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In search of new running shoes

Hey all-

I need to buy new running shoes.  Right now, I have the Asics 2160.  I have very flat feet and overpronate.  I'm relatively happy with my Asics, but I'm always in the market if there's something better. 

A friend recommended the Asics Gel-Neo 33 shoes.  Anyone have any experience with them?

What's your favorite running shoe lately?

 

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Re: In search of new running shoes

  • I also have very flat (and very wide) feet, but am a mild pronator so I only need a mild stability shoe. I run in the saucony guides because they have the perfect width for my feet.

    Have you been fitted for shoes? A running store would have you try on 3-4 different brands of shoes and test them out based on your needs to see which one fits you the best.

  • I just got fitted for shoes and the ones best suited for me were the Mizuno Wave Inspire.

    I am currently wearing a pair of Reebok shoes but I do not remember the kind. Part of the proceeds go towards Avon Breast Cancer Research. 

  • As a PP said, being fitted at a running store really helped me. I went with the Nike Lunarglides. I normally shy away from Nike running shoes, but they felt better than the others suggested to me.
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  • I would consider going to a place that sells many kinds of shoes, so that they aren't trying to sell their brand. 

    REI is amazing with education with no sales pressure (it's part of their mission statement actually :) ) Then you can see different brands, styles, and learn a lot about what YOU need, without feeling pressure to buy if they don't have something you really want.

     

    I have two pairs of Vibrams. They are amazing on trails, but I don't recommend them if you are a concrete runner.  

  • Do NOT go to a big box store to get fitted. Go to a running store that has trained people to fit you. My first experience was at a local running store where they had me walk across a mat to see my arches, then run on a treadmill to watch my form and gait, etc. Then I tried on about 10 pairs of shoes to find the right ones. Also, running stores usually have good return policies. You can return worn shoes within 30 days if they don't end up being the right fit. GL! 

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  • Are the shoes at running stores more expensive than other places?  Will they work for walking / learning to run shoes?  I need new shoes, but have always shied away, thinking they would be too expensive.  
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  • I agree about getting professionally fitted. I also agree with going to a local running store rather than a big box store. I love REI, and in fact I used to work there (at two different locations in two different states) but I wouldn't buy running shoes there unless I already knew what worked for me. They are fairly new to carrying running shoes. and the shoe departments there carry everything from hard core mountaineering boots to Tevas. You just can't get the same expertise there as you would at a running store.

    Also, as the pp mentioned most running stores will let you return the shoes - even if you've used them outside. 

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