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22-08-2006
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Seeking running shoes that are actually not ugly - is that an impossible request?
My husband has recently taken up jogging, and the tennis shoes he runs in are starting to hurt his feet. He thinks that's probably cos they're not made for running.

Anyway, he's in the market for running shoes, and so far has come across hideous stuff like these: "http://tinyurl.com/pve49"

Does anyone out there know of good-looking running shoes?

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22-08-2006
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I've been running for many years, and have not come across any great looking running shoes. Unfortunately, most of the running shoes I have used over the years (Nike, New Balance, and lately Mizuno) all look more or less like the ones in the link you posted.

IMHO running is one area where functionality and fit outweigh style -- I learned this the hard way early-on when I started running after I developed several running injuries due to wearing non-running or poorly fitting shoes.

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IMHO running is one area where functionality and fit outweigh style -- I learned this the hard way early-on when I started running after I developed several running injuries due to wearing non-running or poorly fitting shoes.
That is a devastating statement... :-/ With so many millions of people in the market for running shoes, you'd think someone would have come up with a solution...

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23-08-2006
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I am a regular runner, I usually wear Nike Air, and I also wear Puma, they are comfortable to run in, and I really like their style, but they hurt my bank.

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03-09-2006
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I think that many trail running shoes tend to be better looking since the colors are darker. You can use them on all surfaces.

My favorite brands are New Balance and Asics. (When I say favorite I don't mean because they look the best, but that they are the most solid and I am least likely to get shin splints in them).

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03-09-2006
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i like new balance as well...
what about stella mccartney for adidas?...

her stuff is really cute AND functional...
though i don't know if she has anything specifically for running right now....
what i did see in the main window at the bdwy/houston store was really cute...
could almost get me into the gym.....



hey----i said ALMOST.......



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I run at least every second day for at least an hour. So I may call myself a regular runner (I even need more than just one pair). And I HATE MY RUNNING SHOES!!! Since I need real stabilisation I buy them in specialised running stores (where they observe my running style every time I buy a new pair...). I only buy shoes which really fit my needs and these regulary are VERY UGLY!!! I'm a UK size 8/9 and since running shoes have to be at least one size bigger I normaly have to buy men's shoes which makes it even worse! I normaly buy asics. My feet and back love them and that's most important. I usually run in the woods early in the morning and go for really cool sportswear (Stella McCartneys Adidas Line or Puma) so I hope noone will notice my clonesque huge feet .

I hope I could help a bit. But honestly I would NEVER buy running shoes just because they look good. They have to be functional and as much as I love Nikes I would never use them for running. This is where fashion stops for me. I startet running in New Balance and my back and knees ALWAYS hurt after exercising. What I'm trying to say is: Go (you or your husband) to a specialised running store and get the shoes which fit your/his personal needs and running style (street, woods, both...). That's the only reasonable thing to say. Above the shoes is where the creativity starts...

This is how my running shoes look like...

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04-09-2006
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I would have to agree, running shoes are one thing where function outweighs fashion. I'd rather have slightly ugly running shoes than attractive ones that could hurt me.

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10-09-2006
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I am in love with Puma sneakers... they're stylish and perfect for running!

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Quote:
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IMHO running is one area where functionality and fit outweigh style -- I learned this the hard way early-on when I started running after I developed several running injuries due to wearing non-running or poorly fitting shoes.

I agree. As long as the shoes don't make you self-concious, do not worry about they look like. The important thing is that they are the right kind of shoe for you (motion control, stability, cushioning, etc...) Your best bet is to go to a running specialty store and have their salespeople help you... it's their job. If you want to order online, this website explains how to determine your foot type.

Once you get past that, pick a cool color to spice things up. I loooove Asics... the traditional running shoe. Lots of cute colors, not really dorky. =D



so cute..

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15-09-2006
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Thanks everyone. My husband ended up choosing a pair of Asics after lots of research - he realised he had to give up on the form and focus on the function.

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