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HANDYRUNNER SparkPoints: (764)
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6/18/14 2:41 P

Once you do find the shoes that work for you...get multiple pairs...It sucks when your favorite shoe is discontinued and you have to find a new fave...

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
6/18/14 2:18 P

Everyone is different. Your gait may be different than the person running next to you. You may pronate, the next person may not. Your strides are likely different. What works for one person isn't going to necessarily work for you. I will echo the others who recommended getting fitted for a shoe. I would also go to a running store, and not a Nike/Asics/brand name store. After I got fitted, I ended up in Brooks which I had never even heard of. Before getting fitted I was getting shin splints, my knees hurt, etc. None of that is a problem any more.

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6/18/14 1:49 P


BELLENGLISH Posts: 1,391
6/17/14 10:43 P

I need some new fitted running/walking sneakers as well.

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6/17/14 8:00 P

Definitely get your runners specially fitted. I got my runners specially fitted at an ASICS store.
Although I had a fitting at the Nike store as well, the ASICS runners felt much better.

I think it's because Nike use air in their running shoes, which makes them feel very cushioned. I prefer ASICS' gel technology which makes the shoes feel more natural. Also the ASICS store said that the gel cushioning always stay the same, whereas the air in Nike gives less support over time as it naturally depletes. Here's a link about ASICS gel technology which you may find interesting.

I've had a few pairs of ASICS now and find them fantastic for walking and running. They are so light and comfortable and have lasted very well. They were a lot cheaper than Nike too. On a side note: any serious runner I know personally (including marathoners) only wears ASICS.

6/7/14 4:09 P

Mizuno are my new best friends- the most comfortable running shoe I've owned in 20 years of running.

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6/5/14 8:43 A

thanks ZORBS, I found a Runners store just a few miles from my job. I didn't think there was anywhere around here, but I guess I'm not as fluent with the layout of the area as I had thought. I'll check them out tomorrow after work. Thanks again!!!!

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6/4/14 9:30 P

I blindly bought a pair of Saucony Triumphs from Amazon a couple months ago just to try something new. They are wonderful to my feet! I'm a nurse and they even felt great at the end of a work day. I'm no longer wearing them to work and have done some runs in them and love them.

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6/4/14 7:26 P

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6/4/14 3:01 P

I have a pair of "tennis shoes" I'm going to use today and Friday and my husband and I are going to find a fitness store nearby, but I have no knowledge of a "specialty" shoes store for athletics. We were going to go to the Academy or Dick's Sporting Goods. Would that be sufficient?

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6/4/14 1:30 P


ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
6/4/14 1:43 A

My preference is new balance. Great support and very comfortable. I ran into a friend (foot surgeon) and he wears & recommends them.

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6/4/14 12:50 A

Sweeteyes, definitely get fitted at a running store--they will analyze your gait and determine the right type of running shoe for you. It's almost impossible to figure that out for yourself.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,374
6/3/14 9:51 A

I would highly recommend being fitted for a shoe at a specialty running/walking store where a professional can find the best shoe for you based on your foot and gait.

Hope that helps,

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6/3/14 9:39 A

WOW!!!! Thanks, Jen. I didn't know you couldn't wear just one pair of shoes for all of those things other than a trail hike. Thanks! I think the stability running shoe is looking like the best fit for me.

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6/3/14 9:00 A

Here's a blog you might find helpful:

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

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6/3/14 8:41 A

Is there a shoe that is most preferred, most comfortable or most affordable anyone recommends for running and walking exercises?

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