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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:

  • Cushion
  • It makes my legs feel better
  • Cushion and toebox

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:

  • Cushioning and flexibility
  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • The perfect amount of support

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:

  • Comfortable and light
  • Comfort
  • Soft cushiin

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:

  • Gives me support
  • It feels like running in a cloud but isn't too heavy or bulky.
  • Cushioning and fit of the upper

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:

  • very lightweight and cushioned
  • Cushioning and weight
  • Comfortable

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:

  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support
  • Lightweight
  • Light weight

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:

  • extremely comfortable and light. Still has plenty of support.
  • Support and flexibility
  • 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:

  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding
  • The price
  • Comfort without inserts

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:

  • Stability
  • The right amount of cushion without feeling clunky
  • Cushion

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:

  • The cushioning and lightweight
  • light and breathable
  • The placement of the stability post

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:

  • High responsiveness in workouts from the air pad in the forefoot. Lightweight
  • The shoe's upper wrapped around my foot well. The low profile heel-toe drop.
  • it's well balanced

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

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