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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:

  • Cushion
  • Soft
  • Cushion and toebox

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:

  • The cushioning and responsiveness
  • Soft and springy
  • It's ride

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:

  • Comfort all around
  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.
  • Forefoot cushion

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:

  • Lighter than most
  • Light
  • The perfect amount of cushion

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
  • How lightweight the shoe is and how it keeps me running on my forefoot

Saucony Kinvara 6

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • just feels natural running in them
  • Overall comfort over long miles
  • overall fit

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:

  • Design
  • Cushioning
  • It is extremely durable and offers an amazing right. Not too little support but not too much support. It is light and flexible

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
  • Doesn't change much
  • Great cushion and no hot spots

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:

  • Shoe's cushion and price
  • Breathable
  • Good high mileage

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:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive
  • Lightweight and fast

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:

  • It cushions and supports but it is flexible
  • fit my foot properly
  • Supportive

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

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