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Best shoes for Women with lighter builds and runner's knee

Being light can certainly help with running. Not only does it mean less weight to propel forward, it reduces the risk of injury and cuts down the pounding in your shoes. But not every running shoe is meant for light runners. Clunky shoes meant for bigger "clydesdale" runners aren't perfect for lighter runners, nor are shoes that run super wide. That's why it's so important to know what shoe type fits your body type.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, better known as Runner's Knee, is the constant scourge of many runners. Often caused by running where the kneecap rests on the thighbone, the nagging injury can be corrected with the right PT and the right shoes. Proper sneakers can reduce impact of shock, which in turns reduces kneecap stress. It's also important to replace your shoe regularly and, when you find the right shoe that prevents the injury, to stick with it.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The flexibility
  • Light, breathable, 4mm drop, with still enough cushion.
  • Just feels right & is wide enough for my feet

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Soft and springy
  • Stable and supportive
  • Cushion

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • So comfortable
  • Cushioning and light weight
  • Light

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

Brooks Launch 3

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