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Best shoes for Men with plantar fascitis who land on the middle of their foot

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.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an overloading of the connective tissue that runs from top of the foot to the heel. Although overuse and poor foot structure can lead to the issue, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type and gait can cause pain in the plantar fascia. A super cushioned sneaker can often ease the problem, as can simply replacing a shoe that's already well-trodden.

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe's cushioning which makes me feel like I'm running on a mattress
  • absorbs the pounding, lasts twice as long as others
  • the stability and responsiveness of the shoe as well as it's propensity to be a high mileage shoe.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and shin splints.

Hoka One One Stinson 3

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper and cushion
  • Soft landing
  • Weight to support ratio

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and supportive
  • The flexibility and weight. Also with the contours along my foot
  • It feels cushiony, but you can still get a sense of the ground, if that makes sense

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • So comfortable
  • Cushioning and light weight
  • Light

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:

  • Upper fit
  • Comfort
  • Light but supportive

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 lighter but can last my high mileage
  • Flexible
  • 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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion and Stability
  • Comfort over long distance
  • It's has a nice feel, spring response, and is fairly flexible

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Adequete yet not overbearing cushioning, plenty of support for a lightweight shoe
  • The comfortable support.
  • Quick turnover, right amount of cushioning

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Saucony Ride 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Good shoe for high mileage training
  • easy to break in
  • Forefoot cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis.

Saucony Ride 9

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The flexibility
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Stability & comfort
  • Very comfortable, stable, neutral
  • The cushioning in the shoe.

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

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