>Gears and Wears>I hate shoes!
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Why couldn't there be a machine that you could just stick your feet into and it would give you a perfect shoe recommendation?
Chris, how much stability do you need? the 859 is way more than just "some" stability. It's bordering on motion control. If you only need mild stability and like the NB fit, then I'd check out the 903 or 768. Both are straight-lasted and a lot less controlling than the 859. The 903 has a pretty low-profile heel.
asics gt-2130. Game over
Not for me, unfortunately. They made my arches sore. As soon as I switched to a different shoe, I was fine. It's too bad, because I liked the 2120s.
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How much stability do I need? That is a complicated question... I probably could use all the stability that 859s offer, however they don't seem to work for the rest of my feet. I need stability but I also need flexibility, I need to "feel" the road... the 859 give me NO feed back. They make feet feel like they pound the ground. Also, do the 903s fit like the 859? Most New Balance shoes don't fit my feet well... the 859 where an exception. I am so frustrated that I asked for shoes with a low heel, and I got shoes that are meant for heavy heel strikers.
Also I am very seriously considering seeing if I could find a neutral shoe that would work and add orthotics for support as needed. Anybody have any experience doing it this way?
Zoom, you mentioned this before but can't find it. Is the NB 903 comparable to the Asics DS Trainer? I get talked out of trying the DS by store clerks that call it a racing shoe and not a high mileage trainer. But I think I'm becoming a more biomechanically efficient runner and don't need as much stability. I ran on the tradmil today with a new pair of Inspire 3's and felt like my heel was hitting before I wanted it to. As you say, I was fighting the shoe. I just wish the NB store near me staffed smart people.
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I have the Inspire 4s and HATE them...so stinkin' stiff and hard (which is good for other things, but not running shoes, tee hee... ).
for a second, I thought you were referring to a mid-run boner, but then, that's not possible. Thanks for the input. I'm going to try the DS trainer. The Inspire 4s were not bad to me. The 3s do feel different though. I think a little less shoe willl be better for me. More shoe makes me lazy and heel strike. Less shoe makes me more aware of my mechanics and I absorb shock with my body rather than with a big friggin shoe.
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For what it is worth, there is a store near here that actually has one of these. It looks like a little scale with tons of sensors, and when you stand on it, it analyzes your arch and spits out a recommendation of shoes and/or inserts that the store sells. I think it is called 'the walking company', but two ladies where I work have daughters who run, and both have given rave reviews of its accuracy. Maybe you can look up someplace near you that has something similar.
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