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One of the most common questions that I receive is, “What kind of shoes do you wear?  What kind of shoes should I buy?”  This is a very hard question to answer because everyone’s foot is different!  I hope this guest post from an experience shoe-fitter named Meg helps you in your quest for the perfect running shoes.

 

Hi, everyone! I’m Meg and I’ve been an avid reader of Healthy Tipping Point since it was See Bride Run.  My sister also writes a blog at Blue Plate Special and I’ve been reading “healthy living” blogs for some time. I’m honored to guest post here about something I feel is very important for runners – shoes!

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Before I moved to New York City to attend graduate school, I worked full time at a running store in Boston, selling running shoes by analyzing people’s gait and fitting them for the proper shoe. While there I met some amazing people – including my manager who was a sub three-hour marathoner (and female, no less.) I learned so much about shoes while working there, and want to share my knowledge since it’s not something most runners, even bloggers who run, know a lot about.

 

If you don’t know what shoes work for you, it’s important to get fit at a running store where the employees can perform gait analysis. This simple process involves looking at the shape of your foot and arch, then watching you run. Based on shape, stature, arch, and pronation, they can suggest a variety of shoes that may work for you.

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Many runners have heard of pronation, which you can find explained more in depth here. Once you have your gait analyzed, you can choose a shoe in the pronation category that fits your gait. The best thing is try a lot of shoes and run in them to test how they feel. Compare one of two pairs on each foot to feel the difference – your shoe should feel natural, with nothing poking or rubbing the wrong way.

 

Here are the three basic types of pronation, briefly (here’s how to tell if you pronate):

 

  • Overpronation – The arch collapses and the foot rolls inward, throwing the “kinetic chain” of ankle to knees up to hips out of alignment, which can cause pain and injuries.
  • Underpronation – The arch is likely stiff, and the person runs on the outside of the foot. The person should wear a neutral shoe.
  • Neutral – This is ideal and efficient running form. The foot hits the ground and rolls inward slightly but the knee tracks straight directly over the ankle.

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The two main elements of running shoes are support and cushioning. Shoes are made with a mix of these components, be it a high cushion neutral support shoe or a regular cushion heavy support shoe. The word “support” refers to the denser material on the medial side (inward side) of the shoe that prevents overpronation. Therefore, if you do not overpronate, you will not need a shoe that is highly supportive. Most brands offer shoes in neutral, light, moderate, and heavy support.

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Seen above, Asics uses a denser material in gray that you can see on the medial side of the shoe. They call this material Duomax. The 2150 is a popular shoe in the light-moderate support category.

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This shoe from Saucony also uses a dense medial post in gray to show a wider band of support. This shoe, the Saucony Omni, is in the moderate support category.

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Here is an example of a neutral shoe from Adidas called the Solution. The medial side looks no different from the lateral side, as there is no need to force the foot back from overpronating. This shoe would be appropriate for someone who has a neutral gait, thus not needing overpronation support.

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Here is a shoe from Mizuno called the Nirvana. Mizuno uses a plastic piece called the “wave plate” to provide support, seen by the amplitude of the waves. This is one of their moderate support shoes.

 

Once you know which support category you need, you also have choices in cushioning. Shoe brands use different cushioning to absorb shock. When a shoe is old after 300-500 miles of running, the cushioning is what wears down. You feel that a shoe is “dead” when it feels flat and too close to the ground. All types of cushioning do the same thing, but they can feel quite different.

 

Here is a brief overview of the cushioning systems used by the brands:

 

  • Asics uses gel, which has been described as having a “sinky” feel to it.
  • Saucony uses Progrid, which is like a tennis racquet type of material that feels springy.
  • Nike uses air, which feels light and soft.
  • Adidas uses foam, which feels pillowy and soft, similar to the Nikes.
  • Brooks uses Hydroflow, a liquid compound that feels firm.
  • Mizuno uses the wave plate, a firm plastic piece that feels close the ground and firm (and is the same basic material used for support.)

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Once you’ve tried running in various shoes, you may find that you prefer a certain cushioning. You can also choose whether you want a high or regular cushion shoe. A high cushion shoe costs more because it uses more material to absorb more shock. These last a bit longer, and are good for those runners who are heavier or are prone to joint pain or shin splits. Some prefer the feeling of more material under the foot, while others prefer a lighter shoe.

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This shoe is the Glycerin, a high cushion neutral shoe from Brooks. 

 

Hopefully you now have a good sense about how running shoes differ in support and cushioning. I will leave you with this short list of general tips.

 

1. Run in a running shoe ONLY, not a tennis shoe or cross trainer. These have no support for forward motion and will almost certainly cause you pain. It seems obvious but I have seen many a customer make this mistake!

 

2. Don’t be cheap. You may need to spend about $100 for a good pair of shoes, or around $140 if you want a high cushion shoe. I cannot tell you how many times someone came in to the store complaining about pain from their $40 shoe. Invest in yourself and your running!  (Note from Caitlin:  My shoes are $85 and are really good. I do think you need to spend some money to get good shoes, but there are more expensive and less expensive options out there that I believe are of comparable quality.)

 

3. Many people think Nike does not work for them. Give them a chance! Nike makes a LOT of shoes, and many are for style, not running. Stick with the “Bowerman Series” shoes from Nike, this is their best running line.

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4. Everyone thinks they need a shoe with “the most support.” What they really need is appropriate support and cushioning. Not everyone needs a heavy support shoe, only severe overpronators. A shoe with too much support can be stiff, heavy, and uncomfortable.

 

5. Every brand updates their shoe models about once a year. The Saucony Guide 3 replaced the Guide 2, and the Brooks Adrenaline 10 replaced the Adrenaline 9 as the old models were phased out. The shoe changes color, design, and sometimes fit. This can be frustrating for those of us who find a shoe we like, however, the newer models have the same support and cushioning levels, so the shoe will still work for most.

