The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX is perfect for someone looking for all the stability and the support of a hiking / backpacking boot but doesn’t want a boot that’s going to weigh them down.
The construction and the design in this boot is such that it gives you all that stability and support you would expect in a hiking boot but in a really lightweight package.
First of all, the Salomon Quest is a GoreTex boot (GTX) so you have full water-proof protection for rainy days, small creek crossings and that sort of thing.
The tongue is gusseted most of the way up to the top of the boot. So you’ve got protection all the way up. The tongue is also very ergonomic. There’s padding in the tongue and it fits to the shape of your leg really well.
When you need to cinch the boot down and really cinch your heel into the heel of the boot, you’re going to have comfort down there. The boot is going to move with you a little bit but also offer that ankle support that you need in a heavy hiking boot.
The upper features a mixture of suede, nubuck, and fabric. So it’s textile and leather giving a pretty lightweight feel, but also with that leather, you have a durable construction.
There are metal eyelets where you really need to cinch down the boot as well as some fabric eyelets on the bottom.
On the front, there’s a really nice protective toe cap to protect your toes against rocks and other elements.
On the back, you have a nice heel wrap. Again, when you really need to cinch down the boot, this heel wrap is going to cup your heel to make sure that it is placed exactly where it needs to be while you’re hiking.
There’s a lot going on with the midsole and the outsole. You’ve got different materials to provide rugged stability while also giving cushioning and comfort.
The boot features Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis which runs the whole length of the boot. There’s a nice cup on the heel.
There’s light EVA foam which gives cushioning and gives a little bit more comfort as you hike.
Just throughout the whole boot, you do have a nice fit and a nice cushioning in there especially with the Ortholite sockliner insole. The Ortholite is a nice removable insole compared to a lot of other hiking boots. It’s really breathable and wicks away sweat easily giving a lot of added comfort.
On the bottom, you have the Contagrip outsole which gives a lot of stability on rocky terrain or wet terrain. With muddy terrain, you do have really deep lugs so you can really dig in to rocks or mud that way.
As far as fit and feel, right out of the box, the boot has flex and does give a little bit, but it does take some break-in time. It doesn't take as much break-in time as a traditional all-leather hiking boot, but you do need to break it in a little bit before you go on a multi-day trip.
All in all, with the smart design, and the different materials that Salomon uses to give you that stability but also lightweight feel, this is the perfect boot for someone looking to carry a heavy load anywhere from day trips to weekends to multi-day trips in the backcountry.
Offering reliable traction, durability and waterproof materials, the Oboz Bridger Mid BDry is sure to appeal to hikers or backpackers who need durable, trail worthy performance.
Starting with the upper, we’ve got a durable waterproof nubuck leather that fully wraps around the boot. It’s a really nice material that’s going to provide some great durability and longevity in the boot’s life.
You’ve got a molded rubber toe cap that’s great for protection if you happen to kick up against any rocks or if you happen to bump your toes a lot when you’re hiking.
On the back side, you’ve got Oboz’ molded heel counter. It’s a rubber reinforced heel as well. As the leathers start to wear and break in and loosen up, that heel is going to provide a nice stable hold throughout the life of the boot.
We’ve got a mixture of fabric and metal eyelets. The fabric eyelets are going to provide some extra flexibility while the metal ones have nice durability with the metal hardware there.
We do have a gusseted tongue so the boot is going to hold its waterproofing up to about the mid-ankle portion.
There is a BDry membrane underneath the leather making the Oboz BDry a waterproof breathable piece of footwear. With that BDry membrane, you have a nice wicking lining on the inside which is going to help to pull the sweat away from your foot helping you to feel more comfortable and more dry along your hike.
Moving down to the midsole, there’s a dual density EVA with a nylon shank which is going to provide really good shock absorption and some extra stiffness as well as just overall comfortable fit.
There’s a really nice feature with the Oboz which is the insole. The insole is Oboz BFit Deluxe insole which is a lot different from other insoles because it's a lot more sturdy and rigid instead of being just a flimsy piece of foam. By that I mean there’s actually some structure in the arch and the heel. This gives a much more supportive overall fit with the boot because of this insole.
Another neat feature on the insole is it has an EVA pad in the high-impact zones, under the heel and under the ball of the foot. This is going to provide some extra shock absorption for added comfort. The insole is also perforated to allow for more breathability.
On the bottom, there’s Oboz Granite Peak outsole which is a really toothy and rugged looking tread. It has a nice TPU chassis built in with that which is going to help protect your foot from the underfoot stone bruising as well as giving the boots some extra stability and torsional rigidity without inhibiting the flex.
The outsole itself has got nice directional 4mm lugs. They're very toothy and they’re self-cleaning lugs and they’re going to provide really nice grip on the trails.
Another neat feature about this tread is that it comes up around the side. It’s a pretty cool system because if you’re on and off camber trail or potentially a crooked trail doing some switchbacks, it’s going to provide good grip on the sides of the boot as well as the underside. So, you have a really neat full wrap when it comes to the tread of the boot.
All in all, the Oboz Bridger Mid BDry is a great durable, hiking, backpacking boot that’s suitable for hikers, backpackers, or anyone who just needs trail worthy performance.
A finely crafted Italian hiking boot that’s a best-seller for Zamberlan, the Vioz GT has a durable construction, really hefty materials and is built for the long haul.
This boot can handle extended backpacking adventures in almost any condition. It is constructed with really nice smooth sleek looking Hydrobloc full-grain and waxed leather that’s durable and waterproof.
The entire top side of the boot is one piece of leather that’s really durable and it’s tanned to enhance the water resistance, the durability and the overall life of the boot.
The hardware on the boot has a high-resistance treatment so it’s riveted through that leather. It’s a Gore-Tex boot so you do have a waterproof breathable bootie inside that leather.
The Zamberlan offers full waterproof protection and if the wax exterior treatment on the leather starts to wet out or allow water to absorb a little bit, you do have that Gore-Tex to enhance the waterproofing of the shoe.
As it is a full grain leather, you should treat or condition the leather occasionally during use just to make sure you get the longest possible life out of the boot.
Also, it is a pretty stiff boot and it will require a substantial break-in period before it fits super comfortably.
To enhance the fit, there’s some padding on the inside and a nice strategic cutout that’s going to allow some flex in the ankle portion. This is going to allow you to move around without being super stiff in the upper portion of the boot.
In the midsole, Zamberlan is using their Z-Flex GT shank which has got really good durability. It’s a very stiff midsole and has strategic TPU inlays for additional support and stability.
The midsole is built on the Zamberlan Air System (Z.A.S) so it’s a very comfortable and airy midsole. It’s designed to allow for very cushiony and comfortable feel throughout your hikes while not adding a ton of weight.
It’s still a relatively heavy hiking boot, but the way that that midsole is constructed, it does help to reduce the weight a little bit.
The bottom features an exclusive Zamberlan Vibram 3D outsole and it’s a really luggy, really grippy outsole. It’s got really good kind of ridged traction in the middle that’s going to really bite down on the trail.
The lugs are spaced wide enough apart so they’re going to be self-cleaning and they’re going to shed that excess dirt and debris.
In the heel portion, you’ve got a very aggressive tread so when you’re going downhill on any type of terrain, it’s really going to bite down and enhance your braking power throughout your hike.
The outsole is also resolable, meaning if you wear down this tread, you can get it resoled, which is a really convenient feature that’s going to allow you to have these boots for a really long time.
In short, the outsole is very durable, very sticky and very robust.
All in all, the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT has a traditional boot design and some really trail-friendly features that are going to allow it to perform for a very long period of time. It caters to backpackers or trekkers who need comfort and durability over long distances.
The Moab 2 hiking boot was designed back in 2006 and it’s been Merrell’s iconic seller ever since and there’s actually so much love for it. It’s kind of a multi-sport shoe that you can use in different conditions. It’s called the Mid for the mid-height cuff and it’s also available in the "low".
The Moab 2 is perfect for the everyday hiker and it’s great for short distances and for lighter backpacking overnight trips.
With the Moab, the last comes first and that’s what this shoe is made around. it’s a nice snug heel fit, precise over the instep and has plenty of room in the ball area.
The biggest of the design updates is the introduction of the speed band that sticks out along the sides of the shoe. This gives an extra bit of stability on the side of the shoe to help with the lateral-medial roll.
There’s this sort of four fingers that wrap at the side. Think of it like a skeletal rib cage which helps hold the foot snugly.
Merrell have updated the upper and are going from normal suede to premium waterproof performance leather suede. Yet, they’ve kept using the mesh that’s a little bit more aerated to give you a little bit more breathability across the tongue and across the front of the foot where your foot heats up the most throughout the day.
This is the most superior suede on the market and has incredible waterproof properties. The other interesting thing about this suede is that it has very tight fibers, which allows the color to be incredibly rich. This is how Merrell were able to achieve much more bright and vibrant colors as well.
They’ve also updated the tongue to a closed cell foam so it doesn’t pressure pump water through the tongue. It keeps it a little bit more waterproof and a lot dryer.
There’s a nice wide toebox fit that’s going to give you a little bit more space for your toes to move around and breathe a little bit better.
The Merrell Moab 2 has a nice added toe cap feature to the front of the shoe that’s going to help protect your foot from rocks and stumps on the trail.
It features a nice mid-height that’s going to help lock your heel in place to keep your foot from sliding back and forth on the downhill. It’s also going to give you a little bit more support torsionally (keeping you from rolling your ankle on the trail).
The other key feature is an updated footbed. The new footbed has a 3D contoured design, a resin material on the heel to cut the instep and give you more heel support, a little bit of added arch support and then softer EVA foam under the heel for shock absorption and cushioning.
The Moab 2 has actually gone through extensive lab and field testing. The performance leather improved the long-term durability of this boot. The footbed is a revelation because it has that increased arch support and added cushioning in the heel.
The Moab 2 still has the Gore-Tex lining built into it and that’s going to give you better waterproof protection on wet muddy days but still a lot of breathability when it’s warmer outside. It’s going to help protect your feet and give you a little bit more abrasion resistance against your foot on the inside to cut down on blistering on hot days.
There’s a nice EVA midsole which offers great out-of-the-box comfort and great shock absorption in the heel as well.
The bottom features a TC5+ outsole from Vibram. It’s really tacky, really grippy on wet rock surfaces and the 5mm lugs help shed a lot of dirt and debris from underneath the shoe.
It has a nice heel to the back of it so when you’re going down steeper rock terrain, it helps give you a little bit more support and really grip in to help give you a brake system on the back of the shoe.
The Moab 2 is going to give great out-of-the-box comfort with little break-in period to keep you going all season long.
Merrell are known for making incredible comfortable shoes, but there’s something special about the Moab 2. It has this little WOW factor about it when you put it on.
You can hike, bike, run and anything you can think of you can do in the Moab 2. It’s incredibly comfortable, super versatile, and breathable in hot climates.
With sleek athletic detailing and a comfortable and supportive upper, the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 offers year-round performance on the trail or in the mountains.
Let’s take a look at its features …
Taking a look at the upper of the boot, we’ve got a PU coated leather and textile combination which is going to allow the boot to remain supportive but also very flexible.
It won’t require a long break-in period and that’s a nice feature that adds to the versatility of the boot.
It features a reinforced rubber toe cap so that’s going to add protection from kicking any rocks or roots or anything that might jump up at you on the trail.
You’ve also got a reinforced heel portion which, again, adds to the stability of the boot.
The tongue is gusseted so you’re going to get good protection up to about the ankle portion (the upper eyelet) on the boot. So you’ve got waterproof bootie construction in the boot offering really nice weather protection and overall durability and support.
There’s Gore-Tex lining (the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Footwear) which guarantees confident weather protection, which makes the Salomon X good for all seasons, whether it’s raining, snowing and what have you.
Moving to the midsole, we have the Advanced Chassis from Salomon. We’ve got a really nice EVA midsole that’s going to provide cushion and comfort over a long day on the trail.
The boot also features a TPU heel pod around the heel that allows really good stability and offers that really good comfort and traction while you’re on the trail.
On the inside, we do have an EVA Ortholite sockliner which is really nice, soft and light. You can take that out and put in a custom orthotic if you want to, but the Ortholite that comes with the boot is really nice and comfortable.
Moving to the outsole, we’ve got a really nice toothed, rugged ContaGrip non-marking outsole. The outsole offers really nice directional traction while its thick lugs are going to make sure you get grip on varieties of different terrain.
The outsole also offers really aggressive heel traction so when you’re stopping, it’s going to allow for really good braking power and just overall traction on the trails.
So there you have it, it’s the Salomon X Ultra MID 2 GTX offering comfort, support and lightweight. This boot will perform all year round
This is the perfect day hiking boot that is pretty lightweight but also pretty supportive.
The Vasque Talus Ultradry is going to give you enough support for light backpacking, but it’s lightweight enough that it’s going to flex with you and move with you if you’re hiking fast.
The standout feature of this boot is it’s got mainly a leather upper and you do have a pretty traditional look. It almost has the look of an older style backpacking boot that you just got a full leather upper in there, but it doesn’t have the weight of that type of boot. It’s pretty lightweight and it’s got some mesh in the upper as well.
The waterproof protection here is Vasque’s Ultra Dry. So, you’re protected from water and from the elements.
The Vasque Talus doesn’t come as high as traditional hiking boots, but it certainly gives you enough ankle support for rugged trails.
On the side and on the outside, there are overlays in key areas of the boot that would be subject to wear and tear a little bit more.
The boot features 7 very durable eyelets with the top eyelets being metal to help you really cinch the boot down. Just an added note, the boot does come with another color lace so you can change up the laces if you have a color preference.
At the toe cap, you can’t see it on the outside but you do have some added durability there on the toe cap. That’s just going to give you more protection against rocks and against rocky terrain.
The sockliner on the inside does come out. So if you have your own insoles that you need to swap in to the boot, those come out really nicely. The footbed is a dual density EVA that offers some added comfort and cushioning.
The midsole is molded polyurethane. It is going to give you lots of support when you’ve got long days on the trail.
The outsole is a Vibram outsole and you’ve got some multi-directional lugs in there.
Down at the heel, you definitely have some lugs that are going to help with braking. As you work your way up the shoe, there are really deep lugs that offer excellent traction on the trail going up and down hill.
As with any leather boot, you do need to break it in a little bit. But because of the flex of the boot, it’s pretty flexible right out of the box. So it definitely doesn’t require that much break-in time.
All in all, the Vasque Talus is a really clean retro looking boot that is going to take you anywhere from day hikes to light backpacking for a really great value. It's a comfortable boot right out of the box.
For hiking on snow, wet surfaces, dust, mud or rocks, you can’t beat the stable traction that the Targhee II Mid hiking boot provides. The Keen Targhee II is one of Keen’s most versatile hiking boots.
