Running shoes

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Running shoes

Postby tanzanyte » 23 Feb 2011, 15:01

I'm about to tear my hair out trying to decide on which shoe to go for. I have a couple of days to decide before I'm off for some intensive therapy and need something to take with me (and I need to give this course my all as I want rid of my hip problems so can't have uncomfy/painful footwear impeding me). It's basically between 2 pairs of New Balance trainers, one half a size bigger than the other, although unhelpfully not the same style. The smaller pair feel more comfortable on (probably because they are way more cushioned) but I don't quite have the thumb width of room at the end. However I am not going to be running any distance. They will be used more for stretches and probably some gym equipment.
It doesn't help that I have one foot bigger than the other as that has ruled out a few pairs because as soon as I go up a half size it's like I'm wearing a boat on my smaller foot.
So do I really need that whole thumb width of space when I'm not likely to be doing an excessive workout?

What type of shoe do you all wear for workouts and how much room do you feel you have at the end of the trainer?
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Re: Running shoes

Postby RachelS » 23 Feb 2011, 16:37

Do you have a running shop near you that will assess your style and therefore advise you on the right shoe. ie. pronator, neutral etc.
I went to Decathlon and they strapped a ? Computer thing to my leg and got me to jog around the store. ( note to self don't do that on a Saturday again!)
they were very helpful and I ended with a cheaper pair than I was originally going to get. They have been very comfortable.
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Re: Running shoes

Postby Woodsies » 23 Feb 2011, 19:33

I agree - going to a specialist shop is your best bet. I went to one and they made me run on a treadmill while they took measurements of my gait and all sorts, and then they were built for me. I also have one foot half a size bigger than the other so one is an 8 and the other an 8.5. They are Nike FitSoles and are perfect for me. That cost me £115 which I know isn't cheap but I am serious about this running malarky and feel the trainers are sooo important to have right.

You will need plenty of room even though you're not going to be going mad on the exercise front as your feet will swell when they warm up and the last thing you need is your trainers being too tight. On the flip side, if they're too big you'll end up with blisters.
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Re: Running shoes

Postby jvnt » 24 Feb 2011, 06:13

I seem to get on with Asics trainers best though would like to go to one of those specialist shops one day to find out, I'm pretty sure I don't have a thumb width of room at the end (in fact it's the thing that reminds me to go for a pedi, when my trainers start getting a bit uncomfortable and I certainly don't have thumb length toenails!).

I really like the 'running socks' that they do, I thought the were a bit of a con, but they've got extra padding where you need it and really do make a difference (for me anyway) so maybe try both pairs with some of those on too.
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