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I thought I'd try to get into running. First I'll need to upgrade my shoes. I have a tendancy to overpronate I believe (I'm saying this because the inside part of the sole of my shoes generally wear out before the outsides - I think this would apply to running, not just walking).

Hoping to find a pair of shoes for around $100 or less. Any suggestions on brands that work well for you, or specific features/materials I should be looking for.
 

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Asics, Saucony, Mizuno or New Balance.

Go to a specialized running store and have them take a look at your foot, and see what they recommend.

Shoes for moderate overpronators usually have a darker colored (grey, usually), stiffer foam material on the sole on the inside of the arch. For heavy overpronators, they have additional solid (plastic, carbon fibre, etc) support on the inside of the arch.
 

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Agreed with Sonick: Go to a running store. The most important thing is getting the right type of shoe.

For $100 you should be able to get lots and lots of great running shoes. Asics are personal favorites of mine, but try a bunch of them.
 

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I'll check out the Running Room tommorow.
Thanks for the information guys.
 
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Id recommend New Balance myself. Worn them for about 5 yrs.

I sometimes go jungle running with the local Hash House Harriers (running club), tried out a pair of Mizunos semi-recently - which while they were comfortable, fell to bits on me after about 4 jungle runs. Maybe for road running they would be ok, I dont know. Anyhow, the New Balances normally last me about 15 runs, much better made. I have a couple of friends who swear by Asics as well.

I switched back to NB though, Im happy.
 

Chris "Italia"

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New Balance without a doubt.
 

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I run in Asics. Has anyone here tried the Asics Kinsei's? I'm trying to decide if they are worth the money. I'm currently running in the latest Nimbus models. Or how about the NB "Zip" tech shoes (NB 8515 or NB 8505)?
 

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Asics definitely. But like the others mention, have a runner analyze your gait at the store. And if you can, wear the socks that you think you'll be running in. The thickness (or thinness) of a sock can affect the fit.

-Jeff
 

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Adidas and Mizuno are my two fave's. Brooks comes in a close third after these two.

Also recommend the running shoe store - you'll pay more for the shoe, but it beats being injured.

If you find two models to your liking, buy both and alternate them. Some days you want comfort, some days you'll want to fly. Having alternating pairs also helps you to diagnose when your shoes have lost their spring or cushioning. You don't have to buy both at once, maybe wait a month.

Mrs. T loves NB, but they've been hit-or-miss with me. The 865 held water like a bucket, and I was wringing out my socks every 6 miles or so. I was not a happy camper to hear squish, squish.
 

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Actually since he stated he was a overpronatoe, the NB 991 or NB 2001 are the best, not aestetically(sp) pleasing , but the best
 

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Agree with the advice of going to a good running store. Beware though, a lot of running store people love to talk, and kind of overanalyze things.

Personally, I've been very happy with my Brooks; I've stayed with the same model, the adrenaline, for a few generations (the 6 model currently, slightly preferred the previous model). Has some moderate motion control (anti-pronation), but isn't totally flat-soled or heavy.

It's been perfect for my moderate running schedule (a few miles a few times a week, 3-4 5k races a year), and I see a lot of other runners wearing them as well.
 

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The NB 857 fit me well. Any experience with this shoe (or the earlier 856)?
 

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Not sure what city you live in but definitely go to a running store that only sells running shoes. Usually they will also sell triathalon stuff too. All the best stores I have found are associated with local running clubs too.

Every 6 months I buy shoes. Every time I get a different brand. Usually asics, adidas, new balance, or occasionally a random Nike. They change the bloody styles every year. Right now I have some adidas because the updated design of new balance I had before didn't cup my heel properly.

You just gotta try them on, but be sure you go to somewhere where they will actually let you try the shoes on and watch you run down the street.
 

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Asics and New Balance are my favorites. I have a pair of New Balance for walking and I just bought a pair of Asics for running. My knees stopped hurting and my ankles stopped hurting. These were problems I had when I was using my NB 574's for running before I got the Asics. They're great
 

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