Men’s & Women’s Best Neutral Running Shoes for Orthotics

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Written by Penny Cooper

The best neutral running shoes for orthotics should either have a built-in orthotic insole or let you slide yours inside with plenty of room in the width and the toe.

The shoe itself shouldn’t have any “stability” features that help reduce the rocking of the foot one way or the other depending on your gait or which way you pronate.

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ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe is our first choice in our selection. Although we’ve reviewed the men’s version, do not fear, it’s also available for ladies!

Here is our full selection of the best neutral running shoes which includes two, primarily walking shoes that are designed with orthotics in mind:

Men’s Neutral Shoes For Orthotics

Women’s Neutral Shoes For Orthotics

*Not recommended for running. Great for walking or general use

Our Four Best Neutral Running Shoes for Orthotics…

…with 2 more thrown in as a more therapeutic design shoe more suited for walking. After a thorough evaluation, here are our top picks – 6 in all.

1. ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe – Best Overall

This popular pair is also one of the most inexpensive of our selection. In my opinion, this pair ticks all the boxes.

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First, it includes gel cushioning to absorb shocks as you run. There is have plenty of effective cushioning in the heel as you would expect from a neutral shoe and there is even support throughout the sole with no unnecessary midsole support posts, again, as you would want.
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You’ll also be able to remove the sock liner if you already have your own orthotic insert.

In fact, the insoles that come with this model of ASICS running shoe don’t provide as much arch support as others so adding insoles of your choice is a good option.

Gel-venture 6 model suits both neutral and slight underpronation—also called supination—when your feet tilt outwards. The pair is available in extra-wide sizes if you need additional space for your orthotics.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight11.2 oz.
Heel Offset10mm.
SizesRegular, wide, extra-wide.


  • Budget-friendly.
  • Available in 25 colors.
  • Comes in extra-wide sizes.
  • Removable insole.
  • Good heel cushioning.
  • Suitable for running on roads and trails.
  • Designed for neutral and underpronation.
  • Outsole made of high-abrasion rubber.


  • Shoes can be too stiff for some users.

2. Brooks Men’s, Dyad 10 Running Sneaker – Best Wide Option

Our second option is another men’s model. Don’t be disappointed, a female version of this pair is also available!

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We felt this to be better (and cheaper) than the later version, the Dyad 11 which is more of a “stability” runner and whereas the Dyad 10 is more a true neutral shoe.

It comes at a reasonable price-point, and the footbed can be removed. Nevertheless, this pair offers all the specifications required—softness, heel, ample space, and excellent breathability.

The extra heel firm cushioning is noticeable as is the overall support throughout the length of the foot.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight14 oz.
Heel Offset10mm.
SizesRegular, wide, and extra-wide.


  • Removable insole.
  • Made with breathable mesh material.
  • Great for walking too.
  • Great for road running.
  • Designed to support flat and medium foot arches.
  • Soft feel.
  • Even cushioning along the length of the footbed.
  • Spacious fit.


  • Some users expected a wider toe-box.
  • The shoes are a bit heavy.

3. Orthofeet Best Plantar Fasciitis, Men’s – Best for Pain Relief

This pair is designed with specific medical conditions in mind, such as diabetes, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis. If you’re in pain, these shoes could help.

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A lot of users have expressed satisfaction in the relief they’ve got after wearing these shoes especially relief from heel pain. ir?t=midlifehacks0e 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B00VQQGPD8
I suffer with heel pain – I think it’s all the pounding on pavements over the years but, as much I thought these were super comfortable, I will stick to my own orthotics in my favorite running shoe.

The soles have an ergonomic design and air cushioning to provide optimum comfort. If you don’t already have an orthotic insert, the included footbed might be enough.

This comprises of 3 elements, one is like an under layer and helps with further layers slipping then there are 2 insoles of different thickness so you can pick what level of cushioning as well as how deep you want your feet to sit in the shoe.

They’re even certified by Medicare as qualified therapeutic shoes.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight10 oz
Heel OffsetLittle
SizesRegular, wide, extra-wide.


  • Wide toe-box.
  • Orthopedic insole.
  • Suitable for neutral and overpronation.
  • Removable insole and spacers for a customized fit.
  • Provides arch support.
  • Certified by Medicare as qualified therapeutic shoes.


  • Available in only two colors.
  • Not recommended for running.
  • Not to “pretty”

1. Saucony Women’s Echelon 7 Running Shoe – Best Overall (Stylish)

Wearing orthotics doesn’t mean you need bulky shoes and have to give up on style. This pair is elegant yet efficient to keep you running comfortably on the road or tracks.

This Saucony model wins the prize, in this list anyway, for the firm but comfortable feeling of support in the heel and middle of the foot.

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Like other “neutral” shoes these can be worn be under pronators although only about 5-10% of people’s gait supinate significantly. I’m one of those but mostly due to an ankle injury.

I’m going to stick with using bespoke orthotics and I remove the insole on running or walking shoes. The Echelon 7 was well designed with replacement insoles in mind as I found out.

If you don’t want to remove the included insole, this model has plenty of space to fit yours on top. Reviewers report that most orthotic inserts can be added above the footbed.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight11.2 oz.
Heel Offset8mm.
SizesRegular, wide, extra-wide.


  • Very orthotic-friendly.
  • Designed for neutral  & those with low arches.
  • Suitable for road and track running.
  • Roomy toe-box.
  • Ultra-padded footbed.
  • Breathable mesh material.
  • Good for heavy people.
  • Available in four colors.
  • Removable insole.


  • Fewer colors available, compared to other products.

