Finest help sneakers for runners
Those of us who know we pronate (feet roll inward after hitting the ground) already know about support shoes: their design helps reduce excessive rolling and save us from pain and possible injury.
Some of us talk all the time, so we need support shoes as regular treadmills. Others of us may experience pronation at certain times – for example, when our legs are tired from vigorous exercise or a recent race – so we need a pair to put on when necessary. Regardless of your support specs, we've shared our picks of the best for stability, comfort, and performance.
If you're still not entirely sure what to look for in your sneakers, we'll help you choose the best shoe for you. And if you're looking for something a little more neutral, our selection of the best running shoes will point you in the right direction.
BROOKS Adrenalin GTS 21 | £ 120 each
Impressive. I'm new to Brooks. To be honest, I'm new to most coaches as my love affair with running is still at this sticky-eyed stage. These shoes are designed for runners who want additional support – with special attention to valuable knees – and offer real comfort without compromising the crucial stability factor. I felt like I was running on air (um, running) from the moment I put them on, and while I have a pretty neutral gait of runner, Brooks Adrenaline GuideRails' holistic support system will put any excessive movement in Keep check. I have the white pair (with the black border) which might not be the most practical color for this time of year, but other than that they are a hit. Brooks products come with the Run Happy Promise, which means you have 90 days to return them without further questions.
HOKA Arahi 4 | £ 120 each
First of all, what a piquant color! This shoe is ready to banish those winter blues. Although the soles look big, they are incredibly light and make your feet feel supported and stable. The first feeling you get on your first outing is the freedom in the toe box – HOKA really addressed the problems with the classic slim fit that was there on previous models, and there's plenty of room for your toes to wiggle . Meanwhile, the soles feel stable and the traction is impressive. You can literally feel the breeze through the upper as you run, and the coolness on your feet is refreshing. The laces need to be nice and tight to ensure a good fit for this model. However, the versatility is a huge plus as they also feel great for walking and in the gym.
SAUCONY Guide 13 | £ 120 each
Saucony has developed Guide 13 for those who need support on the trails due to overpronation. Thanks to the EVA cushioning, this midsole hugs the arch, which also provides excellent energy return with every hit. The upper is breathable and durable with additional protection over the toes to ward off stones and debris. They're relatively comfortable and look quite conservative, but this is a trustworthy brand that knows how to get the results. A solid trail shoe for summer runs.
BROOKS Transcend 7 | £ 140 each
These have quickly become our preferred support shoe for long training runs. They feel luxuriously padded for a support shoe, with a nice piece of DNA loft under your feet, and they're designed to give you optimal comfort with every step. Meanwhile, the OrthoLite lining means they fit like a glove (or rather a sock) and have a good, tight fit in the midsection. Brooks' GuideRails system provides stability that is crucial when you are prone to knee or ankle instability or pronation. The 3D printing technology ensures a secure fit. We found this particularly comfortable with a high instep – the interior was spacious enough, but also tight-fitting – and the foot stood on long stretches. A safe update from Brooks.
SKECHERS Max Cushioning Elite | £ 85
According to Hannah, you probably won't find a cheaper trainer on the market right now. “Really soft and comfortable, like a memory foam mattress for your feet. I loved the colors. Great price and I would definitely recommend this to a newer runner who needs a supportive shoe but doesn't want to spend more than 100 pounds. "
ON Cloudflyer waterproof | £ 155
These are your winter work boots; They will take care of you in all conditions. They are wind and waterproof and were fantastic in wet and wintry weather. For anyone who is an everyday runner in all conditions, these are reliable, comfortable and durable. The clouds are bigger than other ON shoes so you get a lot of comfort and cushioning and the bounce is lovely (especially under the heel). For me, it was the incredible support they give around the ankles (a 3D sculpted heel) that was the standout feature and was noticeable from the first run. Enjoyment is far superior to normal ONs, especially when cornering on wet sidewalks. They look spectacular when the high-vis details light up when ON offers alternative color options. I would have given them a top grade.