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Best shoes for Women who prefer neutral support and land on the middle 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.

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.

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • A lot of cushioning
  • Soft and form fitting upper
  • Extra cushion for long runs

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • upper and cushioning
  • Flexible and a good platform in the sole for the foot
  • it fits wells and doesn't hurt me feet or legs

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The support which is good and firm.
  • It's light but supportive
  • How light and comfortable it is

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

Brooks Launch 2

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is comfortable and supportive for a "minimalist" shoe
  • Lightweight.
  • The feel

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning & responsiveness
  • The feel
  • Very light and comfortae

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

Brooks Launch 3

Newton Running Fate

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Toe box
  • The soles which help with form
  • Light weight. Low heel/toe drop

Newton Running Fate

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It has great support
  • wide toe box and cushiony
  • Fit and stability

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Saucony Ride 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The overall comfort and support provideo by the shoe
  • Forefoot padding
  • Durable

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Lightweight with cushioning
  • Lightweight, responsive and durable

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • No additional unnecessary cushion
  • Breathable
  • The heel fit

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is light.
  • Response
  • Not restrictive

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

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

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