Runners who have high arches know how difficult it can be to find comfortable, supportive running shoes.
While there isn’t one best running shoe for everyone, the best running shoes for high arches all have some things in common.
Roughly 43 percent of people scanned during the fit id outfitting process at Fleet Feet have high arches, and most people with rigid, high arches can benefit from top-notch support and quality cushioning. A touch of stability can help for runners who overpronate, but the goal is to find a shoe that helps support your arch and keep it from collapsing too much.
The shoes here are all considered semi-curve lasted shoes and are good for runners with high arches.
We base our recommendations on more than 2 million 3D foot scans taken during the Fleet Feet fit id™ outfitting process. Each scan better informs the way we fit all runners. Want to get scanned? Find a Fleet Feet location near you.
[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.]
The Brooks Ghost is one of the most popular running shoes in the industry and has been for more than a decade thanks to its easy fit and consistent ride.
Brooks designed the Ghost 12 with a roomy toe box that accommodates a wide range of foot sizes, so most runners are likely to find a comfortable fit here. The midfoot is similarly spacious, but it snugs up nicely when you cinch down the laces.
The engineered mesh upper is soft and pliable, which makes the Ghost comfortable and flexible, and an internal heel counter helps lock in your foot so it doesn’t slip inside the shoe.
Runners with high arches will find good support from the combination of two Brooks foam: DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA. DNA Loft is the softest foam Brooks makes, and it creates easy landings on the heel and lateral side of the shoe. Under the arch, though, Brooks used the firmer BioMoGo DNA foam to provide a touch of support and stability.
The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22 is another tried-and-tested running shoe that is good for high arches.
Designers packed the Nimbus 22 full of technologies to give it a soft and smooth ride. Using FlyteFoam Propel and FlyteFoam Lyte cushioning, ASICS created a soft landing and energetic take-off. Pads of GEL technology in the heel and forefoot also help soak up shock when your foot hits the ground.
Fitted in the midsole, ASICS included its Trusstic System. The Trusstic System is a rigid piece of plastic used in the middle part of the sole to prevent the shoe from twisting. In running shoes, the Trusstic technology helps create a more stable feeling with each step.
With a major update for its tenth version, the New Balance Fresh Foam 880v10 is as consistent as its always been but now comes with more attitude.
New Balance switched the midsole to its Fresh Foam line for a softer, bouncier ride. But the stellar fit and and security remain the same.
Monofilament fibers woven into the midfoot create a lockdown fit, and a roomy toe box coupled with stretchy mesh give the 880 a spacious feel. Beneath all the obvious updates, New Balance grounded the shoe with a blown rubber outsole for solid traction and improved durability.
We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best running shoes for high arches.
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