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May 8, 2012 8:50 AM
I currently have a pair of Nike's but when I work out my feet get tingly...like I have no circulation and then it starts to hurt. These shoes have been fine, I have had them for about six months and never had a problem until I started the exercise routine. I'm thinking that maybe there isn't enough give to them? Anyways, what brand should I go with?
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May 8, 2012 8:52 AM
I have the same exact issue. I can't find a shoe that fits right. frown
May 8, 2012 8:54 AM
It is going to depend completely on your feet. You could go to a podiatrist (er I think I got that right) to get a medical recommendation. I have also found places like "Running Fit" to have people who can give good advice.

I have flat feet and find myself really liking Pumas. But a doctor did tell me I should probably have custom orthodics.
May 8, 2012 8:57 AM
I just got a pair of Nike Free's and they feel awesome. I've had several kind and sometimes my feet would hurt/ tingle during workouts. So far the Nike Free's feel great. Light weight and comfotable even with my wide feet.
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May 8, 2012 8:58 AM
What type of exercise are you doing.....Running shoes tend to do that to me if I wear them for things like TurboFire, Insanity, etc. Whether you are running or doing another type of exercise I would go to a Running Store (our local is called the Blue Mile) and get properly fitted. They can help with shoes for all types of exercise not just running.
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May 8, 2012 9:12 AM
Thanks everyone. I do both the elliptical and I did the exercise bike last night. It just sucks because I know I can work out for longer but it gets to the point where the pain in my feet are all I can focus on! I really can't afford custom made shoes so I'm hoping to find something for around $80 or under?
  8996646
May 8, 2012 9:30 AM
Do you have wide feet? I find some women's shoes are just too narrow for my feet. Try out a wider fitting and if you can go into a specialist shop for some assistance.
May 8, 2012 9:38 AM
If your feet are tingly, you're probably tying your shoes too tight. I learned this from my endurance coaches. Loosen your laces. Also, I can't tell you how valuable it is to go into a running store and get fitted for shoes. They'll make you try on many pairs and have you walk in front of them to see how your feet are shaped, etc. It's totally worth it. You won't get out of there with $50 shoes, but I can usually get a pair right around $100.
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May 8, 2012 9:43 AM
Might I suggest that it is not you shoes, but sciatica? Any back problems at all?
May 8, 2012 9:45 AM
Brooks.
May 8, 2012 9:45 AM
got to a running store ( running room ) and get fitted.

This was the best thing I ever did for my feet & legs
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May 8, 2012 9:47 AM
I wear the Merrell's with the Vibram sole. I hate shoes (or at least non-sandals), so these work fairly well for me.
May 8, 2012 9:47 AM
It has nothing to do with brand and everything to do with what the shoe is designed for. Each brand makes multiple types of shoes. Go to a proper athletic store and discuss your specific needs. Take your current shoes to show them the wear pattern.

Cheap isn't necessarily the best option. You may save $20 or $40 - but you'll pay later with sprains, strains, and being unable to workout. Invest in the proper footwear. Good luck!
Edited by perfektfox On May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
It could be the exercise you are doing . I am find with my nikes when I am walking/jogging or anything of that sort... but if I step on the eliptical or exercise bike I have to wear my chucks. and even then I get tingly.. I talked to my Dr about it and the only thing he could figure was the way I have my feet on the machine is what is causing the tingly - too much pressure on one spot for too long. I have found if I move my toes or feet every so often the tingling isn't so bad.
May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
I love my Saucony's, and they're supposed to be amazing for running.. but I am not finding them very amazing at all. I'd rather run barefoot... which is probably weird. :)
May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone. I do both the elliptical and I did the exercise bike last night. It just sucks because I know I can work out for longer but it gets to the point where the pain in my feet are all I can focus on! I really can't afford custom made shoes so I'm hoping to find something for around $80 or under?


