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JAZZSAXMAN SparkPoints: (2,015)
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4/21/13 7:21 P

Thanks to everyone for the fine advice and resources.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,149
4/21/13 1:43 P

I just went through this with my Dad my walking partner. He had a pair of Reeboks that he loved that finally fell apart. We walk 15 miles a week and he had the shoes about 2 years. He was intent on getting the same pair but was unable to find them. I finally got him to try on a similar looking shoe in style and shape and he liked them better than the Reeboks. So my advice to you is try on as many different shoes as you can and buy what feels right.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,650
4/21/13 11:14 A

I wouldn't trust Walmart brand shoes for running. They are not good quality and fall apart in a month. And that is just for regular wear.

I know someone that is an avid runner, 10-12 miles a day. And there is a very good reason why they spend hundreds of dollars on quality running shoes.

Spend money on the shoes now or spend money at the Orthopedic doctor later.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 4/21/2013 (11:18)
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OPUSEVA Posts: 1,329
4/20/13 6:45 P

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YANKEEGAL16 SparkPoints: (24,427)
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4/20/13 4:53 P

I agree with the other posters - get your foot fitted in a good shoe store. I only buy Ryka which I get on QVC. Have been wearing their brand for years and every pair I have ever purchased (which has been many) has fit me perfectly and have never been returned. I buy walking shoes (I do not run). Everyone is different so the brand/style/fit can be so different from one person the next. You should try several brands to see what is best suited for your feet. Ryka is a company that makes their shoes geared towards women's feet so I think you may like them.

Hope this helps and I personally would not buy shoes for walking/running from just any old store - get a brand name but fit is the most important element in what you pick.

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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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4/20/13 2:02 P

There are as many answers as there are feet in the world; what works for me may not work for you, and honestly, the stuff at Walmart is probably not good enough. For walking, maybe, but running, almost certainly not.

I agree that a proper fitting is critical (and has made the difference in me being able to run and not!)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/20/2013 (14:02)
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SPOORK Posts: 1,193
4/20/13 1:28 P

If you're running you should get fitted by a specialty running store. Running in sneakers that don't fit your feet properly can very easily lead to injury.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,747
4/20/13 12:34 P

The best shoes are going to vary depending on each person. Your best bet is to be fitted for shoes at a specialty running/walking store. You don't have to feel pressured to buy them, but then at least you'll know for sure what kind of shoe is right for you.

Hope that helps,

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JAZZSAXMAN SparkPoints: (2,015)
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4/20/13 10:54 A

Which shoes are best for walking/ running? Are Wal-mart /Costco brands sufficient?

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