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      09-08-2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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Seeking recommendations for an athletic shoe with the most cushion?

I broke my heel bone on Aug 1st and have not been able to put weight on it since. I will be able to start walking on it again in about a week. The Dr recommends an athletic shoe instead of a walking boot for cushioning and I will be able to start rehab on my ankle, where the boot would delay that. I really need a new pair, so I'm just wondering what shoes have the softest/most cushioned insoles? I usually buy a New Balance generic cross-training type shoe. TIA
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www.asics.com/us/en-us/gel-kayano

These have been great for me! I suffer from plantar fasciitis, these shoes are very comfortable. They run around $160 at Run On, and/or the internet from $130 on up. But I would buy my first pair from an actual store, try them on and all.
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I broke my heel bone on Aug 1st and have not been able to put weight on it since. I will be able to start walking on it again in about a week. The Dr recommends an athletic shoe instead of a walking boot for cushioning and I will be able to start rehab on my ankle, where the boot would delay that. I really need a new pair, so I'm just wondering what shoes have the softest/most cushioned insoles? I usually buy a New Balance generic cross-training type shoe. TIA
Try Hoka Brand shoes. I've been using them for a couple of years now and have served my achy joints well.
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Another vote for going to a local running store and trying on various Asics. The Gel-Cumulus have always been my favorite. But every foot is different. A running store should be able to fit you up just right, even if Asics aren't the right fit.
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Yeah the Hoka has lots of cushion, haven't worn them but seem maybe too tall.

Really like the Skecher GoRun 4 with an aftermarket gel insert. They say the trail version of the shoe had even more cushion.
But I really am a fan of the Skecher for cushion. They helped me get over knee pain that curtailed my running.
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Thanks for Hoka recommendation. I know my running store carries Asics, I hope they have Hoka b/c I'd love to try on a pair of those max cushion, plush styles to compare to the Asics.

Update: I checked their website and they do have Hoka. I hope to get by there on Saturday to get something new...
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Any high end running shoe will have far more cushioning than a cross trainer, especially in the heel. Think about the pounding that running a marathon does to a heal compared to what a cross trainer is dealing with. Shoe matters more than the insole, even aftermarket.

I also wear Asics (run 1/2 and full marathons) but don't think they have necessarily the best cushioning. I think reality is the "high cushioning" you need will come in most high level running shoes. Also, don't get to the store and decide you want a cheap shoe to save $25.

I strongly recommend the running store. They should evaluate you walking, hear your heal problems and have some good recommendations. I am completely against getting expert advice from them and then going to Dick's and saving $10.
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I have had plantar fasciitis and tendinitis from my days in the Army and from playing rugby, and I have always had to have very comfortable shoes or my feet would have problems. For my work boots, I use an EVA midsole with cushioned inserts and get the sole replaced every two years. For working out or general walking around, I use running shoes. I carry a lot of mass from powerlifting, so when I do cardio I need a lot of cushioning to reduce stress on my knees. Cross-trainers are less specialized and will not have enough cushioning, and you should be using running shoes like David70 pointed out.

I have done the rounds with all the major brands, and Asics and Saucony have consistently been the best for me. I also have very wide feet, which those companies cater to. Realistically, when it comes to running shoes you can't pigeon hole yourself to one brand unless you have experience with what that brand and a specific line in that brand does for you. You need to get your stride and stance evaluated to determine what will give you the best support overall.

I will say this- I have a set of new Asics Gel-Kayano running shoes and they are the most comfortable, squishest shoes I've ever owned.
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These have been great for me! I suffer from plantar fasciitis, these shoes are very comfortable. They run around $160 at Run On, and/or the internet from $130 on up. But I would buy my first pair from an actual store, try them on and all.
I concur. I suffer left foot tendinitis and now right foot plantar fasciitis. I love ASICS. Additionally, Buy some sofsol inserts. You will love them.
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Thanks for all the responses. I made to the running store today, Fort Worth Running Co., and they helped me try on quite a few shoes. I tried the Hoka Bondi first really liked it, then a Brooks but it didn't fit well, then some others, and last the New Balance 1080. I love the Hoka but the New Balance was the best fit for my broken foot, it was not too tight anywhere and the fit on the good foot was good too. After some rehab when the swelling goes down I will try a pair of the Hoka's.

On another note: I took delivery of my M2 6MT today and while I can't walk, it is no problem for me to use the clutch in the car. I feel normal when I'm driving it and forgot that I can't just jump out and walk away. I think I already like it better then my M3 DCT.
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Thanks for all the responses. I made to the running store today, Fort Worth Running Co., and they helped me try on quite a few shoes. I tried the Hoka Bondi first really liked it, then a Brooks but it didn't fit well, then some others, and last the New Balance 1080. I love the Hoka but the New Balance was the best fit for my broken foot, it was not too tight anywhere and the fit on the good foot was good too. After some rehab when the swelling goes down I will try a pair of the Hoka's.

On another note: I took delivery of my M2 6MT today and while I can't walk, it is no problem for me to use the clutch in the car. I feel normal when I'm driving it and forgot that I can't just jump out and walk away. I think I already like it better then my M3 DCT.
I am glad you found the right shoes. Congrats on your new M2
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