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...or otherwise comfy exercise shoes.

Who has advice, recommendations, or other information to dispense on these? The best shoes I've had in the last ten years were the $150 shoes I got as a hand-me-down from my aunt, since my cousin didn't want them for style reasons... they were Nike Airs. I haven't since been able to bring myself to spend that much on shoes. Now, I think it's time to throw money at shoes again, but I need some moral support.

Who wants to help out with Project Buy Shoes And Don't Regret It Later, maybe this weekend?

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surrealestate
Feb. 8th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Marathon Sports. That's really all you need to know.
totient
Feb. 8th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
seconded. the process is, you walk in and say "I need some shoes". They tell you to walk around the store, and then they give you shoes that fit perfectly.
coraline
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
thirded
ilai
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
I think I'm one of those weird people for whom Marathon Sports couldn't help (they had only two shoes that kind of fit and neither felt right), but presumbly you're not an edge case :-)
ilai
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
(you meaning crs, that is :-)
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jencallisto
Feb. 9th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
yes yes yes yes yes!
i usually hate athletic shoes; they found me a pair more comfy than i could ever have imagined.
rjpb
Feb. 9th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Since it is so recommended, where is Marathon Sports?
coraline
Feb. 9th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
on mass ave between porter and harvard, closer to harvard (on the right side of the street when approaching hardvard from porter)
mama_pipa
Feb. 8th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
I don't exactly remember your feet, but all the men I know who have wider feet love New Balance, and for narrower feet love Nikes.

blk
Feb. 8th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of NB, as I also have just-slightly-wide feet, but that may depend on each person.
gmpe
Feb. 8th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Each shoe brand is designed for a different profile foot. (For example, I have narrow heels, but not narrow feet in general, so Saucony is a great shoe for me because that's how their shoes tend to run.) If you were happy with Nike's before, I would start looking there. (Once, I read a whole review of which brands fit best for which shaped feet, but it's lost in the sands of time.)

Another thing to consider- if you are planning to do a lot of running/walking/exercise, you may want to consider replacing the cheapo insoles that come in the shoe with real insoles you purchase. (This can also be a way to extend the life of your shoes, since you can just replace the insoles if the shoes are otherwise happy.) If you will want to do this, be sure to check the shoes with the insoles replaced. The extra height of the insoles may make the shoes too snug vertically for some designs.
shostack
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
I must throw in another vote for marathon sports. They can tell you things about the shoes that go beyond fit. They are really helpful, but I recommend trying to go when they aren't too crowded. (Since folks are starting to outfit themselves for the marathon, you might find the store full of intimidating people. Don't be intimidated.)
jcgbigler
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
In terms of not regretting the price, if a $150 pair of shoes lasts one year, that's less than 50 cents a day. Ask yourself, "Would I spend 50 cents to make my feet happy all day today? Would I do the same tomorrow?"
awfief
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
exactly. or $15 a year? that's less than $1 a month.
jcgbigler
Feb. 9th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Though notice that crs didn't say that the shoes lasted for ten years, only that they were the best ones he has had in that time period.
remcat
Feb. 9th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Others rec. Marathon Sports to me -- I had a great experience there last summer. I got away with $90 running shoes, and very happy feet, knees, AND hips.

See some discussion starting here, if you like.
melted_snowball
Feb. 9th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I walk a ton, but never run, so I can't help with that. But the shoes I buy are roughly C$100, and I go through a pair every nine months at least. It's very annyoing that my feet feel most comfortable in Hush Puppies, since they're badly made!

A while ago I worked out my commuting costs; at least for the shoes, I think it was something like C$.30/mile.

Good luck!
jadia
Feb. 10th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I recommend Brooks running shoes. Marathon Sports carries some of them. They are *really* awesome. I bought a pair recently and it feels like I am running on clouds now, when I run.

When you try out shoes, when you find the right pair of sneakers, you will Just Know.
elsinoreblue
Feb. 11th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
If you decide to go the New Balance route, there is an outlet over in Brighton where you can get shoes at a substantial discount. I'm do for a new pair myself; you're welcome to come along when I go. :)
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