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mammya Mon 10-Jan-05 21:42:48

As part of my new "get fit get thin" drive I want to start running (thinking of doing the Race for Life). So today I visited a couple of specialist shops to get some running shoes, but I was a bit overwhelmed at the number of different trainers there is. I thought I could get some advice from the shop assistants but could I **! Useless, the lot of them!

So in short can anyone recommend decent running shoes that won't break the bank?


I repost this as my other attempt went all funny!

Furball Mon 10-Jan-05 21:59:24

I know nothing about running shoes, but have come across the same dilema within the last week. As I decided I would like start running. I came across These which I have now bought and they are extremely comfy, but then if they are not for you, send em back free of charge. The other think is you get £5 off your first order, plus £2.60 cashback and free postage, how great is that? And as they say running shoes I assume that they will do the job!

kikidee Mon 10-Jan-05 22:11:27

I have a pair of Asics which are a decent brand for running shoes and I don't think they were much more than £50/£60. I think it's quite important to go to a good shop to get fitted properly, regardless of which brand you buy. A specialist running shop is the best option if you have one near you. Good luck with your training.

mammya Tue 11-Jan-05 08:18:58

Thanks, will have a look at these then!

mammya Tue 11-Jan-05 08:20:26

Furball, your link just takes me to the Kays homepage. Do you have the name of the shoes?

mammya Tue 11-Jan-05 08:50:59

Anyone else with suggestions?

romantick Tue 11-Jan-05 08:51:46

go to a specialist running shop.wen i did the london maraton back in 1993 i spent £50 on a pair.they did the job .i only ended up with one small blister.if the shoes dont fit properly you will find you have lots of blisters.also need something that is a good shock resistor in goto a specialist running shop.if you are not sure goto newsagents and find a running magazine and there will be a list of shops in them.
you need to try on the trainers and find the pergfect ones

mammya Tue 11-Jan-05 08:55:45

Thanks romantick, will try a running magazine (running magazine??? whatever next? ) as I don't think there are any specialist running shops around here.

romantick Tue 11-Jan-05 09:01:32

just think you could run the london marathon when you have your shoes.
just so you know you could walk it with out anyproblems so set your sights on a goal.
one of my goals in life was to do the london marathon .i eventually got to do it.a very nice feeling.
i retired from running after that.
but good luck to you

stringbean Tue 11-Jan-05 09:02:27

You must go to a specialist running shop to get a pair of trainers that suit you and your running style. eg. when I run I 'over-pronate' (strike the ground with the outside of my heel and then roll my foot a bit too far and strike off the ground from my big toe), so I need a stability shoe to compensate for this (they're a bit stiffer to counteract the rolling of the foot). In a specialist shop they should be able to tell you how you run by looking at the wear pattern on the bottom of your trainers - have you an old pair you can take in to show them? Also in a specialist shop you should be given the chance to run up and down the street outside in various pairs of trainers, to see which suit you best. If they won't let you do this, then go elsewhere - running in the wrong pair of shoes can cause you problems. Good luck!

Furball Tue 11-Jan-05 11:34:42

mammya - They are Nike Dart running shoes, cat no PD9124. Just chuck that number in the search box.

csa Tue 11-Jan-05 12:44:19

mammya, a specialist running shop would actually take their time to check out your running style, etc to work out the best fit for you. my dh who is running the london marathon this year was there for about an hour while they make him try on various pairs and run round the area to see if they fitted him. they were also very good in not trying to make him spend lots of money and gave him loads of good advice on running and training in general. there is a list of specialist running shops in the Runners World magazine. which part of the country are you in?

Potty1 Tue 11-Jan-05 12:48:40

I wear Asics. I've tried others but always come back to these. As the others have said try to go to a specialist running shop. Some shops have special 'weekends' when they have someone in store who can assess your gait. The Runners World website have some recommendations too.

There's a runners support thread here come and join us!

mammya Tue 11-Jan-05 13:20:43

Thanks everyone for your advice. I'm in London so should be possible to find a specialist running shop somewhere! Will check out that website now.

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