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Best shoes for Women with average builds and achilles pain

Having an average build has its advantages: you can fit in most clothes, fly most airplanes, and ride most roller coasters. Running shoes are no different. Some shoes are meant for lighter runners; some for heavier runners. Average build runners can fit in the large bell shape curve in between. But just like it's important to understand your build, it's also important to understand what shoe you need. That's why the following sneakers are meant for runners who are neither heavy nor skinny.

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 Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is extremely lightweight
  • Everything, my feet feel so good in them
  • My foot feels like is tight and securely kept in place for maximum control and stability.

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Saucony Ride 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • A relatively wide toe box
  • Forefoot padding
  • Cushion

Saucony Ride 8

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • great fit
  • Comfortable design with foot support for my arches.
  • that it works for me and doesn't hurt my feet

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Good combination of cushion yet relatively lightweight
  • Great cushion and no hot spots
  • Wider toe box than Hoka One One

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe is soft and light and I can change it from neutral to stability by changing the inserts.
  • Cushioning & responsiveness
  • The perfect amount of cushion

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

Brooks Launch 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned
  • The wave plate in the sole
  • Light weight

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Support
  • Lightweight for a stability shoe
  • Light weight and cushioned

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

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