 

6. Make sure to wear the proper size. Your running shoe should be a half to a full size bigger than your regular shoes. As you run your forefoot expands to absorb shock, and without enough room at the front you can get blisters and lose toenails.

 

Lastly, remember that everyone’s feet are different. Some people are prone to pain, have bunions, or other foot issues. These people will have to try on many shoes and may only find one model that works for them. Others have it easier and can wear many styles. The bottom line is: find what works for you and stick with it. Learn the name of the shoe so you can buy it anywhere, or bring it to your local running store if you want to replace it with the same pair. Your feet and body will thank you!

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If anyone has any questions about fitting certain shoes or brands, let me know- my email is mwc011 (at) gmail.com.

 

I wear the Brooks Summon and LOVE it.  I’ve bought three or four versions of this shoe over the year and love the fit of this neutral and price-friendly shoe. What kind of shoes do you wear and why? 

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  • Taysa October 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    This was interesting to read, especially since there was recently an article on NYT.com that said you actually don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a great running shoe, if you know what kind of support you need and can find it elsewhere.

    (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/health/23patient.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general)

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    • Marie D October 26, 2010, 12:14 pm

      I was just going to link to that article too. I’d be interested in the author’s response to the NYT article.

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      • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 12:24 pm

        Interesting article! I do think fit is most important and price is secondary.

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      • Meg October 26, 2010, 1:56 pm

        Hi guys! Meg here. I saw that article too. This was a subject that we regularly faced at the running store, especially as barefoot running and shoes like Vibrams have become more popular.

        Basically yes, some shoes do have too many “bells and whistles” that you do not need. Take for instance the Asics Kinsei or the Saucony Paramount. These are $180 shoes that really do nothing more for you than a regular $100 shoe would.

        The article is correct in that there are many people who are neutral, lightweight runners who do not need much support or even any cushioning. For these people, they may find that they can run in many shoes including the cheaper ones. Also, they may get injured running in a heavy support shoe that “corrects” their gait unneccessarily.

        However, there are a lot of people who are not perfectly built for running or do not have an ultra-efficient gait. Many people fall into this category and do need support and cushioning in order to protect their joints and prevent injuries.

        Yes, the shoe companies would like to make money and probably make too many shoes than they need to, but support and cushioning is not just a load of BS. These shoes are developed for and based on the needs of our shoe-wearing society.

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        • Jen October 26, 2010, 2:17 pm

          The article is interesting, but it also seems a little odd. While I agree with the fit first, then price, the article goes on to talk about the pros of barefoot running – and the 125 dollar Vibrams. Now that’s a waster of money! The most minimalist shoe is just as expensive as the running shoes this article talks about being overpriced and not necessary.

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        • Kristina October 27, 2010, 12:00 am

          A really interesting book that’s about running in general and does delve into the barefoot running discussion is Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run”. Not sure if anyone else mentioned it, but it’s quite interesting.

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  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama October 26, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I run in Mizuno wave inspire 6, they work well for my feet. But every time I need a new pair of shoes I still feel the need to try a bunch on just in case I find something better. I always end up in Mizuno’s tough. It took me a long time to get over spending $$ for good running shoes, but it’s worth it. Here’s a pic of the shoe’s I run in. http://simplyfitmama.blogspot.com/2010/09/long-run.html

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  • grocery goddess jen October 26, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Wow, that was really interesting, but makes me wonder if I’ve EVER had the right shoes for running! I have no idea what I wore when I ran my half four years ago, and the one I ran this year was completed in some type of Nike’s that didn’t give me any problems. Now I have a pair of Asics that were on the cheap side, but I’m not training for distance or anything.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 1:58 pm

      I wondered that as well before I was fit for shoes at a running store. If you aren’t putting a lot of heavy mileage in or have a naturally efficient gait, it’s true you can wear many shoes! It really comes down to what is comfortable and what works for you – it’s nice just to understand what you need and what goes into making the shoes.

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 26, 2010, 12:14 pm

    This is an awesome and informational post – thank you for sharing! I think I need to go get my gait analyzed…

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  • AllieNic @Frisky Lemon October 26, 2010, 12:16 pm

    What a great, informative article! I wear Asics 1140 nowadays, but I used to wear more fancy schmancy running shoes in college. I’m really into my Nike Free Trainers right now because I’m not running as much: these shoes are totally flat and have very little support because they’re supposed to mimic barefoot (I almost wrote bearfoot!) training. I’m working up the courage to try out some Vibram 5 fingers for training and maybe even running!

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  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 26, 2010, 12:17 pm

    i run in mizuno wave riders and LOVE them. it took me a long time to find shoes that truly worked for me and could carry me through half marathon training w/o blisters. i spoke with a guy at my local running store (track shack in orlando) and it made a huge difference!

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  • Teacherwoman October 26, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I wear the Brooks Trance but am starting to think about trying something new. I can’t choke down $135 for a pair of shoes again. I am going to try my sister’s Asics (that she wore a couple times before realizing she needed a bigger size) to see if those work… I used to wear Asics a few years back. we’ll see.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

      If you like the Trace but don’t want to pay that much, try the Brooks Adrenaline. It retails for $100 and is a very popular shoe. It’s still a Brooks, so it should have a similar feel, and is the same support level as the Trance, it just doesn’t have the high cushioning.

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    • Sara October 26, 2010, 2:47 pm

      I wear the Trance too. Hate to spend the money but can’t find anything else that feels as good. I tried the Adrenaline but found the toe box was too narrow for me.

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  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    I have some Bowerman nike shoes that I really like.

    For my birthday i got gift cards to a local running room store in my city so Ill be going to get fitted with some new shoes sometime soon :)

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  • Cyndi Eggers October 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Thank you for re-affirming #6! I have a black toe-nail after my first half marathon. Could not believe I was fitted for a larger shoe and didn’t take the specialists advice. Now I certainly will! I think at short distances you could keep to your regular show size but if you’re running more than 10mi. you’ll need the extra room in the toe box.

