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  • Loved the article. Shoes are so important and everyone has different needs. I always wear Asics because they are more supportive. My husband has wide feet and hasn't been able to find a good fit in anything but New Balance. The trick is to find the match for you. It's hard to stay with a fitness program if your feet hurt, plus that causes other aches and pains too.
  • Wait! The paragraph above says shoes DON'T need a breaking in period, but then the paragraph below that spends extensive time telling you you should walk around the house a bit in your shoes first and not to run a race until you've worn the shoes a few weeks first. Obviously then, the shoes DO need a breaking in period.
  • I have long, very narrow feet & a friend has VERY wide. New Balance is the only brand we've found with that range of sizes. If you can't find affordable shoes locally, look for an online outlet that gets discontinued models or close-out colors. I've seen $100+ shoes for $30ish, not just imaginary mark-ups either. Happy hunting!

    Even Nordstrom's Rack or Ross's get name brands at big discounts though sizes can be limited.
  • Jack Ramsey, what works for you won't necessarily work for someone else. My 18 year old daughter is a runner and wore Nikes for a couple of years. They had little support for her feet, legs and hips and she was always in pain. I took her to be fitted at a running store last spring. She ended up with an Asics stability shoe. It cost me $99 but eliminated most of her aches and pains.

    This is a good article that pretty much says what the guy at the running store told us.
  • This was a very informative article. Thank you so much!!
  • Thank you. I now know which shoes are the appropriate one's I should purchase. There will be a few different kinds to make the most out of what I want.
  • Of course, this is assuming you have a specialty store in your area that carries the brand of shoes you like, fit well, and won't cost the mortgage payment to buy them. Otherwise, you do the best you can. I don't have the money to spend over $150 on a pair of exercise shoes.
  • As a flat footed person, the information is right on target. Even though I know what to get, it helps to review the reasoning. Will save this to review again later.
  • If the shoe seller doesn't know what a woman's or a man's LAST is ~ walk away!!!
    The last is the "form" which shoes are made from. For many years all shoes were formed from the last of a MAN's foot!!! Yes!! Now shoe makers are getting the point, but if you walk into a sport's store and they can't tell you if the shoe is made from a man's or a woman's last, they don't know what they are talking about. Be careful with sports shoes and hiking shoes in particular. The people helping you should be experts, not inexperienced sales clerks, someone in the store should be educated or walk away!
  • There is no truer advice. I got a stress fracture (broken toe) on my right foot from a combination of poor footwear and an over aggressive orthotic insert! I was in a "boot" for three months and couldn't do much of anything. Gained the 10 pounds I lost which was the pits! Buy good footwear, spend time and get the right thing, and if you have orthotics made to correct your foot problem make sure to follow up regularly with the orthotic technician for regular adjustments, your foot will adjust and the orthotic needs to be "honed" to adjust for the correction. I learned the HARD way!
  • One of the healthiest things we can do is walk barefoot in grass or on a beach daily. It's called earthing.

    I tried every which shoe to help me with low back pain, and not one of them dis a thing for me; neither did costly orthotics. What helped was to address my core muscles. Once I strengthened them, my low back pain disappeared, and now it doesn't much matter what I wear unless I am going for a long hike. I never run. Two of my sisters have destroyed their feet and knees running.
  • I'm always annoyed with bad fitting sneakers becuase my size isn't made in sneakers. 10 is too small and 11 is too big, I'm a 10.5 and that actually does not exist in sneakers:( Stupidest thing I've ever seen in my life.
    I love my Nikes. If you're looking for a top running shoe that you can wear any other time too you've got to go with Nikes! Don't believe me? Ask anyone.
    Reviews everywhere agree too. That's just my opinion i suppose but i don't see why anyone would decide against Nikes.
    When I was ready for some new walking shoes I walked in a shoe store and told the clerk. He led me to some shoes and waved his hand across the entire section saying "All the shoes here are walking shoes". After trying on practically all the shoes I finally settled on a pair that was not as uncomfortable as the others. As it turned out what I bought was just a pair of cute shoes and not walking shoes. I spent a lot of money that was slotted for athletic shoes not fashion shoes. I should have researched before buying.
  • I have had problems with my feet all my life and being knocked kneed. My feet roll over at any nano second. Resulting in sprained ankles. My tendons in my ankles are all stretched out now. Surgery has been offered to shortened them for more stability but I'm used to it now. I also have suffered plantar fasciitis several times. I can't just pick any shoe off the rack. I have to walk around the store in them.
    Good workout shoes is a MUST. I never really understood the difference until I was turned on to a good pair. What a different that made! Yes, I did go through several different makers until I found the ones that worked best for me and yes, they were costly....but worth every penny

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