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No more putting off buying running shoes that actually work for your foot mechanics. For most people, that means sneakers designed for neutral feet.
“Neutral running shoes are designed for runners who have a neutral stance where the foot is neither excessively pronated (rolling inwardly on contact with the ground) or supinated (rolling outwardly on contact with the ground),” explains Scott R. Lurie, DPM, founder of Park Avenue Podiatry Associates in New York City.
These runners often require shock absorption, cushioning, and road-feel rather than more support or control of motion, says Lurie, noting that there has to be a happy medium of sorts. “While some runners enjoy more of the “road-feel, I find it is not the best for the skeletal structure as a whole,” he says.
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Yes, there’s the barefoot running school of thought, but he’s not in that camp: “Our bodies need to find a way to attenuate shock and impact with each foot strike. Barefoot running or shoes that mimic this may be what the runner feels comfortable with, but we must look at the long-term impact on our knees, hips, and spine,” Lurie stresses, elaborating that repetitive jarring of our skeleton will ultimately lead to degenerative arthritic changes in our bones and joints, as well as the potential for stress injuries to muscles, tendon, and ligaments.
What Are Neutral Running Shoes?
Thankfully, it’s possible to find sneakers that strike a balance between barefoot-inspired styles and full-fledged stability sneakers. “Typically, neutral shoes are lighter than stability shoes. Generally the midsole will have a lighter color which resembles a better response during mid-foot strike,” says ankle surgeon/podiatrist Mark J. Mendeszoon, FACFAS, FACPM, a partner at Precision Orthopaedic Specialties Inc in Chardon, Ohio and the owner of Achilles Running Shop in Willoughby, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania.
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As Mendeszoon highlights, since neutral shoes tend to be narrower in the forefoot, it’s key to make sure there’s ample space in the toe box so your toes aren’t cramped and have the ability to move. “Some neutral shoes will have eccentric lacing, so it is critical that the shoes are laced up properly and not too tightly as that may cause tingling or numbness on the top of the feet or in the toes,” he says. (Eccentric lacing is where the shoe eyelets are staggered and offset.) Most neutral shoes should be worn by runners who are midfoot or forefoot strikers and not heel strikers, he adds.
In terms of shelf-life, Mendeszoon says that neutral shoes may have a tendency to break down or wear out a bit quicker than stability shoes. “Thus, they may not always last for the typical 500-mile range,” he says.
One more thing: Neutral runners can wear stability shoes of varying degrees, but doing so should be carefully considered as too much control may lead to decreased shock absorption and create new problems that did not exist before, says Lurie. If you need more guidance on what shoes are right for you or if you might benefit from custom orthotics, see a podiatrist, fellas.
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8 Neutral Running Shoes for Men
These pairs of neutral running shoes to help you do your best on your next jog or run. And as always, if you shop for sneakers online, check the return policy to ensure you can return or exchange sneakers if they aren’t right for you.
© on-running.com On Cloudflyer
These kicks from On have a name that just rolls off your tongue, and they certainly live up to the running-on-fluff feeling their title evokes. Billed as the brand’s ideal neutral shoe, these lightweight yet fully cushioned shoes are great for all skill levels and run durations. The Cloudtec technology aids in granting the user powerful takeoffs and an ultralight mesh upper fits like a glove. It’s also available in a wide fit here.
© Under Armour UA Flow Velociti Wind 2
The UA Flow Velociti Wind 2 is built to support longer-haul speed, with stellar responsiveness, energy return, and plenty of grip on the sole, so you don’t lose your stride over an errant pebble or nook in the road. The new shoes also boast a smartly designed upper, called the UA Warp, that molds to your foot during all stages of your stride. Bonus: These sneakers connect to GPS run tracker UA MapMyRun, which tracks and analyzes your running data to help improve your performance.
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© brooksrunning.com Brooks Ghost 14
The standout for these neutral running shoes are the so-called DNA Loft midsole, which ushers in a softer, smoother ride. This Ghost model also has an enhanced fit, so the shoe adjusts even more comfortably to your foot. As Mendeszoon puts it, this is “a comfortable fitting shoe that provides a slightly wider sole, which can provide a bit more ground contact balance/stability.” Soft landings and powerful takeoffs, here we come.
© saucony.com Saucony Endorphin Pro 2
Mendeszoon calls these “a tremendous, lightweight, neutral shoe that has a quick and responsive feel,” and we wholeheartedly agree. With solid heel support, a great fit, PWRRUN cushioning, and more, these sneaks may cost a pretty penny, but they’re worth the investment for marathoners who want the benefits of a carbon plate. For a more affordable neutral running shoe from Saucony, we recommend the Saucony Kinvara 13 ($120; also available in a wide fit), which also features the responsive PWRRUN cushioning, as well as a beveled midsole and streamlined midfoot contouring for a super comfortable run.
