TNJ NEEDS WALKING SHOES! WHAT SHOULD I BUY?

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 23, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    Sooner rather than later, I am going to have to get rid of my favorite walking shoes as they have just about fallen apart. Back before I found RJ, I bought a pair of Asics walking shoes that have held up well over the years and even throw them on to run errands and wear them on casual days at work. The shoes were bought in 2009! Because they are in such bad shape, I have been wearing an even older pair of K-Swiss shoes I have and they are shot too.

    What should I buy? What do you guys suggest? Remember, these are for walking only as I cannot run due to back and joint issues. I'm thinking about switching over to Nikes or if UA made a pair of walking shoes, go in that direction.

    Help me out here. What should I get as I'm gonna have to buy something soon. Thanks!
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    Feb 23, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
    I question the need for specific shoes for walking. In other words, are running shoes truly bad for walking? I doubt it. See the link below for a book about this type of marketing, where companies use clever marketing to make you think you need some specialized version of the everyday version when the everyday version will do just fine.

    The Hidden Persuaders

    Also look at Packard's The Waste Makers.
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    Feb 23, 2014 8:47 PM GMT
    For when I must wear shoes, I've become fond of Merrell's "hiking" or "trail running" shoes for everyday wear. They happen to fit me comfortably, really are breathable yet waterproof (I've stepped off rocks into the ocean and come up dry), and come in neutral colors that go with anything (as far as I can tell.) Miracle of miracles, when the ones I liked finally wore out, I went to a store and they still sold the exact same shoe icon_eek.gif

    MRL-W87323-112011?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=1002&

    I don't think Nike even makes anything any more that's not in clashing day-glow colors.
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    Feb 23, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    I will agree with what Lumpy said regarding the shoe does not HAVE to be called walking to give you what you're after.
    That said, I've done a lot of research regarding feet in the last year since I developed a Neuroma in each foot.
    It's up to me to make sure I have the right insert in all my shoes now to keep the neuroma srunk in each foot.

    New Balance to the rescue! If you have a New Balance store that only carries New Balance shoes and clothes, then they have the Foot machine that measures the pressure and shape of your unique foot and from there you can find out what ALL kinds of shoes they have that will work for your needs.

    They have dress shoes now, casual shoes and of course, modern looking tennis shoes these days.

    I use a New Balance insert in my dress shoes made by Ecco that feel like I'm working in Tennis shoes all day with a fine black leather dress shoe facade on the outside. Plus they have a metatarsal bump in each pad that lifts my bones apart to keep the neuromas at bay.
    http://www.newbalance.com/men/shoes/Walking/102000,default,sc.html
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 23, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys. Some good ideas right from the start and I really appreciate the input.

    I have heard so much about the Vibram Five Fingers shoes and did try on a pair a few years ago....not impressed sorry to say.
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    Feb 23, 2014 9:19 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidFor when I must wear shoes, I've become fond of Merrell's "hiking" or "trail running" shoes for everyday wear. They happen to fit me comfortably, really are breathable yet waterproof (I've stepped off rocks into the ocean and come up dry), and come in neutral colors that go with anything (as far as I can tell.) Miracle of miracles, when the ones I liked finally wore out, I went to a store and they still sold the exact same shoe icon_eek.gif

    MRL-W87323-112011?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=1002&

    I don't think Nike even makes anything any more that's not in clashing day-glow colors.


    I'll agree with Mindgarden that Merrell makes some great shoes and will last for a really long time!
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    Feb 24, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    I think everybody is different. What I'd recommend is going to Sports Authority or Dick's Sporting Goods and trying on several different shoes and walk around in them to see what feels comfortable for you.

    For walking New Balance has worked really well for me.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 24, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidThanks, guys. Some good ideas right from the start and I really appreciate the input.

    I have heard so much about the Vibram Five Fingers shoes and did try on a pair a few years ago....not impressed sorry to say.

