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July 29, 2016
AZTOMC
Men's 55
139 posts
SOFTBALL SHOES
Ok, I'm looking for a new pair of shoes for playing softball. Have the normal senior bad knees and a bit of plantar fasciitis. What do you experts recommend?
July 29, 2016
gott2play
Men's 60
211 posts
AZTOMC,

If price isn't an issue, checkout the Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running shoes. They are the most comfortable shoes you'll find. The Speedcross 4 model just came out so you may be able to get the 3's for about $90. The difference between the two is that the 4's gave a harder rubber bottom and different tread pattern. They carry at all REI stores.

Good luck in your search.


Tony Baltazar
Demolition 60 Major Plus
So Cal 55 Major
July 29, 2016
titanhd
Men's 60
608 posts
Comfort does not always equate to good for your feet.Don't overlook foot support when buying softball shoes. If you have or have had Plantar stay away from BOOMBAH.For those that like Boombah. Tear out the flat piece of foam that they call an insole on Boombah and throw it as far as you can. Change to shock doctor or something similar.

We should change the insoles in our shoes every season no matter the brand but, definately for Boombah
July 29, 2016
Bruster55
Men's 55
109 posts
Adidas Duramo cross x is what I wear.Very light and good grip with the rubber sole.
July 29, 2016
Fabe
Men's 60
444 posts
Check with Alan Tanner on this site...He has good info. n products! Aloha, Fabe
July 30, 2016
Tri18
351 posts
Mizunos new Erupt has been great this year. They redesigned them to be lighter, more cushioned, water resistant and supportive. They come in either low cut or 3/4 versions. Get with me if you have any questions.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
July 30, 2016
E6 in AZ
Men's 50
91 posts
Adidas has a lightweight trail shoe. The sole is wide to alleviate rolling the ankle and offers some traction. Breathable top. I have only seen it in black. Reasonably priced at $45.
July 30, 2016
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
A couple of years ago, I got on the Adidas website and ordered me a custom made pair of shoes. You can either get low or mid cut. You can even design the shoes in the color scheme you most desire. Mine have plenty of bounce and are comfortable when worn all day. Thay is water resistant too. No more wet feet and shoes for early morning games

I've also have a pair of New Balance turf shoes in which I put a padded innersole. They are very comfortable and are a little wider around the ball of the feet for comfort.

Just putting this out as another option. They do work well for my feet.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

A pedicure from time to time will really help believe it or not.
Aug. 2, 2016
southerinman
Men's 50
52 posts
I currently have a pair of the Mizuno Erupt 3's and I am very satisfied with them. My question is does anyone still make an actual high top shoe in either spikes or turfs?
Aug. 3, 2016
cw
Men's 65
72 posts
I have just recently had this problem; there are only a couple of manufacturers that make a 3/4 top turf shoe anymore. The only ones I have found (in my size) are the Mizuno's you mentioned and a 3/4 top shoe from 3N2. Boombah seems to be only be producing low-top turf shoes in their new models. I have written Boombah customer service to plead with them to continue to produce a 3/4 top turf shoe. I hope others in the senior softball community will do the same.
Aug. 3, 2016
bkb555
293 posts
I wish they made the Erupt in more colors besides black and white...the shoes are great though...I put extra insole for more cushioning
Aug. 4, 2016
Tri18
351 posts
I have expressed this about more colors to Mizuno. I should be speaking with them again next week....
AT18
Aug. 4, 2016
STL0
Men's 55
219 posts
Alan: What turf shoes are best for wide feet based on your experience? I hate ordering any turf shoe on line because I rarely get something that fits. Thanks in advance for your help.
Aug. 4, 2016
LoopDaddy
12 posts
Shoes are almost like a glove, each one you try may feel good, but one will stand out. Especially with a wider foot. Look at Adidas and New Balance.

Mizuno Blast will not be adding colors. Talking to the Mizuno rep about colors, etc. will not move this issue forward. Mizuno makes a good shoe, no doubt, but adding colors gets in the way of the profit matrix . Two years ago they cut the Blast to black/white or gray/whi. This year and to continue in 2017 is the black/white version. This shoes wears thin. We've had many customers over the years that will go up a 1/2 size to have the added width.

On the 3/4 top shoes, there just aren't many being made. Tanel made a great one back in the day, but they have closed shop. If you still run pretty good, the Boombahs and 3N2 will slip a bit.

Hope that helps.
Aug. 5, 2016
Tri18
351 posts
STLO,
THE only real good quality wide shoe I have seen and worked with players on was New Balance. There have been a few other companies but I haven't seen long term success over the years like I have with New Balance. I agree with the above post....shoes are very personal as far as fit goes and if you don't have an " average" foot your best bet is to try on pairs before purchasing or make sure you have a good exchange policy. Find something that works well for you and get a couple of pairs...
AT18
Aug. 7, 2016
gibby59
6 posts
Saloman
Mountain running shoe
Level 10 quality
Light weight
Great cleats
Hands down Best shoe Made
Another one of wilsons/ Demarini/ tps group
My son in the air force told me about them, now i have 6 pair
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