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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:

  • 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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Stability for overpronation
  • comfort
  • Support and durability

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:

  • How the cushion doesn't interfere with support and solid footing.
  • I feel like I run on clouds and the miles fly by
  • Cushion

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:

  • 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

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The footbed is amazing the way it molds to your foot with the DNA
  • The wider toe box
  • Soft ride

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:

  • 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

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • perfect fit
  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding

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:

  • Fits me well, lightweight
  • Just enough support without being bulky
  • 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:

  • 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

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fits perfect, is the right amount of cushion
  • The cushioned sole
  • Fit and cushioning

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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