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  • Melissa October 26, 2010, 12:23 pm

    I overpronate like a crazy person, so right now I run in Asics 2150 plus orthotics. I just purchased a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires, since I think the combo of 2150/orthotics might be overcorrecting my pronation issue. I haven’t ran in the Inspires yet, but I have a feeling I might be returning them…

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    • KatieTX October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

      I am in the same boat! My podiatrist suggested doing orthotics plus the asics 2150 (I think I bought it when it was 2120 the first time around). It has worked very well for me ever since. I have heard about the overcorrection problem using both, but for me it has worked for 5 years now! I am scared to switch shoes :)

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:02 pm

      It can be tough to find the balance between shoes and orthotics- sometimes the combination can be too much, you just have to experiment. Good luck!

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  • Anna October 26, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Hey, it’s my sister! Great post, Meg.
    I wear the asics 2150 and it’s been a good shoe for me so far.

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  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 26, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I was running in a Nike crosstrainer for ages, and quit running b/c it caused too much pain. Once I was advised to get properly fitted at a running specialty store (and got proper orthotics), running has been much more enjoyable for me. I run in Brooks Ravenna.

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  • Cathy K October 26, 2010, 12:28 pm

    i, too, work in a running store and just want to say that all of the information and tips presented here is bang-on accurate! this is A LOT of great info for anyone who runs or is new to running. thanks, meg!

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  • Rachel October 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    My first pair of running shoes are officially beat (I just start running this year). They hurt just to walk in!

    This post came at the perfect time, since I’m in the market for a new pair! Definitely getting fit for a proper pair at my local running store. For my first pair I just used the runner’s world website “shoe finder” and found a pair online based on what they recommended. They worked out great for a beginner runner, but now I’d like to invest in a more quality pair that meets my specific foot needs.

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  • Shelly October 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    This is a great overview! I run in Asics (I think the 2150) courtesy of being fitted for shoes a couple years ago. So far (knock on wood) I’ve been injury free! I get the same style every time since I’ve had a decent experience with them, but one thing I have noticed is that on runs over 10 miles, the arches of my feet blister. I never connected it with that particular shoe until I read another blogger complaining that her Asics did the same thing.
    Have you heard of this in anyone else?

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    • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 12:33 pm

      I didn’t have the blistering problem with Asics but they made the bottom of my feet bruise like something horrible! I had to return a pair after running 20 miles in them because I could barely walk the bruises were so bad.

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      • Shelly October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

        Interesting! My issue is definitely bearable (since I’ve put up with it through several pairs of shoes- haha) but I think I may try out a different brand next time and see if that takes care of my poor blistered arches!

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        • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

          It’s rough when a certain kind of shoe rubs you the wrong way – sometimes you don’t even notice until after a long run!

          Asics do tend to have a higher arch fit- I might suggest trying on Brooks, which tend to run a little flatter.

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        • tammy October 26, 2010, 6:52 pm

          wow…I am SO glad I read this comment….I’ve run in Mizuno Wave Nirvana 4s, but now they are discontinued…the WNirvana6 was too narrow so the running store recommended Asics Gel Kayano…Loved it till I hit 10 miles…OUCHIE..the inside arch of one of my feet hurt sooo bad, I could barely put any pressure on it the rest of the day– I’m only about 30 days in and they said I could return if they didnt work out– any suggestions on what is closest to the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 4s? I’m considering running my half marathon in 3 weeks in my old shoes.

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  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! October 26, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Great Post!

    I plan to buy some new shoes this December and will most likely go to our local running store to do so…….currently I wear Asics and love them but after recent knee pain think I should have my “gait” checked so I can get the proper shoe and fit.

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  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Meg, how do you feel about barefoot running?

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  • AnneJuliet October 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I highly recommend a post on barefoot/minimalist running. It has changed my form dramatically (for the better…though i admit to having horrifying form previously) and strengthened my feet and legs in ways I never knew possible. Many people transition much too quickly, but with careful work, these can add to your workout. I don’t exclusively wear them, but as I use them more and learn more, I’m getting to the point that I wear them for longer and longer runs now and traditional kicks far less frequently. I tried them so I could have both sides of the story when making fun of them and quickly buttoned my lip:) As a previously diagnosed ‘over pronator’ who suffered from awful tendonitis and pf, I give them two thumbs up:) they are not for everyone, but I think it would be interesting to hear the whole story on HTP.

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    • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor October 26, 2010, 12:59 pm

      I agree with this! I wrote a post yesterday about the minimalist shoes I run in, Newtons. I was also diagnosed as an “over-pronantor,” and my Newtons are the first shoe I’ve been able to run in pain-free.

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    • AnneJuliet October 26, 2010, 1:11 pm Reply
      • Amara@GirlinaWhirl October 26, 2010, 1:22 pm

        I want to chime in my agreement with the minimalist running, but with a caution: it is really important to take the transition slowly. You’re building up muscles that haven’t been worked before on most people. I went too fast this summer–thinking I was strong enough from barefoot kickboxing and got plantar fasciitis. I’m starting over and building up slowly this time.

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        • AnneJuliet October 26, 2010, 1:27 pm

          I couldn’t agree more with you. The transition is painfully slow, or maybe i was just painfully paranoid:) But, it is well worth it.

          Good luck with your transition this time around!

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:10 pm

      Barefoot running is a whole other ball game, I didn’t mention it because I didn’t want to write too much!

      I agree that barefoot running is great, a lot of people have Vibrams or shoes like the Nike Free and have adapted their running form to do the majority of their training in these and avoid injuries. It’s worth looking into, but it’s not for everybody.

      The transition period is certainly slow and takes a lot of hard work. You have to learn to land on your midfoot-to-forefoot and not on your heel as these shoes have no cushioning for that. This takes time. You also can’t just go out and run 5 miles in a barefoot shoe, you have to ease them into your routine slowly or you can get injured since we don’t have the muscles built up in our feet.

      A lot of people don’t understand this and think wearing Vibrams will fix all their injuries. And books like Born to Run tell us that humans aren’t meant to wear shoes and we should all be running barefoot like the tribes in Mexico or Africa.

