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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:

  • It just feels right
  • The shoe itself is very comfortable on landing. The boost material makes it really easy on the shins. The top is very breathable.
  • Upper is breathable, flexible. A lot of 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 lightness of the shoe
  • The upper is extremely durable and is closer to the 30 than the 31.
  • The cushion feeling you get with every step you make while running which makes running extremely fun

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:

  • Rocker and cushioning. Very light
  • Squishiness!
  • Room in the toe box, and mice 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:

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

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:

  • The Everrun technology
  • Price, weight
  • easy to break in

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:

  • Extremely comfortable supportive / holds the heel in place
  • Soft and form fitting upper
  • Extremely plush and cushioned

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:

  • Breathable
  • cushioning and support
  • I can order it in a wide width

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:

  • Comfortable
  • Coupons
  • The shoe's fit. It doesn't slide on my narrow heel, like other brands and models have done.

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
  • It's snug fit. I have very narrow feet
  • Its pretty bouncy and is soft

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:

  • It makes my legs feel better
  • Weight + width
  • Lots of 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:

  • Feel good
  • Flexible
  • Soft, with larger toe box

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

Brooks Launch 3

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