Dr. Amol Saxena, DPM
Palo Alto Foundation
Medical Group
Dept. of Sports Medicine
3rd Floor, Clark Building
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dr. Amol Saxena’s Recommended Running Shoes

Theories and evidence for shoe recommendations are emerging. Flat feet no longer necessarily need a “motion control/stability” shoe. More experienced runners who have proper foot strike and strength can use less supportive shoes. Those new to running, especially if overweight, may benefit from more supportive shoes. Arthritic knees tend to do better with more cushioned shoes. Those with knee-cap problems (patello-femoral) tend to do better with lower heel to toe ratio (drop), whereas those with Achilles issues do best with a higher heel to toe ratio. Shoes with a rocker sole (ie Hoka One One, ON and Nike Zoom Fly) are better for forefoot problems, especially big toe arthritis (Hallux Rigidus), neuromas and midfoot arthritis due to carbon plates.

Warning: carbon plated shoes have been associated with acute onset of midfoot injuries including ruptures and fractures:

Research has shown the most critical factor in choosing the “right” shoe is perceived fit/comfort, so make sure you try the shoe on, using your usual running socks, and the end of the day so your feet are as “swollen/spread out” as they can be.
(note: these shoes are not in rank-order. Some models come in widths)

Note: for runners in High School, College and those with no injury history consider:

Asics Gel-Cumulus
Hoka Mach 5
Nike Pegasus

For Cushioning (for high-arched feet & those with joint problems)

Adidas Supernova
Altra Escalante
Asics Nimbus (widths-note lower heel drop)
Brooks Glycerin & Ghost Max
Hoka Bondi & Clifton (widths)
Nike Vomero (widths)
New Balance 1080 (widths)
Saucony Endorphin, Kinvera & Triumph 21

For Stability (for mild to moderate over-pronation)

Asics Kayano
Brooks Adrenaline , Addiction
Hoka Gaviota
New Balance 860(widths)
Nike Air Structure Triax(widths)

For Motion Control (severe over-pronators, heavier individuals, posterior tibial dysfunction)

Brooks Beast/Ariel (widths)


Altra FWD  (widths)
Altra Lone Peak 7
Hoka Stinson ATR, Speed Goat
Nike Wildhorse
Salomon Thundercross
Topo Athletic Mtn Racer 3

For running stretches, injury prevention tips, etc., see

The Best Running Shoes (from Runner’s World 2024)

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