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Best shoes for Women with lighter builds who prefer neutral support

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.

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.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is lightweight and comfortable
  • Not restrictive
  • Light weight, just enough support

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

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • The upper
  • Cushioning

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight
  • Comfort
  • My feet feel great

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The cushioned support which helps me to heel strike or mid foot strike with ease. No more shin splints.
  • Cushioned
  • The heel fit

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Low heel to toe drop
  • The cushion this shoe provides for my shins
  • Cushioning

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light, responsive
  • Cushion and lightweight
  • Lightweight

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Feel good
  • Lighter than most
  • Right amount of support

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable
  • Just enough support without being bulky
  • Comfort, fit and breathable, light material

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

Brooks Purecadence 5

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Gives energy back, soft and breathable
  • Flexible shoe
  • How true to form it is on feet.

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 cushioning which keeps my legs feeling fresh
  • Cushioning
  • Very comfortable, stable, neutral

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Soft cushiin

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

Brooks Ghost 9

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