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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome who land on the middle of their foot

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.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • How the shoe hugs my foot, a more snug fit
  • Arch control
  • Breathable

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The lighat weight nature.
  • I like the way they look.
  • Soft

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and fast
  • Flexible and soft yet responsive
  • Light and comfortable heel-to-toe drop

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Supportive
  • Stability prevents injury
  • It's got the right amount of cushion but it's not too heavy

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:

  • Low heel to toe drop
  • Cushion
  • Weight and cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gives energy back, soft and breathable
  • Comfortable
  • the study sole, providing grip and stability

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe is soft and cushioned but still light weight
  • Cushioning and high toe to heel drop
  • I find it reliable.

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Roomy toe box
  • Soft, comfortable and very cool looking
  • It's better than the other shoes

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The whith
  • It is light and flexible
  • Durability

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • The plush ride
  • Flexible

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:

  • It is extremely lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Responsiveness

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

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