grumpysculler - Member
As someone with flat feet, and therefore a tendency to overpronation which causes hellish shin splints, I suggest your opinion is not correct. I basically cannot run without 'special people' shoes...
I have very flat feet.
When I was a kid I was made to do exercises, such as picking up a towel with my toes for ½ hour every day. Eventually I could write with my feet.
I don't run much now because of other issues, but I never had a problem running distance so long as my shoes were fitted. I have always run offroad though - probably what you'd call jogging these days because I was aiming to cover ground, not racing.
As a kid I used to run barefoot, then as I got older I used running shoes that had a thin leather sole and no padding. I had a break while my kids were young and when I started again the modern style running shoe had become a thing.
The hassle I had was there were very few with a wide enough fit, and they tended to be the el cheapos, so that's what I used. They worked ok, but I'd flatten out the padding in a few months.
The only problem I've had was when getting out of bed in the mornings. My feet would be quite painful after a previous day's run which was usually 1-1 ½ hours, sometimes longer. Shorter runs, no problem.
The pain would disappear quite quickly if I walked around for a while barefoot and keeping my heels off the ground - it felt like I was stretching my foot back into shape.
All of this is a long winded way of saying, so long as it fits, I can run in it despite flat feet - even boots.
The difficult thing is getting a wide enough fit.