Made by keen, the leader in outdoor tech, the mid-cut height of this boot provides plenty of ankle support and stability through canyons and over mountaintops. The Targhee II is 100% waterproof with Keen Dry waterproof technology which is a proprietary for Keen.
There’s a breathable mesh down the center to give you that ventilation and breathability you’re going to need over a long trip so you don’t get hot and sweaty.
The waterproof breathable eVENT barrier keeps your feet dry and comfortable all day long.
The Targhee II is light and flexible and, with all Keen shoes, boots and sandals, comes with Keen’s famous patented toe bumper which protects you from injury on the roughest terrain.
Keen do use a cool yoke system at the ankle that as you tighten down the lace, it straps down the rest of the heel and anchors you in.
At the back of the shoe, there’s an S3 heel support structure and that cushions the heel as well as ensures your foot remains stable within the boot itself.
It’s inside where things get really interesting. There’s a metatomical footbed, and what that means is you’ve got individually shaped footbed for both your left and for your right foot. The footbed provides excellent foot support and is removable.
It features a dual density EVA midsole for cushioning and that’s going to give you that ride and stability you need for that long hike multiple days.
The Targhee has got a full rubber outsole which offers great traction for everything you might do on a weekend backpack trip. There are some aggressive lugs which make sure you’ve got excellent grip when you’re out and about.
The outsole also has a torsion stability shank, and that means the boot stays nice and stable over rocky ground.
With most boots, you generally have to wear them in three, four, five times before they get really comfortable, but the Targhee is so comfortable right out of the box and you can literally hit the hills running.
If you’re looking for a great versatile lightweight hiking boot that works well for long day hikes but it’s comfortable enough to wear around town, the Targhee II Mid hiking boot is the perfect fit.
Lightweight, water-resistant and well cushioned, the Ultra Lone Peak Mid is a great boot for runners, ultralight backpackers, fast packers or even hikers..
The Lone Peak is built with high-quality materials that make it weather-resistant and comfortable.
The upper is constructed with a quick-drying air mesh material and it does have a Polartec Neoshell lining. That Polartec Neoshell is a weatherproof lining for the boot and it’s going to provide a little bit of warmth and insulation for those cooler weather runs or hikes.
The Lone Peak is abrasion-resistant and it actually has a synthetic overlay called the Medial Impact Shield which is going to give you some extra protection around the sides of the shoe.
The boot is well padded in the mid portion and it is cut a little bit higher with a really good cushion up top to really hug the foot and be comfortable for a long run.
The toe box is a really interesting design with all Altra footwear. The Lone Peak 3.0 has a foot-shaped toe box that’s much wider than a traditional trail shoe. The toe box is not quite aggressive and it does not taper off as much as most running or trail running shoes. This feature allows the big toe to stay straight and stay properly aligned which is going to give you a little bit more comfort and more rooms for your toes to splay. It’s also designed to promote a more neutral stride.
Other features on the upper include a gaiter trap attachment and a ring on the front which makes the Lona Peak certainly compatible with Altra trail gaiters. The gaiters are not included and are sold separately.
The midsole is very well designed. It’s an EVA foam midsole with an Abound top layer. The big story with the midsole is that it is a zero drop platform. That simply means that the heel and the toes are the same distance off the ground. What’s that designed to do is to help promote a more natural stride and a more natural running gait.
This design promotes that forefoot strike, so instead of landing on your heels and rolling off to the toes, it is designed to help you try to land on your forefoot and push off with your forefoot. But be careful because that does take a little bit of getting used to so I recommend following Altra’s instructions on transitioning to that type of running.
The outsole of the Lone Peak is really grippy. It features Altra’s trail claw outsole and it’s actually multiple different densities of rubber. So, you’ve got a slightly softer compound and a harder compound where you need that extra grip.
The outsole is strategically designed and the lugs are really deep and they give you multi-directional traction so you can really get a good grip on the trails. So the outsole is super sticky all the way, really flexible and really comfortable while offering really good grip.
Another benefit to the shoe is that sandwiched between the midsole and the outsole there is a stone guard protector which is going to give you extra protection from sharp rocks or things that are jumping off the trail and potentially could hurt you under your foot.
All in all, with that Medial Impact Shield, reinforced heel, really good Neoshell upper materials for weatherproof performance, comfortable zero drop platform and that really sticky outsole, the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Mid is a great hiking, trail running or fast packing boot.
An extremely unique blend of a running shoe and a hiking boot upper create a truly innovative offering. The Hoka One One Tor Waterproof offers a smooth ride with tons of cushion and a durable upper material that’ll take you long and far on the trail.
Taking a look at the upper of this boot, we’ve got a few different types of materials that give it a lot of durability. We’ve got a nice abrasion resistant leather on the side of the boot. There’s also abrasion resistant textile materials that offer a nice blend of durability and comfort.
In the ankle portion of the boot, we do have a slightly more stretchy material and that’s designed to hold tight around the ankle and prevent any loose rocks or dirt from getting in the boot. That’s a great option there to save you the trouble of having to take the shoe and dump it out.
Around the heel, we do have some reinforcement with a rubber material to give you a nice sturdy hold in the heel of the boot.
The toe area is wrapped with a rubber rand to give you additional protection from rocks or roots or anything that might protrude from the trail.
The laces go to the toes which is a really great offering. You can get increased sensitivity just by changing the way that you lace your boots; you can really dial in that fit.
This boot is waterproof and features an eVENT waterproof breathable fabric. There’s a full bootie construction inside the boot with that eVENT fabric which will give you confident weather protection no matter what conditions you encounter on the trail.
Taking a look at the midsole, we’ve got a full-length EVA midsole with multiple different densities for cushion and shock absorption. Toward the top, you have a bit of a softer feeling EVA to give you excellent cushion and comfort. As it gets lower, the EVA gets a little more firm and stable. So, we do have an active foot frame stability. Although the boot is really well padded and cushioned, it gives you excellent stability and comfort overall as well.
We do have a Meta-Rocker geometry designed to help the shoe kind of guide your gait or your stride by providing a rocker-like stride from heel to toe. The Hoka is designed like kind of the idea of a rocking chair where you hit the heel and roll off onto the toes and really get the maximum push from the toes.
This midsole is engineered for a supportive ride by offering up to one and a half times the cushion of a standard running shoe.
The outsole features a Vibram MegaGrip outsole with really beefy directional lugs. There are 5mm lugs throughout the outsole of the boot and it’s kind of interesting how the lugs are constructed.
The gray lugs on the outside and right across the middle of the toe section are a little firmer and stiffer for overall durability and support while the orange portion is a bit softer to really bite down on the trail and grip and kind of conform to those different bumps and surfaces.
So the Hoka Tor boot is going to give you optimum grip, high traction with that Vibram MegaGrip outsole. It also offers a really good balance of stability and durability as well as flexibility overall and will maintain grip on wet and dry surfaces which is a great benefit to that MegaGrip compound.
For maximum cushion and comfort whether you’re fast packing, hiking or doing anything outdoors, the Hoka One One Tor hiking boot is a great option for you.
Whenever a shoe is available in wider sizes, go for that. Wider and deeper running shoes don’t rub against the side of the bunion. The list below has shoes that even have a bunion window to give much room for your bunions to spread. Also, your shoes should have less overlays especially on the front of the upper.
In short, look for comfortable roomy shoes with a wide toe box, a bunion window, good arch support, and stretchable qualities.
The Brooks Ghost 10 has a particularly wide forefoot that’s ideal for runners with bunions. The upper is seamless and does not irritate bunions or hammertoes.
Brooks went ahead and gave the Ghost a few changes in the upper, most noticeably in the overlays. There seems to be fewer overlays overall, which helps the shoe to have a more seamless secure fit. The breathability was slightly improved with this model, too. If the last version’s Air Mesh was considered an upgrade, then the Ghost 10’s Air Mesh is a slight upgrade over that. The Ghost 10 does not cause any irritation or hot spots, which is something we can all appreciate. The upper just does its job, it keeps your foot in place and locked down, which is always nice.
The shoe brings back the BioMogo DNA midsole that is basically a gel foam combination that allows the gel to adapt to your striding and helps disperse the impact over the run. It’s decently cushioned and maintains a smooth controlled ride. If you were a fan of the Ghost models, you should feel right at home.
The outsole features what Brooks calls the Omega flex grooves. The flex grooves make sure you have no problems with traction over grass, dirt, and sidewalk. You might be able to get away with some light trails, but don’t get carried away.
We noticed the flexibility in the forefoot was increased just a bit, which keeps that natural stride intact. The outsole should be great for most runs.
The Ghost 10 isn’t one of those upgrades that changes everything and makes you want to cut in line to get a pair, but it is consistent in being true with itself with small upgrades to help improve the shoe over time.
It’s a great shoe for just about anybody who wants a shoe that can do it all, whether it’s a short run, a long run or even a marathon. It’s a solid shoe that will get you out and running without any gimmicks.
The thing I really like about Altra shoes is the gigantic toe box. If you’ve never experienced a shoe with a wide toe box and you have wide feet you may not be able to put your feet in another shoe ever again. Your bunions will thank the Torin.
When you’re running, the bones in your feet spread out. Over long runs, your feet are also going to swell, so the expansion of your foot due to swelling plus the movement of your bones during running requires a lot of room, otherwise, you’ll get issues like blisters and hot spots. This can ever over time lead to stress fractures in your foot. The Torin will give you enough cushion without impeding your midsole strike.
The Torin 3.0 is a highly cushioned neutral shoe from Altra for those runners looking for a very comfortable lightweight high-mileage running shoe.
As with all Altra shoes, usually the first thing you’ll notice is the foot-shaped toebox that uses a wider forefoot than traditional running shoes. This allows the toes to splay out and engage naturally for better balance and stability.
It is a zero drop shoe meaning there’s no difference between the height of the heel and the forefoot. This improves posture and encourages proper running form.
As with all Altra shoes, the Torin 3.0 has a gender-specific footbed shape, meaning a different shoe construction for men and women.
For the shoe’s combination, the midsole is a combination of EVA foam with an Abound top layer. This top layer is an energy return layer that reduces impact without losing ground feel. It compresses significantly less than traditional foam so the cushioned feel lasts longer both at the end of a long run as well as over the entire lifespan of the shoe. The midsole also features InnerFlex technology which are grooves in the midsole that increase flexibility where it is needed most.
The insole is a well-cushioned 6mm contoured footbed.
The outsole uses Altra’s FootPod technology that follows the bones and tendons of the foot providing flexibility where it is needed most. This allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle.
The upper uses a Quick-Dry Air mesh that is more ventilated in the previous version and wraps the foot comfortably.
The Altra Torino 3.0 is an excellent option for those looking for a highly cushioned do-everything shoe that is versatile and will hold up to the mileage.
The New Balance 1080 v7’s wide toe box offers plenty of width to accommodate bunions and Morton’s neuroma comfortably.
The 1080 v7 is a neutral shoe coming in at an 8mm drop and an 8.4oz in the women’s size 8 and 10.6oz in men size 9.
The 1080 is considered to be New Balance’s premium high cushioned neutral shoe. The last models were great in my opinion and this year’s 1080 kept true to much of what made the last models so good but with a few changes.
The upper uses engineered mesh that is supportive and breathable.
The shoe has a sock-like construction that gives you a nice secure fit. It wraps around the midfoot and has a wide toe box that allows the foot to splay nicely.
The midsole uses New Balance’s top-of-the-line Fresh foam cushioning. Fresh foam is one of the most plush, soft and comfortable cushioning setups in any running shoe. This is the second version of the 1080 that uses the Fresh foam as the main cushioning system. Last year’s 1080 was a bit softer out of the box, but don’t you dare be sour, it is still soft and plush.
The outsole uses blown rubber throughout the entire shoe. It is not anything fancy, but it gets the job done. It’s flexible in the forefoot and still has a fairly stable ride.
When it comes to long-distance running, the 1080 v7 is a lot of runners’ go-to shoe, but that said it is by no means snappy. Sure, you can go fast in it if you want to but you’re going to have to work for it.
The New Balance 1080V7 is a good running shoe for those looking for a wide toe box and for those who want a softer ride for your runs. The Fresh Foam is real.
The Intuition is an award-winning shoe and definitely one of the best running sneakers for bunions and Tailor’s bunions. It also increases balance and offers a great running experience for neuromas, hammertoes and a lot of foot conditions.
The Intuition is the women’s version and the Instinct (below) is the men’s. The cool thing about it is that it has a wider toe box and a narrower heel to accommodate the shape of your foot and give comfortable room for your bunions.
The Intuition 1.5 is categorized in the neutral category. However, it still is a good option for mild pronators, but it’s not recommended for severe pronators.
It is a zero drop shoe, which means that both the heel and the forefoot have the same distance from the ground, which encourages a more natural and more efficient running style. It’s also female-specific meaning it’s shaped like a woman’s foot. These are some of the best attributes of these shoes.
The outsole combines a couple cool technologies, the A-Bound technology and the Natural Ride System (NRS) that both give you good feedback from the ground and a flexible protection that you need on any surface.
The upper has an A-wrap technology, a see-no-seam stitch-free technology, asymmetrical lacing and a heel claw and that just leaves a really snug and comfortable fit.
Best for road and cross-training, the intuition 1.5 has that women’ s specific shape, delivers solid comfort and cushioning and leaves plenty of room for bunions to move without hindrance. It is all about natural running, biomechanics, and injury prevention.
The Altra Instinct, the men’s version of the Intuition above, is a great choice for those whose bunions make running painful rather than enjoyable. Also, it’s a comfortable shoe for those suffering from hammertoes or those who want a minimalist platform without the bone-crushing feel of the pavement underneath.
The Instinct 1.5 should be on your list if you like the natural foot strike the zero drop shoes offer but want a bit of cushioning underneath. It gives you additional protection so that your feet and joints still feel comfortable after plenty of miles. The cushioning of this shoe is pretty good for all sorts of terrain.
The toe box is wide but still, the overall comfort of the shoe is great for any sort of running you want to do.
Even though the Instinct has a roomy fit, it still offers good adjustability to tighten up in the midfoot area. I still recommend using a runner’s loop at the top lace to cinch down the fit of the heel collar which may feel loose around the ankle.
The Instinct 1.5 certainly does not offer the squishy softness of a traditional trainer, but it does have a good amount of protection from the ground. That said, runners who overpronate, those with a history of Plantar Fasciitis and others with foot stress injuries still need to be careful when transitioning to the Instinct.
Testers felt a gradual increase in mileage, which is essential for success. They have found that the Altra Instinct 1.5 makes a little noise than most typical shoes due to the flat bottom it has. However, the ride is still super smooth.
One of the things you’ll like is that your feet in the inside will be extremely free and very active. Runners have enjoyed the natural foot placement possible with the Altra Instinct and also felt comfortable as they racked up the miles in this shoe thanks to the underfoot protection.
