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Best shoes for Men with average builds and achilles pain

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.

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.

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 Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The Ravenna looks much better than the Ariel and still provides stability.
  • It's got the right amount of cushion but it's not too heavy
  • It's cushiony, fits well,

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Consistency
  • Light weight for a neutral shoe, excellent upper fit

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 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

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

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

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • I can get close to 300 miles out to them
  • It's very light for a stability shoe

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

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