My husband and I both love New Balance. I wear cross-trainers, and he wears runners. NB is the only brand I can wear that doesn't hurt my arches or turn my ankles. I've also noticed improvement in my knees since I've been wearing them. That being said, different brands and shoes work for different people. If you have trouble finding a shoe store that knows how to fit you, try going to one that sells orthopedic shoes or specialty sizes. Generally, those stores train their staff members a bit more than mall shoe stores or department store shoe departments.
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I also recommend going to a specialty shoe store and having your gait analyzed and shoe professionally fit. I recently went to Fleet Feet (I think they have several stores across the country) and bought another pair of Asics (love them!) and some inserts for my arches. Good shoes make a huge difference, imo!
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I like New Balance and Ryka. My sister swears by Nike. The fit has to suit your foot. I have a pair of Skechers Shape Ups and like them, but they do not help my knees at all. I think with time I will be able to wear them more, but not yet.
It is a personal choice based on your own foot, so there is no correct answer except for your own two feet and how they feel in the shoes.
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I swear by Asics. Any good sports/running type store can help you. You have to find a brand of shoe that really fits well. I tried almost all of them but found Asics fit me like no other and it doesn't matter which shoe I get. Each brand seems to have a slightly different fit.
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Personally, for me, I swear by my MBTs. The acronym stands for Masai Barefoot Technology. I have spinal injuries and an arthritic knee. Before purchasing my first pair, I couldn't stand up straight. That problem was immediately corrected when I put the shoes on. They give your lower body an aerobic workout. I live in Ireland and get mine from the distributor here~helps that he's a good friend. If you Google MBT, you should be able to locate a shoe store that sells them and their staff are trained to fit you and tell you the correct way to walk in them. Now Skechers has a shoe that resembles the MBT and even makes the same claims. Check them out as well. I think there are some members who use them and swear by them. Sorry the post is so long. Hope this helps in some way. Cheers!
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Can anyone tell me where you purchased your walking shoes and what kind you have? I need to get a new pair, but I want to make sure I get quality walking shoes. I also want to make sure I go to a store with trained staff to help me. Any suggestions?
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