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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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I need to buy a pair of GOOD running shoes. I heard there is a specialty store in Arlington Hts. Anybody knows this place? If not who would you recommend or what kind of shoes should I be looking at? Can I find something at Sport Authority?
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You can probably find good shoes at Sport Authority. This is a pretty broad question. You need to find out what 'type' of foot you have and get a shoe to match. A shoe with arch support (like mine) will NOT go well with somebody with flatter feet. Likewise, I've bought shoes with less arch support and been in pain after a mile or so.

I've got friends who wear nothing but New Balance, I usually end up with Asics since they have a few different models with the support I need. I usually end up buying a couple pairs of shoes a year.

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I used to be s big fan of asics but the nike shocks are excellent.

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Best thing to do is go to a "Running Store" and have them fit you - Everyones feet are differetn - I can only run in Saucony's but that is me, I have a high arch

Go and have them fit you and for "GOOD" shoes, bring at least a buck or so.

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Alright thats a huge question. You need to first figure out if you are flat footed or have a high arch. Get your foot wet and step on a peoce of paper. That works the best. Also how your foot rolls. I really like New Balance and adidas but they work best for me. Nike's are narrow. Go to a running store and remember replace your shoes once every three months if you are working out and running alot.

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+1 on going to a dedicated running store for shoes.

However, once you get the 'right' shoes, you can always buy that model/size online, or at sports authority or whatever, but definitely 'get fitted' for the right model/size/type shoe at a runner's store.

I believe the store you're thinking of is called 'runner's high' in arlington heights. There's also a great running store on NW hwy in Palatine: http://www.runningunlimited.com/ ugly web site, but knowledgeable staff.

also: http://www.dickpondathletics.com/locations.html (numerous locations south and north...)

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I know it is a broad questions but I'm not sure what feet I got, yes there is arch but what angle and stuff is a mystery to me. I'll check out these places.
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Asics, Saucony and New Balance all make excellent running shoes...but it's really a matter of preference and feel...New Balance accommodates different widths well. There is a HUGE difference in an average and excellent running shoe.

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Please do NOT go to Sports Authority or any other chain store.
A running store will not only fit you depending on your arch, but will also observe you running, either on a treadmill or down the sidewalk to determine how your feet strike the ground.
Wearing the wrong type of shoe will put you at risk of injury:shin splints,ileotibial band, and knee injuries can all be avoided with the right shoe.
All specialty shoe stores I know of have a 30 day refund policy, even if the shoes are worn, because it takes actually running in them to identify problem areas, such as a seam rubbing a toe the wrong way, or if they just don't "feel right".
Also, shop for shoes at the end of your day, when your feet are the biggest.
A specialty running store can also advise you on proper running form, local running clubs,local races & events, and other gear-socks,sweat wicking clothing, etc.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2006, 12:46 AM
 
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My A-didas!

Adidas.

Their running shoes have great spring and if you get the ClimaCool your feet actually get great ventilation as well. I bought them and I don't even run! lol
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-30-2006, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for all your advices. I'm going to visit the places mentioned above this weekend and buy a pair.
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