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Choosing the right shoe to help keep your fitness resolutions



Athletic shoes are, honestly, pretty low on my list of wants.

I do exercise, if running very slowly a couple times a week counts. But most of my workouts these days are on eight wheels during roller derby practice.

But, with a New Year's resolution to do more cross training, I could use some new shoes to inspire me to hit the pavement more often.

Buying athletic shoes always feels overwhelming, though.

Of course, the best thing to do would be to go to a speciality store, such as FitNiche, and have an expert help find the perfect fit.

But, what if price trumps performance? My pace hovers around 10 minutes a mile, I'm fairly certain I don't need $150 shoes to help me accomplish that.

Luckily, the internet is here to save the day, especially if you're looking for running shoes.

These shoe finders, from Runners World and FitNiche, do the work of narrowing down a fit for your foot type by asking questions about your weight and foot width. The results: plenty of choices, though many were still out of my paltry price range.

Then, I found this handy how-to: a test to determine how your feet land when running, which is apparently an important factor in shoe shopping.

Once you discover whether you an over-pronator, under-pronator or a neutral, you can shop by that category on lots of shoe websites, including my fave, DSW, which happens to be giving 500 bonus points on athletic shoe purchases through Jan. 15.

Then comes the fun part: choosing the cutest colors and patterns to make working out a little more fashionable.

Do you have any tips on finding quality athletic shoes on a budget?



[Last modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 10:53am]


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