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Best shoes for Men with achilles pain who prefer neutral support

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.

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.

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • It just feels right
  • Flexible and feels like running on clouds

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • price
  • Moves the way i want it to, doesn't move around on my foot. I can wear it in both trails and roads
  • Comfortable

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's very light, yet had tons of cushion. I'm hoping it will keep my legs in good shape for the whole summer.
  • Cushioned but minimal drop
  • 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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion and durability
  • Breathable soft
  • Cushioning and fit of the upper

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I don't have shin splints
  • not too heavy
  • Durability

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

Saucony Ride 9

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gel-in the heels
  • The shoe's cushioning and breathable
  • Cushioning

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft cushiin
  • Comfortable
  • Support

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Continual comfort mile after mile
  • Upper comfort
  • Light but supportive

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

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

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

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper and cushion
  • It got rid of my knee/hip discomfort
  • Cushion

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned landing and light
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • Fitted and very comfortable

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

Brooks Launch 3

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