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What's Your Sneaker Budget?

What's Your Sneaker Budget?

I believe that staying fit doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, but I do take good care of my feet. I don't feel badly about laying down the cash for quality sneakers. When I start to feel pain in my knees, ankles, feet, or shins I know it is time to invest in a new pair of running shoes.

If a good shoe is of utter importance, maybe you don't care about price, but not everyone's fitness budget always allows for full priced sneaks. So I'm wondering, when it comes to athletic footwear . . .

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
i live in London and found pain in the ass to find proper running shoes. it took me 3 weeks of going to every shops i could think of - and in the end i just decided to stick with what I already have, because I couldn't find something I LOVED. It was either too expensive, not my size, not a running shoe or ugly.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
mine were $160 this year =p but I love them
fishbulb fishbulb 7 years
I was at paragon sporting goods (huge in nyc), and an employee told me that there's no difference between between shoes that are $90 and $140, BUT there is a huge difference between shoes that are $60 and $90. She then found me a great pair that were originally $100, on sale for $60.
My feet are irregular so I need to get them tested and I usually end up with two different shoes. So yeah, I spend quite a bit.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
i'm a competitive runner, so running shoes are crucial. i have high arches and have had problems with my knees and left ankle in the past, but i'm amazed at what a difference the right shoes actually make. i don't remember exactly, but i'm positive my asics come in at over $100. my racing spikes are much less though. (also, i replace my running shoes at least twice a year).
idawson idawson 7 years
It depends ... I like a sale but have found Brooks Ariel are best for me when running and I recently had to replace them. When I do see them on sale they never have my size. So I suck it up and pay full (or close to full) price. For my tennis and regular workout sneaks I think I can get away with a more reasonable shoe. As long as there is motion control support, I am good.
smaine07 smaine07 7 years
I just paid $32 for my New Balance shoes.. JCPenney had them on sale and I was also able to use someone's discount:) They would have been $60 otherwise.
taylorbath taylorbath 7 years
What a timely question! I just bought two new pairs from Joes New Balance Outlet today. One pair was $41 and the other $48 with free shipping included. I always shop sales and I buy multiple pairs when I find some I really like.
1apple 1apple 7 years
I'm with you amybdk...I like to support a local business. I Usually pay $120-$130 Canadian and try to change them up every 18 months. Which reminds me...I should get new ones!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I generally wait until Kohl's has a big shoe sale, then I buy shoes that are $100-$120 full retail for around $40 or $50. I like good quality shoes, but there's no reason to pay full price if you don't have to.
rebelkate rebelkate 7 years
I will pay whatever it takes to get the right shoe. The Nike Vomero's I have now are $130 a pair but they support my feet and have terrific cushioning. When I get home from work, slip off the heels and into these running shoes, it's like having marshmallows on my feet to go run. I have two pair and rotate them daily.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
MrsRachel, curious -- what kind of running shoe can you get for $20??I run 40 mpw when I'm training for a marathon, and around 20-30 mpw during tri training, so I need good shoes !
runningesq runningesq 7 years
MrsRachel, curious -- what kind of running shoe can you get for $20?? I run 40 mpw when I'm training for a marathon, and around 20-30 mpw during tri training, so I need good shoes !
kia kia 7 years
for running shoes I'll do the whole video gait analysis and have no issue with spending over $100. a good shoe will save my knees, hips, body alignment, everything.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
I only get my sneaks at DSW, you get great quality (I'm a big fan of Asics Tiger which retails for well over $100) for less than $50
JenDeck711 JenDeck711 7 years
I'll gladly spend the money on my Brooks adrenalines since I haven't had an injury in the 7 years I've been running, but I make sure to dedicate them just to running. I wear other shoes (usually retired runners) for the gym and hiking.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
It's important to buy a pair of shoes that fit your feet. There is a "Sports Basement" store in Bay area - the people over there will take a look and see how you run and recommend the best shoes for you. The shoes that they recommend is actually cheaper than the one that I am going to buy. Having said that, I have to buy couple pairs through the year as I run about 35 miles per week.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I spend between $90-$120. I could definitely do more bargain shopping and find the same pair of shoes online, but I like going to the running shop, talking to the pros there, and supporting a locally-owned business.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I *refuse* to spend more than $80 on shoes. The shoes I've gotten around $70 work for me, though I usually shell out for nice insoles, and otherwise I'll just wait for a sale or coupon.
Elizabeth1981 Elizabeth1981 7 years
I agree with the bargain hunting. I run about 15 miles a week, and don't want to cut corners on proper support. The pair I run in right now retailed for over $100, but I picked it up on at a clearance price of around 60, including shipping! Just have to keep an eye on the stores every few months.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
My Adidas Supernova cost me around $170 about a year ago, but they were well worth it. I don't have to change them yet, but it's true that I didn't run as much in the winter since I only run in the nature and the weather was just too bad.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
in the same boat, laellavita, I have knee and ankle "issues" so good supportive shoes are worth the dough
laellavita laellavita 7 years
I run a lot - it's my primary form of exercise - and have injuries from all my years as a dancer, as well, so I don't mind shelling out the big bucks for really quality shoes. It's better than paying thousands of dollars for surgery or doctor's visits!
MrsRachel MrsRachel 7 years
I aim for closer to $20....and I do workout regularly, I just try a LOT on for a good fit!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
I don't spend a lot of money on shoes at the moment since I'm not actively running, but I'll definitely up the "running shoe" budget for when I find a job and am able to run again. At the moment, running's a no-no for me.
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