Finding The Best Running Shoes for Achilles Tendonitis 2018 – All You Need To Know

We’ve tackled a lot of information about conditions related to Achilles Tendonitis in the past few articles. From how to do an Achilles Tendon Rupture Test to how to strengthen your tendon with a heel cord stretch- we’ve talked about just about anything. Now we have one more thing to discuss- how to select the best running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis.

As I mentioned in previous articles, there are many things you can do to try and cope with your condition such as getting an Achilles tendon massage but if you are to continue running, you need to find the best shoes. I did some shopping around and came up with 5 top picks.

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Editor's Pick

Adidas Ultraboost

Adidas Ultraboost

Alternative Pick

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

Adidas Ultraboost

Budget Pick

Brooks Ravenna 9

Brooks Ravenna 9

Upgrade Pick

ASICS Gel Nimbus 18

ASICS Gel Nimbus 18

For Daily Running

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

1. Adidas Ultraboost - Editors Pick

Adidas Ultraboost

The first thing I noticed about the Ultraboost is the cushioning. If you are suffering from conditions including Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, the extra cushion is the best way to go. The shoe has a full-length boost midsole which gives incredible cushioning.

Another great thing about the shoe is that it has a Primeknit upper that provides a customized fit for runners with narrow feet. The shoe has a rubber outsole which helps with wet and dry road conditions.

The Adidas Ultraboost also comes in a Female version.

On the other hand, the shoe may not be suitable if you are running a fast-paced run. In addition, if you have wide feet, you may find the shoe too constricting. 

Pros

  • ​Extra cushioning
  • Full-length boost midsole
  • Primeknit upper for runners with narrow feet
  • Comes in a female version
  • Rubber outsole for better traction

Cons

  • Not suitable for fast-paced runs
  • Not a good choice if you have wide feet

2. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 - ​Alternative Pick

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

If you find that the Adidas Ultraboost is too costly, you may want to consider the Saucony Triumph ISO 3. One thing I really like about the shoe is what they call the 8MM offset which means the cushioning in the heel and forefoot is more evenly distributed. 

This ensures that your body remains balanced and comfortable. The Triumph ISO 3 is lightweight making it ideal for long runs. The shoe also has Tri-Flex technology for increased force dispersion and maximum traction.

Many users complain that the shoe is too stiff initially and may require breaking in. The fabric in the toe box may also be loose due to a manufacturing problem.

Pros

  • Evenly distributed cushioning
  • Lightweight ideal for long runs
  • Increased force dispersion
  • Maximum traction

Cons

  • May require breaking in
  • Too stiff initially

3. Brooks Ravenna 9 - Budget Pick

Brooks Ravenna 9

Both the first and second options are still quite costly so if you are looking for something on a budget, the Brooks Ravenna 9 may be the answer.

Aside from being budget-friendly, the shoes I find to be ideal for those who switch pace and distance because of its lightweight nature.

The shoes can also work if you have a flat or medium arch and want support.

Another thing I loved about the Ravenna 9 is the responsive cushioning which creates a springy underfoot.


If you have sweaty feet, you may not find the Ravenna to be breathable enough. The ball of the shoe may also be too hard to bend for some. 

Pros

  • Budget friendly
  • Lightweight ideal for switching pace and distance
  • Ideal for flat or medium arches
  • Responsive cushioning 

Cons

  • Not breathable enough for sweaty feet
  • Ball not flexible enough

4. ASICS Gel Nimbus 18 - Upgrade Pick

ASICS Gel Nimbus 18

If you are like my hubby who believes that no cost is too great when it comes to quality, then the ASICS Gel Nimbus 18 might interest you.

The style of the shoe presents visual flair with different color schemes impressed me a lot. When it comes to cushioning, the Nimbus 18 does not disappoint. With its full-length cushioning platform, the shoe is very responsive.

Another feature is its mid-foot support system which is ideal if you need enhanced gait efficiency. The shoes’ upper is also breathable ideal for hot weather.

If you have wide feet, you may find the toe box too narrow. Also, the mid-sole was stiff for some users.

Pros

  • Visual flair and different color schemes
  • Full-length cushioning platform
  • Mid-sole support system to enhance gait
  • Breathable upper

Cons

  • Narrow toe box if you have wide feet
  • Stiff midsole

5. Mizuno Wave Rider 21 - ​The Best Running Shoes for Daily Running

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

If you are a serious runner who does a couple of miles a day, you ought to consider getting the Mizuno Wave Rider 21. The reason why it is a great shoe for daily use has to do with its durability.

The outsole is made of rubber and the upper is multi-layered. In addition, the Wave plate is resistant to deformation.

The foam insole and blown rubber outsole also provide ample padding for your forefoot. The shoe is also flexible which allows for good turnover and has a breathable upper for hot runs.

If you run a marathon, you may find that the shoe is too firm. Considering the amount of rubber used in the shoe, it may be too noisy for some runners. 

Pros

  • Rubber outsole for durability
  • Multi-layered upper
  • Resistant to deformation
  • Foam insole for ample padding
  • Flexible for good turnover
  • Breathable upper

Cons

  • A little too noisy on the road
  • Not suitable for long runs

Things To Consider When You Choose Shoes For Achilles Tendonitis

Things To Consider When You Choose Shoes

All the aforementioned shoes are some of the options you have when choosing running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis. One of the first things you should consider is the support.

An ideal shoe has enough support so that the pressure on your calves and heels is reduced. Here are some other things to look for before you make your choice.

#1: Extra Cushion

When we say “extra cushion” we don’t mean you should go for the shoe that makes you feel like you are walking on clouds.

In fact, cushioning that is too soft makes the heel sink into the shoes which stretches the Achilles tendon. Too little cushioning does the same. 

#2: Increased Heel-Toe Offset

Simply put, the Heel drop is the difference between the heel height and the forefoot height. A zero drop shoe the heel and the ball of the forefoot are the same height off the ground. A high or increased heel drop means that the heel is higher off the ground than the forefoot.

Generally speaking, if you suffer from Achilles Tendonitis, a drop of 12MM is recommended. If the heel height is too low, it overstrains the Achilles tendon. 

In addition to these two main points, make sure that the shoe you select bends at the balls of your foot. If the shoe bends anywhere else, it is not providing enough support and may strain the Achilles tendon. Also, find a shoe that matches your natural foot arch.

Conclusion

Clearly, there are myriads of choices you have when it comes to selecting shoes for Achilles Tendonitis.

For a shoe that has an incredible cushioning, the Adidas Ultraboost is a good option.

If you find the shoe too pricey, then the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is a good alternative. The shoe provides even cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

For those on a budget, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is easy on the pocket, lightweight and ideal for flat to medium arches. ​

The ASICS Gel Nimbus 18 is extremely durable and a good choice if the quality is important to you.

Lastly, for a running shoe that you can use every day, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is durable, flexible and breathable.

Which shoes have you found to help with your Achilles Tendonitis problems? Were they included in the top 5 picks? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.