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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:

  • the price
  • Durability
  • The upper and the cushion

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:

  • 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

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

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

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

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Super durable with a cushioned forefoot
  • comfortable,light and right amount of support for long run
  • the fit

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:

  • 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

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion and lightness
  • Form fitting upper, breathable, great cushioning, decently flexible sole
  • Great energy return from boost

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:

  • 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

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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