Recommend better cushioning for Barricade II wearer

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  1. dppitone

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    Two years ago I found that the Barricade II worked just right in fit and stability for me. I had to contend with fairly narrow feet and a higher than average arch, while needing a lot of stability.

    Now though I've developed Metatarsalgia in my right foot, which is a bad tenderness in the ball of the foot right behind the middle toes. I don't think I'm getting enough cushioning out of these Barricade IIs.

    I know this is a fairly specific question, but can anyone recommend a different sneaker that will bring together the features of the Barricades IIs with better cushioning in the forfoot area?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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  2. cerbe

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    How old are the shoes you are currently wearing?

    Hope not to old.
     
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  3. TheRed

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    The barricade II's have fairly poor cushioning, IMO. They feel great for about a month before the cushioning breaks down and my knees start hurting. You might wanna try Prince's T10's. Nikes are fairly good too b/c their air cushioning doesn't break down as easily. the Cage II's are medium width and has a high arch. I hear good things about the yonex 306's cushioning but I've yet to try them. Asics resolutions also have better cushioning but the width is medium and the arch support is average to low. You can always correct low arches with orthotics, over the counter or from a podiatrist. I recommend you buying a couple pairs from TW and trying them on and returning the ones you don't like or don't fit properly. Note the forefoot cushioning on the ones you try. frankly, I've yet to encounter a shoe that has insufficient heel cushioning but too many shoes lack forefoot cushioning.
     
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  4. JSE

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    I'm personally a fan of Prince shoes due to their above average cushioning. I play in the MC4 and MV4. The MC4 being the "cushiest" with the MV4 still very cushy. They both have great forefoot cushion.

    However, I still use sole inserts. I think the ones I am currently using are made by Spenco. They have models that are specifically for forefoot cushion. I use a model for heel and forefoot. They're are several different brands and everyone has their favorite but the Spenco's work for me and they can be found at just about any sports store.

    With the pain your having, I would definitely recommend looking into inserts. They can really help.
     
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  5. jrod

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    Try the Asics Gel Resolution. Better cushioning, comfort and equal or better performance to B2's...not quite as good on durability however.
     
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  6. dppitone

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    The Barricade IIs I have are pretty old. I probably have 200 hours on them. Maybe it's just time to replace.
     
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  7. snoopy

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    What insert are you using for forefoot cushioning? You said Spenco, but what particular model?

    I am playing in the MV4s and they are a nice shoe but I need more cushion in the forefoot.

    Thank you.
     
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    vapor v...there amazing comfort...
     
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  9. goober

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    200 hours is alot. Time to replace. For the BIIs I usually replace the insoles after about 50-60 hours.

    If you want more cushioning move up to the BIV or Vs.
     
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  10. JSE

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    I think it's the Polysorb Crosstrainer model. The insert has both heel and forefoot cushioning which is what I need. The insert only changes the fit of the MV4 slightly. I found no need to go up a size. I think they actually make a forefoot specific model as well.

    I'm sure there are better more pricey insert options out there but the Spenco's have worked really well for me so I've had no reason to change. I think they were around $20 or so.
     
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  11. dppitone

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    These BIIs still look fairly new, even after 200 hours. I suppose it's hard to judge whether or not they're spent by looks. I'm thinking of trying the BII Mids this time.

    Thanks for all the suggestions of other sneakers, but it seems like width and arch don't match up as well as the BII model.
     
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  12. T1000

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    You could try yonex, they're really comfortable. The 106s are light, comfortable, and cheap compared to most shoes.
     
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  13. todot62

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    I wore BII's for almost three years and LOVED the fit. I started having some heel pain and wanted more cushion. I went through a few pairs of Nike BFII's and they seemed to fit the bill okay for more comfort. I also tried the Cage II's and didn't like them at all. I thought I would try the Asics Gel Resolution because they were cheaper than the BFII's and I had heard so many good things about them, and they are just so dang good looking.

    Well they fit very similar to the BII's but with more cushioning, just what you are looking for. The only difference I can tell is that the toe box is a bit more narrow. I have heard that the Yonex 306 has the same fit and cushioning but with a bigger toe box.

    Tod
     
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  14. nickynu

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    just stick some sorbothane double strike insoles in like I do its the most cushiony soft lovliness you will ever feel with the solid barricade 2s wrapped around for uber stability
     
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