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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome who land on their midfoot

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:

  • It's lightweight and fits great!
  • Breathable
  • Cushioned

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:

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

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:

  • drop and lightness
  • soft and comfortable
  • Lightweight, responsive and durable

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:

  • 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

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The snug fit
  • It's the only one that gives me a consistent good ride
  • Lightweight and durable

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:

  • Cushion
  • The comfort
  • The cushioning which keeps my legs feeling fresh

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:

  • breathable
  • Comfort
  • The upper

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:

  • 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

Saucony Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushion
  • lightweight, yet cushioned, good road feel.
  • The plush ride

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:

  • The support which is extremely strong
  • Cushioning and support
  • My foot feels like is tight and securely kept in place for maximum control and stability.

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

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

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