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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds and plantar fascitis

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.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an overloading of the connective tissue that runs from top of the foot to the heel. Although overuse and poor foot structure can lead to the issue, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type and gait can cause pain in the plantar fascia. A super cushioned sneaker can often ease the problem, as can simply replacing a shoe that's already well-trodden.

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • Cushioning & responsiveness
  • Durability.

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

Brooks Launch 3

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable for middle distance to long runs
  • It's light with the right amount of cushion
  • Fit and light

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:

  • Narrow and shallow toebox
  • The responsiveness
  • Light yet supportive

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:

  • Comfort
  • Cushion and flexibility
  • lightweight, yet cushioned, good road feel.

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

Saucony Zealot ISO

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • Light and supportive
  • Cushioned but minimal drop

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion and breathable
  • Support
  • Wide toe box

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

Saucony Ride 9

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