Shoes for beginning overweight runners?

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bugcakes

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 13:43
Hello everyone!

I have been researching a pair of good athletic tennis shoes I can get because I plan on beginning a gym membership VERY soon. I want shoes that will allow me to run comfortably. I have very wide feet, and my left foot is smaller than my right one by like 1 inch. Normally, I don't even need WIDE shoes for my left foot really but.. I can't even get the same shoe on my right foot as my left. I know that isn't particularly TOO uncommon, but it is making the quest for tennis shoes that much more unbearable right now.

Anyone else here have any suggestions or particular shoes they would recommend for wide feet?
celestialnob...

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 13:46
New Balance has wide sizes. When I'm carrying weight, my feet are too wide for regular sized athletic shoes, so I buy New Balance wide size.
Hoser

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 15:30
We can't tell you what shoes to buy.

Instead, hie thee to a good running store. By this I do not mean a mall store like Foot Locker, but rather a shop that specializes in running. They will measure your feet, evaluate your gait, and help you find the best possible shoes for you.
bugcakes

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 15:50
celestialnobody wrote:
New Balance has wide sizes. When I'm carrying weight, my feet are too wide for regular sized athletic shoes, so I buy New Balance wide size.


Yeah, I found a pair I think I'll order from New Balance thanks for the suggestion! It helped because I was keeping them in mind before and I just got on the site and found I could custom make my own pair. It's going to be quite pricey but I need a good pair of shoes because I plan on running twice a day/getting some miles in there!
Hoser

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 16:42
Don't buy them unless you've tried them on and run at least a little bit in them. It would suck to spend a lot of money on shoes then find out they didn't work for you.
evelyn64

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 16:43
Because of your special needs with wider feet, different sizes and needing to make sure you can run comfortably, I wouldn't recommend your first purchase be from an online source. Check out a store like The Running Room or a similarly focused venue where they can assess your personal issues and recommend the right shoes.

I started running at 225 lbs and had some issues at the beginning until I got the correct shoes. Turns out I over pronate and that was leading to knee troubles. I got shoes that have extra support on the inside of the foot and was good to go. They don't cost more than your regular off-the-rack upper end running shoes but they make all the difference. And once you know what type of shoe is best for you, you can order them online.

Best of luck to you!


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Neptunebch

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 18:24
Agree that you need a specialty running store. I was lucky and found one in Arlington Heights, IL - I didn't know they were mainly a Brooks store but the owner spent a long time with my high arches, size 12 and my 243 lb. body. I bought an indoor pair and an all weather pair. I've had every brand known to man and thanks to this man I am wearing the most comfortable shoes. Find someone that cares!
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Posted: 05 Oct 2012, 20:51
I got Reebok Realflex http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/women-smoothflex-run-shoes/EH340?cid=J96821&breadcrumb=u3ZsvZ1z13y9l I love them. I also have wide feet and have a hard time finding anything that fits (I usually stick to skechers because they haven't gone to the super narrow tennis shoe like everyone else), but I love these shoes. The first day I got them I ran a 1/4 of a mile (the most I had run to that point), and it was like running on air.
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Pchojnacki

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Posted: 08 Oct 2012, 06:21
I agree totally with hoser. Go to a good running store. they will watch you walk/run in several pairs to determine your foot style need (stability, support, etc) and let you make the choice. You can save a few bucks by going cheap, but your body will pay a dear price. Go to the professionals.
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captnhoney

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Posted: 09 Oct 2012, 16:03
I have tried out asics and they are great. I have went toteh running store and also got them from zappos.com which has free shipping and returns they are great.
Merclark

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Posted: 09 Oct 2012, 18:19
I really think going somewhere like Fleet Feet would be to your benefit. Having the right shoe really makes all the difference when you are just starting to run, especially overweight.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 09 Oct 2012, 19:14
Vibrams or Merrill Trail Gloves. Barefoot running is the way to go. I truly believe it forces us to run the correct way instead of relying on a padded heel that allows us to heel strike. The arch is a natural "cushion" and many believe that it can save your knees. They take a little while to get used to because it is different than what we are accustomed to.

Since you're just getting started it is a perfect time to "warm up" to these. A runner may have more issues because running 5 miles as soon as you begin barefoot running is not recommended.
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 09 Oct 2012, 19:15
My Vibrams are the best thing I have purchased in a looong time. Love them.
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diogoassunca...

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Posted: 11 Oct 2012, 13:29
I just bought Merrel trail gloves but never ran with them... but they sure feel like the most comfortable shoes I ever wore.
Bugcakes, are you sure that running is the best for you? More: running in a threadmill? How much "overweight" are you? Shouldn't you consider biking first and then running when you're not overweight?

I started dieting 35kg ago, then I started walking; half way through I started doing some bycicle rides - these allowed me to exercise a lot longer, burning a lot of calories without stressing my legs, knees, feet or back. I just started running after loosing 30kg! Now I do run a lot, more than other type of exercise... I ran a couple of 10k, half marathons, trail runs (26k), and I feel I really need running to keep my sanity. Don't do it without being ready for it.

I totally agree with Diablo360x: "Barefoot running is the way to go. I truly believe it forces us to run the correct way instead of relying on a padded heel that allows us to heel strike. The arch is a natural "cushion" and many believe that it can save your knees."
I started running stepping on the heel and now I run on "toes and foot pad first", like barefoot running. It makes all the difference for knees and also to the achilles tendon.

Happy running!
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diogoassunca...

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Posted: 11 Oct 2012, 13:30
I would like to add: go to a running store to study the way you run. I have a neutral step and need cushioning. I have a pair of Nike Vomero and Asics Nimbus, and I like both of them.
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JamJ

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 11:11
I agree with Diablo360x. I can tell you that since I started wearing my Vibrams (KSO Trek), daily for over a year now, I have not had any knee problems like I did before them. My ankles don't turn, and I don't pronate or have plantar fascitis (spelling?) either. I didn't start running in them until a couple months ago, when I started my real weight loss journey, and I couldn't be happier. Barefoot running is definitely the way to go.

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