Best Shoes For High Arches Running

You may not realize it, but your feet are working hard for you every day. They have to support your entire body weight, and that’s a huge responsibility. Plus, they have to do it for hours on end, which is why it’s so important to take care of your feet.

One way of doing that is by wearing the best shoes for high arches running. High arches are bad news—they can cause pain in your feet, ankles and knees as well as lead to serious injuries like plantar fasciitis or metatarsal stress fractures. So if you have high arches, you need to get a shoe that supports them and helps control their movement.

Best Shoes For High Arches Running

7 Best Running Shoes For High Arches, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

7 Best Running Shoes For High Arches, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

The high-arched feet, or cavus feet, have arches (soles) that are higher than normal. This leads to uneven pressure distribution in the feet, which might cause pain and balance issues. Not every high-arched condition should be treated, it depends on how you experience the symptoms, if at all.

The most suitable type of running shoes for high arches are neutral running shoes, those that don’t have any supportive elements (like stability and motion control shoes). Making up 85% of all running shoes on the market, it is quite a selection. But we have tested over 100 pairs in our lab to select the top picks for high arches.

NOTE: If you’re experiencing severe pain caused by high arches, consult a physiotherapist or podiatrist instead of reading this guide. 

How we test running shoes

We spend at least 7 hours on each shoe review to save your time in finding the best match for your running needs.

With our independent shoe testing lab and a team of dedicated runners, we never miss a shoe release. Here is how we test each pair of running shoes before claiming it the best for high arches:

  • Run at least 30-50 miles in the shoe to get a good feel of its support, comfort, and performance in a variety of conditions.
  • Take the shoe back to our lab, cut it into pieces and measure every imaginable parameter, including weight, stack, drop, softness, flexibility, (even shoelace slippage!), among 30 others.
  • To make it even more comprehensive, we gather all available expert and user reviews on running shoes for high arches and incorporate them into our scoring.
  • We receive no free shoes from the brands and purchase them with our own money to stay transparent.

The output is the CoreScore. It is a number from 0 to 100 which is assigned to every shoe that gets published on RunRepeat. It allows us to put it up against 1700+ other running shoes and sort out the best ones.

Best running shoes for high arches overall

Brooks Ghost 14

Brooks Ghost 14

CoreScore

93

Superb!

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

Making it to the very top of our list, the Brooks Ghost 14 has won over thousands of feet, and it has won over ours too!

After logging 50 miles in it, the Ghost has successfully ticked all our boxes as a comfortable running shoe for high arches. It’s well-padded, generating comfort in each step!

Although pillowy soft, it doesn’t bottom out. In our lab test, we have found that it’s 19.2N soft (much more flexible than the average 40.2N!) But don’t be fooled, it delivers a consistent, stable run through varied paces and terrain.

As a workhorse, it fits the bill. We took it out for some daily runs, and it proved plush and cushy. For 10-mile efforts, the shoe exceeded our expectations. And when we picked up the pace, it went along smoothly.

A weekend hike on the trails? Count the Ghost 14 in!

It’s really hard to find any flaw from the shoe, but if we were to do so for the cause of nitpicking, it’s that you should be wary of using it in colder weather.

Our lab test results show us a significant stiffening in the midsole after putting it for an hour inside a freezer. It hardened by 51.6% (!) The average shoes normally stiffen up to 37.6% only. 

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 14 is a superstar among all jack-of-all-trades. It’s definitely in its A-game!

Running shoes for high arches with best cushioning

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

CoreScore

91

Superb!

Pros

  • Fun, peppy ride
  • Runs like a race shoe
  • Lightweight
  • Plenty breathable
  • Smooth rockered transitions
  • Great lockdown
  • 2 pairs of laces
  • One shoe Race, Tempo, Trainer
  • More flexible than other carbon-plated shoes
  • Reflective detail for night runs
  • Easy to put on (pull tab on the tongue and heel)

Cons

  • Learning curve needed for heel strikers or slower paces
  • Slipper on wet surfaces

Verdict

Jeez! The Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is here again! After making it to our list of premier long-distance shoes, it’s here for another round of breaking records (quite literally).

And we couldn’t agree more. It deserves all the credits it could get! After evaluating tens and hundreds of running shoes, the Endorphin Speed continues to wow our soles!

What makes it our top choice for best cushioning is that it’s a five-star in blending all that cush, responsiveness, and above all – stability!

It’s got a plate sandwiched in the midsole, which is responsible for its quick and stable ride. And to keep the feet well-cushioned in all paces, it’s got a very light and soft foam, balancing out the rigidity of the plate.

