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Shoe Advice

Shoe Care      

Cleaning Shoes

  1. Do not wash in the washing machine
  2. To clean the shoes scrub with a mild detergent and use warm water
  3. Let the shoes dry at room temperature ideally using a shoe form or stuff with newspaper.

Cost

For a decent shoe prices start from approximately £70.00 upwards and the dearest is not always the shoe you require.

How do I know the right shoe for me?

Ideally the best thing to do is visit a specialist running shop to get a gait analysis.

How long do shoes last?

There are various factors your weight your running gait, how often you run, and what surface you run on i.e. tarmac, average miles for a pair of shoes is 400 – 500 miles.

When is it time for new shoes?

  1. When the outer sole shows excessive wear
  2. When the cushioning is constantly flattened
  3. You may start to get niggle pains in your legs and feet

Foot Pronation

This is a normal, natural motion and helps to attenuate shock at heel contact.

Under Pronator (supinator)

An under pronator is prone to increased shock transmission through the low limb (10% of runners)

Neutral

A Neutral runner has minimal biomechanical problems (20 % - 25% of runners)

Over Pronator

An over pronator is predisposed to an inward rolling motion as the foot progresses toward toe-off.

Severe over pronator

A severe over pronator has exaggerated inward rolling and poor shock attenuation.

HIGH ARCH

High arched feet leave an imprint showing a narrow band connecting the forefoot and heel.  A curved, high – arched foot is generally termed a supinated or under pronated foot typically runners with high arched feet should select shoes in the cushioned category

NORMAL ARCH

A normal arch leaves an imprint that has a flare but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a wide band a normal foot lands on the outside runners with a normal arch should select shoes in a cushioning and structured cushioning categories.

LOW ARCH (FLAT FEET)

Flat feet have a low arch and leave a nearly complete print. There is little inward curve where the arch should be. This usually indicates an over pronated foot that strikes on the outside  of the heel and rolls inward excessively. Runners with flat feet should select shoes in the structured cushioning and maximum support categories