Monday, August 11, 2014

Fleet Feet Trip & New Shoes Tips

It’s no secret I love Fleet Feet [find out why!].  The people are always wonderful and I’m never disappointed with their service or products.  I’ve logged quite a few miles on my Brooks and lately I’ve had a bit of shin pain, so it was time to make a Fleet Feet trip.

My gait has changed a bit since I was originally fitted, most likely due to becoming a more efficient runner, so I did a whole new fitting.  I’m so glad I did because I settled on these Sauconys.  It’s funny because I honestly felt a little guilty trying something besides Brooks.  My Brooks got me through a lot!  However, it’s not like I was married to my Brooks and the Sauconys were super comfy, so I decided to give them a try.

I splurged on the SuperFeet.  My birthday is right around the corner and I figured– why not?  I love, love, love the SuperFeet!  I can tell such a difference.

I also invested in some performance socks.  Socks are something I never paid much attention to.  The only pair of performance socks I own is because I had a coupon for a free pair.  I use them on my long runs and they’re comfy, but most of the time I use just plain old socks.  I’ve had several blisters and lost a few toenails so I decided to treat myself to some socks.  I chose these because they were affordable [3 pair for $20] and I love the bright colors 🙂

I’ve been running for over a year now and lately people have been asking me running advice.  I find this funny because in a lot of ways I still feel like a newbie runner!  Anyway, one of the things I get asked about the most is shoes.  Shoes can make running miserable or amazing, and it’s such an individual process for each runner.  The wrong shoes can feel like bricks and the right shoes feel like clouds!

Disclaimer:  I am definitely not trained in anyway to fit someone for shoes.  All opinions are based on my personal experience.

I 100% recommend visiting Fleet Feet [or another running store] for a professional fitting.  However, I know not everyone is lucky enough to live close to a Fleet Feet, so here are a few things you should consider before purchasing new shoes…

1.  Arch
Most people have one of three types of arches– normal, flat, or high.  Knowing about your arch is important because it lets you know how your foot hits the ground and where you may need support.  When I visited Fleet Feet they checked out my arch both sitting and standing to determine what kind of support I need.  You can get an idea of what kind of arch you have by giving yourself the wet foot test.

2.  Pronation
Pronation describes how your foot hits the ground.  It’s how your body absorbs shock.  Rolling inward is called overpronation.  Rolling outward is called underpronation or supination.  Normal pronation occurs when your foot stays mostly straight and the weight is distributed evenly.  Knowing your pronation type will help you find shoes with support in the right places.  If you’re able to visit a Fleet Feet [or another running store], they will watch you walk and run to determine your pronation.  However, if you don’t have a Fleet Feet near you, this article from Runner’s World might help you understand your pronation.

3.  Comfort
Once you know about your arch and pronation style, the rest is personal preference.  It’s important to find shoes that feel good to you!  The people at Fleet Feet are wonderful because they encouraged me to take my time trying on different shoes.  I walked and jogged around the store and even the shopping center.  It came down to the Brooks and Sauconys.  They were both great shoes for me, but in the end the Sauconys won.  The Brooks slipped slightly in the heel, and it was enough to help me decide.

Once you have an idea of what kind of shoe you need, what’s next?  Well, I recommend doing your research before you shop.  DSW has their running shoes categorized by pronation.  Runner’s World has a great little quiz that suggests shoes for you.  I also read a lot of reviews.  Amazon is my favorite place for reviews because there’s usually a ton!

I hope you find this information helpful.  Again, I am in no way trained to fit people for running shoes.  All information shared is based on my personal experience.  See if there’s a Fleet Feet near you!

*Just like my previous post about Fleet Feet, I was not compensated in any way by Fleet Feet or anyone else for this post.  All opinions are my own and I happen to think Fleet Feet rocks 🙂

Have you been professionally fitted for running shoes?
What are your favorite running shoes?  Do you stick to one brand or switch it up?
What’s a tip you would share with someone looking into their first pair of running shoes?

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