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Best shoes for Men with lighter builds who prefer neutral support

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.

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft and breathable
  • Upper is breathable, flexible. A lot of cushion
  • Boost material cushion underfoot and the arch support

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's a great fit, roomy toe box, flexible,with great cushion
  • upper and cushioning
  • it fits my orthodics nicely

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

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 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 Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • My plantar fasciitis has mostly resolved since wearing them!
  • How comfortable it is

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis and plantar fascitis.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

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

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

Brooks Cascadia 11

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Durable
  • Feel on the trail and the rock plate in the forefoot
  • Trail stability and traction. Durable cushioning functional for long trail runs

Brooks Cascadia 11

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

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