Neutral Running Shoes
A responsive natural ride for efficient runners
Saucony Men's Kinvara 5 Shoe
Award-winning Kinvara offers a snug fit, secure, but flexible ride, and optimal durability. This is a perfect shoe for all distances. From daily work to race day this is one of the best road platforms on the market.
Its upper features a soft mesh that wraps snugly around the midfoot and heel. This durable mesh replaces traditional heavier upper. The shoe is light and flexible with a secure fit, thanks to the new ProLock lacing system, giving you an ultra dynamic fit that moves and flexes with the foot. ProLock consists of a triangular piece that extends from the sole up the midfoot on either side of the shoe, sandwiched in between the outer mesh and a soft piece of interior mesh attached to the tongue.
The lacing system allows you to tighten the laces at the top while leaving the laces in the arch and toe areas looser and more roomy. They stay that way throughout your run! Best for pure runners who can take their time putting shoes.
Shoes work well for most types of training runs, from long, slow distance runs up to track sessions or speed work.
Saucony Kinvara 5 will make a great training and racing shoe for most runners looking for a lightweight, cushioned, neutral running shoe. If you love to race or train fast, Kinvara 5 neutral shoes with their low-to-the-ground design are perfect for picking up speed.
PowerGrid cushioning provides just enough impact protection to keep you going. The PowerGrid technology in the heel, combined with Powerfoam, will stabilize the foot, absorb impact stress and offer you a smooth ride. RunDry collar lining creates an amazing step-in feeling and helps guard against hot-spots and chafing. Flexfilm locks in the fit without adding weight.
The Kinvara 5 midsole and outsole platform is made from an enhanced EVA+ material with better abrasion resistance than ever before. On the outsole, small placements of iBR+ rubber provide more durability and cushioning. The anatomically-contoured memory foam heel pods secure a perfect fit and provide extra cushioning. The toe box has a good amount of room allowing for toe splay, especially for slightly wider forefoots.
This sharp looking shoe enables the foot to move naturally for runners who want a fast, dynamic, ultra-light running shoe. Also quite good on hard packed trails. Light weight and good traction make it better on gravel or dirt with rocks.
Neutral shoe, recommended for runners with high or rigid arch
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 18 Shoe
Mizuno’s flagship neutral cushioned trainer Wave Rider 18 has a high level of responsiveness, shock absorption, and secures a smooth ride. It's a light feeling shoe while still providing the needed support, being able to sustain the rigors of running.
Thanks to the achieved balance of fit and performance, it provides a resilient and responsive ride, a superb underfoot sensation. It's perfect for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily trainer.
The design of the shoe gives a nice fluid motion from heel to toe, an ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace. A lightweight U4ic midsole providing greater responsiveness and a dynamic underfoot feel works together with the Wave plate - a molded, thermoplastic component, sandwiched between layers of foam, to make every stride smooth and flowing. The structural rigidity of the Wave plate, together with layers of firm compression molded EVA, provide neutral, but more supportive ride. Pebax sheet is resisting deformation of the heel area for more stability and efficient transition to the midfoot.
The only layer of discernible softness within the sole set-up, the footbed, is pretty thick.
The Parallel Wave incorporated in the heel helps absorbing and dispersing impact force, thereby alleviating the stress on your joints and muscles, providing best lateral support underfoot. That makes this shoe the perfect platform for neutral runners and orthotics wearers.
The Dynamotion Fit upper and the modified outsole pattern give the shoe more durability and nice underfoot feel.
You get softer landings from the thicker outsole, that is split into two sections: extremely hard rubber lines on the underside of heel in a horse-shoe arrangement, and a crash pad separated by flex grooves. Two different types of rubber in the sole to propel you forward every time your foot hits the ground. Durable X10 rubber covers the hard-wearing areas of the sole.
This is a solid shoe for road or light trail running. Perfect race shoe thanks to its light weight and enough durability to withstand very hard training.
The mesh in the upper is particularly smooth and is irritation free. Stretch mesh construction eliminates chafing and discomfort at common irritation spots. It has exceptional ventilation and support. New material in the toe box and new synthetic overlays are changing the fit and feel of the shoe. The upgraded sockliner gives the Wave Rider 18 more rebound and resiliency at each foot strike.
If you have high arches and need minimal support, this neutral shoe is right for you. Your feet will guide themselves more naturally through each step. The wave cushioning is stabilizing feet and helps to neutralize any remaining overpronation.
The sleek, dynamic design of the shoe is aesthetically pleasing, relaying the power and kinetic energy of running.
This is a good marathon day sneaker, one of the lightest high-mileage neutral trainers, great for long-distance runs and fast, short workouts.