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Best shoes for Men with average builds and a bad back

Having an average build has its advantages: you can fit in most clothes, fly most airplanes, and ride most roller coasters. Running shoes are no different. Some shoes are meant for lighter runners; some for heavier runners. Average build runners can fit in the large bell shape curve in between. But just like it's important to understand your build, it's also important to understand what shoe you need. That's why the following sneakers are meant for runners who are neither heavy nor skinny.

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.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The responsive, flexible midsole.
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Lightweight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It just feels good on my feet
  • Coupons
  • Cushioning

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper which gives the feeling of "not much shoe" on. It feels like there's enough cushioning underfoot for miles, but it doesn't feel clunky at all: very streamlined.
  • Breathable
  • Quick turnover, right amount of cushioning

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Saucony Guide 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The firmness, yet comfort of the shoe.
  • Dunno
  • Fit, arch support

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

Saucony Guide 6

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It makes my feet and legs happy
  • Comfort
  • Its comfort and support.

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
  • Responsiveness
  • The smooth ride and comfortable upper, which doesn't give me as many blisters as most running shoes

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's lighter but can last my high mileage
  • It's light with the right amount of cushion
  • The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus were good for milage when I was in college

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:

  • Great support for light weight
  • fit my foot properly
  • Toe box and length

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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