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Cushioned Running Shoes

Top shoes for runners with high arches who want more cushioning in their shoes


Updated May 16, 2014

Cushioned running shoes provide more flexibility and cushioning than typical running shoes. Runners who generally do best in a cushioned shoe are those with high arches, a ridged foot and a tendency to supinate (roll outward during the foot strke). Runners with a neutral foot strike also find the cushioned running shoe a great choice for comfort and flexibility.  If you want to try a cushioned shoe, look for shoes described as flexible, cushioned, or neutral. Here are some of the most popular cushioned running shoes to consider.

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1. Mizuno Wave Rider

Young runner getting ready to go running. She ties her shoes
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All Mizuno Wave shoes are made to reduce and redirect impact forces away from your foot with every foot strike. This makes most Mizuno running shoes good for those with high arches. The Rider is a good choice for runners looking for a nice blend of cushion and neutral support in a shoe.

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2. Brooks Glycerin

The Brooks Glycerin is one of the most cushioned running shoes I've tried on in 2011. It may be too soft for most runners, but if you have a very high arch this shoe gives a lot of bounce. Runners can endure long training runs over varied terrain with little foor fatigue hile wearing the Glycerin. 

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3. Nike Air Pegasus

One of the original cushioned running shoes, the Pegasus is still on the best-selling list. This shoe offers adequate support and stability thanks to the new midfoot Flywire that "ensures a lockdown fit and dynamic support," but still has plenty of cushioning to reduce road shock. It's a nice overall trainer.

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4. Asics Nimbus

Asics Nimbus is top in the field of cushioned running shoes and gets high marks year after year from runners who love the perfect fit, loads of cushion and just enough support. The foam-lined inside makes the shoe fit close, but without any pressure points. The asymmetrical lacing system, which is showing up on more and more shoes, provides another nice feature.

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5. Saucony ProGrid Triumph

This popular training shoe from Saucony offers more cushioning in the midfoot without giving up weight and speed. The Triumph provides great cushion and breathability in a neutral shoe.

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6. Adidas Response Cushion

They named this shoe perfectly. The Response Cushion is a lightweight, flexible and cushioned trainer that can take lots of pounding without causing foot fatigue. This Adidas running shoe has every necessary feature a neutral shoes needs, and a price that fits most budgets.

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