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Running Shoes?

[Blatantly copied from another forum who seems unable to help me. GenMay seems more educated about this stuff]

I'd like to get back into running again. Too many years of sitting on my ass has made me very out of shape. I'm not fat by any stretch of the imagination (5'6" ~120lbs) but I feel my level of fitness is pretty low. I'm 25 and I think too much smoking, drinking, sitting around has really taken it's toll in that deparment .

So I am looking to get back into running, but I require some new shoes. I have 3 pairs of shoes but none of them are very suitable for the task (driving shoes, sneakers and boots). I generally have a pretty big problem finding comfortable shoes. My left foot is about 1/4 longer than my right and also has a very low arch and tall forefoot area. My right foot has a low to medium arch. I find that shoes without good motion control for my left foot tend to hurt my ankle, give me calluses and generally be very uncomfortable. If there are any runners here with flat-ish feet or runners in general I'd appreciate some input.

I've done some research and found that there are shoes made for flatter feet, the ones specifically I was looking at are the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6. I guess Mizuno makes pretty decent stuff. I really am a noob in this area so I could use some education. $90 seems a bit steep for shoes, but the generally concensus is "you get what you pay for". I'd say $100 is the top of my budget right now and obviously anything less that would suit my needs would be great too.

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Getting (back) into running
Need some shoes for low arched feet
$100 budget
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:42 AM Liquid_Table is offline  
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We can offer tips, but the ultimate advice would be to seek help from someone who can see what your feet specifically need. Most running store employees are trained to find the best shoes for how you walk/run.

This place seems to get good reviews (assuming your profile is correct)

http://www.duluthrunning.com/

They will fit you for the best shoes within your price range.
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We can offer tips, but the ultimate advice would be to seek help from someone who can see what your feet specifically need. Most running store employees are trained to find the best shoes for how you walk/run.

This place seems to get good reviews (assuming your profile is correct)

http://www.duluthrunning.com/

They will fit you for the best shoes within your price range.

Actually I moved about 250 miles south of there I am however heading up this weekend. I'll have to check it out.
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Yeah get yourself fitted for shoes by a running specialist
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I'm 4th-ing giong to a dedicated local running store. Avoid the big box mall stores.

The DuluthRunning store linked above looks like a good first stop. FleetFeet has treated me well, and they have stores loosely scattered around the nationwide, ti's about as "big box" as I would go.

What are your goals? What is your current fitness? I'm a flatfooted, overpronating runner as well. When I was building miles, I started out up through about 2-3 miles per run and about 12mpw only running in $40 Sears shoes, I think some crappy low-end New Balances. You could probably do the same if your mileage is simliarly low, and your still getting the feel for getting into running.
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What are your goals? What is your current fitness? I'm a flatfooted, overpronating runner as well. When I was building miles, I started out up through about 2-3 miles per run and about 12mpw only running in $40 Sears shoes, I think some crappy low-end New Balances. You could probably do the same if your mileage is simliarly low, and your still getting the feel for getting into running.
I'm not overweight or anything, I am just really out of shape. My job requires me to (literally) run around a lot, and it's just taken a lot out of me lately. Years of smoking doesn't help either.
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I thought I would update here.

Spent Saturday driving around St. Cloud to all the different shoe/athletic stores looking for what I wanted. I came with some research in hand but other than that I was kind of clueless.

Pretty much no one seemed to know what the hell they were doing. Even some of the specilty stores were pretty piss poor in terms of knowledge and customer service. "I have flat feet" "oh so you want a shoe with good arch support?!". Things like that. I finally went over the Sheels (last place I went). I was dead-ass tired from having almost no sleep the night before and I was pretty much fed up with shoe shopping at this point.

The staff there was equally stupid, but I tried on a few shoes from Mizuno, Asics and Nike. The Mizunos were really tight but nice and light, didn't offer much heel support and the outside portions were too soft. They didn't have the ones I really wanted to try though.

Nikes flat-out sucked. I did not like anything about them. Either too much or too little support, terrible fit and really hard soles.

I ended up going with a pair of Asics GEL-Nimbus 11's. Techinically they're last year's model, which is fine with me and they were on clearance. I wore 'em out of the store since I was sick of my 6 year old Vans.

While these are far-and-away the most expensive shoe's I've bought, they are also the most comfortable. It's almost like they were made for me. The arch support is firm, but not too high on either foot, the heel design on them is fucking amazing as it really wraps around my heel. I notice when I wear these I'm even pushing off less with my big toe and more with the whole foot. They're also very well ventilated. Couldn't be happier. I am still a little butthurt over the customer service though. You'd think if you sell shoes you'd actually want to learn something about them. Guess not.
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I ended up going with a pair of Asics GEL-Nimbus 11's. Techinically they're last year's model, which is fine with me and they were on clearance. I wore 'em out of the store since I was sick of my 6 year old Vans. .

Don't wear your running shoes for anything but running.
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Don't wear your running shoes for anything but running.

Yeah I haven't been. I was just sick and tired of wearing those damn Vans .
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road runner sports if you are near one.

they do a whole thing to see what's up with your feet and then find the right shoes. they also do custom insoles.
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Echoing this.
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Asics for running shoes. /thread

edit- I see you found this out for yourself. They are the only brand that fit my feet well, and the running shoes are generally light as a feather without being fragile.
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Vibram Five Fingers. Never have my knees felt better when running. And you can wear them literally everywhere.
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Asics for running shoes. /thread

edit- I see you found this out for yourself. They are the only brand that fit my feet well, and the running shoes are generally light as a feather without being fragile.
Everyone has different shaped feet and strides, it's a very personal ordeal. Asics are fine, but there are many other premium brands.
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Oh god, not those trendy, faddy, overpriced 5-toed shoes...

It's quite annoying to see people wear them around a gym and do nothing but a light bench press or two. It's like, dude--what the fuck do you need toe cutouts for?? It's totally a fad. I could understand if the dude was a circus acrobat or something, and needed the most dexterity possible out of his toes for high-wire acts and stuff, but for ordinary use? Come on...

Seriously, buy whatever brand of shoes works best for your feet. Adidas happens to fit me like a foot glove. If Asics are your thing, stick with them.
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