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ZURICHMAN SparkPoints: (1,775)
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4/4/14 7:54 P

Like someone else said I like New Balance. I would call their 800# line and tell them what you want out of a shoe and they can steer you in the right direction. I then would go try them out in a store but probably would buy them online as they told me they have a 100% guarantee and so you could return them. I don't agree with the other poster about shoes going bad in the store and back when I was a serious runner I use to always buy the closeouts of previous years. A shoe can't go bad sitting in a store for a year unless IMHO it is sitting out front in the sun for a year.

Good luck

WRITERGIRL55 Posts: 247
4/4/14 12:05 P

I have to say the Brooks cross trainers are great. I have piriformis syndrome (small muscle behind gluts) I have terrible pain when walking a long time. My daughter is an athletic trainer and took me to get new sneakers( I'm 60 yrs old they are sneakers to me) She then switched out the inner sole and we added an orthopedic inner sole and I can now walk my 10,000 steps without pain. It's amazing how a well fitting sneaker and the right inner sole can change everything. Go to a store that specializes in athletic foot wear and let them fit you for the right sneaker. It is worth it believe me.

7/13/13 12:15 A

Brook's are great for running, Merrell's for trails, Saucony's for walking... My only suggestion would be to invest in a good pair!

N16351D Posts: 2,349
7/12/13 8:27 P

Buy tennis exercise shoes that FIT! Consider what sport you are doing and choose accordingly, and carefully. You do NOT need to pay $100 for running shoes if you are going to be walking! But good support is critical, no matter what shoe you get.

Do not spend money on shoes on sale that the store is getting rid of. Physical therapist taught me that those have been on the shelf for too long and already the rubber has started to disintegrate. They will not support your legs as long as you might hope or expect. Better to pay full price and get really new shoes that will last longer. But you don't have to get the most expensive ones out there!

I started jogging in 1972 (age 15) when all that was on the market were Keds! Those took me hundreds of miles for 15 years before other companies came along and I was willing to pay the money for more support. I still run, but now I splurge for good supportive running shoes.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,248
7/12/13 8:08 P

Online isn't necessarily off limits, especially once you know what your feet and gait are like and the type of shoes that you need. I buy my running shoes exclusively online these days but I know which ones I like and work for me.

LUCYPAPERHANGER SparkPoints: (10,923)
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7/11/13 2:30 P

Wow, thank you so much for all the information! I'd never even *heard* of supination or pronation! I had no idea athletic shoes were so technical!! We live in a very rural area, so I was hoping to just order a pair online. Looks as if it would be worth a trip into town to find a store-- an almost one hour drive on the freeway, one way! emoticon Thanks to everyone, especially Coach Dean, now I'll know what to ask about. emoticon

Edited by: LUCYPAPERHANGER at: 7/11/2013 (14:31)
MLAN613 Posts: 19,248
7/11/13 8:28 A

I agree that hitting a local specialty store is perhaps best. The prices are usually comparable to big box sporting goods stores and may have a clearance section if price is a factor.

Also, check their return policy. Sometimes a shoe feels perfect in the store but once you start using it, it doesn't quite work. A local store in my area encourages its buyer to hit the free indoor track at my gym. That way, the shoes are less likely to get dirty and therefore, not subject to a restocking fee.

But believe me, I think you get what you pay for. Shoes are like tires for your car, in my opinion. They're the only thing between you and the road. Make sure you get what is best for you.

And getting fit properly for you, your foot, and gait is always best. There are as many opinions as to the best shoe as the number of shoes available. They all don't work equally for everyone.

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7/11/13 7:48 A

New Balance, because the majority of them are still made in the USA. (Look at the tongue of the shoe). They are great shoes!

WANNATHIN Posts: 1,013
7/11/13 4:58 A

I will second coach Dean. I also recently bought new shoes and tried on loads before going into a trainers-specific shop and buying a pair of Adidas trainers I LOVE.

I spoke to the shop assistant about all the physical activities I do and what I need the shoes to WORK for and she suggested three pairs that fit all the criteria. I tried them all on, walked around the shop, bounced around (I'm sure everyone thought I was insane...) and found the pair that fit and felt the best.

I don't think any one BRAND would necessarily be right. It's something you're going to have to "feel" is right.

Good luck on your search!!

SP_COACH_DEAN SparkPoints: (117,310)
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7/11/13 1:28 A

Hi, L

There are lots of brands (and quite a few price ranges) that can work well. One thing you might want to do would be to visit a store that specializes in running and walking shoes in your area. The staff in those specialty stores are usually trained at least a little bit in how to identify your foot type (eg, high or low arch) and gait type, which is really the key to getting the right kind of shoe--and they don't charge for doing an analysis for you. Most decent running and walking shoes come in different models that work best with certain gait patterns (like supination or pronation), and knowing your own pattern is the best way to make sure you get a shoe that will work well for you.

Hope this helps.

Coach Dean

7/10/13 9:24 P

A great all-around athletic shoe is Keds, Converse or similar flat shoe, including skateboard shoes. Their low heel gives better sideways stability than running shoes and "cross trainers", which usually have a raised heel. If the soles of Keds/Converse are too firm for you, slip in a gel insole, like Spenco Comfort insoles. That's what i do. The shoes are about $20-30 and the insoles are about $8. And yes, you can do DVDs in them too - just lace them up tight for stability..

LUCYPAPERHANGER SparkPoints: (10,923)
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7/10/13 8:10 P

Hello! I'm new here and I've been walking 1 to 2X/day up and around our canyon. The way up is a VERY steep hill, but on a paved road. The way down is on an unimproved road that is very bumpy and rocky. If you're not careful, you could easily twist an ankle. As I've progressed, I've been able to shave some time off this 1 and 1/4 mile walk. When I started, it took me 35 min; now I can do it in 24. emoticon I've also just started jogging a teeny bit on the way down-- a big deal for this out-of-shape mother of four! Anyhow, I am new to fitness and I don't think my shoes are cutting it-- they're running shoes from the children's section of Target (I have small feet!) and I feel every stone as if I'm in flip-flops! emoticon Can anyone recommend a good athletic shoe for the walk I am describing? I can't afford two pair, so it would be great if they'd also work well for my Leslie Sansone DVDs that I do inside on carpeting. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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