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Shoes are obviously important, very, however...... Does $100 pair really have a significant benefit over $50? ..$20? A worth-while investment? How long should your shoes last? Also, while browsing I've noticed there are shoes made just for walking, shoes for jogging, shoes for running. Can you use walking shoes to run as well, and visa versa? As well as hike? On one hand, I feel that if I spend the money on a "worthy" pair of shoes, it will make me want to slip them on and hit the pavement that much more. At the same time, I'm living paycheck to paycheck these days. And finally - What brands are good for wide feet? Thanks for the help!
The $100 pair is definitely better than the $50 pair, and we won't mention the $20 pair. Now whether $100 is better than $80 or $70 is harder to say. It depends a lot on you and your feet and legs. Running shoes will last up to, say, 500 miles (which means you have to keep track of the mileage). Walking shoes are not well suited for running, the support requirements are different. Though you probably could walk in your running shoes without problems, as long as you kept track of the miles (you won't see it recommended though). Hiking is another story since you're probably on trails and the shoes have to be sturdier, again with different support requirements. Some models of some running shoe brands are available in widths, it varies brand to brand. Getting a gait analysis at a good running store would be the first step, to find out what type shoe you should wear ("neutral / cushioned", "stability", "motion-control"). Also check out some of the articles on Active.Com (try here: http://www.active.com/running/ ) and other web sites (Runner's World, for example: http://www.runnersworld.com/topic/0,7122,s6-240-319-0-0,00.html particularly "Take the wet test . . ." and "What's your wear pattern"). Then check out shoe reviews, which are also available on Active or on the Runner's World site (same reviews, I think).
Shoes to me are the most important investment you can make for the future of your body and running. I would put buying shoes on the same step as a motorcycle rider buying a helmet. With that said I was told when buying a helmet you should look for proper fit, proper protection, life use and then the price. I was told that he would sell me a 50 dollar helmet or a 300.00 helmet as long as it fit and did the job.
So shoes are the same way, every shoe is different and will feel different on your feet, some will hurt some will cause blisters, and then you will find the one and it will be perfect.
So to me shoes are different just like everyones feet are, you need to be fitted for the proper pair of shoes at a running store that have people there that know how to fit you, no matter what they cost, because you body depends on staying healthy for the long haul.
There is a difference between all those shoes you named.
also every person is different also about how many miles they can get out of there shoes i get about 150 to 200 miles out of mine because im flat footed.
It's not only about finishing, its about finishing healthy!
There is a difference in shoes, but you could spend $200 on a pair and still not have the right one for you. I have spent $100+ on shoes and also found $35 shoes at Big 5 Sporting Goods that fit my needs just as well.
Your footstrike changes as you move faster. Walking does not create the force that running generates. Running distance does not require the fast start and stop of a sport like tennis, therefore different shoes.
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Thanks Len, SilverE, HCT. Much I assumed/figured, but needed to hear again, especially from educated sources like yourselves, as well as websites are helpful. Thank you. I hear a lot of people talk about whether or not they are flat-footed, have a high arch, etc., and I do think it would be advantageous to find this out about myself, as well. Additionally, I've developed particular leg pain and I can highly assume shoes are the cause. Walking, running, hiking can not be accomplished with out feet, so my shoes should be of the utmost importance. I need to put health above money, reasonably speaking. A main reason I've been buying cheap[er] though is because of my gosh darn wide feet. Not huge, but wide enough to make it difficult. I find a pair I can tie up and I buy it, oftentimes found at Payless. --- I recently heard that for wide feet, NewBalance is the way to go. Time to shop around, take my time, and get educated.
Yes, When I started running I picked up a pair of Wal-mart $25 shoes and withing 2 montsh I wore out the bottoms. Running shoes make all the difference int he world. I have found that I can typically get them cheaper at running expos if you buy an old model. I just bought a pair of trail shoes for 1/2 the price because I got last years model.
One thing I like about these forums. Everybody mentions different points, and together we cover 99%. The main thing is to find good shoes that work well for you. Then there are always cheaper places to buy - race expos, online, discount shoe stores, local sales.