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  • Great article, I never knew I had to have shoes for each activity. I ran into a shoe insert called walkfit. It works for me because I could not find shoes with a high enough arch. It has arch adjustments, and takes alot of pain off of my heels. - 1/18/2010 1:59:18 PM
  • SUSHAH
    This article provided some very useful information - I'm saving it, so I can refer to it when I'm shopping for my next pair of shoes. - 1/13/2010 8:02:29 AM
  • Kiarrith, have you checked out the Vibram Five Finger Shoes? They're like barefoot, except there is a thin protection for the sole of your foot.

    I'd like to know what the author of the article thinks of these. Apparently once your feet are "in shape" by being allowed to function as if bare, you can ditch the orthotics and everything.

    My son has a pair and loves them. I've had life long orthopedic trouble so I'm cautious, but now that my hips are level (hip replacement!) I'm more willing to try things - 12/6/2009 10:13:51 PM
  • ANNAAB
    Should I use a walking or running shoe or cross trainer for walking/running on a treadmill? - 12/5/2009 6:30:08 PM
  • TERRY250
    I want to support the idea of getting measured often. I wore a size 10 M for all of my adult life and just figured that shoes were meant to be uncomfortable. Finally a salesman insisted that he needed to measure my feet and we found that I was now an 11 wide. With the new shoes in the proper size, not only my feet felt better but the pains in my calves that I'd been having went away entirely. Poorly fitting shoes not only make your feet hurt but they can make the rest of you feel awful, too. And I, too, found that New Balance does a great job with wide sizes. My youngest who wears a EE gets his shoes there. - 12/5/2009 12:01:00 PM
  • WHITELACEY1
    I have a shoe issue I have never seen addressed anywhere. I wear a children's size 2 1/2 and I have yet to find a good walking or hiking shoe in shildren's shoes. Any ideas? - 12/5/2009 5:02:12 AM
  • What is the general opinion on the Sketcher's Shape-Up shoes for fitness and weight loss? - 6/14/2009 7:01:45 PM
  • TURTLE1321
    I always wondered about the types of shoes available and which one is the best for me. The article really explians it in a short and simple way. - 5/25/2009 1:55:42 PM
  • I have always loved to walk. I try to walk wherever I can, and I take my dog with me. I don't necessarily like to wear tenis shoes. I generally walk in clogs. I have a favorite pair that I wear all the time. I feel freeier in them than shoes. I can't run in them, but I can walk in them pretty good. - 3/15/2009 9:36:54 PM
  • Wanted to add I find it funny that I buy three brands all starting with "A". Aasics, Adiddas, or Avia's. - 12/5/2008 8:20:18 PM
  • PROSERPINE1 has expressed my concerns when wondering how and where you find trained personnel to assist you. Luckily, I have a very normal fit and just buy a good shoe when I find it on sale. - 12/5/2008 8:17:57 PM
  • DARLENECAM
    I recently purchased a pair of Under Armour cross trainer tennis shoes. They are the most comfortable workout shoes I've ever owned. - 12/5/2008 6:39:40 PM
  • Dear Nicole: I would actually love to see some articles on running/walking barefoot. I know it is not always feasible [cold, sharp or slick surfaces, etc.] but it is something I am very curious about and would love to see more research on.

    Thanks!
    K - 12/5/2008 1:02:18 PM
  • 77RICEGUY
    I want to share something. Being heavy, I have had many shoe issues through the years. One problem was that the models change so fast. You find a shoe you like, but when you need another pair, it is no longer made. New Balance shoes have changed my life for the better. Shoes are made on foot models that are called lasts. New Balance, like all shoe manufacturers, uses a variety of lasts. The difference is that they tell you which shoes are made with which lasts. My foot needs a high arch, wide toebox and narrow heel. In New Balance shoes, that is an SL-2 last. I also know that I am a 12.5 EE. With that information, I can choose from a variety of shoes made on the SL-2 last was complete confidence that they will fit me. This lets me buy online which is both cheaper and easier. My feet have never felt better. - 12/5/2008 12:09:31 PM
  • I really enjoed this article. I'm taking it with me when I look for some workout shoes. I appreciate the posts as well. - 12/5/2008 11:34:47 AM

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