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4/3/12 12:04 P

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I found the first store where I bought running shoes ( a small somewhat local running shoe store) from the Runners World website. If you go to their Shoe Finder section there is a link on the left for Store Finder. Here's the link to take you directly there:,

Then you can find one near you and go check them out! I have had two separate shoe fittings - one at the local store that didn't use any high-tech gear like a video of me running, and one at a RoadRunner Sports store where they had all kinds of high-tech gear like the video and measurements and all kinds of stuff. I got the exact same fitting recommendation both times!!! The thing is that even if you go to a small specialty store, the people working there are runners just like you...they know what they are talking about usually and can tell if you pronate, have high arches, etc. just by watching. So either way - high-tech or no-tech you are usually okay!

I think the #1 thing I can say, is just ask about their return policy because if the shoes aren't working for you, you need to be able to return them and find something that will. Shoe fittings are not an exact science and sometimes once you get out there and start running you find that it doesn't feel quite right. :-)

At any rate - best wishes to you as you begin your transformation into this wonderful, crazy existence of being a runner!!!


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4/3/12 7:23 A

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You should probably try a running store. They sell the "most popular" running shoes ie Asics, Nike, Brooks and maybe New Balance. I need a shoe specific for women so I wear Ryka's and I get them at Famous Footwear or DSW.

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4/2/12 10:20 P

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Try a New Balance store. They usually have runners that own or run the stores. They have a machine that analyzes your feet and recommend based on what the machine comes up with--pronation, etc. Good luck, I am on 5th week of running and shoes DO make a huge difference.

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4/2/12 9:11 P

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Hi Sarah,

Glad to have you on board. If you don't get a response here, you may want to try posting this on the JASR SparkTeam. I am sooo THRILLED that you are ready to give running a try. That was me six years ago and as they say, the rest is history!


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4/2/12 8:59 P

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Hello, I am Sarah. I was at JASR this past saturday and walked the 5k. After watching many of you cross the finish line running....I must say I was inspired to start running. But, I have a small problem. I don't know where to begin with a good pair of running shoes? Could anyone give me any idea's of stores around the Pittsburgh area that would be able to help me out?
Thanks Sarah:)

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