Gait analysis, as waste of time?

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06/02/2014 at 13:06

Absolutely right Chris. The only thing that gets my goat is people who come on this site and say " get yourself a gait analysis" I think all those runners being given that advice should have a link to this thread and let them make their own mind up. 

 

09/02/2014 at 20:31

As a newbie I've had a shocking time with specialist running shops and the gait analysis they offer. The old pumas I use are great but discontinued, looking for the 'same as' really but running shops are insistent these pumas are all wrong for me (really? They've done 500 miles ish with no injuries, not even a blister). 10 pairs of recommended shoes I've brought on advice, worn a couple of miles on the treadmill and returned because of bad fit and blisters. They are obsessed with me being slightly over pronounced in one foot (me and the rest of the world).  The small independent running shop was just rude. Suggesting that novices don't appreciate how expensive running shoes are (I had £150 budget) and that real runners don't care what the shoes look like (yeah sure). I didn't realise that the 'experts' are really just taking an educated guess and there is no advantage to getting a gait analysis over trying on lots of pairs of shoes. What's more I'm am not being picky or 'not giving the shoes a chance' if after a couple of miles I get blisters or shin splints. 

09/02/2014 at 20:38
I don't care what my shoes look like. Although I think the most I've paid for a pair in the last 4 years is about 50 quid.
If you got 500 miles out of your old shoes then try to find something similar.
09/02/2014 at 21:11
NoodleBug wrote (see)

As a newbie I've had a shocking time with specialist running shops and the gait analysis they offer. The old pumas I use are great but discontinued, looking for the 'same as' really but running shops are insistent these pumas are all wrong for me (really? They've done 500 miles ish with no injuries, not even a blister). 10 pairs of recommended shoes I've brought on advice, worn a couple of miles on the treadmill and returned because of bad fit and blisters. They are obsessed with me being slightly over pronounced in one foot (me and the rest of the world).  The small independent running shop was just rude. Suggesting that novices don't appreciate how expensive running shoes are (I had £150 budget) and that real runners don't care what the shoes look like (yeah sure). I didn't realise that the 'experts' are really just taking an educated guess and there is no advantage to getting a gait analysis over trying on lots of pairs of shoes. What's more I'm am not being picky or 'not giving the shoes a chance' if after a couple of miles I get blisters or shin splints. 

 

That's some bad luck.  TEN pairs you've bought and returned. Wow.  What evil running shops you use.

And blisters and shin splints after a couple of miles.  I really feel for you.

Pretty bad luck for a guy who, two weeks ago, said they're a new runner, running for about a year, but never run a race and never had an injury.

Good luck with your next pair.

09/02/2014 at 22:06

I swing between sizes so in fairness some of the returns were due to trying different sizes. I am gutted about some of them, the Ravenna 5's -my profile picture- were gorgeous and fit great but the adjustable stability bar rubbed me raw in about 800metres. On a positive note yesterday I learnt from a lovely young chap in a high street sports shop (the only person to actually look at my current running shoes) that my pumas are a junior boys size so slightly wider than women's shoes of the same size and with more basic technology so less lumps and bumps in the sole. I'll be looking at the junior lads shoes from now on then I guess. The blisters have been a pain but the shin splints didn't hang about and I have doubled my millage with all this extra treadmill work trying new shoes so not all bad.

10/02/2014 at 12:45

I have bought my last 10 pairs of shoes from an independent running shop.  I'm lucky, because I have a neutral gate and a light mid foot strike.  I know which shoes suit my feet.

If somebody asks for my advice about purchasing running shoes, I generally point them in the direction of a specialist independent running shop.  The chains are ok if you know what you want, but if you don't......... prepare to be underwhelmed! 


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