NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Ten runners of our Go The Distance team have officially started their journey to the Boilermaker, but before they start – they'll need a good pair of running shoes.
NewsChannel 2's Kristen Copeland talked to the experts at The Sneaker Store about finding the right sneakers.
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“There's a right tool for the activity you're doing. There are a lot of really great shoes out there that may not be the right tool for your distance training. They may have worked for you in the off season on the treadmill doing some circuit work or cross fit. Logging miles, the shoes becomes much more important because of the repetitive gated motion we're talking about in running,” said Sneaker Store owner Josh Belisle.
Sneakers are not one size fits all – in fact, the size is not the only factor.
“I always say the internet does a lot of things really well. It can't try shoes on your feet very well,” Belisle said.
A lot of people have no idea what they’re doing, when looking for the perfect kicks.
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A specialty shop, like The Sneaker Store will look at the shape of your foot, the biomechanics of your leg, and your alignment. And then you go shopping for the perfect match.
“You've got shoes that have that more max cushion. You've got some more minimal shoes here. You’ve got different ramps, the off set, the height of the heel relative to the forefoot,” he said. “We're looking at the shape of your foot, the structure of your foot, the alignment and the lower leg muscles, and flexibility. When we look at the alignment with flexibility, it tells us where we want to be.”
Industry standards say a pair of running sneakers should take you four to 600 miles. For some people, that's a whole year, but for others, it's a couple months.
“The durability of the shoe depends on the factors within the shoe. It depends who is running in the shoe, how often you're running in the shoe, how fast you're running in the shoe,” Belisle said.
Socks are also another important piece of equipment.