Running with flat feet can be frustrating, difficult, and downright painful, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper pair of shoes, it’s possible to alleviate most of the issues that accompany flat-footedness.
Also known as “fallen” or “low” arches, the main problem with this condition is that it affects one of a runner’s most crucial components. Arches act as a natural shock absorber, helping to soften the blow during the foot strike phase. Without the arch’s support, impact is allowed to vibrate through your feet and legs, thus resulting in a higher risk of injury.
More often than not, flat footed runners are also overpronators, which means that the feet roll inward upon foot strike and require a shoe with ample support, but it’s important to note that this isn’t always the case. If you’re unsure, it’s probably best to consult a running specialty store in your area, as they’ll be able to analyze your gait and determine whether you overpronate, underpronate (also known as supination), or have a neutral stride.
With that in mind, we’ve included options for all three types of foot motion, although the majority will be best suited for overpronators.