      But we live in a shoe wearing society. Our parents put shoes on us before we can even walk! It is perfectly fine to wear a normal running shoe. And if you want to put in the extra effort to go barefoot, great, just be careful and put in the proper time.

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      • AnneJuliet October 26, 2010, 2:19 pm

        Hi Meg, I TOTALLY agree. Takes time and effort and is not for everyone. I used it primarily to help correct poor form and as it turns out, I love it. It was super helpful to me and was an alternative method I had to find on my own, instead of with the folks I was used to turning to (my local kicks store). I think this would be a great forum to put an informed minimalist post out there in the same place as an informed traditional shoe post. I think too many times I see only barefoot or only traditional sneaks information rather than putting a fuller picture in one place. It does get overwhelming though, you are right.

        As a total aside note, I was interested to learn that lots of running teams (high school, college, etc) use both in practice to help gain strength and work on form.

        So many ways to do things…we all just need to find what’s best for us:)

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  • Mary October 26, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I wear Asics Gel Kayano’s. I used to be a saucony girl for the longest time. I switched to asics this year, and I dont think I’ll ever go back. Wearing those babies feels like running on a cloud. I’ve tried brooks too, but the platform is just too firm for me for the stability that I need.

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  • Cindy October 26, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I just ordered a pair of Saucony ProGrid Guide 3 after getting my gait analyzed. Hope they fit great..kinda worried b/c they ordered the same shoe size I wear normally and not 1/2 – 1 size larger. Are your running shoes larger than your normal shoe size?

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    • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 12:43 pm

      My running shoes are 8s and my regular shoes are 7.5

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      • Sarah October 26, 2010, 1:57 pm

        Oooo, I wear 7.5. If you’re ever getting rid of any cute heels, e-mail me!!!!!

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    • Anna October 26, 2010, 1:15 pm

      Saucony’s are pretty roomy…I wear an 8.5 ProGrid Guide and I’m an 8.5 normally.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

      If you aren’t doing high mileage, you may be okay with wearing the same size. However, most people get blisters or black toenails if they wear a shoe too small, so you’ll want to check to make sure your toe isn’t touching the front.

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  • Sarah AJ October 26, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I’m a minimalist runner. I’ve been wearing Feelmax Osmas since March and love them! The transition was slow, especially since I’d been wearing a moderate support shoe, but I’m glad I made the switch.

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  • Brianna O. October 26, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I love this article and agree that fit is essential. I wear Brooks Addiction 9 and LOVE them. I believe they are the most supportive shoe by Brooks. My flat feet really need that.

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  • Dorry October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Great info! I’ve been in 3 different shoes since June…and think I’ve found the right fit for me with the Mizuno Wave Riders. I have very narrow feet, underpronate and have tendency to feel a lot stress in my heels/ankles. Hoping these carry me through my 1st half marathon in less than 6 weeks. :)

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:14 pm

      The Rider is a great shoe and very popular! Good for narrow feet, certainly. Good luck in your half marathon!

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  • Michelle October 26, 2010, 12:45 pm

    This is great! I want to add that if you get fitted and still don’t feel right, take em back! I got fitted here in Boston and 3 runs in my legs HURT and my toes fell asleep. I was hesitant because they were Brooks and I thought they must be good and it was me.

    But I took them back and the store was more then happy to re-analyze me. I ended up in Mizunos and they’re fantastic. They’ve helped considerably with the shin/Achilles pain I was having. Getting fitted was seriously the best thing I did to help increase my miles! :)

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  • Sarah October 26, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I wear and swear by the asics gel 1150 – I posted about them here http://www.thestrengthoffaith.com/2010/10/present-for-my-knees-new-sneakers.html – my right knee has zero cartilage, so running in gels puts less pressure on them.

    I actually kind of cringe when people ask me for advice on running shoes. Everyone is so different (my husband runs in mizunos) and I don’t want people to run in something just because they work for me and have them not work for them. I’m going to bookmark this post and just point people here from now on!

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:16 pm

      SO TRUE! Just because your sister/husband/favorite marathon runner runs in a certain shoe does not mean it will work for someone else.
      The 1150 is a great lower priced shoe, like the little sister of the 2150!

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  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 26, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I have no idea what kind of shoe I have — asics is all I remember — I like them a lot — the right support and they weren’t too expensive. I went and got fitted at my local running store.

    I’m curious to hear the author’s thoughts on barefoot running or Vibram Five Fingers — my husband wears them and loves them!

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  • tina October 26, 2010, 12:52 pm

    omg, what a great post!

    i just ordered myself a new pair of running shoes- although i knew the basics of what she described, this brought everything full circle! ;)

    although, in “born to run,” it discusses that you actually don’t need to spend a lot of money on running shoes- but it also discusses how good barefoot running is!

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  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I think it’s important to try on new shoes every once in awhile too-I wore Asics DS trainers for YEARS and loved them. One year they came out with a model that didn’t feel great, but I bought them anyway because that’s “what I wore”. I’d tried on a pair of Mizunos that felt great, so after I starting feeling knee pain, I went back and bought the Mizunos- instant comfort! :)

    Mine are less than $100, and I always by a bunch at the end of the year for super cheap ;)

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  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 26, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I purchased my first pair of Asics about 6 years ago and there’s no converting me now!! I pronate and love the way their shoes fit and support my feet. Even though they’re expensive, I think they’re totally worth it, and Asics are definitely the most comfortable shoes I have. Love em!

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  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 26, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Great blog! I’m totally flat footed, and until recently I always thought that meant I needed extra support. Not the case! I finally found a great Nike shoe that hasn’t given me any problems.

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  • Janae jacobs October 26, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the tips, they are very helpful. I could not agree more about the importance of wearing the correct size running shoes! I also agree with you about Nike….. I have some Nike racers and I love them!

