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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:13 am 
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I'm sure there is a thread about this in The Mall, but I want specifically UK recs, please, for running shoes. I'm not going to be doing marathons or anything, but, ive joined a running group at work and we're going out at lunchtimes a few times per week. Mine are so old I bought them before I gave up leather 15 years ago!

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:28 am 
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Some of Reebok are all synthetic. I think they are meant to be moving to all synthetic from what I remember. I really hope I didn't dream all that.

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:28 am 
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you'll be surprised but a lot of the major brands have leather free trainers.

Mine are Asics, which are supposed to be really good (I like them but I'm no expert) and they don't have leather. I'm sure adidas and nike have leather free options too. Best bet is to go to a sports or running shop and get their advice on which ones are right for you and then just check out whether there's leather in them.

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:51 am 
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Really? Wow. I suppose now I have to find a sports shop. I probably walk past about 10 per day but ignore them.

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:24 am 
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Yep. I really didn't have a clue so I just found myself a nice 12 year old assistant in JJB to help me! :)

Seriously though, there is a running shop in the town I used to live in and they will put you a treadmill and assess your style etc and suggest the perfect shoes. I didn't know this at the time though so I got them in a sports shop and they're still going strong. Having said that I suck at running and don't go that often, which is why they've lasted I guess.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:10 am 
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Yep as Sal said go to a proper running store & get them to do a gait analysis. That'll help you find a shoe with the right support. Asics, New Balance & Brooks all have a tonne of leather free options and are (as far as my research a few years ago told me) at the more ethical end of the scale as far as big companies go.

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:37 am 
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Cool, I just did a search and there's one really close to me that advertises that treadmill service thing. do you just wear normal shoes when you go?

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:25 pm 
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Just wear the trainers you have. You run on the treadmill in those & they film your foot strike & watch it back with you. They will tell you about your gait & let you try some on the best type of shoe for your running style. You get to try them on the treadmill too & they keep checking until they find the best pair. Often people are advised to buy a half size bigger than they usually are. However I find that mizuno are a big fitting so I don't need to up size with this brand.

There is a vegan runners group & I've posted a link to their list of vegan shoes.

http://www.veganrunners.org.uk/articles ... _1398.html


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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:29 pm 
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Thanks. I'm really excited to go again!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:31 pm 
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More vegan shoe lists!;

http://runvegan.wordpress.com/shoe-guide/

I personally run in Newtons and really love them. But getting a treadmill gait assessment is definitely the best way to go :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:24 am 
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I recently bought a pair of Puma Faas 500s which are super comfy and leather free. I really like them.


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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:23 pm 
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from that linked list of katies, i'd take a very good look at inov-8. i have a pair of roclite 305s, and cidersmurfette has 2 pairs of inov-8 trail running shoes. they're a small(ish) UK company (if that kind of thing bothers/influences you) and they make very good, super light and comfy running shoes for all surfaces. go somewhere to get your gait analysed first, as advised, then see if you can get inov-8s that fit and feel right. you won't regret it!

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Thanks all. I'm going to go on Saturday afternoon to get my gait analysed, I'm really excited about it!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:45 pm 
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Got it done, it was ace. Proper cringey moment though watching my snow white calves back at me from the screen. They gave me a few pairs to try, were completely unfazed by the vegan thing and were really nice. I got a pair of Mizunos. They are a bit too pink for me but I really wanted to buy them there and support the shop rather than go home and Internet them. I'm giddy to try them! It's one of the very few independent shops that are still around from when I first moved here and on a hit sunny afternoon the shop was full. It was a real eye opener for me (though I must say I wasn't expecting them to be so pricey).

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 Post subject: Re: Running shoes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:20 pm 
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I have Mizunos & mine were expensive too but they have been great. I've found that quite a few of these shops offer 10% discount to get your custom or if you go back to them. Enjoy your first run!


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