5 Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet and Overpronation (Podiatrists)
Today we’ll be reviewing some of the best walking shoes for overpronation and flat feet. As someone mentioned, the decisive test for the shoe’s level of comfort and support is Disney World. If at the end of the day you take your shoes off and your feet feel wonderful, that’s the right shoe to convert to.
5 best walking shoes for overpronation
Brooks Addiction Walker Walking Shoes V strap
Available for women and men
Great because they:
- Are diabetic-friendly shoes.
- Have the blessings of most foot doctors.
- Are comfortable and fit like a glove.
- Are roomy and sturdy and provide good support.
- Diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, Morton’s Neuroma, bunions, hammer toes, bad knees, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, high arches, flat feet, arthritis, wide feet, swollen feet.
The Addiction walker has a supple full-grain leather upper that’s durable and easy to maintain. It also features dual hook-and-loop straps that are great and easy to fasten to give yourself that custom fit keeping your feet in place. It has a padded tongue and collar for added cushioning around your ankle. It also features a wonderful removable insole that you can replace with your custom orthotic. The insole id one of those few insoles that provide arch support, plenty of underfoot support and a deep heel cup to keep your foot in place and realign your body.
The Brooks features the Hydro Flow technology that enhances the midsole cushioning and provides shock absorption. It also has a full-length innovative MoGo midsole compound that is going to provide you with plenty of underfoot support.
The Addiction Walker comes with a nice durable outsole. The great thing about the outsole is that it’s going to give you a balanced position offering maximum motion control and flexibility from heel strike through toe-off. The outsole is slip resistant and it’s great for various conditions – wet or dry, you’re going to get a good grasp on a variety of surfaces.
Slip in to comfort and take strides of confidence because you’re going to be able to walk with ease and plenty of comfort.
The shoes tend to make the feet hot in warm periods.
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New Balance 928V2 Walking Shoe
Available for women and men
Great because they:
- Correct uneven gait.
- Have good support for my edema feet.
- Promote foot safety and comfort.
- Are great for feet that hurt and burn all the time.
- Give the support needed.
- Have a wide toe box (accommodate wide feet / plenty of room for toes to splay).
- Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, Plantar Fasciitis, bad knees and back, Morton’s toes, flat feet, high arches.
These shoes have a full-grain leather upper that is very comfortable and breathable. It’s got a front lace-up closure for a secure fit with some nice foam cushioning in the collar and tongue for added support. The 928 also features a seamless Phantom lining on the inside that is odor resistant so it keeps your feet feeling and smelling fresh all day.
There’s a cushioned footbed for added comfort with Abzorb technology in the midsole with a Walking Strike Path technology that helps guide and stabilize your foot throughout its natural gait cycle.
There’s also the Rollbar posting system to reduce rearfoot movement while the non-marking 13 mm offset Ndurance rubber outsole offers maximum durability.
Enjoy cushioning and comfort from morning till midnight.
They’re a bit on the heavy side.
Saucony Grid Omni Walker Walking Shoe
Available for women and men
Get ready for the squishy support of a sneaker disguised in a clunky-supportive feel of a clog. The Omni is a great option for the overpronator who needs motion control, stability and cushioning. These are also great everyday shoes for overpronation.
Overpronation issues (stabilizes and supports the foot), flat feet, high arches, bad knees, hips, back, ankle, Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy, Morton’s Neuroma, bunions and hammertoes (footbed is wide enough to allow them to splay comfortably), wide knee replacement, back and sciatica pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, Hallux Limitus/Rigidus, metatarsal pain (excellent cushioning in the metatarsal area), stress fractures.
What makes the Saucony Omni one of the best walking shoes
- It corrects and minimizes the impact of overpronation and alleviates the pain by aligning the ankles, knees and back properly.
- It provides unparalleled comfort if you are on your feet on concrete floors all day.
- It makes walking enjoyable and pain-free.
- It encourages long distance walking at a brisk pace at a reasonable comfort level with no rubbing, chaffing, or crowding.
- It helps prevent ankle sprains.
Saucony Omni Walker
- Offers plenty of support and flexibility through the upper which is made of sturdy and supportive full–grain leather
- Is nicely cushioned (not “springy”) and has good arch support
- Has a contoured, super-cushy removable sockliner (accommodates custom orthotic comfortably).
- Has a nice deep heel cup (wraps securely around the heel and prevents slippage) and a roomy forefoot making it extremely comfortable.
- Has an Achilles notch for enhanced mobility and comfort and.
- Features a forefoot HRC Strobel Board (provides cushioning to the latest stages of the gait cycle).
- Has the Grid System along with an SRC Impact zone and a midfoot support bridge (support, shock absorption and all-day comfort).
- Has a durable non-marking outsole with flex grooves for added flexibility. The outsole has durable non-marking dual-density rubber that provides enough traction and stability
- Isn’t bulky like most orthopedic walking shoes
- Fits great out of the box
- Is available in a variety of widths
The Omni Walker runs true to size
The all-leather upper makes the feet a bit hot during warm days.
Vionic Walker Classic Shoes
Women’s. Click for the men’s version
The women’s version has been designed for the women’s specific foot shape (a wide forefoot and narrow heel)
overpronation (corrects gait and posture, aligns the body properly, prevents ankles and joints from overpronating), supination, balance issues, bad knees, knee replacement, bad hips, bad ankles, back pain, lower back pain, spondylolisthesis (back condition), Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis, osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, shin splints, Achilles Tendonitis, bunions and hammertoes, flat feet, wide feet, high instep, high foot pressure, top of foot pain, peripheral neuropathy, stress fractures.
