Running shoes

  • metalxracr

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    Apr 22, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    I am looking to buy some running shoes. I was wondering what are some good shoes that you guys recommend. My current shoes aren't running shoes, but I run in them.
    However, recently one of my knee's has been having a small pain, and I've never had it, and I'm pretty sure the reason is from my shoes.
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    Apr 22, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    You need shoes that give you the appropriate support and or cushioning. The best thing you can do is go to a running specialty store, and have your foot analyzed. They should also watch you run to see if you pronate or not.

    As a brand I've always liked Asics, but different runners have different needs.

    From my experience knee pain is a dangerous thing to mess with minor or not. You should probably see a doctor if it doesn't clear up upon getting into the right pair of shoes.
  • metalxracr

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    Apr 22, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. I was thinking about getting asics. They seem like a really good running shoe. I knew I shouldnt have been running in the shoes I had, but I hate shoe shopping. I kinda figured this was something I shouldnt procrastinate on, but I never got around to it. haha
  • UStriathlete

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    since you are in LA, you have some good local running stores. go there and get the right shoe for you. don't go by brand, go by fit and feel and what you need for your running style and body. the local stores do a great job on fitting and know all the latest shoes, shoe companies train the staff. you should at least try 3 different shoe brands on. good luck
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    Apr 22, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    A good running store will look at your stride and recommend shoes based on whether you pronate or supinate, then ask you to run around a little in them to make sure they feel okay. Don't buy based on brand name, buy based on how comfortable they are.

    You might also look into getting Superfeet or similar insoles for arch support. My podiatrist recommended them when she was treating me for Achilles tendonitis, and they work pretty well.
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    Apr 22, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    I had a pretty wicked knee injury a few months ago and my shitty Nike's were the culprit. I went to Sheels and did the running analysis and got a pair of Asics. I absolutely love them, best running shoe I have ever owned.

    That being said its best to base your decision on a good running analysis. I would say currently the brands recommended on here are the top three brands; Asics (most common brand chosen by runners), New Balance, and Mizuno is coming on strong. Personally, I find the Asics and Mizuno's to be very similar in feel. Also all these brands are going to be in the same general price range. I paid a few extra bucks for the Asics and I would do it again any day. Absolutely stay away from the Nike's, I got a painful education on how they are a name /status brand that does not support a running program at all.

    When you go look for your shoes, talk to a sales person and ask them questions like which shoe is best for over-pronation, which shoe has the best support, etc. If they can answer those questions immediately on the spot without any hesitation, then you might MIGHT have a sales rep that knows what they're talking about. A knowledgeable sales rep is your best friend in buying running shoes. After all a running analysis done by someone who knows nothing about shoes isn't much help at all, and yes this does happen.

    Best of luck to you.

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    Apr 22, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    Here is a Great Article on how to do this. Hope it helps:

    How to Choose the Best Running Shoes for You
    by Bob Wischnia

    Choosing the proper running shoe isn't quite as complicated as nuclear fission, but for
    a beginner it can be a daunting task sorting through all the models and high-tech shoe systems. The best place to start the shoe selection process is a running shoe store.

    A running store should be a fun place to go and shop. But with all the new, colorful models
    on the shoe wall and the slim, fit people gathered about, it can also be an intimidating
    place for a newcomer. Still, a good running store should cater to the needs of the beginner
    as well as the experienced. If you don't feel the store's salespeople are receptive to your needs, talk over your head, or are condescending, go someplace else.


    This sixteen-step process guarantees
    you will find the best running
    shoe for you:
    1. It's important to understand that if you plan to run, you need to buy a shoe specific to running. Not a sneaker, tennis shoe, cross-trainer, aerobic, basketball or walking shoe, but a running shoe made for running and only running.

    2. The best way to get a high quality running shoe that fits you properly is to go to a running store. There are plenty of sporting goods chain stores that carry running shoes, but only running shops carry a wide selection of brands and models and have running experts who can put you in the best shoe for you. If you don't know of a running store in your area, ask a runner you know. Chances are pretty good he or she can recommend one.

