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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
  • Weight
  • The lugs

Newton Running Distance V

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Shoes upper
  • 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:

  • It moves with my foot
  • It just feels good on my feet
  • comfort and support

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:

  • Toe box that allows room to move appropriately
  • Zero drop, lightweight, large toe box
  • The zero drop and the wide toe box for maximum toe splay on those long runs!

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:

  • Flexible mesh upper
  • Wider toe box than Hoka One One
  • Feels light and supportive! And I like the colors!

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 underfoot cushion
  • the maximal cushioning is the best part about the shoe
  • The shoe's cushion

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:

  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet
  • Lightweight and fast
  • Upper is light and breathable

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:

  • Design
  • Support and flexibility
  • There is enough support without the shoe being bulky or heavy

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:

  • Cushioned but not heavy
  • Overall feel when I run
  • Durability

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 forefoot cushioning and light weight
  • it's well balanced
  • Feels great and durable

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Newton Running Gravity IV

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It builds my calves and makes me feel faster
  • The lugs, allowing for a smooth front foot ride
  • Its ability to promote good running form

Newton Running Gravity IV

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