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Nike + iPod Shoes

Ok, I've read the threads about the nike shoes and how you don't really have to use nike shoes. Personally, I like adidas cross trainers, but my husband insists that there's no difference between tennis shoes/running shoes (we call them tennies in this part of the US). I insist that Nikes run narrow and my feet are too wide and thus more comfortable in adidas.

So, here's my question/poll - What kind of shoes do you run in, why and what do you call them?

Wed. Dec 27, 4:08pm

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I wear Nike Shox running shoes and I call them my running shoes, or simply - Shox. Nike does run a bit small, but I just move up a half size.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 4:29 PM

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I wear New Balance 1121 running shoes. there is a big difference between just tennies and running shoes, so they are my running shoes! I try to get non leather running shoes, and I really like the New Balance. I'm not a fan of Nike either, but it has been a long time since I've worn them. I actually go about 2 sizes bigger than my regular shoes!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 4:44 PM

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There are differences between athletic shoes

Tennis shoes:
The quick side-to-side moves in tennis make lateral support and the prevention of ankle rollover a major factor in shoe selection for all players. Characteristics:
* A relatively wide, stable outsole with a flat bottom and tread pattern
* A sturdy upper (leather or leather/nylon combinations are most common) that can hold the foot snugly in place
* A good lacing system will hold your foot snugly in place and won't loosen or require frequent re-tying due to repeated side-to-side movement
* Consider a higher cut shoe if you are especially prone to ankle rollover

Cross-training shoes:
* They are the most versatile athletic shoes available
* Cross-training shoes meet the basic comfort, cushioning, stability, and durability requirements of many popular sports and activities
* They are an economical choice. Cross-trainers allow you to buy a single pair of athletic shoes for a variety of uses.
* Cross-training shoes are not recommended for anyone on a regular running program
* Cross-trainers do not offer enough cushioning and flexibility for runners
* They are heavier than typical running shoes

Walking shoes:
Walking shoes are performance footwear products designed to meet very specific functional requirements of the sport. The mechanics of walking are distinct from other activities, such as running or aerobics, so it is important to wear a walking shoe to get the most comfort and efficiency out of the activity. A walker's foot flexes more than a runner's during toe-off, therefore the make-up and construction of a walking shoe must allow for this flexibility.
- Walking shoes have a low-profile heel with a slight bevel on the lateral (outer) side of the heel to steady the foot and ankle, help prepare you for roll-through, and encourage an efficient foot strike
- Shock absorption isn't as big a requirement in walking shoes as it is in more high-impact activity shoes
- The heel on a walking shoe should be specially designed to accommodate the natural roll-through motion of walking
- Most walking shoes will have a relatively low midsole profile since a walker's cushioning needs are only moderate
- Heel counter--This is a plastic or composite material used to reinforce the heel area and increase stability. It will keep your foot snugly in place and centered in your shoe as you walk.

Running shoes:
- Running shoes on a tennis court (or an aerobics class) are a sprained or broken ankle waiting to happen. Running shoes are built with a thick, soft heel to maximize cushioning for straight-forward, heel-to-toe foot impacts. Runners don't cut sharply sideways, and the running shoe sole, especially the heel, is much too unstable for the sideways movements of tennis.
- Few activities put more stress on the feet and body than running. Finding a shoe that offers the cushioning and stability to match your running style and foot shape is essential not only to your comfort, but also your overall health. The wrong shoe can move the stress on your feet all the way up to the hips and the lower back, where it can cause serious problems.

To answer your poll, I run in Saucony, New Balance, or Ryka (which are designed for women's feet and are a bit wider). I find Nike's too narrow. I am familiar with the term "tennies" but I wear running shoes and call them running shoes.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 4:50 PM

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So I just came home with my first MP3 player.

I was going to get the iPod because the shoe thing sounds really cool, but I don't like Nike shoes.
I have 4 pairs of New Balance running shoes, and 2 pairs of NB walkers. I don't use any of my other shoes anymore.

So how do you use the iPod thingy without the Nike shoes?

I could still take this one back and get the iPod....

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 8:47 PM

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I have to say I was not a fan of Nike shoes as well, but after I found their Nike Free's I don't think I can ever wear another sneaker/running shoe. They are designed to be as though you were barefoot so they are super light. I have very bad feet and although I do have to go up a size with Nike they are the only shoe that does not hurt after wearing them all day. Nike takes pride in their running shoe and a lot of technology goes into making all their shoes.

Personally I have my Nike Free's with the Nike Plus Technology and the way it works is that it has a little slot to put in the gadget that works with your Ipod. I know several people who just place it under their foot while they run, but I cannot imagine that would be very comfortable.

I hope this helps.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 11:42 PM

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Thanks for the great information 4:50! I always have a heck of a time choosing which type of shoe to buy.

I call them gym shoes when I'm working out at the gym and running shoes when I'm out running. Same shoes. I should get a pair for each but I use the same ones. Sauconys. I get them from, they have free shipping both ways so you can get a few pairs and return whatever you don't want. I've never hade a problem returning anything.

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 8:36 AM

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I call them trainers. Pretty common general term in this part of the world.

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 8:39 AM

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