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Shoes!

I'm on week 6 and I've just had a gait analysis done. I'm supernating and need neutral shoes (he said. I glazed over a tad as he was blinding me with science, although very helpful). Trouble is the ones he brought out were all £120...eek..and I really didn't want to spend that much. They were Brooks Ghost 10, which seem very popular. Plus they didn't seem as comfy as my lovely memory foam trainers that I run in now. I know I need to get some but online they aren't any cheaper. Can anyone recommend a well known shop/chain that has a good selection that I can go and try on a few different pairs. Sorry if this is a silly question but I've never bought running shoes, or any shoes that cost that much! 😬

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Assuming your science blinding salesman was not a bullshitter, you at least now know that you need neutral shoes, which reduces the range to pick from considerably.

I think I would do a search online for neutral shoes (nearly all trail shoes are neutral) looking for some in the price range you can afford, then look for a stockist in your area. You can't beat trying them on.

This post may be some help healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

Comfort is your aim, so do try to run with those you are trying on, making sure that the fit is firm but not restricting. My last pair of Brooks GTS17s were half price as they were last season's model, so once you find a shoe that suits you, it is possible to pick up a bargain..............if £60 is actually a bargain?

Your running shoes are the most important part of your running equipment.

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Thanks so much. That's really helpful

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I have neutral shoes badcrumble they are asics gel cumulus 18 in a half size bigger than my shoe size. I got them in Fitstuff after gait analysis.

Do try on the running shoes for fit and comfort before you buy them, even if you go on to buy them online afterwards.

Good luck😊

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I generally find the sales person will try and tempt you with the most expensive pair the store stocks. I would recommend having a look on the net for them (now that you know which ones you need) another alternative Decathlon offer decent prices or perhaps an outlet with some of the bigger sport brand stores.

My last pair were from a Nike Outlet for £45.

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Now you know what your gait is you could go to a Sportsdirect store and try some on. Sports direct isn't the best, you won't get much help from an assistant, but as you now have a good idea what you want regarding size and fit, there is a metal plate that you stand on which will give an indication which shoe's they have in stock would be suitable for you, although my wife already knew she had a neutral gait..

This is what my wife did, she was left to her own devices, trying on 2-3 pairs and able to have a jog around the store, and settled on a pair of Karrimor tempo3 control in the sale at £35, and has been very happy with them. Its always best to try them on before buying, she had to get a size bigger than normal shoe size in these, a good guide is to make sure there is about a thumbs width of space from the end of the longest toe (usually the big toe) to the top of the toe box, remember, the foot expands when running so maybe needing a half to 2 sizes bigger than your normal shoe sizing, it can depend on the different brands, then there's the correct width as well..

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If you have a reasonable credit card limit you could do what I generally do when buying shoes which is order enough pairs to get free delivery from somewhere with a good returns policy. Then you can order a variety of sizes and styles and try them on in a relaxed manner.

Sizing seems to be a bit random when it comes to to running and walking shoes, I'm a 10.5 but often end up with 11s or even 12s

That said I bought my new runners from a local running shop, because I was feeling quite flush (birthday money) wanted to support a local store and needed a bit of hand holding.

If your £120 shoes last 18 months it's about 50p a run.

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I found DW sports amazingly helpful. Good luck x

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Sports direct decent quality from circa £35

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sports shoes.com are good. They have new and older models. Try a older model such as brooks ghost 8 or 9. Last seasons models can sometimes be up to half price.

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Like you I'm neutral and the recommended shoes for me were Adidas Supernova which cost 110.

This is what I did: this week Sports Direct are doing Adidas sale and the shoes were 55 BUT if you download the app you can use a code for a further 20% off so I bought them for £44!

Code is APP20 via the app

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Thanks. I'll have a look. 😁

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BTW I did try the shoes on and ran in them in Runners Need and I needed half a size up so you should really try them on before buying

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I went to Decathlon, had gait analysis, was recommended a few pairs and got a pair of their own make. I can’t remember how much I paid but think it was around £70. They are really comfy and I love them! It took a while to find a sales assustamt but once I had her attention she was great

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