Running and Walking Shoe Basics
It seems there are as many different types of feet as there are people, but in order to simplify things, the shoe industry has divided their shoes into three main categories: cushion, stability, and motion control. The answer to the question of which of those three categories will work best for you is determined by how much you pronate. Pronation is a function of shock absorbtion by which the body disperses shock across the foot. If a person's foot pronates correctly, then much of the force generated by running and walking is dissipated before it travels up the leg. If however, a person either does not pronate enough, or, as is most often the case, a person pronates too much, then problems like compression and repetitive motion injuries can occur. The following is a brief description of the three main shoe categories.
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Size/Fit: When picking out your new running shoe, it is important to know that you will most likely be buying them a half to full size larger than your dress shoes. This is done to accommodate foot swell and to prevent things like black toe nails and numb feet. To tell whether or not you are in the right size, tap your heel back into the back of the shoe and while standing, bend over and feel how much space there is in front of the longest toe on your longest foot. There should be a minimum of a finger to a thumb's width's room. Any less, and you risk bruising your toenails. Any more, and you risk blisters.
Widths: All of our shoes, unless otherwise listed, are available in medium widths. A women's medium is a B width, and a men's is a D width. Many models are also available in AA & D for women, as well as B & EE for men.
Durability: The average runner or walker can expect 300-500 miles or six to eight months, whichever comes first, out of a pair of shoes. Of course, an individual's weight, running/walking surface and individual characteristics will cause this estimate to vary. Keep in mind that your shoes don't care whether or not you are at the grocery store, at work, in the gym, or out training on the roads. A mile is a mile is a mile... Lifting heavy weights, lateral movement excercises or sports (not recommended), water and extreme heat will all decrease the life expectancy of your shoe.
When in doubt, please feel free to give us a call. We would love to answer any questions you may have. Happy running!