(Closed) Any flat footed bees miserable during working out? Best tennis shoe for support?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I wouldn’t recommend those tone-up shoes for real workouts. They definitely don’t have the support you need. I don’t have the same kind of feet so I can’t recommend a brand of shoe, but in addition to getting some better shoes, you may also want to look into insoles because they are made for so many different needs! I bought nice running shoes when I started running and still ended up getting injured. The orthopedic surgeon I saw recommended insoles for extra support.

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree. I wouldn’t workout in the tone ups. I would get fitted for shoes. You would be amazed the difference it makes! I was always miserable after working out until I finally went to get fitted. I was wearing the wrong type of shoe and the wrong size. Afterwards it made the biggest difference and I love my shoes and workout now!

Post # 5
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Me, me, Me…..but I don’t think it’s the shoe as the insert, except for tone ups…I would never use those, they’re bad on flat footed gals…..

Here are some suggestions I made to a fellow bee who had plantar fasciatis, I myself have a bum ankle (tendonitis) and found that these inserts when placed in my tennis shoes (make sure to take out the existing inserts) and place new inserts in the shoe. It’s like walking on a soft cloud for me…yes my feet still hurt, but not as bad….hope this helps.


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Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee

I have flat feet (it sucks not being able to wear very nice shoes) and I have joggers with an insert as shown above.  It really helps support the feet while working out.

However if I am home alone and use wii-fit or biggest loser I go bare foot.

Post # 8
10565 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had really bad foot issues, plantar fascitiis that lead to my arches going the opposite way becuase they were so swollen, extra bones in my feet and super tight tendons.  I have custom-made orthotics.

Post # 9
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

ME! I have flat feet and working out sucks! Only type of shoe that works for me is ASICS!!!! They fit my foot and toes great. I find having too much of an arch in a shoe hurts me more, as well as some inserts I’ve gotten. BUt I swear by my pair of asics! So much better!

Post # 11
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

When you jump remember to land on the balls of your feet!! Or the pressure from your weight will go to your arch or heels. I have flat feet too, but this is a basic rule for anyone to avoid feet/leg/knee injuries. Also, I would recommend using a squishy mat to workout on if you aren’t already using carpet. You know the mats for babies that looks like an alphabet puzzle? They have some at recreational stores.

Post # 12
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Asics!  They are the BEST workout shoes ever!  

Post # 13
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

commenting to read later. Antoher flat footed bee.

Post # 15
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I overpronate like crazy and have really flat feet. You might want to try the Brooks Addiction shoes (should be able to try on at your local running store). They have great support and help reduce some of the strain. I had prescription orthotics, but they were never comfortable inside tennis shoes so I just did without them.

Post # 16
4606 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have flat feet as well and I invested in some inserts with a good arch support. They are Dr. Scholl’s and they are wonderful. I’m on my feet all day in clinicals and I HAD to have some support. So far they’re the only things that have helped me. They weren’t cheap though, I think about $50, but they are well worth it. 

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