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    Running Shoes

    I've been buying running shoes for over forty years now; since the time when the only brands you could get were Puma and Adidas and the shoes were either blue or black.

    Since then I've always shunned the colorful gimmicks and other garbage that manufacturers feel the need to add to almost every model. I've always sought out basic running shoes; usually on sale.

    Moving to Thailand was a bit of a challenge at first. All the major brands are here, but I can't really afford to spend 5000 baht on a basic pair of Asics.

    I finally settled with the Thai brand D-maQ. They are quite decent, mostly unadorned shoes that are really built with a runner rather than circus clown in mind.

    I purchased my latest pair yesterday; on sale for 1200 baht. I love the model name: "Crazy Run". They are completely gray, which means I can wear them on a long walk in Bangkok without looking like I've just escaped from the Washington Square cabaret show (or the old folks corner at the Lone Star). And, they cary an unknown feature which the D-maQ folks have intriguingly decided to call the "Magic Hole".

    How can I help but break personal records with a show named "Crazy Run" that features a "Magic Hole"?

    Note that the web site is decently designed with a working English section that is as unadorned with crap as are their shoes. "We care for your feet!"

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    This is where I used to buy me trainers. Nike and adidas to be specific!


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    Asics and Saucony are my favorite brands. I am cursed with flat feet, so I need to spend money on decent shoes. Does d-MaQ offer a shoe with good stability for over pronators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdesi
    Does d-MaQ offer a shoe with good stability for over pronators?
    The ones I bought (Crazy Run) came with a tag claiming that they were made for over-pronators. They have very good stability and a wide toe box.

    The blurb on the web page says:

    2D Technology for Overpronation Feet.
    Wider forefoot and more room for fully toe off extension.
    Forefoot flexibility
    Better Cushioning
    Interesting English, but I think you can tell what they mean.

    I like them very much.

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    Buadhai, keep looking!

    I wanna see the "Magic Hole" or at least know it's purpose.

    I bought some cycling shoes for the first time. They look like a runner/low cut hiking boot but have a recess for cleats to clip into your pedals.

    They are ok to walk in and being recessed you don't sound like a wobbly tap dancer if you want to duck into a shop.

    A bit wierd as I've never used them before but I hope to get used to them this weekend, I am over the worst of the bronchitis.
    Fahn Cahn's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    I wanna see the "Magic Hole" or at least know it's purpose.
    I think the "Magic Hole" is just a depression in the heel that is supposed to enhance the cushioning effect....

    I'm such a klutz that I'm afraid to use clip on shoes for cycling, or even the pedals with toe baskets. Last time I tried this I was in Hua Hin. I rode into a bike shop. When I stopped right in front of the shop I had forgotten that my feet were in the toe clips. As I came to a halt I simply fell over sideways in view of everyone and smashed my helmeted head into the pavement.

    Needless to say I was both shaken up and incredibly embarrassed....

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    ^ Yeah, I practised a bit in the car park first!

    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    smashed my helmeted head into the pavement.
    Were your hands in your pockets? Lucky you had a helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    Were your hands in your pockets? Lucky you had a helmet.
    My hands were firmly fastened to the handlebars as I went down. Didn't even have the wherewithal to try and break the fall.

    Total klutz.

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