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R unning in general is a pretty affordable sport if you stick to the basics however getting the right shoes is important and can be one expense you can’t avoid. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to cut down on that cost.

Finding the right shoe for your running is something that can take time and sometimes even the a few pairs of shoes. I always advise that for that initial find you visit a professional store, I prefer small ones run by keen runners, and get fitted. Of course the moral thing is to purchase your shoes from there, at least the first time.

Once you know your shoe then you can start to use various methods to try and save money on subsequent purchases. So here are my tips…

Running shoes tend to be released with a new version year on year. The changes tend to be small enough that you won’t feel a significant difference by having the absolute latest so there is no problem in looking for stock a year or two old, this stock is sometimes available from running stores or even sports shoe discount stores at very cheap prices.

man running in running shoesHowever, as with many items, the cheapest options often can be found on the internet. Using the method of looking for older models of your shoe across a variety of sites can often find you a great price and save you a lot of money on your running shoes.

Other tips are not worrying about what color you wear, often the least poplar colors sell for a discount at the end of the season and these are the one’s that you may have better luck finding in the high street discount stores.

Let’s look at a real example.

I wear Brooks Adrenalin GTS, a great shoe that comes in wide size for my wide feet and has worked for me for a number of years.

The price for the latest Brooks Adrenalin GTS 13 (just released) in a regular store is $110.00 (Price sourced from Brookes.com).

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So looking online for the GTS 11 here are some prices

Amazon – Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 11 Running Shoe – $55-$100

ShoeBuy.com – $78.95

SierraTradingPost.com – $74.99

Pretty reasonable savings on quite an expensive shoes!

The cheapest I have ever found a pair of Brooks Adrenaline was $50 from a discount shoe store in Vermont. They were the GTS 10 when the GTS 11 was on sale and fared me well with absolutely no problems.

Running shoes are expensive, even when you find them cheap, but they are an investment that will help you stay healthy and injury free through your running journey. I’m slowly starting to try other types of shoe out such as minimal shoes and trail shoes so may have to buy full price on those for a while but will start using the net and buying older models once I find my perfect shoes in these other varieties too.

Do you have any other tips that have helped you save money on your running shoes or any thoughts on the tips I have given?

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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

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