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Best shoes for Men with IT band syndrome who prefer neutral support

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.

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.

Newton Running Distance V

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Forefoot cushioning
  • Fast and light
  • The lugs

Newton Running Distance V

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and response of the sole
  • Weight and cushioning
  • The soft cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The forefoot cushioning
  • Comfort
  • Cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Toe box and length
  • Versatility
  • Comfort and support

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Altra Torin 2.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Wide toe box
  • Wide toe box
  • The amount of cushioning is comfortable

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

Altra Torin 2.0

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Footshape
  • zero drop
  • Durability and toe box

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Responsive, light weight, breathable upper, yet enough support for me.
  • its lightweight feel combined with its comfort and durability
  • Light weight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • it fits wells and doesn't hurt me feet or legs
  • The cushioning
  • wide toe box. cushion without bulk

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and a bad back.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Brooks PureConnect 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Helps maintain my mid foot landing
  • Light weight
  • The shoe's flexibility and light weight

Brooks PureConnect 2

Altra Instinct 1.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Zero Drop
  • The cushion underneath!
  • Cushion

Altra Instinct 1.5

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • The cushion and support. Ah-may-zing. Orgasmic
  • Cushioning

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

Hoka One One Bondi 4

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