With its narrow heel, wide toe box and bunion window, the Adrenaline GTS 15 comfortably accommodates bunions on both feet.
The Adrenaline GTS 17 is Brooks’ best-selling running shoe. GTS stands for go-to-shoes because it simply works for so many runners. Whether you run a lot or a little, the GTS 17 is a perfect balance of cushion and support for the smoothest ride.
Right off the bat, you’ll see a sleek update to the design especially in the upper. Not only is that pretty cool but you’ll also run faster in it. Why? Its design is specifically constructed to be more aerodynamic. The upper is designed to ensure the fit feels comfortable and secure. Runners love this new design saying it’s soft and comfortable and a shoe that allows you to stay focused on the run.
For stability and support, the GTS 17 utilizes Brooks’ time-tested Progressive Diagonal Rollbar. The Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar guides your body into its natural motion path, which is great for moderate to sever overpronation. Running with your natural gait definitely improves both your speed and limits your risk of injury. The GTS 17’s new sidewall design disperses impact away from your body creating a soft and even ride.
The segmented Crashpad provides a soft stable and secure foundation no matter how your foot lands. It also reduces injury by absorbing shock from when your feet hit the ground.
Comfort and proper fit should be high in the priority list for you. You’ll love the customizable fit in the heel which is a common problem area in standard shoes. You don’t want your feet slipping and sliding all over the place in your shoe and the GTS’ asymmetrical saddle has adjustable eyelets that really give your feet extra snug feel
Speaking of comfort, there’s even more comfort in this shoe. The cushion level in the GTS 17 is considered as one of the highest cushion levels in the market. Brooks have also tuned their DNA cushioning to adapt its firmness to your individual step and stride, making you get the perfect amount of cushioning.
The GTS 17 is in the stability category but its weight won’t bring you down as it has an average weight for a stability shoe at only 10.7oz (a little lighter than the GTS 16). It has a 12mm heel-to-toe offset, which is the angle your feet are set at in the shoe.
With the Brooks Glycerin 14, bunions, Morton’s neuroma, and bone spur issues are all addressed.
With a 10mm heel-to-toe offset, the Glycerin 14 is a premium daily trainer designed for the neutral runner.
It is Brooks’ softest and most comfortable neutral shoe. If you crave super soft plush cushioning, the pillowy design of this shoe will have you cruising in supreme comfort. The unparalleled cushioning of this shoe comes from Brooks’ super DNA midsole. It offers the ultimate underfoot feel and it’s designed to react to your stride by absorbing impact giving you the softest feel underfoot.
The Ideal Pressure Zones on the outsole ensure proper body alignment and disperse impact evenly away from your body. From heel to toe, you’ll see a flex groove in each pressure zone. This flexibility adds to the super soft feel of the Glycerin 14. A full segmented Crashpad continues to offer an effortless ride.
Thanks to the next generation 3D Stretch Print overlay technology, Brooks were able to design an upper that stretches and conforms to your foot’s size and shape while offering a secure wrap with optimal breathability.
Without unnecessary weight to slow you down, this top-of-the-line super plush shoe cushions your entire foot while providing structure and movement in all the right places.
Runners agree that for total comfort and a soft cushiony ride the Glycerin 14 is where it’s at.
It weighs in at 10.6z for men and 9.2oz for women.
The Glycerin 14 is a solid update in the maximum cushioning category and a great choice for the runner seeking an ultra-plush ride with great stability and support.
Get inspired on that next run by the unbelievably cushy ride given to you by the Wave Inspire 13 from Mizuno. The Mizuno fits great and feels great while its mesh provides plenty of room for you bunions or Tailor’s bunions to splay comfortably.
You don’t want to have a bad gait, do you? The Inspire 13 guides your alignment and improves over pronation tendencies every step of the way with the improved U4ic midsole. You’ll feel like a machine as you’ll run longer with a reduced risk of potential injuries. Also, Mizuno continued to add comfort in the U4ic heel wedge to really treat those feet of yours to luxury.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is a cushion level 4 as you’re getting one of the highest levels of comfort on the market. This makes the shoe great for high mileage and everyday training.
Although the Inspire13 isn’t the lightest shoe out there, you won’t be lugging huge bricks around. It’s considered light for a stability shoe having just enough weight to make your feet feel supported.
The Inspire 13 boasts a brand new upper with increased flexibility and fit. No one wants to come home all sweaty after a run, I don’t and of course, you don’t and the good thing is the upper wicks away moisture as well. One other thing you’ll love about the upper is the stretch laces. You’ll get a snug fit with no discomfort whatsoever.
I’m sure you’ve had shoes that rub against the back of your heel and it feels kind of like sandpaper. Well, the Inspire 13 updated to an even softer collar that avoids irritation completely without losing that snug fit in the heel.
Lastly, you’ll love the improvement in the Mizuno’s double fan wave in the midsole. It helps cradle your feet on impact without any stiffness.
The Provision 2.5 is designed to improve running form, assist fallen arches, give extra room for toes and bunions, and prevent excessive pronation.
The update for the Provision 2.5 is the built-in stability wedge and the additional cushioning. This shoe has a 0mm drop. It also has a wider than average toe box which gives your foorefoot extra room to spread out.
The midsole has a light EVA with Abound technology to help with the responsiveness of the shoe. It also has cushioned stabilipod technology to help prevent excessive foot collapse or pronation.
The outsole also has the Stabilipod technology.
The upper is made with QuickDry Air mesh and the insole is a 5mm contoured footbed.
The Provision 2.5 is a really good fit for someone who’s new to the zero drop running. If you already run in zero drop shoes but you’re looking for something that’s supportive and stabilizes really well, this is a great option.
It’s really lightweight. Yet, it doesn’t feel like a shoe made for speed, it’s more for those long runs or just all-day comfort.
You’ll really enjoy the extra room in the toebox because it will help your foot spread out and help your big toe to stay straight over your foot. The Provision 2.5 is also a great option if you’ve been battling Plantar Fasciitis because it will provide all-day comfort.
The Saucony Stabil has mesh right where your bunions hit making it feel great when you walk or run. It’s also available in wider sizes if you want to add your orthopedic support to keep your bunions from developing.
This shoe is the successor to the Stabil CS2. The CS3 is a running shoe built for severe overpronation giving you both enhanced cushioning and enhanced stability as well. It corrects overpronation and gives great arch support.
The upper has a ton of mesh making it virtually weightless and very breathable. The upper is very reflective for great visibility.
It features a support frame that helps lock the heel securely into place. It also features Sauc-Fit, which is a unique system that helps lock the midfoot down over the midsole while keeping the heel securely in place.
The Stabil’s Hydramax technology in the collar lining is designed to wick away moisture while its removable ComfortLite insole gives you not only cushioning but the sweet opportunity to customize the shoe with your own custom orthotic if you have one.
There’s a full-length PowerGrid midsole that helps center the foot and absorb impact and shock to help distribute pressure to create a smooth responsive ride that you will love.
An SRC impact zone under the heel gives you supreme shock absorption and helps give you a smooth feel.
The XT 900 carbon rubber has been added to the high-abrasion areas and IBR, which is 33% more lightweight than typical blown rubber, gives you enhanced cushioning.
If you’re looking for the perfect shoe that will enhance your stability on your runs, you can’t go wrong with the Stabil CS3.
At first, runners used to recommend the Saucony Progrid Omni 9, but the Omni 15 has proven to be far better. The Omni 15 is also one of the best running shoes for your bunions and high arches and features a bunion window. This is a great stability shoe for the moderate to overpronator.
Saucony continues with the second density midsole that offers additional support to the medial side of the shoe and helps to just control the pronating phase. Within the midsole, Saucony have added EVERUN which is Saucony’s new cushioning material. Right under the sockliner, there is a full-length layer of EVERUN that adds to the responsiveness, the durability, and the resiliency.
A nice update to the Omni 15 is very lightweight breathable mesh framed with FlexFilm. Flex Film is the light seamless overlay that helps to frame the upper providing ample comfort to give a nice comfortable and roomy feel in the forefoot of the shoe.
Saucony will also be continuing with Sauc Fit. It’s a nice little fit feature that helps to snug up the mid of the shoe giving a bit more support to the upper.
Also continuing, there’s the external support frame that goes around the heel just to reinforce the counter and again adding and assisting with the stability experience for this runner.
Saucony have updated the outsole with the Tri Flex outsole. The outsole provides great flexibility as well as great surface contact for durability and balance on top of the shoe.
They have also continued with the high durability XT 900 rubber in the heel and then throughout the forefoot, there’s a softer more flexible IBR+.
The men’s size 9 weighs in at 10.8oz and the women’s size 7 weighs in at 9.1oz. The shoe will also continue having an 8mm offset from heel to midfoot.
The GT 2000 3 is also one of the best running shoes for bunions and hammertoes as well.
Many runners confirm their chiropractor told them that their huge bunions and callouses would be lessened by the Asics GT 2000-3.
Year after year the 2000 series has become a go-to shoe for runners looking for a cushioned moderate support option. With the 2000 3, runners will find a supportive 2000 series’ feel matched with the new FluidRide cushioning and improved upper wrap. By modifying the original FluidRide midsole, the newest version of the series receives a 20% improvement in bounce-back while also reducing weight.
Testers found the shoe to be slightly stiffer than the previous models, but the new midsole provided a more energy efficient ride without sacrificing the classic 2000 feel.
The continued use of both forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning provides runners with plenty of shock absorption, which is great for daily training on the roads.
The 20000 series has become known as one of the premier moderate support trainers, and the newest version is no exception. Continuing the use of the Guidance Trusstic System that works with Asics’ Guidance Line, runners find the third version of the GT 2000 to provide plenty of pronation control.
Along with a newly shaped heel crash pad, runners find the shoe to result in a more efficient ride that creates a smooth transition at toe-off. Huge improvements are also seen in the upper with a new seamless design. Runners enjoy the soft foot wrap and find the new heel clutching system to provide a snug heel fitting experience.
With upgrades in cushioning and comfort, runners continue to see this daily running shoe as one of the leaders of the moderate support category.
This high-end cushioned is the 18th version of the legendary Nimbus series. The Nimbus 18 is a premium daily running shoe designed for the neutral runner.
One of the things you’ll notice right away about this update is its complete seamless construction of the upper. Asics has made the Nimbus 18 without any seams, stitches, and overlays that often cause friction and irritation and don’t give enough room for bunions. It’s also a great option for bad knees.
Known for its plush cushioning, the 18th version of this series utilizes a new gel placement designed to improve adaptability on the road.
It features a carbon rubber outsole which really helps with durability and traction and it’s a carryover from the previous models.
You also have the famous FluiRide midsole which is also a carryover from the Nimbus 17 and provides bounce back and cushioning properties. But with this new version, we have the Convergence Gel. Gel is not new to Asics, of course, but what Asics did is they took the Gel and they’ve set it more at an angle closer to the foot. This is going to help with cushioning properties and really make sure that you’re floating on clouds.
The Nimbus 18 also features a new 3D printed upper which is going to help with holding your foot in place. It’s seamless meaning you’re not going to get a lot of irritation and it’s breathable so you’re going to get a light airy feel while you’re running.
You can take the Nimbus 18 running in your neighborhood, on high mileage runs, or anywhere you want to train for your upcoming 5K, half marathon, marathon…
The men’s come in at 11.4oz while the women’s comes in at 9.2oz. We also have a heel-to-toe drop on the men’s of 10mm but on the women’s we have a 13mm drop. So the women’s version has 3mm of extra comfort for Achilles tension for example.
Along with an improved guidance line technology for a smoother ride and a FluidRide midsole for lightweight responsiveness, this premium trainer is ready for the long miles ahead.
With a mesh bunion window right where you need it, the Asics Gel Foundation 12 is one of the best shoes for bunions. This shoe is made perfectly for the overpronator and doesn’t sacrifice flexibility or comfort. It is lightweight and feels like next to nothing on the foot and has a nice amount of flexibility.
The Foundation 12, of course, has a breathable mesh upper with durable synthetic overlays and a little bit of reflectivity for those early morning or late night runs. It has breathable mesh throughout the entire interior to help wick away moisture as well as a nice amount of cushioning at the tongue and collar.
It has a removable Comfort Dry footbed that provides you with cushioning and anti-odor properties within the shoe making your feet super happy. The midsole features Speva midsole material that is super lightweight and provides fantastic shock absorption and energy return. It also features forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning to help absorb shock on impact like a sponge.
The Gel Foundation8 features Duomax on the inset of the shoe, which helps give you added cushioning and a wonderful amount of support to help enhance the support and stability throughout the entire shoe so that you can run with greater ease while reducing pronation.
It’s all on a DuraSponge outsole featuring blown rubber and super sticky rubber where you need it to help increase the shoe’s durability.
Believe me, the right foundation makes a difference and you can’t go wrong with the foundation built by Asics.
Able to comfortably accommodate even the largest bunions, the New Balance 940V2 is a shoe that’s going to propel you to the front of the pack. It’s built for the runner that needs that accommodation of enhanced cushioning and reinforced stability.
It has a highly breathable mesh upper with synthetic overlays and nice cushioning around the collar area. Its insole is removable and it’s Ortholite, which is very shock absorbing and has anti-microbial properties to help fight odor.
Under that, there’s full-length Abzorb Strobel Board which is going to give you another layer of cushioning. The shoe offers more cushioning in the midsole with the N2 midsole that’s shock absorbing and very responsive as well.
On the medial side, it’s where you are going to get all the support you need to keep your foot running straight and hold it into place. The outsole features high density and high-abrasion resistant rubber which will give you a lot longer shoe life while the deep flex grooves give you a ton of flexibility, road feel and just overall comfort.
Say hello to better with the Gravity III from Newton as its anatomical stretch panel areas and wide toe box are great to accommodate your bunions and bunionettes.
This is a neutral trainer that is suitable for daily runs as well as races ranging from 1 block to 100 miles. It’s made with a breathable lightweight mesh and synthetic upper. It also features a heel lace lock. There’s a plush tongue and collar for added comfort.
It has a breathable lining that supplies a soft instep feel. It has a removable footbed that’s cushioned and contoured for comfort and it can also be replaced with your own custom orthotic if you choose.
You will find that it has Action/Reaction technology in the forefoot and in the heel, which is going to be highly responsive, kind of trampoline-like, giving you lots of reaction to your energy with every single step.
It does also feature a biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate which is going to allow the foot to sense the ground promoting a lighter more efficient stride. The Gravity III has an enhanced medial midsole platform and features a very flexible SHERC outsole.
If this is your first time running in a Newton shoe, I highly recommend you spend some time walking in the Gravity 3 before attempting to run in it.
Choose the extra wide to save your bunions. The Addiction 10 is much wider in the midfoot, which gives it a more torsional stability offering a lot of control.
