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12/23/10 4:01 P

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I'm not a slave to a brand. I tend to run on what feels comfortable to me at the time. Having said that my last two running shoes have been New Balance and my Trail runners have been Adidas.

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12/15/10 9:48 A

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I've changed brands numerous times. I've run in Etonics, Brooks, Saucony's and now I run in Newtons.

I love the Newtons now, but before that the Saucony ProGrid Guide 2's were my fave. I had like 4 pairs of them.

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12/13/10 9:16 P

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Well I went to my local shoe store.

The guy said from the second I walked in, he could tell my shoes were no longer going to meet my needs. I am a supinator! (I didn't know that.) My current shoes didn't do anything to correct the problem.

He fitted me in several pairs of shoes and put my orthotics in them. I tried on Brooks, Saucony, and Mizuno models. What I felt really worked for me was Mizuno Wave Rider.

They give a 20% discount for being a member of the local running club so their prices are surprisingly competitive. Plus they took the time to help me. You just can't get that at an online shoe store despite their prices sometimes being lower.

I can't really buy them now unfortunately b/c we have spent so much for Christmas but they will be bought!!



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...oh yeah, they are super cute, too!

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Nike's are my shoe of choice, but that doesn't mean I haven't been woo'd by others. I do like Asics. I've bought Mizunos and Brooks and both caused knee pain. I took a chance this last time too and got the Reebok Zigs. I love the way they fit and they have great arch support. They feel like they propel me forward. I do miss the cushion in my LunarGlides but as long as my knee are happy, I'm happy!

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12/13/10 2:10 P

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Definitely!!
I started with Asics Nimbus(W).
I wanted my next shoes to be lighter so I switched to Saucony Kinvara (M) and Brooks Launch (M). The men's shoes are cut similar to the women's. I did try the Asics Speedstar but it felt a bit pinched and I already have a narrow foot.

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Something else to consider... while some brands build their men's and women's shoes on completely different lasts, a lot of them don't. You may find it easier to find a wide range of shoes that fit you well if you try men's shoes. One of my friends who is an experienced marathoner and iron-woman always wears men's shoes.

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I'm with John.
Model is much more important than brand. Each brand seems to have something in their lineup that is worthy of note and if that model fits your needs, that's great but if another brand has a similar type of shoe that works better for you...

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I agree. When I wore New Balance, I wore the 760's. Then something changed with the 760's and couldn't wear them at all. I might try them again and see if the model has changed at all.

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12/13/10 8:36 A

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I agree with John's comment about different models of the same brand. I generally run in Asics, but I've had some models I love and others, well not so much. It is tempting to say once you find a brand and model you like stick with it, but the manufacturers seem to change things up so frequently that I don't think that advice holds for shoes. I don't think there is on the face of it any problem with switching up brands. Good luck in your search for your best shoe!

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12/13/10 5:31 A

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Nike to Mizunos to Vibrams/Mizunos. I tried going back to Nike, but they are just too darn narrow for me. I like the Mizunos, but prefer the Vibrams over all- and discovered after using the Vibrams for a year that I no longer need stability shoes when I do buy sneaks.
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12/12/10 9:53 P

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To me the brand is less important than the model of the shoe. I currently mix up primarily minimalist shoes from Saucony, Nike, Brooks and Mizuno. I think varying the shoes you run in helps the feet and ankles.


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12/12/10 7:17 P

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I started with Nike then tried Addidas, but switched back to a Nike before my Addidas were wore out. I'll never switch again, love Nike!

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12/12/10 6:20 P

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I wore Asics then went to Newtons (a minimalist shoe) and back to Asics until I developed a piriformis issues. I was trying to save money (Newtons are $175 a pair over $100 a pair for the Asics), but doing so caused me to spend more money than I would have if I had just stuck with the Newtons.

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12/12/10 5:33 P

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Mizunos to Asics which I returned and got Mizunos again. Asics heel box was funky for me - got shin splints. So have been wearing Mizunos ever since.

I've found Brook's to have the best arch support of any shoe I've ever tried on. I actually bought a pair but the stitching along the top inside of the toe box kept rubbing blisters into my toes (and yes, they were a full size bigger than my regular shoes). So back to Mizunos I went.

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12/12/10 4:21 P

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We do have a running store in my town so I may go ask and see what they say. I wear a size 11 in women's too so that is something to consider b/c some shoe makers don't go that large or if they do, they just barely fit me.

I guess the thought is I have to wonder if there is something better for me or I shouldn't try to fix something if it isn't broken.

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12/12/10 4:19 P

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I never had a set brand of shoe that I would run in. It was only which pair I tried on that felt good on my feet. Now, I run in my Vibram Five Finger shoes and I love them! Probably won't be changing any time soon. Hope you find a pair that works well for you!

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12/12/10 3:52 P

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I have run in New Balance for years and years but I had to kiss a lot of frogs first! If you are not totally happy with what you're running, give a new brand a try - if you end up hating what you try, you can use them for cross training or errands.

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Asic, then New Balance because there were no Asics in my size, the to Saucony. I will most likely not buy another pair of Saucony. they are the shoes that I have like the least.

I don't have any feet issues - or injuries for that matter, so bouncing from shoe to shoe is not harming me at all. You may find yourself in a different situation if you try that.

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12/12/10 3:18 P

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I started out with Nike, now have Suacony's, but will definitely go back to Nike when I need to replace these...

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I started with Asics, went to Saucony and then back to Asics.
I like the Saucony's for my lower mileage runs but the Asics have a wider toe box and they just feel better for my higher mileage runs when my feet really swell.

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12/12/10 3:02 P

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I started off with Asics, then Nike and I'm currently wearing Saucony. However, I miss my Nikes and will probably go back to them once these shoes are worn out.

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12/12/10 2:47 P

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Well, the best thing to do is make sure that the store that you go to specializes in running. The staff will tell you if you need a different type of shoe. Make sure to take your orthotics with you. You may very well be fine with the same shoe.
I started out wearing Nike, then went to Asics, then New Balance, now I'm back to Nike. My only issue is that everyone says to go up one size when you buy Nike, but one size up for me is a size 6 and a size 6 feels too big. Even the staff at the running shop say that I should wear a 6, but honestly they just feel a bit too big. I'm going to try a Nike size 5 1/2, or I might try Asics again.

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My first ever pair of running shoes were the Saucony Progrid Omni 6's from 3 summers ago. I then got the Omni 7's this past year and they have worked fine but it's time for a new pair of shoes.

My podiatrist now has me in orthotics for more arch support since I starting having foot pain last month right before my first marathon. Should I stick the Omni's or head to the running store to maybe look into a new shoe? I was a brand new runner 3 years ago and I wonder if maybe my needs have changed....

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