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IMELECTRIC SparkPoints: (14,798)
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6/18/13 12:13 P

I went to Finishline in the mall. They fitted my feet and I get coupons in the mail for the next pair.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
6/18/13 11:38 A

Our local "running" store is mainly a cycle shop, but the do have people to fit you in the right shoe. Its where all of the local schools send their track/cross country teams. If you have access to some fit teens, ask where they get their shoes.

HOLLYM48 Posts: 18,087
6/18/13 9:34 A

a good running store, google it to see where your nearest location is.

COOKIE352 Posts: 443
6/18/13 8:44 A


BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/18/13 8:34 A

Thanks everyone :) I am going to stop by later this week.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,153)
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6/17/13 6:07 P

You should be fine to just go to the store you found. Runners definitely don't just run, so if you're looking for a pair of cross-trainers, they should be able to help you find a perfect pair.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
6/17/13 5:39 P

My local running store (Gord's, not a chain) definitely carries more than just walking/running shoes. My local sporting good stores have teenagers working at them. They can't help a bit with fit or type of shoe and it's often impossible to find one to even get me a pair of shoes to try on.

One of the chain running stores we have locally is not one that I would recommend as it is frequently staffed by teenagers without a clue as well.

The Tech Shop by Forzani's is the best chain running store I've been in, but I've only been in one. It, specifically, was staffed by people who were knew their stuff so you might want to try that as well if you have one locally.

I used Yelp to find a store that had good reviews from runners in the area I moved to.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,277)
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6/17/13 5:31 P

Even if they're primarily running, I guarantee you they will be of more help than your average big-box sporting good store associate. Tell then what you do, and if they don't have a shoe that can help, I bet they'll know where you can find one! Most do running and walking, and have other shoes as well. Runners don't just run... they often have broader interests!

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/17/13 1:18 P

I tried that. The person that was there was woefully knowledgeable. When I tried to explain what was happening with my feet, I just got a blank stare. It was really uncomfortable for me. I get anxiety just thinking of trying it again.

I think that the store I am choosing is more than just running. maybe? I don't know how to tell.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,908)
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6/17/13 12:56 P

I only asked because all the other posts assumed you were going to walk or run. *I* did not.

I would go to a sporting goods store, they carry running shoes as well as shoes for other activities, but the caveat is that the employees do not know how to fit shoes beyond, "is this comfortable?"

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/17/13 12:49 P

I never said I was going to run. I said I need help buying shoes to work out. I do different things, but they all hurt my feet - this is why I was asking where to buy shoes so I can get help fitting them

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,908)
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6/17/13 12:32 P

what activity are you going to be wearing the shoes for? if you're not planning on running or walking, going to the running store will be of no help.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/17/13 12:24 P

Thanks! That's what I needed. I went online and did a search. I think I found one that can help (cross my fingers) - I have an email out to them to make sure they can still fit me for shoes even though I am not a runner.

Pink - I don't know any or I would have already done that.

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/17/13 11:20 A

Ask someone who is also a runner, walker, etc.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,277)
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6/17/13 11:18 A

Most running stores are privately owned, not chains; look in your local phone book for athletic stores, and look for running stores. The ones in my town, for example, are called "Run Fit Sports" - Yours could be something similar.

I disagree that there's no advantage to running stores; I was unable to run at all before I was properly fitted for my running shoes. You can get fitted, and even buy your shoes elsewhere, though they usually charge (it's not usually much for the fitting, it was $15 at my store) if you do that.

I went from tons of pain, shin splits, etc, to absolutely pain-free running... with one pair of shoes, which I got much more cheaply than I expected.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/17/13 11:12 A

A running store is a store that specializes in clothes, shoes, and other equipment to support runners and walkers. To find your local one google "running store in (your zipcode)". Most running stores are local businesses, not chains, so specific names probably won't be helpful.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/17/13 10:56 A

I don't know what a "Running Store" is, though. I was hoping for names of places to go to.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
6/17/13 10:18 A

I recommend going to a running store as well. Before I did, I was wearing a stability shoe that was too narrow for my foot and about a size too small. I ended up with a lot of injuries from those shoes that went away really quickly once I was properly fitted with a wide neutral shoe.

Where you end up buying the shoe is somewhat irrelevant. I buy mine where I get fitted because I have no reason not to support them and if everyone bought their shoes online, there wouldn't be a store there to do the fittings for people. But if you're on a budget, you can easily shop around for a better price once you know what size and type of shoe you need.

SBURDEN Posts: 10,608
6/17/13 10:16 A

I started going to a store that specializes in running shoes/walking shoes and more specifically about fit per type of shoe. I spent $40-50 prior to this store and i was left with sore knees, feet and legs. I found out that I needed more arch support. They showed me what to look for in a shoe, whether I bought it from them or elsewhere. Come to find out, their prices were similar to all other places so I bought from them. I've never had problems with my legs or knees since.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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6/17/13 10:13 A

Just buy something comfortable and reasonably priced. The running shoe stores are overpriced and don't really provide a lot of benefit. I bought my best pair of shoes at Kohls for 40 bucks.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/17/13 9:40 A

Get fitted at a running store based on your foot/arch/stride type and then find the same model online for a possibly cheaper price. A lot of the shoe makers are releasing their new models soon so stores should be having end of season clearances.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/17/13 9:35 A

I am finally going to break down and go buy some good shoes to workout in. Problem is that I have NO idea where to go. Any suggestions?

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