This fantastic shoe from Brooks features a very breathable mesh design and synthetic placements throughout the structure. It also offers a lot of support and stability along with abrasion-resistant materials at the toe and heel.
The key update to the 10 is actually the aesthetics. The addiction 10 has done really well mechanically and serves its customers really well.
It has abundant padding on the tongue and collar for additional comfort. You also have a very soft lining. The footbed is efficient, removable, and padded right where you need it to be for all-day comfort. The Addiction has got the Cloud Liner Technology to make sure every step is comfortable on it.
And, of course, there’s the Brooks MOGO & BIOMOGO midsole, which is great because it is bio-degradable. There’s also DNA cushioning located on the midsole, the forefoot and rearfoot, which helps absorb shock and keep the foot comfortable. DNA is a gel technology that helps absorb impact, so the greater the force on it, the more impact it will withstand.
The Brooks Addiction 10 offers thick cushioning on the inside for pronation control while having a nice sturdy and flexible design. The rubber outsole is flexible and is structured for additional stability.
The Brooks Addiction 10 has a super cool feature that holds the tongue and doesn’t let it slide around at all while you’re running.
A bunion, also referred to as hallux valgus, is a bump that forms at the base or the side of the big toe joint. Bunions can be unsightly and painful and sometimes they can form on the outside base of the little toe; those are called Tailor’s Bunions or bunionettes. So if you see telltale bumps, then most likely it’s a bunion.
Yes, it’s true some people are actually born with bunions in which the bone that creates the bunion is actually positioned too far outward right from birth, but most people develop bunions after walking and standing on flat feet for a long period of time. So it’s not because of tight shoes, it’s actually because of one’s foot structure and the way people walk that gradually over time causes this bunion deformity to form. However, tight running shoes can cause extra irritations to a bunion that’s already formed.
Other symptons may include ...
If you have any of those symptoms along with the bump, then you most likely have a bunion. Women and the elderly are more likely to have bunions. Bunions can be inherited or can develop over time due to, as said earlier, walking and standing on flat feet for a long period of time.
Bunions are caused by certain bones that are unevenly positioned in the feet. This imbalance forces the big toe to push inward disrupting the alignment of the main foot bone and causing a bump to form on the side of the foot. That’s also why there’s often crowding or overlapping of the other toes.
75% of patients have bunions on both feet whereas 25% can have a severe deformity on one foot and the other foot is essentially normal.
Bunions start small but can grow worse over time and lead to other painful foot conditions. I recommend you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis if you haven’t already. Most doctors agree that pain relievers, cold therapy, wearing the right shoes, and modifying your activities are all ways to help with bunion pain. It is quite difficult to find shoes that conform to the deformity but also fit the back of the foot, but we did the digging and put together the list of the best shoes for bunions above.
Look for padding and shields to help protect the tender areas around the bunion. Cushioning, like silicone pads will also help get rid of pressure around the toe joints.
Use splints and toe spacers to make sure your toes are properly positioned and aligned. Splint and toes spacers also help to give more room for your overlapping toes decreasing irritation.
Look for padding and shields to help protect the tender areas around the bunion. Cushioning, like silicone pads will also help get rid of pressure around the toe joints.
One question people commonly ask is whether or not some running shoes, especially the tight ones, can cause bunions. The answer is simply no. There’s no shoe in the world able to cause bunions to form.
When a person develops a bunion it’s due to a number of different changes that occur to a particular foot over a long period of time. These changes are usually always because of genetic factors which cause the bunions to form in the first place. So if surgery is not an option for you, opt for the shoes above to ease your bunions and enjoy running like everybody else.
Today we'll be doing a comparison of the two last versions of the Asics Gel Venture Trail Running Shoes.
Here we go ...
All that said, if you're going to buy your first Asics Gel Venture, go for the Venture 5, and if you already have the Venture 5, just keep it and save your bucks.
The Venture 5 is available for women and men and it's great for:
It's also great for:
Heel to toe drop: 10mm
Weight: M: 10oz / 312g - W: 90oz / 255g
The Asics Gel Venture 5 is a trail running shoe that is perfect for the neutral to underpronator. It promises a lot for trail runners, but most people use it just as running or walking shoes while others use it as a general everyday shoe.
It features an upper that locks the foot in and protects it against shocks when moving quickly on trails. It also has a removable sockliner. So if you have like a custom orthotic or soemthing your doctor prescribed for you, it would be easy to accommodate within the shoe.
Another cool thing about Asics is they do offer wide sizes. So if you have extra wide feet, you can’t beat these.
Let’s take a look at the shoe’s 3 standout features …
The durable mesh upper makes this both a soothing and secure shoe. The mesh not only works as a natural ventilator but it also helps to avoid sweating. The high level of breathability in the Venture 5 keeps the air temperature on the inisde of the shoe comfortable and cool.
The Ascis Gel Venture 5 is super comfortable because it features a plush cushioned underfoot mechanism and maybe that’s the number one reason everybody gets it. Asics has really mastered the gel technology within the insole and once you try this shoe, you’ll really never want to go back other shoes. For whatever reason, gel makes your feet last forever whenever you’re walking or running.
The Gel Venture 5 ensures the runners’ comfort even when taking a rough beating from the ground. This is due to its included cushioning. This cushioning is also very lightweight.
The EVA molded midsole helps control balance and absorbs rough shocks immediately.
The AHAR rubber (Asics High Abrasion rubber) materials in some critical areas make the trail-specific outsole of the shoe exceptionally durable. The high-quality ground sole strongly avoids getting affected by random and irregular ground surfaces while the tread lasts a really long time.
With an amazing in-shoe feel, durable construction, comfortable midsole and breathable inner lining, the Venture 5 is an exceptional trail running shoe.
Read this conversation on Amazon about the Asics Gel Venture 5 Vs 6 ...
Anyone can compare the venture 5 to the venture 6? any real difference?
The Venture 6 is available for women and men and it's great for:
This trail running shoes is perfect for the neutral to underpronator. It’s really lightweight and nice and flexible for a trail running shoe.
It’s made of a durable mesh and synthetic upper material so it’s going to be breathable and your feet are going to feel fresh all day. It features some light cushioning in the tongue and collar and a breathable fabric lining plus some light cushioning in that foam insole.
It has a really thick midsole with a reafoot gel cushioning system in the heel to give you amazing impact protection, shock absorption and a smooth transition from heel to toe.
The bottom features an AHAR trail-specific outsole that can handle just about any type of surface you’ll encounter outdoors.
Keep that stride feeling comfortable every step you take with the Venture 6.
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You’ll agree with me when I say that trail running is 100% different and more difficult (especially with bunions) than road or track running.
But what makes trail running that different?
Well, the answer is simple. Trails are uneven, have rocks, branches or even glass shards hidden under dead leaves.
So without good protective trail running shoes, you’ll end up harming your feet and you might just not be able to enjoy trails anymore. Below, we’ve reviewed 3 of the best trail running shoes that are roomy enough for your bunions to “run” comfortably.
With great fit and comfort, this Asics Gel Venture 5 is wide enough for your poor foot with bunions.
This great looking shoe is supremely lightweight. It’s the successor to the Gel Venture 3. With a durable mesh and synthetic upper, the venture 5 is breathable and built to last.
It’s fully lined in the interior with a plush collar and tongue to provide you with comfort next to your skin and give you a great in-shoe feel.
It also features a removable footbed in the bottom for some added cushioning and comfort giving you the opportunity to swap it out with your own custom orthotic if you want to.
The midfoot design is made with lightweight foam with rearfoot gel cushioning to help absorb impact and shock with every single stride you take. The shoe features a handy back pull tab and a removable insole.
It’s all on a trail-specific outsole that’s flexible featuring reversed lugs at the front and the back to help make up and downhill climbs easier. The bottom of the shoe features a very durable AHAR (Asics high-abrasion rubber) outsole that is trail-specific to keep you nice and steady over a variety of terrain while offering excellent flexibility.
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The Olympus is one of the best options for bunions, hammertoes and neuromas.
In the front, there’s a reinforced toe bumper so you get a little bit of extra protection. A feature that really stands out in the toe section of the shoe is the wide foot-shaped toe box. So Altra Olympus 2 gives you a much larger toe box to allow your feet to splay out naturally, gives your bunions enough room, keeps your big toe pointed forward and lets you get a natural stride and more propulsion from your step. So compared to those traditional aggressively-shaped trail shoes, the Olympus is going to give you a much wider and more comfortable design.
With maximum cushion and an innovative zero drop platform and still remaining lightweight for those long-distance trail runs, the Altra running Olympus 2.0 is built to tackle any trail.
The upper is constructed with a Quick-Dry trail mesh which is super lightweight and extremely breathable. It’s going to allow you to dump heat quickly when you’re generating a lot of it from those long runs.
The back of the shoe has a neat little gaiter trap designed to work with the Altra trail gaiters which are sold separately. But for those times when you may be kicking up some loose rocks or dirt and you don’t want them getting inside the shoe, you can use that gaiter trap so they attach really easily and securely to the shoes, and when you don’t want to use that, you just flip that tab up and it’s like it’s not even there – it’s really convenient to have that gaiter trap.
Moving down to the midsole, we’ve got a dual-layered EVA midsole within an A-Bound top layer, which gives you great shock absorption and cushion. The A-Bound top layer gives a lot of rebound and puts a spring in your step so you can keep moving quickly and easily on the trail.
Like I said before, it’s built on a zero-drop platform, which means that the heel and the toe are elevated the same distance from the ground so there’s no angle from the heel to the toes. This gives a really natural feeling shoe and promotes a natural stride. It’s meant to reduce the impact on your joints over a long run, which will increase your endurance and reduce your fatigue.
Taking a look at the outsole, the Olympus has the Vibram Megagrip outsole and it’s built with really aggressive tread patterns that put the key-grip areas in those spots where you’re going to get the most pressure or impact on the trail. That Megagrip is a really durable, flexible and sticky compound that’s going to give you an optimum traction on wet or dry terrain remaining flexible and durable overall.
The Olympus is a little bit softer on those areas where you don’t need much of that sturdier rubber. That being said, it’s a really unique and interesting design on the outsole.
With a maximum amount of cushion but still remaining on that zero drop platform, the Altra Running Olympus 2.0 is a very well cushioned and comfortable shoe for those long distance runs.
The Salomon XR Mission is a neutral trainer, so make sure it works for you and your biomechanics. It features a wide toe box while its SensiFlex panels give plenty of extra room for your bunions and toes to spread.
The XR Mission is a follow-up to the XR Crossmax and it’s designed to be a door to trail running shoe. It’s designed to be a short to middle distance running shoe that offers a great performance on both roads and trails. It’s also light and flexible and should appeal to a wide range of runners who enjoy the trails and roads.
The XR Mission serves as a great first trail shoe for those making the transition from the roads. One of the features that really makes it stand out is the Quicklace System, which only takes a few tries to get used to. You just need to tuck the laces into the lace pocket and you’re all set. Getting them off is even quicker.
Testers have found the Mission to perform well on both roads and trails. The shoe even provides a great traction over some very muddy terrain. The Mission also provides a lot of cushioning for a very smooth ride.
One of the really cool things about this shoe is the women’s model is designed completely independently from the men’s. That means women are going to get a shoe that’s customized for their biomechanics. And after all that, the XR Mission is a really good looking shoe available in some great color schemes.
Today we’re going to be reviewing and looking at the Nike Metcon 4 Training Shoes.
The Metcon 4 is Nike’s latest iteration for their famous cross-training shoe model, the Metcon. That been said, we’re going to look at the shoe’s construction, how it performs, who could benefit, and then we’re going to look at the pros and cons that come along with this shoe model.
So without further ado, let's get started ...
When it comes to the construction of the Metcon 4, there are a few standout features worth mentioning. For this review, we’re going to work from the toe to the heel
The upper features a sandwich mesh and has a kind of a gritty material on top and that helps with durability during rope climbs and other movements that might actually fray the mesh.
On the medial side of the toe area there’s an extra material and that’s going to be good for pushing off. It’s also not going to break down super quick and it’s going to make sure you’re not going to experience your big toe shooting out of the mesh for that matter.
Moving down the midfoot, there's Nike Flywire technology which is going to provide a little bit more natural movement and stability through running and other jumping movements and stuff like that. The Flywire is going to wrap the sides and go under the foot to kind of enclose and give you that natural feeling and a little bit of rebound in the shoe.
The lateral midsole wraps up just like other Metcon models, similar to the medial side. This is to provide extra stability in rope climbs and kind of help with the long duration, wear and tear of the Nike Metcon 4.
Working towards the heel, the heel cup itself doesn’t sit very high. The clip is similar to other Metcon models, feels pretty sturdy and feels pretty good for what it’s worth.
If we look at the midsole on the heel, there’s a TPU layer and if you want to listen to it, it’s really tough. I think this is one of the toughest heels that I’ve actually seen on a cross training shoe model.
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There’s a sticky rubber material. Nike said it’s kind of used to grip on multiple surfaces, whether it’s rubber, top of the box or if you’re outside for that matter.
When it comes to the performance test for this shoe, I did four tests. The first was a 185-pound power clean, the second was a 275-pound back squat, the third was a 415-pound deadlift, and then lastly I did some box jump burpees. In every test I was assessing something different.
For the power clean, I wanted to assess how the forefoot and midfoot flexed and then how I sat on the heel. I think the front of the shoe bent pretty well. It had took a little time to break in than I’m used to with some cross-training shoes, but all in all, it did pretty good and didn’t hinder my performance whatsoever.
In the back squat I wanted to see how stable the shoe felt and if I rocked to the side (I even put some weight back in my heels in the low bar squat). The Metcon 4 did pretty good complementing all the weight I was putting in different areas. It displays pressure pretty well. I felt confident squatting in this shoe even over 200 lbs, maybe close to 400 lbs.
Next, I did a deadlift with 415 lbs. My main concern with that was to see how the outsole compresses. Some cross-training shoes can compress under 400 lbs and more, and the Metcon 4 held pretty stable and I didn’t notice any compression on my last rep. I even bounced a little bit at the top and again I didn’t exeprience much compression which I was pleasantly surprised by.
Last, I did some box jump burpees and my main concern with that was the outsole. I know I’m going to get a lot of toe drive from the lip up in the front and the extra material on the toe box. I wanted to see how the sticky rubber performed when hitting the box. That all been said, when I hit the box I almost felt like a dart. These shoes have no movement at the top which is really cool.
I think this is a great feature especially if you’re working out on a floor that might be a little bit wet from sweat. It's also great for keeping stability and ensuring you’re not going to slip on a box.
There are three pros I realy like about the Metcon 4. First and foremost, I like the heel. I think this is the most stable heel I’ve ever tried in a cross training shoe. You can really feel the TPU layer which sits very firmly under deadlifts, squats and any kind of movement.
