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I need suggestions on a good pair of Running/Walking shoes. Right now I have a few Nike's Air Force Ones that were hand me downs from my daughter (if they have 1 scuff mark they aren't worthy of her):w00t:. I want to start walking/jogging with Snoopy on a daily basis and those sneakers won't do. Any suggestions under $150? Thanks in advance.:innocent:
 

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I prefer New Balance shoes for running. I have narrow feet and they are perfect for that. Also most of them are lightweight so they arn't that heavy when I run.
 

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For walking, I got the Reebok Easy Tones. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but my calves really feel it after long walks in these. It makes me feel like, even though I may not be jogging/running, I'm getting a good workout. Apparently they make your butt/legs do a certain % more work in each step. I'm sure you've seen commercials. Plus, I like that they're really cute (unlike some other fitness type shoes), and they look just like regular sneakers, unless you see the bottom where you can see the little balance balls.

By the way, there's no reason you can't run in these, but I probably wouldn't make it around the block lol.

Reebok Easytone Shoes | Lady Foot Locker
 

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I second the Nike Free. I have the 5.0 right now and they are very comfortable. They are very flexible. You can even bend them all the way in half with little effort. They were only about $84. So no too bad. They come in a variety of colors too. They aren't very good for all-weather though. I wore mine the rain the other day and my feet were soaked after. They have a new version out now called the 7.0, but I think its pretty similar to the 5.0. I think one thing that makes them so flexible is they do have less material than a normal show, and its not a stiff leather like some shoes. It's soft and sort of molds to your foot. Plus the shoe is all one piece. You know how most tennis shoes are the shoe part and then the tongue is almost separate, well, with these the tongue is attached to the side of the shoe if that makes sense.
 

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I think that it is important to get fitted by a specialist at a running/walking store. You may have issues that you don't even know about and if you run in shoes that are not right for your feet/body you can end up with an injury.

I started running about 5 years ago and I just ran with the shoes the guy at Nike town told me to get...big mistake. I ended up with a stress fracture and 6 weeks of physical therapy. Now I go to a running store for my shoes. I have sem-flat feet and am an overpronator so the best fit for me was a shoe by Brooks. I have been wearing the same model now for a few years and they are awesome. No more shin splints! It is also important to replace them because shoes do wear out. I replace mine every 6-8 months and i run 20-25miles per week.

Good luck!
 

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Maggie you really should be fitted by a professional (not a sales clerk at a dept. store). The last time I was in the panhandle I went to a running store and was fitted by someone who really knew what each of the shoe styles were made for. I was told that even if you are walking you need a good running shoe. The person had me try on at least ten different styles to see which style fit my foot best. I ended up with an Avia that sold for $139. They fit great and are very comfortable.
 

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I run and have used Adidas for years which I love...they give me great support. I also buy Adidas for my tennis shoes (I play a lot) and again, love them. Actually, I only buy Adidas now for all my sport shoes needs.

I agree with the other posters though..get them at a real running store and read reviews online before buying (if you already know what your faults/strengths on with your feet and needs).
 

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I too have bad knees....tore my meniscus a few years ago...so am very particular about what kind of walking shoes I wear....I highly recommend....
Spira Footwear Online Store they have a wave spring technology...which really helps with shock absorption....
 
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