The best shoes for pronation

Pronation refers to the natural way your foot rolls inward to absorb shock as you run or walk. While pronation itself is normal and helps your body redirect the force of impact with each step, if you over or under pronate you may experience pain—or be at a greater risk for injury.

If your foot turns down and rolls inward too much when you walk, you may have overpronation. This can happen among folks with flexible feet and flatter arches, and your arch may even fall or collapse as you walk and cause the heel to lean inward.

The opposite issue is referred to as underpronation, or you may have heard it called supination. This type of pronation is more common among folks with high arches that are less flexible. If you find yourself putting more weight on your heel as the heel leans outward, you may have underpronation.

If the amount your foot rolls inward or outward is within about 15 percent, you likely have normal pronation.

You can often determine if you have normal, under or over pronation by examining a pair of shoes you’ve had for a while and wear often. If your shoes tend to wear down from the edge of the heel and toward the center of your foot, you may be dealing with overpronation. Heavy wearing down on the outside edge of the shoe is a sign you may have underpronation. The best way to be sure may be to visit a medical professional (or a running specialty store) for a gait test, where an expert will observe and diagnose your pronation.

What causes pronation?

The amazing KURUSOLE™ technology features a dynamic midsole that flexes with your feet and provides more cushioning and support for the arch and heel. The HEELKRADL™ cups your heel to better absorb shock and center your foot for proper heel to toe strikes.

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Whether you have under or over pronation, in both cases your body is wasting energy and increasing your risk of pain and injury.

Overpronation often puts extra stress on your big and second toes, and you are at a greater risk for shin splints and knee pain because your lower leg is rotating more as you move. Overpronation may also lead to pain in your heel or arches, and it can cause corns or calluses on the front of your foot or the toes that are taking the extra pressure.

Underpronation puts extra stress and pressure on the outer edge of your foot and your smaller toes. This increases your risk for common runner’s injuries like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or an ankle injury. Because of the extra pressure on the outer edge of your foot, you are more susceptible to corns, calluses or bunions in those areas.

In both cases, the goal is to steer your foot back toward normal pronation while protecting it from painful impact and stress.

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Footwear for proper body alignment and healthier stride

The key to KURU comfort is the patented technology built into every pair, like the KURUSOLE. Imagine a shoe with built-in support for your ankle and heel, and even better a heel cup that dynamically flexes with you as you walk. This combination of comfort and support shields your body from hard impacts, and helps keep your body aligned to get you back to a healthier stride.

Your pronation is often linked to the shape of your arches, and it can be a major inconvenience to be constantly moving insoles or custom orthotics from shoe to shoe to compensate. Enter our ULTIMATE INSOLES to provide a mix of support and cushion for your foot. Your foot is unique, so we used space-age materials that use your own body heat to mold to the shape of your foot over time. Whether you have high or low arches, or somewhere in between, you’ll find more and more support as you break in your new KURUs.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is for informational purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment by a trained medical professional. If your foot condition symptoms persist, this could be a sign of a more serious condition. Because everyone´s feet and body are different, results are not guaranteed and may vary from the customer experiences and testimonials shared on this site. Always consult a trained medical professional prior to any treatment regimen.