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Best shoes for Men with IT band syndrome who land on the middle of their foot

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.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

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

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Durability and toe box
  • zero drop
  • Footshape

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The amount of comfort it provides and the ride style for the runner
  • Support
  • The smooth ride

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

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 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

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Softness
  • The whith

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The support it gives me while also being fairly light for a stability shoe
  • The arch support
  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding

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

Asics GT-2170

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Narrow and shallow toebox
  • weight and durability and color
  • Flexible

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and light weight
  • Comfort, lightweight
  • Flexible and comfortable

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

Brooks Launch 3

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