The 10 Best Running Shoes for Stability in 2018
Pronation occurs every time you take a step and transfer weight from your heel to your toes. Your foot naturally rolls inward as part of your gait, whether you’re walking or running. But too much rolling can cause discomfort, pain, or injury.
Overpronating is most common with runners with flat feet. If you aren’t sure if you have low, medium, or high arches, check out our article on picking running shoes.
Our feet are highly connected to the rest of us, so when they’re not doing what they should be doing, that can lead to problems throughout your body. Common issues for people who overpronate include plantar fasciitis, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, and shin splints.
To help correct this, you’ll want to find a shoe that provides a high level of support.
Today, we’ve rounded up ten of the best stability shoes that will help you correct your gait and prevent potential injury.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Best Motion Control
Brooks Beast/Ariel 18
Best Overall Running Shoe for Stability
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
The Adrenaline GTS from Brooks has been around for over twenty years, and for good reason; this model continues to be one of Brooks’ best performers. It’s a stability shoe, but what’s unique about the Adrenaline is that it doesn’t feel like a stability shoe.
The shoe does everything right from a support perspective: there is a very cushioned collar and foot that lock your heel in place without being too tight. The engineered mesh in the upper is soft and compliant, yet holds the foot well over the platform, particularly in the arch, where you need it the most.
Brooks’ DNA foam provides excellent cushion, with posting throughout to increase overall stability. The Adrenaline GTS 18 won the Editor’s Choice in the 2017 Runner’s World Winter Shoe Guide, in part because it provides strong support and cushion without being bulky or brick-like.
- Soft landing and toe-off for better comfort
- 10.4oz (light for a stability shoe)
- Engineered mesh for breathability
- Strong, durable outer sole
- 12mm drop from heel to toe might be too high for some runners
Most Cushioned Asics Running Shoe for Stability
Asics Gel-Kayano 25
If you find yourself pronating – even just mild overpronating – you’ll appreciate the Kayano from Asics. This is another shoe with lots of history (and iterations) behind it, so you can trust in both its design and its durability.
The Kayano 25 has a very lightweight, very breathable upper. If you frequently find your feet overheating or sweating, you’ll appreciate this feature. The heel cup on this show is slightly less high profile than other versions, which makes it a good choice for people who don’t like feeling imprisoned by the heel on their shoe. It also makes for a more tapered, stylish look.
Reviewers love the thick foam and gel cushion that undergirds the entire sole. In fact, with a heel height of over 34mm, you won’t lack comfort or support! The FlyteFoam Asics uses includes reinforced fibers in the foam to help provide additional stability and comfort with less weight.
- Plush feel and all-day comfort
- Wider toe box compared to prior versions
- Heavier than other stability shoes
Top Stability Running Shoe for Severe Overpronators
Brooks Beast 18 (pictured) / Ariel 18
Brooks is back with the all new Beast 18 and Ariel 18. These shoes are ideal for people who overpronate heavily or have especially wide feet. If you’re experiencing a lot of the problems that come with overpronation (shin splints, ankle pain, knee pain, and so forth), this shoe will help to lock your foot into the correct gait so that you can minimize discomfort.
At 13.3oz, the Beast (for men) is not a lightweight shoe. What you lose in weight, you more than make up in stability and support. The Beast and Ariel (for women) have a DRB Accel Shank in the midshaft for midfoot support, as well as a BioMoGo Midsole with extensive cushioning that will help reduce impact on your knees.
There’s always a trade-off between lightness and holding your foot over the shoe platform; this shoe does a nice job of providing enough mesh in the upper to keep your feet cool and comfortable while not sacrificing support. The mesh is strategically placed, so it accommodates hammer toes and bunions comfortably.
A brand-new seamless upper is the latest change to the Beast/Ariel line. Not only does the upper provide a streamlined look, but it makes for a plush, soft feel. The seamless upper also prevents rubbing and irritation. A heel counter wraps the heel for a supportive fit.
- Strong arch instep wrap, which is especially important if you have a wide foot
- Firm medial midsole that helps transfer energy and is stable–it won’t twist side to side as your foot tries to when you pronate
- Doesn’t hourglass or tuck in at the center of the shoe, so you still have terrific support where you need it the most
- It carries an orthotic well if you need additional arch support
- Soft, plush upper
- Extremely heavy and clunky
- Not suitable for people who mildly pronate or have narrow feet
Best All Around Asics Running Shoe for Stability
Asics GT-2000 6
The GT-2000 series from Asics is a go-to for people with mild to moderate overpronation. The shoe’s FlyteFoam in the midsole provides a great level of cushion without adding weight to the show, while the SpEVA soft layer that runs the full length of the sole creates bounce-back and decreases breakdown, helping you efficiently manage running’s impact on your knees, shins, ankles, and feet.
The 2000’s seamless upper provides great long-distance comfort as you pound out the miles. There’s more mesh here than in previous versions, so we think you’ll appreciate that there’s now more room in the midfoot and arch, though you haven’t lost anything regarding support.
Weighing in at 10.5oz, this product from Asics is on the lower end of what we’d expect from a stability shoe, so as we said earlier, it makes this a great shoe for almost anyone as long as he or she doesn’t need heavy support for severe pronation.
- Lightweight for its class
- Stylish men’s and women’s color variations
- Exceptional durability over long miles
- Low heel height, so might not provide the comfort you want if you pronate severely or have knee pain
Best Running Shoe for Mild Support
Saucony Guide ISO
The Saucony Guide has long been a standard for stability shoes, and this latest iteration (the ISO replaces the Saucony Guide 10) is a great option for moderate pronators who need a running shoe with great midfoot lockdown.
