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CuriousLoner's avatar

Best running shoes for a guy on a budget?

Asked by CuriousLoner (1812points) April 11th, 2011

I’ve been looking at a few and most I keep seeing are about $90–120 dollars. I was hoping maybe more, $40–70 dollar range if possible.

I want them to be a good quality of running shoes that will last me.

Any suggestions please? And thank you.

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gailcalled's avatar

If you love to run and do it regularly, why not make the purchase of the shoes your gift-to-yourself this year? Can you skimp somewhere else? Pro-rate the $50 extra. It comes to about $1.00/ week.

If you neend $104 extra, that’s only $2.00/week.

Skip the Starbucks, buy underwear at the $ store, have PB and J for lunch one day and Bob’s your uncle.

tedd's avatar

Go to like a Dicks Sporting goods store or Sports Authority. Typically they have discounted brands or pairs down to the $30—$70 range, though your selection will be rather limited trying to stay in that window. I have never paid more than $50 for a pair of running shoes, and most have lasted at least a year or so.

Seelix's avatar

Depending on how long you want them to last and whether you’re planning to wear them for actual running, you might have to spend a little more. I’d check out and other discount sites to find the best deals.

yankeetooter's avatar

New Balance are usually fairly reasonably priced…just don’t but them from a New Balance store, lol!

kitkat25's avatar

If there is a Big 5 near you, you might try there. They always have really great sales on their shoes and you can get really good running shoes for about 20 dollars and sometimes even less. I bought a pair of running shoes there and they lasted me years and years.

dxs's avatar

Outlets are always good. Try not to go to mall stores like finish line or footlocker or those other overpriced sports shoe stores…Moddell’s is a good place, if there’s one where you are. I don’t know where you live, but over here in mass, we’ve got a wrentham outlet with many running shoe brands like nike and adidas, etc. There’s also one in portsmouth, but wrentham is much better.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Not sure where you live, but my husband always has luck finding new Nike’s for much less at Kohl’s or the Nike Outlet…he’s never spent more than $90. Usually they’re about $65—$75 on sale for the exact pair he wants.

I think you need to employ some savvy shopping strategies, like looking for a store coupon, or signing up for a rewards program. My husband gets info from dealnews or this like online.

Tropical_Willie's avatar


look for coupons, got a pair of Brooks for 20 % off

podwarp's avatar

I really suggest that you extend your budget, especially if you want good running shoes. I agree with @gailcalled—pack some lunch instead of buying out and save that money for your shoes.
Unless you’re into barefoot running, shoes are the make it/break it. There is no universal great, buget running shoe. Definitely get your pronation checked and then find shoes that will suit you from there. Then, if need be check out Amazon… maybe eBay.

Rarebear's avatar

Here are clearance running shoes from New Balance

BarnacleBill's avatar

I would go to a running store and get fitted for a pair of shoes that fit your foot. Buying a cheap pair of shoes that doesn’t fit leaves you open to all sorts of foot, ankle and knee pain. Once you know what shoe style you should be wearing, you can look to save money on the second pair of shoes.

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