Fit Process

Don’t Pick the Shoe, Let The Shoe Pick You!

The TRS “Don’t Pick The Shoe, Let The Shoe Pick You” fit process is a complimentary service. When it comes to the “best shoe” for you, it is the one that meets the technical needs of your personal gait cycle, and feels the best on your foot.

At The Running Store, our professional staff will guide you through a free comprehensive gait analysis that includes:

  • Understanding your running profile
  • Analysis of the anatomy of your feet
  • Treadmill and walk/jog analysis

Running Profile

log1We begin with some brief questions about the type of running/walking you do, your training goals, the predominant surfaces you run/walk on (sidewalks, blacktop, treadmill, track, trails, etc.), anticipated mileage, and your history of injuries that may affect your running. This information guides the fit process and helps us better recommend shoes that are best suited for your needs.

Foot Anatomy Analysis

footOnce we have an understanding of the type of running you do, we’ll perform an analysis of the anatomy of your feet. We’ll analyze your foot length, foot width (at the toe box and heel), foot volume and arch height to get a general idea of the size, width, and style of shoe that may work best for you.

If you currently are a runner/walker, bring in your running/walking shoes so we can analyze internal and external wear patterns, which indicate how your foot fits and strikes in your current shoes.

Treadmill Analysis and Walk/Jog Analysis

treadmillWe want to educate our customers and “demystify” the gait analysis. Therefore, first time customers are placed in a “neutral” running/walking shoe and walk or jog on a treadmill. With cameras focused on the back of the foot and leg, we analyze your unique gait cycle by utilizing special software to slow the motion of the gait cycle so you, the customer, can see your running motion. For you runners who primarily run only on treadmills, this provides a very good analysis of the types of shoes you may need.

Because treadmills are a much softer surface and can increase your degree of pronation, we also analyze how you walk and/or jog in the shoes on a hard surface.