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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:

  • One piece seemless upper and the fly ropes give the mid foot a snug feel without being restrictive
  • Has the right amount of cushion
  • The cushion

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:

  • Comfortable
  • Good shoe for high mileage training
  • Forefoot cushion

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:

  • fits good over top of my foot
  • Flexible
  • that it works for me and doesn't hurt my feet

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
  • Super cushioned.
  • The cushion

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
  • It's lightweight and fits great!
  • Lightweight yet supportive

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:

  • Comfort and stability
  • Support
  • The last fits my foot

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:

  • Its comfort during long runs.
  • Soft
  • feels soft

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:

  • Just enough cushioning and a nice breathable upper mesh
  • It feels both stable and lightweight
  • Soft, with larger toe box

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:

  • Lightweight and fast
  • Lightweight
  • Lightweight

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:

  • It feels extremely good
  • lightweight, great fit, and the right about of cushion for me
  • Extremely light

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:

  • Light weight but super supportive and stable
  • Light weight and cushioned
  • 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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