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Best shoes for Men with heavier builds who prefer neutral support

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.

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.

Altra Torin 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible
  • space for my toes
  • Wide toebox

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

Altra Torin 2.5

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion and energy response
  • Tech fit
  • Form fitting upper, breathable, great cushioning, decently flexible sole

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

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Ultra lightweight superior cushioning
  • Less pain
  • Cushion and lightweight

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • No body pain
  • Cushioning
  • Amount of cushion

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop
  • Ever run technology
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the cushion
  • Cushioning and high toe to heel drop
  • Stability and cushioning!

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Consistency
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable and comfortable

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Sturdy
  • A lot of cushioning
  • The Nuetral support works better than the Stability shoe

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The arches
  • The light weight build keeps me feeling light on my feet
  • The soft sole

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort, super cushion
  • its protection.
  • How the cushion doesn't interfere with support and solid footing.

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

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Feels cushiony under my feet
  • Stability
  • Amount of support and light weight

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

Brooks Ghost 8

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