So not so long ago I wrote that I'd gained a black toenail and some lower leg pain which probably came from me running oddly to avoid said toe pain, and the advice was to get some new running shoes. Having felt the space around the offending toe I agreed that the space was zero, and having dug deep (into my pockets) I trotted along to the running shop to get some new ones. I was pointed in the direction of one or two pairs, one which I rejected on the base of cost, the second (Adidas) I tried in the shop. The guy who dealt with me did the toe test and decided rather than the size 6 I had been wearing I needed a 7.5. They did feel roomy and slipped a bit on the heel but he suggested I tighten them more. He said he could get me on a treadmill to see how they were and when I explained I'd never run on a treadmill, he had me run round the shop. So to summarise, shoes felt roomy but were rather hard under foot compared to my previous shoes. First shoes felt very comfortable except for toes that were very constricted (these ones had lots of gel - Asics). So I brought the Adidas shoes home and having not run for a week, set out with great gusto, full of energy and enthusiasm. At the end of the run I had to loosen the laces on my right foot as the top was in pain, I also had some pain to the left of my shin. I felt like I was running more flat footed or running in flippers. Now I actually bought the Adidas shoes from Sweatshop, which as I've read on here since has a 30 day return policy and free gait analysis (maybe that's what the treadmill thing was about) but as I didn't know about that at the time, when I got home and actually started running in the shoes I got rid of the receipt and the box (stupid I know, as what would I have done if they'd fallen to bits?) - so there will be no possibility of me returning them. I also take a little while to get my stride right when running and think that even if I had run on the treadmill, it wouldn't have been natural, particularly if I was thinking about what I was doing. So I ran again - same problems. I then bought some insoles for my shoes, thinking that although expensive they were less than another pair of shoes - great for my left foot, but which just give me new problems on my right foot under the arch (my left and right feet are a bit different in terms of how high the arch is and probably in other ways too). I have run for about 6 times in the new shoes, 3 with the insoles, and I keep getting these 'shin splinty' type pains, pains in my right foot and some niggles in my ankle too, I also have some problem in my right hand glutes which I find when trying to stretch out my leg. Last night, for the second time I slowed my pace right down and stopped at around 4.5 km when the niggles got a bit insistent. My husband, who runs with me and who is very supportive said he would buy me more shoes....but to be honest I'm afraid I'll mess up again and get the wrong ones. I'm now feeling very disillusioned as when I did the C25K weeks running I felt really good, since then, with the pain, I feel crap. Sorry for the essay, sorry for the whining.