Want more support? Worry not, the upper has got your back! It wraps securely around the contours of the foot. Contrary to its race sibling – Endorphin Pro 2 (which we also tested), it feels more locked-in.

In general, the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is the shoe to pick if you want to smash some PBs without taxing the foot too much!

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 full review

Best race running shoes for high arches

Asics MetaSpeed Sky

Asics MetaSpeed Sky

CoreScore

90

Superb!

Pros

  • Bouncy and responsive
  • Fast
  • Fantastic grip
  • Ultra breathable
  • Stable even at slower speeds
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Perfect fit
  • Superb foot lockdown
  • Fits wider feet

Cons

  • Not so durable
  • Expensive
  • Not for cold weather
  • No heel tab

Verdict

The speed devil is at it again! We’ve paced the MetaSpeed Sky in all types of runs, and if there’s one way to describe it – it’s FAST! As in, lightning fast. 

We even go as far as saying it’s THE best shoe we’ve ever come across. It’s really that good!

This speedster has all the ingredients to bolt you forward to your next PB. Calling it lively won’t bring justice to how good of a ride it actually is. If anything, its performance is the superlative of all race-day shoes!

It’s plated and the midsole is just bomb! It really sent us flying!

Whew, it’s so damn good it sounds like a marketing fluff! But believe us, it’s NOT. This shoe just does everything right and excels at it!

A bonus for a great racing flat, of course, is a superb fit. And a superb fit, you’ll get.

It’s very supportive all the way from the rear to the midfoot and has enough give up front for the toes to splay.

We’ve got nothing bad to say against the MetaSpeed Sky. Even in its weight, it does NOTHING wrong. In our lab test, we’ve gathered that it’s way lighter (6.7 oz) than the average 9.4 oz. So imagine all the speed you can get from this monster!

If you want to outrun the competition and feel like an elite, this is hands-down, the best of the best!

Best road high arch running shoes

Hoka One One Mach 4

Hoka One One Mach 4

CoreScore

92

Superb!

Pros

  • Glove-like fit
  • Perfect lockdown
  • Has an elf tab
  • Lightweight
  • Balanced
  • Superb comfort
  • Extremely stable
  • Large reflective elements

Cons

  • Stiff for an everyday trainer
  • Not a tempo shoe either
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It’s a workhorse that’s comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!

Best trail running shoes for high arches

Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11

CoreScore

88

Great!

Pros

  • Outstanding grip
  • Perfect foot lockdown
  • Great for mud, ice, rocks
  • Durable as a tank

Cons

  • For narrow feet only
  • Not breathable
  • Heavy

Verdict

If you’re looking for a trail beast, we can’t stress how solid (literally) of a choice the Peregrine 11 is.

We took the shoe out for some spin on the slick mud, snow, and stream crossings (both wet and dry), and this shoe just screams confidence. On softer terrain, its grip just gets even better!

It’s on the stiffer side alright. During the flex test in our lab, it took 33.6N to bend the shoe, whereas the average just requires 26.2N! Don’t worry, this is all in the name of protection.

This shoe just mutes out everything the trail throws your way. 

From the ground up, the shoe is built like a TANK. It’s got all the makings to rake up miles and miles on the trails without it being worn out too quickly. 50 miles in, we still don’t see significant wear on the outsole or the upper. The midsole isn’t bottoming out too!

Ultimately, it’s a heavy-duty trail shoe that’s going to eat up jagged rocks and roots, and of course, distances on varied terrain! It’s made to go fast, and it’s made us run like it.

Best value running shoes for high arches

Asics Gel Contend 7

Asics Gel Contend 7

CoreScore

90

Superb!

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Good heel lock
  • Stable
  • A fair amount of cushioning
  • Value for money
  • Durable, grippy outsole
  • Guidance line keeps the foot steady

Cons

  • Rubber outsole is squeaky
  • Not comfortable on longer runs
  • Inefficient arch support

Verdict

It’s going to last and it doesn’t break the bank either. Everyone, the Gel Contend 7 from Asics!

Just like the rest of the running shoes in our lab, we put the Asics Contend 7 through rigorous testing. And we are happy to report, it breezed through all the scrutiny, becoming our champion for this category!

What’s there to not like about this shoe? It’s low-priced yet it has the qualities that most expensive shoes miss.

First, it’s comfortable and will keep the foot protected from impact. Trying it out on some high-mileage runs, time and time again, the shoe just keeps our feet and legs feeling fresh. It’s almost like the miles just passed us by!

Stepping it up in the comfort department, the shoe is also well-padded in the heel and opens up in the forefoot, giving the toes enough wriggle room.

