Running Shoes!

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    Dec 27, 2007 5:40 PM GMT
    I've been running for a few months now and I've been using a cheaper pair of shoes from Khols. I didn't want to waste big bucks on running shoes if it was just a passing interest. I have decided now, however, that it's time to invest in a good pair. Where should I go to get them? I don't plan on running a marathon anytime soon and I only run a few miles at a time.
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:02 AM GMT
    Best thing to do is go to a specialty running store where they can do a gait analysis to determine what shoes will be best for you. Running shoes are not things you want to go the cheap route with. Poorly made or the wrong pair of running shoes can lead to injury.
  • Deano963

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:15 AM GMT
    Runninchlt is correct. You NEED to know your foot type before you buy a pair of running shoes. If you don't know it they people at the store will look at your feet and tell you if you have a normal, flat, or high arch. Be prepared to spend at least $80 for a good pair.
  • irishkcguy

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    Dec 29, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    Don't go to a big chain store like Foot Locker. My experience is they know almost nothing about what they are selling except the brand name and the color. Most cities have running shoe stores that are independently operated businesses in which the owners/employees are usually runners and can help you get the right product for yourself. I would recommend that kind of specialty store to help you.
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    Dec 29, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    Merrell makes great shoes. Comfortable and they all offer water/stain resistance or full waterproof. (Not stand in open water, but against leakage)
    - All Merrell shoe products have a insole designed for each specific sex as per their leg stance.
    - They all also come with various foam densities to help cushion ever step.

    New Balance and The North Face both also have great offerings.

    If you order from your product will come with the 100% satisfaction protection. Not that it is intended to be lifetime but you won't be stopped from returning your shoes in the years as they wear out. Since you live in Michigan you'll likely to close to a store within the next few years as the company will be expanding with Chicago as the midwest homestore.

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  • czkiwi

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    Dec 30, 2007 1:30 PM GMT
    Great advice from all. Finding a specialty store with a treadmill to see how I run has provided me with a shoe that has changed running for me. I now have little to no pain after long runs. Find a runners store, and test drive the shoe. For me, stability goes a long way over cushioning to prevent pain.
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    Dec 30, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    A few other points to remember:

    Once you get your new running shoes, don't run in them on your next run! Wear them 2 or 3 times before you run in them, say, if you're going to the grocery store. That way your feet will adjust to the shoes and the shoes will adjust to your feet.

    I also advise getting 2 pairs. I have a neutral gait/footfall, so I wear neutral lightweight performance shoes to run. But I like to have a second pair with a little more cushioning for days when I decided to pile some miles beyond my usual ever other day running regimen. Again, wear your running shoes a little before you run in them! That is the most important thing.
  • cowboyupnorth

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    Jan 04, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    I just bought two pair of Saucony hurricanes and I really like them so far.

    A few of us from RJ are running the half marathon in Dexter this summer, you should join us.
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    Jan 14, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    If you have a big running event soon in your area, it is worth going. For example, the expo of the Marine Corps marathon in DC had a great selection of shoes. There I got a great deal ($50) for a pair of Saucony running shoes (that were normally $125), and they gave me all the advise. I love the new shoes.
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    i have had several different running shoes. my current ones are new balance which i paid $100 at a speicialty running store..... have yet to run any races with them, but so far, training in them is going okay.. my last pair,, i got lucky with, they were a pair of adidas which i got on sale for $39 at dick's sporting goods... i ran 3 half marathons at the end of last year in them.. never got the first blister from them, never had any type of problems with them.. i am hoping for the same luck with my current ones.. for my next ones. i am hoping to get some mizunos (sp??lol)...

    but my advice to the original poster.. truly ask yourself.. do you want to run.. or do you want to be a runner.. if you want to be a runner, find a specialty store, pay out the big bucks, get the professional advice.. if you just want to run,, find a comfortable pair of shoes and just run
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    Your BEST bet, mentioned over and over again, is a Running Specialty store. More than likely they would be the best ones to assist you in getting the right shoe for your foot and your running needs and desires.

    There's a GREAT store back home in San Diego that does this, RoadRunner Sports, wish they had one here in SF!!
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    Good shoes are an absolute must if you are serious about running. You should buy new shoes after 300-500 miles on a pair. Go to an athletic store, one devoted to running if possible, and check on the brand names and quiz the staff about them and how many miles you run and what your stride and footplant is like--pronate or supinate. Get good expert advice from other runners, too. good luck!