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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:

  • The Nuetral support works better than the Stability shoe
  • Cushioning
  • Heel cushion!

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 wells and doesn't hurt me feet or legs
  • Comfort

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 weight, flexibility, and supoort
  • The fit
  • Lightweight and support

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:

  • Smooth transition from landing to toe off
  • 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:

  • The perfect amount of cushion
  • Breathable and both supportive but flexible
  • 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
  • Responsiveness and ground feel
  • 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:

  • It is very cushioned
  • the shoe is lightweight, fashionable and forms to my foot well.
  • 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:

  • A relatively wide toe box
  • It doesn't hurt my feet
  • Forefoot padding

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Durable yet extremely light.
  • Upper is light and breathable
  • Light and 4mm heel to toe drop

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:

  • The cushioned support which helps me to heel strike or mid foot strike with ease. No more shin splints.
  • The heel fit
  • The way it fits my foot , which has a narrow heel and it is still responsive on the ground

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 lightweight and comfortable
  • Not restrictive
  • Light weight less structured upper

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

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

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