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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:

  • Comfortable, supportive for me.
  • The amount of support in relation to the weight.
  • Everything!

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:

  • The right amount of cushion without being too heavy
  • A relatively wide toe box
  • The overall comfort and support provideo by the shoe

Saucony Ride 8

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The Ravenna looks much better than the Ariel and still provides stability.
  • Flexible, good for long training runs
  • Light and stable

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:

  • cushioning
  • The Gel-sole
  • Extra cushion

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:

  • Cushioning and flexibility
  • Cushioning and light weight
  • Comfortable and light

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:

  • Breathable
  • Extremely cushioned yet still lightweight
  • Feels soft

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:

  • It's very light for a stability shoe
  • So comfy
  • Light weight but super supportive and stable

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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