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Updated: 10:04 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2007

Cheapo sneakers are actually better for runners

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Clark loves news reports that affirm his deeply held beliefs about saving money. Right now he's gloating about the results of a Scottish study that found low-cost running shoes are just as good as more expensive ones.

The only time Clark spends real money on shoes is for running. Somewhere inside he feels that inexpensive ones may harm his feet. So he picked up his current running shoes on clearance for $45, which is pretty expensive for him. He tries to get most of his other shoes for less than $15. He has a pair of loafers that cost $15, a pair of tennis shoes that he got for $12 and some dress shoes that he inherited from his father in 1989.

Now the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that inexpensive shoes provided better foot support for the sole, heel, forefoot and big toe than more expensive ones.

This whole issue makes Clark thinks of the now defunct Steve and Barry's chain that featured Stephon Marbury's NBA quality sneakers for under $15 and Sarah Jessica Parker's clothing line for $19 or less. In fact, Steve and Barry's was the only company really doing deep discounted merchandise in the sports field before they went out of business.

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