Shoes and You
The foot has 28 bones, 33 joints, over 100 ligaments, multiple layers of muscles and tendons as well as a framework of nerves and blood vessels. The foot provides the support, balance and mechanics for propulsion we depend on for any exercise involving foot contact with the ground. The foot will absorb up to four times our body weight during sport and training which is why your shoes need to be correct and in good condition.
PAYING US A VISIT?
If you need a gait assessment and a shoe fit there is no need for an appointment. Just bring the following:
- Your old shoes (so we know your history)
- Something comfy to run in
If you have the grumblings of a persistent niggle or an injury and need a more in-depth analysis then book in to see our bio-mechanist/podiatrist Phil de Mestre.
WHY COME AND SEE US?
Shoes are the most unnatural thing involved in our movement patterns. Unfortunately our world is built in a way that we cannot run easily in our bare feet. With technical differences that are very subtle in all different types of shoes it is important to know that these changes can have profound impacts both positively and negatively on our running form and economy.
During a 10 kilometer run, your feet will strike the ground on average 10,000 times! That is a lot of load going through your Achilles tendon (as an example). Adding an extra 2 mm`s to that load can be both detrimental and performance enhancing depending on your approach.
THE BEST SHOE ISN’T ALWAYS ENOUGH
We are also aware that the best shoe alone is not always enough to prevent injury. Be aware you may need to consult with your podiatrist, physiotherapist or sports doctor for further advice. If you don’t have a physiotherapist, sports doctor or other medical practitioner, then visit our recommended referrers page to find one close to you.
Trail Running-Footwear Selection
Road running and trail running put quite different stresses on your body and require different strengths and varying muscle activation. Specific demands are placed on certain structures when running off-road, and a good trail shoe should cater for this (as should your training).
It is a combination of these aspects, engaging with the runner and understanding their context and goals, their injury history and more, that help us learn what shoe or collection of shoes is the best for each individual runner.
Here at Running Science we stock a range of brands which offer trail specific running shoes including Salomon, Innov8, Nike, Saucony and Brooks. As well as the latest gadgets, (Suunto Spartan and Garmin Fenix) and the best socks, fuel belts, running vests and supplements to make your run or training session your best.
Questions we are always asked?
Understanding the demands of trail running can help prepare you for the race head. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding trail running.
Commonly asked questions from our customers include;
Can I wear my road running shoes on trail?
I use a stability running shoe on the road, but most trail running shoes are neutral. Will this suit me?
Should my trail runners have the same stack height (heel-toe differential) as my road runners?
What should my shoe strategy be for a 100km race, and should I change shoes mid-race?
For these answers and answers to any other questions, drop into the shop. We are open 7 days a week and the staff are more than happy to explain further.