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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
  • Wide toe box
  • 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:

  • It gives unmatched energy return and also way more comfortable than the Adidas Sequance 9. Upper is so much more snug and comfortable!!! The only problem was the heel. You really need to "Buckle down" the laces to make sure you don't slip.
  • It's light
  • Lightweight

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:

  • super soft and lightweight
  • feels soft
  • So light, yet so much cushion. The support is good for neutral runners, but also people who need a bit of support.

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
  • Is incredibly flexible and helped me stop heel striking
  • Incredibly soft

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:

  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support
  • Lightweight
  • Light weight

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:

  • Comfort
  • The footbed is amazing the way it molds to your foot with the DNA
  • The super comfort

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:

  • The way it fits my foot , which has a narrow heel and it is still responsive on the ground
  • The upper, no overlays over the toe area
  • Cushioned

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:

  • Extra cushion for long runs
  • Extremely plush and cushioned
  • Heel cushion!

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:

  • Lasts 6 months doesn't squish toes
  • the study sole, providing grip and stability
  • The wave plate and stiffness of the shoe

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:

  • Cushioning
  • 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

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Its structure; sturdy enough to give plenty of support and cushion without feeling like I'm running on marshmallows
  • Comfort
  • 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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