Its hard to recommend good shoes, we are all so different, what is good for me could injure you, you should prob ask recomendations for name of a good running store in your area so you can be fitted, I have one up here in Alaska called Skinny Raven and they rock!
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I'm sure others will give you better answers, as today was my first day of running, but I went to a Famous Footwear and just tried on a bunch of different running shoes and walked around the store in each. I paid particular attention to arch support, as I have a bit of a high arch. The pair that I found most comfortable (and, I have to admit that I also was somewhat swayed by the really cute pink sole and swoosh) are called Nike Tri-D. They were on sale for less than $50.
Your best bet is to go to a specialty running store and get input from them. Your arch, weight, and several other factors go into what determines the right shoe for you. Once you know what kind of shoe you need, you can often find them on line for less money if you are looking to save a few bucks (and who isn't). For your first time, though, you definitely want to talk to a specialist.
Like the others have said, go to a specialty running store. Have them recommend a pair based on your foot type/mechanics. Most times they will watch you run, or let you take a short run. Many stores also have a treadmill where you can try the shoes as they watch your gait. Being in the wrong shoe is often the source of running injuries!
Read this and then find a specialist running store, one staffed by runners, ideally one that does video gait analysis. If not, then expect it to hurt, because the chance of your getting the right ones without guidance is vanishingly small. We don't do shoe recommendations here, because we don't have your feet and can't see you run.
The right shoes make more difference than you could ever imagine. The wrong ones just make you miserable.
I agree with everyone about going to a good running store. I drove 2 hrs to find a running store and it was interesting to see what they said. I've been wearing New Balance for years and they asked how I was doing with them. I wasn't having any problems so they recommended that I stay with what I was using. I was disappointed and asked what other shoes they might suggest and tried those on and walked/jogged around the store. Guess what I ended up with? Yup, just a newer version of the pair of New Balance that I already had.
I guess just having an "expert" recommend them gave me a peace about my shoes.
The best thing I ever did was go to a running store and be fitted. I haven't had any injuries or aches since. My husband too. He has a wonkie knee and is a novice runner. His new fitted shoes has done him wonders. Since he's had less pain with his knee, he's been able to keep consistent with his running.
I just got mine last night... this was my process.... I went to runners world online and they have a calculator that gives you what kind of foot and running style you have, and it recommends shoes for you. I then took that knowledge to a local running store and asked the associates what they suggest. Turns out after some discussions with them and my online results we came up with the same shoe!!! Tried it, loved it, ran today in it! Asics, my new friend! Good luck finding the right shoe, everyone on here is right, it's all about the shoe (well, and the attitude)!!!
Yep, he's a German Shorthair Pointer, named Stanley, that we rescued. He's my first pointer, adorable, and I am in absolute looove with him and the breed!
do you run with him often? I've tried to a few times, but my pointer/boxer cross pulls all over the place, stops and just isn't focused...
dougnl: Mazzy is adorable -what a face!
I need to run Stanley or he will drive me crazy! He is a high energy 2 year old pup and loves running. He gets so excited when the Garmin beeps on. I've run him up to about 12 miles (though most days are shorter), and after his run, he comes home and plays with my other pup for an hour or so. I'm still working on his pulling and heeling, but using the gentle leader helps a lot. He hasn't been as easy to train as my border collie/lab mix (who walks perfectly, but she's a smarty pants). If you can get a few classes with a trainer, that might help.