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Dog walking shoes ? ideas?

ok all. i got Poppy at beginning of march at 8 weeks old. along with her i got a brand new pair of SAS shoes. today i looked at the bottom of my shoes and now see a worn out spot through the rubber part of the sole
on the positive though, i have lost two pant waist sizes from all the walking

due to surgeries and fractures in my hip and knee i need a 'soft" shoe. i have made SAS shoes reach a year and a half prior to replacing. now i have a doberman

any ideas on a shoe that exceeds SAS or is equal to their quality that might last longer?

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Asics are supposed to be good for softness.

Do you need the padding, or do you need a neutral lift? I am rehabbing a fractured hip and multiple leg and back injuries by wearing completely unpadded shoes. Vibram five fingers. I love them as they make me pay attention to how I'm walking, placing my feet and they make sure I know to stop when I've over done things.




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UGGS. It's like walking on a cloud. They're so comfortable and taken care of right, they last for years. I'm about due for another pair, but I think the ones I have now are going on at least 4 or 5 years. They're good in snow and they're easy to slip on and off too!



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I've been pretty happy with "skater shoes". I had a pair of Vans that I wore through (on sale from JC Penny), and now I'm on to a pair of Airwalks (from Payless). The girlie ones can be very badly girlie, but the guy ones will typically come in solid black (Which I prefer).

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Asics are supposed to be good for softness.

Do you need the padding, or do you need a neutral lift? I am rehabbing a fractured hip and multiple leg and back injuries by wearing completely unpadded shoes. Vibram five fingers. I love them as they make me pay attention to how I'm walking, placing my feet and they make sure I know to stop when I've over done things.
more padding for impact/shock. the surgeons who did my knee surgery werent the greatest (occurred while in the service)
it seams from experience when i buy run of the mill 40-60 dollar shoes, after about a month or two my knee screams at me letting me know the padding is gone. thus why i have been using SAS. even though the soles are worn through on this pair, its still fealing like feet candy. am hoping there is something else out there that might be of same quality but maybe a little harder rubber sole. i did find a cobbler (shocking they are still out there) on the phone he mentioned re soling was 50 bucks. made an appointment to drop em off for him to look at. i didnt catch if that was per shoe or for the pair though.

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more padding for impact/shock. the surgeons who did my knee surgery werent the greatest (occurred while in the service)
it seams from experience when i buy run of the mill 40-60 dollar shoes, after about a month or two my knee screams at me letting me know the padding is gone. thus why i have been using SAS. even though the soles are worn through on this pair, its still fealing like feet candy. am hoping there is something else out there that might be of same quality but maybe a little harder rubber sole. i did find a cobbler (shocking they are still out there) on the phone he mentioned re soling was 50 bucks. made an appointment to drop em off for him to look at. i didnt catch if that was per shoe or for the pair though.
have you gone to a running store to get fitted for shoes? it's possible you're just not wearing shoes with the proper support for the way you walk.

usually the consult is free.

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Perhaps what you need is prescription orthopedic insoles that you can use with any properly fitted sneaker.

I have very high arches and feet that according to my podiatrist have a "metatarsal deformity" (his words). It is easy to find sneakers that fit my insoles, dress shoes is a totally different issue.

In any case any shoe that is being used for exercise has a limited lifespan. For my dance exercise classes, shoes are supposed to be replaced every 4-6 months depending on frequency of use, and I use them exclusively for the activity.


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have you gone to a running store to get fitted for shoes? it's possible you're just not wearing shoes with the proper support for the way you walk.

usually the consult is free.
i did not know about this option. ohhhh this makes me a sad panda if this is an option and ive beeing using 190 dollar shoes for years......

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In any case any shoe that is being used for exercise has a limited lifespan. For my dance exercise classes, shoes are supposed to be replaced every 4-6 months depending on frequency of use, and I use them exclusively for the activity.


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true. guess im just in shock at how much actual activity i have been doing with poppy. going from year and half life span out of shoes to 7 months....
wondering... i think i can now assume SAS didnt design their shoes for someone who walks a dog between an hour and hour and half a day

and the research begins for a purpose built comfortable walking shoe.

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I had researched good walking shoes a while back and thought the Asics would be perfect, but I tried a few on and they just did not fit my feet as good as I had hope for.

then I tried on a pair of New Balance 860 V2's and they fit like a glove!

Best walking shoes I have ever worn, and I have walked a lot.

so it is best to try on a few different brands and sizes to see which ones fit and support your feet best.

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i did not know about this option. ohhhh this makes me a sad panda if this is an option and ive beeing using 190 dollar shoes for years......
definitely do it, then. mention your knee limitations when you're there. and go to a running-specific store, not a place like Dick's. they'll put you on a treadmill and watch you walk and run from multiple angles.

