I've been needing a new pair of sneakers and now that I've started to run, I want ones that are specifically meant for running, but I overpronate badly and would love some recommendations of shoes to help that. I also have flat feet but wear specially-made orthotics, so I don't think the shoe needs to have any kind of arch help. Can any fellow overpronators recommend a brand and model that works well for them? Thanks!
I am afraid I cannot recommend any specific brand myself, but I DO recommend finding a store that specializes in running shoes with knowledgeable staff. They can usually steer you in the right direction. I live 'near' a great store in VA (an hour away) where they video tape you running on a treadmill and show you the analysis and then recommend from what they have in stock, or will special order if needed.
I really like the Adidas Trail Running shoe. I've been running in them for 3 years now. It gives me the flexibility and support I need for my flat feet. It also has a narrower toe box which I like. I tried a more expensive shoe/brand (Saucony) that was recommend for overpronators but the shoe was too stiff. It was like running with a board strapped to the bottom of my foot. I actually broke a bone in my foot running in them. It was suggested to me by a marathon runner, if you are now running in a $40 pair of shoes don't go out and buy a $100 pair of shoes. Let your feet gradually conform to the more stable shoe. Buy the $60 pair. Then the $80 pair, etc. Good luck in finding your perfect brand!
Definitely go to a store that specializes in sports equipment and ask someone who works there to watch you walk, then they'll help find the best shoe for you. I used to overpronate myself. I've been running in Mizunos Wave Creation's for about 3 years now. No trouble since I started. That doesn't mean try Mizuno's, (thpough they are wonderful) I'm just saying that finding the PERFECT shoe is worth it.