My favorite is always Fivefingers. They have lots of styles but really for me I will take most any of the zero heel drop (natural barefoot walking style.) shoes over,the traditional running shoes available. Now I admit The barefoot runners while great on softer trails and great off trail take some getting used to, once you do the benefits carry over even off the track. I went from pain and cramping as part of my daily life to wearing these shoes, getting the tendons back into normal alinement (years of wearing toe crunching shoes warps the foot) and now have almost no pain and am running a 5k race every month...something I wouldn't have dreamed I would be doing.
You can find these shoes on eBay pretty reasonably, but you must measure you feet to find the correct fit. Yes I'm biased, but I know what works for me, and anything with the heel higher than the toe like most traditional running shoes justs makes the arthritis in my feet and knees hurt too much.
If you want an assessment of your walking/running needs go to a running store in your area. Most of them can put you on a treadmill and give you suggestions based upon your gait and foot strike.
So I lost my running shoes at someone's house while traveling during the holidays, and I'm using this opportunity to buy some really good running shoes. I've never used running shoes I didn't get off the clearance rack (the last pair were no exception, and they were at least a size too big), so I'm feeling a little intimidated.
I've done a lot of searching and I used the Runner's World Shoe Finder application at www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor , but I'm not 100% sure that I'm a normal pronator. Does it matter that much? Any recommendations on structured vs. neutral shoes? And is there any disadvantage if I go back to New Balances? What's your favorite shoe?
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