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Best shoes for Men with average builds who prefer neutral support

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.

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

Newton Running Distance V

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • Fast and light
  • Forefoot cushioning

Newton Running Distance V

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

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

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Altra One 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Roomy toe box
  • Incredibly light shoe, but with great amount of cushioning
  • Toe box that allows room to move appropriately

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

Altra One 2

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Lots of cushioning
  • Comfort

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

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Saucony Kinvara 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • so light
  • Light, cushy, and responsive
  • The fit is extremely comfortable

Saucony Kinvara 6

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fit, lightweight and motion control
  • I tend to over pronate and in toe a bit. The PureCadence helps even out my footfall. It fits like a glove with a good amount of spacing at the toe/ I am getting back into running after a foot injury, so I still running low mileage
  • The shoe fits well and has perfect cushioning

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • absorbs the pounding, lasts twice as long as others
  • The 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

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • light weight
  • Comfortable
  • The cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clayton

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion this shoe provides for my shins
  • The soft cushioning
  • Max cushioning with good responsiveness

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible and a good platform in the sole for the foot
  • Forefoot cushion
  • Toe box width

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:

  • Shoe is incredibly soft
  • Soft
  • Very comfortable and provide excellent cushioning

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

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