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Which training shoes?

Hi guys

I am new to all this and i am totally swamped out with all the many types of training shoes out on the market. I know a lot of it is personal taste, but i was hoping that someone would know a decent brand/style, etc to go for.

I want them to be light and obviously not rub me, but not really to sure what else is recommended.

Any help with this would be great.[:o]


  • madnursemadnurse Posts: 782
    hi probably your best bet .. is to go along to a specialist running shop (up & running is one) and they will offer you far better and useful advice including fitting unlike your average YOP school leaver in JJB sports. if possible take an old pair of trainers with you and they can see from the wear what sort of support your trainers need to give. often specialist shops will offer a fitting evalution whereby you can use a treadmill linked to a computer to evaluate your running style & gait. this wil; help to select shoes suited to you. generally you get what you pay for. this months 220 mag has a trial on 12 trainers maybe give that a look to get an idea of preference and price

    hope that some help

    madnurse (phil)
  • chischis Posts: 94
    I agree with madnurse - using a specialist running shop where you will be served by runners is a good idea. Often you will get a discount if you tell them that you are a member of a local running or tri club (but have some proof). Also you do get some good bargains at local road races where running shops will set up a small stall to "catch their market" - again they are organised by runners who will give expert advice on the shoes available and your possible needs.

    Some of the bigger races may have a visiting van full of one brand of trainers where you can borrow some trainers to try out - either for a race or simply for a training run. Nike do this but also I beleive New Balance and Brookes are at it too. There is no pressure to buy either.

    Once you know fairly much what you want then you get some good deals through the mail order companies that advertise in mags like Runners World and not forgetting 220 Triathlon! Wiggle are a good example.

    Hope this helps.

  • plingbootplingboot Posts: 19
    FWIW, I'd seriously consider visiting a podiatrist who can do a video gaite analysis - if you're a new runner.

    I did the 'specialist shoe shop' thing when i started out and had the misfortune of being sold exactly the wrong type of shoe - which resulted in a season long battle with ITB syndome - being a novice runner only served to amplify the prblem.

    A single trip to the podiatrist for video analysis, followed by custom inserts and a list of shoes i should be choosing from sorted the problem in a few short weeks and i've not looked back since.

    Cost? £65ish for initail visit.
  • chischis Posts: 94
    Clearly NOT a specialist running shoe shop but just pretending to be one!

    Some GOOD running shoe specialists will analyse your gait for you which will save a visit to a podiatrist (which can be very expensive especially if they sell you some specialist made to measure orthotics).

    One thing you can do which is cheap and a reliable indicator is the wet foot test to see if you have a normal foot plant or whether you tend to pronate or not - see Runners World web site for more help before rushing to the local podiatrist. I would save that for the time when you really need it.

  • jamieuwejamieuwe Posts: 2
    Cheers guys

    I am a new runner. Always been into sports, especially football, but found that the continual twists and turns associated with the sport has left me with light hip problems. Whilst running i do not seem to get any reaction to these problems, so have taken to this to keep me fit.

    Im doing the Bristol half Marathon in September as a way to gradually building up to doing something more challenging. lets see how the half marathon goes first though!

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