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  • This article was the most helpful one I have read thus far. Thank you!
  • Following the advice in this article is exactly what I credit with keeping me running (and walking) injury free for nearly 30 years.

    I've seen many shoe fads come and go, but I stick to the tried and true advice and my "difficult" feet - flat, severely overpronating with even an extra bone (yeah, there's such a thing) are just fine.

    I do replace my shoes every 6 months or 500 miles, whichever comes first. I don't spend much on fashion, but my feet are worth it.
  • More important to me than a good shoe and even an orthotic in sole, was to learn to use my core muscles properly when I walk!
  • Thanks for sharing. Good info.
  • great content and explanation without being to much.
    Thank you!
  • Thanks I need a new pair for a long time. Been looking but haven't seen what I want.
  • Thanks for sharing
  • I agree with those who said this is very traditional (and limited, outdated) advice. I'm 58 years old and an avid walker, and just switched to minimalist shoes (Altra Intuitions) based on a recommendation from my physical therapist. I had back and foot problems for years and they're beginning to clear up. Putting on my old "supportive" shoes to cut the grass was physically painful and so cumbersome. Our bodies work better when ALL the muscles can do their jobs (including the muscles in our feet). After all, we don't expect our hands to need "supportive" restrictive mittens to protect them while we work!
  • I never know whether I pronate or supinate, so it's hard to know what kind of shoe to buy. I think I need a trip to my local specialty running shop! I was going to sign up for a Zumba class, so I was glad to hear the advice about dance sneakers or aerobic sneakers here.
  • Nice, timely article. It's way past time to replace my shoes.
    I lived many years before having my feet "professionally measured" and I was really surprised to hear that my left foot is bigger than my right !! Imagine that---- LOL
  • I do Jazzercise and have been doing it for years now. I'm permitted to dance barefoot. If I had to wear shoes it would be a problem. I would use minimalist shoes or those Skeletoes, which I wear at Curves because I must.
  • I posted about this last year - my feet were hurting so bad and I do a lot of walking on concrete. I bought an expensive pair of walking shoes and my feet were happy the moment I walked out the door with them on.

    Thanks for sharing this article
  • Those of us who do high impact aerobic exercise like Zumba or Jazzercise have special needs in footwear. Running and walking shoes have too much tread on the bottom to be able to perform all of the moves, especially side-to-side moves, that are common in these routines. Always look for an aerobic shoe, preferably with a pivot point on the ball of the foot which allows for greater movement. Doing high impact aerobic exercises with the wrong shoe may cause injury.
  • Thank you, Allthatjazzva! I am a serious barefooter, and when it became necessary to buy hiking shoes I had no end of problems. I cannot wear these supportive, structured shoes at all. Couldn't get two miles before the foot pain was so bad I couldn't walk any more. I had to stop and take the stinkin' shoes off and walk the rest of the way in my bere feet.

    Thank goodness for minimalist shoes! I'm using them now while I train for a 25K walking race in April. I may or may not walk the race in my bare feet.

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