Aside from agreeing with the other, wiser people here, I do have one thing to emphasize.
When people talk about good shoes, they usually aren't talking about the expensive shoes at the local Dicks or Galyans. What they mean is to go to a good running store (Fleet Feet is national, but there are others) and have them custom fit you for the _perfect_ size. I was starting in a similar fitness situation to yours (except I didn't have the excellent reason of childbirth for a lack of fitness :-)) My legs and feet hurt while working out, and I really didn't enjoy myself. I went to a running store (Fleet Feet) and was sized perfectly, and was given not just the right size, but the right construction for my running style. It was a day/night comparison. The shoes may seem expensive, but I think of it as insurance for the legs.
The socks are icing on the cake, but they are also a significant issue.
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