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Finding the Right Shoe

You know you needt a good pair of running shoes. The right shoes are key. It is a great idea to go to a running specialty store to get fitted. We can watch your gait and put you into a shoe that will keep you aligned correctly. Shoes will not only make your feet feel better, but remember, just like the song states, everything is connected. Your feet are connected to your ankle bones, your ankle bones are connected to your shin bones, your shin bones are connected to your knee bones, and you get the point. If your feet are not aligned correctly, your ankles, knees, hips, and back are in potential danger.Did you know that there are different kinds of running shoes made to accommodate your biomechanics?

Here are the three general types of running shoes and an explanation of who they are made for. Finding the right shoe for you can make you a more efficient runner with happy, healthy feet.

Motion control shoes:
Recommended for runners with low arches who are moderate to severe overpronators and who need maximum rear-foot control and extra support on the medial (arch) side of their shoes. They are also best suited for bigger runners who need plenty of support and durability.

Stability shoes:
Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate overpronators and who generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and midsole cushioning.

Cushioned (neutral) shoes:
Recommended for runners who need maximum midsole cushioning and minimum medial support. These shoes are best for biomechanically efficient runners (minimum pronation) and midfoot or forefoot strikers with high or normal arches. Other categories include Performance Training, Spikes, Racing and Trail specialty shoes.

You don't have to know which category of shoes you need when you come into iRun. Our knowledgeable, friendly, experienced associates will watch you walk and determine the category. Then they'll give you choices from each of our vendors in that category and help you find the one that fits you best.

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