Next, I like the midsole and how it wraps up on the lateral and the medial side compared to previous models. That’s a nice feature for keeping the shoe healthy for a long amout of time. Also, it helps with things like rope climbs and grabbing a ball between the feet.
Lastly, I liked the sandwich mesh and the Flywire. I think they complement each other very well and they provide the foot with a lot of stability, breathability and a lot of natural reaction to movements. That’s a big plus for comfort and long duration workouts.
All in all, those are my three pros.
When it comes to cons of this shoe, I actually don’t have any cons in terms of constrcution. My cons come with the functional fitness athlete who’s maybe reaching for this shoe and who needs a specific purpose.
That been said, I think if you’re an athlete with a wider foot who wants full toe splay, this shoe might feel a little bit limiting. It fits a little bit tighter and its toe is a little bit skinnier compared to other cross-training models in the market.
Next, if you’re a functional fitness athlete who wants to perform a workout with more cardio movements, this shoe maybe a little bit tough. The bottom is really stable and really hard which is a great perk to the shoe. But at the same time if you’re going to do a lot of running or any other kind of cardio-based movement and a lot of jumping, it might a little bit tougher on the legs.
Those are all potential cons that come down to the individual, not necessarily cons that come down to the shoe’s construction.
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As a whole, I think a lot of functional fitness athletes can benefit with this shoe. I think the Metcon 4 is probably the best Metcon produced to date. It feels so sturdy and feels very stable in workouts. I think it’s going to benefit a wide variety of athletes.
The Metcon 4 is also great for the functional fitness athletes who really want a hard outsole. The outsole is TPU and it’s pretty hard that you can hardly notice any compression during your lifts.
Yet, I would say that the Metcon 4 is great for skinnier-footed athletes because it fits pretty snugly on the foot and does not offer a lot of wiggle room. So if you have a skinnier foot without a lot of toe splay, the Metcon 4 is great option for you.
So I think those two niches within the functional fitness athlete realm would benefit most.
I was a fan of the Nike Metcon 4 because it’s definitely one of the better cross-training shoes I’ve tried and I’ll definitely give it 9/10.
And that concludes my review.
Now, let's talk a little bit about the Nike Metcon 1, 2 and 3.
Here we go ...
before I start talking about the Metcon 3, I'd like you to know that when a reviewer from steadyfoot puts some new training shoes to the test, they write a review according to their experience with the shoe. So for the Metcon 1 and 2 below, the reviewer didn't actually like them because they felt way too big for him and he found they just looked like clown shoes on his feet. Does this mean all other athletes think the same? Absolutely not.
That's where Runrepeat.com comes in. Runrepeat pulls reviews of running, hiking, training, basketball and football shoes from all over the web and just gives them a 0-100 score. You can read about their corescore on their website.
So the next time you read someone's review, it's kind of too soon to form your judgement. Insead, head over to Runrepeat to read about what others think and just see what opinion you find yourself more comfortable with.
So, after reading the Nike Metcon 3 quick review below, read Runrepeat's review: 10 Reasons to/NOT to Buy Nike Metcon 3
Very clean and simple, the Nike Metcon 3 is ready for your most demanding workouts. Whether you’re sprinting, climbing or weightlifting, the Metcon 3 is cushioned and stable for high-impact training. But where the Metocn 3 do perform well is weightlifting and especially with lower body lifts.
Its embroidered reinforcement in high-wear areas means the Metcon 3 is strong enough for intense training yet also light enough to help you stay fast while on your feet. The engineered mesh on the heel and ankle provides nice breathability to keep you cool and comfortable.
Also, Flywire cables in the midfoot offer a powerful lockdown without restricting natural movement. It has a flat platform and a firm rubber heel which help give you the perfect stability you need for explosive lifting.
Because of the flat platform you won’t be leaning forward when squatting which can cause some knee pain for some people. This is one of the main selling points for me as I want to be able to sit back as much as I can when squatting and deadlifting.
The Metcon 3 offers a dual-density drop-in midsole that’s firm in the heel to handle heavy lifting yet softer and more flexible in the forefoot to provide your foot with comfort and cushion while running.
Is Nike Metcon 4 for running?
Talking about running, if you’re going to do any long distance running, you’d rather get yourself a good pair of running shoes:
The shoe has molded flex grooves to allow for natural flexibility. As for the outsole, the Metcon 3 has firm rubber in the heel to provide you with durable stability for high intensity intervals. You’ll find excellent traction with the sticky rubber in the forefoot while the thin web rubber in the midfoot wrapping from the outsole onto the upper, your feet are protected from abrasion.
As far as comfort, these Nike Metcon 3 shoes are right up there with my Nike Free Run shoes that I absolutely love. Shoes can sometimes feel stiff when wearing them for the first few times, but that wasn’t the case with these Metcons. The first time I tried them off the comfort was amazing and I knew I would love training in them.
If your workouts demand intense traction, flex and comfort, The Metcon 3 is a great training shoe for you. So far I’m loving the Nike Metcon 3 training shoes and I will be rocking them as my go-to shoes in the gym as long as I can keep them pearly whites somewhat clean.
The Metcon 2 and 1 were reviewed by the same reviewer, but different from the one who reviewed the Metcon 3.
Just like the original Nike Metcon 1, the Metcon 2 just didn’t fit my feet great. It was still comfortable and I think they looked awesome on my feet. Yet, there was just something about the shoe that didn’t feel right. It kind of reminded me of clown shoes on my feet because it was big.
Generally, the toe box on crossfit shoes is pretty wide and I actually liked that. But for some reason, the first two Nike crossfit shoes out there just didn’t sit great on my feet because they felt way too big all the way aound. With that said, ignoring the fact that the Metcon 1 and 2 are not probably the right shoes for my feet, I have friends that absolutely loved the fit of these shoes. So it’s definitely a person-by-person thing.
The Metcon 2 had a toe box area that was further reinforced which did help with durability a bit. With the Metcon 1, a lot of people had complained that they were getting the toe box area chopped up.
Regardless of what I think, these were killer crossfit shoes and a big number of athletes were just loving them. The metcon 2 was exactly the same as the original Metcons but with a few minor changes most of which didn’t make a big difference in terms of performance.
The heel area on the Metcon 2 featured a new slider, which was actually just a little bit of a plastic strip. This new feature did actually help athletes slide against the wall for handstand push-ups and that actually worked perfectly. I was a little bit concerned that it was more of a gimmick but it ended up being my favorite thing about the metcon 2.
The other thing is that the Metcon 2 had a little bit more stable of a heel not like the Rich Froning Crossfit shoes but a little bit more stable than the original Metcons.
Other than that, the Metcon 2 still had that ultra-durable rope resistant panels in the inside and the outside of the shoe. The panel actively gripped for rope climbs.
The tread on the bottom was great for the gym and for road running though I used to keep my workouts to under 2 miles with these shoes.
The Metcon 2 has a 4-mm heel-to-toe offset which is pretty standard for crossfit. The Metcon 2 wasn’t designed for running but I’d say it was probably better for running than a lot of other crossfit shoes at the time. Also, it was pretty breathable and it had decent lockdown though.
I think that’s really it with the Metcon 2 actually. It was breathable and durable, it looked awesome, and it was comfortable. The Metcon 2 did actually run 1 size small like all Nikes do and it weighs around 11oz.
It was not the right crossfit shoe for my foot but again, it was hugely popular because a lot of athletes loved and swore by it.
If you didn’t know, the Metcon 1 trainers were Nike’s crossfit shoes though they were not in any way connected to Crossfit, the company. That did not stop Nike from trying to enter the market in a big way.
First off, they sponsored some of the biggest athletes in Crossfit like Lauren Fisher, John Bridges, Kenny Leverage, just to name a few and they rolled out a massive social media heavy marketing campaign that really seemed to get a lot of people fired up so much so that when the shoes finally hit the market they sold out almost instantly.
I have to say that I liked them at the time, but they just didn’t seem to be the best crossfit shoes out there at any rate.
Here’s what you need to know about these shoes ...
First up, the Metcon 1 fits one size small as is common with Nike shoes. It has a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop just like the Nanos, which really seems to be the sweet spot in terms of a drop for a lot of crossfit shoes.
Actually the Metcon 1 is very cushioned throughout particularly in the heel and the forefoot, which I thought made it ideal for running, but there is quite a lot of compression when you’re doing lifts.
Also, it has very thick but grippy rubber that surround bot the inside and the outside of the shoe, which helps protect against wear from the rope. That not only protects but actually grips the rope, which is really nice and not alot of shoes take this approach. Generally, it’s more about protection and not so much about trying to actively grip that rope.
Related to the grippy rubber that’s on the side of the shoe, the outsole is great and sticky and is pretty good for most surfaces.
That’s the basic overview stuff, but the real questions is how did they perform?
Well, the Metcon 1 training shoe was very comfortable and there was no doubt in my mind it would be a durable shoe. But despite the fact that the Metcon 1 was lightweight and breathable, it was a big shoe. It featured a lot of material and I think it was a lot wider than I anticipated at the time.
The toe box was wide and I liked that, but the whole shoe fit very wide and that meant that most athletes could not get the fit they were hoping for. Also, my heel kept slipping, which was kind of annoying.
The Flywire cables on the outside did help a lot to lock down the midfoot, but I just could not get the shoe fit quite right. I also found the Metcon 1 to be inflexible and rigid especially when compared to the CrossFit Compete 614 shoes.
So overall, I really did like the Nike Metcon 1, but I was not sure it was right for me. I think it looked really great and it was certainly among the best-looking crossfit shoes at the time. There was no doubt that it was breathable, lightweight and very durable, but I was not sure that it was going to be my go-to crossfit shoes.
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Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It’s classically known for causing pain in the heel at the first step in the morning. The pain can feel like a Stone Bruise, A Sharp Dagger, Deep Throbbing or a Dull Ache.
You want to hear the good news?
Leading footwear manufacturers like New Balance have finally discovered what makes a shoe good for Plantar Fasciitis and embedded that technology right into the soles of their shoes.
Below are 12 of the best New Balance shoes for Plantar Fasciitis to get you back to walking or running. But right before that, here’s a quick review of the top rated 4.
Whether for everyday wear, work, walking or running, the 990v3 is one of those shoes recommended by most Orthopedic surgeons. This shoe is by far the best New Balance shoes for Plantar Fasciitis hands down. Extremely comfortable, the 990v3 provides all the support, cushion and stability your Plantar Fasciitis needs. Its ample support and stability will bring your foot back to level allowing you to run as long as you want while absorbing all the harming shock your foot is subject to.
People who have walked or run in the 990 swear by its efficiency and a great number of them say this shoe is the only one that really cured their Plantar Fasciitis.
Some people say the 990 also cured their bad knees, bad ankles, arthritis of the foot, back pain, heel spurs, shin splints and calf problems. The 990 is durable and obviously built to last and last and last
All in all, the 990 is a great supportive and stability shoe that will certainly let you stay on your feet all day without all the aches and pains you might have been dealing with.
Sizing is pretty close but maybe a tad narrow for their normal sizing.
If you’re planning for an upcoming vacation, you should know you’ll be supposed to walk for long periods of time. However, why all the trouble planning a vacation if you experience fatigue or foot pain during the walk afterwards?
Recommended by most podiatrists, the 927 is a comfortable shoe with great arch support making walking and prolonged standing even on concrete much enjoyable for people who suffer from heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
The 927 is in the walking category. It’s one of the most recommended styles in the medical industry. It has a nice wide toe box and comes in multiple widths. So if you have a wider foot and really need something to accommodate your orthotic, the 927 is fantastic for that.
It also has a deep heel cup for stability and the ROLLBAR TPU medial and lateral posting. The Rollbar is a graphite feature built in the heel and designed to minimize rearfoot movement. This means it’s going to keep your feet aligned so they don’t pronate or supinate offering a really nice motion from heel to toe. Adding to that, stability is even more enhanced with the TS-2 posting that provides the ultimate in motion control.
It also features a rocker outsole with NB Walking Strike Path which is going to facilitate the transition for you and correct your gait when you walk.
So those people who have Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis, Achilles Tendonitis or any kind of sensitivity in their feet are going to find the 927 really nice for them.
The 847 is a men’s and women’s walking shoe for people with Plantar Fasciitis who need a lot of support and motion control but don’t want something heavy or stuffy.
This is a walking shoe that really looks more like a running shoe. The first thing you’ll notice is how much synthetic rubber and mesh is built in to the upper. This makes the front of the shoe a lot more flexible and a lot more breathable. It also has mesh on both sides, which serves as a bunion panel for people who have the swelling on their bunions.
The styling is also just a little bit more current and colorful. But style isn’t everything now and this shoe still has it where it counts. It’s built on an SL-2 Last, which basically means it’s got a little bit a wider forefoot and more of narrow heel.
What’s nice about this shoe is that it is lightweight and it has a Graphite Rollbar all around the heel with medial and lateral support for enhanced stability and support. Its Walking Strike Path on the outsole keeps your walking gait going straight with every step while offering a nice and smooth transition from the heel to the forefoot.
You’ll also find a Lightning Dry Lining to wick away moisture and an Ndurance outsole for maximum durability.
One benefit to this shoe is whether your arch collapses and your feet roll inwards or whether you tend to roll outwards more this is going to be a great shoe for you.
Get moving in a supportive and comfortable shoe with the New Balance 411 and don’t let your Plantar Fasciitis or any heel pain get in your way.
It has a really sturdy construction and will provide amazing comfort no matter what type of conditions you’re walking and your feet will feel great. It features a sturdy man-made leather upper with the logo detail for added appeal and synthetic overlay for durability. The inside features a fabric shoe lining with a foam cushioned footbed for added comfort and great moisture wicking.
The lace-up system gives you a secure fit with a padded collar and tongue for additional support. You have perforations throughout the upper giving you some added breathability. It also features an EVA midsole that’s going to help keep the shoe super-lightweight but always provide that comfort and shock absorption.
It all sits on a rubber outsole featuring the Waking Strike Path right in the middle that’s going to help guide your foot throughout the gait cycle keeping it feeling nice and steady while delivering a great flexibility.
Plantar Fasciitis needs as much support as possible, and New Balance is one of the few companies that have done a great job so far catering all widths and sizes.
The Winslow is made of really nice leather. There’s added cushioning all throughout the shoe while its removable footbed gives you a ton of support, cushioning and comfort and it’s going to leave room for your orthotics.
The Winslow is a well-constructed shoe that provides incredible arch support, ankle support, and heel support. Its two hook-and-loop straps are there to make sure you have that customized fit and also spare the arthritis sufferers the trouble of bending over to tie shoelaces.
There’s a Rollbar technology in the back which is going to make sure your feet stay nice and stable inside. Its slip resistant outsole has a really nice flat platform to give a ton of stability. You have Abzorb cushioning in the forefoot and in the back, and this is the same stuff New Balance use in their athletic shoes to give you that performance and comfort you’re looking for.
