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Best Running Shoes For Shin Splints To Buy In 2020

Shin splints are known as tibial stress syndrome in medical terms. This condition is a painful one occurring as a result of inflammation of the muscles and tendons surrounding the tibia (the bone between knee and heel). The reasons behind this are continuous stress injury of the shin bone, tendons, and muscles affecting anyone pounding their feet against surfaces regularly.

These groups can include athletes, runners, people practicing dance, aerobics, cardio and gymnastics. Another reason for this chronic stress are low arches, this causes a tenderness or a burning pain along the inner shinbone of the leg muscles.

The good news is that you can still prevent shin splints! This can be done by choosing the right shoes for shin splints. Perhaps shoes with higher arches and avoiding continuous stress by reducing the frequency of your runs. You’re in luck as I have compiled a list of the 5 best running shoes for shin splints. These shoes will ensure the proper fit, support and bio-mechanics to give your feet the cushioning to absorb shock and thereby increasing the stability of your feet. 

1. ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoes

Best Overall

  • Value for money
  • Gel cushioning
  • High Abrasion rubber
  • Durable
  • Lower breathability

Material: Synthetic | Arch Support: Yes | Manufacturing Status: Imported | Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches

Last Update on 2020-07-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Topping this list with a whopping full-score are the Women’s Gel Venture 6 Running Shoes by ASICS. ASICS is a brand that is very well known for value-for-money for the products they manufacture especially given their durability and above average quality.

These running shoes are made of synthetic material and are imported. These are a great pick for people with shin splints because they come with a Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System which reduces the impact upon landing and enables you to land smoothly and transition to mid-stance as well. 

 Personally I loved that they came at such an affordable price tag and also came packed with the right features for someone suffering from shin splints. For example, the shaft of the shoe measures low-top from the arch. Given that the sole is made out of rubber, the treads are carved deeper, and the pods are shaped variably; oriented in a way opposite to the direction of runner’s running/movement. This trail specific outsole mechanism stops any kind of risk of slipping on wet surfaces and serves the very purpose of an outsole in a good shoe.

 Lastly, ASICS special incorporation of the High Abrasion Rubber called the AHAR Outsole is placed in important segments of the outsole so that the shoes remain durable and provide you the best value for money. I, for one, didn’t really find any flaw in the shoe but if I really had to say I think it would be that there’s decreased breathability. However, it is not bothersome at all!

2. ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 21 (4E) Running Shoes

Best Stability

  • Value for money
  • Heel Clutching System
  • Durable
  • Lightweight midsole
  • Can feel cramped for wide feet

Material: Synthetic and Mesh | Arch Support: Yes | Manufacturing Status: N/A | Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches

Last Update on 2020-07-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Running right next to the topper on our list is by the same manufacturer that stole the first place: ASICS’ Men’s Gel-Nimbus 21 Running Shoes. Just like the Women’s Venture 6, these running shoes provide excellent value for money, the trademark of ASICS. These shoes are made out of synthetic material and mesh. The shoes sport a heel of height: 23mm and forefoot of height: 13mm. 

The Men’s Gel Nimbus are incorporated with a FlyteFoam Propel Technology i.e. ASICS energetic foam formulation that gives exaggerated bounce as a result of an especially designed elastomer compound. These too come with the GEL technology in the forefront and the rear sole provides cushioning through the working of shock-absorbing silicone for heavy-impact exercises or running.

Moreover, to give you better traction, the shoes are equipped with ASICS’ High Abrasion Rubber in the strategic areas of the outsole for further durability and grip. What adds to this stability even more is the Heel Clutching System Technology i.e. the shoe is fitted with what’s called an exoskeletal heel counter that gives support and ensures that your heel  fits comfortably.

In addition, the FlyteFoam Lyte Technology allows these shoes to have the lightest weight midsole and hence accentuates the cushioning via organic micro fibres. These shoes are also incorporated with reflective materials that glow and increase visibility where light is dim or if you’re out during darker hours.

The GEL-NIMBUS 21 Wide shoe is also fitted with I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) technology that accommodates your feet according to their natural gait. The only downside I found to these was that they seemed to be tighter for people with wider forefoot areas. Otherwise, you don’t get a better deal in the price tag these come in! 

