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 Post subject: Shoes for Training
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:21 am 
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Do you guys have any style and/or brand of shoes that you use or recommend for training? I realize this is a fairly broad question but I will be purchasing a new pair soon and don't really have any idea what would be best. I typically buy regular running or cross training type shoes. Any recommendations for support, comfort, etc? Also, I think $100 + is excessive but would consider them if the VT experts recommend them. Thanks, Tim


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 Post subject: Re: Shoes for Training
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:56 am 
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Actually that is a great question. I tell my clients all the time they need to replace their shoes at least onces a year if not every six months. The most impotant thing about shoes is to find a brand that fits you well and is comfortable. I always wear cross trainer type shoes and my favorite brand is K Swiss. K Swiss is s Tennis company and is really small compared to Nike. I use their System 7.0 shoe. For me personally I have never liked a running shoe. Not enough lateral support for my taste. Another hot tip is to buy two pair at the same time. Switch shoes each week to give each time to dry out. It may cost more up front, but each pair will last longer by doing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Shoes for Training
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:36 pm 
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Thanks for the tip. I will definitely check them out.


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 Post subject: Re: Shoes for Training
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:34 pm 
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Cross training or court shoes provide lateral stability while the primary purpose of running shoes is cushioning, forwards and backward stability and if designed for it, motion control for excessive pronation. For most gym work you are much better off in a cross training shoe for the increased stability and more of a nuetral foot position (running shoes are usuallly much more elevated in the heel than court shoes). If you run, by all means get a running shoe that fits but also provides motion control if you require it. I also purchase multiple shoes when I get the perfect shoe because the larger companies tend to change the shoe models every season.

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