Over Pronaters.... what do you wear

Just wondered what shoes you wear if you are an over pronater I am currently wearing Nike zoom structure Triax 15 but not getting on with them that well image


  • This is such a personal thing - find a specialist shop. A good one will stock only good shoes.

    I've been wearing Saucony Pro-Grid Omni's for years, I overpronate. they don't look the best but they get the job done, well made, good value. You might hate them.

    Find out who your best local run shop is. Go from there. Tell us where you live and someone might have a suggestion.
  • There is little point asking everyone else, as everyone's feet are different. Did you get your shoes at a good runnnig shop? they should let you try several different pairs, and see you runninig in them- most commonly on a treadmill, if not- around the shop/ nearby pavements.

    If you've tried a pair of shoes for a while, take them with you, and explain the problem.- THe wear pattern on the sole might help them identify why they don't suit you- I have been through a number of differnt types of shoes, and it is a bit of ( rather expensive) trial and error, once you nkow which category you need- some manufacturers tend to have narrower toe boxes, etc, so you have really to try them on first.

  • I was just being most that was all, I had my gait analysed and got my current trainers off their recommendation. So it was just curiosity thats all
  • Good ol' forums, ask a simple question and get a ridiculously complex answer.

    OK, Saucony Pro-Grid Omni 6.

  • He he thanks
  • Nike Equalons (mens' shoes as my feet are so big) as they were the only ones that would accommodate my orthotics comfortably.

    But just as the others say, because they suit me, they won't necessarily suit you.

    And your feet might be small enough to fit into womens' shoes.

  • tricialitt is right. We are a specialist running retailer and everyone has a foot that will suit different brands who all have slightly different templates to work from. Definately try as many brands as you can before buying..you will know when you find the right one!
  • Jeepers. Can your cat really type?
  • I mildly over-pronate and find Mizuno wave inspires ideal for me (other brands available). image
  • I started out in the Triax 13s, but I never really got on with them so changed to the Asics 21 series and have never looked back.
  • I'm currently in Newton motions, prior to that I tried Nike structure triax, mizuno wave inspire and asics 21 series! I found them all a bit clumpy, I like the Newton fit image

    My son likes saucony omni's image
  • As above, its a very personal thing and something you'll discover in time, but it never hurts to ask!

    I over pronate heavily on the right foot but after years of wearing support shoes and ending up very badly injured (inguinal haematoma and 2-3 years recovery time) I took to wearing neutrals and have never looked back.  My shoe of choice is Adidas Bostons & Adizero for speedwork/short distance.  Never ever thought I'd see the day I wore Adidas for anything but I'm an absolute convert.  It took me three years to get there though...

  • Mr BoatMr Boat ✭✭✭
    Crazy Diamond: similar story from me...shin splints from over doing it so was recommended support shoes; still problems after a few pairs so I ditched them for neutrals. Like you I now train in Bostons and race in Adios and never had shinsplints since. I think the foot needs to pronate and too much support can also damage the lower leg. Patience is needed to strengthen the calves.
  • Simon Willard wrote (see)
    Jeepers. Can your cat really type?

    Which one did you mean?  I have two. But to save you answering, yes in both cases although the lack of opposable paws causes them some difficulties.

    Badoo, if you're not happy with your shoes, depending on how long you've had them either take them back and ask for a new analysis, go elsewhere or, if you're really concerned, consult a pod.

    A good shop should have a wide range of brands and shoes within each brand, so perhaps the place you went to didn't have a sufficiently wide choice and you were given the "least worst" rather than the best shoe for you.

  • Newton Motions and Adidas adizero mana's for training

    Saucony Kinvaras and K-swiss Kruzz's for racing

  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS. on my 5th pair and not one complaint. Sweatshop are doing them half price online, finishing today.
  • Chrispee, I just bought (about two hours ago) some Adidas Adizero's. Really comfy, well-recommended and the shop price-matched them to an online price. I then blew all of that saving and a lot more on 'Your Sole' heat moldable insoles which I'm looking forward to trying and just seem to take up the slack around my arch.

    (trainers £56, Insoles £38, ouch!)

    My osteo suggested aftermarket insoles ages ago and I've been using them ever since, various brands.

    Might be worth looking at orthotic insoles as an alternative to a very supportive shoe?

    Wonder if anyone else has any thoughts on this.

  • I've just ordered the Brooks Adrenaline GTS hoping they will be fine, before I've had Mizuno Wave and the Nike Zoom got them at half price so fingers crossed they seem like they will be ok
  • I'm a similar case to Mr Boat and Crazy Diamond. I used to wear supportive trainers after having my gait checked at a running store. First had Saucony Omnia something-or-other then Brooks Adrenylin then Asics 2150 (think that was what they were called!) then Asics Foundation 8 (went through two pairs of these) swapping every 6-12 months because to begin with I was unable to run very much, the pain in my shins was too much.

    I stopped wearing supportive trainers after I'd planned to try barefoot running. I'd been told by a physio the pain was nothing and I just needed to get used to the pain, it didn't seem to help and roughly 2 years after that I was told I had a tibial stress fracture all along (no I didn't sue). I rested and when I went back to running started with a pair of Nike Free TR+ (as minimal as the Nike Free's get). I have not had the pain reoccur yet and its been almost a year now.

    I think everyone can make up their own mind but if your legs are fine be careful with what you do to them, my legs were fine and I'd been in neutral trainers until a gym instructor advised I try getting my gait checked etc etc and about a month later was when all the pain begun. Be careful- its a steep learning curve otherwise!

  • Yesterday I took my first run out in my brand-new, very orange, Adizero xt3's. What a difference a shoe can make! These are neutral trainers and I'm coming out of support trainers that I wad advised to get after a gait-analysis showed over-pronation.

    I ran a fairly tough hilly cross-country course, 10 k, a route I run regularly and set a best time first time out and had gas in the tank to spare.

    I'm not advocating ignoring the advice of running shop pro's but, well, it's interesting, isn't it?

  • Interesting indeed. I over-pronate and have used Brooks GTS for the last 4 years. (Which is most of my 'proper' running career). In comparison to a friends 'neutral' shoes, the make/model of which I forget, my shoes are like clogs! However, I have remained injury free in my training, despite two slogs around the FLM, and that may be the long term issue for you...
  • I run exclusively cross-country - I think if I was road-running my opinion would differ and maybe I should have been clearer on that.
  • Too cut a long story short i had a gait analysis done a few years ago after seeking advice after developing an injury - i then got talked into having custom orthotics - i wore them for a year. Yes the initial injury (soft tissue damage under right foot) went away but i started developing problems in my hips and made no improvements to mileage. After talking through with my physio why i was wearing orthotics in the first place i took the plunge and decided to remove them from my trainers. I overpronate. Since doing this i felt instant comfort and am now running more and increasing mileage than i have ever done before in neutral trainers - adidas adizero manas!!

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