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

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:

  • Gel-in the heels
  • The shoe's cushioning and breathable
  • Cushioning

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:

  • fits my narrow feet well and provides great stability and support.
  • it fits my orthodics nicely
  • The Saucony's have extra cushion - making those long runs softer

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 fit
  • The shoe's upper, which is supportive but not constricting
  • 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 Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It fits well... At least the 3 and 5. The others had too big of a toe box.
  • Flexibility
  • 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 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned landing and light
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • Fitted and very comfortable

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:

  • Light weight. Low heel/toe drop
  • Additional padding towards the front
  • Responsiveness and ground feel

Newton Running Fate

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Feels light on my feet, yet provides plenty of durable cushioning.
  • Fit and stability
  • the shoe is lightweight, fashionable and forms to my foot well.

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:

  • A relatively wide toe box
  • They are so cushiony and they don't make my toes fall asleep
  • The overall comfort and support provideo by the shoe

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort, breathable, neutral
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.
  • Lightweight with cushioning

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:

  • It's one of only a few shoes that doesn't give me terrible blisters on the arches of my feet
  • Durability
  • The cushioned support which helps me to heel strike or mid foot strike with ease. No more shin splints.

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.
  • Light weight less structured upper
  • It is lightweight and comfortable

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

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

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