but this comes with the downside of extra recovery time.

podiatrist at work

If you have an overpronation issue, your podiatrist can help you determine which options are right for you. In most cases, good walking shoes for overpronation and a customized insert will give you the support you need to make your feet more comfortable (see: Comfortable shoes for walking and my article about long distance walking shoes).

When you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day or your weekly fitness routine includes walking or running, you should not ignore pronation issues because your feet and legs will feel much better and be less prone to ailments ranging from bunions to painful shin splints if the problem is allowed to continue.​

The Best Walking Shoes for Overpronation for Men & Women 2019
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