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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:

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

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:

  • Soft
  • Cushion
  • No blisters and no feet pain

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:

  • Weight to support ratio
  • The comfort and support of the sole while keeping it very light.
  • Soft

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
  • Very light, very comfortable, great cushion
  • It's extremely light and soft.

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:

  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • The cushioning
  • 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.
  • Lightweight and support
  • The support it gives my arches

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:

  • Lightweight and responsive
  • Additional padding towards the front
  • 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
  • The fit is extremely comfortable
  • Light, cushy, and responsive

Saucony Kinvara 6

Altra Instinct 3.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

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

Altra Instinct 3.0

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion and lightness
  • 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
  • Low heel
  • The fit and cushion. The top fits as comfortable as a light slipper.

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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