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The Best Running Shoes for High Arches

March 19th, 2013

When you say "high arch," what do you mean?

Runners frequently ask us, “What are the best running shoes for people with high arches?” The answer really depends on what you mean by “high arches.”

In many cases, runners who don’t overpronate are told they have high arches regardless of their actual arch structure. “High arches” is used in this sense to mean that their arches don’t lengthen enough while running to cause overpronation. If this describes you, a pair of neutral running shoes would suit you best. If you don’t know if you overpronate or not, get a free online gait analysis from us.

If you actually have a high arch structure, you may like the feel of a substantial and supportive arch under your foot. Or, runners with high arches may instead prefer a more minimal shoe that allows for strengthening of the arch and the muscles in the foot.

PROFILE 1: I have “high arches,” meaning I need a neutral running shoe.

Neutral running shoes are built for the runner who doesn’t overpronate. A traditional neutral trainer will offer no pronation control while giving you plenty of impact protection. Below are just a few popular models we carry. You can also use our Experienced Shoe Finder for Men or Experienced Shoe Finder for Women to see all neutral shoes we currently offer in your size.

PROFILE 2: I have high arches and want a shoe with a high arch structure.

If you’re a runner who likes to feel the structure of a shoe supporting the arch of your foot, then a shoe with a higher-than-average arch construction is all you. Keep in mind that sometimes having an arch that’s too high for your foot shape can cause blisters, so it can be a good idea to test out a new pair on a short run before you head out to log serious mileage. Take a look at a couple of shoes we currently carry with high arch structures:

PROFILE 3: I have high arches and want a more minimal shoe.

Some neutral runners want a more minimal shoe that will allow them to strengthen their arches and the muscles in their foot. If you’re transitioning to minimal footwear for the first time, make sure to transition gradually to minimize your chance of injury. Here are a few shoes that can help you work your feet:

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  • sara

    Nice post. Please do something similar for those of us with flat feet. Also, I’d love it if I could search Running Warehouse shoes by arch height.

  • Matt

    Thanks Sara for the topic suggestion and idea for our shoe search feature. We’ll see what we can do!

  • Vince

    I like the Merrell Road Glove 1, the curve hugs up against my arch and fits like a glove

  • rockidr4

    Myself, I’m a rather large fan of the Kinvara. I find it doesn’t hold up so well though. The first and second generations, the sole wore out too fast. The third generation, the upper wears out too fast. I tried a pair of Pearl Izumi N2s on. I have the road version, though I don’t think it would make much of a difference. I loved them. I don’t know how well they will hold up though…

    THINGS TO NOTE:
    I have high arches, am bow legged, and run over 60 miles a week. My specific needs are probably not going to be your needs.

  • Bob

    I think Mizuno Wave Creation is also very good for high arches.

  • Kendra

    Great and informative post. Thanks for sharing and keep posting.

  • Kathleen

    Asics Nimbus have always been the best shoe for me. I have extremely high arches and these shoes fill in the arch. I also have knee trouble and have found that the cushion in these shoes are able to alleviate some of that pain. I am actually going out to purchase the 15′s today (they just came out a few weeks ago). I’m so excited!

    Hope this helps anyone having trouble deciding on their next running shoe to help with arch problems.

  • Adi

    Thanks Kathleen ! I have a same problem, while running n walking through long miles. I feel knee pain along pain in my shin n according to physiotherapist, i have high heel. So i was looking for nuetral shoes n definately i will change from asics gel kayano 18 to gel nimbus…

  • Iris cummins

    What about Newtons (lady I)? Just bought them and getting my feet use to them. I’m not running miles in them yet.

  • Taro

    @Iris cummins

    The Newton Lady Isaac is a great choice for high arched runners. If new to Newtons though, remember to gradually build your mileage in the shoes to become accustomed to their technology and reduce the likelihood of injury.

  • http://www.footsolutions.com/store/alexandria-arlington/problems/arch-pain Arch pain

    I appreciate your help! I have bought Brooks Ghost 5 a few months back and it’s undoubtedly the most comfortable shoes I ever had. I feel finding the right shoe can be a challenge for people with high arches especially when one is a runner so it would be better to consult an experienced podiatrist rather than wasting your money on wrong shoes which will cause injuries and other foot problems.