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    What about shoes that are supposed to tone as you walk? I bought a pair and have to admit I am not having the tightness that I had before. But it "appears" (not necessarily what is happening) that my ankle is turning inward. Anyone have the same sense?
  • I have Saucony running shoes, but I still experience tightness in the back of my legs and the bottoms of my feet have been hurting. I really can't afford the more expensive running shoes, does anyone have any advice for me? Right now I am not running marathons, so I don't need too expensive of a running shoe do I?
    Articles are a great way to get information and to learn more. However, especially when it comes to shoes, don't assume just because you are a certain foot type that you automatically wear the shoe recommended by most "fitness experts" in an article. Do what this article says and go to a good shoe store like Road Runner Shoes and get properly fitted. My feet are as wide and flat as a duck (hence my name - so proud of it). I also over pronate. You would think that I would wear a firm motion control shoe. Well, those type of shoes actually gave me severe shin splints and made my feet roll inward even more. Turns out after having my feet fully evaluated by Road Runners Shoes, I actually wear a neutral or very soft stability shoe with extra cushioning. So do your homework. It really makes a difference.
  • The right shoes have made a huge difference for me. My lower legs are not fatigued after walking/running, and my arches are not aching after long activity. Thanks for the information, it helped me make the right choices.
  • Thanks for the dating tip on insole! I always think I will remember when I put a pair into "use", but then I can't figure out how many "miles" I have put on them or when I started using them.

    In the past, I have waited until I'm experiencing pain to realize I need to replace the pair I have.

    One more "tip": if you have blackened toenails, your toes are hitting the end of the shoe when you walk or run. Need the next 1/2 size up no matter what size you are "supposed to be"!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
    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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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.
  • 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?
    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! ;)

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