What is the Best Nike shoe?
I’ve been running nearly every day for 20 years. And for nearly stride of every mile, I’ve pronated and have needed a shoe to help correct my arch from rolling inward. During those 20 years, I’ve tried on hundreds of shoes. I’ve switched shoes, switched gaits, and gone back to old models. At ShoeKicker, I’ve found a team of folks equally obsessed with running and running shoes. Throughout this blog, we’ll be detailing our favorite shoes. As a disclaimer we should say this: not every shoe is perfect for everyone. That’s why you run in them to find the one right for you. However, we know certain models are more popular (and, we think, better) than others. Here are my favorite stability shoes of 2016, meant for those who pronate.
There’s a reason why this is the bestselling running shoe in nearly every running store across the country. Version after version of the Brooks Adrenaline (it’s now on number 16) just works. It fits like a glove. It’s incredibly springy, even though it weighs 11 oz. It’s BioMoGO DNA makes it feel like you’re running on clouds. And runners in the shoe buy it season after season, year after year, because nothing beats the shoe’s mix of support, feel, and reasonable price. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS has a 12mm heel-to-toe drop, a cushion system where you can easily get 500 miles out of it, and is great for the moderate and severe over pronator alike. I’ve worn this shoe many times, and regardless of version, Brooks absolutely nails it with their flagship stability shoe.
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This shoe is the Asics GT 2000 but with even more cushion and more stability. Now in its 22nd version, this top selling shoe has a well-fitting upper, a plush ComforTry underfoot, and some of the best plush cushioning of any shoe on the market, meaning you can probably get 550 miles out of these shoes. The shoe is great for the extreme overpronator of someone just wanting a very, very soft shoe. It weighs around 11.5 oz, has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, and can survive a beating, both on the roads and on the trails.
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The long running shoe by Asics has been a top seller in running stores around the country for the past 20 years. Why? The shoe beautifully combines a great, plush feel with the perfect amount of stability (Asics’ Dynamic Duomax) for the moderate over pronator. The shoe is a perfect fit for standard road running and can even survive the trails without causing sprained ankles, thanks to its heel clutching system. The shoe weighs around 11 oz, has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop and can survive 500 miles of pounding.
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Nike’s origins are in running, and this shoe—currently in its 19th version—highlights that. The Structure is a classic for the moderate over pronator, having a comfortable fit, a cushioned midsole, and a light upper (the 19th version has flywire). It’s a favorite for America’s top distance runner, Galen Rupp, and is perfect for the everyday training run, although I wouldn’t recommend trying to get more than 450 miles on the shoe. It weighs around 10 oz and has a 9 mm heel-to-toe drop.
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Yes, it is a little bit expensive. But wow does this shoe feel great. Meant for the mild over pronator, the shoe, made with the Adidas’s signature Boost technology, feels springy yet durable. The upper is constructed with the new ESM techfit, which feels like a soft sock hugging your feet. There’s an 11 mm heel-to-toe drop, the weight is 10.5 oz (although it feels lighter), and because of the Boost technology you can probably get close to 600 miles running in these shoes.
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This shoe has a devoted customer base. When the Wave Inspire 10 came out, there was such an outrage that Mizuno changed its Inspire 9 that Mizuno scrapped the 10th version shoe design and returned to the 9th version body for future models. Now in the 12th incarnation, the Wave Inspire is a great shoe—with the great design Mizuno fans are used to. In fact, it’s our CEO’s favorite shoe! The shoe’s iconic wave plate makes the shoe incredibly durable (you can probably run 600 miles in these shoes) while keeping the shoe relatively light at 10.5 oz. And even though it has a relatively high 12 mm heel-to-toe drop (standard for most Mizuno shoes), it feels close to the ground. If you want a great, durable, and relatively inexpensive shoe for over pronators, this should be your shoe.
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The basic stability trainer from Saucony (the 9th version was released November, 2015), the Guide is everything you want and nothing you don’t for the moderate over pronator. Although the 7th and 8th versions are great shoes, the 9th has a better upper, a new Everun midsole, and a more cushioned feel. It’s well-built and feels solid after a 20 mile long run. The weight is around 10 oz and the heel-to-toe drop is around 8 mm. I’d recommend getting 500 miles out of these.
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A more cushioned version of the New Balance 870, the 1260 is a premium shoe for the runner looking for a soft ride. Now in its 5th version, the 1260 is meant for moderate to severe pronation control. The phantom (read: light) upper feels great, the midsole is incredibly plush, and shoe fits the average foot like a glove—and it does come in multiple widths. The shoe is a tad heavy—11.5 oz—and has an 8 mm heel-to-toe drop. You can easily get 500 miles in these shoes.
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Pearl Izumi’s flagship stability shoe, the Pearl Izumi EM Road M3 is a solid shoe for just about every run. The shoe has a flexible outsole and a relatively soft midsole with a seamless upper. The shoe is about 11 oz for size 9 men’s shoe and has a 8mm drop from heel to toe. You can get solid mileage in these, anywhere from 450 to 500.