Fit Process on Running Shoes (w/ pics)
Monday, February 28, 2011
I live in Atlanta and they have a store called Big Peach Running Co. I went last weekend and got "fitted" for a new pair of running shoes. Here's how it went:
When you first get there you stand on the machine below:
This machine will tell the sales rep your arch type and foot width. It will also show where you apply the most pressure so that they know how much cushioning you need. It will even give you a suggested shoe size. Below is a pic of someone else's report.
After that, you jog on this treadmill for about 30 seconds:
There's a camera behind you that shows the rep HOW you run and whether or not you pronate. After your jog they slow down the video and you can watch a frame-by-frame video of yourself jogging. Here's a pic of a guy getting evaluated:
After all was said and done, I was told that I should be wearing a size 8.5/medium width sneaker. I don't pronate and I have a "good stride".
I must've tried on about 8 pairs of sneakers until I ended up with:
Granted, they're not the BEST looking shoe but they are super comfy and they fit me perfectly!!!!
I suggest everyone trying to find a spot like this one. It was well worth it. During checkout I was told that if I am ever unhappy with the shoes I can bring them back and exchange them. Comfort is their #1 priority!!! Love it!!!
By the way, here's the link to the store I went to: