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Best shoes for Women with average builds and IT band syndrome

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.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Durability
  • Cushion

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the maximal cushioning is the best part about the shoe
  • Light and flexible also well cushioned
  • No body pain

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Supportive, but not too much. durable, good for trails and roads
  • the study sole, providing grip and stability
  • The soft sole

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Brooks Transcend 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • the support
  • Support and comfort
  • Cushioned heel

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

Brooks Transcend 3

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lots of cushion
  • Stability control and cushioning
  • The cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and IT band syndrome.

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The stable feel of it
  • Feels cushiony under my feet
  • Fits the shape of my foot very well

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Good cushioning
  • It is light and flexible
  • The cushion and support

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Asics Gel-Cumulus 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable ride
  • Flexible
  • the cushioning, which is perfectly soft but not mushy

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

Asics Gel-Cumulus 14

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned landing and light
  • It feels both stable and lightweight
  • That it feels comfortable no matter the distance

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • Cushioned ride
  • lightweight, comfortable,

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fits my feet perfectly and there is enough room for my toes
  • It's cushiony, fits well,
  • The added stability

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

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