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Wow! Good job i read this first. Tomorrow i was going to go to the local JJB's and enquire about running shoes and make my first investment in proper kit

Ill wait another month till ive got time off work and get myself to a proper store instead.

Cheers folks!
 

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Well said Joe.

If you have not been to a running shop before, try to find one that does gait assessments.
Also, take the trainers you have using with you.

Good luck, keep us informed.
 

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Joe- they're fine for "kit" in fact it's rare I'll buy kit from a running specialist, quite often they'll rip you off. I'd suggest www.startfitness.co.uk for running kit at a reasonable price or any high-street sports store. For running shoes unless YOU know what you're on about (in which case there are some real bargains to be had with good name trainers on the shelves at cheap prices in some of these stores) go to a running store, but don't necessarily buy there, if you're sneaky (don't do this myself as I almost always buy online), then work out what shoe you want and then check online. Even online there is a massive variation in price, the pair I've got arriving were £30 on one site and £65 on another, and a different pair I was also looking t were £40 on the previously cheaper site and £30 on the more expensive one! I only think this is fair if you haven't had much help from the staff, if they've done the whole gait analysis or spent a fair amount of time talking to you, it's only fair to buy from there.
 

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Just be careful buying on line. If you are really in for a bargain...got get your feet assessed, get fitted, then look around. Any running shop that works from integrity will understand and advise you regardless. Everyone wants a bargain. Speak to them...they may even cut you a deal. Good example is if you've been in the Asics 2100 and think you'll pick up a bargain 2110, think again. Asics changed the shoe, split the midsole resulting in a slightly less supportive version of the 2100. They corrected it in the 2120...which supports like the old 2100. Buyer beware. Just ask the sales associate for advice. Be honest, they may even have something in the back of the shop to suit your budget and you can always run around in it, try it and if it's rubbish...take it back in reasonable time...a good shop will honor their sales. Also some are flogged off cheaplyas they are preempting the latest model hitting the stores and want to make room for the latest and greatest technology. You know a shop run by experienced runners will sort you out vs. a high street shop full of people earning a paycheck. Good luck.
 

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The thing to do is wait till the end of the season, then get everything in the sales cheap, just 'cos it's a differrent colour. Stick to the same shoes though - It's asking for injury otherwise.
 
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