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I started running in May last year. I did the C25K thing in my old nikes, then went to buy some more appropriate shoes as my shins kept hurting. I went to Run & Become in Cardiff and ended up with Brooks Adrenaline GT10s - now, I KNOW I overpronate really badly because even as a child it caused me problems.
The shoes were....ok. Better than my old ones but the niggly shin spint kept bugging me for all of last year. In the end I went to a different shop in Cardiff and got my gait video analysed. Came out with the orthopaedic shoes of the running shoe world - a pair of Saucony Stabils. My god, what a revelation! I've had them for a month now and it's changed my little running world - not a twinge or an ache. I'm running faster and further and I'm not starting every run waiting for the pain to start.
So, the point of this ramble - don't mess about with your shoes. An hour of your life in a decent shop where they know what they're doing makes all the difference.