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Best shoes for Women with runner's knee 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.

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 Zealot ISO

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfortable, right amount of support, and super light
  • Low drop
  • Comfort

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

Saucony Zealot ISO

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Comfort

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

Brooks Ghost 8

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Quality
  • Light weight for a neutral shoe, excellent upper fit

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:

  • Supportive, but not too much. durable, good for trails and roads
  • Gives energy back, soft and breathable
  • The arches

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

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight
  • Just enough cushion
  • Breathability

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

Brooks Ghost 9

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushioning
  • Cushion
  • The upper is very comfortable and the shoe is durable.

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

Brooks Glycerin 14

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light and Neutral
  • The lightweight and neutrality features
  • Light

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

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • everything
  • The shoes cushion
  • breathable

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

Brooks Glycerin 13

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Smoothness of roll
  • Cushioning to ease impact, breathable
  • Cushion

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

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • big toe box
  • Lighter than most
  • Comfort, lightweight

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

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The lighat weight nature.
  • Heel fit
  • Responsiveness

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

Brooks Pureflow 5

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