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  • 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
  • I went to a New Balance store after days of my ankles and feet hurting for no reason. It was a last ditch attempt before going to see a doctor because I could barely walk. The guy at the store looked at my feet, asked me what kind of shoe I was looking for, and he found me a shoe with great support (and a wide width). He also showed me how to tie the shoes so I could get the most support for my ankles (tighten those laces around your arches, not just at the top of the shoe). The shoes also have a roll bar so my feet can't roll and hurt my ankles. I also went and bought some dance shoes made by Bloch that look more athletic, but they're fantastic. I wore them for three days straight at a bellydance workshop and that's the reason why I could walk afterwards. Put some money and time into finding shoes that work for you and your feet will thank you! - 12/5/2008 10:46:27 AM
  • BLUEWILLOW527
    I guess I'm the oddball here. I have flat feet, wide at the toes, narrow heel, and plantar fascitis (heel pain), and I have found that Ryka running shoes (Solace model) suit me perfectly, even for walking! - 12/5/2008 9:39:55 AM
  • How can we recognize which shoe is which? I mean, if something is marked as a running shoe, then I know, but on the others, many times unmarked, I wonder if I could recognize the right shoe. - 12/5/2008 8:59:55 AM
  • As a power walker, the shoes are key - I bought "stability" shoes because I had ankle pain - Brooks GTS - great shoes but the wrong shoes for me - the wrong shoe caused a great deal of pain. I finally read enough to determine I likely had the wrong shoe. I need a neutral shoe. High arch, walk on the outside of the foot - I had totally the wrong shoe - it was forcing me to walk further on the outside.

    Went to the Running Store and had a trained person review my gait - picked up on the issue and recommended the right shoe.

    Much less pain - wish I had done this months before. - 11/10/2008 9:34:14 PM
  • PROSERPINE1
    I appreciate this article.I have to say though, that I almost never find knowledgeable salespeople nowadays.
    It used to take training, and knowledge to know the care and proper fit of shoes, but I hardly ever find anyone like that today.And I live in a big city too.
    Anoyne know any chains where they do?or even *any* stores?
    Also, I not only have high arches, I have narrow feet, and an even narrower heel.
    With the high arch, and instep, some narrow shoes, if I'm even lucky enough to find them, don't fit all that well, because usually the strap that goes over my foot or the instep --is too short or too small.
    How will I ever find shoes to fit me? - 8/24/2008 7:47:56 AM
  • Appreciate any info on this subject- I have such issues with shoes! Being petite & flat footed its difficult to find the right shoe:( Thanks! - 8/12/2008 4:08:25 PM
  • A very beneficial article! - 8/12/2008 12:30:43 AM
  • After reading this article I went out and got me some appropriate workout shoes... OH WOW! What a difference! My feet feel so much better during/after my cardio. Thank you! - 2/25/2008 7:50:56 PM
  • Great article...very informatiive. Thank you! :o) - 2/18/2008 6:45:55 PM
  • JANMCL
    A very informative article about different types of shoes to fit a specific activity. I didn't realise how important this was. Thank you. - 2/18/2008 5:11:34 PM

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