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good but inexpensive walking shoes

I have a pair of cross trekkers, had 2 actually and they fell apart after about 6-8 months... the pair I am wearing now I actually used shoe glue to seal up the sole to the leather and keep them together a bit longer. (the second pair was gotten after a return and exchange from the first pair.) I have found that shoes just do not hold up for me so I hate spending more than $30 total on shoes. Anyone reccomend any other brands good for walking? I also use the same pair to run errands in and go about the day. All I need is plain white with nice support. thanks in advance.

Fri. May 26, 2:34pm

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First of all, depending on your weekly mileage, it's best to replace your shoes every 4-6 months anyway. Sounds like you wear them a lot. It is really important that your shoes cushion your joints as you walk, and as you wear them, the cushioning just flattens down. You should also be sure to get a shoe that supports your walking style (the way your foot strikes the ground, arch height, etc.). So, unfortunately, a good pair of shoes is worth spending some money on because you're paying for support to your legs and joints.

Try shoe outlet stores. Not sure where you live, but many big companies like New Balance and Nike have outlet stores where you can get great, older model shoes for around $40-$50.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 6:15 PM

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I love my New Balance. They come in a variety of widths. They are going to be more than $30 but it's so important to have proper footware that I think it's worth it.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 10:04 PM

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i'm a new balance wearer myself-i find they last about 6 months max (i use them at least 5 days a week)-and then i need to downgrade them to my "lawn mowing" shoes. haha.

i like new balance-comfortable and affordable. i don't really expect to get more than a few months out of my sneakers if i'm "using" them the way i intend to.

Saturday, May 27, 2006, 12:46 AM

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You may do better if you get a "walking" shoe with a bunch of support, and a different shoe for running errands, etc. That way, your walking shoe won't get worn out and scraped up getting in/out of doors/cars/etc., or wet in the rain, or scraped on the underside of the grocery cart. You can get simple sneakers form Kohl's or Target or KMart, etc., that'll be just fine for running errands, and get nicer walking shoes and be sure to take good care of them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 3:49 PM

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new balance shoes rock! they're cute , comfortable, last long and are inexpenseive ( i bought my last pair for $50)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 5:00 PM

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You don't want try to save money but injure your feet in the long run. I did that - I was cheap and kept wearing the same old shoes and I think in the long run it causes more foot and knee damage. Really, it's not worth it! Get yourself some good sturdy shoes - they will last longer and it will pay in the long run.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 5:27 AM

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goodwill and thrift stores- I swear to god these are the best places. I have found Prada shoes in goodwill before.

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 3:58 PM

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yeah, i want someone's old broken down shoes for working out in.... that defeats the whole purpose for buying new shoes.

damn, i'm tired of these old threads resurfacing with pointless comments for the sake of rejuvinating an old thread.

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 4:48 PM

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TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Filene's Basement, Nordstrom Rack, etc. All the stores that sell "extras" of batches of goods. Shoes there are around half of what they'd be retail.

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 6:07 PM

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You can find "NEW" shoes on Ebay for a fraction of the cost. I just purchased a pair of Brooks Ariel for less than $50.00 and they're regularly priced at more than $100.00.

Friday, September 28, 2007, 3:03 PM

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DSW also has some good deals as well as Kohls.

Friday, September 28, 2007, 4:16 PM

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sketchers are great i have worn them for awhile now they have didfferent ones for differt styles u should try those

Saturday, July 26, 2008, 10:15 PM

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Decathalon have good range of walking shoes at a variety of prices. I'm not sure if they are in the US though. They are definatly in the Uk and france. you might be able to shop online with them.

Monday, July 28, 2008, 1:49 PM

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you can't go wrong with nike.

Monday, July 28, 2008, 4:32 PM

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its hard to find a "good" pair of shoes for $30. I am willing to pay the extra amount on a good pair of asics. I figure the health I gain and the savings on food makes up for it. has a fit expert who can help. The right shoe makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Im a nurse and walking is my LIFE. btw, I have no connection with runners world except that Im a customer.
Shelly aka suelly

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 8:26 PM

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I had Sketchers that lasted for 10 years! Talk about sturdy.... and I washed them all the time. Of course, I did have inserts for greater support-- Birkenstock insoles-- they are still good after 12 years, wash them all the time too.

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 11:29 PM

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They always have nice New Balance and Nike shoes for under $30 at Ross, if there's one in your area. New Balance are my favorite because they're nice and wide for my feet...

Monday, October 13, 2008, 2:36 PM

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