Post # 1
Right now, I’m sitting here in pain from hurting my left ankle at the gym while running yesterday. I just started running again within the last couple of weeks. I ran in the same shoes I had been running in before. They are Nikes and not very old. They are pretty soft and comfortable but I am flat footed and they don’t provide much arch support. I have some Asics, as well, but they are so damn stiff. I know of few of you bees out there run. Any of you with flat feet have any suggestions on a good running shoe? Thanks so much.
Post # 3
@greenidlady: I don’t have flat feet, but I’ve been an avid runner since high school- I’m 27 now. If you go to an actual running store (not like a nike, footlocker, etc.), they are usually very knowledgable and helpful. In the meantime, check out this article…
The Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet
There are some good suggestions.
Also, just FYI, sometimes it takes time to break sneakers in, so you may want to give the asics some more time.
Post # 4
Definitely go to a specialty running store (ie not Big 5 or Sport Chalet) and get properly fitted!!
Post # 5
I feel your pain!! I haven’t found a good running shoe yet. I’m SO flat footed, it’s aweful. I was watching shark tank one night & there was a couple who “invented” these flat rubber “shoes” that you just put on the bottom of your feet & lace up…they intrigued me and are supposed to help build your arch because it forces your foot to use the muscles. I wanted to buy a pair but I no longer remember what they were called lol!
If you find good ones feel free to update, I could use suggestions! good luck =)
Post # 6
My FI also has flat feet, and we went to a specialty running store so they could advise him on what shoes would work best. After talking to him about his feet and what he’d be using the shoes for, they had him try on several pairs and for each pair, they had him walk/run on a treadmill in the store so they could see how he ran. The shoes he ended up buying have worked great for him.
Post # 7
@soontobemrsm11: I googled it and found these. Were these what you saw?
Anyway, I totally agree with everyone that the specialty stores are your best bet!
Post # 8
have you tried New Balance shoes? I don’t know how it works in the states, but here they fit you properly and have tons of shoes to try on. They have you run on a treadmill etc to make sure you’re not just walking around in them and think they’re the right fit.
I recently bought a pair for my daughter before we went to Disneyland, and she didn’t complain once about her feet the whole trip. They have some with correctors in them and special arches. You might want to look into that!
Post # 9
I agree with the above posts about getting fitted at a running store. I had really bad shin splints before getting properly fitted for my running shoes. 2 years later I have the same shoes and haven’t had any issues with shin splints.
Post # 10
@citysparkle: Thank you for the link, I will check it out.:-)
@RunnerBride13: I think there are a couple in the area, I will stop by there. Are speciality running shoes super expensive, like over 150?
@soontobemrsm11: I will update once I find a pair. Thank you for the suggestion.
@Phamnomenon: That’s really nice. Maybe the one in my area will have a piece of equipment for me to try them out on. Thank you.
@lia22: Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I do recall a friend saying that they were properly fitted for shoes at a New Balance store. I’ll google to see where one in my area is.
@mrsmbeegee: What type of shoes did you end up going with?
Post # 11
if you want some really quick info.. try plugging as much info as you know into the below link. There are also lots of good forums and articles on the main site.
also you can go in person to a running store and have them look at your run. I tend to stray from that because they always seem to push the most expensive shoes on me!
Post # 12
@greenidlady: You should be able to get decent ones for around $100. They’ll last around 500 miles though and if you run good shoes are really important!!
Post # 13
@RunnerBride13: That sounds reasonable. I usually pay between 50-80 for a pair and wear them for 6 months to a year, alternating them with another pair. I would say in the last six months I’ve only averaged 5 miles a week though.:-( I would like to run 8-10 miles a week. How many miles do you typically run per week?
Post # 14
@greenidlady: That’s great! Right now I’m running about 15 miles/week as I’m coming back from a bad injury I got training for a marathon last year. I like to run around 30 miles/week to maintain my fitness, more if I’m training for a marathon but then I end up injured! I go through running shoes pretty quickly
Post # 15
I have flat feet and while I admit I have never been properly fitted (need to find a specialty running store nearby, I don’t know of any!) BUT I will say I have had good luck with New Balance and Asics in the past. But I do need to try them on in person as it depends on the style, some or more supportive than others. I always go for ones that feel supportive on the arch rather than just soft. Usually with New Balance I have a break in period, but the Asics I just got were 100% on day 1!
Post # 16
@RunnerBride13: Thank you! I would like to run more and think I can with the proper shoes. I don’t think I will ever run a marathon though. If you don’t mind my asking, how did you get injured? Can it be prevented in the future or does it just come from training hard?