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October 11, 2007

Overpriced Running Shoes: Guess Which Brands

By Worker Bee
14 Comments

If you’re forking over extra cash for the high-end exercise kicks, save your money. Researchers performed a series of extensive tests with runners and discovered that the cheapest shoes offered by three top brands (they’re keeping mum on which ones – for now) were not only just as good as the priciest shoes, some of them were actually better! There was no appreciable difference in cushioning, support, quality or comfort. Not even pro runners could figure out the sneaker difference in a blind test.

Three brands…let’s take a guess, shall we?

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Snooty
Snooty
8 years 11 months ago

I’m of the cut throat marketing opinion that there is no such thing as an overpriced shoe. The shoes are usually priced at exactly what people will pay for them, running quality doesn’t enter the equation.

Donna
Donna
8 years 11 months ago

I’ll take a wack at it, my guess is Nike, that’s what i wear and i know they’re expensive.

Crystal
Crystal
8 years 11 months ago

A podiatrist and my chiro. both told me that Nike is not a very good shoe. They just spend the most on advertising. My exercise shoes are asics. My chiro. told me asics are good shoes for a narrow foot and new balance is good for a wider foot.

Sara
8 years 11 months ago

New Balance is too wide for me. I like slim Pumas and Stellas (an Adidas line). And I’m having fun with the Vibrams too.

Dave C.
8 years 11 months ago

I wish you’d have a counseling session with my wife who insists on having the highest priced New Balance shoes available. Back when I was doing 50-60 miles running a week, my favorite shoe was a $40 pair of Reebok’s (before this brand became a fashion item). My biggest gripe with the running shoe industry was not with their pricing strategy–it was their insistance on IMPROVING a perfectly good model (nee marketing) to where I no longer liked it.

julie
julie
8 years 11 months ago

I would like to know if any of you have been willing to pay the $260 for MBT walking shoes??? I’ve seen online, etc., where apparently lots and lots of people are buying these shoes, but I have a problem with paying that much money for shoes.

Sara
8 years 11 months ago

Julie,

MBT is a scam. Check our old post on it: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/anti-cellulite-shoes/

Dave
Dave
8 years 11 months ago
I definitely think this is true if you’re talking about companies that make all of their shoes in Asian sweatshops. They might slap a higher price on some models and claim they have better “features” but ultimately one sneaker coming out of a sweatshop isn’t going to be much different from another. On the other hand, from personal experience this isn’t true of New Balance. I’ve worn a bunch of different models of theirs and find absolutely that the higher priced, Made in the USA models are vastly superior to the cheaper, Made in China models. Comfort and build quality… Read more »
BillyHW
BillyHW
8 years 11 months ago
On the New Balance models you can literally *see* the amount of cushioning that each model has in the sole. And the amount of cushioning goes up as the prices go up pretty linearly. The cheaper models only have a small amount of the better cushioning under the ball and heel of the foot. That’s where you need it the most, of course, but you can really feel the difference when you put the cheap model on one foot and the expensive model on the other foot and go for a walk or run. I didn’t find much difference between… Read more »
Donna
Donna
8 years 11 months ago

I know someone who wears ONLY “New Balance 642” shoe. He Says that’s the most comfy shoe ever, and will stick with that. He’s trying to convert me over to New Balance, guess i’ll have to try on a few pair and see if i notice a big difference. I’ve worn Nike for so many years, but, i’ll try’em on and see for myself.

I like to wear Nike Sportswear.

I’d love to know, WHICH 3 brands are the most over priced running shoes?

CJS
CJS
8 years 11 months ago
I switched from Asics DS Trainers to Asics GT 2110s because the 2110s were less expensive. When the newer model came out (2120s) the shoes were changed radically enough that they hurt both my arches and my knees. After deciding it was the shoe that hurt me I tried several different shoes and wound up in a pair of $120 Asics Kayanos. I was not happy to spend $120 on a pair of shoes but at least these shoes are working for me. I am hoping that the next version of the less expensive 21xxs that comes out will remove… Read more »
Buying Running Shoes
8 years 10 months ago

Great post! I’ll probably blog something similar later. Buying Running Shoes

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[…] Researchers performed a series of extensive tests with runners and discovered that the cheapest shoes offered by three top brands (they’re keeping mum on which ones – for now ) were not only just as good as the priciest shoes, some of them were actually better! I’ve worn a bunch of different models of theirs and find absolutely that the higher priced, Made in the USA models are vastly superior to the cheaper, Made in China models. That’s where you need it the most, of course, but you can really feel the difference when you put the cheap model… Read more »
sndbv
3 years 5 months ago

target shoes are the worst champion brand is wayy over price I spent 8$ on my shoes from target they were so expensive i am never spending more that 8$ again on shoes

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