Support network

Athletics Weekly|March 26, 2020

Support network
WHEN it comes to ‘over-pronation’, a common question is ‘how much is over?’. With no hard and fast rules, it’s best to choose a shoe that instinctively feels right. Gait analysis can often assist in helping you make this choice and your specialist running store is always a good place to start if in doubt. To help you make that choice, here’s a selection of some of the best ‘support’ shoes around.

BROOKS – Adrenaline GTS20


With Guide Rails replacing the more traditional medial post as a means of controlling support, the GTS and shoes across the Brooks line-up make a compelling choice for those requiring a little control and stability.

By replacing that firm material situated under the arch of the foot with a contoured midsole which essentially sits ‘around’ the base of the foot you have effective motion control without excessive intrusion.

This means of control works surprisingly well and provides a much smoother running experience. Cushioning remains largely unchanged and retains the familiar soft and smooth feel which has made this shoe so popular. Whilst the upper is revised from previous versions, it’s still seamless, plush and fits a wide variety of foot shapes very well.

SAUCONY – Guide 13


The control for over-pronators in this model now comes from a TPU frame inserted into the midsole on the medial side (outside edge). This is very effective yet at the same time remains light and unobtrusive. The cushioning uses Saucony’s PWRRUN material, a blend of traditional CM-EVA and PU, to create a well-cushioned feel with a nicely responsive push-off.

Together the new midsole and control device combine to make this a shoe that is very easy to get along with right from the first run.

MIZUNO – Wave Inspire 16


Mizuno’s unique Wave system is an effective way of enhancing cushioning and controlling pronation.


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March 26, 2020