Flat feet— the complete or near-total lack of an arch— was once thought to be enough to prohibit people from running (or even joining the military). But fortunately for us flat-footed Pheidippides, running shoes have evolved (even if our feet haven’t).
The key is stability and support. If you’re a flat-footed runner, than chances are good you’re also a runner who over-pronates, which means your foot (and ankle, knee and even hip) will thank you when you put more control and cushion underneath. Without that support, it’s common for your arch to “collapse” in, which has potential for injury. The stability and arch support in the 10 shoes that follow will provide that guidance during runs, and hopefully, help to keep you going injury-free.
Here are the best running shoes for flat feet.
Ryan Hudson is a contributing writer and avid runner who works as a social media manager in Washington, DC. If he’s not tweeting, that probably means Ryan is either training for a triathlon or eating a PB&J.