Also great if you:
- stand on your feet all day (dock workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, hairstylists, you get the point),
- walk on the treadmill,
- walk your dog a lot,
- do extensive walking and powerwalking
Benefits of the Vionic Walker one of the best walking shoes
- Stabilizes the feet perfectly.
- Prevents any foot discomfort or soreness in the shin or leg.
- Offers great arch support underfoot (no pain at the end of the day).
- Allows you to be on your feet longer and walk longer distances pain-free.
- Helps keep your feet from getting fatigued.
- Is very comfortable and supportive out of the box and fit well
- Has a “built in” orthotic but doesn’t look like “diabetic” shoes
- Provides ankle support without being restricting
- Features a full-length relief Orthotic footbed (great arch support),
- Has a deep heel cup (extra comfort and support) with a strong plastic heel counter to keep your heel in place preventing slippage and rubbing)
- Has EcoFresh® (odor and bacteria-managed foot environment)
- Has a premium full-grain leather upper and has and odor-reducing soft padded lining
- Has TPR (thermoplastic rubber) shank provides additional arch support.
- Has a durable rubber outsole (great traction)
- Has a large toe box with ample wiggle room on the sides and top (adequate space to accommodate bunions, hammertoes and swelling feet)
The Vionic is true to size
Wear it for few hours at a time for the first few days to adapt to the technology.
It’s a bit stiff (but you’ll get used to it fast)
Saucony Women’s ProGrid Integrity ST2
Recommended by most podiatrists, the ProGrid Integrity is definitely one of the best and inexpensive choices for overpronation. This is a “Cinderella” touch added to your daily walks.
- Overpronation issues (lots of support and cushioning)
- Underpronation, aka supination (keeps the foot in a more neutral position and corrects misalignment of the knee, back and hips)
Bad knees, bad hips, bad ankles, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints, arthritis, posterior tibial tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, tight Achilles tendon, bunions / tailor’s bunions / hammertoes /crooked toes / overlapping toes / sensitive toes (it’s flexible and accommodates these toe issues with no pressure or pain), flat feet, high arches, high instep, wide feet, Morton’s Neuroma, lower back pain, neuropathy, feet that have different sizes and widths (a foot is narrower or shorter than the other), feet that have a tendency to swell,
Also great if you:
- are on your feet up to 12 hours a day. (part of your job).
- stand on concrete all day.
- walk for long periods / extensive walking.
- are healing from a stress fracture.
Benefits of the Saucony Integrity
- It accommodates and works perfectly with all types of orthotics.
- It offers all the motion control and support needed for long power walks.
- It doesn’t push on top of the foot (nicely padded).
- It leaves the foot happy at the end of the day.
- It’s super comfortable right out of the box (cradles the foot with no rubbing, no pinching, no sliding, no blisters anywhere).
- The soles help propel you forward as you walk.
- It offers excellent grip on any surface making you feel secure.
- It features a super soft leather upper.
- It has a full-length compression molded EVA midsole.
- The Heel ProGrid System in the heel absorbs impact and shock for even more comfort.
- The midsole and outsole have a Walk-Trac system for smoother transitions.
- The outsole features non-marking XT carbon positioned in high-wear areas.
- It provides fantastic and properly placed arch support, heel support, awesome cushioning, stability and motion control.
- It has enough depth and a removable insole to use your own if you need even more support.
- It’s designed on the women’s last and provides lots of toe room without being boxy.
- It has a cushioned footbed that adds to the support. (makes it possible to walk on the treadmill without worrying about your joints and knees)
- It’s lightweight and sturdy but definitely not clunky-looking.
Order a half size larger.
The black model is not like the white one in terms of sizes as it might bump your feet in some spots.
When you walk, you put one foot in front of the other. But have you ever stopped to think how you walk? Pronation is important to maintain good lower body health. Pronation describes how your feet normally roll inward if you walk or run. Pronation helps your feet absorb shock and adapt to uneven surfaces. However, if your foot rolls too far inward, you overpronate, and that can cause problems for your feet, legs, hips and back. So how do you know if you overpronate? Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms.
Symptoms of overpronation
- You may have pain in your feet, legs, hips or back after walking or running.
- Unusual tightness in your leg muscles.
- Recurring problems with bunions or calluses.
If you have any or all of those symptoms, then you may overpronate when walking or running. Still not sure?
Take out a pair of your sneakers or walking shoes. Does the inside edge of the outsole show uneven or heavier wear? Do your shoes tilt inward when placed on a flat surface? If you answered yes, then you most likely overpronate.
The wet test
Now let’s look at some of the causes of overpronation.
Causes of overpronation
Causes can included:
- Flat feet.
- Wearing shoes that don’t provide proper arch support.
- Injury to your feet.
- Weakened muscles due to aging or heavy strain placed on the feet.
- Standing or walking for long periods of time in high heels.
The good news is overpronation can be corrected, but the bad news is if left unchecked, it can cause Plantar Fasciitis, bad knees, stress fractures and other serious foot issues. We recommend you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment for overpronation can include stretching and exercise. Stretch your legs and feet to reduce muscle stress and tightness caused by overpronation. Strengthening exercises like toe curls and heel raises can also help improve your foot support and help you better absorb shock.
Pronation vs. Overpronation
What to look for in a walking shoe
There are solutions to help you pronate properly and relieve overpronation discomfort. We recommend that you stabilize it. Wear stability shoes that have firm midsoles and motion control shoes that have stiffer heels and a straighter instep shape or last. These kind of shoes both help reduce overpronation. You should also look for shoes with arch support, low heels and deep heel cups. You can also stabilize your foot and better absorb impact with orthotic insoles, heel inserts, and arch inserts. If your shoes lack arch support, then use arch wraps to give you extra support.