Couch to 5K
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Running trainer advice!

I can run a bit 🤣 but looking to have a trainer/ shoe that will be better for my feet than my general trainer. Looking for something for trails/ paths not really pavement running (yet!). Thanks

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I saw loads really cheap in Sports Direct the other day. Or you could try DW Sports, the one near me has a gait analysis running machine. Alas I saw all this too late after I went to a running shop and bought some horrendously expensive (but lovely) trainers. Sports Direct have a great range and trail shoes. I don't think they have the gait analysis though.

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You had it right first time. Sports Direct are not cheap, it is just that someone else pays the price...

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Presumably as you are here you're looking to do the Couch to 5K running plan? If so, just get started in what you've already got. (I started in walking boots as I didn't possess a pair of trainers) You can then use buying new shoes as a carrot/reward for keeping going.

If you're after trail running shoes (and yay for that in my opinion, I own no others) then gait analysis does not inform the choice of shoe. Still worth visiting a running shop staffed by runners at least for your first pair.

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I love my Brooks Adrenaline which serve me well along the canal paths/tracks as well as pavements. I’m sure they will have something suitable for your needs? 👍

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Please don't follow other's Specific advice, we are all different.

This might help healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

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I agree with the running shop advice but if you don't want to pay that much then the best advice I got there was to go at least half a size bigger (I was advised a whole size) than usual so your toes have plenty of room and to allow for running downhill.

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This is an individual thing. Try on a few different pairs and find those that are most comfortable for YOU. Even if they are not specifically designed for trail running, as long as they seem reasonably sturdy and cushioned they will likely be fine for trails (unless you're talking really rough, steep terrain, and nasty weather conditions). It's good if you can buy from a place that accepts returns easily, but in any case wear the shoes around the house for a while to be more sure they are adequate.

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Take IannodaTruffe 's advice:)

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I have one pair of shoes that are 1 size bigger than usual, and a different pair 1.5 sizes bigger than usual. Both fit me perfectly. Therefore I would say only buy what you have tried, following a gait analysis etc. Different makes fit differently, including toe box width and heel to toe drop.

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Somewhere Like sports direct where they will carry out a gait check and advise on footwear

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The local SD near me dont do this. I knew more about running shoes than their staff😳🤔 ( and I’m no expert).

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there will be other sports/running shops within your area that can help I'm sure

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Yes I have two trusted independents thanks Rolysmate.

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Us Derbyshire types should know better...

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