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Running: Treat Your Feet Right With Quality Sneakers

One of the reasons I love running is that it really requires no special gear. You just need a body and a desire to run. Then again, you might not need a racquet or clubs to go for a good jog, but I would suggest quality running shoes.

If you are taking up running, good quality running shoes can seriously make this habit stick. Old shoes, tennis shoes, cheap shoes often don't provide enough cushion to protect your feet, ankles, and knees which can lead to injuries and prevent you from learning to love running. Since shoes are really the only important gear needed for running, I wouldn't skimp on them. You don't need to pay out the nose for some newfangled shoe, but generally what you pay for is what you get. Expect to pay around $100. Which may sound like a lot, but can you really put a price on your knees? Plus, maybe the guilt of an expensive gear purchase will motivate you to run.

Look for a well cushioned shoe that fits your foot, matches your foot type and gait pattern. The best place to start this endeavor is a running store since they tend to employ people obsessed with running. Therefore they should be able to help you figure out your gait and point you toward the shoe for you. The American Council on Exercise recommends shoes with greater shock absorption for runners with high arches, which may make you more prone to ankle sprains. On the other hand (or foot I could say), if you have low arches look for a shoe with greater support and heel control. Here is a list of running shoes rated by the The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. It should help you figure out what brands could be good for your needs.

Fit's Tip: Buy a shoe that’s as wide as possible across the forefoot without slipping in the heel.


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ktacce ktacce 9 years
I got fitted at Run for Your Life in Charlotte - they make you run on a treadmill and videotape the way your foot hits the ground and then measure your angle - then the fit you for a shoe. I have a FABULOUS Mizuno Wave Runner 10: VERY good for neutral pronation.
lushisliz313 lushisliz313 9 years
I agree with the individual who posted above me-I love my Asics shoes also! I used to wear Nike but anymore they only make their shoes for design and show, rather than performance. I love running so my Asics have been great, esp. with my training for a 1/2 marathon.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I love my Asics!
Antsa Antsa 9 years
After being a runner off and on for a while, I've made the commitment to stick with it. I love addidas for running. They fit my feet best. Nike's are too narrow for my foot and my reebok's are just right. I do want to get a gait analysis done though because I think that would get me the right pair from the start. Plus, I've read you should have a few pairs of shoes...
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
livetolove, it might also be worth getting a gait analysis done somewhere (I think Nike does this in their Niketown stores, but I'm not sure, Fit would know!!!) so you can see how you run and choose a shoe that way ...
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
I have tried several running shoes throughout the years and always come back to the Asics Gel Kayano. Any Asics shoe is a fantastic running shoe though. And all running shoes are definetly NOT the same. I have heard terible things about Nike running shoes, especially Nike shocks. I would stick with Asics, New Balance or Saucony for anyone who logging 15+ miles a week.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
livetolove I would suggest either Adidas or Asics - I LOVE my Asics Gels like facin8me ... I tend to supinate and my Asics stop me from doing that. I used to have Adidas before Asics and I love those just as much, as they fit like a glove and felt like I was walking/running on clouds!
workofiction workofiction 9 years
I went to a running specialty store and got fitted for my shoes. I ended up with Mizuno's and LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
livetolove livetolove 9 years
I REALLY need to get running shoes. I'm afraid I'm guilty of running around in my old old puma's--which are more for "style" than they are for running. I'm thinking Nike's (just because of their reputation)... is there a certain kind anyone recommends? Or are all running shoes generally the same?
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I love, love, love my Asics Gel Kinsei shoes. My husband got a pair first, and he couldn't stop raving about them on our runs. When it was time for me to get new running shoes, I tried on a pair without any intention of buying them...once I got them on I totally forgot about how much they cost. They're amazing.
MegLahr MegLahr 9 years
I love Nike shoes, they put so much research into how they engineer them and I love the wide shoes they offer, they fitme better then anyother brand, and plus they have an outlet amll down the street so the cheapskate in me loves them to!
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