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Best shoes for Men with average builds and plantar fascitis

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.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an overloading of the connective tissue that runs from top of the foot to the heel. Although overuse and poor foot structure can lead to the issue, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type and gait can cause pain in the plantar fascia. A super cushioned sneaker can often ease the problem, as can simply replacing a shoe that's already well-trodden.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight
  • It is comfortable, not too light but not heavy at all. Perfect heel to toe drop for an everyday trainer
  • Cushion

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Transcend 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • It is supportive
  • The perfect amount of cushioning for a base training shoe

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

Brooks Transcend 3

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • No blisters and no feet pain
  • Cushion
  • The cushion

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

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and response of the sole
  • Weight and cushioning
  • The soft cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The last fits my foot
  • just feels natural running in them
  • Flexibility

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Has a wide toe box and fits my feet well
  • Right amount of support and cushion
  • Light and stable

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:

  • There is a wide fit version, and it has the most support of any shoe I have worn. I just have to wear orthotics as well.
  • Have worn several years different models without a shoe related problem
  • Soft and cushiony

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

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 shoe's fit. It doesn't slide on my narrow heel, like other brands and models have done.
  • comfort and support

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • not too heavy
  • Forefoot cushion
  • High durability

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

Saucony Ride 9

Altra Instinct 1.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Zero Drop
  • The cushion underneath!
  • Cushion

Altra Instinct 1.5

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Responsive, light weight, breathable upper, yet enough support for me.
  • its lightweight feel combined with its comfort and durability
  • Light weight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

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