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Specialist Running shoes & advice 

All the major running shoes were designed by men and indeed the majority of these were athletes, who could not find a good running shoe or shoe for their sport and so started designing their own. The designers of running shoes, have had to take into account the shape of both mens and women's feet and many give varying widths in their different ranges. New balance have been including wide ranges within their designs since 1906, it has to be said that these were not running shoes but walking shoes, however they now offer a wide fit in their running shoes, as do other manufacturers.

Nike Running Shoes Nike was founded as Blue Ribbon Sports by Phil Knight in the early 1960's, buying the Swoosh Nike logo in 1971 for $35 from Carolyn Davidson. In 1973, Steve Prefontaine became the first major track athlete to wear Nike running shoes and in 1980 Steve Ovett was the first athlete to win an Olympic medal in Nike Running Shoes.

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Asics Running Shoes In 1949 Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began manufacturing basketball shoes in his living room in Kobe, Japan, before manufacturing his first marathon running shoes in 1953. Asics are now one of the largest suppliers of men's running shoes and women's running shoes.

Adidas Running Shoes Adidas was founded in 1924 in Germany by two brothers Adi and Rudolf Dassler. Adi Dassler's running shoes were worn at the Olympic Games for the first time in 1928. Dick Fosbury was one of the first major athletes to wear Adidas running shoes and running kit. In 1948 Rudolf Dassler leaves to start his own company which is now known as Puma. Once Rudolf left his brother came up with the famous three stripes logo and changed the name to Adidas.

New Balance Running Shoes Although manufacturing since 1906, the first New Balance running shoe was not introduced until 1961. It was the first to have a ripple sole and became the running shoe of choice, for coaches and athletes alike. Tom Fleming won the New York City Marathon in a pair of New Balance 320 running shoes in 1975.

Is your Running shoe right for you?

A life time of dedication, in the pursuit of the ultimate athletic performance enhancing running shoe, has been one of the major contributors, to the "breaking" of world records today. Your running shoes have never been so important.

The correct choice of running shoes is very important. One of the advantages of running compared to other sports is that you don't need to buy additional specialist equipment. All you need is a couple of pairs of good quality running shoes that best suit you, and if you are a woman, you may need a sports bra.

Whenever possible, go to a specialist running shop. You'll get a better selection, and good advice. Some have a running machine and will let you try the running shoes, before you buy.

What type of Running Shoe to buy?

There is no such thing as a "best model". Every runner is different in the way they run, and different running shoes are suitable for different running styles. And it is quite possible that a £40 pair of shoes would suit you better than a £100 pair.

I recommend that all beginners should buy their running shoes from a specialist running shoe shop, many of which are to be found in most towns. Some of these have internet sites, which is ideal for those living in out lying areas.

Every Runner is different

The foot doctor

Pronate Foot        Normal Foot          Flat Foot

When you run, your foot would naturally land on the outer heel edge and role inwards, and take off from the sole of the foot with pressure on the big toe. Some people "over pronate", that is, they roll their foot inwards too much.

Some running shoes are designed to prevent this, these are shoes that promote "stability" or "motion control".

There are different degrees of over pronation, and different shoes act in various ways to prevent this. Other runners land their feet flat but there are running shoes designed and available for this also.

There is no right or wrong way to strike your feet, we are all different, just get a pair which you feel are right for you. You can look at runners in a race and they all have "funny" ways of running. even more annoying when they run faster than you.

There is no substitute for trying several different models from different manufacturers to see which running shoe  works best for you.
Go to a specialist running shop. Don't go to a general sports chain. You need an experienced shop assistant to watch you run in different models to see how they affect your running style.
Go during the week when the full time staff are there - they will usually be more experienced than part-time weekend staff.
Try the shoes. Don't just put them on, but run up and down the street in them. If the shop will not let you run up and down the street or have a treadmill for your use, leave the shop

Follow this advice to make sure you buy suitable shoes

How long will your Running shoes last?

You should always buy two pairs of running shoes and alternate between them. Only run in the shoes, do not play any other sport, or wear them for walking around.

Running Shoes can last anything between 300 and 800 miles. Assuming you run 25 miles each week, they should last you about 4 or 5 months. Most runners do not change them often enough! Read about using running logs to track the condition of your shoes...

Read our Running Programme for Beginners...

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