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Best shoes for Women with a bad back who prefer neutral support

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.

A bad back can ruin everything from running or basic household tasks. Luckily there are shoes, both for running and walking, that are meant for folks with bad backs. The most important thing is figuring out whether you need a stability shoe, a neutral shoe, or a motion controlled shoe. Second, it's important to find a shoe that has worked for people with bad backs. These athletic shoes are often cushioned, have great arch support, and allow for flexibility for your individual stride.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The comfortability and the heel cushioning.
  • It provides a lot of support without being clunky or heavy.
  • Toe space is great

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

Saucony Triumph ISO

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and fast.
  • Lightweight with cushioning
  • Upper fits great, midsole stable without arch support

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fits perfect, is the right amount of cushion
  • The cushioned sole
  • Fit and cushioning

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Softness and breathable
  • Lots of cushion, great support for neutral runners. Lots of toe room
  • Cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The footbed is amazing the way it molds to your foot with the DNA
  • The wider toe box
  • Soft ride

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's better than the other shoes
  • Lightweight while giving cushion
  • Flexible

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • cushion and support
  • Cushion
  • Cushion

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Super durable with a cushioned forefoot
  • comfortable,light and right amount of support for long run
  • the fit

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

Brooks Ghost 9

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