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3/14/12 1:22 A

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It's funny how you can sabotage yourself just by the shoes you wear. I am military so we need to be able to run in a certain amount of time. I work Sketchers shape ups for a while because I didn't feel like buying new shoes. They were great for walking, but horrible for running and I failed my test. I bought Nike Free Run 2.0's recently and shaved off 2 whole minutes from 3 days prior just by switching to AWESOME running shoes!! I'm looking at a solid pass this coming Monday, as long as I can dye them black to be within regulations. Unfortunately we are not allowed to wear bright, loud colors for our test and they are BRIGHT ORANGE.

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2/2/12 10:08 P

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Definitely running shoes. I prefer Asics brand. :)

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1/27/12 12:15 P

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I usually go to a general running store like Runners Roost or Road Runners, haven't been to a NB store. I do know that NB has some good running shoes for flat footed pronators, so it's a good place to start. Just don't let them push you into something you are sure of. If it isn't ahhhhhh comfortable when you put it on it won't get better as you wear it.

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1/27/12 12:05 P

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Thanks everyone for the responses! At this time, I can't afford to buy 2 different pairs of shoes to walk/run in, so I was just trying to figure out which to get. I definitely will take the suggestion to go to a good store where they can fit my foot correctly. I have flat feet, so I know that I need good arch support, but other than that, and knowing what's comfy or not...I guess I need advice from the experts. There is a New Balance store near me...apparently, they have a computerized machine that diagnoses your foot (gait, pronation, etc). Anyone been to one of their stores and/or purchased shoes there?

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1/27/12 10:03 A

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I recently had to get on the treadmill also. I have 2 prs of shoes downstairs. My walking shoes I use on the elliptical and then when I get on the treadmill, I switch to my running shoes. They just feel better. I also run/walk on the treadmill to break up the boredom. I really think whatever feels good for you. Good Luck!

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1/26/12 11:46 P

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I think it probably depends on which you do the most. If you walk more, then walking shoes will be better. If most of the activity is running, then running shoes will be more comfortable. I often will walk/run if I'm feeling energetic. It isn't a fast pace, but I enjoy it.

Shoes should only last about 300 miles, so they wear out often if you walk very far. I have a 5-6 mile walk that I often do. That means I will walk about 300 miles every 10 weeks. That would give my shoes 2 1/2 months. I then "retire" them to wear when I'm about the house or town and don't want to do "serious" walking. You may not see the wear, but they really do need to be replaced at least every 3-6 months if you do much exercise.

I expect yours are just tired.

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1/26/12 5:35 P

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@ROBINCT135 - The difference between walking and running shoes is generally that walking shoes are stiffer and heavier. I have always worn running shoes for walking. The important thing, no matter what you decide, is that you get shoes that are right for your feet and gait. Go to a good running store and tell them what you want the shoes for, how many milse per week you will be doing, what you will be doing them on, etc. and they will stear you in the correct direction.



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1/26/12 3:18 P

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I use mine for both as well but when I run I wear my running shoes and when I walk I wear Nike Frees.

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1/26/12 11:01 A

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Hey Robin,

I too use my treadmill for both walking and running. I always wear running shoes. I se my walking shoes when I am just going out to walk, knowing I am not going to mix it up with running.

In my opinion, it is more important to have the support when running, afterall you can still walk in running shoes, Id id for years before I bought walking shoes.

So that is my two cents, hope it helps.

And good for you to start using your treadmill for other than a dust collector! emoticon

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1/26/12 9:00 A

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Hi, I just recently started walking on my treadmill (which had been collecting dust prior to a few weeks ago!). I find that after walking for a few minutes, I get bored, so I try to mix things up, and I'll either walk really fast or start running (running for a minute at the most), then I'll walk again.

My question has to do with shoes...I know there are shoes specifically made for walking, then there are shoes specifically made for running. What type of shoe should I be wearing if I'm doing both walking & running on the treadmill?

I have a good pair of Ryka's (walking shoes), but I've been having a little foot pain (bottom of my left foot on the outside, not the arch). I'm not sure if I just need new orthotic (not prescription) cushiony inserts, or if I need a new pair of shoes.

For those of you who mix it up on the treadmill and alternate walking with running, what type of shoes do you wear?

Robin


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