Do you think I have bought the right shoes?

I have been running in Kayanos for the past 2 years and since I have been getting injury after injury (plantar fasciitis, knee pain, pulled quad all in the same leg) I decided to change.


Went to a New Balance store and they said I had a high arch but when foot lands I am overpronating badly. They recommended the NB 940 which feels ok but maybe not quite as comfortable as the kayano. I havent worn on a run yet, a little hesitant as the guy in the shop wasnt all that convincing. Do you reckon this is a decent option for me?  I run around 20-30 miles a week and weight 13 Stones! 




  • Running shoes are probably the most debated thing for runners. Some believe less is more when it comes to cushioning and it can be a nightmare finding the perfect shoe.

    I would go for a short run to test the waters.

    If it sill gives you problems I think it might be worth your while getting checked out by a sports therapist/physio to check there are no underlying problems. I'd assume they might give you more advice on which shoes as well.

  • Maybe you should go to a running shop that sells a variety of shoes rather than just a new balance shop, because then they will give you a few ideas and a more unbiased view. Sweatshop do the 30 day exchange guarantee too so you can wear them for a month before you decide if you like them or not!

    Also, I've heard that comfortable isn't necessarily the best thing anyway because this may mean that they are too soft

  • If you have access to a gym, try your new shoes out on a treadmill. That should give you a better idea if they feel okay, and if you don't like them, they'll still be clean enough that you can take them back for a refund.

  • There's nothing worse than walking away with a purchase you're not completely convinced by, and half the time it answers itself. But I think runs-with-dogs' idea is brilliant, so it gives you the option of taking them back without hassle. If you overpronate A LOT it may be better to see an orthopaedic specialist for an opinion because they may give you insoles to help.

  • I feel for you John, I got plantar faciitis from Asics Kayanos and switched to Brooks Arenaline, I've had Brooks Arenalines now for the past couple of years and never looked back. I run 30-35 per week and am 14 stone and 51 years old, so still quite a bit on the heavy side. Hope this helps

    p.s The only reason I switched to Brooks Adrenalines was due to a review on wiggle where the reveiwer also got a heel spur by running in Kayano's (I think there too soft if your a bit in the heavy side)

  • Hi Norman,

    What makes you think you got the PF from the shoes, simply the fact that they were too soft? I read on another forum someone saying the same thing that they fact they were so "squishy" they were actually not very good for long distance running.  

    I have quite a high arch AND i overpronate, not sure if this is normal but I dont think its common.  I am currently living in the UAE and there is literally nobody in any shop / physio / podiatrist with any decent advice so I am trying figure this all out myself at the moment and finding it a bit overwhelming.

    I intend to run my first marathon in January and if my next trainers screw me up then I dont fancy my chances in completing the marathon training which starts in September as I am currently out injured with something else at the moment.





  • Don't start the marathon training in September, start well before. Seriously, if it's a 16-week schedule, start 20 weeks before. That way if you need a week or two off for injury or illness (e.g. a bad cold) along the way you're not worrying about getting behind. If all goes well you don't need the time off, you can simply repeat a week here and there and get more long runs under your belt, which is always good.

    Can't help with the shoes - I have flat feet, weigh under 8 stone and am presently training 50+ miles per week in VivoBarefoot Neos!

  • Hi Debra,

    Thanks I intend to start as soon as my pulled thigh is better (hopedully a week or so) and then a proper structured 16 week plan in September.  Just whilst I am it, any tips on good marathon training plans ?

  • More info I have ran a half in under 2 hrs 12 weeks ago (My 3rd attempt) a 10 k in 49 minutes and ran a 20 mile LSR about 8 weeks ago (then injury struck!)

    Would I still follow a beginners plan?

  • Interesting comment about the Brooks Adrenline. I have been using these for the past 18 months. When I went to replace a couple of weeks ago I discovered that they are now the 'new and improved' version. I cant get on with them, sore toes etc which I never had with the others, so I guess I am back to stage 1. A rather expensive way to find out that the upgrade is a disaster for me
  • Having literally just read the chapter in 'Born to Run' by Christopher McDougall, I wouldn't bother with any expensive running shoes. I rarely get injured (maybe just lucky) and I've never spent more than £30 on a pair of running shoes or even been in a specialist running store.

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