5 Best Stability Running Shoes 2013
This year's top cushioned trainers for arch support and overpronation
The stability category is where the majority of runners tend to migrate. Stability shoes offer ample cushioning, but also added arch support. If you have flatter feet—which are more flexible, causing them to roll inwards, or overpronate—the medial posting helps control excessive foot motion by supporting the arch and eliminating inward torque. It’s a great solution for runners with chronic knee pain associated with overpronation. Like the neutral category, there are many levels of stability to choose from. If you're not sure what you prefer, be sure to head to your local running store and take a few for a spin. These are, we believe, the best shoes for this year, hand-picked from the dozens upon dozens of models that make up one of running's broadest categories:
TrekSta Edict GTX
For hardcore trails and soggy spring conditions, the Edict has you covered. Feet stay dry and blister-free, thanks to a waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex membrane in the upper. Also, a unique cradling system helps to stabilize your foot and insure comfort, while a triple-density EVA midsole supports the arch and improves heel-to-toe transition.
Best For: Trail running in wet, muddy conditions
Weight: 10.6 oz
Asics Gel Kayano 19
A mainstay on the high-stability scene, the Kayano employs a gel cushioning system, as well as dual-density midsole foam for both comfort and stability. For runners who care less about weight and more about protecting their feet for the long run, this tried-and-true model will keep you up and running for miles to come without feeling too bulky or cumbersome.
Best For: Road runners in need of a high-stability shoe and plenty of soft cushioning throughout the midsole
Weight: 11.3 oz (M); 10 oz (W)
New Balance Leadville 1210
Part of New Balance’s trail running collection, this midweight shoe is built for the long haul, as its name implies. Featuring an 8mm drop, they are well-cushioned and supportive without feeling stiff. The dual-density Vibram outsole also insures adequate traction on a variety of surfaces.
Best For: Trail runners with knee or lower leg issues who are in need of a little support
Weight: 10.3 oz (M); 8.1 oz (W)
Brooks Trance 12
While the Trance isn't the lightest shoe available, it comes loaded with Brooks’ most cutting-edge technologies and materials. Impact is effectively dispersed upon each footstrike, thanks to a crash pad that segments the midsole, and a very effective, proprietary cushioning system. A high-stability option, the Trance offers both comfort and pronation control.
Best For: Runners who need the support of a dual-density midsole, in addition to a wider toe box
Weight: 12.5 oz (M); 9.9 oz (W)
Saucony Hurricane 15
The Hurricane is a high-stability shoe that relies upon both midsole construction and the upper to provide support. Traditional medial posting helps support the arch, while a unique combination of materials in the upper locks your foot into place and keeps the heel from slipping. An injection-blown rubber outsole keeps the shoes responsive and durable without adding unnecessary weight.
Best For: Runners in need of plenty of stability and a narrow heel to hold their feet in place
Weight: 11.2 oz (M); 9.7 oz (W)