Supination (or underpronation) is a runner’s condition in which the foot does not roll inwardly enough during the footstrike. It usually occurs as a result of a tight Achilles tendon or abnormally high arches, and if left unattended can result in more serious issues such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Runners who supinate should gravitate towards shoes with a more neutral profile and provide a minimal amount of support underneath the arch.
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Asics Gel Cumulus 12
Asics Gel Cumulus 12 provides supinators with a neutral profile as well as a cushioning and stability, with a mesh upper and a gel cushioning system. An anti-microbial sock liner provides comfort and sweat-wicking capabilities and Solyte midsole material enhances cushioning. In a review on the Runners World website, editors noted the Cumulus’ comfort and the flexibility that it provides for runners who don’t want a stability shoe, saying that it provides “the same flexible ride and fit as those top stability shoes.”
Asics Gel Kinsei
Asics’ Gel Kinsei is designed to meet the needs of different foot types with its adaptive heel component, and its asymmetrical lacing and Biomorphic fit upper provides a solid fit. The Kinsei also features a Propulsion Trusstic, which mimics and supports the shoe’s connective tissue during the footstrike. Outside.com awarded the Kinsei with Gear of the Year honors, lauding the shoe’s ability to “adapt to many testers' feet while softening our runs–and speeding them up.”
Asics Gel Nimbus 12
With its mostly neutral profile, Asics’ Gel Nimbus 12 shoe is another solid choice for supinating runners. It provides a comfortable fit with its sock liner and asymmetrical lacing system, and its independently placed eyelets reduce lace tension, further improving the shoe’s fit. The editors of the Runners World website reviewed the Numbus, noting its foot protection and durability, calling it “one of the most protective, stable, cushioned shoes on the market.”