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Best shoes for Men with achilles pain who land on the middle of their foot

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.

Achilles pain, which often stems from achilles tendinitis, can linger and derail a training season and even a running career. When the Achilles tendon comes under too much stress, it can become inflamed (the tendinitis) or even rupture. To prevent the debilitating issue, it's important to stretch the calves, not build up mileage too quickly, and avoid excessive hill work or speedwork. It's also important to buy the right running shoes. Wearing inflexible shoes, shoes that don't fit your stride (for pronators especially), and shoes with a low heel-to-drop can all cause Achilles issues.

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Softness and breathable
  • Lots of cushion, great support for neutral runners. Lots of toe room
  • Cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Response
  • How lightweight it is.
  • fits my foot like a glove. I have very narrow feet.

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gel-in the heels
  • Heel cushion
  • Cushioning

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and fit of the upper
  • It feels like running in a cloud but isn't too heavy or bulky.
  • Right combination of lightweight and cushion

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfort but also responsiveness
  • Super light yet still lots of support
  • Flexible

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Perfect amount of cushioning without feeling bulky
  • Forefoot cushion
  • not too heavy

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

Saucony Ride 9

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The footbed is amazing the way it molds to your foot with the DNA
  • The wider toe box
  • Soft ride

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Weight and cushioning
  • Loaded with cushion
  • The cushion this shoe provides for my shins

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:

  • Light and fast.
  • Lightweight with cushioning
  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Guide 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • very comfortable!
  • It lasted throughout my entire track season without feeling worn down
  • Total comfort

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

Saucony Guide 9

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe is soft and light and I can change it from neutral to stability by changing the inserts.
  • Cushioning and flexibility
  • Light

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

Brooks Launch 3

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