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2008-10-22 4:09 PM

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Subject: I wish shoes were easier to pick!
I'm at the end of my first season, and my run milage is around 30 miles a week. In the early summer my LRS recommended a motion control shoe to help with PF, which nicely resolved. He showed me one choice-easy.

Now I need new shoes and dude at LRS suggests going into a stability shoe...and pulled out 5-6 choices. He suggested picking the ones that felt the best, but They all felt good, and at $80-140 a pair, it simply was overwhelming to choose a pair. So I left without any. Twice.

Now I desperatly need new ones. The ones I have are beyond shot(I never thought I would wear out a pair of running shoes by running!!)

How do YOU choose a new pair when LRS offers you 5 differenty ones? I do know I want a softer heel strike but thats about it. My current shoes are New Balance 1011s


2008-10-22 4:14 PM
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Subject: RE: I wish shoes were easier to pick!
I just buy the cheapest ones they have on clearance for the type shoe I need.
2008-10-22 4:18 PM
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Subject: RE: I wish shoes were easier to pick!
If the NB 1011s work for you, why try anything else?
2008-10-22 4:19 PM
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2008-10-22 4:30 PM
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Subject: RE: I wish shoes were easier to pick!
Once I've found a shoe that I like, I just keep buying the same one as long as the manufacturer keeps offering it.  If it ain't broke...
2008-10-22 4:36 PM
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Subject: RE: I wish shoes were easier to pick!

Did you take your old pair of shoes in to the store? Did they actually measure your feet and evaluate your stride running (like on a treadmill?) and did you have a chance to give the proposed shoes a go on the treadmill at the store?  If they didn't do or offer those things when they offered you the shoes--you may want to try a different store.  If, in trying on all the shoes, there really is nothing to distinguish them apart to make them different for you, then go onto RunnersWorld.com and see if your shoes are in their shoe ratings at all.  Check out the gear reviews here as well and see if any of the shoes are listed.

If still there is nothing, pick the ones that go with your running outfits best.  One thing I did when I had two I couldn't decide between was I bought both pairs...alternating shoes helps extend their lifetime and reduce chance for injury for you due to the fact that the shoes get to "recover" more as well.  While doing that, I found that I liked shoe a. over shoe b. so when it was time to buy the next pair, I bought the pair the model that worked best of those two.



2008-10-22 7:29 PM
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A word of caution here. Those shoes that feel good in the store may feel like crap after a couple of runs. Will your LRS let you return shoes that have been run in? If not, I would recommend buying from another source (check roadrunnersports.com) that will.
2008-10-22 8:14 PM
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Subject: RE: I wish shoes were easier to pick!
If they all feel good, just pick one, doesn't matter which.  Then after you've had them for a few months, you'll know if you like that pair or not.  If you do, great!  If not, try a different pair the next time!
2008-10-23 8:41 PM
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gopennstate - 2008-10-22 9:14 PM If they all feel good, just pick one, doesn't matter which. Then after you've had them for a few months, you'll know if you like that pair or not. If you do, great! If not, try a different pair the next time!

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2008-10-24 1:19 AM
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newleaf - 2008-10-23 8:41 PM

gopennstate - 2008-10-22 9:14 PM If they all feel good, just pick one, doesn't matter which. Then after you've had them for a few months, you'll know if you like that pair or not. If you do, great! If not, try a different pair the next time!

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X3.  I have found this is really the only sure method.  You won't really figure out if a shoe is right for you until you've done a couple 8-10 mile runs in them.  Just keep trying them and you'll come across a pair you love.  A little expensive at first, but worth it in the long run.

I just experimented with some New Balance 768's.  They felt completely awesome in the store, but after my first 8 mile run they were retired - just not enough cushioning for my flat feet under a 205# body.  They are my new upper body/core workout shoes now.     Back to my Saucony Grid Propels...

2008-10-24 7:31 AM
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I like my Asics Kayanos but im not opposed to going to Brooks Trance or Adrenaline due to the ridiculously cheap price i get them from Brooks themselves.. this is how I choose!!


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