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Best shoes for Women with average builds who prefer neutral support

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.

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lots of cushioning
  • Cushion
  • Allowed me to run after PF without pain

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and a bad back.

Hoka One One Bondi 4

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fit and stability
  • the shoe is lightweight, fashionable and forms to my foot well.
  • Fit and feel make it "fast"

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

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Altra Olympus

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Comfort and flexibility
  • Foot shaped toe box, which doesn't cramp my toes, and zero drop.

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

Altra Olympus

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable for middle distance to long runs
  • it's cushioned without feeling mushy
  • Cushion

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Saucony Kinvara 6

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The wide and roomy toe box and
  • It disappears when I'm running
  • Light, cushy, and responsive

Saucony Kinvara 6

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Just right amount of cushion and is not obtrusive on my arches like many shoes are.
  • The shoe is springy and helps launch your run
  • The support which is good and firm.

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

Brooks Launch 2

Saucony Triumph ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • wide toe box. cushion without bulk
  • it fits my orthodics nicely
  • Comfort all around

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and a bad back.

Saucony Triumph ISO

Saucony Ride 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • They are so cushiony and they don't make my toes fall asleep
  • Durable
  • Cushion

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Ever run technology
  • Cushion
  • The heel to toe drop and the lightweight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Newton Running Gravity

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Fore front lugs
  • Helps correct your form to run more efficiently
  • it propels me forward and provides support

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

Newton Running Gravity

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • Soft
  • responsive

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton

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