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  • 77RICEGUY
    For years I was frustrated because I would find a shoe that fit really well and by the time I was ready to replace it, they had discontinued or changed it (with or without any indication that they had done so). In addition, my foot is not typical (relatively narrow heel, but wide in the front) so most shoes weren't right.

    Shoes are made on "lasts" that simulate a particular foot shape, but it is usually impossible to get any information about them. A few years ago, I learned that New Balance indicates which shoes are made with which lasts. I learned I can buy any shoe with a SL-2 last in 12.5 EE and it will always fit. This means I can comfortably order shoes online with confidence. I don't know any other maker that does this. I wish they would.
    - 11/1/2010 12:00:45 PM
  • I'm joining the plea for a reccommendation for cross training shoes. I have good jogging shoes, but I found that they actually cause harm while I try aerobics/kickboxing/weight training. I had New Balance walking shoes for quite a while which served me very very well on my various training but then I went and got Saucony jogging shoes. They're fantastic, yes, but what is there to fit the more steppy routines? - 11/1/2010 7:46:28 AM
  • TXHONEY
    Really good article. One thing that wasn't mentioned was that shoes for normal pronation are often stated by manufacturers or those in the running "biz" as "neutral".

    I was also surprised to see the advice that the shoe only needs to be half an inch longer. I recently got fitted at a funning store and much to my mortification my shoe expert came back with a giant shoe! She insisted that a running shoe needs a roomy finger width, which was way more than half an inch - more like the "growing room" our parents used to insist on when buying us shoes as a kid. I'm still not sure about all that extra room, ask in how I feel after I've put 400 miles on them! ;) - 10/31/2010 8:55:21 AM
  • LROLLING
    Great article except for the fact that it really didn't cover a dance-style fitness shoe. Most of my exercise routine comes from a cardio dance fitness style. For the past year, I've been wearing a pair of Asics. I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for a better workout shoe that fits my type of exercise. - 10/31/2010 8:25:40 AM
  • FITCHICK365
    I have flat feet and love wearing SmartSole exercise insoles in all my workout shoes as they have great arch support and cushioning and they also help with circulation and with toning and tightening. http://www.smartsole.com. I saw the code spark10 on another thread on this site that gave me 10% off. - 10/31/2010 7:08:13 AM
  • CINDYYB at one time there were special aerobic shoes.
    I first heard about New Balance when my son needed 15EEEE. I asked about 11AA for myself. Twenty years later, I still wear New Balance 12AAAA. There is one store in town that carries them (or special orders) and doesn't tell me 'get a man's size 11....'

    Went to podiatrist for heel pain. He put an orthotic in my walking shoes, suggested waterproof hiking boots for snow, and ACIS sandals for slippers. I were heavyweight soccer socks in the winter so boots and 'slippers' aren't too loose. When I complained about the weight of walking shoes worn all the time, he said get, running shoes because they provide enough support.

    Definitely wear the same type of socks for buying shoes and exercising. Thinner socks can make the shoes too wide and your foot will slide. - 10/8/2010 9:38:34 PM
  • IRENE1514
    Great walking shoes for high arched are the ECCOS. They are a shoe made for walking.
    I have tried MBT's, Chung shi and I think its more of a novelty then what they say. Good Luck - 8/22/2010 11:57:45 AM
  • What about aerobics and step? I have been searching for articles on Spark to help me find a good pair of athletic shoes for my aerobics and step activities and no one mentions it. Cross trainers? - 8/3/2010 7:08:52 AM
  • I so believe in taking care of your feet. I am on my feet all day long at work & have so many friends at work that suffer from heel spurs. My mom also needed 3 surgeries on her feet for heel spurs. My favorite work out shoes are my Brooks Ariels. I also wear a different pair of shoes to work every day ex Dansko, Aetrex or MBT. Take care of your feet their the only pair you get! - 5/12/2010 7:21:48 AM
  • So i have a high arched foot... anyone have any sneakers they recommend? - 4/13/2010 8:45:12 AM
  • There's new Reebok shoes, I think they called EasyTone. Though, not sure if what they claimed is true, suppose to tone your legs and butts when you walk/run/jog with the shoes. - 4/12/2010 10:18:35 PM
  • well that explains why my new pair of Asics didn't "fit right" when I replaced my older pair that i've had for two years. i got it on recommendation from women's health magazine and asked four different sports stores and three of them recommended the exact same thing the magazine did. they were so comfy! bummer i didn't buy five pairs when i had the chance. now my dilemma is finding my old pair of shoes. - 3/29/2010 5:40:17 PM
  • Anyone try the Gravity Defyer? - 3/29/2010 3:11:17 PM
  • What are your comments about the Shape-Ups? - 3/26/2010 2:31:33 PM
  • NATURAL2B
    I'm looking for shoes now and this information will definitely come in handy. Thanks, - 1/20/2010 6:33:41 AM

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