You can submit a video of yourself on a treadmill at www.runningwarehouse.com . On the right side of the page, click on "online gait analysis."
Overweight people are prone to pronation, and need support or stability shoes, but that's not always the case. Some people walk on the outside edge of their feet - stability shoes would be bad for them. They are only a small percentage, though.
2/4/12 6:02 P
Take heart. The Brooks shoes and other expensive ones can be found online much cheaper - it's good to have tried them on in a store first, though. Just google the shoe you want, and the size.
They're even cheaper if you don't care about this year's model. The companies update them every year, and the changes often are irrelevant.
In a self service store like Academy or Sports Authority, you can try on different brands without dealing with a clerk.
Some of the online tools might help you know what type of shoe you need - but the in-person evaluation in a running store is the best way - especially if they have a video camera on your feet as you run on a treadmill.
Thanks for the input. I wish this running store was better. I'm not going to buy shoes that I don't care for plus socks that I don't like. I think I'll use an online shoe guide
2/3/12 11:33 P
I was going to suggest the same thing. The shoes maybe a little pricey, but they are well worth it. I'm not a runner, I do a lot of long distant walking..10 miles a day, most everyday, I would come home with blisters on top of blisters..until I was fitted for the right shoe..no more blisters.
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14,831 2/3/12 6:05 P
I suggest that you check in with a specialty shoe store, be fitted and follow their advice. Good luck and keep Sparkin'!!
When I was a runner back in the mid-80s you just pretty much picked out a shoe that was comfortable and away you went. Now with getting back into the world of running/jogging that are so many different shoes that its overwhelming. According to Road Runner Sports 'shoe finder' I need a stability shoe for my flat feet. I don't plan on ever running over 25 mpw. I like a cushioned shoe for my older body(55 yo). Back in the day all I ever wore were Nike Pegasus shoes. Some of my questions are can a too stable shoe can problems just like a shoe that isn't stable enough? Is there that much difference between a neutral and stable shoe - if there are different levels of stability? I went to a local runner specific store and wasn't impressed - they would only let me try on shoes if I wore one of their 'running' socks that was very thin(which I like a thick sock) and their main shoes were Brooks and Mizuno - their cheapest shoe was $130. I'm just a confused newbie.
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