I actually use sport sandals. I have long toes and often have issues with standard sneakers hurting. I have plantar fasciitis as well, so I need something supportive but soft to absorb impact. Teva Womens Toachi 2 is what I wear. My gym is ok with me wearing them as long as I don't use the barbells. So I stick to the machines, and I'm really big on the elliptical. They are ultra grippy as they're good for water use, so I do stick to the floor a bit too much for hip hop and zumba, but I've learned to dance "lighter". :-)

As for the tingling toes others have mentioned, I get that no matter what shoe, even barefoot, after about 30 minutes of repetitive activity.
Edited by sesecat On May 8, 2012 9:49 AM
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May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
QUOTE:

got to a running store ( running room ) and get fitted.

This was the best thing I ever did for my feet & legs



This, major reconstructive foot surgery, got fitted....I CAN RUN!
May 8, 2012 9:48 AM
I agree with several other posters - go to a running store and get fitted. Also, running shoes and training shoes are two different things. I have running shoes - used ONLY for running. They correct my underpronation and are wide (for my wide feet!). I also have training shoes, which I use ONLY for training. They give me stability to do things like spin class, Insanity, circuit training, strength training, etc. I actually bought a pair of men's shoes because they didn't have the kind I liked in wide in women's. You need a good fitting!!

*Edited to say that I spent $100 on each pair (Brooks running shoes & Reebok trainers) and it was well worth it. I'd rather be out the little bit of extra cash right now than have foot problems later.
Edited by LoraF83 On May 8, 2012 9:51 AM
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May 8, 2012 9:49 AM
My podiatrist recommended and I bought 2 years ago "New Balance" and they are the best shoe I have ever had.
May 8, 2012 9:49 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone. I do both the elliptical and I did the exercise bike last night. It just sucks because I know I can work out for longer but it gets to the point where the pain in my feet are all I can focus on! I really can't afford custom made shoes so I'm hoping to find something for around $80 or under?


Change your stance. Put your weight in your heels, not in the balls of your feet. Or move your feet around. You are getting numbness and pain from the constant pressure, not from the shoes themselves.
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May 8, 2012 9:50 AM
QUOTE:

I currently have a pair of Nike's but when I work out my feet get tingly...like I have no circulation and then it starts to hurt. These shoes have been fine, I have had them for about six months and never had a problem until I started the exercise routine. I'm thinking that maybe there isn't enough give to them? Anyways, what brand should I go with?


Go get fitted. Not at a chain store.

And are you doing the elliptical or something else? If it's on the elliptical, it's not the shoes.
May 8, 2012 9:50 AM
REI is a national chain and they do custom fittings.
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May 8, 2012 9:50 AM
Asics GT-2170 G-TX

I'm on my second pair of these, and when I tear this pair up, I will get yet another.
I will never ever, ever buy another type of shoe.
They're amazing.

They don't look cute and hip like Nike or Reebok but they will be the most comfortable shoe you will ever wear.

A good shoe is one that you forget you're wearing.
It gets out of the way and lets you get the job done.
This is that shoe.

Thank you and goodnight.
Edited by melbot24 On May 8, 2012 9:51 AM
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May 8, 2012 9:52 AM
New Balance jogging shoes. It's like walking on a cloud. And it's affordable. Their new line of shoes weights 9 ounces. So you're really feeling like your floating around.
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May 8, 2012 9:52 AM
Go to a running store and have them fit you to a shoe.
Have them explain why they picked that shoe for you.
Typically running shoes come in two basic variations.
Neutral shoe and Support shoe. depeds on your arch and your stride.
Once you know the type that best fits your foot, you can online shop or go to your local sporting goods store and find a cheaper option if the onoes at the running store are too expensive.

You can also check out online fitting tools like the one below from Brooks.
http://www.brooksrunning.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-BrooksRunning-Site/Sites-BrooksRunning-Library/default/brooks_shoe_advisor/Default.htm

It almost sounds like your current shoe is too tight and is stopping your circulation.
As you work out your foot can swell a little bit and if your shoe is borderline tight when not working out, it might be restricting blood flow when your working out.

Hope this helps.
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