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Best shoes for Men who prefer neutral support and land on the middle of their foot

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

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.

Altra One 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The zero drop and the wide toe box for maximum toe splay on those long runs!
  • The wide toe box
  • Light weight and cushioning

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

Altra One 2

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the stability and responsiveness of the shoe as well as it's propensity to be a high mileage shoe.
  • absorbs the pounding, lasts twice as long as others
  • The shoe's cushioning which makes me feel like I'm running on a mattress

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

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper and cushion
  • Cushioning
  • Cushion and toebox

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and comfortable
  • very lightweight and cushioned
  • It's extremely light and soft.

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

Hoka One One Clayton

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Its pretty bouncy and is soft
  • The fit, the comforte of the ride, and its durability
  • The cushion and lightness

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Newton Running Fate

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Toe box
  • the spring from the newton lugs
  • The soles which help with form

Newton Running Fate

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Just right amount of cushion and is not obtrusive on my arches like many shoes are.
  • The fit
  • The support it gives my arches

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

Brooks Launch 2

Altra Instinct 3.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Very comfortable
  • Zero drop and wide toe box! Cushion
  • The toe box, which allows my toes to splay.

Altra Instinct 3.0

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushioning
  • Toe space is great
  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe feels springy, light, and bounces back quickly.
  • It feels so comfortable
  • Low heel

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • support
  • Comfort, fit and breathable, light material
  • Durability

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Purecadence 5

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