I tried my local Up and Running recently (here's the result couchto5k.healthunlocked.co... and wasn't too impressed. Today I went to Go Outdoors and walked out empty handed and disappointed as well.
The shop assistant seemed really disinterested - at first he assumed I had picked out a pair (just by looking at them on the shelf?!) and only wanted to buy them, but no I was being difficult and actually wanted some advice. So he picked up a shoe and just recommended it. (there might have been more to it, but it looked pretty random!) He seemed to have it in my head that cus I said I've only been running for a couple of month (not even that tbh) that I wasn't prepared to spend more than £50 which seemed a little odd. So I asked him if I could try on this shoe and a couple of others. He had some issues finding stuff in my size (could only find the mens of the one he recommended in my size - they actually had a really small selection). He also brought me half a size down, which I didn't try on cus I understood running shoes were supposed to be on the big size and people often have to go up a size?
Anyway I ended up trying on a pair of womens shoes, in my size, and they felt fine, but I had nothing to compare them to as that's all they had. I then had to ask him if I could have a go running in them so he reluctantly set up the treadmill for me. It felt a bit weird, but I think its just that I'd never been on a treadmill before, but I wasn't sure. And he wasn't being helpful either. I actually wanted him to do gait analysis, but every time I asked him something it was like pulling teeth, even though he was free when I found him, he was also half serving other people at the same time and I just got to the point where I couldn't be bothered anymore.
So I tried a pair, they felt ok, but from everything I've read you're supposed to try a few and pick the best ones - that seems to be a luxury evading me and my freakish size 7 feet.
I dont understand why its so difficult to buy a pair of running shoes - am I missing something here?! Are other people having similar issues?
I'm possibly in a mood, sorry, but I'm getting so fed up trying to buy running shoes. I was running in my old shape ups, where part of the heel on each of them has come off. I was getting sore knees from it, which sparked the initial "I really need some proper running shoes" thing, then the knees stopped hurting and my hip started hurting. I recently bought some new shape ups, which are the XF ones that apparently you can jog in (I got them for the price, rather than that aspect) but I've been running on those lately, and I'm not hurting anymore. So based on that and the fact it seems to difficult (for me anyway!) to buy running shoes I'm tempted to give up for now, I don't know!
There also Alton Sports locally that someone on here recommended so I might go try them this week, if I can summon up the motivation and see if I have any better luck there.
Sorry for the rant!