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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds and IT band syndrome

Being light can certainly help with running. Not only does it mean less weight to propel forward, it reduces the risk of injury and cuts down the pounding in your shoes. But not every running shoe is meant for light runners. Clunky shoes meant for bigger "clydesdale" runners aren't perfect for lighter runners, nor are shoes that run super wide. That's why it's so important to know what shoe type fits your body type.

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.

Asics GT-2000 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the shoe's durability and consistency
  • it feels really super comfortable, but is actually pretty light too.
  • It lasts through more miles than my other shoes in the past. (My feet have worn holes in all my previous pairs of shoes)

Asics GT-2000 3

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the sweet color
  • The responsive, flexible midsole.
  • Lightweight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Rocker and cushioning. Very light
  • Squishiness!
  • Room in the toe box, and mice cushion

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable soft
  • Cushioning and fit of the upper
  • Cushion and durability

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • Cushion
  • 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

Nike Free RN Distance

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • soft
  • Lightweight
  • Feel, doesn't interfere wig my stride or affect me negatively

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

Nike Free RN Distance

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the lightness of the shoe
  • The upper is extremely durable and is closer to the 30 than the 31.
  • The cushion feeling you get with every step you make while running which makes running extremely fun

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible
  • Comfortable, right amount of support, and super light
  • Shoes cushioning feel underneath

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

Saucony Zealot ISO

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