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Best shoes for Men with runner's knee who prefer neutral support

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.

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.

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Max cushion
  • So light, yet so much cushion. The support is good for neutral runners, but also people who need a bit of support.
  • Soft landing

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is extremely durable and offers an amazing right. Not too little support but not too much support. It is light and flexible
  • Light weight, comfortable
  • Support and flexibility

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft and springy
  • Durability
  • Cushion

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the lightness of the shoe
  • Light, responsive
  • Adequete yet not overbearing cushioning, plenty of support for a lightweight shoe

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned but minimal drop
  • the maximal cushioning is the best part about the shoe
  • The cushion this shoe provides for my shins

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The length of wear
  • Soft and form fitting upper
  • Sturdy

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • How lightweight it is.
  • Lightweight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • it is very light, but still provides cushion and the flyknit upper doesn't give me blisters or bruises
  • Flexible
  • Light weight and right amount of cushion.

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

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

Altra Torin 2.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Wide toe box
  • Zero drop rate
  • Wide toe box

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

Altra Torin 2.0

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible and soft yet responsive
  • Lightweight
  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support

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:

  • Soft but slow
  • Cushioning and high toe to heel drop
  • Light but supportive

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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