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Running shoes & the trouble with high arches

Hitting the streets with me since 2010

In 2010 when my husband had signed me up to run a half marathon even though I kept saying that I cannot run, I went to the London Marathon shop in Covent Garden and walked out with a ginormous pair of Adidas adiSTAR Ride 2-s (I didn’t know yet that running shoes have to be at least a size bigger than your regular shoes).

These chunky runners are not very sexy-looking but my übersensitive feet absolutely loved them from the first step. Any kind of footwear I buy has to be “worn in” usually but these shoes amazingly gave me no blisters and they felt so right for my feet with just the right amount of support in just the right places.

The trouble with my feet is that not only are they very prone to blisters, but I also have very high arches and I tend to underpronate a little bit (roll the ankles out). The trouble with that is that apparently only 3% of people do this and because that is such a small percentage, there are not many running shoes out there that are made for this condition.

From this list here,  I have tried the Brooks Glycerin 9s and the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 7s. The Brooks didn’t work at all but the Nikes are actually very good with the only problem that if I run for more than 20k, they start feeling like they are lacking in support just a little bit.

So for now I’m back in my old Adidas for my long runs and I use the Nikes for the shorter ones.  I have 2 pairs of the Adidas left – last year I bought several pairs online as they were on sale and the stocks were running low everywhere. Now I would not find a pair if I wanted to so when these pairs have been pounded to their end, I have no idea what I’m going to do. Buying new shoes, no matter how much advice you get from running shops, is very risky business for me and I really don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on shoes that do not work for me.

Does anyone know of any other underpronators out there who have found the perfect type of running shoe?? I would LOVE to find out what brands / types of shoes work for them.  I have my eye on Mizuno and Newton but need to gather some more ‘intelligence’ before I open up my wallet.

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    March 18, 2013 at 5:43 am

    me too. addias are by far the best fit for me, followed by nike. since high school track i have tried every brand/style. i too underpronate, but have normal arch. in the last 2 years my new combo is short runs in my vibram bikilia ls & running with a metronome for pace/cadence to keep my form and using addias for long runs. what i found was that the over supportive addias caused me to heal strike, hurting both my knees and my cadence. using the vibrams keeps me leaning forward and my stride steady. i also have long skinny toes, which meant blisters between my toes, and the five fingers resolved this as well as using glide/vaseline between the toes.

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      March 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I never knew you ran so much! And with a metronome! That’s true running geekery! 🙂

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    The Fool
    March 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Being and underpronator must be a very different buying world to overpronation! No recommendations I’m afraid, have you tried finding out if there is a newer version of the same shoe?
    Also interesting to see some discussion at the moment about buying shoes without that support and less difference between heel and toe.
    Not to the extreme of barefoot running but less than full cushioning. Only option with buying is spending a few hours in Sweatshop or similar I think but still no guarantee.

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      March 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      I have actually tried a newer model of the adiStar 2s and they didn’t work at all – felt restrictive and not natural. Maybe I should start an online ‘shoe exchange’ for all runners who’ve bought a pair but find it doesn’t suit them!

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    March 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love my Sauconys. When I was training for my half marathon, I wore my old PE shoes (a very battered pair of Nikes) and had so many injuries. Went to a running shop and they laughed and said “weren’t these shoes sold like 10 years ago” and I had to admit that they were about 13 years old! Sauconys are fab for me. As for the size up, I’m a 6.5 in them (6 usually)

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      March 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Will definitely see what kind of shoes Sauconys makes. Maybe there are some specifically for underpronators.

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