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Best shoes for Men with average builds who land on the middle of their foot

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.

From Chi-Running to natural running, many run coaches have been touting the benefit of midfoot running over the past decade. Midfoot running means landing on the center of your foot--not the front (forefoot) or back (heel). Many advocates say this is the natural way to run, and the way humans would be running if our stride wasn't corrupted by hard pavement and clunky shoes. However, because not all running shoes tailor to midfoot runners, people who land in the middle of their foot have to find the right shoe meant for this type of stride.

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • absorbs the pounding, lasts twice as long as others
  • The shoe's cushioning which makes me feel like I'm running on a mattress

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

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe feels springy, light, and bounces back quickly.
  • The fit and cushion. The top fits as comfortable as a light slipper.
  • Low heel

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I don't have shin splints
  • Durability, weight, and cushion
  • Cushion

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

Saucony Ride 9

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Wide sizing and Hoka One One maximal fit.
  • Comfort
  • I feel like I run on clouds and the miles fly by

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

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It has decent cushion on the balls of the feet.
  • It's durability
  • Cushion

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It provides a lot of support without being clunky or heavy.
  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • Light weight and cushion.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and a bad back.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort and durability
  • Soft
  • The shoes cushion

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's very light, yet had tons of cushion. I'm hoping it will keep my legs in good shape for the whole summer.
  • Super cushioned.
  • Cushioning.

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Responsive and fast
  • The comfort but also responsiveness
  • I like running in it

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Very lightweight, great for speedwork
  • support
  • Decent arch support

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Very light, very comfortable, great cushion
  • It's extremely light and soft.
  • Light and comfortable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back.

Hoka One One Clayton

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