Post # 1
So i want to start running and im not sure what kind of shoes i should buy? i have small but wide feet and its super hard to find shoes that fit, so i need any ideas as to what kind of are the best running shoes.
Post # 3
Go to a store that specializes in running and ask them to help you out. They will measure your foot and look at your gait so they can determine what sort of shoe is best. A hundred different runners could tell you they love a hundred different shoes, because feet are so different. Be prepared to spend a good ammount on running shoes…they will pay for themselves by not destroying your body!
Post # 4
Go to your nearest locally owned running store – have them look at your feet, ask questions and have them find you a few pairs of running shoes to choose from. Some are cool enough to even let you run a lap around the block to see how they feel. 🙂
Post # 5
Asics are hands down the BEST running shoes! They should have some that are great for wide feet or low arches. Good luck!
Post # 6
@missrobots: This! A running specialty shop is the best way to go.
Post # 7
I’d go find a store that does an analysis of your running style (do you overpronate, etc etc.) and have them help you find a pair of shoes. It also depends on how much/what kind of running you’re planning on doing. Personally, I run in Nike Speed Lites and absolutely LOVE them, but they are a neutral shoe and have a pretty pronounced strike plate, which can be uncomfy for some people. I know there are Fleet Feet franchises all over the country, and their Locations Page shows quite a few in CA.
Good luck, and congrats on picking up running!
Post # 8
Oh, and for the record, these are my favorite pair I’ve ever had and I will buy a new pair every pay period so I can stock-pile them because I guarantee they’ll be discontinued, only because I love them so.
Post # 9
It’s also usually recommended that you buy a longer running shoe than street shoes. That way, when your feet jut forward in the shoe a bit on impact, there’s still enough room to prevent your toe nails from hitting the front of the shoe and becoming sore.
Post # 10
The best thing to do is go to a running store and get fitted. They’ll probably make you run on a treadmill a little so they can see how your foot strikes the ground and that will determine if you pronate or not, and in turn what kind of shoe you’ll need. They’ll probably have you try on several pairs and run in them all to find one that works best for you. My running shoes are a full size larger than my everyday shoes, as your feet will swell when running.
Everyone prefers a different brand, but I will say that most WOMEN I know run in Asics, Saucony, or Brooks. I myself run in Saucony but did have a pair of Asics I really liked. It just so happens that once you find a shoe you tend to keep wearing it so I really haven’t branched out from what I normally wear – don’t fix what isn’t broken! I’m a part of a huge running group, and the general consensus seems to be that none of us really like Nike that much.
Definitely don’t cheap out, a good pair will run you $100-130. Once you find a shoe you like, I’d highly suggest becoming a VIP member at RoadRunnerSports.com. It’s like $3 for a lifetime VIP membership and gives you great discounts on running clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.
Post # 11
+1,000,000 to running store.
That being said, I have run in Nikes but currently I’m in Brooks “Launch” and I will never run in anything but Brooks again.
Post # 12
@ImagineDragon24: I second this. Once I bought my first pair of Asics, I was hooked. I’ve been wearing them for the past 6 years and I LOVE them.
Post # 13
wow i never thought about going and getting ‘sized” but thanks for the advice i will be doing that!!
ive heard the nike free runs are very popular right now.
Post # 14
I recently got fitted and was recommended the Asics GT2170 for my feet since they’re pretty supportive for someone who overpronates. Works great so far for my long runs, but everyone is different, so as everyone already said go to a special running store if you are serious about getting back into running.
Post # 15
I use to manage a running shoe store. You need a gait analasys and I highly recomend going when stores arent busy so weekdays and daytime are best. Ill recomend Nike, New balance, Saucony, Mizuno, and Asics most of the time. Keep in mind many of these brands make shoes that are not for running even tho some box stores label them as running shoes. Most stores will let you take them home and try them a little bit on a treadmill or around the house to make sure there right. I agree with the point before make sure your shoes are big enough and usually that 1 thumbs width longer than your big toe. Also keep in mind socks are very very important so make sure your in the right ones for you as well. Running shoes in Canada should run you between 130$ – 200$ anything under that is not worth it even for someone who runs 5Km. Also I would recomend staying away from the running fads like the ultralight shoes like barefoot running and thigns like that. Keep in mind your shoes should last max 3 years since they were put on the shelf (sale shoes can be quite old) and 400-800km depending on the shoe and the person.
Post # 16
Asics are supposed to be awesome (my sisters whole track and cross country teams have them) but I love my nikes 🙂 they have the tracker in them that I can use to track how far and fast I ran which was motivating for me.