Best of Shoekicker

Best shoes for Women with achilles pain who land on their midfoot

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.

Achilles pain, which often stems from achilles tendinitis, can linger and derail a training season and even a running career. When the Achilles tendon comes under too much stress, it can become inflamed (the tendinitis) or even rupture. To prevent the debilitating issue, it's important to stretch the calves, not build up mileage too quickly, and avoid excessive hill work or speedwork. It's also important to buy the right running shoes. Wearing inflexible shoes, shoes that don't fit your stride (for pronators especially), and shoes with a low heel-to-drop can all cause Achilles issues.

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft landing
  • Durability
  • Flexible, good for long training runs

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Extremely cushioned yet still lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Light weight and flexible

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It makes my feet and legs happy
  • Comfort
  • Its comfort and support.

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I can get close to 300 miles out to them
  • It's very light for a stability shoe
  • It's very light and gives ample support.

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable and lighter weight
  • Its moderate stability
  • The stability for the ankle and pronation

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

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

Liked this list? Try these: