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8/30/10 2:22 P

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For work I would check out the Shape ups X wear. They're designed specifically for work.

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8/30/10 2:08 P

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My mother in law swears by the ShapeUps, too! I have unusually high arches and rely mostly on good insoles to stretch the life of my casual footwear. Good sneakers aren't too hard to come by, but I struggle with something "cute." I have found that some of the Crocs ballet/mary-jane styles have really good arch support and cushioning, keeping me from feeling the impact of hours on a concrete floor in my office building.

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8/27/10 10:38 A

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My friend, who has flat feet, just bought a pair of Skechers Shape-ups. He says they're the most comfortable shoes he's ever had. I'm thinking of buying a pair, the price is pretty steep. Check them out for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/24p2y9r

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3/10/10 4:33 P

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SP article on shoes:
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3/7/10 10:27 A

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Hi,

I would definitely recommend you go to a local running store (even if you aren't a runner) and be fitted by a professional. They should look at your feet and will be able to see if you have high arches or flat arches, how wide your feet are, etc. and then match your foot type with a shoe that is made for that foot type. They should then watch you walk in the shoe. If you are running they should also watch you run in the shoe. This is very important, I am a person whose foot rolls in when they run but not when they walk. So the first time I got fitted they only watched me walk and I ended up with a shoe that didn't work for running.

Quality running stores will do this type of evaluation for free when you come in to buy shoes. These shoes will cost you $70-$100. If you don't want to spend that much go in and ask them to fit you for an insert to put in your current shoes ($20-$40).

It is important to go to a quality store, don't just go to Dick's where they have teenagers working or try to figure it out yourself. You'll be so happy with a good pair of shoes!

To find a local running store you can search this directory:
http://www.runnersworld.com/store/search
/1,7978,s6-240-417-0-0,00.html

If you are in a small town and there is no running store anywhere near, you can try the shoe fetch service at roadrunnersports.com:
http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/prod
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They even have a number you can call to speak to someone to help you choose a shoe.

I hope this helps!
Anna


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2/9/10 11:35 A

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There are a lot of things that go into getting the right shoes and taking care of your feet in general.

I have very high arches and some bone damage in one foot. I wear special very padded inserts in running shoes. This means that I buy shoes at least a size larger than normal and the shoe inserts have to be removable to make room for my special inserts. The running shoes allow more flexibility than walkers or trainers, which is the opposite of what most people are looking for in walking shoes. My podiatrist told me to never walk on a treadmill because I change my gait for the worse.

It can be tough, but if you pay attention to your feet and get some expert help, you can learn what shoes you need. When you see an expert for shoe advice, make sure you ask why they are recommending whatever. That way, you know and can make the decisions yourself later. Shoes are changing all the time and if you do a lot of walking/running, you will need to get new ones pretty often. It pays to know all you can about your own feet.

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2/9/10 2:44 A

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Well, I believe that it's the soles, not the cramping. They aren't tight on the sides and I do have a little space at the toes. I know when I get home, either from work or going to the gym, my feet feel very sore. It makes me not want to go very much.

I have to try to find an athletic store around here. I've only ever gone to WalMart or Foot Locker, so I don't have much experience with anywhere else. I don't mind spending a bit more and 'investing' in the right shoe, as long as I know they'll last and my feet won't hate me anymore. Ha.

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Right now I'm wearing a pair of Merrell trail runners. I had New Balance trail runners before that. I like trail running shoes because of the versatility. I can take them to the gym, the street, or the mountain and they work well no matter the terrain. Although the New Balance slipped on wet pavement. The Merrells are much better.

But shoes are a personal decision. I suggest you go to a reputable shoe store - like a specialty athletic shoe store, not just Foot Locker - and get your feet professionally sized. A good store can evaluate your size, gait, how your old shoes wore, and other things, and help you choose a shoe that will be comfy.

Finally, I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Invest in a good pair of shoes and they'll last longer and they'll treat your feet better. Your shoes are your most important piece of gear :)

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2/8/10 8:01 A

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I don't know about better or not brands, but I wear Athletech I bought at Target.
Jillian Michaels says you should buy your exercise shoes 1/2 size bigger because your feet swell when you exercise.
Do your feet hurt because they are cramped? or because the soles hurt?
If it is the soles, you might just need more cushion on the bottom.
Hope that helps

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2/8/10 3:52 A

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I have a question regarding those of us trying to trek our way across the fitness verse. What kind of trainers do you wear? Do you like one sneaker more than another?

The reason I ask is because I feel like I have tried every shoe out there and none are comfortable. They never last long, my feet always feel like they hate me. I don't know what I am doing wrong.

Help?

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