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Best shoes for Men with average builds and IT band syndrome

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.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • They have made it past 100 miles before wearing out
  • Right amount of support and cushion
  • Soft landing

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's very comfortable
  • cushioning
  • Roominess and cushion

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • Lots of cushioning
  • Comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and a bad back.

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • No body pain
  • Is incredibly flexible and helped me stop heel striking
  • Incredibly soft

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support
  • Lightweight
  • Light weight

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:

  • Comfort
  • The footbed is amazing the way it molds to your foot with the DNA
  • The super comfort

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and responsive but still supportive
  • It feels extremely good
  • 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

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding
  • The price
  • Comfort without inserts

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

Asics GT-2170

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Minimal shoe
  • Decent arch support
  • My feet don't hurt after I run

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the fit
  • Comfort and stability
  • Cushioned and comfortable runs

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Its structure; sturdy enough to give plenty of support and cushion without feeling like I'm running on marshmallows
  • Comfort
  • Amount of support and light weight

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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