Affordable shoes for overweight female

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24/10/2013 at 23:09

I'm new here so I apologise if this is not the right place to post this. I am a very overweight tall female and I wear size 8/9 shoes. I have been changing my eating habits for the past month and I have been going on daily walks for the couple of weeks to lose weight and I need help finding cheap trainers that are comfortable to wear. I have read a bit about shoes and I know that I overpronate, but not enough that it would be an issue since I am not a runner yet. The main problem is that my budget is very limited (£40 to £50 absolute maximum) and it's difficult to find good shoes for that price. I know a lot of you will say that it is worth buying more expensive shoes that are better and I agree, but it is simply not a possibility right now. So, I need advice on affordable trainers that I can wear on daily walks (5k-10k) and that have a bit of cushioning or support because I am overweight. 

25/10/2013 at 07:22

Might be worth checking out Decathlon's Kalenji range. They have improved considerably over the past few years and have been well reviewed recently. The weight issue isn't as important as the over pronation - ask Decathlon to do a gait analysis and get the appropriate shoes. The price range is tight, but you might get something there. Weight is more likely to affect how long your shoes last.

25/10/2013 at 07:22

Normally I'd say always use a local running specialist if buying a trainer you haven't used before, so you can size properly and try them on, but in your case I think you are going to have to compromise somewhere and that will be to buy online and look for last year's models. e.g. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 at sportsshoes.com is £30 at the moment instead of £90.

25/10/2013 at 08:28

Decathlon have good sale prices you can find many top quality trainers for under the £50 mark, speak to the staff they will advise you on gait and type.

25/10/2013 at 15:06

Get some off the shelf from Asda. Probably get a pair for 20 quid or something. Be as good as anything else. 

25/10/2013 at 19:16
Charles R wrote (see)

Normally I'd say always use a local running specialist if buying a trainer you haven't used before, so you can size properly and try them on, but in your case I think you are going to have to compromise somewhere and that will be to buy online and look for last year's models. e.g. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 at sportsshoes.com is £30 at the moment instead of £90.

I agree with Charles,

Whichever shoe you choose, check out the one from last year that it replaced in that manufacturer's range, then buy this one instead at about half the price or less.

The logic is that if it was good enough for all the runners who bought it last year, then it hasn't suddenly become rubbish just because the manufacturer has brought out a new one in a different colour for this year.

25/10/2013 at 23:02

I started around 15 stone with asics 2170s the new versions are gt2000 they are £55 at some online stores for over pronators 

26/10/2013 at 17:47

I have these i like them I overpronate too.

http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-questar-stability-ladies-running-shoes-215326

AND THEY'RE PINK!!

Edited: 26/10/2013 at 17:48
XX1
26/10/2013 at 19:29

Sophie -- I'd say that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11s would be a good buy at £30; however, my advice would be to try them on before you buy to ensure that they are comfortable and a good fit...  Also, IMHO the better your (running) form is the less important the shoes are...  But I guess that if you're just going to be walking then comfort is the only real criteria.

XX1
28/10/2013 at 11:04
Sussex Runner NLR wrote (see)

Get some off the shelf from Asda. Probably get a pair for 20 quid or something. Be as good as anything else. 

I agree.  I supinate (under pronate) - I've got Japanese bandy legs (damn my genes) - and I just wear minamalist type neutral running shoes with very litte-or-no protection.  I'm not a skinny runner either.

I think running form - actually how we run - is more important than the shoes we wear on our feet.  Have a look on youtube for chi running, natural running, Alexander Technique (they're all the same thing really).

I do about 40 miles a week and rarely have any problems; the odd niggle here and there, but that's normal.

XX1
28/10/2013 at 17:51

EDI -- So you pretty much agree with what I said then 

XX1
28/10/2013 at 20:16

Did he quote you? No!!  You want cheap shoes, get cheap shoes. there are so many other things you can do to make your running better that cost nothing. Expensive shoes contribute very little in comparison.

28/10/2013 at 22:41
TankDriver wrote (see)

EDI -- So you pretty much agree with what I said then 

Yes, mate, sorry, I didn't read all the posts.  I kinda assume everyone just advises on training shoes and it's nice to see a shift where people are now suggesting we look at the way we run too.

28/10/2013 at 22:46

Oh, good running form, sensible training (which includes rest days), a sensible race schedule (it's easy to race every week, sometimes twice a week if you join a club) are all important strategies in keeping injuries at bay.

I see some very good runners race week-after-week and sometimes I wonder how they get away with it, without getting injured; and then *bang* they're injured.  One lady in my club, a phenomonal runner - but seriously driven - has just severely damaged her achilies tendon; she knew it was causing her problems - but just kept racing every week on it.  This had nothing to do with her running shoes or running form and everything to do with her lack of rest periods.

 


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