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  • Amy October 26, 2010, 12:59 pm

    This is actually kind of embarrassing, but I can’t remember what kind of shoes I have. Asics? They’re green. They fit great and are comfortable. But I can’t remember their name!

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  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Asics 2150s. Love them!

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  • kalin October 26, 2010, 1:04 pm

    i love my asics. i got fitted at a running store here and they’re fantastic. the guy at the running store had me run around the block in a few to make sure i got the right shoe. and the prices were the same as online (which surprised me-i figured shopping at a small local store would be more expensive, but nope! and i got to try them out and have a pro help me get the right shoes)

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  • Mrs. Muffins October 26, 2010, 1:04 pm

    This was a really helpful article. I’ve always worn cross trainers since I didn’t run seriously but now that I run several times a week, I finally got myself RUNNING shoes. I bought and love the Nike Free Run shoes. I think it makes a huge difference! I would like to read into more about trail running shoes though. Is there a need for a different shoe?

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:18 pm

      Trail running shoes are very similar to the regular running shoes in support and cushioning, but the outer part of the shoe is built for heavier traction on unstable surfaces. They also come in darker colors so they don’t look as dirty!

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  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

    This is a great resource!

    I’m in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6. I like Mizuno because they run narrow and I have teeny feet, but I’m not convinced that I needed to go up an entire size from what I normally wear in street shoes. I have to lace them really tight to keep them from moving around.

    Anyone else out there with narrow feet that’s had success with a different brand?

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    • Courtney October 27, 2010, 7:50 am

      My feet are narrow too. Do you have the mizunos in 2A? Those are really narrow, I actually had the laces loose on those which was a first. Brooks offer narrow sizes (a little wider than mizuno’s narrow). No experience with other running shoe brands. My real problem is with street shoes, those never come in narrow!

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  • Monica October 26, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I am a very loyal Nike gal! I love love love the Bowerman series, but am currently have a wonderful affair with the Pegasus line.
    I love the history behind Nike, especially the Pre and Bowerman relationship, so I feel like I am supporting running history in some small weird way.

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  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! October 26, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Very informative post! I’m having some trouble with my shoes at the moment, and am in desperate need of a gait analysis. I’ve been wearing Asics for years. I had major leg surgery about five years ago and started wearing the Asics Kayanos. In the last few years, I’ve switched to the 2140s (or the newest shoe in that particular series to come out every six months or so). I’m having trouble with blistering and cutting on one foot, though, so I may shift to a different pair int he future.

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  • Kimberly_FeLix October 26, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Love love love my Saucony Progrid Guide 3. I really like how it fits my arch snug. After years of dancing and gymnastics and suffering from plantar fasciitis, they are just what the doctor ordered. Plus, they’re really cute.

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  • Anna October 26, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I am obsessed with the Saucony Guide!! I went through a couple pairs of Mizunos but I had recurrent IT band and hip injuries until I switched back to the Guide, and have been injury free ever since! I’m interested in the barefoot running concept…I would love to try the Vibrams someday.

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  • Lana October 26, 2010, 1:36 pm

    My first pair of running shoes were Muzunos and I LOVED them. They were light weight and comfortable. The next time I went back they no longer carried them so I got Brooks. They are a bit heavier, but have more support where I need it.

    Great article!!

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  • jenny in new york October 26, 2010, 1:36 pm

    i wear the Brooks Adrenaline 10 right now… I’ve had the 7, 8, and 9 as well… i found something i liked and i’m sticking to it!

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  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life October 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I recently purchased my Asics Gel Cumulus 12′s and I love them.

    I overpronate on my right foot only and my left is neutral so I opted for a neutral shoe and I put in arch supports and so far they have been working great for me. And the cushioning is amazing, it feels like I’m running on a cloud… My knees and shins are thanking me!

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:20 pm

      That is great! It’s always better to undersupport than oversupport, especially when you have one side neutral. Glad you found a good shoe!

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  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 26, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I’ve gone through so many shoes, hardly any of them ever having the proper support and I end up with injuries. Thank you so much for this!

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  • Emily October 26, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Thanks Meg for the awesome guest post! I definitely have a hard time getting all of the show and pronation lingo straight but this was super helpful!

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  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek October 26, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Great post! The only official running shoes I’ve ever purchased were Saucony Progrid Triumph, both as a result of professional fittings.

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  • Ashley October 26, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I’m loving the Mizuno Nirvanas. They were more expensive than I wanted, but have been amazing shoes thus far. Super comfortable and supportive, they’ve really helped
    me keep the shin splints at bay. Yay for that!

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  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 26, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Thank you thank you! When I first started running I was wearing huge heavy clunky shoes made for my flat feet. I didn’t realize how awful they were until I went and got RUNNING shoes! It made all the difference in the world.

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  • Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio October 26, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Ok… I’m gonna take this as a sign that I need to bite the bullet and get a new pair of running shoes! I’ve been using my current pair for almost 1.5 years. I think you’re supposed to trade them out every 6 months right? Eek! I have the Nike Bowerman series, and I love them!

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  • Allie October 26, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I wear the Saucony Omni 8 right now. They’ve been a great shoe, but it’s almost time for some new ones so I’m going to go with the Omni 9. Thanks for this article! I was a bit afraid to get the new version, but I’m hoping they haven’t changed too much.

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  • Sarah for Real October 26, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Does this mean I should not go to a running store where I don’t see a treadmill for them to analyze me?

    There is only one running store in my city and I was going to go there but I noticed they did not have a treadmill.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 2:56 pm

      No treadmill is required, they can watch you run in the store or on the sidewalk.

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  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run October 26, 2010, 2:31 pm

    It’s all about the shoes lately! I am trying to find a good underpronotion shoe and will prob contact Meg separately. No one seems to believe that I’m an underpronator, but the outsides of all my shoes say otherwise.

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  • Lisa October 26, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I got fitted at a running store. They analyzed my run and picked out a few of the shoes I should try. It was the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself. And I wish I’d done it sooner!

