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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:

  • The light weight build keeps me feeling light on my feet
  • the study sole, providing grip and stability
  • Cushion

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:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Comfortable yet has support where needed
  • Comfortable for middle distance to long runs

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:

  • Soft
  • Soft, with larger toe box
  • lightweight, flexible upper

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:

  • cushion and flexibiliry
  • the support in a more minimal shoe, yet the fact the shoe is still flexible
  • Lightweight but still has support

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:

  • Cushion
  • Cushioning
  • comfort and support

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:

  • Smoothness of roll
  • The cushioning is perfect
  • Gel-padding & it supports my orthotics

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:

  • Wide toe box, lightweight and flexible.
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable, right amount of support, and super light

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:

  • My foot feels like is tight and securely kept in place for maximum control and stability.
  • Roominess and cushion
  • The give me the right amount of support and cushion

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:

  • light and supportive but not bulky
  • Snug fit/low heel-toe drop/low stack hight/durable/perfect for workouts, tempo runs, as well as long runs
  • Provides the right amount of support while not being too bulky; shoe is breathable

Brooks PureFlow 4

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight
  • Good level cushion
  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding

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:

  • It's lightweight and responsive
  • The lightweight and neutrality features
  • Comfortable

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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