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    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
    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
    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.

    K - 12/5/2008 1:02:18 PM
    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
    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

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