Do I have to take up running now?

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2012-09-06 23:22:11 -0500
Started 2012-08-30 15:50:22 -0500

Yesterday I purchased what feels like a really comfy pair of work shoes. Tested them out by walking all over the store for at least 30 minutes. Hubby claims it was longer, like maybe an eternity. We did look at maybe 8 aisles of shoes, a few more than twice.
They felt comfy from start to finish. Since this was after my 8 hours of work, 6 of which were standing, walking, and stairs was nice as my feet had really been a little unhappy in the pair I had worn that night. Plus they were clearance priced at 40% off and have purple shoe laces!
Got them home…then noticed they are running shoes.

12 replies

kdroberts 2012-09-01 08:05:36 -0500 Report

You have to be a little careful using running shoes for walking as they can cause you foot/ankle problems. There are a few different styles of running shoe that are made specifically for the different ways peoples feet hit the ground, roll through the stride and push off at the end but walking is different. There are 3 things to look at when buying running shoes for walking.

1. Look at it sideways on. The toe on running shoes will always curve up but on walking shoes it will be slight. If you buy running shoes then you want to make sure that the toe height is close to the heel height.
2. Look at the heel top down. The heel on running shoes is usually a lot more cushioned and is flared out since runners don't usually strike the ground with their heels. Walkers do strike with the heel so the flare can put stress on your foot and ankle. Look for a shoe that has a very small or no flare.
3. Running shoes will flex at the forefoot or midfoot. When you walk you push off with your toes you want the shoe to flex at the forefoot and not the midfoot. Either fold the shoe or push it into the ground. If it bends in the middle of the shoe then don't get it, if it bends in the middle of the toe area then that's a good choice. is a very good place to look as they have video reviews for a lot of their running shoes where they will show the shoe, how it flexes and describe it. They also do 365 day returns, free shipping both ways and have good prices. The other plus about running shoes is that they are only recommended for around 350-500 miles of running so manufacturers usually come out with new models of each of their shoes every year. When they do, the older model drops significantly in price. If it's being discontinued it will drop even more.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-03 21:10:14 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. Checking them out now.
The toes curve some, about a little less than 1", but not as much as others seemed to,
The heel fit sme snugger than my walking shoes did. So far it seems to be holding my ankle area better. The old shoes left me with a little wobble room. By the end of some shifts I was having some painful spasms through the inside arch and ankle area. Not a single tingle in the last three nights with the new shoes.
They seem to bend right at where my toes begin. This seems comfortable when I am doing the many stairs during the night. Some shoes seemed to bend in the wrong place and made my feet hurt or made go up and down the stairs more difficult.
Usually I need a breakin time with new shoes. This pair have stayed on my feet the entire night each of the three nights I started out with them. Other shoeas usually need a wardrobe hange after about two o three hours during the first week.
They also feel commfy when sitting. I have had many shoes that seemed to hurt more when just sitting.

flipmom 2012-08-31 18:58:17 -0500 Report

I never have running shoes and its about that time to get a new pair.. I most deff. gonna try some pair!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-03 20:53:36 -0500 Report

This pair has done great for the three nigts of testing. Seems I am walking a tad faster. Might be able to catch a few seniors before they get to the exit and set off alarms.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-30 20:11:16 -0500 Report

LOL no you don't have to take up running but they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned next to the cross training tennis shoes I wore to death. They make your feet feel like you are walking on clouds. Enjoy them. I have to get Purple Ravens Shoe laces for my team.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-03 20:51:39 -0500 Report

Thnks for the recommendation on cross trainers. In the course of my duties they make sense for the next shoe experiment.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-03 21:05:33 -0500 Report

I bought new tennis shoes last year they are comfortable but unfortunately feel heavy on my feet. They seem to make me feel tired but that could be a psychological thing because I simply don't like them now. Reebok use to make a tennis shoe that was like a hiking boot, they were very comfortable and warm in the winter. They don't make them anymore. I got the cross trainers for a trip to New York and we walked all over the place and they were great. They went on every cruise with me and l loved walking in them.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-03 21:23:01 -0500 Report

Yeah, I have several pairs of shoes that make me feel like i am sloughing through mud they seem so heavy. I use them for when the weather is icky and switch out as soon as I get to work. If I forget it takes about 1 to 2 trips down the block long hall to remind me.
This pair really seems to give me a little more energy with each step.
I have had a few pairs of shoes I wore totaly out. My in-laws once dragged me into a shoe store and bought me new shoes because my old faithful clodhobers were falling apart. I used a wonderful pair of moccasins, a sis had discarded in 9th grade, until they had sole holes 10 years later.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-03 22:54:55 -0500 Report

LOL Back in the early 70's I had a pair of what was use to be called Jesus Walkers they were leather with a strap across the foot and a loop for your toe. Those things made you want to scream they hurt so bad. To wear them you had to soak them in water for two days then put them on your feet and let them mold to the shape of your feet as they dried. Once that was done it was like walking on a cloud they were so comfy. I wish I could find a pair. We wore those shoes every summer for several years. These were followed by the Dr. Scholls wooded exercise shoes that made your legs feel great. I would love to find a pair of those.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-06 23:22:11 -0500 Report

Adding these to my check em out list. Cork is a very good material. Should have the benefit of not making your feet feel the super hot summer asphalt as cork has about the best nontransfer of heat property of almost any material.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-04 10:35:25 -0500 Report

No never tried berkenstocks. I think they make my feet look even bigger and I think they are ugly. I do like Aerosoles. Very comfy shoes.

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