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fleet feet: shoes?

ok so my running shoes are not ideal for my feet. I generally dont do much running so adidas have always gotten the job done for me. As I start to rack up the mileage I'm noticing these really arent the best for my foot type. anyone ever go to fleet feet and want to weigh in on their experience? their website makes it sound like they go way out of their way to get the right show for you: http://www.fleetfeet.com/why/

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Ever hear the term flat foot cop?
oh ok, yeah I get your vague reference now.



moving on, vcook needs new running shoes. blisters suck.

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why is Vcook running? Wife chasing with the spatula again??
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the only time Vcook's wife has a spatula is when she's making him some cookies. She makes the best cookies.

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For the last 4-5 years that the only place my wife and I have purchased our running shoes. We've been to different store locations and everytime the personnel proved to helpful and knowledgeable.

They observe you walking and running in the shoe.
Ask you good questions and we've NEVER been rushed.

VCOOK, you don't seem like a cheap guy, but to anyone else, we've never paid less than $115 so don't be suprised at the prices. You can find coupons, though.

I would rate them 10/10.

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For the last 4-5 years that the only place my wife and I have purchased our running shoes. We've been to different store locations and everytime the personnel proved to helpful and knowledgeable.

They observe you walking and running in the shoe.
Ask you good questions and we've NEVER been rushed.

VCOOK, you don't seem like a cheap guy, but to anyone else, we've never paid less than $115 so don't be suprised at the prices. You can find coupons, though.

I would rate them 10/10.

I figured I'd end up with some spendy shoes but if they work well it's totally worth it. Gotta get the right tools for the job, thanks for the input!! I think I'm going to check out the one in Elmhurst on sunday.

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Is beating your wife this time your goal?
she's out of town for business on this one. My goal is to set my pace right so I dont have to walk any of it. We're running a 5k together on labor day, I do intend to beat her on that one.

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For the last 4-5 years that the only place my wife and I have purchased our running shoes. We've been to different store locations and everytime the personnel proved to helpful and knowledgeable.

They observe you walking and running in the shoe.
Ask you good questions and we've NEVER been rushed.

VCOOK, you don't seem like a cheap guy, but to anyone else, we've never paid less than $115 so don't be suprised at the prices. You can find coupons, though.

I would rate them 10/10.
+1 wife goes there. she is training for the marathon. loves the place.

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get them sized.................

also get insoles to stabilize the foot in the shoe, stock insoles suck, they have different ones for pronation, supination, etc so find one that works for your foot type. also check size you dont want them to loose.
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I did it, got some shoes that were made for my type of feet and it made a world of difference. I used to get really tired when running, mostly because my feet would hurt... it makes a HUGE difference, I say do it and you will not regret it.

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Pick up the packet FIRST (and look inside for coupons). THEN go buy shoes, and save bucks! Good luck.
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Hi Chris:

Custom insoles are great options if you are hard to fit. IMO, Surefoot is one of the best options. To get fitted you stand on a pad with lots of little pressure sensitive probes that measure your foot. They then feed the information into a CAD/CAM machine that carves a bed for you out of a solid foam block. They then glue up the beds to an insole. Once you are scanned, you can order replacement insoles on line for various sporting applications. I've been using them for my ski boots for over a decade. They are better than any other custom system I've ever used. There used to be a store downtown, but I think they may have closed. It might be worth looking into.

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i've had good experience at fleet feet and running away sports ...

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Fleet Feet will definitely be a good experience for ya'. Never been to the new Elmhurst store, only Pipers Alley (my favorite location) and Lincoln Square, but they should treat you right. I've been going to Fleet Feet for 3 - 4 years now and most of the Fleet Feet stores are pretty good....came back from the Fleet Feet store at University of California - Davis just last Saturday

If you don't like 'em don't bother with them and pick up a Chicago Athlete or Windy City Sports for other running shoe store info/ads (most stores have ads for at least 10% storewide). And make sure to get a pair sooner than later to start breaking them in before your upcoming runs (at least a couple of weeks....even if you have to lounge around in them for a bit but remember shoes have a limited odometer so keep that in mind). Depending on how technical you want to be about your running, there's a whole type of running cult/lifestyle you can get into but I'll spare those details (shoe wear....mileage/colors/footprint, clothes...wearing/caring/ect, training....hillwork/speedwork/tempo runs,shopping....what stores are known for what types of runners, music....mp3/no mp3, terrain....concrete/sand/grass/water) unless you get to that point (that's if you even want to).