And like a true Asics, the Gel Contend 7 is among the most durable budget shoes we’ve ever tested. After logging 50 miles, it still looks like it came out fresh from the box! We are expecting it to go 300-500 miles before retiring.

Although the shoe weighs just a tad more (9.5 oz vs 9.4 oz average, in our lab testing), it still feels as light as air on foot! It never weighed us down.

Sealing its name in having the best value that comes at an economical price, the Gel Contend 7 excels at everything! Whether it’s daily training, jogging, gym sessions, and aerobics, we’d take this shoe any day!

Most popular running shoes for high arches

Salomon XT-6

Salomon XT-6

CoreScore

84

Good!

Pros

  • Fit true to size
  • Superb responsiveness
  • Quicklace system is a breeze
  • Zero Heel-slip
  • Amazing grip
  • Breathable
  • Super stable ride
  • Great protection
  • Stylish
  • Durable

Cons

  • Quite heavy as some trail shoes go
  • Stiff in colder conditions

Verdict

The Salomon XT-6 has been a hugely popular shoe for nearly a decade both for its looks and its ability to take you anyway on a trail. With heaps of protection, insane grip, and a responsive, speedy ride the XT-6 is still a relevant trail shoe to help you explore the less beaten trails. It’s a shoe that’s sure to leave you confident traversing steep gradients, or comfy at the end of a long hike.

Comparison of the 7 best running shoes for high arches

Brooks Ghost 14Saucony Endorphin Speed 2Asics MetaSpeed SkyHoka One One Mach 4Saucony Peregrine 11Asics Gel Contend 7Salomon XT-6
BestOverallCushioningFor raceRoadFor trailValuePopular
CoreScore93 Superb!91 Superb!90 Superb!92 Superb!88 Great!90 Superb!84 Good!
Users rating4.7/54.5/54.4/54.6/54.5/54.5/54.7/5
Experts91/10092/10094/10094/10085/100100/10095/100
Best price₦820₦940₦1460₦760₦700₦380₦1290
TerrainRoadRoadRoadRoadTrailRoadTrail
PaceDaily runningCompetitionSpeed trainingCompetitionSpeed trainingDaily runningN/ADaily runningN/A
Arch supportNeutralNeutralNeutralNeutralNeutralNeutralNeutral
Heel to toe drop12mm8mm5mm5mm4mm10mmN/A
Weight280g227g198g232g310g268g365g
Breathable
Carbon fiber plate
Comfortable
For beginners
Orthotic friendly
Removable insole
Rock plate
Sustainable
PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral PronationUnderpronationSupinationNeutral Pronation
ToeboxWideMediumWideMediumMediumWideN/A
Jogging
Treadmill
Hiking
Mud
All-day wear
Walking
Big guy
Heavy
Lightweight
Low drop
Maximalist
DistanceLong distanceMarathonLong distanceMarathonLong distanceMarathonLong distanceMarathonLong distanceLong distanceN/A
CushioningPlush (3/3)Balanced (2/3)N/ABalanced (2/3)Balanced (2/3)N/AN/A
Widths availableNarrowNormalWideX-WideNormalNormalNormalNormalWideNarrowNormalWideX-WideNormal
Foot ConditionN/AN/AN/AN/AN/APlantar fasciitisN/A
Strike PatternHeel strikeForefoot/Midfoot strikeHeel strikeForefoot/Midfoot strikeForefoot/Midfoot strikeForefoot/Midfoot strikeHeel strikeN/A
CollectionBrooks GhostSaucony EndorphinSaucony FORMFITAsics Flyte FoamN/ASaucony PeregrineAsics GelAsics Gel ContendN/A
Arch TypeHigh archHigh archHigh archHigh archHigh archHigh archHigh arch
FlexibilityN/AFlexible (4/5)Moderate (3/5)Flexible (4/5)Flexible (4/5)N/AN/A
MaterialMesh upperMesh upperMesh upperMesh upperVeganMesh upperMesh upperMesh upper
Release dateJul 2021Jun 2021Apr 2021Apr 2021Feb 01, 2021Feb 2021Apr 2020
Ranking#5Top 1%#68Top 4%#84Top 8%#13Top 1%#401Top 23%#77Top 7%#486Top 43%
Popularity#2Top 1%#14Top 1%#31Top 3%#190Top 11%#176Top 10%#51Top 5%#5Top 1%
# of colorways641931318421
Forefoot heightN/A27.5mm28mm24mm23mmN/AN/A
Heel heightN/A35.5mm33mm29mm27mmN/AN/A
Summer
Ultra running

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A 3-step guide to buying high-arch running shoes

High arches need your attention if you’re experiencing pain, instability, soreness. Here, we’ll focus on what running shoes, and not other forms of arch support, can do for your high arches. 

