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9Fiddy
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Good shoe recommendation needed
My 8th grade son just made the cross country team and I want to get him a solid pair of shoes, but know nothing about what he needs.

I also don’t want to break the bank as he’s going to outgrow whatever I buy within 6 months.

Any help?


OysterPoBoy
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
If he runs often 6 months is about all he’ll get out of a shoe. Take him somewhere that sells running shoes and let them give him a few to try on. See what feels the best.

ETA: That will probably run around $100-130 or so. If that’s too much I’d just see if something feels comfortable at Academy.
This post was edited on 9/14 at 9:17 pm


9Fiddy
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
I anticipated 100-125 as the high end. We have a place in Shreveport that specializes in running. I’ll see if I can get him there soon. Planned to go there anyway, just wanted to be prepared in case I get a salesman try to push some $250 shoe as “needed.”


Ingeniero
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Yeah there's no need for an 8th grader to wear something that costs $250, not that I think they'd push that on you. Pretty much any running shoe that feels good to him in that $100-125 range will work. Keep in mind he'll probably need a pair of spikes too, so budget for that.


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LSUfan20005
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Two of mine run CC; main thing I’d look for is a flexible shoe that is a comfortable middle ground.

You can build from there but this is not the time to buy a stability, max cushion, minimalistic, etc shoe.


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jordan21210
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Would probably need a trail shoe.

Nearly everything by Salomon is good
Nike Pegasus Trail
Nike Terra Kiger
Nike Wildhorse
Hoka Torrent
Hoka EVO Speedgoat
New Balance Summit Unknown
Saucony Canyon TR
Saucony MadRiver

There’s a ton more out there if you’re comfortable buying online. I also find Trail Running shoes are routinely on sale.

I have the New Balance. Got them on sale for under $50 and think they’re great. Lightweight, minimal upper, decent traction, and comfy. Not gonna do amazing in thick mud though (most shoes won’t).
This post was edited on 9/15 at 6:45 am


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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
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Nike Pegasus Trail


Has become my fav running shoe recently.





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Black n Gold
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Will he be doing most of his training runs on pavement, grass, or dirt?

My son's team does about 80% of their miles on pavement, with the remaining 20% on the track or grass. I also know that 95% of his the miles he runs in meets will be on grass. So I bought him a nice pair of road shoes (Adidas SL20) and a pair of spikeless XC shoes for grass days and meets. You can routinely find these on sale for under $40.


LSUfan20005
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Good post, most teams don't have great natural surfaces for practice and a road shoe/not too crazy trail is sufficient.

I also prefer no-spikes for races, though JR kids are just fine in their training shoes for races.

Fun aside - In last weekend's race for my daughter, the girl who came in 2nd lost one shoe about 200yds into the race. She scooped it up (had her chip on it) and ran the whole race with one shoe. That's pretty awesome.


Black n Gold
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
In terms of terrain, XC races differ from region to region, as well as from host to host. I would suggest having your kid ask his coach what type of terrain they will be mostly running on. That should give you a good start when shopping for shoes.

On many XC shoes, you use to be able to substitute rubber spikes for the metal spikes if you were running on a particularly hard or dry course one meet. Not sure if that's still a thing.

ETA: Make sure your kid cleans and dries his shoes properly after a dirty or muddy run. Not doing this is the quickest way to ruining a good pair of shoes. He'll probably still log some miles in these shoes come track season.
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FlyinTiger93
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Do you have a Fleet Feet near you? They are pretty decent, for a chain store, at getting you fitted.


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mmill32
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
Agree with others that more info is needed on training surfaces. I have Altra Vanish XCs for speed trail runs. Paid $60 and have been good investment so far. For runs that have both road and crushed trail combo, I'll usually go with a road shoe that have a tougher outsole.


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David1207
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re: Good shoe recommendation needed
You should visit the nearest Nike store and look for the best running shoes for him that suits him the best.

I'm sure the store keeper will help him find the suitable running shoes for him that would cost around $100.


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