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  • Balanced Healthy Life October 26, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I love a great pair of running shoes. I used to be a New Balance only girl. Then I ventured out and tried Saucony and loved them. There were really light and made me run fast. I just ordered Asics about a week ago and can’t wait to give them a try. I think the best advice is buying running shoes a size or 1/2 size bigger (I learned my lesson after having about 4 toe nails fall off in a matter of weeks).

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  • Jen October 26, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Not on subject, but Caitlin, have you seen the last trash from Marie Claire?

    http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/dating-blog/overweight-couples-on-television

    So confused, if being healthy is so wrong and being overweight is wrong, what am I supposed to do?! :) What a horrible magazine.

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    • Deb October 26, 2010, 5:14 pm

      When I saw this post, I ran straight over here to bring it up as well. Marie Claire seems to be going all out to alienate their readers, aren’t they?

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      • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 6:41 pm

        Lame. Marie Claire do not impress me.

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  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 26, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Running stores really do size you differently than a regular shoe store. When I went for the first time I couldn’t believe how much went into sizing me. Great post! Very interesting :)

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 26, 2010, 3:05 pm

    What a great post!
    I love ASICS and have been wearing them for 10+ years now. well not the same pair – but you know what I mean ;)

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  • Alison October 26, 2010, 3:06 pm

    That was a really helpful article. I wear Asics 2150s. I under pronate a smidge and need a stability shoe. I really like the 2150s because they have a wide toe box and I have wide feet. I used to wear Saucony Pro Grid Guide 2s and I LOVED them with all my heart; I tried the new Guide 3s in the same size and there was a stitch on the outside that hurt like crazy. That’s why I moved the the Asics 215Os.

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    • Cindy October 26, 2010, 3:33 pm

      Hi Alison! I just got into running, loved my 3 year old Asics (no idea what model) but just ordered a too narrow Saucony Pro Grid Guide 3…so the shoe store ordered another pair for me in Wide. I hope they work, I have small but wide elephant feet :) I’m glad to know you loved yours.

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      • alison October 26, 2010, 9:34 pm

        Elephant feet! Ha! Mine are like that, too. I hope you like the Guide 3. They really are a great shoe; it was just that darn stitch that bugged me. Good luck with your running endeavors!

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  • lisasfoods October 26, 2010, 3:09 pm

    I love my Saucony Omni ProGrid shoes. I overpronate, which caused severe shinsplints in high school. Having stopped running for many years, I finally realized it’s all about having the right shoes. I’ve had no problems with my current sneakers, which fit beautifully.

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  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 26, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I’ve been a loyal Asics 2100 series fan for years; though, I’m considering a pair of Mizunos next. Need to get some help at Fleet Feet :) Thanks for the info!

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  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 26, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I’m also an Asics fan- I use their Galaxy ones, which are perfect for my needs, and weren’t too expensive either!

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  • Stephanie C October 26, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I loved this article! I felt clueless about 6 months ago when i initially went looking for shoes. I was one of those people asking which shoes you like ;) I pronate, and have had my arches drop which is not a fun feeling.
    Since then, I went to a running store. They introduced me to Etonic Jepara (I think it was 3) and I loved them. Because they don’t make them anymore, I had to order them online, but I saved some money in doing so.
    I’ve had no problems with them, but I stopped running for about a month. I went to run again recently and felt my right foot feeling a little sore, which had never happened. Then that night I stubbed my toe and I’ve had bad pain in it ever since. Now I can’t figure out what the pain is from!

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  • Courtney October 26, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Great post! It’s interesting to learn about what all the different shoe companies use for support/cushioning.

    I have never had my gait analyzed, but get my shoes at a specialty store where because of my flat feet I’ve always went for stability shoes. (Brooks Addiction). Now I’m getting a lot of pain on the bottom of my foot at the outside (5th MT) on longer runs and wondering if they’re making me land too much on the outside of my foot.

    Does flat feet automatically mean overpronator?

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 4:14 pm

      Flat feet means you’re likely an overpronator, but that is not always the case. The Addiction is a VERY stiff and supportive shoe, so it’s possible that it might be too much for you. However if you were fit at a running store I’m not going to tell you you were fit incorrectly, especially because I can’t see you.

      If you want to try on a less stiff but still very supportive shoe, the Asics Evolution and the Saucony Hurricane are good options.

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      • Courtney October 26, 2010, 5:33 pm

        Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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  • Priscilla October 26, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I went to a specialty running store here in Atlanta to get fitted for a pair of shoes. While some of the advice was helpful, the original shoes I chose did not work for me. After running in them, I experienced incredible foot pain, a problem I had never encountered before. When I took the shoes back to the store, they were incredibly rude. They seemed offended that their “expert” advice hadn’t worked for me. Because I had worn the shoes, I was actually prepared to shell out for another new pair, but they were so unhelpful that I left the store without even returning the other shoes.

    That said, I did learn something about getting the right size shoe, so I went to DSW and tried on everything I could until I found a pair that worked better for me.

    I also do not think that more expensive shoes are necessarily a better deal, unless you need a structured shoe. There was an interesting article about this in the New York Times last weekend: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/buying-new-running-shoes-or-not/?ref=health. I think once you know how shoes should fit, you can find something at the right price point.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 4:16 pm

      I’m sorry you had such a crappy experience with the staff at that store – running store employees do what they can but it really comes down to how the shoe fits for you. I can’t believe they were rude to you, ick!

      Glad you found a good shoe in the end!

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  • Caroline October 26, 2010, 3:47 pm

    MEG! I love it! And I love that my little Pink Mizuno’s were featured! Very informative and very well written. Love the post.

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  • katie October 26, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Great post. I was fitted in HS for shoes but it has been years, and I never did pay much attention to my diagnosis (my dad was the one who thought it was a good idea, thanks Dad!). Anyway, I have been meaning to get re-fitted for years just to be sure, but I’ve been very lucky: I’ve run 2 fulls, 2 halfs, and many other races along the way in Asics Gel-Nimbus — I started with the 6s and am wearing the 12s now. Couldn’t be happier with this shoe!

