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Proper running shoes for walking in, reasonably priced in attractive colours for evrryday

(22 Posts)
ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Mon 17-Apr-17 15:14:16

I've come down with sodding Plantar Fasciitis. Since I walk a lot I need to switch out of Converse and Sambas into really supportive full on running shoes for everyday. I'll be switching to specific work shoes for work, so I'm happy for the trainers to look like trainers but I want something that doesn't cost and arm and a leg, and isn't hideously multicoloured or Barbie pink.

These are the sort of thing I like but when I tried them on the soles were like rocks.

What should I be looking for?

Thebookswereherfriends Mon 17-Apr-17 15:17:53

My podiatrist has recommended Asics and Reebok. Reebok do regular colours. I have seen some mostly black Asics.

CherylVole Mon 17-Apr-17 15:18:06

i love ultra boost

TheoriginalLEM Mon 17-Apr-17 15:22:30

Go to an independent running shop to get your gait analysed. I interpronate( ? ) and need extra support on the inside of my foot. Alot of people do. I have a pair of brookes running shoes - they were expensive at £100 but worth every penny. I do just wear normal addidas running shoes for work, no extra support and standing/crouching all day they are so comfortable. I tried sketchers with memory foam and hated them i was told there is very little support in them. I have occasionally seen brookes trainers in tk max for £30 so if you don't need the extra inner foot support you can get them much cheaper in there. My dp has "normal support" brookes for running and swears by them. We are both overweight so need decent running shoes.

Freshprincess Mon 17-Apr-17 15:23:51

Asics and sauconcy are good brands for proper running shoes. have an almost constant sale on, and if you're not bothered about current seasons colours then you can pick up a good bargain.
I like a lot of Nike shoes as a 'fashion' brand but don't think much of them for running (see black toenails).
My MIL bought some sketchers and vastly improved her PF. I've also heard crocs are good for PF too.

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Mon 17-Apr-17 15:42:02

Thanks all. I think my problems are a) psychological classification of trainers as "cheap shoes" and hence inability to shell out over a hundred quid for them. I may just have to build a bridge and get over that one
B) the eyebleeding technicolor atrocities e.g. on that Sportshoes site. Nobody in their right mind would wear orange, black and lime green stripes on any other item of clothing. Why would the fact that they're for running in suddenly make a difference?
C) not wanting to buy online for something where the perfect fit and feel is so important

TanteJeanne Mon 17-Apr-17 16:54:24

I don't know anything about PF. What is it about trainers which makes them the right shoe for a PF sufferer?
I walk loads ( no car) and suffer terrible hip pain if wearing normal flat shoes/ boots. I've tried Nike Air Max - they are fine, once they'd stopped gouging my left heel... but yes, quite rigid. However, I absolutely swear by Fitflop. So comfortable for endless walking. Really reduces my hip pain to virtually zero. Not their toe post styles but sandals with a back strap and recently their hi-top/ trainer styles (which Uma Thurman seems to be promoting heavily).

Nellyphants Mon 17-Apr-17 17:00:17

I second fit floo. I walk at least 10 miles a day & they're great. The lace up ones that look like converse

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Mon 17-Apr-17 17:50:06

Yes I've got three pairs of FitFlop trainers from ages ago but the new ones don't seem as nice (although I haven't seen them in the flesh tbf).

I'm not really sure what I need to be wearing but I think lots of cushioning/gel is good - walking on hard surfaces is contraindicated.

knittykitty66 Mon 17-Apr-17 18:18:44

I have had Plantar Fasciitis for several years now, I mainly wear sketchers for casual shoes (go walks). Have special insoles from podiatrist for smart shoes. As the go walks come in multiple colours you could get them in a dark colour such as black/navy so you can wear them with "smarter" trousers if having a bad day.

travailtotravel Mon 17-Apr-17 19:52:38

Fit Flops, Skechers, Proper walking shoes from Blacks or Costwold Outdoor. Merrel and Teva for walking sandals for summer.

sparechange Mon 17-Apr-17 19:53:46

Another vote for Adidas Boost
They've got some great patterns and they are super comfy

FinallyHere Mon 17-Apr-17 19:58:26

Katy Bowman has an interesting take on how to cure plantar fasciitis. Her book is on amazon, but Im having trouble copying that link, so her is one to her web site.

Hope you find what works for you.

MsHippo Mon 17-Apr-17 20:06:28

I would caution getting running shoes if you want them for walking - the angle and strike point of each step is actually very different, and running shoes are designed to cushion specifically the areas where pressure is exerted when you run. What you need are proper walking shoes, which can be just as jazzy looking if that's your thing.

MsHippo Mon 17-Apr-17 20:08:34

This article from the moonwalk website explains a little better.

LockedOutOfMN Tue 18-Apr-17 23:55:36

Try on some Skechers, OP. I have the plain black Go Steps which I wear to work every day (teaching...always on my feet, also walk 10 minutes to the bus each morning and 50 minutes home most evenings).

ActuallyThatsSUPREMECommander Wed 19-Apr-17 00:00:35

Nooooo please don't tell me to wear Sketchers! They're so fugly. I'm only 48 sad

LockedOutOfMN Wed 19-Apr-17 00:14:58

That's what I always said, until I tried them on...

Toms are also comfortable and less fugly.

LockedOutOfMN Wed 19-Apr-17 00:15:33

I'm "only" 39... blush

Catinthecorner Wed 19-Apr-17 03:02:49

My MIL recently bought a pair of sketchers. They are so nice I'd happily borrow them (just bought new trainers or I'd say I'd buy a pair for me).

FritzyMousey Wed 19-Apr-17 10:14:27

I had PF and I find Nike and Asics good, you do need to try them on though, and feel inside to see if they have support, not all trainers are created equal and I suspect that the ones that are made cheaply for Sports Direct etc are just that-cheap with no support.

One other tip I got from a thread on here was to go barefoot whenever you can at home (or just socks) I was guilty of wearing big padded slippers all the time and I think not wearing them has trained the muscles in my feet better iyswim.

Blueberrym Sun 19-Nov-17 13:54:07


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