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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds who land on the middle of their foot

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.

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.

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Ultra lightweight superior cushioning
  • Less pain
  • Cushion and lightweight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable and light
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • Lots of support and durability

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Just enough cushion
  • Light but supportive
  • Super durable with a cushioned forefoot

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and fit of the upper
  • Breathable soft
  • Right combination of lightweight and cushion

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11

Hoka One One Clayton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Zero drop which doesn't allow me to heel strike
  • It's extremely light and soft.
  • Cushioning and weight

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

Hoka One One Clayton

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop
  • Ever run technology
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight, comfortable
  • Up until tha change in sole they were good now I can't wear them as of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32
  • It is light and responsive

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Once I am able to break them in (a week-ish) they are extremely comfortable
  • overall good shoe
  • Fits well, kind of light unfortunately, but breathable

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

Asics GT-2170

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Feels cushiony under my feet
  • Stability
  • Amount of support and light weight

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Saucony Guide 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • The shoes are durable and high quality.
  • Feels really soft

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

Saucony Guide 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Feels great and durable
  • High responsiveness in workouts from the air pad in the forefoot. Lightweight
  • Toe box is comfy and helps me with my heel strike

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

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