It’s also great for back pain, knee pain, heel spurs, and swollen feet
All in all, the Winslow is supportive, comfortable, lightweight, durable, water resistant and easy to put on and off.
In short, the Winslow is a real winner with a perfect fit and great support for Plantar Fasciitis.
The balance and support the New Balance 577 offers is going to be long lasting and also very dependable for your Plantar Fasciitis.
The 577 walking shoe has an incredibly tough rubber with a ton of reinforced stitching. It offers a lot of heel stability with a reinforced panel at the toe. The lace-up system offers a secure fit while the pillowy soft lining in the collar and at the Achilles together with the removable footbed provide added comfort. The footbed offers a lot of shock absorption giving a great comfortable feeling to your feet.
It features a big thick layer of Abzorb EVA which absorbs the shock and dissipates it taking all the beating. It also has a very stable and supportive base and a textured outsole that has the Walking Strike Path.
It’s an incredibly comfortable supportive walking shoe making it one of the best shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.
Comfortable and supportive, the New Balance 877 walking shoe is made with incredibly soft suede with breathable mesh panels all throughout to keep your feet cool. It features a lot of cushioning around the collar area as well as in the tongue. There’s a comfortable and shock absorbing footbed that is going to give you some added cushioning or leave room for your own orthotic. There’s Abzorb cushioning in the midsole, which helps keep the weight down and take all the beating thanks to its highly shock absorbing material. It also has a wide toe box and sufficient support for walking.
There’s a really nice flat platform on the outsole with the Walking Strike Path to help keep your feet aligned.
A lot of users say the MW877 falls a little bit short in arch support.
The premium stability 1260 series continues in its third version to deliver the ultimate plush experience for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers.
With the 1260V3 stability is still guaranteed mile after mile. It continues on the PL-8 last with an 8mm offset (drop in mm from heel to toe). The 1260V3 is lower to the ground and heel cushioning is at a maximum thanks the Nitrogen infused N2 Technology that continues in this series. It features a segmented Abzorb crashpad that allows for safer strides slowing down negative forces that cause the feet to roll inward (pronation). In its third generation, the 1260V3 once again boasts T-Beam at mid-stance to ensure important torsional stability as well as ground contact through the midfoot to allow for a smoother transition and security.
The dual-density cushioning is geometrically structured along the medial side to counteract any additional negative forces. The result of all these things is a very stable shoe. Its Abzorb cushioning complements a plush blown rubber forefoot. This makes the runner not only stabilized through the shoe’s shape and structure, but enjoy maximum plush cushioning in its footprint.
The upper is made of soft PU material and structured differently from the medial side to the lateral side to enhance the in-shoe feel while keeping the runner secure in every step. An Asymmetrical Heel Counter design ensures rearfoot stability through its intuitive shape and smart design.
The 1260V3 is not only lighter in weight but more flexible than the competition without losing any torsional rigidity and support.
The 1260V3 delivers new ways of cushioning, new ways of stabilizing and enhances the overall plush premium stability experience for the long run.
The M1540 is one of best New Balance’s running shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.
This amazing motion control shoe is completely breathable with tons of mesh all over the upper. Motion control shoes have a medial post on the inside of the shoe that’s designed to stop the foot from rolling too much to the inside for somebody who overpronates. Yet, in a lot of cases with a motion control shoes especially if they’re being coupled with an orthotic, they can tend to overcorrect the foot. The good thing with the New Balance 1540 is that it has the medial post and a lateral post as well to limit the amount of break down on the outside of the shoe.
There’s even a removable footbed you can completely customize the shoe by putting in your custom orthotics which is pretty sweet. But all the main tech is in the midsole which offers tons of added stability, shock absorption and pronation control exactly where you need it the most. Plus the Rollbar is gonna give you a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off. You even have an Impact Guidance System in the bottom as well, plus its super-duper flexibility.
If you need added support and tons of comfort in a great running shoe, look no further. The shoe also has a very good rocker so as you walk it rolls you through. It’s great for a lot of different conditions.
It does come in multiple colors and multiple widths.
Getting your feet into the Vazee Pace is like a nice welcome hug from a relative you haven’t seen in a long time. This whole line of Vazee shoes from New Balance is replacing the 890 series. The Vazee Pace is more of a traditional trainer that’s going to put in a lot more miles. The REVlite midsole is a great material New Balance has been using in a lot of their shoes as it’s responsive and has cushioning in it. Its responsiveness mixed with the softness provides such a nice feeling.
It features a wider and stretchier toe box which gives ample room for your toes to move comfortably when you push off. The welded overlays provide more security and fit.
Right around the ankle, it’s really grippy and catches on to your feet and your ankle really well helping the foot not to slip at all. The collar is cushioned and foamy making walking around or running in this shoe very comfortable. The back of the shoe has some firm ridges that help secure your heel and your Achilles.
The outsole is segmented and has deep grooves and a high durability rubber tread that are durable and help with transition. The arch has like a boot-like, kind of massaging and hugging piece.
It’s also really similar to the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, but it has some differences that make it stand out as a quality mid-distance more responsive version of that shoe.
All around, it’s a very comfortable shoe.
Some users find the upper to be less durable.
Built with maximum support and cushion, the performance-driven M940V2 really goes the distance. An attractive synthetic and mesh upper keep the feet secure and dry on longer runs. Moderate to severe pronation is thoughtfully addressed in this shoe with its medial post and a unique T-Beam support shank.
For flexible mobility with each step, New Balance has also added deep flex grooves to the forefoot. And finally, it features N2 low-to-the-ground cushioning which allows for a plush bouncy ride while maintaining a low profile fit.
Plantar Fasciitis is the tearing inflammation and degeneration of the Plantar Fascia, a long ligament on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation is the result of small micro-tears within the Plantar Fascia. The inflammation causes pain at the inside of the heel where the Plantar Fascia inserts on the heel bone. The traction on the heel bone from stress to the Plantar Fascia may cause a heel spur to form. Although heel spurs are commonly seen on X-ray, they are rarely the cause of pain. The cause of Plantar Fasciitis is multifactorial.
The abnormal motion in the feet, usually overpronation, in combination with an unsupportive pair of walking or running shoes and overuse can cause microscopic tears in the Plantar Fascia and start the process.
Some common conservative therapies for Plantar Fasciitis include:
Supportive shoes are one of the most important steps. A shoe that is too soft and flexible will strain the Plantar Fascia with each step. Think about the shoe as a brace to the ligament protecting it while it heals.
An ice massage with a frozen water bottle for 15 minutes, two to three times a day will both stretch the Plantar Fascia and decrease inflammation.
Stretching is one of the most important treatments that should be done multiple times a day, including before stepping out of the bed. The Plantar Fascia-Specific Stretch has been shown to be the most beneficial
A heel lift can decrease the stress on the Plantar Fascia.
Tight calf muscles lead to the heel coming off the floor early, which places excess stress to the Plantar Fascia, which results in tearing inflammation and pain.
Taping is a method designed to take stress off of the Plantar Fascia to allow it to heal. The method shown is the Low Dye Strapping and can be an effective short-term treatment.
Orthotics are rigid devices placed inside the shoe and designed to control abnormal motion and prevent arch collapse. By placing the foot in the correct position, it will take stress off the Plantar Fascia and allow it to heal.
Night splints can be very beneficial as they help keep the Plantar Fascia stretched out while you sleep. When sleeping, the foot is in a relaxed position. During the night, the cap and the Plantar Fascia contract and tighten and in the morning, they are in a tightened shortened position. When the full body weight is placed on the foot, the Fascia becomes overstressed and tears. Night splints hold the ankle up and hold the toes back stretching both the calf and the Plantar Fascia during the night allowing the Fascia to heal in an elongated position.
Today we’ll be reviewing 9 of the best running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis.
It is an ailment that takes its name from a Greek warrior, Achilles. Like him, you could be battling your own worthy opponent called Achilles Tendonitis. It’s most likely a nagging pain in the back of your ankle.
But today’s your lucky day because below we’ve reviewed 9 best running shoes for your Achilles.
The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 are the best running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis and heel bumps hands down. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
It is a premium daily running shoe designed for the neutral to underpronator looking for high energizing cushioning. One of the key updates to the Nimbus 18 would be the new heel counter. The heel counter offers a little bit more support to the runner in conjunction with a new FluidFit upper. The men’s has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop and the women’s has a 13mm drop. The women’s version has 3mm of extra comfort for Achilles tension. The tongue and collar are pretty plush and is going to feel great on your ankles and Achilles tendon.
Known for its plush cushioning, the 18th version of this series utilizes a new gel placement designed to improve adaptability on the road.
It has a mesh upper with synthetic overlays along with FluidFit upper technology that adapts to the foot for a really glove-like fit and feel. It also has a breathable seamless upper construction which reduces the likelihood of irritation as well as a nice lace-up closure for a nice snug fit.
The inside has a nice and soft fabric lining that feels really great next to your skin as well as the Comfordry X40 sockliner so you’re feeling fresh all day long.
There is a FluidRide technology in the midsole that provides the ultimate combination of bounceback, lightweight responsiveness, and cushioning properties. There’s also rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems to help attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases. With this new version, we have Convergence Gel which is closer to the foot helping with cushioning properties and really makes sure you’re floating on clouds.
This shoe also has gender-specific cushioning that uses a lower density midsole top layer that allows the ladies to better enjoy midsole compression benefits.
At the bottom, you have a Guidance Trusstic System that supplies and enhances the gait efficiency without compromising midfoot structural integrity. Everything comes on an AHAR rubber (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) outsole which really helps with durability and traction.
These are the best shoes for Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
Updated from the Kayano 20, the Kayano 21 is a well-cushioned stability shoe designed for mild to moderate overpronators. Two main features the Kayano 21 kept from the Kayano 20 is the stability system offered by Dynamic Duomax and also the FluidFit in the upper which gives a form-fitting wrap around the midfoot.
One of the biggest updates to the Kayano 21 is the reduction in weight. The men’s size 9 weighs in at 11.3oz and the women’s model, which comes with gender specific cushioning, only weighs in at 8.9oz making both shoes the lightest Kayanos yet. Another update to this shoe is the redesigned crashpad providing a smoother transition from the heel to the midfoot and slowing the rate of pronation.
It does have a form-fitting appeal to it in large part due to the FluidFit in the upper which gives a good wrap around the foot and I also felt the toe box to be a little wider. The Kayano 21 feels more like the Kayano 19 whereas the 20 feels a little narrow in the forefoot. I like the responsiveness of this model compared to the previous models. Also, I really enjoyed the cushioning in this model. Asics has added more gel in the heel and the forefoot.
So things I like about the shoe: It’s definitely softer than the 20 and the gel unit from the heel to the forefoot makes this a smoother ride. The wider toe box is a lot better and allows more room for the toes to splay with each stride. Likewise, I felt it’s more supportive in the arch as a runner with low arches, the more arch support I can get in a stability shoe the better.
The GT 2000 3 is a great shoe for Achilles Tendonitis and bad knees. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
This the ideal shoe for the mild to moderate overpronator. The support in these shoes is provided by the Dynamic Duomax Support System in the arch of the shoe. Just like its predecessor, The GT 2000 3 uses Asics’ trademark gel cushioning system. This tried and tested cushioning makes the shoe a great choice whether you’re a new runner or training for a marathon.
This updated model has Asics’ new FluidRide midsole for a more responsive and bouncy feel. It also has a brand new external heel clutching system specifically designed for mild to moderate overpronation. This new system gives great heel support and provides more support in the medial side of the shoe.
Even with all these new additions, the new 2000 3 is the lightest ever edition.
If you stopped running because of your Achilles Tendonitis, the Contend 3 from Asics can get you back to your active lifestyle. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
These neutral trainers are ideal for the new and low mileage runner. It has an open mesh upper with supportive synthetic overlays throughout for style and functionality. It has a lightly cushioned collar and tongue for added comfort. The laces-up system helps lock the foot into place. It comes with rearfoot gel cushioning to give you excellent shock absorption and a super comfortable midsole to keep your feet feeling great with every step.
The inside has a soft fabric lining along with a removable sockliner so you can accommodate a custom orthotic.
It all sits on a durable rubber outsole that provides lightweight cushioning and a ton of flexibility.
Get ready to contend in the Contend 3.
The Rider 18 is a must-have running shoe as it provides great protection for the Achilles Tendon. It also a great running shoe for high arches. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
With the 18th version of the Rider series, runners will find a neutral daily running shoe with firmer cushioning and a smooth feel for an effortless transition on the road. Along with a redesigned two-peace upper, the Rider 18 improves upon its previous generation while still providing a classic Mizuno feel.
Upon trying on the Rider 18, runners noticed a firm responsive cushioning that gave this shoe a slightly faster feel. Through the shoe’s lightweight U4ic midsole, the Mizuno Rider 18 provides plenty of shock absorption without sacrificing performance. This versatile neutral trainer is a great option for distance training but firm enough to be used for your occasional tempo run. Even up to the Marathon distance, this shoe is going to provide a cushioned yet lightweight option.
Year after year, the Rider series is known for its smooth transition allowing runners to run effortlessly mile after mile. Upon hitting the roads, runners noted a consistent underfoot feel at a variety of paces. The continued use of Mizuno’s trusted Wave Plate creates a springy sensation along with increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot. While the shoe is extremely smooth, runners did notice the 12mm drop as paces increase.
On the upper, you will be impressed with an improved fit felt similar to the 16th version of the Wave Rider. With a revamped two-piece air mesh upper, the wrap of the Rider 18 provides a snug breathable experience. While the upper is not quite as plush as the previous version, runners felt the Rider 18 felt true to the classic Mizuno feel. While fit of the Rider 18 is standard, you’ll notice a slightly lower volume design which provided a snugger midfoot wrap with slightly more room in the forefoot.
With firm cushioning and a smooth transition, Mizuno Wave Rider 18 provides runners with a versatile neutral daily running shoe ready to go the distance.
Relieve the pain in your Achilles with these Awsome looking shoes from Mizuno. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it. The Wave Inspire is also a great option for unfortunate runners with bunions.
The Inspire series is Mizuno’s core stability shoe. It’s designed for the overpronator runner whose foot lands and then rolls too far inside placing a lot of extra pressure on the arch and the big toe. Mizuno combats that by using a plastic Wave Plate to reinforce the medial side and holes on the lateral side to help the shoe to compress.
This is has been in Mizuno’s line-up for ten years. The 10th version underwent a very big change, a new midsole and a new upper. The 11th version of this series carries over the same midsole but with a new upper on top. The Inspire 10 has completely welded overlays on the upper, but the Inspire 11’s only welded overlay is found on the lateral side in form of plastic panel. The 10 has printed Runbird logo, but the 11 has like a thermoplastic sewn on logo. All these add up to make the shoe a little bit more structured.
