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!
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!
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.
8/24/2008 7:47:56 AM
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?
Another important item to consider regarding fit: the horizontal-plane shape of your foot. My feet are wide across the toes (but still within normal B width) & rather narrow at the heel. I had to give up some New Balance shoes because they pinched across the toes. A pair of Asics in the same size, but designed with a rounder toe, fits me beautifully. You just have to keep in mind that any slight snugness when you're trying on shoes will be magnified when you go out running in them.
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