My new sneakers are killing my feet! Help!
June 6, 2012 7:27 PM Subscribe
My arches are killing me! Do these sneakers need to go?
posted by Sal and Richard to health & fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It had been about 5 years since I purchased a pair of sneakers, but given that I'm going to be doing A LOT of walking in a new job, I decided it might be time to get a pair. My feet are wide and pretty flat. I went to a specialty shop (Marathon Sports), got sized, the saleswoman watched me walk in bare feet, had me try on a few different styles, and I went with the women's Brooks Addiction 10 in a wide. They felt great in the store, but not so good out on the street. After about 5 minutes the soles/arches of my feet are in pain! I walked for 20 minutes today and yesterday and that was all I could do. I had to stop a few times to bend my arches (maybe a sign that there is too much motion-control)?
The saleswoman originally suggested a sneaker that had medium support because although my feet are flat, from the way I was walking it didn't appear that I needed more support. However, that shoe - I think it was an Asics, didn't feel great on my feet.
I normally walk around with some Clark's mary janes and they have never given me any trouble. Do I need to break in these sneakers or bring them back? What type of sneaker would you suggest for a wide and flat foot that won't cause some serious arch pain?