For those runners who pronate (your foot rolls inwards when you run), these support shoes will ensure both comfort and speed.
Brooks Ravenna 10
The Brooks Ravenna 10 have a new GuideRails holistic support system, and with an updated midsole with additional foam under the forefoot, this shoe offers a longer-lasting and energising run experience. Considering they are support shoes, they felt almost too light on first wear. True to size, with a comfort level that will rival your slippers, they look stunning, feel instantly comfortable and offer solid support to overpronators without looking bulky and built up. As they are lighter shoes, they are probably best suited for shorter distances, road or light, dry trails – although on an eight-mile run they were consistently comfortable and performed exceptionally well. They have a soft upper, which offers great breathability, with laces which stay tied and they have a good tread too. Overall, the Ravenna 10 is versatile; it’s available in three colours and two different widths, and is suitable for racing, training or just wearing with summer shorts.
HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 3
The Arahi 3 has a fantastically supportive ride. For runners with mild to severe pronation, these shoes provide dynamic stability, supporting the foot by guiding it through its natural gait cycle. They do that without being too bulky or rigid. The sole is wonderfully cushioned, with a heel rocker that really encourages correct alignment of the mid-foot with great propulsion for a smooth ride. What is really impressive is how they offer maximum cushioning and support while being supremely lightweight. It’s almost like you’re running on air. A lightweight upper, engineered with a breathable mesh, keeps your foot cool and dry on longer runs. These trainers look fantastic, coming in a gorgeous pink and indigo colour and all at a really reasonable price too.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080V9
The full-length Fresh Foam midsole along with the Orthalite insole gives a comfortable, relaxed ride. The superior arch support inspires confidence on multi-terrain runs and we found the toe-box to be very roomy too. In changeable seasonal weather, feet stay remarkably dry, which may be in part down to the snug double-jacquard upper which is super stretchy and comfortable on the top of the foot. This shoe is light, but being a serious support shoe, it’s not as lightweight as some, so you don’t feel that great propulsion so much on the strike. But you will get 100% reassurance that your foot is hitting the ground correctly by stopping your over-pronation, making your runs feel effortless.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5
This shoe is excellent for extra support and stability. The full length Everun midsole plus topsole offers good energy return and a luxurious cushioned feel underfoot. Designed for runners with mild to severe pronation, the ISOFIT system adapts to the shape and motion of the runner’s foot. It has a breathable mesh upper with ISOFIT that wraps your foot and reduces excess motion. The shape and style may look wide on first outing, but you soon enjoy the extra breathability and comfort. These shoes come in two striking colourway options; whether it’s blue/turquoise or the gunmetal/navy shoe, they certainly make a statement. These are running shoes you will want to wear all the time straight out of the box and they need little time to be broken in because they adapt immediately to your foot.
These are a stylish, super-comfortable road shoe that offer maximum support and comfort plus a smooth ride. Although not overly lightweight, they have great bounce thanks to CloudTec, which provides great landing and cushioning, particularly when pounding the streets on long runs. They tend to be on the narrow side, so you want to purchase a size larger. They initially feel slightly stiff, but once the laces are adjusted correctly and you’ve completed a few break-in runs, this shoe moulds beautifully to your foot, offering great support in midfoot without being restrictive. They’re adequately waterproof and breathable, thanks to the upper mesh and have useful reflective logos. As a bonus, these shoes are an attractive design, so wouldn’t look out of place worn casually with jeans
Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 111 May 2019.
How we test: These road shoes have been tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. Our group testers have run in the shoes our their usual runs to see if they go the distance. They give each piece of kit a star rating.
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