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Best shoes for Women who land on their midfoot and need good support

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.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • wide toe box. cushion without bulk
  • Comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and a bad back.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • The zero drop, minimal sole
  • It is comfortable and supportive for a "minimalist" shoe

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Just right amount of cushion and is not obtrusive on my arches like many shoes are.
  • Very durable, I am averaging 300 miles per pair which has been great. I am 5'10'' 215lbs, so I used to go through shoes quickly.
  • It's light but supportive

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

Brooks Launch 2

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible and wide enough
  • its lighter than my last shoe, feels like I can crush all my PRs
  • Very comfortable

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

Brooks Launch 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight yet supportive
  • Feels soft
  • It's lightweight and fits great!

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight with moderate cushion
  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop
  • The responsive, flexible midsole.

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Saucony Ride 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Forefoot padding
  • Cushion
  • They are so cushiony and they don't make my toes fall asleep

Saucony Ride 8

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • Cushion and lightweight
  • Lots of cushion, great support for neutral runners. Lots of toe room

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's very light and gives ample support.
  • I haven't lost toenails since
  • Support

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Newton Running Fate

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Very comfortable upper. Like a slipper.
  • Toe box
  • It's the best all around shoe for my foot, responsive, light and supportive

Newton Running Fate

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable
  • 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
  • support

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

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