/ help finding a replacement shoe
Vibram five fingers are the way to go, barefoot running is awesome
I've never run in Hi-Tec shoes, so can't recommend a comparable shoe.
In general terms, buying a running shoe is like buying a rock shoe. The best one to buy is the one that feels comfiest. Go to a couple of shops and try on everything that you can be bothered to. If you go to running shops, you'll probably end up paying more than your Hi-Tecs cost you - unfortunately prices appear to have a direct relationship to running's popularity.
It would be useful to work out what it is you like about the Hi-Tecs (weight, fit, support etc) as a starting point. If you have problems finding normal shoes that fit (wide/narrow/shallow feet) then this is worth mentioning to any shop staff. I wouldn't worry too much about over/under pronation - some 'corrective' shoes can cause as many problems as they solve.
As a starter for ten, I do the vast majority of my running (both road and trail) in Adidas Kanadias. They're not the lightest shoe, but I find them really comfortable for my broad feet. However, they really messed up the sizings - I wear a UK 12 Kanadia, and I'm normally a 10/10.5 in work shoes.
Just in case there are readers here who are not familiar with the way that the Running forum works...
There is a little background program that cycles through a small set of statements combining the terms "barefoot", "five finger", "minimal", "born to run" and various superlatives, and inserts them within the first five contributions of any thread dealing with shoes or injury. The exact wording and position varies, just to keep us on our toes.
And I am, sadly, inordinately proud of that last sentence.
Don't give up the day job ;-)
Is this the correct point in thread to mention that the absence of orthotic insoles in cave paintings is absolute proof that prehistoric man never suffered running injuries?
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