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Seeking Shoe Advice!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I am looking for shoes in which to take LONG walks - not really hiking, definitely not running... We will be walking the upcoming Bolder Boulder and I want shoes now so that they will be nicely broken in by Memorial Day. My feet are problematic: my ankles turn in a bit when I walk, putting pressure on the balls of my feet resulting in a lot of pain - also, I believe this ankle issue contributes to pain in my knees and hips. AND, I tend to get blisters on my feet just below my toes (and sometimes on my toes) - oh, and I have high arches and high insteps. My feet get so tired and hurt so bad after only a couple of miles, and my hip and knee have been so bad that I just can't make myself go on our long walks. I've read about Vionic shoes, but cannot find any to try on. Can anyone offer shoe advice? Please? Thank you!!
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    After a little more in-depth research online, I discovered Asics also has shoes recommended for my type of issues. Since Asics are sold at Kohl's, I went in and tried EVERY shoe recommended for overpronators. Settled on an Asics GT 1000 5 (I think) and they are pretty wonderful! They have a deeper heel cup than others I tried and seem to hold my ankle/knee/hip alignment pretty well. These shoes, coupled with Wright Socks, have helped the blister issue.

    I did get a blister Saturday when we went for a 6 1/2 mile walk through town - and I had a really rough second half of the walk. I don't know what the issue was, but my hip/thigh/knee became uncomfortable, though I wouldn't say painful. But my feet - the bottoms - ached like crazy. I had to sit about every half mile - just for a minute or two, but my gosh!! I will say here that I was really tired to begin with - some misguided (to put it kindly) person decided to trigger the fire alarm in our condo building at 11:30 pm - I had just turned out the light when the alarm went off. Couldn't go to sleep until after 2:30 after that - not frightened, just wide awake :( Four hours of sleep is not great for my energy level!

    The next day I went for two walks - approximately 2 miles each - and had no issues. Last night we went 2 1/2 miles and my feet were achy again. Today I feel amazing to begin with. Maybe it's just age and misshapen feet?? Well, I HAVE to work through it all. We will be walking the Bolder Boulder 10k on Memorial Day and it is really important to me to be able to finish it. I realize age (59) brings its challenges, but I MUST do this!

    Have been carefully tracking my food and exercise - lost about 6 pounds in the first 3 weeks and nothing since - dang it! Surely it will come of if I stick with this!
    935 days ago
    Thanks, SPARTANJAI!! I have sought out advice at the local REI - really the only place for active-type shoes. We are just so limited here. Solomon has some that might work.

    GRANNY2SK1, thanks for sharing your experience! I will look at QVC, and keep in mind the size suggestion.

    I appreciate both of you taking the time to comment!!
    947 days ago
    Oops where you want even.
    948 days ago
    Do you have a shoe place for runners near you? They can suggest brands then you can buy them where you wany.
    948 days ago
    I ordered my vionics from QVC and I love them. I can not find them in my area either but you could call some shoe stores and ask if they carry them. I buy mine 1/2 size larger. They are a little pricey, well worth it. QVC has better prices and a larg
    948 days ago
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