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OK. I confess right now - if you want a review written by a Paula Radcliffe type of professional runner... skip to another one.
I am a slightly over weight, slightly under-fit, 37 year old amateur runner. I USED to run a bit on treadmills and I have taught primary school PE for some years but I wouldn't say I was a running expert. Lured back to fitness by that 'Couch to 5K' programme that you can download to listen to on an MP3 player, I felt I needed some decent footwear.
So. Off I headed to Decathlon where I checked that I didn't over-pronate (get me - using a real running term!) and to seek some advice of a basic, good quality, mid priced shoe. Part of the attraction for me of this pair was the price - they were on offer at £45. I have to say that the colour also helped. Seriously - some of the shoes on offer looked like the contents of a bag of Skittles. These seemed good and classic with just enough of a flouro trim to make me feel at least a BIT modern.
I jogged up and down in a few pairs and these were by far the most comfortable. The back isn't to high, the tongue tucks in comfortably and you can really feel the difference given by the special gel insert which is a feature of the shoe. My feet felt well cushioned and secure. I was off.
For the first few weeks, I was mainly jogging and walking in little spurts but I progressed over a few months to running 3K pretty easily. The shoes are good and breathable and they have never rubbed or pinched. I tend to run on road but there is a good grip on these to allow for off road as well (though they do clog up and need a clean if it is very muddy). I haven't had any knee problems or discomfort at all whilst wearing these shoes.
Although I was reall attracted to start with by the price offer, I would seek out another pair of these shoes. I'm not sure how they would fare if you were a marathon runner but if you are looking for a good, well priced pair of fitness shoes for a return to running or for fitness classes, I'd highly recommend these.
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