(Closed) runner bees – shoe fitting questions

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wear Mizuno Wave Inspires I believe but I do more cross training right now so I need the ankle support.  If I start serious running like I think I will, I will probably get something more minimal (but not the completely almost barefoot shoes, my feet are too bad for those).

Post # 19
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrstilly:  I think your husband can’t go wrong with Asics. My feet are ridiculously shaped. I wear an 8 double wide. I also have high arches and a high instep. Talk about impossible to find decent shoes let alone running shoes. I too had no luck at the stores. Though if you have a Road Runner store near you, I believe they allow returns up to 30 days after purchase, so perhaps that would be a reasonable route for your husband. At any rate, after multiple trials (and errors), I’ve found that the Gel Nimbus from Asics works okay enough for me (though they’re still not technically wide enough even in a sized up wide). Everything else doesn’t provide enough arch support or width or cushioning (and I run on asphalt/cement). How much cushioning he needs really depends on what he weighs I believe. I’m on the heavier end for my height, so I need the cushioning. Since ditching the New Balances and going with the Asics, my runs are a painless breeze!

Post # 20
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Marathoner here…who got seriously injured in “minimalist” shoes…as in, achilles tendonities and posterior tibial tendonitis.  If you do minimalist running, transition slowly…even that didn’t help me…I hurt myself the second time out, and its been 6 months of trying to get over the injury. I’m 5’4″ and 120 soaking wet, midfoot striker with high, flexible arches, good range of emotion and an efficient stride- so despite sound biomechanics and a solid base of running experience (50 + mpw) I got injured doing the minimal thing…just putting that out there.  It is not a cure-all for running aches and paoins.

Personally, I am a big fan of Mizunos, but I used to run in Asics (they were too wide for me).  The Mizunos have great arch support.  I wear the wave inspire as a moderate support shoe that offers some cushioning but a solid feel on the road (I hate it when a shoe is too pillowy).  I also wear the Mizuno Nirvana…it is the Rolls Royce version of the Inspire, meaning it offers a firmer, less flexible midsole.

A big guy like your husband might do better with a motion control or stability shoe like the Inspire, the Nirvana or the Alchemy (listed in increasing order of stability).  If he needs something wider, the Asics 2170 is a great shoe.  I’m too lightweight to wear it (can’t break them in), but a big guy would probably do great with it. 

I would get fitted at the store.  Don’t rely 100% on the ppl who work there- I have friends who do, and they have no clue what to do about running shoes.  Watch the screen and look for pronation in the neutral shoe, then pick the shoe that best corrects the pronation. Yes, some pronation is natural (and this is the logic that minimal-adherents follow- that pronation is good because it is shock absorption), but a lot of people overpronate/aren’t strong enough to take the shock of running early on in their running careers. 


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