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10/30/11 2:17 A

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I found a web site that gave directions on how to fix them.
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-R
epair-the-Heel-of-Athletic-Shoes it does not seem to hard.

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10/4/11 12:00 A

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This one I have a different answer for: Try minimalist shoes. What I mean with that is shoes that have no support, no cushioning and no heel. An good example are water shoes which are available online or at Walmart for 7.00-15.00 A typical pair lasts me about 3 months and I use them very hard. Very inexpensive sneakers, often canvas with rubber bottom, no heel no cushioning work great , too.
I've been wearing these types of shoes for over 18 months and have run two half-marathons in them. They function a lot like walking/running barefoot and are much better for your joints. They also will strengthen the muscles in your lower legs and feet and make them much healthier. If all this sounds strange google minimalist running and watch some youtube videos on the topic.
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10/3/11 7:16 P

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see about getting the shoe catalog foot smart . they sell shoes that are made for people who over ruyn the shoes one side or the other . they are very good . not cheap but hold your foot right in the shoe . Honey you are only as good as your feet allow you to be . feet hurt then yoj feel bad .

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10/3/11 6:56 P

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I worked as a waitress when I was in college and wore cheap shoes and caused myself all kinds of problems so I have always spent more to buy good shoes and my feet have thanked me for it-I try to catch good brands on sale but they tend to last longer. I do wear Crocs for yardwork and the good ones are nothing like the knockoffs and worth the extra cost to me. Hubby didn't believe me till I got him to wearing Rockports and he is a convert now-they will last him 1 1/2 -2 yrs versus 6 mo for a cheap pair.



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10/3/11 4:40 P

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This is what works for me. I spend as little as I can on all kinds of shoes but only if they are leather or for sneakers leather and breathable material, and also only if they fit great and feel good and supportive. I usually get them 50% off or more because I buy them when I see them. I have rarely regretted a buy. For work I buy plain low heel leather than are not too trendy. I don't at all care about brand as far as being a trend setter or fancy dresser though. I would much rather retire a couple of years earlier.

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10/3/11 9:22 A

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This is a tough one.
I spent $80 on my last pair over about a year and a half ago. You might walk more than I do.In the last 9 months I haven't tolerated that much walking. But so far, these shoes are wearing well.

Most of us don't have a totally "normal" walking pattern. A Doctor Scholl's insert might help you from wearing them over. My sis-n-l has always bought the cheapest shoes of all kinds that she can find. She told me this a couple of weeks ago. She has considerably more income than I ever have had & spends her money on the beauty shop [hair, manicures, pedicures] and on fashion. [her job required it]. On the other hand, I have always had back & foot problems. I have always sunk my money into quality shoes, but not had very many. As a nurse, I was always on my feet a lot. The traditional nurses shoes come in colors besides white. They are great walking shoes, but not good for most other sports. The last pair of white ones that I bought were $120. The colored ones were only $100 at the time. I have no idea what they cost by now.

Even now that I am retired - I try to buy good walking shoes. I do have inserts. My clothes might be purchased at Good Will or the Mission.

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10/3/11 12:27 A

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i always try to get as much use out of something as possible, but i struggle with athletic shoes. if i buy a cheap pair, they fall apart in 2 weeks. if i buy a moderate pair, they start to wear on on the inside so it rubs on my ankles till i get blisters. it just seem like i need to buy a new pair every couple months and all i do is walk in that pair. it seems to be the fabric where the plastic reinforcement is that causes the problem.

has anyone ever repaired their athletic shoes, or do you just toss them?

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