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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:

  • Spacious toe box
  • Toe box that allows room to move appropriately
  • Roomy toe box

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:

  • Meta-Rocker
  • the stability and responsiveness of the shoe as well as it's propensity to be a high mileage shoe.
  • Soft

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:

  • Cushion
  • Soft
  • 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:

  • Cushioning and weight
  • light weight
  • Light and comfortable

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

Hoka One One Clayton

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort all around
  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.
  • Forefoot cushion

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • How light and comfortable it is
  • The shoe's upper, which is supportive but not constricting
  • The shoe is springy and helps launch your run

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

Brooks Launch 2

Newton Running Fate

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The soles which help with form
  • Lightweight and responsive
  • the spring from the newton lugs

Newton Running Fate

Saucony Kinvara 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoes has great amount of padding
  • It disappears when I'm running
  • How lightweight the shoe is and how it keeps me running on my forefoot

Saucony Kinvara 6

Altra Instinct 3.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

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

Altra Instinct 3.0

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It gives unmatched energy return and also way more comfortable than the Adidas Sequance 9. Upper is so much more snug and comfortable!!! The only problem was the heel. You really need to "Buckle down" the laces to make sure you don't slip.
  • It's snug fit. I have very narrow feet
  • The boost foam is bouncy

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

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It feels so comfortable
  • Extremely responsive and comfortable without being too soft.
  • The fit and cushion. The top fits as comfortable as a light slipper.

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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