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How To Pick a Runinng Shoe Without Breaking the Bank

As you runners know, running can be painful: before, during, and after the event; and we love it, anyway.  After trying every major brand on the market, and burning through some money, there is one brand I like above the rest. However, I only run about 3 miles on a good day.  So, my experiences benefit the moderate runner, not necessarily the marathoner.

I am completely thrilled with Asics.  Now, my foot is a little narrow and a little flat, so keep that in mind (New Balance has shoes that come in varying widths and my friends with wide feet swear by them). Asics has a "gel", or cushioning, in the heel that speaks comfort to my feet, right out of the box. Make sure it says gel on the shoe or box, the cheaper priced Asics do not have gel.

Adidas is my next favorite, however, their midsole did not absorb shock as well as the Asics (so my knees scolded).  Nike was just too expensive for a medium range shoe (and knee issues, too).  New Balance is good for those who have really wide feet and some people swear by Saucony -- I can understand this. I say try a few and let your body advise you. If it hurts, stop and try another shoe. Although it costs you some dough in the short term, it will be better for your feet in the long run (no pun intended).

As you runners know, running can be painful: before, during, and after the event; and we love it, anyway.  After trying every major brand on the market, and burning through some money, there is one brand I like above the rest. However, I only run about 3 miles on a good day.  So, my experiences benefit the moderate runner, not necessarily the marathoner.

I am completely thrilled with Asics.  Now, my foot is a little narrow and a little flat, so keep that in mind (New Balance has shoes that come in varying widths and my friends with wide feet swear by them). Asics has a "gel", or cushioning, in the heel that speaks comfort to my feet, right out of the box. Make sure it says gel on the shoe or box, the cheaper priced Asics do not have gel.

Adidas is my next favorite, however, their midsole did not absorb shock as well as the Asics (so my knees scolded).  Nike was just too expensive for a medium range shoe (and knee issues, too).  New Balance is good for those who have really wide feet and some people swear by Saucony -- I can understand this. I say try a few and let your body advise you. If it hurts, stop and try another shoe. Although it costs you some dough in the short term, it will be better for your feet in the long run (no pun intended).


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