Running Shoes

For the Heavy Runners

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20/01/2003 at 19:19

I am a beginner at running and rather large at 17 Stone. When I first started Running my shins and knees hurt badly. A kind runner suggested that I change my running shoes. This was excellent and did the trick, all the pains seemed to stop like magic. My problem is that after spending £100 on shoes they wore down in 3 months and the more they wore the more pains came back. Surely there must be an alternative to spending £100 on shoes every 3 months.
20/01/2003 at 19:32

I am afraid this is a fact of life for us large chaps.

I am sure you do not have to spend £100, I scour the special offers in Runner's World, and usually get some good bargains.

Also there is a company often advertised in RW that will resole your shoes, so if it is just the sole that is worn, then you can get that done.
20/01/2003 at 19:37
Thanks 'Squirrel'

I hope to find the advert the shoes are perfect except for the outside of both heels
20/01/2003 at 19:40
Brookes Beasts are generally accepted as the ultimate "big guy" shoes. I wear them but I feel they are a tad heavy (I'm 15 stone) but I can honestly say I've never had any injury through them and I also have to say I'm in a minority not liking them so they might be worth giving a go.

Oh and they're only about £80 and seem to last fine.
20/01/2003 at 19:52

Have a look at the up and running web site. If you are neutral they have the saucony shadow at nearly half price at 50 quid. Very sturdy shoe and designed for the heavy runner.

21/01/2003 at 09:12
I'm heavy (18st plus) and I use Brooks Addiicition 4 and Brooks Beast. approx £65. Get two pairs and alternate, also keep a check of your mileage and time.
The running shoe guide on this site can give an idea how long a pair should last.
But it's tough luck on us heavier runners, we wear out shoes faster than the lightweights.
22/01/2003 at 10:01
200lbs !!

A mere strippling!!
22/01/2003 at 10:34
I used Brooks Addiction 4 as well. They're very solid and stable, and they got me through FLM training and the race itself. But as always, it's worth going to a 'prepoer' running store for advice. I'm afraid it's a fact of life that the heavier you are the more pressure you'll put on your shoes and the quicker they'll wear out. I'm about 200-210 pounds ususally, and am on my 4th pair of shoes in about 15 months.

18/09/2004 at 21:35
Oh joy - I have all this to look forward to.
I'm 5'6" and around 15st 7lb, and only just started this lark.
Bought a pair of swanky running shoes to get started in, thinking if I enjoyed it I would upgrade after a couple of months as times started increasing, but the vibes and feedback I'm getting from people on here suggests I go and see a specialist right away to check gait and 'special needs'.
Would you chaps concur?
18/09/2004 at 21:46
When I started out I was 17st, down to 15st 5lb now, found the beasts good. My son is a big guy and is trying Mizuno Wave Legends, which he says are good and a lot lighter - I've got some on order £39.95 through on on the shops on the RW links
18/09/2004 at 21:47
Its great to hear from other bog runners - all the ones I see look like racing snakes
18/09/2004 at 21:48
Didn't mean bog runner - BIG runners of course
19/09/2004 at 04:23
I like Nike Pegasus, loads of cushioning for a neutral runner, stand up to use and abuse well and you can get 2 pairs for £100 from

I've been recommended Adidas supernova cushion too.
20/09/2004 at 10:20
I started running last year in a pair of Brooks Addiction.
I've kept up the regular running since last December and have worn out 2 pairs of Addiction - which I found to be fine.
I currently use a pair of Asics GT2090, which I wasn't too keen on at first. They feel not too bad after 2 or 3 months wear mind you.
I think I'll be having a look at what New Balance have to offer for my next pair.

Incidentally, I'm down to 14 and a half stone from a whopping 17 stone 9 at new year! :D
25/09/2004 at 19:20
Meester J, got to a running shop this morning (run and become in Victoria, London) and came away with a pair of Saucony Omni, which felt great on. They'll get their first run-out tomorrow, but they felt much more flexible - and a lot lgither - than Brooks Beasts, which I'd gone in with half an eye on.
26/09/2004 at 22:30
First run out was v v good indeed... And I also discovered today that I can chance my username! Yay!
The Artist Formerly Known As Jon Bruford
02/10/2004 at 20:57
Has anybody got any opinions on the NB1221.

I squash a pair of trainers in about 3 months and very quickly suffer if I dont replace them. Have recently used Mizuno wave Renegaden (OK) and the Asics that replaced the Koji (OK). The Beasts are a bit too much like surfboards for my liking. I always used to run in NB and had a great pair of 1121 but when I changed them for 1122's they were rubbish, I thought that they might have been a friday afternoon job so tried another pair but they too were poor. I just fancy trying out the 1221's
30/12/2004 at 17:24
anybody 18stone ,used kayanos, beasts,and a new balance shoe? to compare?i've run a half in kayanos, but that was 2half stone ago!!! beasts seem to give me a slight ache in arch,have an eye on NB m1221's- as you gather i'm lost- advice would be great,i'm heading for 16/7 or less!!!cheers rik.
30/12/2004 at 19:18
Mizuno Wave Legends.I started weighing 18 stone,now I'm 15 and still swear by them.Also bought the same version but for off road running.
30/12/2004 at 20:40
I have not been over impressed with the NB1221's. although in fairness it was the first time that I have gone away from motion control shoes (following a gait test that said I dont over pronate)however I haven't felt comfortable in them.
The wave legends were OK and so were the Brooks Beasts although they felt very very stiff. I think the best that I have bought recently were the Asics Evolution which took over from the old Kojo's.
I will probably go back to them very shortly.

I had trouble with the NB 1121's as well, the first pair were very good, the second pair were awful, I purchased a third pair and sent them back and was given a full refund. No probs regarding the company but I dont seem to suit their shoes any more

The first 2 pairs of Evolution that I bought also had to go back as the round disc on the sole was bulging. Asics were great about it and soonb got me a good pair.

Hope this is of some help
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