Learn which motion control running shoes are still available in 2016 and which ones are very good in terms of the amount of support and cushioning they provide.
It is not easy to find a good pair of motion control running shoes these days because running shoe manufacturers are producing less of them and a lot of motion controlling features are being integrated in running shoes in other categories.
However, there are still running shoe manufacturers who are committed to releasing motion control running shoes for those who require a maximum amount of support.
In this article, I'll provide an overview of the motion control running shoes you can still buy in 2016, and talk a bit about which ones are good ones to buy.
The main motion control running shoe of ASICS these days is the ASICS GEL-Fortify .
The ASICS GEL-Fortify provides a good amount of ground contact and comes with a fairly long medial post that is reinforced by a midfoot shank that runs high up in the firmer piece of foam in the midsole.
The ASICS GEL-Fortify also comes with GEL cushioning in its midsole and an extra layer of softer foam closest to the foot to soften impact and provide you with a soft ride.
Furthermore, it has a sturdy upper with a good amount of stitched-on overlays and an external heel counter at the back.
The ASICS GEL-Fortify is a good running shoe for heavier runners and runners who have large feet.
The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is the second motion control running shoe that is offered by ASICS.
Compared to the ASICS GEL-Fortify, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has a somewhat less supportive upper but still provides enough support with its sturdy stitched-on overlays.
Its upper is a bit more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Fortify and its structured mesh is different in that it is more in line with other newer ASICS running shoes such as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GT-1000 4.
The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 also comes with a long medial post to control overpronation, and it also has a midfoot shank that reinforces the medial post.
However, the midfoot shank is slightly less aggressive than that of the ASICS GEL-Fortify so also provides a somewhat lesser degree of pronation control.
The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 can be seen as a good entry-level motion control running shoe and is made with slightly cheaper materials compared to the ASICS GEL-Fortify.
You can read more about the differences and similarities between the ASICS GEL-Fortify and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.
The main motion control running shoe of Saucony used to be the Saucony Stabil CS. However, no new version of the Saucony Stabil CS was released after the Saucony Stabil CS3.
Instead, Saucony released a new motion control running shoe called the Saucony Redeemer . So with this we could assume that the Saucony Stabil CS will not be updated anymore.
The Saucony Redeemer is a motion control running shoe that provides tons of stability and support but that is also meant to feel very plush under your foot.
The Saucony Redeemer comes with sturdy ISOFIT overlays that wrap the midfoot and that are kept in place by stitches.
At the back, the Saucony Redeemer provides extra support behind the heel through the use of a Support Frame.
The Saucony Redeemer provides a good amount of ground contact and has a long piece of firmer foam on the medial sidie that is reinforced by pillars to up the amount of support.
Just like the ASICS GEL-Fortify, the Saucony Redeemer is a good running shoe for heavier runners and runners who have large or flat feet because the platform of the Saucony Redeemer is quite straight to accommodate such feet.
In terms of support, the Saucony Redeemer may be placed at a similar level as the ASICS GEL-Fortify.
Saucony Redeemer does not have more motion control running shoes, but if you think that the Saucony Redeemer might offer too much support, you could go down one notch to the Saucony Omni 14 , which is not a motion control running shoe but rather a stability running shoe that offers a good amount of support.
Of all the manufacturers, New Balance probably has the largest selection of motion control running shoes.
New Balance also had the New Balance 587 but has not renewed it in recent years, so we can assume that it may have been discontinued.
While the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540v2 differ in the type of support they provide, you can see the New Balance 1540v2 as being more supportive than the New Balance 1340v2.
The New Balance 1340v2 falls on the border between stability and motion control. It provides a good amount of support in its upper through sturdy stitched-on overlays and a good wrap around the midfoot.
And then in its midsole, it has a long medial post that is reinforced by a midfoot shank that spans a web up in the piece of firmer foam to increase the amount of support the running shoe provides.
The New Balance 1340v2 also comes with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side, which helps stabilize the running shoe even more.
The New Balance 1540v2 provides a different type of pronation control than the New Balance 1340v2, which is solely for overpronators.
The New Balance 1540v2 is good for runners who need support on both sides of their feet so runners who overpronate and underpronate or people with mobility or stability issues.
You can read more about the differences and similarities between the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540v2.
And finally, the New Balance 3040 is a notch below the New Balance 1340v2 having less sturdy overlays with its no-sew overlays and somewhat less support on the medial side of the midsole with a more discrete medial post. However, the New Balance 3040 does provide a good amount of ground contact to make it a stable running shoe.
Brooks is still bringing out motion control running shoes and has two models in its line-up: The Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14.
The Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 is good for heavier runners with large or flat feet. Such runners can deal with the weight of the running shoe.
However, if you want something lighter on your feet, you may want to check out a different brand.
Mizuno has one motion control running shoe left in its line-up: the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 .
Compared to the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a lightweight motion control running shoe.
Despite its light weight, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 offers quite a bit of support through its upper and pronation control through the use of a Wave Plate in its midsole.
It also offers quite a bit of cushioning, especially in the heel.
If I had to buy a motion control running shoe in 2016, I would go with either the Saucony Redeemer or the ASICS GEL-Fortify if I were looking for a well-cushioned and very stable and supportive ride.
And if I needed somewhat less pronation control, I would look into the New Balance 1340v2.
Runners who require tons of stability and support may want to look into the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 or the New Balance 1540v2.
Please be aware of your pronation control needs if you decide to go with the New Balance 1540v2 because it is meant to stabilize rear foot movement and not only control overpronation.
Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.