The Best Running Shoes for Orthotics in 2018
Finding the best running shoes for orthotics can be very important for both serious athletes and casual fitness enthusiasts alike. But with so many choices on the market today, it can be overwhelming to decide which will actually serve you best with your unique needs.
There are varying arch supports, level of drop from heel to toe, some are more stable and breathable while others focus on comfort. Below are seven great options that will hopefully help you decide exactly what you need to improve your athletic performance.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
1. Saucony Echelon 6
The Echelon 6 is classified as a neutral running shoe, built for road and track running. Able to conform to different types of feet, their Foundation Platform makes the shoe very accommodating for wider feet as well as medical orthotics users.
The entire shoe features various technologies that are engineered for supporting the whole foot, from the heel frame preventing the heel from sliding, to the special midfoot support, to a toe cap which prevents bruising.
With very evenly distributed cushioning, the gait cycle is enhanced for improved balance – a gentler drop of 8 mm compared to the average 12 mm. This type of arch support is designed for low and flat arches. This model features a mesh upper to increase ventilation across the whole foot, though it does weight more than lightweight shoes.
- Special midfoot support
- Comfortable and well cushioned
- High price
- Might be too wide for narrow feet
- Eyelet holes are a bit small for easy lacing
2. Brooks Dyad 10
The Brooks Dyad 10 is built for stability and is designed for orthotics and those with a low or flat arch. With a neutral rated support, the Brooks BioMoGo DNA cushioning adapts to your feet while you move, gives a nice soft feel, and ensures less shock when running or walking on hard surfaces like concrete roads.
This version of the shoe is a bit lighter than previous versions and gives more toe room for those with wide feet and who need to fit orthotics comfortably. These feature a mesh upper for great ventilation and a little less flexibility to enhance stability. Dyad 10 offers Dual Arch Pods to further enhance stability, coupled with a plush sock liner for the ultimate comfort.
- Comfort including extra space near the toes
- Great stability
- Reviewers love this shoe so much they have no complaints yet!
3. Brooks Addiction 13
Built for road running, these shoes are designed for flat to medium arch height, and for those who are looking for a supportive running shoe. The midsole drop is 12mm which is average, though higher than the Saucony. Brooks features its special BioMoGo DNA cushioning in this model as well, which brings the midsole a very comfortable feel throughout your run or walk.
The fit is designed for both flat and wide feet, but accommodates narrow feet just as well, and those who need to fit orthotics in comfortably. The Addiction 13 also provides smooth transitions with a special heel design and added cushioning in the sock liner for a plush-feel.
This model provides maximum support and control stability with their own Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar. Buyers have said these are good for walking and running. Some say they haven’t been great for standing for long periods of time, while others wear them to work and don’t have an issue. Sizes accommodate up to a true EE, while maintaining the high-quality construction and nice style.
- May slip a little in the heel
- Some complaints that the previous model was a bit better with fit
4. ASICS Gel-Fortitude 8
Asics are well known for making great running shoes, and this one is no exception. Built to be used for neutral-type purposes, it provides a durable sole, great motion control and a supportive midfoot. For added control, there is extra heavy-duty plastic to prevent the midfoot from bending or twisting, and additional material around the heel’s upper to stop heel movement.
The gel within the rear and forefoot improves shock absorption, and the material surrounding the middle of the shoe is covered by ASICS special durable rubber. The shoe has a breathable mesh upper for ventilation, and there is plenty of slightly-firm padding inside to add comfort for those who don’t replace it with their orthotics. Plus, a plush heel collar and tongue.
The Fortitude has a medium width through the whole shoe which can be useful for those who need that, but it might be a bit loose for others. The arch inside is flat, so is very accommodating for orthotics inserts. It also provides a nice wide toe area.
- Great control and support in the midfoot and heel
- Lower price point than many others
- Heavy and bulky
- May be too roomy for narrower feet
5. New Balance 840v4
The New Balance 840v4 is a lightweight shoe with a flexible response for your activities, especially when running on roads. It is designed to be supportive while maintaining some flexibility and is comfortable with good arch support. This line features New Balance special ABZORB foam with a blend of neutral cushioning and compression properties.
The 840v4 has a 12mm drop like many of the other shoes listed here, but which can be too much for some users. Many buyers have complimented the shoe on its great fit however. Also featuring a plush tongue and collar, this shoe has a nice breathable mesh keeps your feet cool even when you’re working it!
It is designed to be wide enough for people with flat feet. There have been some reviews complaining that this isn’t the best solution for orthotics wearers who also have some correction, with their particular pair rocking a bit inside the shoe.
For people with narrow feet, the narrow size fits comfortably, and perhaps better than other shoes.
- Durable and comfortable
- Well suited for wide and flat feet
- May not be the best option for some orthotics
6. Mizuno Wave Horizon 2
Another shoe focused on high stability, this shoe is especially good for those who need some cushioning to protect joints. The shoe gives a responsive experience with its special plate construction (which is also where the great stability comes from), as well as a smooth transition and solid protection on impact while providing plenty of flexibility.
New users feel confident with the traction in the sole and its durability.
The upper features a nice thick ankle collar and padding as well as breathable, yet slightly stiff mesh for keeping the foot cool. Some users have said the liner was too heavy and ended up replacing it. The toe area is a standard size that seems not to be an issue for most people.
Special Mizuno foam brings plenty of softness and comfort for the Horizon 2, and the various technology combinations bring a great balance between running smoothness and that highly-sought-after stability. Shock absorption within the midsole has also been touted by buyers, as well as how good the shoes were with both long and short runs.
- Great durability
- Very stable and supportive
- Quality traction
- On the heavier side but not too bulky
- Big drop from heel to toe
7. Saucony Redeemer ISO 2
Touted for its great stability without being too constrictive, the ISO 2 gives motion control for running if you have flat feet or an unstable gait. The sole and insole are quite flat which works well for orthotics. Saucony provides a special layer of TPU pallets which is soft and responsive while you run. A nice feature is the gentle 8mm drop compared to the 12mm drop of other shoes and gives a nice feel throughout your stride.
Users with high arches have also said these provide a comfortable fit, but the price tag tends to be above what is expected. Other users with flat feet, wide feet, and bunions have also enjoyed the comfort and fit of the ISO 2.
The upper is on the heavy side, as well as warmer and not as breathable as the other models. But the shoe gives a very comfortable fit for running with its extra durable cushioning. The outside has a wide base and is again very flat but has good flex. The heel has been said to be very wide and can cause heel-slippage for some people, but maybe this would be solved by inserted orthotics.
- Very stable
- Nice cushioning
- Wide heel for some, may cause some slipping
- Not very lightweight
- High price