If you have flat feet with low arches, your feet probably tend to roll to the inside, or overpronate, when you run. How can you determine your foot shape? If your wet footprint on the floor shows almost the entire bottom of your foot, you have flat feet.
The best women’s running shoes and the best men’s running shoes for flat feet and low arches are those that provide motion control and stability.
Men: Men with low arches and a small- to medium-build may be comfortable in Mizuno running shoes, such as the Mizuno Wave Alchemy. Larger men may prefer a shoe such as the Brooks Beast, which offers a combination of motion control and cushioning for extra comfort.
Women: Women with low arches may find the right fit with the women’s version of the Mizuno Wave Alchemy. But Asics running shoes offer another option with the cushioned, yet stable Asics Gel 3000.
The right running pants make the difference between embracing winter running and confining yourself to the treadmill until spring. Fortunately, there are many options for men’s running apparel. You can find running pants that suit any style and weather condition to help keep you comfortable and motivated year-round.
- Running pants. Running pants such as the Asics Men’s Myles core running pants offer a loose, but not baggy, fit in a cozy, moisture-wicking fabric. Other features include hand pockets, a reflective logo for safety as the winter days get shorter, and ankle zippers.
- Fitted tights. For moderately cold days, wear running tights on their own. For extreme cold weather, try a pair of fitted tights as a base layer underneath a pair of Gore-Tex running pants.
- Wind/rain pants. For running in cold and wet conditions, look for men’s running pants made of Gore-Tex. The patented Gore-Tex material combines wind/water resistance with breathability, so you stay dry without getting cold and clammy.
Check out your local Sun & Ski Sports store for expert advice on the best men’s running pants for your winter workouts.