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The Right Exercise Shoes

Your first step for getting in shape is getting the right exercise shoes. Parents TV's Kris Eisenhauer shares a running shoe specialist's top tips for choosing the exercise shoe that's perfect for you.

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-You're watching Parents' TV -- Our Families, Our Lives. -Hi, I'm Chris Eisenhower and it's been about six months since I had a baby and I still have a few pounds left to lose. So, I'm gonna start working on losing those pounds by walking. I can do it anywhere. It doesn't take a lot of expensive equipment. All I need is a great pair of shoes which we're gonna go figure out how to find right now. What are the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to buying a pair of running shoes? -Well, they have a couple of really common mistakes. One is fit. I think people learn their shoe size in like seventh grade and never changed it and they're coming in to buy shoes that are way too small for their feet. So, whether they're walking or running, oftentimes that's the first thing we have to address is if they're in the right size with them lying. -And how much space do you want to want to come to the big toe in the end of the shoe? -About a half an inch, about my thumbnail or so about half an inch on the very end but you also want to check the [unk] that's really important. If you're gonna use your shoes for running or walking and maybe run around the gym, then that's gonna help us pick the right shoe for your foot based on support. If you're just gonna run or walk, you definitely want to try to see that shoe just for Running or walking, I think also because of the durability. If you wear it around day-to-day, then it breaks down a lot faster. -There's so much that goes into buying a shoe. -I know. -People just don't realize it. -It's kind of a weird thing that we have to pick a price range you're comfortable with and make sure you understand that the more money you spend, it doesn't always mean you're gonna get a better shoe but certainly more durability and more structure and stability come with a little extra money. So, you want to make sure you get that price range that feels comfortable and also that you get the right shoe for your foot - about $80 to $100 is a pretty good price range to be in. Flexibility, another issue - if it's super soft or super flexible, usually not that great; the most important one, though, is function - and that is what your foot and what the rest of your body does in relationship to the shoe. This is neutral which means it provides cushion, not a lot of stability. If you broke it down, the percentage is about 20 percent of the customers we see are really great in this type of shoe. If you have some arch pain, foot pain in the toes, anything in your ankles, we look for events in your life that might make a difference. This one provides a lot more arch and a lot more stability and it's very appropriate for people who need that kind of support. Everybody is different. It's almost like a fingerprint. You have feet and knees and hips and spine to deal with. And when we do the evaluation, we want to make sure you get the right amount of stability for your foot. Shoe measuring devices are no longer really all that appropriate because they don't actually match up with the shoes especially running and walking shoes. -I've noticed that actually you can try on one seven and it feels very different than another size seven. -Even from the same company. The reason it's important to watch you walk is to figure out if you need stability under your feet and for your knees and your hips. -Then I would never think about doing these in a store. -Nor would you want somebody watching you do it which is -But it makes a huge difference. -Yeah, any sort of trauma you have - anywhere from your neck down to your feet - pregnancy, certainly [unk] quite a bit and the type of activity you're gonna go. If you're gonna run out in the trails or run super long or if you're just in the treadmill, if you're just trying to get fit - there's all kinds of different things you want to consider when you're getting a shoe. -And are there any other mistakes that people make? -Durability - I mean, people buy their shoes and they think they kind of think about it like it's a tire or something. It's gonna last them years and years. Usually, shoes last about 400 or 500 miles. So, if you keep track of the mileage, most people get that in a year or so and then they need to come back and replace them. -Great, thanks. So, that's your thought. Buying athletic shoes is gonna be easy. Think again. I'm Chris Eisenhower. -Thanks for watching Parents TV - Our Families, Our Lives - your new video source for parenting.