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 4:17 pm

      That’s great! I love the Nimbus, I’m suprised I haven’t seen more about it here in the comments because it’s so awesome.

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      • Kris October 26, 2010, 5:57 pm

        Okay, I’ll jump in. I loved the Nimbus, and have had a bunch of other Asics. I’m a neutral runner who likes lots of cushioning since my feet ache after most runs. But my true love is my old Avias that are retired to my mom’s guest room closet, so I don’t have to pack running shoes when I go to visit. When I put them on, my feet are so happy.

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  • Joy - HTP Mom October 26, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Very interesting post. Good luck in finding a safe sore foot solution for your Marathon this weekend.

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  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 4:19 pm

    Hi Meg :) Thanks for all the interesting info about shoes. I finally got fitted for the right shoe a little over a year ago. It is so important, I wish everyone would do it when they first start running.

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  • Cate October 26, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I went to the local running store in my area and had them fit me for a running shoe. It was a great experience! After visiting I discovered Saucony shoes and really love them. I currently have the Echelon 2 and it has been great!
    This is a great post – tons of information!
    I definitely think paying a bit more for good shoes is important and I don’t mind paying that to support the local running shop either. :)

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  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 26, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I just got fitted and I’m just a neutral gal who needs some cushion. I was in Adidas Equipments and now my new shoes are Mizuno Wave Riders.. so far so good!

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  • Hope October 26, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Wow, thanks for all the info – I really need to go and buy myself fitted for a good pair of running shoes before I take up running again! I have a bit of an issue with my feet in that they are quite big and I’m quite self-conscious about that, but I don’t want to hurt myself so I gotta do it!

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    • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 6:39 pm

      Big feet are beautiful! The more ground to cover.

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 8:35 pm

      People that work at shoe stores have seen all sorts of crazy kinds of feet – big is not so bad! We carried up to men’s size 16 and women’s size 12 where I worked.

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      • Hope October 27, 2010, 3:59 pm

        wow, thanks girls – that makes me feel a lot better :) my mum always said that my feet keep me grounded

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  • Lindsay October 26, 2010, 4:48 pm

    I wear the Mizuno Alchemy and have since high school track. They’re great for over-pronators… I love them!

    I’ve started to experiment with barefoot running, and I hope it helps strengthen my stride in time.

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  • dynamics October 26, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Although I am not a runner, I did hit up my local running store to be fitted. I was suffering from heel spurs. I do a lot of walking/hiking and needed something to help the heel spurs. Best thing I ever did. Best 100 bucks I ever spent. Having a wider foot makes off the shelve shoes difficult to find. These guys are pros. I tried on three pairs of shoes and once in the third pair, I knew they were for me. I have never had one blister or heel spur since the day I put these shoes on. And to top it off, they were purple

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 8:38 pm

      That’s great! Always good to hear a success story.

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  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 26, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m in the market for new running shoes and was so confused on what to buy.

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  • Sarah K. @ the Pajama Chef October 26, 2010, 5:18 pm

    i wear the brooks adrenaline. i just got the 10 but am waiting til 11/1 to wear them (easier to keep track of mileage). i’ve worn them for years! and they are the only ones i’ve found that fit my narrow heel securely. :)

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  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 26, 2010, 5:29 pm

    I wear Nike Lunarfly. I’m not a hardcore runner (more casual), but they work for me and they also look really cute on. I’m a big fan of Nike. They fit well, they support my foot, and I never have issues of rubbing (which happens alot with other shoes because my foot is small and narrow).

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  • Ravenous Rowie October 26, 2010, 5:47 pm

    You have SO much good info to share! Thanks, as always!

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  • KatieF October 26, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I love my Nike Bowermans!!! Thank you for this post–I got a stress fracture a year and a half ago when I got fitted by someone who didn’t know what they were doing and ended up with a pair of Brooks motion control shoes (I am a severe underpronator on my left side and neutral on my right). I got fitted again after I healed, went with my Nikes, and I’ve been happy with them ever since!

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  • Danielle in Australia! October 26, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Great Post! The right running shoes made all the difference for me. Before I had some really pretty Brooks running shoes that I bought on sale for au$100 but after using them for 4 months I developed severe knee pain that caused me to stop running, even after buying knee guards to help with the pain. I was then fitter properly at a running store and bought some Nike running shoes and the pain is gone completely. I don’t even need my knee guards. Good shoes, the right fit are definately worth the investment!

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  • Camille October 26, 2010, 6:24 pm

    Hey, we wear almost the same shoes! Mine are Brooks but I don’t quite remember what style…

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  • Bianca King October 26, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Random question for all the runners out there that has nothing to do with shoes…

    I have been getting rashes between my legs after running. I have tried vasaline but it doesn’t work. Any tips or thoughts?
    Thanks!

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    • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 6:27 pm

      What does the rash look like?

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      • Bianca King October 26, 2010, 7:34 pm

        I think it’s chafing but its red and sort of bumpy…not sure if this is too personal for the internet haha

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    • tammy October 26, 2010, 7:05 pm

      I had this problem–sounds like chafing==I didnt start getting it until I reached my longer runs (8+) I tried bodyglide, tried powder, tried vaseline–NOTHING worked for me, so I just gave up and went to capri length running “pants/tights”. no problems since.–It was mostly coming from the inseam of my shorts so this solved the problem for me…. good luck!

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      • Meg October 26, 2010, 8:37 pm

        Yep, those of us with thighs that touch together when we run will always have this problem! Not everyone can have the tiny legs of a professional marathoner, that’s for sure.

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        • Caitlin October 26, 2010, 8:39 pm

          I know that wearing spandex running tight shorts under your regularly shorts will help with chafing!

          I chafe in between my bum sometimes :)

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  • diana October 26, 2010, 7:59 pm

    i have supinated feet );

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  • BroccoliHut October 26, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Nike Air Pegasus, all the way! They’re the only ones that don’t make my plantar fasciitis flare up. They’re also part of the Bowerman series.

