When looking for a new pair of running shoes how do you know what ones are the best for your feet? Obviously, your first impression of new shoes will be to see how sexy they look with the sleek new designs, styles, and colors since nobody wants to run in an ugly pair of shoes. But, just like selecting a date or your future spouse, if you only decide on what you see on the outside you will probably end up disappointed in the near future. In the same way, some running shoe purchases end in a quick and painful divorce that can cost you time, money, and potential injury.
What you may not realize when you buy running shoes is even though they may look nice and feel comfortable when trying them on there is a chance they aren’t right for your feet because of your gait. Simply put, your gait is how you plant your heal when you run. Some people have a neutral gait, having a stable foot and healthy arch, while others may have their foot roll to the right or left when running, having a medium or flat arch. Running shoes are made for specific feet, arches, and gaits in mind, so it is possible to choose the best running shoe for your feet with a gait analysis!
How do I analyze my gait you may be asking? Well, you don’t have to…we’ll analyze your gait for you. That’s why we’re here!
Upon your gait request, we’ll watch you walk down the aisle in the store and analyze your gait for you before you start looking at shoes. We may also take a look at your feet to see your arches. After determining your gait and arches, we’ll recommend the best shoes for your feet. Once you make your selection from the few pairs we suggest we’ll take it a step further and let you try them out on the treadmill. It’s one thing to walk around in a pair of new shoes to see if they are going to work but it’s another thing to actually take them for a test run before you buy them to make sure they are going to work for you.
Not only will you benefit from knowing you selected the right pair of running shoes for your feet but our expert gait analysis will save you time, money, and discomfort in the long run.
A Recent Testimonial
Here is a real life example why gait analysis is so important! Jeff came into Complete Runner a few weeks ago because he found out we offered complementary gait analysis and his previous running shoes weren’t doing the job. After we analyzed his gait and helped Jeff pick out the right pair of shoes for his feet he tried them out right away and was amazed with the results! Jeff boasts of a faster pace with happy, comfortable feet. He also said it was easier to run with his new shoes than with his old ones. That is the difference a pair of proper shoes makes!
If you are like Jeff and wondering how to choose the best running shoes for your feet please stop by Complete Runner for a free gait analysis and expert advice – your feet will be happy you did.