Flat Feet and Neutral Shoes

Shoe Knowledge

 

For flat footed people, finding great shoes can be a challenge.

Below are a number of recent reviews from our website written by people with flat feet, so you can hear from our customers themselves about their experiences!

Just when I thought my shoe game couldn’t get any better, I got the Skora PHASEs. I purchased the Fit first, then the core, the phase rounds it out for the perfect trifecta. I am flat-footed and have had problems with shoe fit all of my life. Not anymore. My feet, ankles, knees, and back love Skora as much as I do.” -Neicia S

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My very favorite shoe! I am a runner, I run 4 days a week, I run 1/2 marathons. I’m close to flat footed and anything with an arch in it shoots pain up my calves. I am currently on my 4th pair of Skoras and looking to buy my 5th. I’ve wore out 2 pairs of Phase, they are good for about 400 miles a pair. Currently on my second pair of Core they are still holding up at 450 miles, I try to buy them two at a time and alternate them on my runs.” -Jill

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This was my first venture into a zero drop, minimal shoe, and I was initially a bit skeptical with this trend towards minimal shoes, particularly because I am flat footed and was concerned that the arch support would not be adequate. I previously had been running in Asics Gel Forte’s and had been happy with those, but whoa!!, when I ran in the Skora Tempos, it was an eye opening experience. I initially had the same heel rubbing issues as reported by other runners, but after taking some of the suggestions from Skora’s customer service reps (moleskin pads and proper, predominantly nylon material running socks), I managed to address the heel issue. The shoe runs fast. My first run was quite a bit faster than I had expected, and I attributed this to my exuberance at running in a new shoe, but subsequent runs provided the same fast, responsive results. My initial concerns with lack of support turned out to be unfounded. The shoe’s insole is sufficiently wide in the mid-foot area to provide adequate support for flat feet, contrary to some other minimal shoes whose insoles narrow severely in the area of the arch. Note that I normally wear orthotics to address the natural over pronation of my feet. While it is true that everyone’s feet pronate when running, it is equally true that maintaining a mid to forefoot strike reduces on the amount of pronation that occurs, or at least that has been my experience with this zero drop shoe. The insole of the shoe is both firm and remarkably comfortable and the wide toebox is a welcome change from the typical running shoe. I have also run in winter conditions with these shoes and have been quite happy with the traction.” -Happy M

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I’ve been told by running store employees from simply walking in and having them look at my feet, that I’m flat footed.” I appear to “over-pronate” quite a bit and have little visible arch when standing barefoot. All that being said, I’ve been wearing both neutral and minimal shoes for many years and thousands of miles, and could not be happier with this choice!” -Kyle K

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You may also like: Confessions of an Over-Pronator / Does Pronation Matter?

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