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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:

  • 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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • It just feels right
  • Flexible and feels like running on clouds

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:

  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • it fits my orthodics nicely
  • The Saucony's have extra cushion - making those long runs softer

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:

  • 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

Saucony Kinvara 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoes has great amount of padding
  • It disappears when I'm running
  • so light

Saucony Kinvara 6

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 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 Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Tha soft cushion and a really comfortable fitting shoe
  • Cushiony
  • Cushion

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:

  • 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

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

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

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