Overpronation is an excessive "rolling in" of a runner's foot during the foot strike, and is a common problem among runners. For many for many athletes, overpronation can be a painful issue that hinders their enjoyment and effectiveness as runners. For runners with mild, moderate or excessive pronation, stability shoes can be a huge help, and the right shoes can add support to guide the foot toward a more comfortable stride.
Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 12
Nike's Zoom Structure Triax+ 12 ($100 as of 2009) may be a mouthful to say, but it's a great stability shoe. With dual density foam to correct pronation in the stride, a heel strap overlay for added support and Zoom units in the heel and forefoot to provide cushioning, the Structure Triax+ provides the cushioning and support that pronators need in a shoe that weighs less than a pound (12 oz). Give them a look at Nike.com.
Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5
Mizuno is known for its supportive running shoes, and the Wave Nirvana 5 ($125.96 as of 2009) lives up to the Mizuno reputation. Featuring Mizuno's Wave mid-sole plate, the Wave Nirvana 5 is able to combine cushioning and support for a foot that pronates. The VS-1 cushioning compound absorbs shock with each step. Add in features like a flared outsole for an even more stable stride, and you've got a complete stability shoe. Check them out at Mizuno's website, Mizunousa.com.
Asics Gel-Evolution 5
Built for moderate to excessive overpronators, the Asics Gel-Evolution 5 ($120 as of 2009) provides maximum support with minimal weight. With an Impact Guidance System to guide the foot through a natural motion and a DuoMax support system to provide support throughout the foot strike, it's a pleasant surprise that this shoe weighs in at around 13 ounces. Take a look at the Gel-Evolution 5 at Asicsamerica.com.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.