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Best shoes for Men who prefer neutral support and land on their forefoot

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.

A runner's foot can land on the ground in a myriad of ways. The rarest is on the forefoot, the front of the foot near the toes. There's nothing inherently wrong with this landing pattern: some advocates recommend non-forefoot runners adopt forefoot running to reduce running's shock to the body. However, because it is rare, many shoes aren't designed for runners who land on their forefoot: as a result, the wrong shoe can wear quickly on the front, which can often lead to injury. That's why it's important for forefoot runners to find the right shoe.

Newton Running Distance V

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Forefoot cushioning
  • The lugs
  • Fast and light

Newton Running Distance V

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Responsiveness
  • breathable
  • cushioning and comfort

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Super comfortable when landing
  • It moves with my foot

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Altra One 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Tha soft cushion and a really comfortable fitting shoe
  • Cushion heel and fit
  • Wider toe box than Hoka One One

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • Light and supportive
  • Cushioned but minimal drop

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's cheap and does its job very well
  • Not heavy, little support
  • Lightweight with cushioning

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable for middle distance to long runs
  • It's light with the right amount of cushion
  • Fit and light

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion and support
  • Support
  • The whith

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe's upper wrapped around my foot well. The low profile heel-toe drop.
  • High responsiveness in workouts from the air pad in the forefoot. Lightweight
  • how well it immediately formed to my foot

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Newton Running Gravity IV

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Works perfectly for the kind of running I do.
  • Lightweight
  • Its ability to promote good running form

Newton Running Gravity IV

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