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ArielleDavi Rookie 5 posts since
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Mar 23, 2009 1:52 PM


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! 

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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    1. Mar 23, 2009 2:18 PM (in response to ArielleDavi)
    Re: Sneakers?


    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: ) and other web sites (Runner's World, for example:,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).










  • silvereagle Legend 1,159 posts since
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    2. Mar 23, 2009 2:21 PM (in response to ArielleDavi)
    Re: Sneakers?





    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.






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  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    3. Mar 23, 2009 2:22 PM (in response to ArielleDavi)
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    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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  • RunDaddyRunx4 Legend 1,037 posts since
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    5. Mar 24, 2009 5:39 AM (in response to ArielleDavi)
    Re: Sneakers?

    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.

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    6. Mar 24, 2009 5:48 AM (in response to ArielleDavi)
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    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.










  • CDR Spencer Moseley Pro 167 posts since
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    7. Mar 25, 2009 11:22 AM (in response to ArielleDavi)
    Re: Sneakers?

    Looks like there has been a lot of discussion on this but let me add my two cents. Shoes and socks matter quite a bit. There is a huge difference from $20 to $100 a pair shoes. It took me a couple of years to realize that with my running mechanics, and foot shape that there are only about three brands and only one model within that brand that will work for me. I would suggest that you save your old shoes and find a good running store - not a mall place or sporting good warehouse as they generally know very little about running or what they are selling and wil sell to you based on looks - take that shoes to them and let them see you wear pattern.  Also get on the road runner sports catalog  ( .  They have a good description of how each shoe fits.  Items that are imporant are toe box width, type of strike that you have, arch support needed and so forth.  since I know which exact brands and model work for me, I use Zappos and order on line.  they are cheaper than most and have a very good return policy.  Hope this helps.


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