Our expert says:
It can be very complex, but can I reassure you by saying that it's actually far simpler than people make it out to be! The key word is comfort. That's the first priority. If that shoe is not super comfortable in the shop, then it won't be after 45 minutes of pounding exercise. So it's the key point. All the other gadgets, and tricks and gimmicks are not really that effective, I have to be honest. So I would advise that you get a well cushioned shoe, a good one (but not necessarily top of the range), and then be assured that you'll get a good 6 to 9 months out of it (depending what you do, obviously!)
With your budget, a decent pair of running shoes is a good bet. That's the most 'specialised' type of shoe you'd need - you can use a running shoe for walking and gym training, whereas you couldn't really get away with it in the other direction. So I'd get a comfortable, well cushioned running shoe, which is possible for that price, and you'll be doing well!
Oh, and don't worry too much about pronation just yet - cross that bridge in 6 months if you need to. The latest science suggests that we kind of over-valued the idea and maybe made a bit of a big deal out of it when we needn't have!
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