Fit Life: Get the right shoe for your workout

Published: Oct. 10, 2017 at 9:28 AM CDT
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On this Fit Life, we're addressing a frequently asked question. Which running shoe should I be in? The simple answer; it's different for everybody.

Eric Johnson of Fleet Feet Sports deals with this all the time. He tells people who ask that question that there is no one best brand. It's finding the right shoe for you. Your foot will be different from others.

The first thing they do is look at your foot and do a detailed evaluation. In Paul's case, Eric finds that his foot is a bit wider than average for his height. Paul's alignment is great. Eric tells Paul that he has a little bit of bony growth and maybe a bit of swelling on one side. So, Paul should avoid a very narrow shoe.

Next, they measure your foot at the store. They measure it while you're sitting and while you stand. The foot will enlongate when you stand up and they need to account for that in the sizing of the shoe.

Finally, the employees will watch you walk. They want to see if you have a neutral gait or if you have excess motion or some kind of gait quirkiness.

Then, you head off to the shoe wall to find the right fit for your feet.

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