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

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
  • Toe box that allows room to move appropriately
  • The wide 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:

  • No blisters and no feet pain
  • absorbs the pounding, lasts twice as long as others
  • the stability and responsiveness of the shoe as well as it's propensity to be a high mileage shoe.

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
  • Softness and breathable
  • Cushioning

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:

  • The cushioning
  • The light weight, the cushioning, and the 4 mm drop.
  • Cushioning and weight

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:

  • Toe box width
  • Comfort
  • Light weight and 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:

  • Very durable, I am averaging 300 miles per pair which has been great. I am 5'10'' 215lbs, so I used to go through shoes quickly.
  • The support which is good and firm.
  • The weight, flexibility, and supoort

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:

  • Soft and low heel to toe drop
  • The wide and roomy toe box and
  • so light

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:

  • Lightweight
  • Form fitting upper, breathable, great cushioning, decently flexible sole
  • the boost foam for the responsive ride

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
  • cushioning
  • the fit

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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