    3. Once you've found a running store, commit to spending at least 30 to 45 minutes there. Don't rush your shoe selection process. Once there, check out the shoe wall. It will give you a good idea of the latest models and prices. Another good hint is to pick up a Runner's World Shoe Buyer's Guide, published in March, June, September and December each year. In it, all the newest models of running shoes are evaluated.

    4. While checking out the shoe wall, a salesperson will undoubtedly ask whether you need help. Make certain the salesperson is a runner who understands your needs. If not, ask to see someone else.

    5. Bring the socks you most often use for running. The wrong socks (either too thin or too thick) will alter the fit of the shoes you're trying on. If you don't have running socks, buy a pair at the store and wear them when trying on shoes.

    6. If you have been running, bring the shoes with you to the store that you have been running in. They will help the salesperson better determine the specific pair you need. If you wear orthotics, bring them as well.

    7. Have both feet measured for width and length - even if you think you know your size. Your feet tend to spread and lengthen (from running and aging) so don't be surprised that your running shoes may be a half or full size larger than what you're accustomed to wearing.

    8. Discuss with the salesperson the particulars of your running history. Such variables as how long you've been running, miles per week you run, the predominant surface you run on, racing background or races that loom in the future and other characteristics of your running are all helpful to the salesperson pulling out the right shoe for you.

    9. If you have not been running much (or at all), be honest. It can be intimidating talking to a shoe-savvy salesperson, but a good one won't try to confuse you with techno-babble. If you don't understand a term or technology, ask the salesperson to explain it.

    10. If your running is in the beginning stages, don't assume you need the least expensive shoe available. You won't need the most expensive either, but you will need just as much cushioning and durability as a more experienced runner. Plan to spend between $75 and $90 for a high quality technical model running shoe. Bigger runners who need added support and durability might have to pay a little more.

    11. Your primary need is for a pair of shoes that fit well and feel comfortable. Fit and feel are certainly an individual decision, but look for running shoes that fit snugly (without being tight) with about a half inch (or slightly less) room between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Your toes should not feel cramped or squished. Your heel should not slip in the rearfoot when walking or running. If one aspect of the fit is not right, don't buy the shoe.

    12. If you like a certain shoe, but don't feel it's wide enough (or it's too wide), ask the salesperson if it's available in more than one width. Many models are. New Balance offers all of its best running shoes in at least three widths for men and women. Some brands (but not all) offer one or two widths in popular models.

    13. Try on a wide variety of styles and brands. One brand isn't necessarily better than any other. Take your time. Put your running socks on (and if you wear orthotics, place them in the shoes) and walk around the store in the shoes. Jog around outside. If it doesn't feel or fit right in the store, it won't feel better when you run (just the opposite).

    14. Make certain the salesperson watches you run. There are some shoes that could be wrong for you; for example, not enough support for big runners - and even if you can't tell, the salesperson should be able to.

    15. Decide on two pairs and compare the two on fit and comfort. Ask the salesperson what the technical differences are between the two. Put one shoe from each pair on and jog around to see which shoe feels better. Go with that shoe. If you can't discern a difference, ask for the salesperson's recommendation.

    16. Ask about the store's return policy. Most good running stores have a liberal policy which allows you to return shoes that are clean and have not been worn a great deal. But check and always keep the sales receipt.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 22, 2008 4:28 PM GMT

    I say New Balance all the way!!
  • metalxracr

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    Apr 22, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    YngHungSFSD thanks a lot for all the info, it's really helpful! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 23, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    You are very welcome, always willing to help about a bro with a little info if I can.
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    May 11, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    you should try new balance; they have always been consistant in making good quality shoes with the runner in mind. try the new nb8505 they come in white/red and white/blue. also if you're running on pavement alot you might want to switch to grass every now and then. the grass would be easier on the knees. the streets are curved to drain water(rain) and that could also put alot of stress on the knees; i found that out myself the hard way. so try to mix up the surfaces that you run on. and when you are looking for running shoes find out if you pronate or supinate;that would determine what kind of motion control you will need. have a great day running !!