best running shoes

Hi everyone, I am new on here and quite new to running. I started running about 8 weeks ago after quitting smoking and now run 4 miles every other day. 

I am currently wearing New Balance Running trainers but really want to change to a better quality shoe. What can you recommend?? I have heard there are shops where you can go to get your feet properly checked on a running machine and then advised on which shoe is best for you. Where can i get this done??

Thanks!

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  • You can certainly get your running checked, but where do you live? No point recommending somewhere 200 miles away!

  • Ha sorry doh!!! Banbury Oxfordshire

  • Plenty of people run in New Balance. They do nice running shoes.

    Ignore the names and run im a shoe that suits you.
  • NB make some running shoes that many consider to be the best, as a brand in running shoes i'd say there were one of the leaders. 

  • baldy1971 wrote (see)

    Ha sorry doh!!! Banbury Oxfordshire

    I don't know Banbury, but I can recommend Up and Running in Headington, just outside Oxford city centre. They definitely do gait analysis and had a decent selection of shoes last time I was there.

  • Thanks Pethead......not far from me.image

  • I don't doubt New Balance running shoes at all. My pair have been fantastic!

  • Up and running are generally great in my experience (though a mate works in my local store) I have saucony shoes which I love, hower I'm pretty sure there's shoes out there I'd love more. I also have Adidas trail shoes and brooks race shoes so it really does depend what ya after!!
  • I was in the same boat as you once, and went for the GAIT analysis you mention. In my opinion this is a complete waste of time...the congruent advise I got from 2 running shops (Runners Need and Runners world) ended up giving me running knee problems and was completely at odds with what a physio (accredited by the London Marathon team) told me I needed.

    If you're injury free and doing okay - be carefull what you wish for!  I wasted a lot of money on crap shoes from these so called running shops.

    NB in my opinion are the best. I get them from Sports Direct.

  • I bought a pair of nike free run kukini shoes last month, very comfortable and light, even cheap.

  • I think its definitely worth getting a gait analysis done first, but everyone's always recommended Asics http://therunningoutlet.co.uk/products/list/mens-shoes to me 

  • Luke Philip wrote (see)

    I think its definitely worth getting a gait analysis done first, but everyone's always recommended Asics http://therunningoutlet.co.uk/products/list/mens-shoes to me 

    Asics are good shoes, but they're overpriced. And it's not like they're head-and-shoulders above brands such as New Balance or Adidas, on average.

  • Sara Chen wrote (see)

    I bought a pair of nike free run kukini shoes last month, very comfortable and light, even cheap.

    I'm guessing this is spam, but just in case, is this price for real or are they dodgy in anyway?

     

  • Not dodgy at all, who wouldn't want to pay $40 and shipping for an outdated gimmick that's lmost certain to injure you?

  • Paul J-R wrote (see)

    I was in the same boat as you once, and went for the GAIT analysis you mention. In my opinion this is a complete waste of time...the congruent advise I got from 2 running shops (Runners Need and Runners world) ended up giving me running knee problems and was completely at odds with what a physio (accredited by the London Marathon team) told me I needed.

    If you're injury free and doing okay - be carefull what you wish for!  I wasted a lot of money on crap shoes from these so called running shops.

    NB in my opinion are the best. I get them from Sports Direct.

    I think that gait analysis if very valuable in most cases - but it isn't completely foolproof.  Of course, generally, the running shop staff are not trained medical people - so if you can find (and afford) a check up with a physio accredited by the London Marathon team, then I'd agree that you should do that first.  But I think the big majority of people do benefit from going into specialist running shops...  and you will almost certainly get better advice than if you go into Sports Direct.

  • Pethead wrote (see)

    Not dodgy at all, who wouldn't want to pay $40 and shipping for an outdated gimmick that's lmost certain to injure you?

     

     

     Thanks. Is that your opinion on all Nike Free running shoes or just the ones in that link?

  • Not davidh wrote (see)
    Pethead wrote (see)

    Not dodgy at all, who wouldn't want to pay $40 and shipping for an outdated gimmick that's lmost certain to injure you?

     

     

     Thanks. Is that your opinion on all Nike Free running shoes or just the ones in that link?

    Nike Free in general, though with the disclaimer that I've never run in any of them. The opinion's based on other people's experiences, which makes it sound like they definitely wouldn't be suitable for me and generally are quite a gamble.

  • Ok thanks I'll bear that in mind!  

  • Those Nikes have great treads if you like collecting stones!  My very similar pair have become gym shoes for that very reason.  But other than that good shoes IMO.

  • Any recommendations for good shops in Romford (where I live), Tottenham (where I work), East London/the City (where I roam)?

  • Just stumbled across this thread and I know it's old, but there really isn't an answer to this that suits all runners.

    We like to stock the best running shoes but still have 8 brands and over 100 models to offer. But we do guarantee that they will all help you run better!

    You can visit Lanson Running online or in-store in Kingston, SW London.

  • 'But we do guarantee that they will all help you run better!'

    Brave wordsimage

     

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    All of them will apparently! Are you allowed to say that in an advert?
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