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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:

  • Gives me support without a lot of extra weight.
  • The light stability and the cushion
  • Just enough support without feeling too heavy

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 has 500 miles
  • The amount of support in relation to the weight.
  • The support is just right

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:

  • Comfort, super cushion
  • its protection.
  • How the cushion doesn't interfere with support and solid footing.

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
  • Cushioning
  • Amount of cushion

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:

  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop
  • Ever run technology
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive

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:

  • the cushion
  • Cushioning and high toe to heel drop
  • Stability and cushioning!

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:

  • The smooth ride and comfortable upper, which doesn't give me as many blisters as most running shoes
  • fits my foot like a glove. I have very narrow feet.
  • Light weight, soft, responsive

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:

  • Once I am able to break them in (a week-ish) they are extremely comfortable
  • overall good shoe
  • Fits well, kind of light unfortunately, but breathable

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:

  • Durability
  • Comfort, fit and breathable, light material
  • Minimal shoe

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:

  • Just enough cushion
  • Light but supportive
  • Super durable with a cushioned forefoot

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:

  • Feels cushiony under my feet
  • Stability
  • 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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