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Are Champion running shoes any good?

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Dec 17, 2004
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Are Champion running shoes any good?


Just wondering if Champion brand running shoes any good?

They are only at Payless Shoes.

Cost only $29.99 w/out taxes.

Does anyone if these shoes are comfortable & durable.

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Dec 17, 2004
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are you actually running in them?... or just lounging shoes?
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Dec 17, 2004
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Just for every day walking & the gym treadmill(3 times a week)
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no idea but I stick to New Balance / Saucony and Merrell. Reebok, Adidas, and Nike are all garbage running shoes to me.
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Dec 5, 2005
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Imo Champion is known more for their apparel than athletic shoes.
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Nov 15, 2004
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Are they comfortable/ If u use them for walking long as they are comfortable...then is ok.

If u are running/jogging with them, that's a different story. (long explanation). Everyone has a different step. SOme ppl are over pronate, under pronate or neutral. And shoes design for running are separated into those groups. Pretty much you have to find a shoe that match your gait. If not, you will have injury (strain, pain, pull, etc). The best way is gio to [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=320]running room[/rfdlink] and have them take a look at your feet.

For runnign shoes, i will never trust a generic store (sport check, sport marts, pay less shoe sotre etc.). The salesman have no experience and have no idea and their lack of knowledge ( i don't know blame theM) can be hazardous for your health.
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Mar 24, 2004
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Best runners: New Balance, Saucony, Asics
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Mar 23, 2005
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If you are just walking in the shoes and running on a treadmill, these shoes might be alright.
Another consideration might be getting a more popular brand on sale at [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=133]Sportmart[/rfdlink] or some other sports store. Sometimes you can get a decent sale and get a pretty good pair of running shoes for $59 or so (regularly priced at $99).
I would definitely consider getting a better pair (they're usually lighter in weight too) when they are really reduced in price, as running shoes can get overly pricey.
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Mar 10, 2005
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the only 2 brands I buy are Saucony and Merrell

Saucony I use for jogging
Merrell I use for everything else
Oct 21, 2010
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Depends on what you are doing in them, how strong your legs and feet are and what you call comfort. These are NOT proper running shoes, they flimsy and won't last very long. All that said, I have been racewalking in them for months, I gave away my New Balance and Saucony's because they were too cumbersome on my feet, gave me blisters, impeded my rhythm and basically felt like flippers. In the Champions I feel as if I have nothing on my feet but I neither under nor over pronate and have strong legs and feet from 31 years of dancing so back to my opening sentence, it depends on what you are doing in them. Hope that helped.
Dec 3, 2009
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There are no such thing as 'proper' running shoes. Many here have probably mentioned such brands as: Asics, Saucony, Brooks... These brands make specialty running shoes with super high markups and market to people willing to justify 100+ dollars on shoes designed just to run in.

Here is the scoop: You can run in any kind of shoe. Chances are, those who are vocal about 'proper' shoes probably have poor running form. Not everyone can afford expensive single purpose shoes, and imo, those who can buy into the trend more so than the necessity.

In terms of bang for buck, the cheaper stuff is usually the best value stuff. This is coming from someone who has 150 dollar running shoes.
Mar 31, 2009
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There was an article in the NY Times a couple of days ago on a running shoe study. Basically said the most expensive ones are no better then the lower priced ones. The article actually mentions somebody in the study preferring a Champion shoe.

In fact I just bought a $150 pair of Asics which I love to replace my Champions.