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I've worn Asics and those didn't work. I bought a pair of Mizuno's and they were too narrow and not enough support for me. I don't wear anything Nike (it's a personal issue I have with them). The best shoe for me is the Ryka Revive. They're the only shoe made specifically for women and they give me the support I need and room in the forefoot area. And the price is reasonable...I paid $65.
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I have a take too.
I used to say be very careful and get fitted at a running specialist. I dont withdraw from that but also I believe in the barefoot stuff too.
The most important thing is fit. The motion control stuff is less important especially if you are a mid or forefoot striker. If your not and you are just starting out in running I would suggest you try to be that. keep your stride short and try to land with your foot under your bodyweight rather than out in front. this allows your natural biomechanics to do their job.
I dont buy nike - they are the cause of the move away from allowing our feet to do their job and cause people to stike with their heals. But having said that if I was going to buy them I would go for a Nike Free or Free Run. These are a nice and flexible with a fairly low heal encouraing a mid or forefoot strike.
Thats my 2cents worth.
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my feet are a problem, so i have to go with brooks beast. they are expensive but i suffer every time i get something else, even if it's a good brand
I am a Brooks girl. They are about $110. I get the Adrenaline 12s because I need support!
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Everyone else has pretty much covered the groundwork, but I will add this.... I love Nike! Wear their shoes everywhere except for running! They really don't make a shoe that is wide, which I apparently need - I did a 10K on Derby Day back in May and lost a big toenail. My shoes of choice are Brooks - fitted at my local running shop. They won't steer you wrong just to sell you a more expensive shoe!
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Shoes are the only 'real' equipment a runner needs, so it's best to go to your local running speciality store and get fitted. While many new runners are reluctant to do so, it will truly save you a lot of aggravation and frustration. Many running stores (check with them) will allow you to run in the shoes and if they do not feel well, they will allow you to return them to try another.
I always recommend to my runners that they need to get fitted yearly even if they have had great success with their current model. The reason, as you develop your biomechanics your running stride may change and you may need a different shoe.
I only wear Nike shoes. I've loved Pegasus, Zoom Vomero, and I have the Lunar ones now. But, what I would recommend is just going to a running store. Try on several types. If you're on a buget, tell them. I've spent $125 on my Zoom Vomeros, but only spent $75 on my Lunar!!
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Running Shoes are probably one of the only areas where I don't skimp. You can find the best value shoe, but if it isn't right for your foot and your gait, it could end up costing you more in the long run from injuries. I definitely don't want to sound like you *CAN'T* find a shoe that is right for you, but you should be fitted first by a running professional and then you at least know what to look for. Do you need neutral, stability, neutral plus, motion control? Do you have high, low or normal arches? Do you need a wide shoe or a larger toe box? Those are things you'll find out in a fitting. But once you know the TYPE of shoe you need, you can start to find ones that are inexpensive.
Hope you find something that works for you!!
Oh - and to answer your question, for me the most economical shoe I ever purchased for running was the Nike Pegasus. They are usually a really good value, but I wear a neutral shoe which is the type the Pegasus is. But I will say, it didn't last as long as the Mizuno's or Saucony's that I've also purchased. Less buck, but less bang too.
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Can anyone recommend a good running shoe that doesn't cost too much. We have Nike and Reebok outlet here where I have gotten shoes in the past so I usually get a good deal there. Thanks!!
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