The outsole of this shoe is blown rubber along with Mizuno’s XT 10 carbon rubber for better durability. The midsole foam is Mizuno’s U4ic foam which is a reformulation of AP+ Foam. Mizuno claims the foam to be lighter while still retaining all the cushioning and stability properties of the previous AP+ Foam.
Also in the heel, there’s a wedge of SR Touch Foam that also further cushions and dissipates shock on heel strike.
The Prophecy 4 is a nice shoe for Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it
For those who have never tried on a Mizuno before, the Wave Prophecy 4 is Mizuno’s ultimate cushion running shoe and boasts the ultimate in Mizuno Wave Technology. The shoe’s infinity double Wave provides full foot cushion, transfers energy smoothly from heel strike to toe-off, and gives runners a sensation that they’re floating across the ground. In fact, the shoe has an almost springy feel that makes for a fun running experience.
For those familiar with the Wave Prophecy, Mizuno have refined the upper on the Prophecy 4 to give you a lighter weight more breathable mesh. They’ve returned to the two-piece construction in the midfoot with the stitched on Runbird logo to really wrap and hug that arch. They’ve continued with the same improvement that the Prophecy 3 brought with a more flexible forefoot, a softer heel and a lighter overall construction.
The Prophecy 4 is kind of stiff and also heavier than many other running shoes. Mizuno have extended the Wave Plates all the way to the front of the sole making the shoe durable and highly responsive. The Prophecy 4 is well suited for major mileage or for runners who need a break from the more minimalist styles that are so common.
The foam used in the midsole is Mizuno U4ic compound which does help to keep the weight of the shoe manageable. The outsole is fairly flat and not designed for trails at all. But on the roads and hard pack flat trails, this shoe comes on its own and exemplifies what Mizuno calls Mezamashii, a brilliant and eye-opening run in Japanese.
The Prophecy 4 is visually striking as it’s inspired by color-shifting cuttlefish. The upper breaths well and it’s very comfortable. The fit is similar to other Mizuno shoes and the feel is comfortable if a bit firmer underfoot.
The Prophecy 4 is a 12mm drop weighing 12.3oz for men size 9 and 10.2oz in a size 8 for women.
If you are looking for a durable supportive road shoe that will feel lighter than it is and carry you as many miles as you can handle while also drawing some intrigue looks from other runners, the Wave Prophecy 4 may be just what you’re looking for.
The Boracay is a shoe that’s great for Achilles Tendonitis, Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain) and Plantar Fasciitis, Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
New Balance actually split the Fresh Foam Line into two different shoes. The Boracay is actually the update to the original 980 that launched back in 2014.
The big thing with the Boracay is cushioning. New Balance uses what they call Fresh Foam midsole, all one density with no plastic shank giving the runner a smooth transition through the shoe no matter where they strike. So if you’re a heel striker or if you’re more of a forefoot runner, or even if you tend to strike on the outside a little bit more, the Boracay provides a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off.
Another unique feature to the Fresh Foam midsole is New Balance’s ability to get stability through geometry. What I mean by that is that if you take a look at the midsole, you’ll see there are certain areas of the foam that are concave and certain areas that are convex to add more support in certain areas where runners need it and more release in where they don’t. So where the foam is convex, generally runners need a little bit more stability. Conversely, if you take a look at the lateral side, most of the foam is concave, meaning that generally in those areas runners don’t necessarily need as much stability.
Another key update to the Fresh Foam Boracay is the upper. New Balance uses a two-way stretch mesh which should provide a little bit more of a generous fit than the original Fresh Foam 980. New Balance also uses some heat welded overlays to provide additional stability but keep the shoe lightweight. Also, New Balance added a little bit of a neoprene piece so where the tongue ties into the shoe, you can still pull and it has a little bit of give to it. So after you tie the shoe you can still be able to pull on the tongue without getting any of that creasing or pulling in the toe box.
The Boracay still maintains that 4 mm hell-to-toe offset that was originally found in the 980. So checking in at 9.3oz on the men’s side and 7.6oz on the women’s, you can still expect a lightweight cushioned ride from the Fresh Foam Boracay.
This is one of the first times New Balance has named a shoe rather than giving it numbers. The idea on the Boracay is because of the plush ride and the smoothness of the shoe New Balance has named the shoe after a Beach in the Philippines, super-soft, exotic and beautiful.
New Balance Vazee Rush
Run pain-free in the Vazee Rush. Read what runners with Achilles Tendonitis say about it.
The Vazee Rush is a great option for the neutral runner after nice snappy lightweight ride. This neutral shoe is built with the versatility to withstand high-performance running and in-gym training sessions. It has a nice lace-up system with a midfoot saddle to hug that foot and make sure everything stays locked into place during those multi-directional movements. It has a deconstructed heel counter in the back with a no-sew overlay for added support.
The Vazee Rush is one of the lightest additions to New Balance range. The Rush is all about speed and lightweightness aimed to keep the runner close to the ground with a fast aggressive ride. It features a highly breathable mesh upper with lightweight synthetic overlays to give you some added structural integrity without weighing the shoe down. It features a lightly padded tongue and collar, soft fabric lining and a removable insole to give you the option to use your custom insole.
This shoe utilizes REVlite Technology, New Balance’s foam which is 30% than their traditional cushioning midsole technologies. The REVlite midsole foam delivers energy return with every stride you take. It has a really durable blown rubber outsole with a Podular design to really give the runner that great first feel underfoot and encourage quick heel-to-toe transition. On top of that, there’s a bootie construction to allow the foot to feel nice and snug within the shoe.
The Achilles Tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. Connecting the calf to the heel bone, the Achilles Tendon helps propel us when we walk, jump or run and it keeps that spring in our step. But when it’s irritated, you can feel it burning. So how do you know if you have Achilles Tendonitis? Here are some of the symptoms:
If you have any or all of those symptoms, then you may have Achilles Tendonitis. Now let’s talk about the cause of this condition.
If left untreated, Achilles Tendonitis sometimes causes a deformity of the heel bone. Although this is rare, we recommend you consult a podiatrist for a professional diagnosis. Most doctors agree that stretching and exercise can help prevent Achilles Tendonitis. You can stretch your calf muscles before physical activities, and you can strengthen your calf muscles by doing exercises like calf raises. (pic).
If you feel irritation, the best treatment can be rest. Stop all physical activity that causes pain in your Achilles tendon. As the pain goes away, make sure to massage and ice your leg for up to 20 minutes three times a day.
There are other smart solutions to help keep the mighty Achilles Tendon stretched out and free from discomfort. I recommend you just lift it. Lifting can help to reduce tension and relieve the inflammation. You can use heel cushions in your shoes to lift. Support straps can also be used to help compress the tendon and lift the heel for some relief. And, try running shoes with at least 1 inch heel. You can also stretch your Achilles tendon. Wearing a night splint can help to gently stretch the tendon overnight. A specialized stretching device can be used to relieve pain and strengthen your Achilles tendon. Finally, just stabilize it. If you tend to overpronate, select and orthotic insole to help correct your walk, stabilize your foot and absorb the shock.
I think you would agree with me when I say:
A lot of companies claim their shoes offer great arch support, but once you put the shoes on, you immediately notice the arch support is absolutely ridiculous.
Yet, there are some shoes that offer great arch support that’s sure to help alleviate the pain associated with high arches or Plantar Fasciitis.
Today is your lucky day because we’re going to go in depth with 8 best sandals for high arches. But first, here’s a quick comparison of the best 4.
All Birkenstock sandals carry the Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association.
First off, the Arizona is one of the best Birkenstock sandals for high arches, Plantar Fasciitis (walk around all day with absolutely zero pain), Morton’s Neuroma, flat feet, bad knees, bad hips and chronic back pain.
This sandal is built for easy living thanks to its slip-on design that’s completely adjustable with two fully functioning buckles across the top of the foot to give you a secure fit and accommodate any foot size. The straps feel fantastic to the touch and soft next to your skin.
The footbed is lined with suede and made with a combination of cork and latex which provides you with fantastic support and cushioning with each and every step. You’ve probably seen some Birkenstock sandals and noticed that the heel, the arch and the toes are kind of printed on the footbed. But out of the box, the sandal comes with a flat footbed that’s going to take a little time to mold to the unique shape of your foot until they are insanely comfortable, better than going barefoot.
The footbed is anatomically correct and is contoured to fit your foot perfectly. It also has a raised toe bar in the front to help with the gripping motion of your toes and really make sure your foot stays locked into place as you’re walking around. Most importantly, the footbed offers pronounced arch support for your high arches, which also helps keep Plantar Fasciitis pain at bay. There’s a neutral heel profile and a deep heel cup that’s going to help to keep the natural padding of your foot where it belongs which is right underneath the heel to help distribute your body weight a little more evenly along the shoe. This is also going to help align your ankles, knees and hips – that’s fantastic for your body. This helps with better posture and circulation as well. Last but not least, the footbed has a roomy toe box for toe splay.
In short, the cork and latex footbed offers lots of comfort to help keep your feet feeling great from sunrise to sunset.
There’s a flexible and really durable EVA outsole that offers lightweight shock absorbing protection and stability especially because there’s such a great dose of texture throughout the entire outsole.
The best thing to do is go to the nearest store and size these sandals in person just for your piece of mind. However, if you’re going to order them online, definitely select one size down from the sizes they give you. Also, because it’s a unisex sandal it’s a little wider to fit a man’s foot. They may feel large just until they mold to your foot.
N: narrow feet (go for “N” only if you have abnormally narrow or very small feet)
M: medium (“regular” width, normal to wide feet)
W: wide (only for extra wide feet)
You may want to wear Birkenstock sandals around the house for a couple of days until your feet get used to the true arch support feature the sandal features.
The best part about a gorgeous pair of Birkenstocks is that they only get better with time. So break these in and you’re going to love them pretty much for life. When your feet move to the state of this Arizona, they’re going to just simply say AHHHH.
The Venice H2 provides great support and cushion for high arches.
It’s also great for:
Like all Keen footwear, the Venice H2 sandal has been developed to be as comfortable and lightweight as possible to protect your feet during those warmer months walks. Having a look at the fabric used to create the Venice, you can see it has polyester webbing combined with suede detail on the ankles and the front. This sandal is really tough and sturdy. It is shaped into these open straps which will keep your foot nice and cool. The inside is lined with a soft and hydrophobic mesh lining which protects the inside of the shoe from any water
You won’t have to worry about your foot sliding around and becoming irritated thanks to the V-strap forefoot capture design which allows you to gather the shoe in to fit perfectly by adjusting the bungees.With an Aegis Microbe Shield Treated Lining, you will experience fast drying comfort that won’t irritate your skin when the sandal gets wet. To help you put the shoe on, the sandal has a sturdy loop on the front and the heel.
The Venice H2 sandal uses Keen’s metatomical EVA footbed. This has been created in such a way to support your foot in its natural shape. This sandal features a fantastic arch support while the footbed itself has been molded to cradle your foot in its natural contours to give you as much comfort as possible.
The TH3 outsole has been created using non-marking rubber and has been molded into a razor siping with a multi-directional lug pattern to give you superior grip on an array of terrain. So from water to trail, the Venice H2 keeps you on your feet so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
Coming around to the front of the shoe, there’s the patented toe protector which Keen sandals are famous for. The toe bumper will keep your toes safe from rocks, sharp objects, and particularly crustaceans.
Whether you’re walking on the beach or through the countryside or if you raft, sail, camp or fish around the water during the hottest months of the year, Keen’s Venice H2 is your go-to outdoor sandal for the summer.
Try to go up half a size.
The Oofos are specially designed sandals that are both for people who have issues with their feet like high arches and Plantar Fasciitis but they are also great for athletes to help their feet recover when they’ve been stressed. So for the athletes, the Oofos help soothe and reinvigorate feet after those tough workouts. They’ve got an easy slip-on design that’s shower and beach ready.
Read what Sunny’s Mom say about the arch support of the Oofos on Amazon.
These sandals are made out of Oofoam and they’re a bit deep in the forefoot to help get your foot in the position that needs to be so it can recover from stresses. Also, the sandal offers great arch support for your high arches. The footbed offers lots of cushioning and comfort while the treaded outsole has an interesting layout designed to both support the arch and also absorb the shock you put on your feet on a daily basis. So your foot has a chance to recover whether from athletics or from injury. The Ooahh is both supportive and cushy which is a nice feature. This sandal’s got moisture and odor-resistant material on the inside to keep those feet feeling and smelling fantastic.
It’s like a gel that responds just after you take the step and that’s the key to the material that’s in these sandals. Rather than rebounding your foot like a running shoe does, this material is meant to absorb the shock. After you’ve been running, these are one of the most comfortable ways to let your feet recover from the stress that you’ve put them in.
We would almost say that the Oofos Ooahh makes you walk slowly as it doesn’t provide that rebound effect to the foot so your foot goes forward when it’s good and ready to the next step. That takes a lot of the pressure off and the sandal makes you walk further because your heel or arches aren’t hurting.
The Oofos is a great sandal to put on when you’re puttering around the house as it’ll help provide some support and comfort to your feet throughout the day.
For those times when your feet don’t feel that great, slip these on and your feet will definitely say Ooahh.
This is a nice lightweight summer sandal which is going to be ideal for your coastal walking as well as your holiday walking and is sure to keep up with you. It’s got a nice lightweight structure to it and nice simple kind of adjustment systems so you can get a nice and perfect fit.
Taking a look at the front section, it’s got a durable nylon webbed upper that can be completely adjusted with two hook and loop tabs for a perfect fit. It has a really easy standard loop system which interlinks nicely. You can loosen up or tighten up the straps to get a nice hold over the front part of your foot – nice, quick and easy.
On the back, you’ve got a traditional Velcro strap system together with an ankle support strap to give you added support on the back as well. This is going to hold the back part of your foot in place if you’re doing a bit of low level close to walking.
The footbed is contoured to fit your foot perfectly providing you with great arch support whereas the deep heel cup helps keep your feet steady. It’s going to be a lot more comfortable and it’s going to work with your natural arch in your foot making it a lot comfortable. Even if you’re doing long-distance hiking or walking, you know it’s going to be comfortable pretty much from the word go. The footbed is super soft and squishy too for added cushioning and it has been treated with Microban technology which makes it completely anti-microbial to help fight odor causing bacteria. There’s a Shock Pad in the heel for added cushioning.
The outsole looks very basic and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It is made with durable spider rubber that’s flexible and supportive as well. It’s got great depth to it so no matter what sort of terrain, it’s going to give you a nice grip.
Steer your direction towards the Verra today.
All Vionic sandals have received APMA Seal of Acceptance.
