Our Shoe Fitting Process & Philosophy
How to find the right running shoe
Here at the Running Shop, we recognize that every one of us is different. There is no one single shoe which is the “best”, and all shoes have differences which may make them work for one person but may be completely the wrong fit for the next.
What do all these terms mean?
There are now so many different types of shoes, it can be a little daunting when faced with them all. There are also numerous terms’, which are bandied about, so it probably makes sense to explain a few of these.
The difference between the heel to toe height in mm. As a guide, “traditional” running shoes are about 10-12mm
- Neutral shoes
- Motion Control (support) shoes
What is the Running Shop process?
We like to take the time to talk to our customers when they come in and try and understand as much as possible about their running history.
- Type of running being done and future training plans
- Previous shoes worn
- History of injuries (if any)
- The experience you’re looking for in a pair of running shoes
We then do what we call natural gait analysis, using the treadmill and Dartfish video software to determine the runner’s natural motion. From this, we can then help determine the type of shoe that would best map to this natural movement.
From there, and also based on the initial discussion, we would provide various options, aiming to find the shoe which both gives the level of comfort and feel which you would be looking for.
What we won’t do
Over the years, the running community and shoe manufacturers became obsessed with pronation and the need to "fix" it. The thinking being, correct pronation, and you will eradicate injuries. However, there really has been no studies done which has shown any correlation between pronation and the onset of injuries.
As part of our process, we will not attempt to or say that we will correct anything. We recognize that pronation is a natural function of the body and actually does a lot of good and is not something which we want to remove.
At the Running Shop, we all have one thing in common in that we love running. Above all else, we are passionate about helping you find the right shoe that is going to make your running experience the best it can be.
- Andrew Gordon