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Recommend A Good Running Shoe?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I posted earlier this month that I registered for my first 5k. I have never been a runner- but I have always wanted to be! However, I need to invest in a good pair of running shoes. I would like to keep it under $100. I also have bad knees, not sure if that makes a difference. I tried on a pair of New Balance and I loved them because I didn't even feel like I had shoes on (they were SO light!).

What brand/type of shoe would you recommend?????

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KANSASROSE67 1/28/2013 12:43PM

    I echo the advice to go to a real running store where they can put you on a treadmill and analyze your stride. This was the best thing I EVER did when starting to run. And the shoes there were not more expensive than anywhere else. Good luck!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/28/2013 11:22AM

    Even after 25 years of running I couldn't recommend a shoe that would be good for everyone. Even within brands (GOOD brands) there are many different models of shoe designed for different types of feet/people. I echo the advice to find a good, knowledgeable running store, preferably staffed by runners who are trained in this.
Case in point: My daughter (now age 40) couldn't complete even a mile in HS cross country without pain in her knees. She was advised to stick to swimming. She was wearing the shoes recommended by the coach. After a change of shoes all was fine and she's been running ever since with a Boston Qualifying marathon time each of the last 22 years.
As long as you get the right shoe for you, I think the price point of $100 is very doable. Good luck.

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DAWN14163 1/28/2013 11:05AM

    When I started running, I was advised to buy "stability" shoes as I was a heavier runner - they stop your foot from rolling inwards too much. Best advice - go to a proper running shop and get their help. I ended up with Saucony Grid Omni and absolutely love them!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/28/2013 10:43AM

    I bought Brook's but I think they were more than your price point. They are very light weight and comfortable. There was no break in problems at all.

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DR1939 1/28/2013 10:10AM

    I'm a walker, not a runner, but shoes are still important. Before we took a 50-mile walk through the Usk Valley in Wales, I discussed shoe type with my podiatrist. He made some specific recommendations which I followed and have been very happy with. The best shoe for one person is not necessarily the best for another. At the minimum do a lot of trying on. For your first pair find a sporting goods store that specializes in running/walking/hiking and discuss your needs with the fitters there.

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WOODWARD26 1/28/2013 7:45AM

    I would have to agree that I absolutely love my New Balance shoes. Everytime I need a new pair I try on everything to make sure that there isnt something new that I will like better. However for 2 years now I have worn nothing but New Balance. I feel like I dont even have shoes on they are so light.

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MOM4407 1/28/2013 7:26AM

    I had always bought wide shoes. I would get blisters on my toes. I went to a real running shoe store and I learned to get shoes with less leather on the top so my feet can expand and I put the weight on them. I now get the shoes from the outlet store but the first pair cost $100. Mine are Adidas.

When I first started I also wore knee wraps for large women. I got them at Walmart $15. I would tape my feet also. Learned how on youtube.

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SANDAM1 1/27/2013 11:20PM

    I like New Balance sneakers. The best thing I ever did was to suck it up and go to a real running store (with people who actually are trained on fitting shoes). They look at the wear on your current sneakers, how you walk and run (the one I went to even had a treadmill), and fit you accordingly. It is a little more expensive, but totally worth it. My sneakers were around $100, but this seems to be the time of year when new models are coming out so you might be able to score something on clearance. Let them know what you're looking for and your budget and if they are truly a good store, they should be willing to work with you.

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TXPATRIOT 1/27/2013 10:56PM

    I started doing 5K's last year for the first time in my life. I bought Ryka running shoes. They are designed for women. I put link here. They breathe well and are very economical. Really just try on all the brands in your price range. I took about an hour trying on a bunch of them and I kept coming back to these. Good luck!!

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