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NewRunnr28 Amateur 19 posts since
Jan 31, 2010
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Feb 4, 2010 8:57 AM

What shoes are you wearing?

Good Morning All ...

 

I am in need of new running shoes, and I have been doing alot of research on what the best ones are, or ones that have gotten good reviews. I was wondering what you guys are wearing and what you like/dislike about them.

 

Feedback appreciated ..

 

BB.

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    1. Feb 4, 2010 9:52 AM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    Put them on, test them out. If they feel good, keep 'em. If they bother you, return 'em.

     

    I have found that the expensive shoes at the running stores don't feel or perform any better than the cheap shoes I can get at a sporting goods store. It's just a matter of trying them on and testing them.

     

    I wear New Balance, Mizuno, Asics, Saucony, whatever is priced right and feels good.

     

    I do recommend not wearing the same brand or style of shoe every run. Your foot will adapt. Mix it up, just like your workouts, and you will have fewer problems.





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  • TRex Runner Pro 64 posts since
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    3. Feb 5, 2010 6:29 AM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    Do you know what type of feet/gait you have? If not it might be wise to goto a running store and have someone look at that and see what type of shoe you would need.

     

    A lot of runners get the wrong type of shoes and wonder why their legs, knees, ankles, and backs are killing them after each run. Just do not pick your shoes because they are cool looking! Some of the couch to 5ker's I know did that. lol

     

    Eric





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  • MissMerlot Amateur 35 posts since
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    4. Feb 5, 2010 7:11 AM (in response to TRex Runner)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I am an overpronater.  I've been wearing Mizuno Inspires for the past 3-4 pairs of shoes (about 2 years).  I started with Brook's Adrenaline's but have found the Mizuno's are just as stabilizing and feel softer and lighter than the Brooks.

     

    I do NOT recommend "mixing it up" as mentioned in the above post.  That may work for some but if you are really distance training that would cause a lot of problems.  Your foot needs what it needs.  Poor positioning of the foot can and will place stress on all the joints/muscles/ligaments/tendons in your legs from the ankles all the way up to the hip and back, hugely increasing your risk of injury.  Some people with neutral or normal positioning of their foot during running may be able to get away with this, but anyone with a more complex gait will tell you...don't skimp on the shoe.

     

    That being said, I've never paid more than $90 for a running shoe and I think anything above that is more for marketing and coolness (Nike, I'm looking at you) and not for mechanics, materials, or function.  I personally prefer to spend my money at privately owned small businesses like my local running store than for inferior product and service at Target or Walmart.  It's not worth it to me to save $10-15.

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    5. Feb 5, 2010 8:13 AM (in response to MissMerlot)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    MissMerlot wrote:

     

    I do NOT recommend "mixing it up" as mentioned in the above post.  That may work for some but if you are really distance training that would cause a lot of problems.  Your foot needs what it needs.

     

    Training, no matter what distance or sport, should include a variety of stimulants and stressors that promote positive adaptations. Limiting the body and foot to one type of shoe or running surface allows it to adapt to that environmental stimulant. Over time, further positive adaptations become more difficult to achieve. There are over 100 bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the human foot. Limiting use of foot protection to one brand and type of shoe will cause some parts of the foot to become stronger/ weaker than other parts. This will lead to injury.

     

    Now, there may be individuals with extreme abnormalities that need specific types of support. But, even those individuals will have a problem when using the same shoe over extended periods of time. Why? Shoe companies tend to make changes to shoes every year. Even a slight change can have a very negative effect on a foot that has adapted to something else. I have inserted a link to your own story (1st comment page 2) as supporting evidence.

     

    The best prevention for injury is Balance, Moderation, and Variety.

     

    http://community.active.com/thread/79979/please-help-arch-pain-with-new-running-shoes-normal/15/0





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  • jjksutton Pro 52 posts since
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    6. Feb 20, 2010 6:53 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I am a neutral runner with normal to high arches.  You can get last season's shoes on clearance for a great value.  I got some Mizuno Wave Rider 12's for $50 this weekend.  I've use Nike Vomero 3s and 4s.  They're soft...a little too soft for me.  I also used Asics Nimbus 11's.  I couldn't get comfortable in them and I kept getting blisters on the inside of each heal.  My wife had the Mizunos and really likes them so when I saw them on sale I grabbed them.  So far, they seem to be nice.  Good cushion without being soft.  Nice support and fit.

