Not sure where to start your shoe shopping? Having trouble finding a pair that fits?
“If the shoe fits, then wear it,” isn’t just an edgy remark toward someone else, but it’s also a wise expression encouraging the purchase of the perfect shoe to stay injury free. For some runners, the perfect shoe may seem like an unreachable mirage in the desert—something to be hoped for, but not seen, or a completely unrealistic.
Your running shoes should feel almost like a slipper. Running shoes don’t require as much of a break in period as they used to, so it should be comfortable in the store. If there is anything that really bothers you when you try a shoe on, such as some stitching rubbing you weird, it’s to tight, to wide, to lose etc, those irritations will probably get worse before they ever get better.
Also your running shoes should be a bit bigger than the rest of your shoes. As you run, your feet have the tendency to swell a little bit. If your shoes are tight at the start of your workout, they will get tighter and could result in numbness, blisters and overall discomfort as you foot swells during your workout.
When sizing your shoes, use your thumbnail. If you can fit it in between the end of the shoe and your longest toes, then you are about where you need to be. Most people go up about a 1/2 size to a full size bigger than their foot size.
Finding the right type of running shoe can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Salt Lake Running Co can help by performing a biomechanical analysis to get you pointed in the right direction. This is key to finding the shoe that is technically correct for an individual’s unique running technique to help prevent injuries.
A biomechanical analysis may sound like something they do at NASA, but in reality it’s a simple process that helps us match the right pair of running shoes to your feet. We do this free of charge because we honestly believe this results in you being a happier and healthier runner.
What we do:
Every employee at the Salt Lake Running Co is specially trained to perform a biomechanical analysis. It’s the only way can ensure our recommendations are true and accurate.
A staff member will record your feet as you run on a treadmill for several seconds. Then, we watch the video frame-by-frame and clearly explain what’s happening to your feet as you run. From there we make suggestions for specific running shoes and inserts to fit your mechanics perfectly. The whole process only takes a few minutes, but the results are noticeable.
Why it works:
All of us have varying degrees of instability in our feet and shoes are designed with varying degrees of support. Biomechanical analysis is the most effective way of matching the right support to ensure comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
Whether you’ve run 10 marathons or you’re just starting out, we want to make sure your shoes are right for you. No appointment is necessary, so come in, learn more and see how we do it.
However, finding the right shoe is only half the battle in healthy running. It’s also very important to select an aftermarket insert that goes inside the shoe as a replacement for the factory made sock liners. The inserts at the Salt Lake Running Co are designed to stabilize or cushion the foot inside the shoe.
The shoe comes without anything on the inside to stabilize the arch, add padding, or absorb impact. Adding an aftermarket insert will not only help stabilize and cushion, making the shoe more comfortable, but this will also help prevent overuse injuries that are most common to runners.