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Best shoes for Women who prefer neutral support and land on their heel

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.

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I feel like I run on clouds and the miles fly by
  • Comfort
  • How the cushion doesn't interfere with support and solid footing.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and a bad back.

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft but supportive
  • Overall comfort over long miles
  • Lightweight

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

Brooks Ghost 9

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light, flexible, and fast
  • comfortable
  • Extremely light

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The upper
  • the amount of cushion and support in the heel for my ankle tendonitis
  • Roomy toe box

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • Fitted and very comfortable
  • Soft

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort, feel, durability.
  • Has good cushioning
  • toe box

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It makes my legs feel better
  • So light, yet so much cushion. The support is good for neutral runners, but also people who need a bit of support.
  • It's light but we'll cushioned

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The wave plate in the sole
  • It's comfort and breathability
  • It's balanced feel. Just enough heel support to by be worried about an accidental strike

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Heel cushion!
  • Extremely plush and cushioned
  • The shoe's cushioning and breathable

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion and energy response
  • The durability, bounce, fit
  • Tech fit

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

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light. Bouncy.
  • Soft
  • Smooth transition from landing to toe off

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

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