2. New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam 1080 V10 – Best for Cushioning

If you’re looking for extra-cushioned shoes that are also fun and lightweight, have a close look at this pair. They’re the lightest model in our selection—8.4 ounces—which is great if speed is important to you.

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Besides the foam cushioning, your feet should also feel well supported although not like the Echelon. They come with a 3D heel and ankle support.

The general fit is extremely comfortable although at the same time a little restricting. Interesting many reviewers reported a significant improvement in the pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight8.4 oz
Heel Offset8mm.
SizesNarrow, regular, wide, extra-wide.


  • Lightweight.
  • Available in bright and fun colors.
  • Blown rubber outsole for added padding.
  • Cushioned footbed made of fresh foam.
  • Ortholite insole.
  • Breathable mesh upper shoe material.
  • May be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
  • Suitable for narrow feet.


  • The extra-wide size is too narrow for many users.
  • Narrow-ish toe box.

3. Orthofeet Coral Women’s – Best for Pain Relief

I must admit I didn’t know what “diabetes foot” was until I came to research for this article and it doesn’t sound very nice.

The makers of these Orthofeet shoes claim ultimate protection for diabetes feet although I wasn’t sure how this could be. As far as I understand the best shoes for such a condition is comfort and support without them being too tight.

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These women’s shoes designed for troublesome feet certainly provide plenty of comfort and toe room. They’re also designed to help in other medical conditions like plantar fasciitis. These shoes could be helpful in reducing foot pain especially when walking.

There is great support and cushioning in the arch and heel, an area that receives a lot of the impact over the years.

The pair of therapeutic shoes come with an ‘under’ gel to prevent slippage of an insole added. They also come with 2 additional insoles of different thicknesses so you can select how deep you want your feet sitting.

They’re even certified by Medicare as qualified therapeutic shoes.

Tech Specifications: 

Weight10 oz
Heel OffsetLittle
SizesRegular, wide, extra-wide.


  • Spacious toe-box.
  • Orthopedic insole.
  • Extra wide option.
  • Removable insole and spacers for a customized fit.
  • Extra heel and arch support.
  • Certified by Medicare as qualified therapeutic shoes.


  • Available in only two colors.
  • Not made for running.
  • Thick outer mesh/foam.

What Are Orthotics?

You’re not alone in needing orthotics; many of us are in the same boat. If over a certain age the chances of needing orthotics are high. After years of use, damage can occur and the need for appropriate insoles and good running shoes for the older runner becomes increasingly important.

Today, the Global foot orthotic insole market should reach over 3.4 billion dollars.

Orthotics are special inserts that can be either purchased over the counter or prescribed by a medical doctor. They can be customized to your feet and inserted inside a running shoe to provide added comfort or support to the feet.

They serve a few purposes. Some of them relieve foot pain, such as fasciitis, while others are meant to correct foot positioning, such as supination.

We’ve covered sports shoes for shin splints elsewhere.

This condition occurs when your body weight is put towards the outer side of your foot. The correct orthotics combined with a neutral shoe should help correct supination or overpronation.

Built-In Orthotics

Some models already include a built-in orthotic insole. This saves you from adding an additional one to the shoe and can save you time and money.

They can be designed for various types of pronations, and some models can even help reposition your foot correctly inside the shoe. Shoes can also be specifically built to support flat, medium, or high arches.

How can you tell if an insole is orthotic or a simply well-cushioned one? Look for a pair that may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement. Always double-check with Medicare and the manufacturer before committing.

Orthotic Insoles

When you need to insert your customized orthotics inside your running shoes, look for a pair with a removable footbed. Although some shoes are big enough to accommodate orthotics above the existing insole, it isn’t always the case.

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Make sure that the shoes have enough space to accommodate the orthotics. A spacious toe box is preferable, and large or extra-large sizes might be better suited.

Although you may be adding your own insole, a padded midsole can make the shoe more comfortable. Cushioning is typically made of an EVA compound, air, or foam. On top of that, the extra-cushioning will help absorb shocks.

Extra cushioning may be needed if for someone’s choice of shoes who are on their feet all day or if the sneakers are for someone a bit overweight.

Other Elements to Consider


When I pictured running shoes for orthotics—built-in or not—I often pictured bulky-looking shoes. Keep in mind that the best running shoes are also the ones you’ll enjoy wearing.

Luckily, these types of shoes come in numerous designs and colors. Whether you’re looking for an elegant and classic shape or a funky bright pair, you should find a suitable model.


Feet can get sweaty in running shoes. For good airflow, choose a model that includes mesh material. Although it may get wet faster when it’s raining, they’ll also dry quicker.

And finally

Your first step is to decide whether you need a pair with built-in orthotics or if you already have your insoles. You’ll then know which features to look for. Don’t forget about your shoes’ style and breathability, they can make your run brighter and drier!

If you have a problem with your feet that cause you to over or under pronate, according to two foot specialists that I’ve gone to, it’s best to have orthotics fitted and wear the bespoke insoles in neutral running, walking or training shoes. As opposed to trying to fix it yourself with shoes that purport to be designed for overpronators, for example.

My top runner that fits the criteria for the category of best neutral running shoes for orthotics is the ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe with even cushioning along the footbed and plenty in the heel, designed as a neutral shoe; sock liner removable. Similarly, for the ladies, I have gone with the Saucony Women’s Echelon 7 Running Shoe.

We’ve covered a review of Orthofeet here with more solutions for foot comfort.

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Penny is a Personal Trainer currently training as a wellness coach. She gained a BA in English at Edinburgh University. Redundancy from retail management hastened a move to helping people get fit and writing about all things fitness in middle age.

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