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Best shoes for Women who prefer neutral support and land on the front of their foot

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.

A runner's foot can land on the ground in a myriad of ways. The rarest is on the forefoot, the front of the foot near the toes. There's nothing inherently wrong with this landing pattern: some advocates recommend non-forefoot runners adopt forefoot running to reduce running's shock to the body. However, because it is rare, many shoes aren't designed for runners who land on their forefoot: as a result, the wrong shoe can wear quickly on the front, which can often lead to injury. That's why it's important for forefoot runners to find the right shoe.

Newton Running Gravity

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light
  • The lugs which promote a proper strike
  • The lugs cushion my landing, without adding too much stability.

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

Newton Running Gravity

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The right amount of cushion without feeling clunky
  • It cushions and supports but it is flexible
  • Comfort

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable
  • Comfortable and light
  • Flexibility, arch support, comfort

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • cushion and flexibiliry
  • the support in a more minimal shoe, yet the fact the shoe is still flexible
  • Lightweight but still has support

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Cushioning
  • comfort and support

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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