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Best shoes for Women with plantar fascitis who prefer neutral support

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.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an overloading of the connective tissue that runs from top of the foot to the heel. Although overuse and poor foot structure can lead to the issue, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type and gait can cause pain in the plantar fascia. A super cushioned sneaker can often ease the problem, as can simply replacing a shoe that's already well-trodden.

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The shoe is soft and light and I can change it from neutral to stability by changing the inserts.
  • Cushioning & responsiveness
  • The perfect amount of cushion

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Versatility
  • Durability
  • The weight and feel

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion
  • It's very light, yet had tons of cushion. I'm hoping it will keep my legs in good shape for the whole summer.
  • Squishiness!

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

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It has great support
  • Fit and feel make it "fast"
  • Cushion with support

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and shin splints.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light but supportive
  • They just give the correct support in all the right places
  • The cushioning and the wide toe box

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The feel
  • Smooth transition from landing to toe off
  • Almost flat sole

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:

  • Comfortable
  • I feel the ground well beneath my foot.
  • Light and fast.

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioned
  • The wave plate in the sole
  • Light weight

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable and cushioned
  • The wave plate and stiffness of the shoe
  • The soft sole

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The smooth ride and comfortable upper, which doesn't give me as many blisters as most running shoes
  • The smooth ride
  • It feels extremely good

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Snug feel
  • weight and durability and color
  • Breathable

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

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