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MANDY1028 Posts: 8
1/29/12 3:21 P

Thank you so much to everyone for the advice! :)

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1/28/12 11:27 P


If you have a local running specialty store near you, I would recommend that you try there first. Many stores will carry walking shoes. That being said, you may need to use more of a cross trainer for the DVD's as these shoes allow for more lateral movement versus a running/walking shoe that does not.

I hope this helps!
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1/28/12 9:45 P

I agree about seeing a Podiatrist. If you are having joint pain then you might want to rethink using the treadmill.

I have joint pain in my knees so I either walk outside, use the elliptical or bike or swim.

New Balance customizes running/walking shoes for the individual.

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1/28/12 9:41 P

If you're experiencing joint pain and you already know you need arch support, I think you would greatly benefit from seeing a podiatrist and getting their advice on shoes. You might also need orthotic inserts.

Find a sports shoe store where the staff are trained in finding the right shoe for your fit, not a fashion store. They should watch you walking without shoes on and be able to recommend something, rather than just ask what size you are or only talk about your needs. Better if they can video you and show you how your alignment is off so you can learn for yourself exactly *why* Brand X with Feature Y is the right shoe for your feet.

But if you can afford a trip to a podiatrist, do that first. :)

MANDY1028 Posts: 8
1/28/12 9:32 P

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting a question, so I hope that I'm doing this correctly. I was hoping to get some advice on picking out a good pair of workout shoes. I have the hardest time finding shoes that fit correctly. I have a wide foot and need a good arch and lots of padding. Also, I tend to have pain in my knees and hips so I really need something supportive. I mostly walk, do workout DVDs at home and use the treadmill and elliptical at the gym. I've bought a few pairs of shoes and ended up returning them because they hurt my feet. I thought I had seen someone say you could be measured for shoes, but where do I go for that and how does that work? I don't really need anything fancy, I just want to be comfortable! Please, any advice would be great! Thank you! :)

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