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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:

  • Cushion
  • How the cushion doesn't interfere with support and solid footing.
  • The cushion

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:

  • It has great support
  • Fit and feel make it "fast"
  • Fit and stability

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:

  • Comfort and flexibility
  • Cushion
  • 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:

  • extremely comfortable and light. Still has plenty of support.
  • Just an all around solid shoe
  • Up until tha change in sole they were good now I can't wear them as of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

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:

  • It disappears when I'm running
  • The shoes has great amount of padding
  • so light

Saucony Kinvara 6

Brooks Launch 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe's upper, which is supportive but not constricting
  • The support which is good and firm.
  • The weight, flexibility, and supoort

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:

  • Toe box width
  • Comfort
  • It provides a lot of support without being clunky or heavy.

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
  • Soft cushioning & affordable
  • It doesn't hurt my feet

Saucony Ride 8

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light weight
  • The right balance between cushioning and responsiveness
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.

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:

  • it propels me forward and provides support
  • Light
  • Room in toe box

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:

  • Soft
  • Ultra lightweight superior cushioning
  • It makes my legs feel better

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

Hoka One One Clifton

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