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I just bought a pair of New Balance shoes yesterday. I took a 2 mile walk today and the elastic attached to the tongues of the shoes rubbed me raw on the sides and bottoms of my feet. Has anyone ever cut the elastic out of their shoes? If so, did it affect the wearability of the shoes at all?

TIA,
Trish


Sat. Apr 8, 8:18pm

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Trish-- Before you cut the shoes, go back to the New Balance Shoes. I believe they have a really good return policy-- maybe the people at the store can suggest a different pair of shoes or re-fit you...I've heard of friends who have worn their shoes for weeks and returned them to exchange for another better-fitting pair. I haven't had their shoes, but their policy is supposed to be very good!

If you cut parts out, though, then the shoes won't be able to be returned.....

Also, make sure you are NOT wearing cotton socks-- if so, that will cause blistering because it holds moisture...

Sunday, April 09, 2006, 2:48 AM

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Really??? Not cotton socks? I thought cotton was better to wick away the moisture. So what kind should I be wearing?

Sunday, April 09, 2006, 8:54 AM

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They are "hydrophilic" and HOLD moisture, which can lead to blisters and chafing, especially if you have sweaty feet... :-)

2 things that can help:

1) Bodyglide (if your feet are extremely sweaty, this stuff helps "lubricate" them in your soce.

2) Synthetic wicking socks-- find them at sports shops--If you go back to New Balance, I'm sure they have some....

Footlocker has some - 3 for $10
Thorlos are $12 - found in hiking and running shoes stores...

Lots of brands, but stay away from Cotton if you have sweaty feet and they will thank you for it!

Do a search on socks--I'm sure I posted a huge paragraph on PT somewhere!
(I'll see if I can find the link!

--IrisSVB

Sunday, April 09, 2006, 10:40 AM

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agree on the socks.
You can also buy 'diabetic' socks from any drugstore - they have 'Coolmax' technology (the same as in athletic socs) and most come with no seams! Appalachian Trail hikers swear by them.
If the socks you bought come with seams (at the toes), wear them inside out.

Monday, April 10, 2006, 10:24 AM

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Trish-- Did you ever go back to the New Balance Store? How did things go?


Monday, April 10, 2006, 1:37 PM

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I went back to the store today. There was a very un-helpful girl at the counter. She didn't have any answers for me except that if I cut the elastic out and the problem persists they can give me store credit toward another pair of shoes. I'm going to cut it out and do my 2 miles tomorrow with better socks and hope for the best.

Thanks for all the info on good socks to wear. I never knew!
Trish

Monday, April 10, 2006, 3:36 PM

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Hmm.. Maybe you should try a different store? Doesn't sound like the girl, knew much! I would have thought they would have tried to re-fit you! Hopefully, you got her name, so that if they give you hassle, you can still return the shoes!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:13 AM

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size bigger

Most runners recommend you buy 1/2 to 1 size larger running shoes (also applys to walking) than your everyday shoes because of the constant stress and pounding on the feet and toes, in general. If you do take them back, you might try a bigger size. I wear a women's size 10 in dress shoes and a women's size 11 in running shoes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 7:47 AM

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I agree- sizing 1/2 size bigger may help--just make sure you have well-padded socks, so that your fut doesn't shift around. Shoes that are too tight can lead to losing toenails if you are an avid runner or walker. (if your toes hit the top and front of the shoe too much, it's possible for them to develop bilsters under the toenails--epsecially if you have to go downhill a lot!)

Proper fit is key...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 8:16 AM

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