I'm in London a lot with work Wilkie, but I never really get the chance to get out and go shopping.
I went to a place in Croydon when I was there a few months ago but their treadmill was older than God and decided it wouldn't work so they couldn't do a gait analysis on me.
Do you have any recommendations on a good London shop though? There's a small shop I've seen opposite Clapham Common whcih Im half tempted to have a gander at. Also the Sweatshop (grrrr!) in Chelsea, although Im not keen on giving Sweatshop another go maybe a different shop will be better?
I'm also not a great fan of Sweatshop's ability to recommend running shoes.
My first pair of running shoes from them were Asics GT-2140's which were fine until they started to cause blisters in the in-step after about 9 months of use. No problem, I assumed, just wear and tear.
I took them back to Sweatshop to get some new shoes and show them the old ones to help their recommendations. After the normal 'run up and down the shop' trick they like to pull I was then told that I shouldnt have been recommended the Asics due to my running style. I was then recommended Nike Lunarglide's as a suitable new shoe to buy.
I'm a size 10 in normal everyday shoe's but they gave me a 9.5 shoe to try. I said that it should be a half or full size bigger surely, not a half size smaller but they actually felt ok, not too tight or anything and the assistant told me that they fitted correctly and were looking fine after another run up and down the shop.
Anyway, after having to take a couple of weeks off with an injury I then started running in the Lunarglide's, just 10k's mainly and they felt ok. Tis went on for another 2 weeks or so but as I started ramping up my mileage I started getting blisters and the Lunarglide's felt really, really tight once I got past 6 miles. Sure enough this only started when I ramped up the mileage - and more importantly - when I was outside of the 30 day exchange period.
Now I'm stuck training for the London Marathon with an £80 pair of Nike's that I cant run anything more than 6 miles in without getting the worst blisters ever, all becuase of Sweatshop in Milton Keynes' inability to fit a shoe! Grrrrr.....
The sad thing is they are the onyl running shop in MK so when it comes to the next pair of shoes, Im going to have to go back there and spunk more cash on shoes that'll probably be wack!!