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Best shoes for Men with average builds and runner's knee

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.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Brooks Transcend 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The perfect amount of cushioning for a base training shoe
  • Gentle stability
  • comfortable, works with my orthotics, easy on my back

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

Brooks Transcend 3

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The over all stability of the structure is good. But the triple density foam could be improved upon.
  • Cushion
  • Stability

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

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Adequete yet not overbearing cushioning, plenty of support for a lightweight shoe
  • The comfortable support.
  • Quick turnover, right amount of cushioning

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Support
  • Solid cushioning and great support
  • Comfort

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe's cushion
  • Loaded with cushion
  • Makes running in concrete less miserable!

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Stability & comfort
  • Very comfortable, stable, neutral
  • The cushioning in the shoe.

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion and Stability
  • Comfort over long distance
  • It's has a nice feel, spring response, and is fairly flexible

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Sturdy
  • It stays pretty consistent even with new models and the one thing that does not change is superior cushioning
  • Cushioning

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and supportive
  • The flexibility and weight. Also with the contours along my foot
  • It feels cushiony, but you can still get a sense of the ground, if that makes sense

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The flexibility
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Upper fit
  • Comfort
  • Light but supportive

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

Brooks Ghost 9

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