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Memory foam or not?

Hi, I know I dont post often and the few times I do its a question but can I continue the trend and ask another question. I regularly run 5k (sometimes I admit I do sneak a bit of a walk in now and then) and I am building up to running 10k. I have trainers that I got from runners world (cost an arm and a leg) but when I run I do feel a bit heavy footed and I cant help imagining what it would be like to run in Sketchers memory foam trainers as in my mind that would give me a bouncy softer landing which would maybe increase my stamina although I may be imagining that. So my question is does anyone actually run in Sketchers memory foam trainers or are they not meant for running.

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I get sore balls of my feet for anything over 7km. I have tried putting memory foam insoles in my runners but it didn’t make any difference to me. I can’t wear sketchers as every pair of their. runners I have tried on thy did not seem to give me the support I need over 10km. I tend to pronate inwards as my distances get further so need some solid side supports to keep my feet in place. But then again that is just me. Decathlon do a very good memory foam insert for around £7 and it is worth trying that out maybe before buying a very expensive new runner. Most insoles come out of runners so you could just do a swap and see how that feels.

decathlon.co.uk/walk-memory...

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Oh thanks, thats a really good idea to see how I get on with the insole before actually buying a pair and then I can see if its just wishful thinking that a memory foam insole will conserve energy as I will be lighter on my feet or whether Im disillusioned. Thanks so much Realfoodie although what food is there that isnt real!!

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Hehe, in my other life I do catering. 😀.

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I run in my skechers but am just up to the 5k so not sure what they would be like for 10k, love them though

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Do you have memory foam ones kingtheo? I have some memory foam sketchers casual shoes and they are like walking on air. Just wondering what the actual trainers would be like if they would have the same effect.

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Yes I do, I've just treated myself to another pair, I bought the ones that had a 'sponsored by New York marathons tag on them. (Think it was New York 🤔) but definitely one of the marathons 😄😀

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I think I recall reading Sketchers are genearally quite a low drop shoe, might be worth bearing in mind/ checking out. I am prone to PF therefore maintain at least a 10mm drop shoe.

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Would it make me look really silly if I admitted I dont know what PF means or what a 10mm drop shoe is

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Sorry....Plantar Faciitis is pain in the heels, lots on Google about it if you wish to read.

Some shoes are more flat than others..., running shoes measure heel to toe drop.

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Thanks, i have heard of Plantar Faciitis but i didnt put two and two together for that one. And the 10mm drop makes sense now I know how its measured. Thats what I love about this site. You end up learning things that you didnt know you didnt know about if you see what I mean.

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Think I'd try the inserts from Decathlon first, maybe have a word with an assistant there as well for advice..

A good running shop may give you advice on your problem..

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Thanks Dave, I think the inserts are a really good starting point and if they make no difference then I havent really lost anything as they are a fraction of the price of new trainers.

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