The Guide ISO utilizes engineered mesh and a dynamic lacing system that work together to help you get a dynamic fit that adapts to the shape of your foot. If you’re constantly re-tying laces or often feel like your foot is sliding or just not comfortable in your shoe, this is a great choice for you.
In addition to a dynamic upper, the EVERUN top sole in the ISO and the power foam midsole both provide exceptional cushioning throughout your run, as well as enhanced energy return. This means you’ll have strong support during transition and still enjoy a soft underfoot sensation.
- Dynamic mesh and lacing system for ultimate fit and control
- Exceptional cushion and comfort
- Low heel-to-toe drop for increased speed (only 8mm)
- Chevron tread that provides great ground contact and smooth ride
- Low flexibility means it’s not suited for mild pronators or neutral gaits
Top Nike Running Shoe for Stability
Nike Zoom Structure 21
The Nike Zoom Structure is another Runner’s World Editor’s Choice winner. Stability shoes are traditionally plagued by compromises between smooth transition and stability; it seems to be either one or the other. With this shoe, however, Nike has found a way for you to have both.
The upper on the Structure contains monofilament yarns woven into the engineered mesh that up the strength without sacrificing flexibility, responsiveness, or fit. Also, you’ll find a dynamic fit lacing system that provides lockdown by combining a powerful arch wrap with flywire cable construction in the top two eyelets. The fit is dynamic and adjusts to your foot, but you also have this great, strong wraparound to help maintain the integrity of your gait.
Finally, the sole of this shoe is designed to provide extra strength where you need it the most – on the medial (inside) edge and under your arch. This extra responsiveness allows the entire shoe to be more comfortable without sacrificing additional weight. The two levels of foam firmness will further help you to keep your foot from twisting as you run.
- Zoom Air unit in the forefoot provides a firm toe-off
- Lightweight for category (10.7oz)
- Extremely dynamic fit and support for your foot
- Some reviewers had durability issues
Best Mizuno Running Shoe for Stability
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
If you’re a fan of Mizuno, you’ll love the Wave Inspire 14. Designed to provide elite guidance to your foot as you look for ways to better your gait, increase comfort, and prevent injury from improper impact. This shoe contains several levels of technology that help you maintain stability while also enjoying your run.
The Inspire is a lightweight shoe with great responsiveness compared to other stability shoes. It’s one of the lighter stability shoes available, but sacrifices some cushioning. It’s exceptionally great for high mileage runners and has the added benefit of having a breathable mesh upper that wicks away moisture from your foot. This is a huge plus if you’re in a hot climate or find you struggle to keep your feet dry on a run.
This Mizuno’s double fan wave underneath cradles your feet without adding stiffness and reviewers report loving the stretch laces that help mold the shoe to your foot.
- Feels very light, thanks to flexible Wave plate cushion
- Soft heel cup for a smoother, softer landing
- Carbon rubber outsole for high mileage wear
- 12mm heel-to-toe drop doesn’t encourage natural running form
- May not have enough cushioning for some runners
Lightest Weight Running Shoe for Stability
Brooks Ravenna 9
While Brooks has better options for the moderate to severe overpronator, the Ravenna is its lightest stability show, weighing in at just over 9oz! This shoe is perfect for the mild to moderate overpronator and provides some fantastic performance benefits. If you’re not experiencing pain and want to correct your gait before heavy training, this shoe is a great option.
The Ravenna 9 comes with a BioMoGo midsole that provides adaptive cushion and a responsive underfoot sensation. It also comes with a midfoot transition zone for ultra-smooth toe-off, which means it’s a shoe you’ll really love running in. The diagonal roll bar provides increased support and stability, and the shoe’s mesh upper maintains breathability while still keeping your foot centered and in place.
- Extremely lightweight, perfect if you’re frustrated by heavier shoes in the stability category
- Ultra-smooth toe-off for increased speed and performance
- Mesh upper accommodates hammer toes or bunions well
- High heel height is not appropriate for anything but pavement or light trails
Lightest, Cushioned Stability Running Shoe
Hoka One One Arahi 2
If you find yourself wanting a nimble, lightweight shoe, but needing a stability shoe, you might love the Arahi 2 from Hoka One One. With just a 5mm heel-to-toe drop, the Arahi is going to feel a lot more light and responsive than most high-cushion shoes. Thanks to its J-Frame technology, however, Hoka One One is able to provide stability where it matters.
The J-Frame tech is visible on the outer sole. In fact, you’ll see a j-shape that supports the medial (inside) arch of your foot without weighing down the rest of the foot. Instead of using support posts, the Arahi relies on this technology to provide strength throughout the shoe.
Thanks to this extra stability, the shoe is able to guide your foot through its entire gait cycle, without using rigid or uncomfortable materials. This has also resulted in a very light shoe; at just over 9oz, you might even forget you have shoes on!
- Durable outer sole construction for high mileage
- Extremely lightweight
- Cushioned comfort
- Small toe box
Most Supportive Saucony Running Shoe
Saucony Omni 16
You can think of the Omni 16 as Saucony’s response to the Brooks’ Adrenaline GTS stability series and provides a sleek, well-cushioned combination of support and stability, great for individuals with moderate to severe overpronation.
Runners will find tremendous cushion that lasts throughout the run, thanks to the EVERUN technology Saucony employs here. Like most shoes in this category, Saucony utilizes an engineered mesh, which helps to cut down on weight and provide an updated look.
The Omni utilizes a single block of foam in the midsole, which increases the shoe’s durability and provides additional support throughout the medial edge. Runners will find they are well supported without feeling like they’re running with bricks strapped to their feet.
- External heel Support Frame helps to lock the heel in and reduce torsion
- Midfoot is very responsive and adaptive
- Outsole provides excellent ground contact
- Nearly 10mm heel-to-toe drop can be very uncomfortable, and might not be necessary unless you’re experiencing severe pronation