Spring is here and it’s time to crank up your training mileage – but for that, you’re going to need some seriously good shoes. We’ve tried dozens of spring/summer 2017 shoes to find the best in every category: here’s our pick of the best stability shoes for women this season.
They say: Built around the same core concepts as the UltraBOOST, this version is designed for runners who need a bit more stability. It features the same boost midsole and Primeknit upper, but the midfoot band is more closely tied in to the foot. The Torsion System between the heel and forefoot gives a more stable ride.
Our testers say: This shoe really impressed our tester with its super-comfortable feel from the very first outing, and its glove-like fit. Although it doesn’t look like a heavyweight support shoe, our overpronating tester found it more than ample, saying, “It felt very supportive, especially under the arch of my foot.” The shoe’s understated looks also went down well.
Good for: Runners with mild to moderate overpronation looking for a slipper-like shoe
They say: The latest version of this flagship stability shoe features an external heel counter and dense midsole foam on the inside of the foot for control of overpronation. GEL pads in the rear and forefoot add extra cushioning while the introduction of FlyteFoam lowers weight. This update also has gender-specific cushioning.
Our testers say: The Kayano 23 was a revelation for some of our testers who found it springier and plusher than their usual stability shoes. The looks also went down a storm (there are different options but our team tried the diva pink/coral version shown). Two of our three testers suggested going up half a size as they found the fit a bit snug. Overall, though, this is a stable shoe you can trust and the update makes it more comfy than ever. This shoe won best in category and the overall Editor’s Choice award in the Women’s Running Shoe Guide, published in our April edition.
Good for: Moderate to severe overpronators who want a plusher, more forgiving run from their shoes.
They say: The streamlined update of the Ravenna is designed to offer better cushioning, from blown rubber in the forefoot, and a smoother ride, thanks to the midfoot transition zone and segmented crashpad. Stability comes from a diagonal rollbar and the ‘saddle’ tying into the laces gives rearfoot and midfoot security.
Our testers say: This is a lovely light stability shoe. The try-on feel is plush with soft padding around the heel. Fit is snug round the ankle and midfoot. The stability features in the midsole give a noticeable improvement but aren’t intrusive. What really impressed our tester was the great road feel and energy return from the springy cushioning. The lacing and padded tongue also take pressure off the bony top part of the foot.
Good for: Mild to moderate overpronators looking for a fast-feeling shoe with great ground feel.
They say: The latest version of the Air Zoom Structure has a wider base for better stability and improved cushioning. Dynamic Support technology – layers of shaped foam of different softness – helps give a stable landing. Extra support comes from Dynamic Fit in the upper around the midfoot and Flywire cables locked in to the laces.
Our testers say: This was our tester’s first run in Nike shoes and she loved them. The look scored highly and the soft feel of the inner, and initial fit, was really good, too. The mixture of support and cushioning worked well, and our tester said the shoe was “supportive by its nature and it doesn’t disappoint when running.” The midfoot feels as secure as it looks while the upper over the toe box is roomy and flexible, so there’s no rubbing.
Good for: Heel-striking overpronators who want subtle support and bouncy cushioning.
They say: This update to one of Saucony’s key support styles uses an Everun topsole to improve energy return and bump up cushioning. The outsole has also been updated, with a redesigned Tri-flex sole to give better ground contact and increase flexibility in the forefoot.
Our testers say: The tester for this shoe was already a committed Saucony Guide fan and was suitably impressed with this update. The changes to the midsole and upper were noticeable, and our tester praised the well-cushioned, flexible and “pleasantly lightweight” feel. None of the support of previous versions had been lost, but there was an extra spring to the cushioning which made the shoes feel faster. Our tester recommended going up half a size to get a good fit.
Good for: Heel-strikers and moderate overpronators who want a springy and flexible ride.