(Closed) runner bees – shoe fitting questions

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m part of Team Minimalist. Embrace your gait and just run. By trying to correct one piece of ‘poor form’ with a shoe and not physically doing it ourselves, we tend to injure something else.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Look into getting him custom fitted by a foot specialist; a pair of custom shoes, or shoes recommended by a podiatrist, will be much less expensive than 5 pairs he’ll hate or never wear.  You might invest a couple hundred on a custom pair of shoes, or specialty orthotics, but it will be well worth it if he’s got so many issues going on.

ETA: I’m a barefoot runner, so my gut is to advocate that, but I know it’s not everyones cup of tea 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I have always had the best luck buying cheap shoes at places like Target until I find a pair that works for me. Once you find a pair that works you can bring them into a running store and ask for a more pricey shoe of the same structure. That way they can also see where the shoe wears down fastest, which helps with fit. I know thay doesn’t work for everyone because it adds cost, but I’ve only had to do it once. I also have had good luck finding shoes by searching amazon for “best women’s walking shoe” for instance. Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@inspiredcreations:  Wish I could do that here! Too much cement and litter. = Cant wait to get back out to the suburbs with nice parks

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jpalm13:  That’s what Vibrams are for!  I do most of my barefoot running on the suburb sidewalks, and I bust out my 5fingers for other terrain.  I did invest in some shoes, though, for my treadmill.  Nothing kills my shins faster than running barefoot on a treadmill!  Probably means I’m doing it wrong, but alas…

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How much does he run? If its a few miles a week, then I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about the perfect shoe. If he is planning running consistently, say more than 10-15 miles per week, with runs lasting more than 3-4 miles, then you should talk to more shoe specialists. You can’t pick a shoe specifically for high arches, you need to take alot of other factors into account (shoe width, gait, etc.). For example I have very high arches and I wear Mizuno Wave riders b/c they are a neutral shoe that runs very narrow.

Also, any good running store should let you return a shoe even after you have run in it a few times.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

How do you barefoot runners feel about minimalist/vibram shoes? My town has a lot of litter (thanks college students) and the gym requires shoes so I’ve been considering them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@batwoman:  Personally, I love ’em!  I’m not a barefoot purist; I just like the way I feel when I run barefoot (stride changes, feeling freer), so for me, the Vibrams accomplish the same thing.  And they are good for more than just running since they are a hiking shoe, as well.  I prefer Vibrams/toe shoes to the more traditional minimalist running shoes because I personally think the toe separation is a large part of “barefoot” feeling, and I just don’t get that feeling in shoes.   

OP, sorry for threadjacking 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Another barefoot/minimalist (Five Fingers) runner here, but it is not for everyone, I know, and can have its own issues for people who push into it too fast (like foot fractures, yikes!)

I used to have good luck with Running Room when I wore “regular shoes”, but I was also a neutral runner and usually knew exactly what I wanted when I walked in the door. I really think your husband needs to go with what “feels best” for him in the long run. I do have quite high arches, but I know a heavily built up shoe NEVER worked well for me. Your arches are SUPPOSED to flex, they are like built in shock absorbers, so limiting that flex can add to more problems with other parts of your feet, ankles, knees and beyond. I found that Mizuno Wave Riders worked for me early on (as I had a very narrow feet) and I just kept buying those for years until I went barefoot/minimalist.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree that buying running shoes at specialty store is a hassle. I’ve been to 3 or 4 stores, got different recommendations from each. I had to take back running shoes twice. I finally settled on one pair but I didn’t feel any difference in my running or the aches in my knees. That said, this year I went to Kohls, tried on few pairs of running shoes, same brands I tried on in specialty stores. I bought ones that felt the most comfortable. Ran in them on inside track, liked them, kept them and I saved over $100 as I used my Kohls coupons and Kohls cash. I’m not a long distance runner, 3-4 miles 3x per week or so. But, right now I’m loving my shoes. I think buying a few pairs from Zappos and trying them out is a very good idea.

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

So, you mentioned that you found a sneaker that was good for high arches as well as those who have flat feet. That can be accurate. My Darling Husband has flat feet, but also has plantar fasciiitis. So he really needs a lot of arch support, even though he has flat feet. I have high arches, so I also need a lot of arch support. We have very close to the same type of sneaker. Both give tremendous arch support.

Like @NYC.BOS.CHI, I wear Mizuno Wave Riders. I want to say my Darling Husband wears Mizuno Wave Inspires. He needs a bit more support in his sneakers than I do.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@batwoman:  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Five Fingers. I have worn Bikilas for running since the first model came out, and KSO’s before that, so about 3-4 years of running in them now? I run about 6+ miles a day, every day, in them. They are fantastic and can last for so long since there is no cushioning to “break down”. My first pair of Bikilas, for example, had more than 2,200 miles on them before I replaced them. I was replacing my Mizuno’s every 500-600 miles!

I love Five Fingers so much I have several different pairs as I wear them around the clock if I am in “shoes”, except when I am totally barefoot or have to go to court or something REALLY fancy where I cannot just wear my Five’s (I slip on some of Merrell’s “barefoot” gloves for that or some plain flat ballet slippers since they are closed toe – I do not like the closed toe NEARLY as much but I can’t wear “toes” in court, for example!) or in winter while outside (I have soft-soled moccassins/mukluks and my heavier “regular” boots for snowshoeing for the warmth). I despise wearing “regular shoes” now, and even putting on cycling shoes or something is not fun for me. I wear my Five Fingers for work (in a legal office), for play, for hiking, traveling, walking, running, shopping, EVERYTHING.
 
Go slow if you do decide to transition though. It is VERY easy to get foot fractures and so on if you do not learn proper technique or take your time building up to their use.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

While I haven’t tried them, I did CrossFit for a while, and they really recommend Vibrams for running!  We were born that way and people ran barefoot for thousands of years before Nike came around.  I’d honestly look into them if you and Darling Husband have issues like that!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Thanks ladies, my pair is about to fall apart so I just might bite the bullet soon! 

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