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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:

  • Max cushion
  • Weight to support ratio
  • Cushioning

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:

  • It feels both stable and lightweight
  • Soft
  • Feel good

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:

  • The last fits my foot
  • Support
  • Comfortable

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:

  • Soft and light
  • Breathable soft
  • Comfortable,lite weight

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:

  • It's extremely light and soft.
  • Light and comfortable
  • 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:

  • Durable yet extremely light.
  • It made my plantar fascia go away
  • 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:

  • It's durability, it lasts longer than most, I'm comfortable running in it, and I notice a decrease in pain/injuries when wearing it
  • Cushioning
  • It has a lot of support, isn't overly bulky, and keeps getting improved all the time with the newest models

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:

  • Lightweight
  • Good level cushion
  • 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:

  • Very comfortable
  • Versatility
  • The stable feel of it

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 placement of the stability post
  • Feels really soft
  • 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:

  • High responsiveness in workouts from the air pad in the forefoot. Lightweight
  • The forefoot cushioning and light weight
  • it's well balanced

Nike Air Zoom Elite 7

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