3. Brooks Women's Ghost 11 Running Shoe

Best Comfort

  • DNA Loft Cushioning
  • Durable
  • Breathable Upper
  • Forefoot Flexibility
  • Lower responsiveness than older Ghost models

Material: Synthetic and Mesh | Arch Support: Yes | Manufacturing Status: N/A | Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches

Last Update on 2020-07-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Ranking 3rd on this list are the Women’s Ghost 11 Running Shoes by Brooks. These shoes are especially designed for runners with feet problems. They are a light pair weighing 9.5oz / 269.3g in total best suited for runners who require a medium to high arch for neutral support.

These shoes come with a mechanism BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning which when coupled together give an unparalleled comfortable and soft underfoot. This is what also adds to their lightweight. Moreover, these shoes have incredible traction on wet surfaces and provide great grip for running trails as well. There is a Segmented Crash Pad which is specifically designed to accommodate foot fall as to avoid the impact from landing on your foot.

The shoe feels incredibly comfortable in the wider toe-box area in addition to the Forefoot Flexibility as a result of the Omega Flex Grooves. Moreover, they have a Breathable Upper (The Gore-Tex® version) which is also waterproof and keeps the feet fresh and safe from odor.  On the Cushion Level scale these shoes measure a Level 2 (for runners who want soft run with cushion) and 3 (for runners who want protective high level cushioning).

Personally, these shoes suit me really well, and keep my feet comfortable at all times but for some these can seem to have a lower responsiveness level than its older models. Overall, these are totally worth your money. 

 

4. Nike Men's Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe

Best Responsive

  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Secure Upper Fit
  • Responsive
  • Sole might feel stiffer than previous versions

Material: Mesh | Arch Support: Yes | Manufacturing Status: N/A | Package Dimensions: 13 x 8.1 x 4.5 inches

Last Update on 2020-07-11 using Amazon Product Advertising API

The Nike Men’s Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe is a cushioned trainer that comes with a great price-tag which won’t be so heavy on your pocket. The Dynamic Fit Technology gives you the fit that is unique to your feet. Moreover, these shoes are extremely lightweight and feel great on the feet.

These shoes are fitted with an engineered mesh upper which provides you with the iconic features of the shoe being lightweight and allowing ventilation. This further prevents any foul odor in your feet and keeps them fresh for longer duration. The shoes are also incorporated with Zoom Air bags which give satisfactory responsive cushioning, a kind of comfortable feeling beneath the forefoot and rear. The outsole fitted under the shoes is one of the most durable.

Unlike the older versions of the shoes, the Flywire cords on these shoes are hidden by the layer of the engineered mesh mentioned above. The cushioning in these is not as soft as you might find in shoes listed above or how you’d expect. It could have definitely been better. However, their durability, value for money and responsiveness definitely buy them the 4th spot on this list. 

5. Brooks Men's Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe

Best Fit

  • 3D Fit Print Technology
  • DNA Loft Cushion
  • Durable
  • Responsive
  • The Gum Rubber sole wears out relatively faster

Material: Mesh | Arch Support: Yes | Manufacturing Status: N/A | Package Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches

Last Update on 2020-07-24 using Amazon Product Advertising API

At last! The cherry on top of this list is the Men’s Glycerin 17 Cushioned Road Running Shoe by Brooks again! These shoes sport a lightweight body of only 10.6 oz/300.5g with the midsole drop of 10mm. The sole on these shoes is a Gum Rubber sole. 

These shoes are ideal for neutral runners who look for a soft fit and intensive cushioning. These come in a way sleeker design along with their light weight. The DNA Loft technology provides the unique Brooks shoe cushioning which keeps the underfoot at ease no matter how long you keep the shoes on. The shoes are made of a highly durable material, remain responsive and hence prove to be great value for money.

Moreover, the OrthoLite sockliner adds to the already premium comfort for the feet. The shoe promises the perfect fit as a result of the engineered mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology. This further complements the DNA LOFT transition zone which makes each step you take effortless on landing. 

 The Cushion Level on these is marked a 3  which means high cushion  and is recommended for and opted by the people who seek softness and a protective cushion. The singular downside is that of the gum rubber sole which probably won’t endure as much as soles made out of other materials on this list.

Nora Carter

Nora Carter is a a successful business lady as well as a passionate writer; with expertise in shoes, boots and related areas. She turns her personal experience into meaningful content that adds value in readers' life, helping in their buying decisions and solving related daily life matters.

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