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Report: Some cheap running shoes better than expensive ones


By Siemny Kim, KIRO TV

Are expensive running shoes worth the money? Not always, according to a website that specializes in running shoe reviews.

The 10 most expensive running shoes, with an average list price of $181 per pair, were rated 8.1 percent lower than the 10 cheapest models with average price $61, The Washington Post reported, citing data from Follow this link to see the full results from

“Affordable mid-range running shoes are very nearly the same as expensive running shoes,”’s founder Jens Jakob Andersen told the Post.

The Danish site analyzed nearly 135,000 customer reviews.

Ty Whitten at Super Jock ‘N Jill in Green Lake agrees.

According to him, the mid-range shoe at $120 is the best bang for your buck.

“You get consistently good product so the midsole material is consistent shoe to shoe,” Whitten explained.

He showed KIRO 7 three shoes with different price points.

The cheapest is $90.

“It’s a nice little running shoe but there is no structure to it,” Whitten demonstrated by twisting the shoe.

Whitten said it may last half as long as more expensive shoes.

He also said the quality control may not be there with a cheaper shoe.

The most expensive shoe carried at Super Jock ‘N Jill is priced $160.

“They put more of their technology, more of their gel, more of their cushion protection,” Whitten explained.

But he said he doesn’t think it makes much of a difference and people shouldn’t spend more if they don’t have to.

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