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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:

  • Soft
  • Comfort and durability
  • It is lightweight and comfortable

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:

  • Soft, comfortable and very cool looking
  • The forefoot cushioning
  • everything

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:

  • light weight, connection with ground
  • Soft
  • cushion and flexibiliry

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:

  • Breathable
  • It is light and breathable
  • Comfort weight

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:

  • The RMAT outsole is actually great on light trails.
  • The underfoot cushion
  • The cushion is amazing

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:

  • Perfect evition of a shoe that has carried me many miles.
  • Light weight
  • 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:

  • So comfortable
  • lightweight, flexible upper
  • Comfortable sole

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:

  • Durability
  • support
  • The shoe fits well and has perfect cushioning

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:

  • It's the only one that gives me a consistent good ride
  • Cushion
  • The wave plate and stiffness of the shoe

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 is perfect, and the show's upper is very light and comfortable
  • Comfort
  • 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 Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Overall comfort over long miles
  • comfortable,light and right amount of support for long run
  • Cushion

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

Brooks Ghost 9

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