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Hello. I have been running 5 months now, and until recently I had been running in bare beat-up old nikes. I had leg fatigue which I figured was normal wear and tear on my legs. A friend of mine talked me into buying new running shoes. I went to a sporting equipment store. I explained the situation and the lady said I had normal looking arches(she had me walk around in socked feet). I do not know whether this lady really knew what she was talking about or not, but she led me straight to the asics shoes. She didnt recommend any others. Of course I fell in love with the most expensive ones they had. They felt really nice in the store. So i bought gel Kayano for $150. Jeeesh!
So I have been running in these shoes for 3 weeks now, and am in more pain in these shoes than I ever was in my 10 yr old nikes. I cant run as far, and my calves and shins feel like they are going to bust open everytime I land on them. The arches hurt when I walk very far in them. While Im running, I dont feel pain in the arches but just calves and shins hurt badly. Never had pain there before. Is it possible I have too much support in these shoes? I am afraid I will get injured in these shoes. Do they just need broken in still? I read new shoes shouldnt need broken in. My shins feel like someone threw bricks at them. Sore to the touch! The pain I had the first 4 months was nothing compared to this. I always stretch plenty and Im positive the shoes are the problem, just not sure how to remedy this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance!
Most employees in generic sporting goods stores are NOT shoe experts. Sounds like this particular employee was being paid to sell Asics shoes. And...if a pair of running shoes is well matched to your biomechanics and your running style, they should feel good when you run - they definitely should not cause pain. Moreover, a well fitting pair of running shoes should not require breaking-in. Either they fit properly from day one, or they don't.
I would recommend going to a specialty running store (not a chain sporting goods store, and not a big box store) and have them fit you properly for a pair of running shoes. They should watch you run (preferably on a treadmill - many specialty stores have one - or around the store, if they don't). Having normal arches is only one factor - a large percentage of runners have normal arches. Depending on the rest of your biomechanics, the best type of shoe for you could be anywhere from minimalist to motion control. Don't restrict yourself to one particular brand - often several different brands will have similar shoe models and one will fit you better than the others. As for price...a good pair of running shoes typically costs in the $100-110 range. $150 is probably more than you need to spend. And if you're on a budget, you can often get last year's shoe models at discount prices without sacrificing quality.
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Thank you! I have been researching this myself all night. And, after reading and doing the wet test I have found that I have a HIGH arch and am underpronator. Apparently this is the worst type of foot to have and running is the hardest on the legs. (mostly below the knee) It all makes sense now! So, research shows me the asics gel kayano is the WORST shoe for me. I should not have maximum support as these shoes have, but neutral. And extra cushioning. And I agree this girl at the store must have been told that day to push the new expensive asics! I figured high arches equalled needing more support. Evidentally not! I am now armed with several brands and several styles that are best suited for my specific type of foot. I thought it was kinda fishy when she judged me in my stocking feet and didnt have me walk or run. I also thought it was strange that my flat footed husband has the mens gel kayano shoe (bought them the same day) and said they are heaven. Hmmmmm Thank god for running sites, and thank you for your reply!
Just in case someone else has the same problem- best shoes for high arches are;
nike air pegasus
nike air zoom
brooks ghost 3
mizuno wave rider
I would still go to a running store and get a treadmill analysis. If you are truly a underpronator just a plain natural shoe may not work. Plus you will get to try on and feel the shoes, my shoes tend to be 90-120.
Thanks, Yep. Off to the pro store I go! I got asics nimbus and my arches hurt now. I give up. I think I did better with my plain old shoes, The fancy must be too fancy! lol Thanks all!