  • Ericd3043 Legend 266 posts since
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    7. Feb 20, 2010 7:03 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    Currently I am running in Mizuno Waverunner 13's.  Actually, just picked them up today at the local running store.  I had been in earlier to talk with the owner and he noticed that one of my arches had fallen and I needed to get support for that foot.  The 13's have that support built in - so I chose them over the other shoes.  In addition, they felt "right" on the feet and were comfortable.  I took a shot at running tonight - quick run and they felt great.  I will have to see how they do on longer runs.

     

    The best bet - talk with your local running store.  If the person working there knows running (and they should), they will be a great help.  The guy that I talked with has run 8-9 50milers, a bunch of marathons and a few 100K's.  Experience like that is needed....





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  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    8. Feb 20, 2010 7:12 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    Hi!  Trying to determine which shoes are 'best' is like asking what food is best -- Italian, Mexican, French, Chinese, Indian.... It depends on what you like. My only advice is to find the middle ground... Don't buy cheap ones or the color you like best (totally agree with the other poster who said that!), but also don't shell out money for features you don't need. Too much cushioning or structure can be even worse than not enough.

     

    One thing I learned the hard way a couple years ago is that I bought Nike shoes at a discount store without realizing they were way too stiff. They said "running" on the box so I assumed they'd be fine. I was wrong. Now I won't pay more than about $85 for shoes (usually less by doing web searches, once I know which model I want). But before I'll even try on a pair, I pick it up and try to bend it. The more flexible (for me), the better. I don't know anybody would would benefit from a shoe that's stiff in the forefoot, so that's a pretty good general tip to follow. Currently I wear a lightweight,  neutral model from Saucony (ProGrid Jazz 12). I'll probably step "down" to an even less structured, flexible shoe next time, as even these feel a little too cushioned now that I've got more experience and my form has continued to improve.

  • crl8686 Legend 1,302 posts since
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    9. Feb 21, 2010 8:56 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    NewRunnr28 wrote:"...I am in need of new running shoes, and I have been doing alot of research on what the best ones are, or ones that have gotten good reviews. I was wondering what you guys are wearing and what you like/dislike about them..."

    Although it's always helpful to collect information from other users and from reviews....when you make your final decision, the best running shoes for you still need to be matched to your running style and your biomechanics, regardless of any recommendations you may receive. I learned that the hard way when I first started running. Most of my running friends used neutral-cushioned shoes. So I wore them too, because my more experienced friends used them, they were available in a lot of styles, I have relatively normal height arches, and the impact cushioning seemed to intuitively make sense. What I didn't know at the time was that these shoes were completely wrong for my particular biomechanics. I went through several medial knee injuries before a sports medicine orthopedist recommended motion control shoes. That finally broke the injury cycle and made a huge difference in my ability to run consistently.





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  • RollTyde Amateur 19 posts since
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    10. Feb 23, 2010 8:16 AM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I'm currently wearing the Asics GT-2140's, and love them.  Sadly, they're now an older model, and I'm going to have to go pack rat to get several pairs before they're totally gone.  I'm sure the newer models are nice, but once you find that one shoe that you just love, you never want to wear anything else.





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  • Manchu6 Amateur 20 posts since
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    11. Feb 23, 2010 8:57 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I had great pair of Asics Kayanos that I used heavily.  Probably by a new pair this week for spring.

  • zepcrmc Expert 45 posts since
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    12. Feb 26, 2010 12:11 PM (in response to Manchu6)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I have good luck with Asics. Currently running with the 2150. In January decided to go the running store and try several different brands, ran on the treadmill at the store, and ended up right back with the upgraded model of my previous pair of ASICS

  • gatorman10 Legend 242 posts since
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    13. Feb 26, 2010 1:38 PM (in response to Run Coach Robert)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I'm gonna respectfully disagree with this as well.  I run in neutral shoes.  Once you find a pair that works stick with it.

  • gatorman10 Legend 242 posts since
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    14. Feb 26, 2010 1:41 PM (in response to NewRunnr28)
    Re: What shoes are you wearing?

    I have a "neutral" gait and at 6-1 and 195 I like the cushioning of the ASICS Nimbus.  I used to run in the GT 21 somethings....  I love ASICS shoes but that's about it from asics.

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