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

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:

  • It is light and responsive
  • it's cushioned without feeling mushy
  • Design

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:

  • It feels both stable and lightweight
  • Cushioning & responsiveness
  • Comfortable sole

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:

  • light weight, connection with ground
  • It's light
  • cushion and flexibiliry

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:

  • Durability, cushion
  • Continual comfort mile after mile
  • The shoe is soft and cushioned but still light weight

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:

  • Soft ride, fits my foot well with my orthotics
  • Tha soft cushion and a really comfortable fitting shoe
  • cushioning

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.
  • Heel to toe drop
  • Super comfortable upper and perfect amount of cushion. It's light weight and low drop.

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:

  • Its comfort and support.
  • Flexible
  • The customer service and running club

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:

  • 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
  • light and supportive but not bulky

Brooks PureFlow 4

Asics GT-2170

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fits well, kind of light unfortunately, but breathable
  • Super comfortable and very durable in the padding
  • It is extremely comfortable, flexible, and has a lot of 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 and 4mm heel to toe drop
  • The flexibility
  • Lightweight and flexible

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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