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Best shoes for Women with average builds and runner's knee

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.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Support
  • Comfort
  • light and breathable with forefoot cushioning

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

Saucony Zealot ISO

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Versatility
  • Supportive
  • Very comfortable

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable design with foot support for my arches.
  • Comfort over long distance

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • I can get close to 300 miles out to them
  • The drop
  • Mizuno has done a great work keeping the inspire true to its ride through the series. They make small changes that rarely take away from function

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

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • Tha soft cushion and a really comfortable fitting shoe
  • cushion and support

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • comfort
  • Stability control and cushioning
  • Very comfortable

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

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion this shoe provides for my shins
  • Cushion
  • Light and supportive

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Roominess and cushion
  • Fits my foot
  • Midsole

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Consistency
  • Light weight
  • No additional unnecessary cushion

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It sorted out my knee issue
  • Once I am able to break them in (a week-ish) they are extremely comfortable
  • Cushioning

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

Asics GT-2170

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Heel fit
  • The lighat weight nature.
  • Lightweight, flexible, just enough cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

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