I'm an amateur runner, but I've been constantly doing it for a year or so.
My philosophy is to first start doing something before beginning to spend and invest a lot of money in that something. Applies to any hobby of mine and it also did with running.
I run close to an hour. And often I stop because my bones and my articulations start to hurt a bit. Last year I had Achilles tendonitis and I want to avoid that in the future.
From what I've learned researching online, it seems that I'm close to the threshold where running shoes really start to matter if you don't want to hurt yourself badly.
All the tracks around where I live are on asphalt. I don't believe in the barefoot-movement so I don't want light shoes or anything like that. I want shoes that will amortize most of the shock the legs get at each step and keep my knees and tendons safe.
What should I be looking for in running shoes?