Best Women’s Walking Shoes for Supination (Underpronation)

If you are looking for a selection of woman's walking shoes for supination, then you are in the right place. Supination or underpronation causes abnormal stresses in various joints and muscles and leads to pain. The correct shoes can help you.

If you want a detailed description of supination or underpronation then please visit our page that specifically looks at the causes and effects of supination - near the top of the page you'll find a link to extensive information on the problem..

If you are looking for men's shoes to help with supination, you can find my review here.

Last Reviewed on 12 March 2019 - Minor Update - January 2019 - Content Additions for 2019 & All New Reviews

by Jennifer

Supination - A Quick Overview

The words supination and underpronation or under pronation mean the same thing. In this piece of content we will use the term supination from here on.

The movement of a neutral foot through your stride is to land on your heel then transfer weight through to the middle of your foot. Initially it is the outside edge of your foot which takes the forces from your weight which is quickly transferred to the arch of your foot. The arch flexes downwards like a spring to dissipate the force of your weight transfer from the heel and spread the forces more evenly.

As the arch partially collapses, distributing pressure more evenly across the foot which rolls inwards naturally as a result of the arch flattening. This is called pronation and is normal.

As you continue forward through your stride your weight is lifted from the arch which springs back slightly as your weight moves onto the ball of your foot and your big toe to allow for push off by your toes to continue propulsion forward.

Most supinators have foot arches that do not collapse as far as a person with a normal arch and so the roll of the foot inwards during the mid stance does not occur or occurs much less.

The result of this is that the outside of the foot continues to bear the force of your weight transferance which remains into the push off phase of your stance where the small outer toes are forced to provide the force. In a normal arched person the big toe and inner area of the ball of the foot together provide a greater share of these forces (which they should as they are bigger).

How Supination Affects You

Now I have explained the mechanics you'll understand that people with high arches which tend to be inflexible and not collapse to the same degree as a normal arched foot, will tend to supinate. 

It should be noted here that it is not just high arched feet that supinate. Reading articles on the internet may give this impression. But the reality is that alignments of the leg bones and foot structures of of normal and even flat footed people can also lead to supination. Also a conscious effort to counteract flat footedness, for example, can also lead to supination as a habit.

The result of all this is that the feet of a supinator will experience pain from the abnormal pressure on the outside of the foot. This also affects the orientation of the leg bones and muscles which are dragged out of alignment and eventually causes pain in the legs, knees, hips and back.

The walking shoes below are designed for supinators and provide support that should help even out foot pressure distribution with a raised area under the foot arch. The arch can rest on this and thereby provide a more even pressure distribution, relieving the outside of the foot and the front smaller toes.


Best 8 Women's Walking Shoes for Supination Reviewed

Brooks Women's 
Glycerin 16
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Revel 2
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ASICS Women's
DynaFlyte 3
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ASICS Women's
Gel Venture 6
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Saucony Women's
Echelon 7
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Vionic Splendid Women's Slip-On
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OrthoFeet Breeze
Walking Shoes
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Vionic Gemma Mule
Arch Support Slipper
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Brooks Women's Glycerin 16

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$119.95 (USD)
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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 Walker Shoe
  • Width Fittings

Cons

  • Pricier than some
  • Won't suit most office environments
  • A few people might find it too cushioned for treadmill walking - others will find it fine.
  • Not suited to trail walking or wet areas.

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Brooks Women's Revel 2

$100.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • Great BiMoGo cushioned support for supinators
  • Fashionable knit upper makes it multi-purpose
  • Excellent inner bootie for improved comfort
  • Great Brand
  • Good heel support
  • Great Value

Cons

  • Only Standard Width Fitting (maybe size up)
  • No good for trail runners
  • Not waterproof
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ASICS Women's DynaFlyte 3

$55.00 - $239.56 (USD)
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Pros

  • New Lightweight  Design for 2018
  • Gait guidance technology 
  • Hi-tech cushioning system
  • Great Brand
  • Breathable upper
  • Quality sock liner
  • Durable Outsole
  • Good looking designs

Cons

  • Only Standard Width Fitting (but quie roomy)
  • Not for trails
  • Not really a con but fits to size.
90
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ASICS Gel Venture 6 Trail Shoe

$44.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • A trail shoe for supinators
  • A little firmer but shallower support than others 
  • A cheaper option
  • Great Brand
  • Great Grip
  • Rearfoot Gel Cushioning

Cons

  • Only Standard Width Fitting (but quite roomy)
  • A bit lightweight for trails
  • Not waterproof
  • Previous models had better support

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Saucony Echelon 7 for Flat Footed Supinators

$130.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • For Flat Footed Supinators (yes it is a thing)
  • Designed to give all round support
  • Accommodating fit
  • Great Brand
  • Roomy Toe Box
  • Heel & Midsole framed fit
  • Comfy but removable footbed
  • Multiple Width Fittings

Cons

  • A little pricy
  • Not for trails
  • Upsize half for thick socks 
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Vionic Women's Midi Perf Slip-On

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Pros

  • Designer Casual Styling
  • Breathable leather uppers
  • Removable EVA orthotic
  • Orthotic oriented brand
  • Designed for natural alignment
  • Good Everyday Wear

Cons

  • Only Standard Width Fitting
  • Takes a couple of weeks to adapt to your foot
  •  Not really for exercise specifically
85
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Orthofeet Breeze Walking Shoe

$126.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Multi-purpose orthotic shoe
  • Premium orthotic insole
  • Good heel positioning
  • Does Wide Fittings
  • Engineered to help correct gait
  • Plenty of space for your toes
  • Ageless design
  • All day comfortable casual wear

Cons

  • Not so fashionable
  • Not the most durable
  • More for utility than looks
  • Fit to size
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Vionic Gemma Mule Arch Support Slipper

$9.95 - $69.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Supportive
  • Warm
  • Lightweight
  • Cozy
  • So Comfortable
  • Handy Velcro Fit  Adjustment
  • Lots of different colors

Cons

  • Hard to clean if you go out in the mud
  • Only one width but so adjustable it matters not
  • Looks Don't Last for ever (don't I know)
92
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