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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:

  • it propels me forward and provides support
  • Lugs
  • Sole

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:

  • Great support for light weight
  • fit my foot properly
  • Toe box and length

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:

  • The amount of cushion.
  • Support
  • Comfort provided by the Gel-in forefoot and heel

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:

  • Nice and light (not heavy) and breathable. The Adrenaline GTS was not breathable because of the Gore-Tex waterproof coating which made hot summer running almost unbearable.
  • Heel fit
  • Responsiveness

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:

  • Soft landing
  • Durability
  • Flexible, good for long training runs

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:

  • Max cushioning with good responsiveness
  • Amount of cushion
  • Cushioning.

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:

  • Soft but supportive
  • Flexibility, arch support, comfort
  • Cushion

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
  • Lightweight, comfortable, no blisters
  • Breathable

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:

  • The cushion
  • Extremely plush and cushioned
  • Extremely comfortable supportive / holds the heel in place

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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