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Best shoes for Men with a bad back who land on their midfoot

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.

A bad back can ruin everything from running or basic household tasks. Luckily there are shoes, both for running and walking, that are meant for folks with bad backs. The most important thing is figuring out whether you need a stability shoe, a neutral shoe, or a motion controlled shoe. Second, it's important to find a shoe that has worked for people with bad backs. These athletic shoes are often cushioned, have great arch support, and allow for flexibility for your individual stride.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light yet supportive
  • Has the right amount of cushion
  • Width

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfort
  • comfort and support
  • Thick tongue

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Lightweight
  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The perfect amount of support
  • Just enough cushioning and a nice breathable upper mesh
  • Combination of light weight with support.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Shoes cushioning feel underneath
  • The cushion
  • Comfortable, right amount of support, and super light

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

Saucony Zealot ISO

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breatheable
  • The stability and support it offers.
  • Cushion is like clouds

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight
  • Lightweight and responsive but still supportive
  • Response

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • Cushioned stability
  • light weight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back.

Hoka One One Clayton

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • ride
  • Where I bought it
  • durability

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I can wear it anywhere!
  • It cushions and supports but it is flexible
  • Toe box is spacious, the width is good, not super narrow and good cushioning.

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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