I need a running shoe rec!

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  1. PatrickT

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    I've started thinking that maybe I should start running along with playing tennis. I used to run XC and Track in highschool, but that was ~8 years ago.

    I want to get some decent running shoes...any recomendations? I currently wear (and love) my Nike Lunar Vapor Tours for tennis.
     
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  2. anhuynh16

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    Nike Lunarglide 3, easy to find on discount and pretty good shoe. Also try the Lunar Eclipse or Free run +2s.
     
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  3. XFactorer

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    Go to a running store if there is one available to you (not a big-box Dick's Sporting Goods or equivalent). They'll be able to help analyze your gait cycle and recommend a shoe based on that (which is the most important thing).
     
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  4. 14OuncesStrung

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    Why would you want to start running as well as playing tennis?
    Don't your joints get enough pounding as it is?
    In my opinion, you're much better off doing some weight training. Anyway if you're going to buy a running shoe..
    No one can make a useful recommendation until you tell us about your feet. You have a high/normal/low arch?
     
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  5. jtrain_36

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    I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but you don't need shoes at all. Your feet are pretty good at running on their own.
     
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  6. sportsfan1

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    I asked around people recommended Asics as running shoes, so that's what I use generally. Also trying Brooks, just for a change.
     
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  7. OriginalHockeytowner

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    I've found the stability shoe offerings (for mild to moderate overpronators like me) from Asics, Brooks, and Mizuno to be practically interchangeable. Hardly any difference between them. However, I prefer the Brooks Adrenaline series, but that usually comes down to a better cosmetic.

    I avoid Saucony like the plague, because the toebox on their stability shoe nearly cuts into my foot, and they have severe durability issues on the uppers
     
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  8. ductrung3993

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    Asics GT2160 - $60 on Amazon. And you don't really need to go up a size unless you have a wide feet (I did and then felt it was a lil' too roomy).
     
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  9. 14OuncesStrung

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    You're not funny.
     
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  10. Readers

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    Asics, if you weigh over 150 lb, I would say either nimbus or kayano, if you weigh less, cumulus or 2160.
     
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  11. ArliHawk

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    Try Pearl Izumi. I think they make the best running shoes.
     
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    I am a huge fan of the Saucony Kinvara and Mirage shoes. I have a fairly neutral stride and a mid-foot strike. I like the Kinvara for anything short and fast - 5K or less maybe - and the Mirage for anything over 5 miles of a slower recovery run because they have more support if I'm not as focused on staying light on my feet.

    I tried the Nike Lunar shoes - which some minimalist runners seem to really like, but the cushioning just felt sluggish to me.
     
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  13. jrxl

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    I think it may be easier to blindly suggest a racquet or strings than running shoes. Go to a running focused store, try a bunch on, have the sales person watch you run in them, listen to their advice, don't cheap out. Nothing anyone says about a particular brand or model here matters, find what is best for you.

    YUP.
     
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  14. XFactorer

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    I do running in conjunction with tennis (both for fun more than for "training" or anything serious). I loved the Lunar Vapor Tour 8s, too.

    If you want a similar feel, try the Nike Vomero+ 7s. It's super soft just like the Vapors. If you have pronation issues, try the LunarGlides or Structure Triax.

    As for brands, go with the brand you like. Most brands will have a complete line shoes for all the different types of runners. I personally use Nike for all my sporting needs.
     
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  15. thebeast73

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    Nike Lunar Montreal
     
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  16. Tar Heel Tennis

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    1. Stop reading after post #3

    2. Follow instructions in post #3

    3. Live happily knowing that you are wearing the proper running shoes for your feet.


    * I recently went through this process....the shoes I ended up getting I never would have purchased on my own. But they fit my feet like a glove and I now know what type of running shoe works best for my foot/gait/running style.
     
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  17. XFactorer

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    Amen! :-D
     
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  18. 3fees

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    It depends on what kind of running your going to do.
    Theres track, grass,trail and street

    For Street running like a boxer,,Nike Alvord 9 with stone guard is like running on a cloud, I have the 8's very comfortable for street running.lol

    :)
     
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  19. westpac690

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    If you already know if you need a cushioned, or a structured running shoe, that's great. If you don't, go to a running shoe store and have them work with you and be fitted for the proper shoe for your running motion, otherwise be prepared for foot/joint issues.
    With that being said, I am a HUGE proponent of what Brooks has done with their shoes. DNA cushioning is awesome.
    I've run in Asics, Nike, New Balance, Saucony, and Mizuno. And I'd say Brooks is the leader of the pack by far.
     
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  20. XFactorer

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    The Alvord is meant for trail running, I believe. Not really meant for 'street running." The Stone Guard protects against stones and exposed roots on a trail more than it does protect against little pieces of gravel on a road surface.
     
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    Ditto to this post. It's better for you, your feet, and your wallet to do it this way.
     
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  22. PatrickT

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    Thanks guys (and sorry for the late reply).

    I ended up going to a running store. Well worth it. I learned that I definitely overpronate (moreso on one foot than the other). Tried on a bunch of shoes, ran in all of them and finally decided on the Nike Lunarglide 3's. Very comfortable, nice support, etc.

    Well worth it to go to a real running shop where they make you run, take video, look at your gait, etc.
     
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  23. 3fees

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    Actually for street running too, I have used mine for some time,they are very comfortable, no matter what street you run on,,rocks will be there, curbs, and sometimes no sidewalks,,I ran 14 plus miles other day in these,
    zero foot problems..

    Cheers
    3Fees :)
     
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  24. Lefty5

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    at most: brooks pure connect,
    less: merrell trail glove,
    least: barefoot

    Traditional running shoes will kill you.
     
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  25. NJ1

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    Yup, same with Adidas xt3s. Technically lightweight trail runners but they suit me better for road running than any road specific shoe too. Always worn a variant of these for all my running needs since going to a specialist running store and listening to their advice
     
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