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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds who land on their midfoot

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:

  • Less pain
  • Cushion and toebox
  • feels soft

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:

  • Fitted and very comfortable
  • The perfect amount of support
  • Soft

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:

  • Good cushioning
  • Soft cushiin
  • Long lasting

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:

  • It feels like running in a cloud but isn't too heavy or bulky.
  • Good high mileage
  • 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:

  • light weight
  • very lightweight and cushioned
  • Cushion

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 Neutral
  • Comfortable
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.

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:

  • Flexible
  • It is extremely durable and offers an amazing right. Not too little support but not too much support. It is light and flexible
  • Flexible, comfortable, springy, light, good looking

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:

  • the arch support
  • Its snug fit
  • The Gel-and cushioning

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:

  • Support
  • It feels like it's part of my own feet
  • 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:

  • Wide toe box
  • The cushioning and lightweight
  • durable support and cushion

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
  • Feels great and durable
  • The shoe's upper wrapped around my foot well. The low profile heel-toe drop.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

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