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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds and patellar tendinitis

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.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's light with the right amount of cushion
  • It has a lot of support, isn't overly bulky, and keeps getting improved all the time with the newest models
  • Cushioning

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • price
  • Moves the way i want it to, doesn't move around on my foot. I can wear it in both trails and roads
  • Comfortable

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
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • Fitted and very comfortable

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

Brooks Launch 3

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's very light, yet had tons of cushion. I'm hoping it will keep my legs in good shape for the whole summer.
  • Cushioned but minimal drop
  • The shoe's cushion

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:

  • Comfort, breathable, neutral
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.
  • Lightweight with cushioning

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I don't have shin splints
  • not too heavy
  • Durability

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

Saucony Ride 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe's upper wrapped around my foot well. The low profile heel-toe drop.
  • how well it immediately formed to my foot
  • Breathable and comfy

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Continual comfort mile after mile
  • Upper comfort
  • Light but supportive

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

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