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had a good experience at the elmhurst fleet feet today. picked up a pair of saucony's that felt great, looking forward to breaking them in. Wife went ahead and got a new pair of running shoes too, Nike's for her.

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Fleet feet is awesome, There is also a runners world or something like that, that is not too far from where you live./

When you go take a pair of casual shoes that you walk around in often, try to take something witha hard rubber sole. ALso take you currnet running shoes with you. The wear patterns will help them figure out what kind of support system your foot needs, then they can match you up with the right shoe.
They may even have som pink ones for you
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had a good experience at the elmhurst fleet feet today. picked up a pair of saucony's that felt great, looking forward to breaking them in. Wife went ahead and got a new pair of running shoes too, Nike's for her.
Sweet. My first pair of running shoes were Saucony Trigon R's....love 'em, still have them in the closet.

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Went to the Piper's Alley Fleet Feet and got some shoes to start running in. I have to say that it was an awesome experience. I have never witnessed such great customer service in all my life. They answered every question I had and gave me as much info as I could stand.

Been running regularly for a few weeks now, feels great, it's like I'm high for the rest of the day after a run.

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Went to the Piper's Alley Fleet Feet and got some shoes to start running in. I have to say that it was an awesome experience. I have never witnessed such great customer service in all my life. They answered every question I had and gave me as much info as I could stand.

Been running regularly for a few weeks now, feels great, it's like I'm high for the rest of the day after a run.
Excellent. Pipers Alley Fleet Feet is superb. Glad you liked it. Now break those puppies in for the Pumpkins in the Park run on Saturday October 14, 2006 (posted elsewhere in the H & F forum). It's right next door to you

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Excellent. Pipers Alley Fleet Feet is superb. Glad you liked it. Now break those puppies in for the Pumpkins in the Park run on Saturday October 14, 2006 (posted elsewhere in the H & F forum). It's right next door to you
I'll probably do that run, it will be my first.

The only reason I say probably is because I hurt my knee running yesterday, I hope it doesn't become a problem, or take too long to heal. I've never had knee pain issues before so I don't know what to expect.

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I'll probably do that run, it will be my first.

The only reason I say probably is because I hurt my knee running yesterday, I hope it doesn't become a problem, or take too long to heal. I've never had knee pain issues before so I don't know what to expect.
Cool. Just take it easy on the running. Really ease into it. Don't overdo it...really build up to some longer mileage. I don't know how much you're doing but if you just started recently I wouldn't advise going further than 1 or 3 miles (at most). Honestly, do much shorter runs where you are still fresh....that way the body doesn't get shocked from the activity. It may sound weird to go out and do a 1/2 mile or 1 mile jog/run but if you want to run for the long term...injury prevention or body sustenance is key. A really short run (where you are still relatively fresh) is not going to hold you back. There are 7 days in a week so plan 'em accordingly. Definitely check out www.halhigdon.com for advice and develop a plan leading up to the Pumpkin race. Your body is going to have to adjust to the new glory of running. The pain may not necessarily be bad knees but moreso mal training. People that say they can't run because of there knees ("I've got bad knees") aren't training right. I just don't buy that. If anything, they just need to adjust there training accordingly (if they really do have a medical condition directly tied to the impact associated with running). If someone just starts running and tries to run 5 miles...heck yeah, their knees are going to hurt - mine would too. And then they give up. So, read up at Hal Higdon and come up with a plan and stick with it. But most importanly, have fun Glad to see you running and taking care of yourself. You're gonna love it.

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