1. Do you have high arches?

First things first: discover your arch type. It doesn’t hurt to be sure, given that runners have poor knowledge of their foot type. You can check this visually and by scanning your overall condition and looking for symptoms. Visual confirmation is the best, especially when done with a specialist who observes your movement. Symptoms might appear or you might be lucky enough not to experience them. 

Visual test: discover your arch type 

The easiest and quickest way to check your arch type is the so-called wet test. You should: wet the sole of your foot (ideally both of them, one at a time), stand onto a piece of paper while allowing the moisture from your feet to sink into the paper, and step off.

If you have a high arch, the footprint will show only the front and heel of your foot with nothing in between. If there’s a thin line connecting them, you have a moderately high arch – better than the extreme. 

If you’re not sure after doing this test or feel your feet need more attention, the best thing is to consult a podiatrist on this. They up the ante and use a dynamic approach which entails looking at your barefoot movement, pronation, tibia rotation, and heel deviation. 

Symptoms of high arches 

Can you feel the pain? Immediately stop your activities and rest. Look for professional help if the pain doesn’t go away or if it reappears. 

If you’ve discovered that you have high arches based on the test, it’s also valuable to know how they feel. Cross-reference your experience to get a confirmation.

  • High arches can be asymptomatic or pain-free. However, your feet can get tired and achy easily. You also might have difficulties finding the shoes that are comfortable. 
  • High arches don’t necessarily cause pain, though your feet can feel more tired and achy when you have them, and your legs stiffer. Highly arched feet can make it difficult to fit into regular shoes. Trying to wear shoes without enough room or support to accommodate a high arch can be painful because more stress is placed on the metatarsals. In this way, high arches can be instrumental in causing or worsening plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia.
  • Other known symptoms are knee, hip and low back pain, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes (clenched like a fist), calluses on the ball, side or heel of the foot, instability of the foot. 

2. Do you need arch support? 

Not all high arches need support. If you aren’t experiencing pain or problems during running, there is probably no need to look for arch support. Just because you have a certain arch or pronation type, it doesn’t mean it’s something that should be fixed. 

However, if you have a visual confirmation that you have high arches and you’re experiencing some of the symptoms, arch support is recommended.

Types of arch support in running shoes from least to most supportive:

neutral or no support (Nike Air Zoom Pegasus)

stability: support for mild to moderate overpronation (Asics Gel Kayano)

motion control: supports severe overpronation (Hoka One One Gaviota 3)

3. Features to look for in high-arch running shoes

The imperative is to look for comfort. Then, take into account other features. The end goal is to lessen or prevent pain caused by high arches.

In the pursuit of high-arch support, these are the features of running shoes you should focus on: 

  • Well-cushioned running shoes, especially in the ball and heel of the foot. They should offer good to maximum shock absorption to compensate for the decreased foot’s ability to absorb the shock
  • High arch support to help with the pressure distribution and pain by preventing the arch from collapsing too much 
  • Neutral running shoes which help with supination through the cushion that supports the arch.

Saucony Axon was cut in half in our lab and is a good example of a high-arch running shoe.

Bonus tip: look for shoes with a removable insole, just in case you decide to go for special arch-support insoles or orthotics. Also, we analyzed 183,911 running shoes and discovered that the more arch support you request, the more expensive they become.

A removable insole from Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, a popular daily running shoe for high arches.

Treatment for high arches

Depending on the cause and severity of high-arches symptoms you’re experiencing, types of treatment may vary significantly. Leaving serious conditions that usually ask for surgical interventions aside, the most common treatments are:

1. High-arch running shoes

Covered in detail in this guide – these shoes should improve your overall running-with-high-arches experience.

2. Physical therapy

Great way to learn more about your body and be aware of how certain parts move and why. Stretching and strengthening techniques can go a long way in improving your muscle tone and tendon flexibility. These techniques can also be a part of your prevention plan.

3. Over-the-counter orthotics and insoles (shoe inserts)

They might help at first. If the issue is gone, good. However, if the pain comes back in the same or another area, it means you probably started putting more strain on other body parts. The sooner you look for professional help, the better.

Learn more about insoles and orthotics in our in-depth guide to find out which one is right for you.

4. Custom orthotics and insoles

These have a great success rate (can result in a 74% reduction in foot pain) and are highly recommended, especially because they are made for your feet only and might differ for the left and right foot.

5. Ankle braces

Their purpose is to support the ankle and prevent over supination.

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