Podiatrist-designed Orhtaheel technology
The Vionic Amber is fantastic style and features innovative built-in podiatrist designed Orthaheel technology that provides superior orthotic support for your high arches and relief and stability to help realign the feet back to their natural position thanks to its super comfortable footbed and its deep heel cup. This can also help relieve associated common aches and pains like arch pain from high arches, heel pain from Plantar Fasciitis, knee pain and lower back pain.
The Amber is also given the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and it’s been proven to reduce pronation and keep your feet feeling fantastic the whole day through. An optimal vegan option, this slingback is made of impressive leatherette in a natural cork or snake patterned look with two gorgeous stones at the front for a little bit of added blink. The little jewel detail isn’t glued but actually faceted in there beautifully, and that really speaks of quality that you’re getting with Vionic as well.
Read what Becky from Amazon says: “Great for high arches!”
It features four hook and loop straps which provide you with easy on an off and the absolute perfect fit every single time you wear them. You can actually slide off the strap that holds the stone adornments so it just transforms right into a four-strap sandal which is really cool because it gives a lot of versatility, and you know how much you ladies love versatility. The Amber also features a man-made interior lining with a soft microfiber insole.
This sandal has a lightweight flexible EVA midsole that helps to absorb shock and reduce stress on the feet, ankles, and knees. You’ll also find a durable rubber outsole with a patterned tread all over for stability no matter where you may roam. The Amber is also easy to clean and you can simply wipe it with a damp cloth and air dry under direct sunlight only.
The Amber has a bit longer toe area and this makes it look a bit bigger if you have short toes.
With a built-in podiatrist designed technology sitting underneath the foot, a footbed covered in soft microfiber and an outsole featuring a botanical tread design for improved traction, the Amber is an extremely comfortable and versatile sandal that feels great and looks great too.
The Mojave is a sporty casual shoe which is something that you kind of need to have for this summer time. The instant you put these sandals on, they feel different as they provide one of the best support levels you’ll ever feel from such an open shoe.
Read what an Amazon customer says about the sandal’s high arch level.
The technology behind the Mojave is not visible but it’s built-in. The Mojave features a built-in biomechanical orthotic footbed that provides three different densities sitting underneath the footbed. The heel has a softer density EVA right where the heel sits, the arch area features a slightly firmer EVA, and right under where that big toe joint sits there’s again a softer EVA material. The feeling you get when you slip into these sandals is that really stable, supportive sort of feeling provided by the three different densities underneath your foot.
It’s lightweight and flexible in the forefoot. It features an elasticized toe ring and a leather upper with hook and loop adjustable straps to allow for a customized fit. The Vionic Mojave has a TPR durable rubber outsole with a wave pattern which offers fantastic traction and stability on a variety of surfaces to maintain your confident stride.
With softer sections in the heel and the forefoot for cushioning and then medium density through the arch for control, the Vionic Mojave absorbs shock to reduce stress on your foot and provides premium comfort. Last but not least, the Mohave is one of the few options than can actually accommodate custom orthotics.
At first, all Vionic sandals feel different to what your feet are accustomed to, so wear them for a few hours at a time for the first few days.
Size down if you wear a half size.
The toe post does not accommodate bigger big toes.
Earth Origins Bianca Open Toe Suede Sport Sandals
These are great sandals with good arch support. If you’re on your feet a lot during the day, or love exploring the great outdoors, having a comfortable pair of shoes to support your high arches and your active lifestyle is a priority. Investing in a pair of walking shoes for high arches that are designed for your foot’s individual requirements needn’t be confusing. As mentioned, a flexible sole is a priority. The Earth Origins Bianca Women’s Sandal has a rubber sole, a material that is best suited to absorb the impact on your feet as you walk. This should prevent future pain or damage from developing.
The Bianca sandal by Earth Brands is also designed to offer you comfort and relief if you already suffer from daily foot agonies. The stylish suede walking shoe features a hook and loop closure system that is adjustable to alleviate nerve tension caused by your high arches. It also makes it super easy to slip the walking sandal on and off so it’ll never slow you down!
Comfort levels are also boosted thanks to latex cushioning in the midsole, and impertex sock lining, which is a breathable and waterproof material, alleviating sweating and further discomfort. If you’re looking for a walking shoe for high arches, you’ll also want good grip to cut down on stumbles and slips. The Bianca walking shoe has a TPR outsole, giving you the grip you need, whatever the surface. You don’t need to skimp on style either – this Earth Origins sports sandal has a feminine, non-bulky look, with a leather upper and contrast stitching.
When you think of flip shoes, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the traditional rubber shoes you love to kick back in when the weather is warm. There’s something liberating and refreshing about wearing shoes with toe pegs, but if you have high-arched feet, you could be setting yourself up for trouble. They simply don’t offer you the support you need.
The Keen Women’s Class 5 Flip Sandal has a reinforced rubber sole to offer extra shock absorbing qualities and plenty of tread, with fabric bands and toe pegs so the flip sandal fits your foot comfortably and securely. You won’t get that “flip-flopping” sensation you get with old-school flip sandals. While these are great everyday shoes, they have a polyurethane (PU) foam midsole, which also makes them suitable as flip walking sandals, thanks to their support and shock-absorbing qualities.
The upper is also made of microfiber meaning it dries quickly and draws moisture (such as perspiration) away from the foot. Even better, they only weigh 6.4 oz, making them light sandals that won’t slow you down or bulk up your travel pack.
Scared of losing them in rapid-moving water? Don’t worry – thanks to the materials used in the Keen Women’s Sandals, they will float in water. The fabric used in the Class 5 flip walking sandals also sets them apart from other sandals for high arches. Geometric designs on the fabric gives them a classic look and feel that will look great with all your other walking gear.
Keen makes a number of other top sandals for women you can read about.
Feet come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re suffering from foot pain when walking or standing, there may be something about the structure of your feet that’s setting you up for a set of problems. One of the issues you could be facing is a foot condition called pes cavus – more commonly known as a high arches.
A foot specialist known as a podiatrist can diagnose this for you, but taking a look at your footprint could give you a clue that this is something you are suffering from. A high arched foot may leave a thin footprint. This is because most of the arch area is not making contact with the ground. You can test this out by wetting your feet and then standing on a concrete or stone floor to see if your footprint is very thin.
If you find that you are rarely able to find comfortable shoes, or often find shoes too shallow, this could also indicate you have high arches. Shopping problems aside, having high arches causes foot, knee, back and leg pain because your feet are not properly able to absorb shock created when your foot hits the ground. If you have high arches you may also experience nerve irritation across the top of your foot caused by shoes being too tight as a result of your high arches.
The solution? Foot orthotics can help by relieving the pressure on your heel and forefoot, but if it’s spring, summer, or fall and you want a pair of sandals, you’ll need to look for walking sandals for high arches that have a thick, flexible sole to absorb shock.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
It’s really hard to find shoes that fit properly and provide appropriate protection against foot irritation and pressure points.
Or is it?
Well, it turns out, just because you are diabetic doesn’t mean you should limit your daily activities. Now, there are super comfortable shoes that proved to provide diabetics like you with the fit, support and comfort you’re looking for.
And in today’s post we’re going to review 17 of the best walking shoes so that you can, again, find the pleasure of walking and standing on your feet longer. But first, lest’s compare the best 4.
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The 577 are the best New Balance shoes for diabetics hands down (wide toe box, no rubbing, good fit out of the box). Also, they’re great shoes for diabetics with swollen feet, neuropathy, Plantar Fasciitis, arthritic knees, high arches, bunions, wide feet,
This walking shoe has a ton of reinforced stitching on the upper. There are two hook-and-loop straps making on and off a breeze. The inside soft lining feels great to the touch while the Achilles notch gives you added comfort as well.
The footbed is entirely removable and has a ton of shock absorption and support. The midsole is EVA which helps dissipate the shock and helps you to walk better and longer.
The outsole has texture with a Walking Strike Path designed specifically for walking.
The MW577 is really stable, really comfortable, and it’s going to be a good-looking shoe.
People with wide feet might find the Velcro straps a bit short.
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These comfortable shoes have a man-made leather and mesh upper with perforations throughout the outside to give great breathability. You have two adjustable hook-and-loop closures on top to easily grab and lock your foot into place.
The inside offers plenty of comfort thanks to the very soft fabric lining and the padded collar and tongue for additional support and comfort. There’s an EVA midsole and a removable cushioned footbed that provides good padding and gives plenty of cushioning and extra energy return as well.
The bottom features a sturdy rubber outsole with a Walking Strike Path zone on the outside that will help keep you really steady while always providing fantastic flex and traction.
If comfort is what you’re looking for, you can’t do any better in these guys from New Balance.
Not enough arch support
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These lightweight slip-on leather shoes feature an upper made from machine washable full-grain leather for ease of care. They look great straight out of the box and far beyond and are designed for easy cleaning with a quick spin in the washer and an air dry so they’ll stay looking new longer.
They’re the perfect shoe to slip on when you go for a walk. Inside, your feet are supported thanks to the construction of the insole. This insole is there to provide underfoot cushioning and comfort while being removable to accommodate orthotics for a fit just right for your foot.
They’re suitable on any surface because of superior traction provided by the super sticky rubber outsole. It’s lightweight and helps absorb shock even on hard surfaces and they come with the Propet’s 1000 mile guarantee so they’re in it for the long run. They’re designed to keep your entire foot feeling good all day long.
A quilted leather or a nubuck leather upper sports a nylon and neoprene padded collar that doesn’t chafe providing the sensitive skin of your upper foot and ankle with maximum comfort. The collar is stretchable and it’s going to provide a proper fit for you. There’s also a pull loop at the heel for easy on and off.
Keep it clean and comfy and keep your go-to slip-on looking new longer with the Wash & Wear Walker from Propet.
The shoes need some breaking time till everything gets loose and cushy.
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The Propet Walker are great for diabetics (very comfortable and roomy enough for orthotics), diabetic neuropathy. They are also great shoes for diabetics with swollen feet, Plantar Fasciitis, knee pain,
This shoe is made of a full-grain leather upper. It’s nice and soft and it’s got great stitching details throughout. It’s also got a double hook-and-loop strap closure for a nice easy fit. There’s light padding around the tongue and collar with a soft brushed nylon lining that wicks away moisture to keep those feet dry. There’s also a removable polyurethane insole which has a gel heel pad and cushioning at ridges to give you all day comfort.
It does have a built-in contoured heel stabilizer and a wide unit sole for sure footing. It’s all on top of a durable rubber outsole that is designed to deliver traction and grip on a variety of surfaces.
Treat yourself to comfort and accessibility with great shoes like these ones from Propet.
The laces tend to wear quickly.
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The Traveltime is Easy Spirit’s number one selling style of all time for the last 10 years with over 10 million pairs sold. Ten million people cannot possibly be wrong. It’s also one of the best womens diabetic walking shoes.
These shoes are lightweight and feel like an extension on your feet, which means comfort all day. They’re great to slip on for any daily activity and the durable rubber outsole not only gives you excellent traction, but means you’re set for all day wear. They have resilient cushioned Elon insoles that are cushier than standard EVA insoles. You can also remove the insole to insert your own custom orthotics if you need to.
The breathable upper lets air circulate over your feet for a dry and cool comfortable wear every time you slide them on. It also offers excellent stretch all the way throughout.
It’s like a dressy sneaker you can slip on and off and you can wear it almost everywhere. It’s also perfect for travelling. The quilted black model in the picture really looks high-end and very designer-like.
For all day comfort that cushions every step, the Traveltime from Easy Spirit makes the perfect companion. It fits perfectly and holds in your foot.
The description doesn’t mention the sparkles on the shoes.
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This great level one walking shoe is perfect for lightweight walking and leisure activities. It features a leather upper that is breathable and molds to your feet for added comfort.
On the inside, you’ll find a removable padded sockliner that helps provide cushioning and shock absorption. It also has a soft fabric lining that will feel great against your foot. On the bottom, you’ll find a lightweight rubber outsole that ensures a durable finish.
Whether you plan on going for a walk or going for a light run, these shoes will make a great addition to your daily activities.
The laces seem to push into the ankles, so try to use a loop lacing method to tighten the shoe around heel.
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The Flare is Drew’s motion control shoe. It has a wide shank area.
It has an extended firm medial heel counter which gives ankle stabilization. This is excellent for someone with ankle valgus. The heel counter gives you additional support for the arch area of the foot which helps a great deal with overpronation.
The Flare also has a rocker sole built into it and it’s built just before the first and the fifth metatarsal heads on the shoe, and the purpose is when you toe-off you take the weight off of the metatarsal heads. So any forefoot or underfoot pain (Metatarsalgia) the individual has is likely to be eliminated just by the rocker.
This shoe also has a tremendous steel shank that is for torsional stability.
The Drew Flare has two removable insoles: a 3/16″ insole as the core insole and an additional 3/8″ filler. This gives a total of 5/16″ of depth in that shoe to accommodate prescribed orthotics or a diabetic insert.
Not many colors to choose from.
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The Farren has a polyurethane outsole which makes it super lightweight and ultra-flexible with every step you take. Abzorb in the heel and in the ball of the foot acts as more comfort, padding, and shock absorption for your heels, knees, and lower back. The T-Frame Stabilizer runs from heel to toe giving you stability with every step.
Farren features soft luxurious leather which wraps the foot in full-comfort and support. The lace-up system is perfect to give you that perfect fit each time. The removable footbed is loaded with memory foam and takes the shape of your feet. There’s also a layer of EVA that will act as a shock absorber for your heels, knees and lower back. The footbed also features a stability cradle that comes around your arch and in your heel area, again, acting as more comfort and more stability.
Go walking in style with the Aravon Farren from New Balance.
The laces are on the shorter side if the opening is spread further apart.
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This shoe is supremely comfortable and lightweight coming in at just. It has an upper crafted from durable leather and stretchable nylon with plenty of detailed stitching throughout. This will give a perfect fit that will stretch with you easily.
It’s also completely adjustable with a hook and loop tab to provide you with a proper fit. It’s got a padded collar while the inside is lined with a wonderful double removable Propet extra volume insole system to provide great underfoot protection and comfort throughout the course of your day. What that means is that you receive two insoles with these shoes allowing you to customize your comfort level. You can use just one or the other, both or take them both out or even replace them with your own custom orthotic.
The midsole is lightweight EVA to help flex with you and absorb shock. The outsole is made out of rubber that will make walking enjoyable rather painful.
Go ahead and get your walk on with an amazing pair of shoes from Propet.
The sole is not very durable.
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These shoes are crafted out of an extremely durable material with some perforations throughout to give you great breathability. It has two hook-and-loop closures on top to give you a snug secure fit. It also has a ton of padding on the inside and lots of comfort down there in the footbed as well. The footbed is completely removable and gives you some added cushioning with every single step you take.
The bottom features an extremely durable rubber outsole which is going to keep you nice and steady. It’s also very flexible where it should be.
The perfect shoes to keep your feet comfortable all day long.