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Best shoes for Women with average builds who land on the middle of their foot

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.

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.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable and cushioned
  • The wave plate and stiffness of the shoe
  • The soft sole

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • extremely comfortable and light. Still has plenty of support.
  • Just an all around solid shoe
  • Up until tha change in sole they were good now I can't wear them as of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible and wide enough
  • Right amount of support
  • Comfort, lightweight

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

Brooks Launch 3

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The good fit
  • Has good cushioning
  • Comfort

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

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

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 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

Brooks PureFlow 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Provides the right amount of support while not being too bulky; shoe is breathable
  • They are very light and minimalist. They tend to be a quieter foot strike because of the flexible sole. These also have a drop of less than 4mm
  • Snug fit/low heel-toe drop/low stack hight/durable/perfect for workouts, tempo runs, as well as long runs

Brooks PureFlow 4

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight
  • The right balance between cushioning and responsiveness
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

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