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  • I am finding that the best shoes for hiking and walking are my Vibram 5-finger shoes, my feet are not sore even after going for 10 miles. The 5-finger shoes are just like going bare foot the way were made to do. - 12/20/2010 11:10:26 AM
  • I agree about buying good shoes that fit. I used to buy cheapie shoes at Target or Payless. Then I started having problems with plantar fasciitis - eventually in both feet. I went in to Fleet Feet and was fitted for a pair of walking shoes. The plantar fasciitis was gone within two months. Yes, I'm paying more - $95 to $125 - but being able to walk without pain is priceless. The shoes are so much better, that I only have to buy a new pair every year.
    - 12/19/2010 12:14:08 AM
  • I do a spin class several times a week, and I've noticed my big toes are feeling bruised. I tried different shoes with a leather (instead of mesh) upper (a tennis shoe) and now my arch is hurting....I can't afford a hundred dollars for a specialty shoe. Any ideas or tips? - 12/17/2010 10:42:36 AM
  • VERAGEO
    I bought a pair of the sketchers from Naturalizers and wore them most of the time and at first my back hurt just above the waistline but with continued wear that got less and less so I got a second pair to wear indoors and now I have the third pair in black so I can wear it to work with black pants in the winter. They are also not slippery on the snow/ice we have now. I totally recommend them especially if you have back problems as you stand straighter. I discuss them with my therapists who said they are great but you need to wear them often not just an hour a day. - 12/6/2010 4:58:48 PM
  • Someone asked about the Gravity defyer. I just did a search on it and found mostly very bad reviews. Many said they were very uncomfortable as there wasn't much cushioning on the ball of the foot. There were also complaints of them squeaking and falling apart! here is the link: http://www.shamelessreviews.com/gravity-de
    fying-shoes/ - 12/5/2010 7:16:01 PM
  • more on Skechers Shape-Ups..

    To be fair -The reviews also showed that if people did not get injured from them that they loved them! I didn't see too many people that didn't like them if they didn't get hurt! Almost all reviewers thought they were comfortable -at least for a while. Some started having sudden pains that subsided when they stoppped using them. There were also lots of broken legs and ankles! Honestly, I don't see how because they didn't feel that unsteady -not even laterally, but then again, since they were new, I was paying a lot of attention and I'm guessing these things happen when you no longer think about your shoes. Many of them said they were just walking in places (such as driveway or street) that they had always walked and there wasn't any rocks or anything. I almost kept them, but I just read one too many of those stories and decided it wasn't worth the chance for me even though they didn't seem to feel unsafe. I think if I hadn't already had screws in my ankle, I would have kept them. - 12/5/2010 6:50:54 PM
  • About Skechers Shape-Ups....

    I would be really leary of these. I bought a pair the other day. I actually thought they were pretty comfortable & didn't feel too unstable or anything. After doing some research though, I found a LOT of people had injuries from wearing them! I don't want to take the chance, so I took them back. I already have two screws in my ankle! Don't need any more! - 12/5/2010 6:40:15 PM
  • 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

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