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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
  • Cushion
  • 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:

  • cushioning
  • the fit
  • The shoe feels springy, light, and bounces back quickly.

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Perfect amount of cushioning without feeling bulky
  • Forefoot cushion
  • not too heavy

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:

  • 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

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.
  • It provides a lot of support without being clunky or heavy.
  • Toe space is great

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:

  • It's better than the other shoes
  • Lightweight while giving cushion
  • Flexible

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:

  • 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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfort but also responsiveness
  • Super light yet still lots of support
  • Flexible

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:

  • 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

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Zero drop which doesn't allow me to heel strike
  • Cushion
  • The cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clayton

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