Author Topic: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?  (Read 1107 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2021, 11:16:21 pm »
How realistic are those treadmills? Is actually running up and down the road outside the shop a better 'simulation'?
Faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person. (David Byrne)

fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2021, 11:29:34 pm »
If you're used to running on a treadmill, it should be pretty similar to your normal road running style. If you've never run on a treadmill before, you will probably be more worried about falling off, instead of running normally.
Running on the road outside could make the shoes dirty, so probably not allowed.

Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2021, 09:24:41 am »
I don’t remember being worried about falling off.
I certainly got a longer steadier run than going up and down inside the shop. They also videoed me to see if my gait needed a certain sort of shoe. It didn’t.
A run outside would be nice, but then I’d be buying shoes that didn’t look new. Especially for trail running.

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #28 on: February 21, 2021, 09:31:00 am »
With EU size 48 I don't get much choice.  Having narrow feet doesn't help (A-width fitting).  There doesn't seem to be much demand for shoes to fit long narrow feet.  However, now my podiatrist makes recommendations, based on what will accommodate the damage done by 30 years or so of not-very well fitting shoes.  On the plus side, am back running again.

Cycling shoes are an equal nightmare.

Work shoes I gave up and had two pairs made to measure.

Addidas then?

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2021, 02:07:53 pm »
I've certainly seen people running up and down the road outside my nearest running shop. Which is conveniently on a hill, so you get to literally go up and down. I don't know if they have a treadmill but I know two others nearby do. It never occurred me to you might fall off! Presumably, as there are sides and it would be a bit silly to run off the front, you could only really fall off the back, in which case hopefully a member of staff would stop the machine (or else there's an emergency stop button!)
Faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person. (David Byrne)

Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2021, 08:06:20 pm »
I've certainly seen people running up and down the road outside my nearest running shop. Which is conveniently on a hill, so you get to literally go up and down. I don't know if they have a treadmill but I know two others nearby do. It never occurred me to you might fall off! Presumably, as there are sides and it would be a bit silly to run off the front, you could only really fall off the back, in which case hopefully a member of staff would stop the machine (or else there's an emergency stop button!)

Always hates treadmills, maybe because I associate them with VO2max testing, but running off the front was a real problem for me. At least patting the plastic edge with my toes as the physiologist wound up the incline

Diesel

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2021, 08:13:50 pm »
Useful and timely thread, just discovered holes in both my shoes! I'm new to this so clueless as to what to buy and how to buy. So the advice is really useful.

Last pair were from Decathlon but never fitted that well. I've noted what has been suggested so far, any other brands/models to go for for wide feet? Or any recommended online retailers who will allow me to select wider fittings? Looking for trail running shoes.

Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2021, 08:18:12 pm »
Online you can return if it doesn’t fit, but you want an easy experience. Hoka allow returns after up to 30 days. Wiggle allow returns if they’re not used - you can try on of course. There are lots of other suppliers, but someone here has a recent poor experience with Sportshoes

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2021, 08:28:35 pm »
Research Nike's birthday 25% discount from Nike online, then use a cashbike site like topcashback for an extra few % off.

Feanor

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2021, 08:36:23 pm »
Useful and timely thread, just discovered holes in both my shoes! I'm new to this so clueless as to what to buy and how to buy. So the advice is really useful.

Last pair were from Decathlon but never fitted that well. I've noted what has been suggested so far, any other brands/models to go for for wide feet? Or any recommended online retailers who will allow me to select wider fittings? Looking for trail running shoes.

I think someone upthread said that Salomon were considered narrow.

I have pretty wide feet ( I need to get my ski boots heat-moulded ), and have not had width issues with my Salomon Speedcross 4 and 5 trail shoes, and I find them very good but I don't have much experience of other brands.  Perhaps it's just the fact that these shoes are soft enough that they just stretch to my feet, unlike ski boots. <shrug>.

I'm using them on a wide range of terrain: Muddy tracks, mountain paths, slick rock, steep rugged terrain, snow and ice, and the paved sections that will usually be there too.
They seem to perform best in softer conditions where the tread gets some purchase.
The tread does nothing to help on slick rock or ice.
I'd say my Brook road shoes have better grip on wet slick rock or pavement.
Nothing but spikes and/or extreme care help on ice.



fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2021, 08:37:44 pm »
I've bought a few things from Sportsshoes, no problems.
Start Fitness are also good.

Pay with PayPal, then you can claim a refund of the return postage if necessary.

Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2021, 08:46:23 pm »
Another vote for Startfitness. I think my feet may be slightly wider than average and for trail running I have Saucony Peregrine 8? In goretex - I’ve run through all kinds of muck over the winter and I’m very happy with them. I have a summer equivalent that will get a proper test this year.

For the road I quite like Asics. I’ve also noticed that the length of a shoe on the sizing guides is a good way for me to get the correct size.

Diesel

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2021, 09:24:17 pm »
Thanks all. Not easy to search for wide fitting shoes and availability not great. Ordered some Brooks from Runners Need and Hoka from them direct. I'll try both and see. (Thanks Mike for the 30 day info about Hoka)

Incidentally spotted at the last minute that cycling uk offer 15% discount at Runners Need.

Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2021, 06:21:13 am »
My local sports shop Trisports Letchworth  fitted me out withe Mizuno Waverunner 10 years ago. I'm size 48. I usually buy a new pair annually so 1000 miles +/- 300 miles. Never had a problem with injuries, fit or quality so I'm inclined to stick with what I know

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Re: Running shoes: how do you choose yours?
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2021, 07:58:38 am »
Retail outlets are re-opening in 6 weeks so this will soon become redundant, but I've just realised that Nike (if you take up their free membership) offer 30 day returns even if you've tried the shoe.