Buying Proper Footwear
Soles in Motion is dedicated to educating you on the importance of measuring your feet, the size ‘number’ is a quide, the correct width and length are a necessity for comfort and healthy feet. Wearing the wrong shoe can cause many injuries and conditions not only in your feet but all the way up – ankles, knees, hip, lower back, etc.
When do you need new shoes
The easiest way to know if you need new shoes is to look at the soles. If they are worn out or unevenly worn, they should be replaced.
Runners should have their Running shoes should be replaced every 500-600 km or every 6 months. If you wear your running for other activities they count too!
Walkers are not pounding their shoes as hard as runners, however, the cushions and supports is designed to give you optimal performance for approximately 600 km. Your weight and the length of time you walk daily is also a factor. If you are walking 30 minutes per day 3 to 4 hours per week, replace your shoes every six months.
Try on shoes at the end of the day – feet swell throughout the day.
Bring in the type of sock that you will be wearing in your running shoe.
Bring in or wear your old runners so our staff can check the wear pattern.
There should be 3/8” to ½” space from the end of your longest toe to the tip of the shoe.
The Right Shoes for the Your Feet
To find the proper shoes with the fit characteristics that best match your gait, foot type and activity level is essential. There are three basic running patterns or bio mechanics tendencies.
Neutral: Landing on the outside of the heel and then slightly roll inward to absorb shock. Ideally, look for a straight or semi-curved last. Although there may not be any major motion control issues, considering a shoe with a medial post for motion control may be an option. A medial post is a denser, stiffer material on the inner side of the shoe to help reduce over pronation and supports the arch. A shoe with moderate cushion such as a dual density midsole as the bend of support and cushioning materials offer a nice mix of cushioning and stability.
The foot strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inward excessively. It is prominent in people who have flexible, flat feet. It can lead to conditions like:
Look for a straight or semi-curved last for stability and maximum support for the inside of the foot. Features like a medial post will help to reduce over pronation. However, custom or off the shelf orthotics may be an option in a neutral shoe.
The foot is rigid, doesn’t pronate enough and is not an effective shock absorber. It is the turning of the foot at the ankle so that there is a tendency to walk on the outer side of the foot. It can lead to such conditions as:
A semi-curved or curved last will encourage foot motion and not medial support will be required. A softer, lighter outsole with greater flexibility would be beneficial.
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