Runners with flat feet might have a difficult time finding comfortable running shoes.
If you have flat feet, you’re not alone: 27 percent of people scanned during the Fleet Feet fit id® outfitting process have flat feet. So there are plenty of other runners in the same situation.
Some runners with flat feet might benefit from a shoe with good arch support or a custom orthotic, like Superfeet, while others might like more cushioning. All of the shoes on this page are well suited to flat feet, are accommodating for a custom orthotic and provide soft cushioning.
But whatever pair you choose, the No. 1 rule of running shoes applies to the best shoes for flat feet: Your shoes should be immediately comfortable. If they’re not comfy when you first put them on and walk around, they likely only be less comfortable when you start running. So, look first for comfort.
There’s no replacement for trying on a pair of shoes for yourself, but here are the best running shoes for flat feet to get you started:
[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2020. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]
Not only is the Brooks Glycerin 18 one of the best cushioned running shoes on the market, the luxurious cushioning also earns it a spot on the list of the best running shoes for flat feet, too.
The Brooks Glycerin 18 employs Brooks’ softest foam—DNA Loft—to cushion your every step. A light, breathable mesh upper delivers a comfortable fit, and the silky fabric covering the heel cup mitigates blisters.
In the Brooks Glycerin 18 review, Fleet Feet testers say they love the soft ride and comfortable fit, making the Glycerin a plush everyday trainer that can take on a custom orthotic or insole.
Updated with a new fit, the Saucony Triumph 17 is softer and lighter than ever before.
A new PWRRUN+ midsole provides plenty of cushion for the long haul while being 28 percent lighter than the foam used in previous versions of the shoe. A soft engineered mesh upper uses only thin overlays to provide some structure, and a roomy toe box makes for a comfortable fit.
The soft cushioning gives runners with flat feet a soft landing and comfortable ride. Testers in the Saucony Triumph 17 review said the Triumph is a comfortable and well-cushioned shoe for big mileage and recovery days.
Designers completely redesigned the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10, making it one of the best updates of the year.
With an updated Fresh Foam midsole, the 1080v10 is one of the best cushioned running shoes on the market today, which some runners with flat feet will like. Fresh Foam runs the full length of the shoe, so it gives you a smooth transition from heel to toe.
In the New Balance 1080v10 review, Fleet Feet testers said the new Fresh Foam midsole delivers a very soft and bouncy ride, and the dynamic upper gives the shoe an outstanding fit all around.
Flat-footed runners who crave support can find it in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16.
Fleet Feet testers in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 review couldn’t get enough of the supportive technology and responsive ride, which some runners with flat feet might love.
The Wave Inspire’s architecture includes Mizuno’s signature Wave Plate tuned specifically for stability. The Plate adds extra medial support (under the instep and arch) to level out a wobbly ride, and the firmer U4ic foam cushioning delivers a snappier step.
ASICS packs the GT-2000 v8 with support and stability technology to give runners with flat feet a little extra help.
Designers built the GT-2000 v8 on top of its Trusstic support system, which uses a plastic frame embedded into the midsole to help resist twisting. A built-in medial post adds another layer of support under the arch.
To smooth out the ride, ASICS used its popular GEL technology in the heel for a softer landing and a Flytefoam midsole to propel you forward.
The first thing Fleet Feet testers noticed about the Cloudswift in the On Cloudswift review was its feeling of arch support.
“The arch support is first class,” one tester said. “And the shoe is incredibly comfortable to wear around.”
The Cloudswift is a neutral running shoe, and doesn’t have any specific medial or arch support, but the way it’s built provides noticeable support in the midfoot. Coupled with On’s CloudTec cushioning system and snappy Speedboard technology, the On Cloudswift is a nimble and supportive shoe for runners with flat feet.
We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best running shoes for flat feet.
You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping on all orders over $99, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.