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KURU women's ATOM sneaker for pronation pain reflief.

Best Shoes for Pronation

Footwear for Proper Body Alignment and a Healthier Stride

Here we go again—there’s that loss of tread on the inside soles of the shoe, causing your shoes (or ankles) to lean inward toward each other.

Sound familiar? This wear pattern could be a sign of leaning too far on the inner edge of your foot while you walk—or over pronation.

Overpronation shoes can help improve this imbalance by providing support and cushion where you need it. In fact, the best shoes for overpronation feature stability and cushioning to help the foot maintain proper alignment. KURU’s line of pronation shoes feature patented technology to encourage a natural gait and ease painful symptoms.

Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Pronation

What is Pronation?

In short, pronation is the degree to which your ankle pronates, or rolls in or out. That said, the term “pronated” or “overpronated” refers to an ankle that rolls inward more than it should.

A small degree of pronation is an intrinsic part of our foot’s design and allows it to function as a natural spring. In fact, a “neutral” foot pronates slightly inward by up to 15 percent. This helps us jump, run and walk with a bounce in our step—we love this.

Problems can occur when the ankle over- or under-pronates by anything more than 15 percent.

An overpronated foot occurs when the ankle rolls inward (or pronates) more than it should, resulting in increased weight distribution on the inner edge of the foot. An underpronated foot happens when an ankle rolls outward (or supinates) more than it should, resulting in increased weight distribution on the outer edge of the foot.

Both over- and under-pronation can be treated with high-quality supportive footwear and exercises to improve the body’s natural biomechanics.

Top Selling Shoes for Pronation

Our Customer Favorites

"Love these!
I bought these a few months ago after reading the great reviews. I thought with free returns,I had nothing to lose. I have over pronation on one foot due to an old injury (15 plus years),& usually wear some type of memory foam shoe (skech*rs),& even then I can only walk for a short period before my foot starts hurting. It took a short breaking in period but after a few days I have been pain free every time I wear them. They're so comfy & stylish. As my foot pain progressed I thought I would be stuck with having to wear some chunky/funky looking orthopedic type shoes to actually get relief but thanks to KURU I don't have to."
-Arlened81
"Wonderful support and so comfortable
My husband has Parkinson's, flat feet, and over pronates. The stability of the shoes have been way beyond excellent for him. He is walking much better and loves them. We have tried every show imaginable, and this is the one he wants to wear. They are very easy for him to get on, too."
-Swede

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered for Foot Pain Relief

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Pronation Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about pronation causes and symptoms you can expect, as well as takeaways to help determine the best treatment option.

While a typical foot naturally pronates (or rolls inward at the ankle) slightly by about 15 percent, any pronation above that is considered “over-pronation,” which can cause cascading painful symptoms in your feet and body.

Causes and Risk Factors for Pronation:

  • Naturally low arches or flat feet
  • Muscle imbalance or instability in the ankle joint
  • Improper footwear
  • Genetic predisposition

Pronation Symptoms:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis

Your doctor will be able to provide the best pathway forward for treating your unique case. For a few tips on conservative treatments you can try at home, check out our Pronation Treatment section below.


Pronation Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about pronation.
Read on to find out more!

  • Pronation is often associated with low arches or flat feet.
  • Neutral pronators will still pronate inward at the ankle by about 15 percent.
  • While pronation is simply the degree to which your ankle rolls in or out, overpronation occurs when the ankle rolls too far in—or more than 15 percent.
  • Overpronation can cause foot and body pain, including Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
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Pronation Treatment

If you pronate—or if your activity level means you put a lot of strain on your feet and ankles—we're here to help with treatment options and prevention tips.

Since a foot is unlikely to both over-pronate and under-pronate, it’s important to distinguish which foot type you have before starting treatment. Let’s dive in!

Overpronation tends to be associated with low arches or flat feet and could benefit from anti-pronation shoes.

Underpronation—or supination—is the opposite: it tends to be associated with high arches and could benefit from underpronation shoes.

Tips for Treating Overpronation:

  • Practice exercises for overpronation to stretch and strengthen your muscles.
  • Wear a supportive walking or running shoe for overpronation that includes high-quality arch support and shock-absorbing cushion, just like many KURU shoes.
  • Take special care while walking that your foot rolls through the middle of your foot—not leaning to one side or the other.
  • See a physical therapist if needed.

KURU footwear offers some of the best shoes for overpronation and plantar fasciitis. Our trio of technology goes above and beyond traditional inserts to offer unparalleled support and comfort.

Why Others With Pronation Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

Grateful Feet!

These shoes are AWESOME! They are cute, fit perfectly, mine did not require any real break in period. I wore them in the house twice for maybe an hour each time before I started wearing them on my 5 mile walks. Zero issues. They have made my walking so much more enjoyable as the tingling in my toes and fatigued feet are no longer bothering me. My feet pronate so I really appreciate the arch support in these! I am women size 9 and I have bigger ankles. Often times tennis shoes are cut in such an unflattering way around my ankle that it almost would appear that my ankles have love handles hahaha. Anyway, I find these shoes are flattering fun AND reduce swelling in my legs and feet. SOOOO happy I made this purchase. I want the hiking Kuru’s next!
-Niiicola

I love these slippers. First KURUs.

I have been looking for slippers that are supportive. I have flat feet and extreme ankle pronation. These are so supportive and comfortable that I didn’t want to take them off. They aren’t nearly as hot or sweaty as fleece lined slippers. I would call them three season. I bought a pair of Kuru flip flops for Summer and those are also super comfortable. I usually wear a 10.5 or 11 (44 in EU) and the 10.5 fit perfectly. I would go up if you are in doubt. The 11 would be a bit roomier on me, but I like the 10.5. These are very cushy and I think they look really cool.
-Sean000

Soo comfortable!

Love them! I was skeptical that Kuru sneakers would be better than any other sneakers, but they are. Recently, I went hiking and realized that my feet didn't hurt at all after several hours. That is highly unusual for me because typically, my arches hurt, I get blisters on my heels, and my ankles start hurt (I pronate my ankles). I'm so happy I took the leap and got these!
-Rachel21

FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

How do I know if my feet are pronating?

Though your doctor or podiatrist can give you an official diagnosis through a gait analysis, you can perform a couple simple at-home checks to start.

First, look at already worn-in shoes. Footwear that has excessive wear on the inner edge of the sole, but less on the outside, can be a symptom of pronation, or overpronation.

Second, get your bare foot wet and step on a dry piece of paper—preferably one that can absorb a bit of water. Your foot likely pronates (or you have a flat foot) if you see most or all of the sole of the foot imprinted on the paper.

How do I know which shoes to buy for overpronation?

The best overpronation shoes—for men and women alike—offer adequate arch support and cushion. This will encourage the foot to return to a more neutral alignment and help reduce pain. Whether you’re looking for shoes for long distance walks or nights out on the town, KURU offers some of the best shoes for pronation to help alleviate overpronation symptoms.

I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don't need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

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