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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:

  • Zero drop, lightweight, large toe box
  • Roomy toe box
  • Incredibly light shoe, but with great amount of 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:

  • Meta-Rocker
  • Soft
  • The cushion

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:

  • Cushioning
  • Cushion and lightweight
  • Lots of cushion, great support for neutral runners. Lots of toe room

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:

  • Comfortable
  • light weight
  • very lightweight and cushioned

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:

  • The Saucony's have extra cushion - making those long runs softer
  • Light feel and cushioning
  • The cushioning

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:

  • The weight, flexibility, and supoort
  • How light and comfortable it is
  • It's light but supportive

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:

  • Light weight. Low heel/toe drop
  • Responsiveness and ground feel
  • Very comfortable upper. Like a slipper.

Newton Running Fate

Saucony Kinvara 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The wide and roomy toe box and
  • so light
  • Lightweight with a flexible sole

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:

  • The durability, bounce, fit
  • It's snug fit. I have very narrow feet
  • The cushion and energy response

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:

  • Low heel
  • Extremely responsive and comfortable without being too soft.
  • cushioning

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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