Best Shoes For High Arches Mens

The Best Shoes For High Arches Men

If you have high arches, you know that finding comfortable shoes can be difficult. Your foot needs to have support and stability, but not at the expense of comfort. The best shoes for high arches men are ones that provide the right amount of support without being too rigid or stiff.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common types of shoes worn by men with high arches and what makes them so effective.

Best Shoes For High Arches Mens

The 10 Best Pairs of Running Shoes for High Arches

Picking the right running shoes for your foot’s anatomy is critical for successful training. And if you have problems like flat feet, stability issues or high arches, picking the right ones for your feet can be a little tougher than just finding the flashiest pair on the wall of the running store. Those with high arches should be extra careful when it comes to choosing the right model.

So what are high arches?

“Having a high arch is a structural foot type where the arch is elevated more than what is considered normal,” says Blake Dircksen PT, DPT, CSCS, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Bespoke Treatments. “High arches are less common than flat feet.”

The main challenge people with high arches face are mobility issues.

“If a person has a high arch and a flexible foot, then often the medial side of the foot is a concern,” says Dircksen. “Sometimes high arches can put extra stress on the lateral column of the foot (digits 2 through 5), which aren’t designed to handle the load of the body like the big toe is.”

That’s why it’s critical for people with high arches to find the right shoe fit.

“The right shoe and/or insert may help mitigate those excessive forces by reducing the impact and spreading the load around,” adds Dircksen.

Picking The Right Shoe For High Arches

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Starting your search for the perfect shoe designed for high arches? Here are 5 tips you should take to find the right pair.

Tip 1: Consider adding an insole.
Often times, when we’re fitting individuals for shoes who have higher arches, there may be instances where adding an insole to the shoe dramatically improves the fit of the shoe,” says Steve Crnic, General Manager at Brooklyn Running Company. “Insoles from brands like Currex or Superfeet, for example, can really help customize the shoe’s fit more effectively, and offers a more contoured fit through the heel and arch.”

Tip 2: Focus on the laces.
“Look for a lace-up design that doesn’t put too much pressure on the top of your foot. Sometimes, with a higher arch, you will want to make sure you have enough volume in the footbed to accommodate your foot more comfortably,” says Crnic. “As such, it’s important that the lace design allows for more flexibility on top of the foot and doesn’t put too much pressure on the instep, otherwise it may cause pain and discomfort, particularly on longer runs.”

Tip 3: Pick the shoe that is the most comfortable.
“This is hands down the golden rule for picking a shoe. Even if you’ve been told you need a motion control shoe—if the motion control shoe doesn’t feel right, then go with the other one that was more comfortable,” says Dircksen. “Your feet are sensitive! Picking the right shoe is important. Try them on, walk around, do some jumping jacks, hop on the treadmill—take those bad boys for a spin.”

Tip 4: Strengthen your feet and train wisely.
“Particularly with high arches, you’ll want to be cautious about increasing your running workload too quickly,” says Dircksen. “Give the feet time to adapt to each new training stress, and find shoes that are going to impact the feet the least.”

Tip 5: Rotate your shoes.
“This is a big one. Have a few different kinds of shoes on hand and rotate through them throughout the week: some with higher heel:toe drops, some with bigger stack heights, some with cushy foams, and so on,” says Dircksen. “This variety of shoe types will change the way that you load your body and will reduce the risk of overloading one area of your body too often—often the main culprit behind overuse injuries!”

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The Best Shoes for High Arches

Here are 10 pairs of running shoes that are great options for high arches.

Brooks Ghost 13

Running Shoes
brooks Running Shoes

“This foot fits a wide variety of feet super well, they’re wide enough in the toe box to accommodate wider feet, while also providing a snug, supportive fit,” says Crnic.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 24 Running Shoe
Mizuno Men’s Wave Rider 24 Running Shoe

“This shoe works beautifully for higher arches,” says Crnic. “It’s got a nice contoured fit through the arch, along with a wave plate in the back that will help provide a smooth transition from ground-strike to toe-off.”

Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next%

Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%
nike Men’s Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%

“These shoes are incredible for speedwork/tempo running. They are lightweight, fast, and well cushioned—the holy trifecta for a speedy trainer,” says Crnic. “The Flyknit upper fits super nicely, so those with a high arch will find it accommodating, yet snug around their foot.”

Hoka Clifton 7

HOKA ONE ONE Men's Clifton 7 Running Shoes [Shoe size : 14.0; Shoe Width : Medium/D]
Hoka One One HOKA ONE ONE Men’s Clifton 7 Running Shoes [Shoe size : 14.0; Shoe Width : Medium/D]

“These shoes are super cushiony, but also maintain a very lightweight feel. They’re perfect for individuals with higher arches,” says Crnic.

On Cloudflow

on running Cloudflow

“These shoes are super lightweight and flexible, but still allow for a cushioned, supportive ride,” says Crnic. “The upper is also meticulously engineered and fits super well. They’re perfect for all kinds of different runs and an on-the-go lifestyle.”

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10

Fresh Foam 1080v10
Fresh Foam 1080v10

The Fresh Foam 1080v10 has New Balance’s iconic Fresh Foam midsole cushioning that delivers an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride. It also has an Ortholite cushion insert for extra support, and has a soft Hypoknit upper for breathability.



The Asics GEL-CUMULUS 22 was designed with extra cushioning thanks to its Flytefoam technology midsole that is super pillowy compared to previous versions. It also has rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning that absorbs shock during impact and toe-off phases to give your arches extra.

Saucony Men’s Triumph 17

Men's Triumph 17
saucony Men’s Triumph 17

These shoes have a super springy cushioning that’s 28 percent lighter than previous models. It has Saucony’s FORMFIT technology that conforms to your foot to give your arches extra comfort while remaining lightweight.

Altra Torin 4 Plush

ALTRA Men's ALM1937K Torin 4 Plush Road Running Shoe
ALTRA Men’s ALM1937K Torin 4 Plush Road Running Shoe

The Torin 4 Plush delivers a plush ride thanks to the Perf-X insole. They also have Innerflex technology, which are grid-like grooves in the midsole to keep your feet flexible and free to move.

Newton Gravity 9

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Newton Running ton Running Gravity 9 [width:D – Medium]

These Newton’s are seamless and 3-D engineered with an advanced lacing system that guarantees a secure fit, and the sole has Newton’s Action/Reaction Technology that creates a cushion-like spring as you stride.

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