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Best extremely durable shoes for Women who land on the middle of their foot

There is nothing worse than having a shoe that falls apart after a single wear. Finding a top, durable shoe can mean the difference between getting 50 miles out of a pair... or 500. And that extra durability can save you serious money. But having a durable shoe not only means saving money: it means less injuries, a better run, and a healthier life.

From Chi-Running to natural running, many run coaches have been touting the benefit of midfoot running over the past decade. Midfoot running means landing on the center of your foot--not the front (forefoot) or back (heel). Many advocates say this is the natural way to run, and the way humans would be running if our stride wasn't corrupted by hard pavement and clunky shoes. However, because not all running shoes tailor to midfoot runners, people who land in the middle of their foot have to find the right shoe meant for this type of stride.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • it fits my orthodics nicely
  • The Saucony's have extra cushion - making those long runs softer

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and a bad back.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible
  • Cushion and flexibility
  • The cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis and IT band syndrome.

Saucony Zealot ISO

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The fit
  • The shoe's upper, which is supportive but not constricting
  • It's light but supportive

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Launch 2

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gel-in the heels
  • The shoe's cushioning and breathable
  • Cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It fits well... At least the 3 and 5. The others had too big of a toe box.
  • Flexibility
  • It is comfortable and supportive for a "minimalist" shoe

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Continual comfort mile after mile
  • Upper comfort
  • Light but supportive

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Saucony Guide 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It lasted throughout my entire track season without feeling worn down
  • Feel and cushion
  • It is reliable and I have used it for the past 4 years

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Saucony Guide 9

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper
  • Roomy toe box
  • Very comfortable and provide excellent cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned landing and light
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • Fitted and very comfortable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's one of only a few shoes that doesn't give me terrible blisters on the arches of my feet
  • Durability
  • The cushioned support which helps me to heel strike or mid foot strike with ease. No more shin splints.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • comfort
  • Stability for overpronation
  • It's very comfortable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

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