F.A.Q.

Do socks matter?
YES. Look for socks made of moisture-wicking acrylics or polyester blends such as Coolmax, which absorb moisture, keep feet dry, and help prevent blisters. Better yet, look for a seamless sock for the absolute best performance.  Cotton socks get wet and stay wet, causing friction that contributes to hot spots and blisters.

When do I replace running shoes?
Running shoes are generally built to last 300-500 miles. By that time, the cushioning and support features (mid-sole) of the shoe have started to break down significantly. A runner logging 20 miles a week should expect to get a new pair of shoes every four to six months.

Do I need to bring anything with me when I'm ready to buy new shoes?
Bring in your current running or walking shoes and the socks you like to wear while running or walking. If you wear orthotics or another type of insert bring them too, as they can affect the fit of the shoe.

Why do you need to see my old shoes?
Bring in your current shoes (whether you liked them or not) to see what you've been wearing and how you've been wearing them. Wear patterns on soles can help a fit specialist identify your biomechanical needs and determine the proper type of shoe for your feet.

Why can't I just pick a shoe with nice colors?
When it comes to running and walking shoes, you must choose function over fashion. We'll bring you a selection of shoes that best meet your needs. Don't worry, they look good, too!

I walk. Is it OK to wear a running shoe?
Yes. Running shoes offer a wider variety of cushioning and support features than can be found in most walking shoes. There are some good walking shoes out there -- using running shoe technology -- but many walkers are successful with running shoes at distances ranging from a couple of miles to the marathon.

Why do you watch me walk/run?
We're looking at your footstrike and gait to evaluate the mechanics of your stride, which in turn helps us decide the proper type of shoe for you.

Why do I need a running shoe? Can't I just run in my favorite sneaker?
Running shoes are built to support and cushion your foot while in the specific act of running and walking. While running, the impact of each foot strike is three to five times your body weight. Your Keds just can't cut it!

Why is my running shoe size bigger than the size of my dress shoes?
Running shoes are just sized differently than other shoes, even other athletic shoes. Also, you need about a thumb's width of room between your longest toe and the front of the running shoe for the footwear to function properly. Expect your running/walking shoe to be from one-half to two sizes larger than your other shoes.

Why do I need to take off my socks when being fit for shoes?
Looking at the bare foot, we can better see the shape of your arch, as well as evidence of blisters or hot spots, calluses, corns, bunions, or other things that need to be considered when fitting a shoe.