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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:

  • Medium soft feel
  • Extremely comfortable supportive / holds the heel in place
  • Gel-in the heels

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:

  • Flexible and a good platform in the sole for the foot
  • Toe space is great
  • it fits my orthodics nicely

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:

  • 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.
  • Soft landing
  • The fit

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:

  • Comfort
  • low drop
  • Light. Bouncy.

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
  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • That it feels comfortable no matter the distance

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:

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

Newton Running Fate

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the cushion
  • It is very cushioned
  • Feels light on my feet, yet provides plenty of durable cushioning.

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:

  • It doesn't hurt my feet
  • Soft cushioning & affordable
  • Durable

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive, light weight, breathable upper, yet enough support for me.

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:

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • So comfortable first time I put on.
  • It's fit and durability for a 200lb man

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:

  • Light weight less structured upper
  • It is light.
  • 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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