Oversupination, also known as underpronation, is a term used to describe the outward roll of the foot while stepping. If you supinate too much during a step, it puts additional strain on the tendons and muscles in your ankle and can lead to a complete ankle roll or sprained ankle. For this condition, it is necessary to invest in walking shoes with ankle support, extra cushioning, and technology that corrects the step.
Aetrex Women's 854 Walking Shoe
This shoe is great for women with supination, pronation (the reverse of supination), high arches or low arches because it comes equipped with customizable insoles and orthotics. The orthotic can be trimmed according to where you need the most support when you step. For example, a supinator would require the orthotic to compensate of the outward roll. The wraparound external heel counter increases support to decrease the possibility of rolling the heel.
This shoe is designed with extra cushioning for oversupination. Asics' Gel cushioning system provides shock attenuation at the rearfoot to compensate for the outward roll at the heel. A strong rubber outsole guarantees continued guidance of the step by decreasing wear and tear because of a misaligned step.
Nike Air Max Moto
The Nike Air Max Moto features Max Air cushioning in the heel and Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot to absorb shock and increase comfort. Stronger rubber in the heel helps guide the foot, even through normal shoe wear and tear from supination. This shoe is also more breathable with its sandwich mesh upper and perforated mid-foot saddle, without losing support and durability.
Under Armour UA Chimera for Men and Women
This shoe uses Under Armour's Directional Cushioning Engineering to create extra cushioning and propulsion. Impact zones are padded with ArmourLastic to absorb shock in areas where supination creates pressure. ArmourGuide creates foot-strike guidance and follow through guidance. It also has a ventilated internal foot sleeve to keep your feet cool while walking and to hug the foot snugly to promote movement in sync with the shoe. This sleeve also helps with maintaining stability.
Asics Gel-Cumulus 10
Equipped with P.H.F. or Personal Heel Fit technology, which is made of a memory foam-like material to shape to your individual heel. The Impact Guidance System makes it so the foot and shoe transition in unison, better allowing the shoe to correct supination throughout the step. The Gel cushioning system is placed in areas of greatest impact to supinators, to decrease tension on muscles in the ankles and legs. Finally, a DuraSponge blown-rubber compound throughout the insole provides the cushioning needed by underpronators.
Article Written By Heather Broeker
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.