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Mendeszoon likes that these sneakers provide “maximum cushion and a smooth transition during ground contact.” They also may provide the runner with a bit more shock absorption, he adds. Specs-wise, they’ve got a full EVA midsole, breathable mesh upper for superb ventilation, and a beveled heel design for smooth transitions and to extend the shelf-life of your shoes.
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If a versatile, neutral running sneaker is what you seek, these performance trainers are among our favorites. First, we love the company’s FootShape design for a more natural fit. Then, we love Altra EGO midsole foam for superior responsiveness and a smooth experience. Oh, and lest we forget, the neutral InnerFlex midsole grooves help promote supreme flexibility and ease of movement. Remind us why it took us so long to go Altra?
© nike.com Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16
These might not be the flashiest shoe Nike makes, but it might be the most dependable for neutral runners looking to log lots of mileage. This lightweight daily trainer features the brand's ZoomX foam for some extra zip, along with Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot to help make the impact of all those foot strikes a little more comfortable. To keep your feet from overheating, the upper has strategically placed mesh spots to cool them off.
© adidas.com Ultraboost 22 Shoes
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1) Swiftwick Aspire Four
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Swiftwick’s signature running sock is one of our all-time faves. Featuring high compression to support your muscles on long runs and help keep your feet energized, we also love the thin profile. These moisture-wicking socks also keep foot sweat at bay and their seamless toe box reduces rubbing between your toes and the fabric.
2) On Running High Sock
These performance socks from the running brand On offer lightweight protection wherever your day’s trail running or fartlek training takes you. We appreciate that the mesh sections help regulate foot temperature (warm in the winter, cool when the sun is blazing) and that the high-quality Swiss engineering keeps the sock securely in place. Not having to bend over half a dozen times a run to adjust your socks’ positioning? We’ll take it.
3) Icebreaker Merino Men's Run+ Light Mini
Ultra-lightweight? Yep. Durable? You betcha. Odor-resistant? Of course. Temperature-regulating Merino wool is the main material (there’s also nylon and Lycra Elastane) in these socks designed for supreme comfort and a snug fit. The seamless toe closure helps you avoid blisters and the lightweight cushioning is superb, especially on trail runs.
4) Bone Collector X Lasso Performance Compression Socks
Made with Tri-Blend moisture-wicking yarn, these compression socks will help you better your best on the treadmill or racecourse. The yarns are said to improve breathability, cut friction, and reduce blistering. In addition to keeping your feet dry and comfortable, HyperCompression sock technology is embedded into these socks, touted to help keep muscles warm, reduce swelling and increase circulatory blood flow. Bonus: Lasso's patented foot and arch compression support are designed in such a way so that they may provide active joint security and reduce foot fatigue.
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6) Sockguy Pepper, SGX Socks
From the seamless toe to the first-rate arch support, there’s a lot to love about these performance socks that are made from a blend of PolyPro, nylon and spandex. With a compression ribbing cuff to stave off muscle fatigue by promoting blood flow, the mesh upper also makes for excellent ventilation to keep your feet from overheating. To seal the deal, we’re big fans of the double-over ribbed cuff to give you a bit of extra ankle support, particularly on longer runs.
7) Smartwool Run Targeted Cushion Ankle Socks
Serious runners will dig the cushioning on the ball and heel of the foot for extra protection while you crank out those PRs. They also boast the brand’s 4 Degree elite fit system, men’s-specific mesh ventilation zones, and a Virtually Seamless toe. Made in America with imported yarn, these socks are manufactured with Merino wool, nylon, and elastane.
8) CopperJoint Compression Running Socks
These compression running socks mean business (and for the long-haul—see their lifetime warranty). Crafted with comfort and support in mind, they stay securely in place during the toughest of treadmill sessions or incline work, or wherever your workout leads you. Arch support, a heel tab, moisture-wicking yarn, and a cushioned-sole round out the mix.
9) Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter Socks
Fan of quarter socks? Our vote is these unisex socks from Balega which are made from Drynamix polyester, nylon, and elastane. The mesh makes them highly breathable, while the cushioning on the sole helps give you extra support during impact. The non-constricting compression bands are a nice touch, too.
10) J.W. Meet Mens Ankle Athletic Socks
These Amazon’s Choice socks are great for runners thanks to the mesh construction to promote good airflow, the thick bottoms to cradle your foot with extra comfort, and a reinforced heel for improved durability. A heel tab makes them easy to slide on and off, and the lengthened heel design minimizes friction and safeguards your ankle. Now, go crush that five-miler.
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