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Best shoes for Women with average builds who land on their forefoot

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.

A runner's foot can land on the ground in a myriad of ways. The rarest is on the forefoot, the front of the foot near the toes. There's nothing inherently wrong with this landing pattern: some advocates recommend non-forefoot runners adopt forefoot running to reduce running's shock to the body. However, because it is rare, many shoes aren't designed for runners who land on their forefoot: as a result, the wrong shoe can wear quickly on the front, which can often lead to injury. That's why it's important for forefoot runners to find the right shoe.

Newton Running Gravity

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The lugs cushion my landing, without adding too much stability.
  • The lugs which promote a proper strike
  • Lugs

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

Newton Running Gravity

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft, durable, lots of support
  • No change from the last model.
  • Toe box is spacious, the width is good, not super narrow and good cushioning.

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's stability
  • comfort
  • Comfort,and durability and support

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

Asics GEL-Kayano 22

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Almost flat sole
  • My feet feel great
  • Lightweight.

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushioning without feeling like I'm stomping around
  • Soft landing
  • Stability prevents injury

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

Brooks Ravenna 7

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Super cushioned.
  • Lightweight and extremely cushioned
  • Foot shaped toe box

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's light but has cushion in the midfoot
  • Cushion
  • Comfortable and light

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Decent arch support
  • Very lightweight, great for speedwork
  • Lightweight and supportive

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Extra cushion for long runs
  • Comfort and stability
  • The shoe's cushioning and breathable

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

Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

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