Instead of asking strangers on a website, I elected to pay the money to visit a sports physical therapist about my running shoes. It cost a bit of money (getting a doctor to write an order for it might help keep some costs down depending on your medical insurance), but was worth every bit of measuring, time, and money. For the last 15 years I have had no problems with anything hurting when I run, and I owe it to the shoes recommended to me by the physical therapist.
I over pronate, and need the most stable shoe for my height, weight, stance, and stride. Now I know I am getting the best shoe for me. Since I normally run about 15- 25 miles a week, it has really been worth the expense to get an expert opinion.
Getting the right shoe will help your hip, knees, and feet not to hurt. I can't believe how much better I feel after a run having been given the directions about shoes, and a paper to carry with me when I shop for running shoes.
My problem has been finding a salesperson who knows how to interpret the notes recorded by the PT on the form I carry with me to shoe stores. You need to find a good quality store with knowledgeable personnel, in order to find the right shoes.
The PT also told me not to purchase last years' shoes on sale. He said that the rubber in the soles loses elasticity when it sits on the shelf for a year. You get more protection, and a longer lasting shoe, if you purchase new shoes new in the store, instead of last year's new shoes sitting on a sale rack.
The PT also told me it is different for walkers since they don't do the pounding that the runners do.
A good running shoe should last one year or 200 miles, whichever comes first. Then it is time to demote it to a walking, working, or garden shoe while get you another new pair.
After having been running/jogging for 40 years, I have learned that the investment in a great pair of running shoes is paramount to having good experiences and minimal injury on the road.
Get professional advice, then get the right shoe for you. It sure has been worth it to me. I wish I had been more knowledgeable and done it sooner.
Best wishes, and be safe out there on the roads.
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