    I think that would look a bit weird to use the Five Fingers shoes for everyday walking around. You'd look like a gorilla.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 24, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    Thanks again guys, and the Merrell shoes pictured there look like the Moab Ventilators I'm seeing online at the Merrell website. These probably would last a long time and I get my money's worth out of the apparel and shoes I buy. The site has them for $90 which is a fair price for the quality. I'm keeping these in mind.
  • peterstrong

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    Feb 24, 2014 1:22 AM GMT


    i second or third that on merrells - they are great shoes - i have more than one pair



  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 24, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
    I always thought Nike was for losers who are conned into following trends du jour. So I avoided them and bought anything else. Expensive brands. I believe in good shoes. I found I was wrong. Go to an outlet mall that has a Nike store and get new shoes that feel great. They always have some on sale for about $35. Then replace them every two years.
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    Feb 24, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidFor when I must wear shoes, I've become fond of Merrell's "hiking" or "trail running" shoes for everyday wear. They happen to fit me comfortably, really are breathable yet waterproof (I've stepped off rocks into the ocean and come up dry), and come in neutral colors that go with anything (as far as I can tell.) Miracle of miracles, when the ones I liked finally wore out, I went to a store and they still sold the exact same shoe icon_eek.gif

    MRL-W87323-112011?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=1002&

    I don't think Nike even makes anything any more that's not in clashing day-glow colors.


    I wear the Merrells for gym, hiking, and everyday use. REI carries them.
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    Feb 24, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI always thought Nike was for losers who are conned into following trends du jour. So I avoided them and bought anything else. Expensive brands. I believe in good shoes. I found I was wrong. Go to an outlet mall that has a Nike store and get new shoes that feel great. They always have some on sale for about $35. Then replace them every two years.
    You are one of the most condescending entities I've ever met.

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  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 24, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    Trolliosis said
    Destinharbor saidI always thought Nike was for losers who are conned into following trends du jour. So I avoided them and bought anything else. Expensive brands. I believe in good shoes. I found I was wrong. Go to an outlet mall that has a Nike store and get new shoes that feel great. They always have some on sale for about $35. Then replace them every two years.
    You are one of the most condescending entities I've ever met.

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    Ya, that's helpful. No wonder admin deleted your profile. Or maybe it was because you're just butt ugly (still).
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    Feb 24, 2014 9:44 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    Trolliosis said
    Destinharbor saidI always thought Nike was for losers who are conned into following trends du jour. So I avoided them and bought anything else. Expensive brands. I believe in good shoes. I found I was wrong. Go to an outlet mall that has a Nike store and get new shoes that feel great. They always have some on sale for about $35. Then replace them every two years.
    You are one of the most condescending entities I've ever met.

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    Ya, that's helpful. No wonder admin deleted your profile. Or maybe it was because you're just butt ugly (still).
    At least you're able to admit your mistakes though.
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    Feb 24, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    Have to agree with the other guys endorsing Merrells. In one week I walked almost 100 miles around NYC in a pair of Merrell Moabs and they felt great. I also did a lot of urban walking around London in them. It was like wearing carpet slippers. Make sure you buy them in a store to get the right sizing. I wouldn't buy them online, as the sizing can vary between different styles. Also, go for something Gore-tex lined, as this will keep out the wet and wick away the sweat.

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  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 25, 2014 12:39 AM GMT
    I think the verdict is in....Merrells it will likely be. Trouble is finding a store here that might carry them. I did a search on their website and even though some department stores along with Sports Authority have their line, I wonder how limited the selection would be....Have to check them out and will do so on their websites. Tragically, the nearest REI is in Jacksonville.....icon_sad.gif I will also check out Dick's Sporting Goods.


    My thought was to see if I could pick up a pair at a sweet price on Overstock or Zappos, but Ex_Mil8 has a good point. I should be fitted for them.

    Still keeping my eyes and mind open, however, I'm leaning towards the Merrells.

    Thanks again!

  • 1blind_dog

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    Feb 25, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    rkyjockdn said
    mindgarden saidFor when I must wear shoes, I've become fond of Merrell's "hiking" or "trail running" shoes for everyday wear. They happen to fit me comfortably, really are breathable yet waterproof (I've stepped off rocks into the ocean and come up dry), and come in neutral colors that go with anything (as far as I can tell.) Miracle of miracles, when the ones I liked finally wore out, I went to a store and they still sold the exact same shoe icon_eek.gif

    MRL-W87323-112011?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=1002&

    I don't think Nike even makes anything any more that's not in clashing day-glow colors.


    I wear the Merrells for gym, hiking, and everyday use. REI carries them.


    Best shoe brand I've ever found. Run in barefoot style and wear a couple other styles for daily use. I'll never go back.