10 responses

  1. Damien Tougas
    July 9, 2010

    I tend to approach this from the other side. I think that less shoe is better than more shoe for resolving some of these foot/knee/back issues that people experience from physical activity.

    The more stiff and supportive the shoe, the less we use our foot muscles and the weaker they become. The weaker they become, the more prone we become to additional problems in the future.

    I used to hike hike and run in very supportive footwear and had no end of problems. I now run/hike/backpack in minimalist footwear (i.e. Vibram FiveFingers) and have no problems whatsoever. I have written (and continue to write) a lot on the topic here: http://www.adventureinprogress.com/minimalist-foo… if you are interested in learning more about this philosophy.

    When it comes to over-pronation, I don't think that it is as simple as getting a supportive shoe. You should check out this discussion thread to see some of the controversy on the topic: http://groups.google.com/group/huaraches/browse_t

  2. wystiria
    July 15, 2010

    Thanks Damien, I am very aware of the philosphy you present and I follow much of it myself! I am a barefoot girl at heart and the only time I look to my footware is when I run significant distances and hike with weight. I am always looking to strengthen the muscles in my feet (and the rest of my body!) and find that it is the best and first way to approach any issue, with supportive gear whether it be a brace or shoe, or tape, second. Love your links! thanks for sharing them

  3. Kay
    July 17, 2010

    This is an intresting discussion to me. I grew up a barefoot girl, but began to have knee pain. When I went to an orthopedic doc for another problem, I mentioned it to him and he told me I over-pronated and sent me to get orthotics. As long as I either wear my orthotics or shoes with at least a 1" heel, my knees don't hurt. Soon after I start out barefoot, wear out my waling shoes or wear flat shoes with no orthotics, my knee pain returns. I haven't tried the Five Finger shoes, but can't imagine that they would work for me.

  4. Jeff
    July 18, 2010

    I work at an outdoors store in the DC area, and we had training from podiatrists to recognize over-pronating customers and recommend correct shoe for them. We were trained to have them stand barefeet, with equal weight on each leg. Then they lift one leg, and you see how much the bone, which protrudes slightly below the ankle on the inside of the foot, drops as a response to adjusting your balance. If it is under 1 cm or so, then you'd need a neutral running shoe. If it was 1-2 cm you'd need a medium range support shoe. And if it was more than 2 cm, you'd need a full out guide shoe. We also sold superfeet, and I am really in love with them myself. They've helped me become less fatigued after hiking long hours.

  5. Earlylite
    July 19, 2010

    Superfeet are the bomb. Interesting info Jeff. Thx.

  6. Damien Tougas
    July 21, 2010

    I highly recommend reading this article on the subject of pronation/motion-control:


  7. Kerry
    March 2, 2011

    my foot dr recommended asolo fugitive gtx for pronation/supination

  8. bobber
    October 27, 2011

    ive been hiking for 30 years,

    Enjoy walking in minimal footwear, as this is what I did and now I cant walk at all without an over pronation shoe due to the pain of fallen arches, my foot Dr told me that had I listened to the experts/friends and worn OP walking boots from an early age, my arches would never have dropped, I cannot walk in bare feet at all now.

  9. Tourist
    May 11, 2012

    Just diagnosed with over pronation after several years of painful blisters and callouses after hiking as little as 5 or 6 miles. As a kid, I never wore shoes, running around on the farm and in the woods with tough little feet. It seems I still have issues with the pronation regardless! Glad to see the positive comments about “Superfeet” as my doctor prescribed them as a first level intervention. Happy trails!

  10. K10202
    December 17, 2012

    Hey all– I’m looking for a good pronation control hiking boot, as I have a bad ankle and have to have support for the foot. Let me know of any that you know of…
    On the trail running shoe end of it- Brooks has 2 great shoes 1) Brooks Adrenaline ASR- water resistant and a deeper tread for trails make this a great shoe for anyone who has a neutral or mild pronation foot. They run about $110, but you can find online sales for cheaper. 2)Brooks Adrenaline GTX-same basic technology as the ASR, but made with Gortex so it is completely waterproof.
    They run about $135.
    I wear these shoes and love them. I recommend them to many of my athletes as well (I’m a high school Athletic Trainer) and they all love them. Hope this helps someone!

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