If one is looking for support inherent in the shoe, may I suggest the
Hullachan Pro ghillie. While it has a rather hefty price tag (US$70-75), the
shoe itself is wonderful. It provides excellent arch support and has padding
for the ball of the foot. It was designed as a Highland practice ghillie, so
it is excellent if you want to prevent shin splints (this isn't an
advertisement, I have them--the ghillies--and I had shin splints and do not
any longer. I do step dancing, so shin splints are things to expect.).
There is very little support in the back, being a Highland shoe, it does not
expect that your heels are ever on the floor. Also, they come in widths!
So really, if you are looking for good technique and elevation without shin
splints, these ghillies are the ghillies for you. They come with or without
red stitching, you can mail order them, or they are available at Highland
Heritage in Delaware.