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

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:

  • Cushion
  • The cushion
  • Meta-Rocker

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.
  • It feels so comfortable
  • Flexibility and support.

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Durability, weight, and cushion
  • the cushioning, as I transferred to this shoe from a shoe with much less cushioning.

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:

  • Allowed me to run after PF without pain
  • Long lasting with lots of miles put on them.
  • Comfort

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:

  • Breathable
  • The support is just right
  • Comfortable

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:

  • upper and cushioning
  • Light feel and cushioning
  • Forefoot 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:

  • the amount of cushion and support in the heel for my ankle tendonitis
  • Shoes upper
  • It's better than the other shoes

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:

  • Cushioned but minimal drop
  • Low heel to toe drop
  • 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:

  • Good looking, comfortable and feels good every run
  • Durable, comfortable and breathable
  • The shape of the shoe is good for my foot

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:

  • Decent arch support
  • It feels cushiony, but you can still get a sense of the ground, if that makes sense
  • My feet don't hurt after I run

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:

  • Light and comfortable
  • very lightweight and cushioned
  • Cushioned stability

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

Hoka One One Clayton

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