I always tell beginners that finding the right shoes is essential. When they ask how to find the right shoe, I always point them towards the nearest Road Runner Sports.
I’ll never forget the day the Road Runner opened in Tempe. It was while I was training for my first marathon. I’m pretty sure I was one of their first customers. #runnerd
Their shoe matching process is called Shoe Dog and it’s awesome. It tells you what kind of shoe you need (neutral, stability, etc.) and if there are any concerns with pronation or arches, they’ll custom fit an insole right there for you. (Insoles cost $80 and the man helping me said they’re not as expensive and involved as orthotics, but heads above non-custom insoles.)
I had to wait my turn when I got there. As I waited they were helping a marathon/trail runner and an elderly man who needed better walking shoes for his nightly walk- the full spectrum.
First they analyze your weight distribution on your feet.
Then you hop on the treadmill with no shoes (he had to see my feet- yikes!)
They record you running on the treadmill so that later they can analyze every little motion your legs and feet make while you run.
This guy was super knowledgeable.
Even though I had no need for the custom insoles, they fitted me for some anyway, so that I could experience what they felt like in a shoe.
After all of these steps, they narrow down a few choices of shoes for you to try on. As I was trying on the shoes, I was asking this poor man a million questions about other shoes they carry (many were pretty technical) and he knew every answer! Pretty awesome considering how many pairs of shoes they have!
If you are in the market for the *perfect* pair of running shoes, Road Runner is your place. I’ve been a fan since marathon number one. They have 40 locations nationwide, but if you don’t have one near you, they have an awesome website (click here.)
Now for the fun part. Road Runner is giving away one pair of running shoes to my readers! Head to Instagram to enter!! Good luck!!