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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:

  • The upper and cushion
  • It got rid of my knee/hip discomfort
  • Cushion

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:

  • 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

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft cushiin
  • Comfortable
  • Support

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:

  • Cushion and durability
  • Breathable soft
  • 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:

  • Zero drop which doesn't allow me to heel strike
  • The light weight, the cushioning, and the 4 mm drop.
  • very lightweight and cushioned

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:

  • 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

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

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's really supportive
  • The Gel-and cushioning
  • The price

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
  • The cushioned sole
  • Great support for 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:

  • It lasted throughout my entire track season without feeling worn down
  • Feel and cushion
  • It is reliable and I have used it for the past 4 years

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:

  • 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

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