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Best shoes for Men with heavier builds who land on the middle of their foot

Take no shame in being a Clydesdale--a runner who, like the horse, are bigger boned yet capable of amazing feats. Because runners come in all shapes and sizes, there are running shoes meant for all shapes and sizes. Clydesdales have to be careful how much shock is going is going to their joints, because the shock from running can apply a force of 1.5-3 times one's body weight in sensitive places like the knees. Luckily, there are shoes meant for bigger runners who need that shock absorption.

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 Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper and cushion
  • Cushioning
  • Cushion and toebox

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushioning is perfect, and the show's upper is very light and comfortable
  • Cushioned ride
  • Super comfortable when landing

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gel-in the heels
  • A lot of cushioning
  • Heel cushion!

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The right balance between cushioning and responsiveness
  • Minimal drop
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Guide 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Wide toe box
  • light and breathable
  • It is reliable and I have used it for the past 4 years

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Saucony Guide 9

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight
  • It's one of only a few shoes that doesn't give me terrible blisters on the arches of my feet
  • It's good

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • it's cushioned without feeling mushy
  • Flexible
  • Feels soft

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • This 6 is an incremental improvement over the 5 model
  • Durability
  • Support

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Good cushion, heel toe drop
  • It feels like it's part of my own feet
  • The stable feel of it

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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