One of my most visited articles was the one I wrote on best cross training shoes for flat feet. Although flat feet is the common term used, the technical term is overpronation. This means the foot tend to roll inwards upon contact, which results in uneven distribution of the force of contact as well as inability of the foot to fully stablise the body. Hence, what folks with flat feet or over pronation should look out for in a par of cross training shoes that remedies the problem through the design and support.
The good news is that almost every brand has cross trainers that are tailored to flat feet or people who have overpronated feet. Since every one has his or her own brand favourite, the best way is to list all the different brands’ flat feet cross trainers and let you buy the brand you want, rather than just recommending a few selected brands that I have experience with. Cool?
Asic cross trainers for flat feet
For women who loved Asics and have flat feet, the Asics Fit Sana model is great for workouts and under 5km running. It provide the motion control support needed for flat feet folks and is light weight as well.
Most friends I spoke to also love it for its stylish design. Asics is not always known for producing good looking shoes but this model is an exception.
The GEL-Craze TR design make sure your ankle will not roll with every impact your leg is making. The shoe is also wider than usually so for men with width feet, this will not cramp your toes, especially when the high impact workouts such as P90 or insanity or HIIT.
You can use this shoe for running as well although I don’t know how much support it can provide for long distance running.
Adidas cross training shoes for flat feet
Sorry folks but I can’t find any good adidas cross training shoes that are suitable for flat feet people. They have a great selection running shoes for the flat footed but we all know running shoes are not the most ideal for high impact workouts. Hence, I decided not to recommend any Adidas shoe here. If you know of models that are great for high intensity workouts, please recommend them here.
New Balance cross trainers for flat feet
Sometimes, a picture do tell a thousand words and this is the case for New Balance Women’s WX1012 cross training shoe. You will notice from the outside that the arch support is stronger than usual and that is very important for person with flat foot.
In my previous reference to this shoe, I have mentioned that the stability provided by this shoe is amazing. That is due to its strong arch support and over pronation prevention. In other words, if you are in these shoes, the chances of you injuring your leg due to instability is reduced significantly.
For flat feet people, you will notice the difference the moment you put the shoe more. More specifically, you will feel that your ankle has better support and your feet wouldn’t feel pain from the usual impact.
Get this if you are a New Balance footwear fan with a a flat foot problem.
Nike crossing trainer for flat feet
Women fans of Nike can try the musique IV cross training shoe for the flat feet. I was never a fan of Nike but I heard good things about this shoe. Most of the reviewers who bought it used for Zumba and other high impact dancing classes. They reviewed that wearing this on significantly reduces the discomfort if you are a flat foot person.
In terms of design, I am quite surprised there is only this color available as Nike is famous for its stylish and colorful selection.
Nike has finally stepped up its game with this gem of a cross trainer. Named Nike Free Trainer 5.0, it is one of the best cross trainers for flat feet workout enthusiasts. It fits like a glove and has incredible support for foot to heel.
The cushioning is also solid and reduces the stress you will have during the high impact workouts.
I especially love the design even though this shoe is for men. If you have a husband or boyfriend suffering from flat feet, this is a worthy purchase for your consideration.
Reebok cross trainers for flat feet
A stylish and nicely designed cross trainer for women who are flat footed. In fact, I have seen so many reviewers from people who have other feet problems such as plantar fascitis and said this shoe is a relief. I think that speaks a lot of how good this shoe is in terms of providing the necessary support needed.
Another good news is that the Reebok Simplytone cross fitness shoe has a wide toe so it is great for folks who have wide feet as well.
One of the most stylish Reebok cross trainers also happen to be the model that is best suited for flat feet people. The Reebok crossfit Nano 2.0 men’s Sneakers was introduced in 2014 and recognized plenty of positive reviews regarding its comfort, light weight and super solid for high impact workouts.
From reading the reviews, I saw someone who had flat feet saying this shoe feels perfect. That is how I got to know that this is a great cross trainer for flat footed people who love Reebok shoes.
How to buy cross training shoes for flat feet
The problem with flat feet is that they do not cushion the impact when your feet lands on the ground. Without having this natural support, it is then up to the shoes to provide the arch support that is needed to minimize this impact. Hence any cross training shoes for flat feet needs to have good arch support
Another important thing to note about flat feet is that the ankles tend to turn either inwards or outwards. When ankles turn inwards, it is called pronation. I can see this quite frequently in Joe when he was running with the wrong pair of shoes. His knees will tend to ‘knock’ each other due to pronation of his feet.
When ankles turn outwards, it is called Supinate. When this happens, it will also cause injuries as your feet lack the support neeed to hold the weight of the body.
Whether it is Supinate or pronation, you need cross training shoes that provide good width support. These shoes normally will have thicker cushion around your ankle areas to prevent them from pronating or supinating.
Running shoes vs cross training shoes for flat feet
Besides the aforementioned arch and ankle support that cross training shoes provides for people for flat, there is another noticeable difference. This is in the weight of the shoes. Running shoes tend to be lighter due it doesn’t need to built so much support for the arch and ankle. However, it is still advisable for people with flat feet to get a cross training shoe even though it is heavier as they are more suited to protect your feet when running.
You can also check out the latest article on the best motion control trainers. Motion control in general is develop for people with flat feet so they are also relevant to what you are looking for.
I have try to be as comprehensive as possible in this round up of the best cross training shoes for flat feet folks. I left out Puma and Ryka because the former is not famous for having great cross trainers while the latter only has female shoes. Anyway, I have already highlighted some of the best Ryka cross training shoes in my previous article which you can take a look.
Hope you enjoy this roundup