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Best shoes for Men with runner's knee 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.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight
  • It is comfortable, not too light but not heavy at all. Perfect heel to toe drop for an everyday trainer
  • Cushion

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • There is a wide fit version, and it has the most support of any shoe I have worn. I just have to wear orthotics as well.
  • Have worn several years different models without a shoe related problem
  • Soft and cushiony

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning & support
  • Extremely comfortable supportive / holds the heel in place
  • It works

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fit, lightweight and motion control
  • I tend to over pronate and in toe a bit. The PureCadence helps even out my footfall. It fits like a glove with a good amount of spacing at the toe/ I am getting back into running after a foot injury, so I still running low mileage
  • Light weight

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Great choice of colors
  • It's lighter but can last my high mileage
  • The support for running higher mileage

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning and response of the sole
  • Weight and cushioning
  • The soft cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Weight and Flyknit upper
  • Look
  • Light weight and right amount of cushion.

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

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable sole
  • Flexible
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Has a wide toe box and fits my feet well
  • Right amount of support and cushion
  • Light and stable

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Brooks Transcend 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • It is supportive
  • The perfect amount of cushioning for a base training shoe

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

Brooks Transcend 3

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The last fits my foot
  • just feels natural running in them
  • Flexibility

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

Brooks Ghost 9

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