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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:

  • The lugs
  • Weight
  • Fast and light

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.
  • It feels so comfortable
  • Low heel

Saucony Triumph ISO 2

Altra One 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The zero drop and the wide toe box for maximum toe splay on those long runs!
  • The wide toe box
  • Light weight and cushioning

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
  • 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:

  • The shoes has great amount of padding
  • How lightweight the shoe is and how it keeps me running on my forefoot
  • Soft and low heel to toe drop

Saucony Kinvara 6

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • support
  • Comfort, fit and breathable, light material
  • Durability

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:

  • the stability and responsiveness of the shoe as well as it's propensity to be a high mileage shoe.
  • 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

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and comfortable
  • very lightweight and cushioned
  • It's extremely light and soft.

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:

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

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:

  • The cushioning
  • Toe space is great
  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.

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 forefoot cushioning
  • Shoes upper
  • Soft, comfortable and very cool looking

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

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