Fitting you in your ideal shoes is our mission. The fitting process involves the following basic steps:
- We ask what you're all about. Are you a runner or a walker or do you do some of both? Is there a model or brand of shoe with which you've had success in the past? Do you have a history of injuries? Have you been running or walking for a while or is this a new activity? Are you training for something such as a marathon or half marathon?
- We look closely at your feet to assess the height of your arches and the width.
- We ask to watch you run if you're a runner and to walk if you're a walker. For running we conduct a video gait analysis by recording video of you running on our treadmill. By replaying the video in slow motion we can assess the nature of your gait (ie, overpronation, underpronation, or neutral). By watching you in motion we can assess how much support you need in a shoe. Although the stereotype is that people with lower arches need more support than people with higher arches, there are plenty of exceptions. Arch height alone is not the be all end all indicator of what kind of shoe someone needs and can sometimes be misleading. That's why it's important for us to watch you in motion. With our video system we can view side by side comparisons of your gait in multiple different shoes and determine which shoe provides the best amount of support.
- Based on our assessment we develop a list of shoes which will be appropriate for your needs and give you the opportunity to try them on and test them out by running or walking outside.
- As you provide feedback about what you like and don't like with each shoe we tailor the selection further.
- The big decision is in your hands. Ultimately it is up to you to decide which shoe feels best among the shoes which we have determined are appropriate for your needs.