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hate shopping for running shoes!

jessmarimba2010-12-16 16:26:21 +0000 #1
I'm not really looking for specific shoe suggestions, but I'm not sure what I should be generally be looking at.

I've been running - err, was running - in a pair of New Balance 904 trail shoes with quasi-custom orthotics. I overpronate standing still - my right ankle just rolls in, and has since I was, oh, 2? (Mom refused to make a toddler wear orthotic shoes.) I have feet that make PTs and shoe salespeople cringe! But I'm a midfoot strike, and I have absolutely no desire to run in a heavy clunky pair of stability+ shoes that also cost a fortune. Plus the heels are so built-up in stability shoes that a midfoot strike just isn't possible. Of course those are the only shoes the salespeople will bring for me to try on at the LRS.

Edit - also wanted to point out that I run slightly pigeon-toed and not duck-foot, so I'm not rolling through my arch as I'm running.

So would a more minimal shoe be ok? NB 100/101? Nike Frees? The old New Balances have been discontinued and I have no idea where to turn next. Just buy whatever's comfortable and wait and see if I end up injured?


Melalvai2010-12-16 16:41:00 +0000 #2
I don't have any advice, but I plan to get the vibram five finger shoes. I don't have any special foot/ankle/leg concerns. I just think from all the reviews I've read that these will be great.
jessmarimba2010-12-16 16:46:42 +0000 #3
Yeah, I was hoping that, too. I have a pair. I think my therapist will disown me if she knows I wear them...so far I've just tried them for hiking.
zoom-zoom2010-12-16 17:02:26 +0000 #4
NB 905s...? Honestly, the 904 was the shoe that turned me off to that series. My favorite shoe EVER was the 902. The 903s were OK, but the uppers were cut all weird. Then NB changed the last with the 904 and suddenly their wides were no longer wide. I had to go up a half size to get them long enough, but then they were too long. I heard that they improved the fit with the 905, though, so I may have to give them another try.

Right now I am in the Nike Run Avant+ and Lunarfly+ (same sole unit, just different uppers). They retail for $80, but I usually find them for closer to $60. The Mizuno Wave Elixir might be a good try, too, though I tend to find their heels too hard.
OakLeaf2010-12-16 16:49:34 +0000 #5
Just if you want to transition to a minimal shoe, make sure you do it GRADUALLY. It's easy to want to push and do all your running, or even all of certain days' runs, in your new shoes (or your birthday shoes), and that's how people wind up injured.

Do plenty of barefoot indoor exercise - yoga and targeted foot exercises - as well as strengthening the hip adductors and rotators so that you're no longer excessively pronating. (What your feet do when you're standing still has little to do with your stride, but it can show you where you're letting your muscles get lazy.)
jessmarimba2010-12-16 17:36:51 +0000 #6
Haha Oak - i am learning to run all over again

No worries about too minimal too much too soon!

But I've been working on that overpronation for years and it hasn't done a thing. I've never been injured on that side or had any issues with that ankle - it's much stronger than the straighter one - it just looks wrong. Which is why I'm thinking I should just do what I want anyway and buy shoes somewhere where no one will tell me that what I want is wrong.
KnottedYet2010-12-16 18:49:21 +0000 #7
I never try to "fix" someone's overpronation unless they are having pain or functional difficulties.

Sometimes, that's just the way someone is made. No biggie.

Wear whatever feels good to run in. Your body will tell you. The right shoes will feel magical like the right bike. (because they will be working WITH you, just like the right bike works WITH you)

Try a pair of Chaco Z1 or Z2 in the midst of your test-driving... just to humor me. They are great for midfoot striking. (the heel is neutral, even though the medial and lateral heel counters make it look thicker. I measured with a caliper, and my caliper don't lie)
yellow2010-12-16 19:47:51 +0000 #8
Don't overlook the Inov-8 shoes. You should be able to find some to try on in Denver.

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