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Best shoes for Men with IT band syndrome who land on their midfoot

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:

  • the maximal cushioning is the best part about the shoe
  • The underfoot cushion
  • Low heel to toe drop

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:

  • wide toe box
  • Durability and toe box
  • zero drop

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • The Ravenna looks much better than the Ariel and still provides stability.
  • Feels like clouds

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:

  • Extremely light
  • It feels extremely good
  • How lightweight it is.

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:

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

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:

  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive, light weight, breathable upper, yet enough support for me.

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:

  • Upper fit
  • Breathable
  • Softness

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:

  • Comfort without inserts
  • Cushioning
  • It's fit

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:

  • Flexible and a good platform in the sole for the foot
  • Toe space is great
  • it fits my orthodics nicely

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:

  • The shape of the shoe is good for my foot
  • Breathable
  • the combination of cushion and responsiveness

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:

  • Cushioned landing and light
  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • That it feels comfortable no matter the distance

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

Brooks Launch 3

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