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I personally like New Balance and HiTec- they fit me the best and hold up the longest. BUT the most important thing I have found is to buy 2 pairs. Do not wear the same pair 2 days in a row, so you give the insole a chance to "rest". It prolongs the lifespan by more than twice, so I know it works..
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I too have lost a lot of weight since we got Bentley due to all the walking.

My favourite brand of walking shoe is new balance.


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I wear SAS shoes also - shattered foot 10 years ago means that I can't wear just any shoe. I do recommend New Balance for an athletic or walking shoe - but find a New Balance store and have them fit you. They also have orthodics for different types of feet.

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I have high arches and hammer toes, I underpronate (supination), and have back injuries, hip injuries and damaged quads. I use Vibrams because they let me feel the ground, and strengthen my foot itself. They also don't overextend my stride, and make me walk softer so in general I get much less impact. Padding just encourages me to walk harder and with less respect to my joints. I love barefoot anyways and tend to be barefoot unless I absolutely have to put shoes on so the 'less is more' school really made a difference.

When I need winter running shoes (requires socks), I use New Balance Minimus.

If you over-pronate, you'd need a stabilizing shoe or you get too much impact through your knees. If you under pronate or land flat, a stabilizing shoe will hurt your knees. Supination requires a neutral shoe with minimal heel lift and no stabilization.

I highly suggest going to a running store and get fitted. Prepare to spend good money, but it's worth every penny.




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I use mizuno "wave" shoes, light weight and support, I have been wearing them for 10 years now, after breaking both feet (different times) and Plantar fasciitis they are about the only shoes I can stand. I do wear an arch support in them though. I also found that having multiple pairs and switching daily makes them last longer.
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I second this. It made all the difference in the world and fixed my pronating, which I wasn't even aware I did.
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well thanks for all the ideas. i turned in the sas to a local cobbler who is re soling them for me to make them my exclusive work shoe which we are on carpet
went to a running store here. the guy helping me looked like a toothpick (aka to me a marathon runner) who is hoping the snow doesnt come prior to the group 30 miler they are doing in a few weeks.
we talked about my needs and what i want to do. he reminded me that i am doing a lot of pavement work and not to be upset with my sas shoes. measured my feet standing and sitting. and did a bazillion combinations of shoes on my left and right foot. he even forced me outside on the asphalt to walk in them since that is my environment. (this was a huge cool point earner with me, ive never had a place let me walk in new shoes out on hard surfaces to make sure) so i ended up coming home with 2 pairs. a pair for hard surface road use and a pair of trails for when poppy and i go to social classes and do our weekend tracking

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well thanks for all the ideas. i turned in the sas to a local cobbler who is re soling them for me to make them my exclusive work shoe which we are on carpet
went to a running store here. the guy helping me looked like a toothpick (aka to me a marathon runner) who is hoping the snow doesnt come prior to the group 30 miler they are doing in a few weeks.
we talked about my needs and what i want to do. he reminded me that i am doing a lot of pavement work and not to be upset with my sas shoes. measured my feet standing and sitting. and did a bazillion combinations of shoes on my left and right foot. he even forced me outside on the asphalt to walk in them since that is my environment. (this was a huge cool point earner with me, ive never had a place let me walk in new shoes out on hard surfaces to make sure) so i ended up coming home with 2 pairs. a pair for hard surface road use and a pair of trails for when poppy and i go to social classes and do our weekend tracking
a good running store does right by their customers. i'm glad you had a positive experience!

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well thanks for all the ideas. i turned in the sas to a local cobbler who is re soling them for me to make them my exclusive work shoe which we are on carpet
went to a running store here. the guy helping me looked like a toothpick (aka to me a marathon runner) who is hoping the snow doesnt come prior to the group 30 miler they are doing in a few weeks.
we talked about my needs and what i want to do. he reminded me that i am doing a lot of pavement work and not to be upset with my sas shoes. measured my feet standing and sitting. and did a bazillion combinations of shoes on my left and right foot. he even forced me outside on the asphalt to walk in them since that is my environment. (this was a huge cool point earner with me, ive never had a place let me walk in new shoes out on hard surfaces to make sure) so i ended up coming home with 2 pairs. a pair for hard surface road use and a pair of trails for when poppy and i go to social classes and do our weekend tracking
I'm glad to hear that at last you got your shoes repaired
But,, if I'm not wrong then first thing that you depicted was that you bought brand new SAS shoes isn't?? So why didn't you contacted the dealer since every branded shoes have 1 or 2 yrs of warranty and if you could have noticed it earlier then might be your shoes would be repaired free of cost.
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