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Best shoes for Men with average builds who land on their forefoot

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.

A runner's foot can land on the ground in a myriad of ways. The rarest is on the forefoot, the front of the foot near the toes. There's nothing inherently wrong with this landing pattern: some advocates recommend non-forefoot runners adopt forefoot running to reduce running's shock to the body. However, because it is rare, many shoes aren't designed for runners who land on their forefoot: as a result, the wrong shoe can wear quickly on the front, which can often lead to injury. That's why it's important for forefoot runners to find the right shoe.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Snug feel
  • weight and durability and color
  • Breathable

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.
  • Light and fast.

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:

  • Lightweight, comfortable
  • Super durable with a cushioned forefoot
  • Comfortable

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is extremely lightweight
  • Everything, my feet feel so good in them
  • My foot feels like is tight and securely kept in place for maximum control and stability.

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Forefoot cushion
  • The Everrun technology
  • Price, weight

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

Saucony Ride 9

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