Sunday, July 28, 2013

How to Select a Running Shoe

Selection of a running shoe is a serious business.

If someone suggests you purchase a particular shoe and after wearing it for a few weeks you come down with some sort of injury you've never had before, the cost to your training program and the cost of a therapeutic program could be enormous.

In my experience you have to take pot luck when buying your shoes, but it shouldn't be like that.   

The sports footwear manufacturers and sales-people do a dreadful job in helping people select the right shoe for their particular foot strike, bio-mechanics and injury history. Most of the sales people are just uni students earning pocket money. They have absolutely no training in what really is complicated business.

They don't have a clue about which shoe has the special support one might need.

For all I know Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (of which over the last couple of years I've been the victim) are caused by the wrong shoes.

Does any one out there have a list of shoes likely to cause these injuries?

Does any one have a list of shoes likely to help restore poor function to good?

The other thing that really irritates me is that you finally get a pair of shoes that work well and you go back to get another pair and they've discontinued the line. This once happened to me with a pair of Saucony shoes which were just right. Six months later I went back for another pair and, 'Nope, they're discontinued.' I’ve been suffering ever since.

So, to cut a long story short, it would be good for foot experts and shoe manufacturers to make up a list that says;

     '... if you have this sort of foot and gait, if you have this sort of injury … you need this shoe.' 

If someone can direct me to such a list I'll be eternally grateful.

The other thing is I suspect most sports shoes are pretty much the same, coming out of the same factory somewhere in Asia with just different branding.

And worse, they cost a couple of dollars to make and sell for over $200. Does it every strike you that you're being ripped off when a pair of shoes made out of moulded rubber and canvas costs twice as much as a good pair of leather dress shoes?

Does it ever give you the pip to know that some elite athlete has his or her hand in your pocket every time you buy a pair of shoes? What is the value should we place on the endorsement of people like Michael Jordan and Venus Williams?

Don't get me started!

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and if you'd like to see my best shot at solving this problem go to:

John Miller

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