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Best active shoe with lots of shock absorbtion? Cavus feet...

Asked by metadog (319 points ) April 14th, 2012

Hi! I have “cavus feet.” High arch and very little natural shock absorption. I basically have rocks attached to my ankles. My foot doc says I need shoes that can absorb the shock that my foot can’t. I am looking for help finging good shoes for this. A trip to the mall can be painful… my upcoming trip to Disney World might kill me! Any suggestions?

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jrpowell's avatar

This might sound odd. But you might want to go to a place that sells shoes for skateboarders. I buy Etnies and they have a high arch and designed to have people jump off a roof. Seriously, they are made to absorb a lot more shock than normal shoes.

marinelife's avatar

Here are shock-absorbing shoes.

creative1's avatar

I live by my Merrill’s… They are also popular with doctors.

prioritymail's avatar

The best shoes I have ever had were Adidas Supernovas. These were from like 10 years ago. It was seriously like walking on air. It was fantastic. But I have the opposite, low arches. Now they make several different variations of the original Supernovas I think for the different types of feet (normal, low arches, high arches). I got one of the styles but it was nothing like the original. Still, I would like to try the others and see. You might try figuring out which style is best suited to your feet and then give them a shot. At the moment I use Montrails for everything. They didn’t come with much inherent cushioning though. I swapped out the insoles a couple years ago and now they are more comfortable than the Adidas ones I tried earlier such that I left the new Adidas shoes in the box and keep using the Montrails (they are like a compromise between weight and comfort though, so would not recommend for you). Best thing probably is to hit up a good shoe store and try on a lot of different brands and styles and see which one is best.

majorrich's avatar

While breaking them in may be agonizing for you, Limmers are exceptional.

rooeytoo's avatar

Running shoes designed for off road and trail running usually are more shock absorbent than regular running shoes particularly the newer minimalist types.

augustlan's avatar

How about custom orthotics, that you can wear with any shoes?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

This is the first time I’ve heard of cavus. According to one site:

Non-Surgical Treatment
Non-surgical treatment of cavus foot may include one or more of the following options:

- Orthotic devices. Custom orthotic devices that fit into the shoe can be beneficial because they provide stability and cushioning to the foot.
– Shoe modifications. High-topped shoes support the ankle, and shoes with heels a little wider on the bottom add stability.
– Bracing. The surgeon may recommend a brace to help keep the foot and ankle stable. Bracing is also useful in managing foot drop.
Source

If these aren’t options, I’ll cast a second vote for checking out Merrell. I have a high arch, and this brand is just about the only one I wear now. Many of their styles come with a very high arch support and are very cushioned. Their hiking boots offer a selection that go above the ankles, providing additional support. The Merrelll site linked has a store location site feature in the top right-hand corner. It would be worth the effort to find one and check them out.

Avangelo's avatar

I can say it’s the Reebok zig-tech shoes. Even with walking, it’s like your on some extra bounce cloud. I’m in the military so I run a lot. I used to get shin splints all the time until I started using these shoes. Only thing is they wear out in 8 months. But I guess it depends on what your using them for.

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