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  • Espie October 26, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Shoes: my favorite topic! I worked at a women’s specific athletic shoe store for 7 years so I like to think that I know my stuff.
    I used to swear by the Nike Pegasus (Bowerman series). But that’s when I was putting low mileage on my shoes (about 12 miles a week). They felt great, but I decided to upgrade to the Asics Kayanos….I agree with the “they feel like clouds” comment. I’m a total bargain hunter and found these puppies for $20.00 (original price is about $120). Secret: if you shop when the new models are coming out, the stores want to get rid of the older (ex Kayano 12 because the Kayano 13) models so they sell the shoes at outlet stores or discount places (Ross, Marshall’s etc).
    I now run in Saucony ProGrid Triumphs (got them for $35! orig $120). It’s a softer shoe but it still feels great into mile 10.
    If you know what you are looking for (go get fitted at a store), then you can hunt for these shoes online and get great deals. I am cursed with small feet (size 5.5) so I almost NEVER find shoes at the local stores (NEVER run in a kids shoe…they do NOT have proper support). For other people in my budget/size boat, sportsbasement.com usually has great deals on hi-tech shoes. Be sure to read reviews on the shoes and ask questions about the support system on blogs or forums.
    Long post but hopefully helpful to others.

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  • Elizabeth October 26, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I’ve always been the person who runs in cross trainers. Eep! But I find the process of shopping for running shoes to be overwhelming. There isn’t a running store where I live, so I don’t know what to do. I DO know that I overpronate in both feet (I played college sports and they used to film me walking for the PT students to look at b/c I overpronate pretty badly due to ankle injuries) and sometimes have hip pain during/after running. Oh, and I have flat flat flat feet. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

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    • alison October 26, 2010, 9:40 pm

      Elizabeth, I’m certainly not an expert, but if you have flat feet, I’m pretty sure the “motion control” shoes are what works best. I’m not familiar with what shoes are “motion control” but a quick google search should send you in the right direction. I hope this helps!

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      • Elizabeth October 26, 2010, 10:11 pm

        Thanks, Alison! I’ll look into that!

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    • Meg October 26, 2010, 10:22 pm

      One of the most supportive shoes out there is the Brooks Addiction. Other shoes that support for severe overpronation are the Asics Evolution and Saucony Stabil. Try those!

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      • Elizabeth October 27, 2010, 6:55 pm

        Thanks!

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  • Lee October 26, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I’ve always thought it would be cool to work in a running store. Those people are so knowledgeable.

    I’ve tried a lot of different types of different shoes but find that Brooks work best for me.

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  • Kelly October 26, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I used to wear asics but I was having some foot pain and I was worried about developing a stress fracture. My XC coach bought me Reeboks and I’ve been much better :)

    You look absolutely gorgeous without make-up, darling.

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  • Rebecca October 26, 2010, 11:04 pm

    I wear Asics Gel Kayanos, my physio recommended them to too because I was getting pain in the top of my foot, I used to wear Brooks. I am onto my 4th pair of Asics, I find them to be very comfortable for running and I haven’t had a problem with my foot.
    Sundays are my make up free days, I always like to have one day a week where I let my face breathe.

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  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo October 27, 2010, 1:14 am

    I currently run in Nike Zoom Structure Triax 12s.I got fitted for them last year at a running store in Tokyo, but the fitting was not quite as in depth and I would have liked and I am looking forward to getting another fitting in the next couple of months (perhaps back home while visiting this time?)

    I think I am an overpronater (my ankles visibly lean inward slightly when standing, and the outer edge of my heel wears faster) and have been experiencing some tingling and numbness in the ball of my left foot that starts up after around the 3rd or 4th km on some of my runs. I’m not entirely sure this is directly related to my shoes, but I’m interested in trying out a different pair to see if it helps.

    I am also very interested in Vibrams/minimalist running and would like to incorporate itinto my routine at some point.

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  • Melissa October 27, 2010, 7:20 am

    Woah! Who knew shoes could be so technical! I need to find a running store asap because I must be one who does something to misalign my hip when I run. Good info!

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  • Kristy October 27, 2010, 7:51 am

    VERY VERY informative post! My first pair I bought my normal shoe size but when I replaced them last month I bought a 1/2 size larger and my feet are much happier! I LOATH that I have to drop $100 on shoes then spend more on the proper inserts :-( I have the highest arch!

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  • Elisabeth C October 27, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Have you ever looked into Salomon shoes? They have an EXCELLENT line of trail running shoes, and I believe they are top ranked in Europe. I work for a sister company so purchased some on the employee discount program and LOVE them. I don’t run, but I love them anyway, and apparently people who DO run, love them even more. Just a thought!

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  • Gina October 27, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Great article! My guess is Meg worked at Marathon Sports, which is where I always buy my running shoes. I wear Saucony Pro Ride 2 and LOVE them.

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  • Meg October 28, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I was so excited when I discovered how much shoes matter in terms of support for all my joints (particularly my knees). And you featured the shoes that changed my running for the better! Awesome post!

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  • ProGait November 2, 2010, 8:10 am

    Great post! Very informative! Changing the demands placed on the body is often the cause of injury. Changing demands can involve simply changing the surface you run on, or changing the shoes that you run in. Large changes to activity can often lead to problematic episodes of injury.

    Here at ProGait we advocate having your gait analysed before you embark upon any of these changes, so that you can get some sound professional advice to reduce the risk of injury.

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  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 14, 2011, 9:50 am

    What a wonderful and informative post!! I wear Nikes and a lot of people turn their noses up at them, but they work for me! I am a neutral runner but love the soft and cushiony feel of Nikes. Brooks are typically too hard for me which makes sense now that you mention how they do their cushioning. I like the Pegasus and the Structure.

    I think people often by the wrong shoes because they want to shop online, but that usually leads to bad choices if you’ve never been fitted before.

    Thanks for the info Meg! I’m bookmarking this post!

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