When do I need to replace my workout shoes?
Shoes are built to provide support, cushion, and comfort. However, use of each shoe wears it down to the point where these three components are no longer adequate. The span-of-life for a workout shoe differs from person to person based on usage. A shoe one wears everyday for their workout, whether its a run, a walk, or a trip to the gym, will not last as long as a shoe that's only work two or three time a week. For guidance, we recommend the following:
Heavy Use (every day) - 4-6 months (sometimes less)
Medium Use (4-6 days a week) - 6-8 months
Light Use (1-3 days a week) - 8-12 months
No Use (rarely worn) - 1-2 years, as the glue and materials will begin to breakdown due to time
Do I need to bring anything with me when I am ready to buy new shoes?
Bring in your current workout shoes. If you wear orthotics, another type of insert, or any brace/support device on your foot, bring those too.
Why do you watch me run/walk?
We are looking at your foot strike and gait to evaluate the mechanics of your stride, which in turn helps us evaluate the fit and type of shoe that is best for you.
Do socks matter?
Yes. Look for moisture-wicking technology and blends of polyester and acrylic material. These fabrics absorb and move moisture, keep feet dry, hold their shape and help prevent blisters. Cotton socks get wet and stay wet. This causes friction, which contributes to hot spots and blisters.
Why can’t I just pick a shoe with nice colors?
When it comes to workout shoes, you must choose function over fashion. We’ll bring you a selection of shoes that best meet your needs and explain the benefits of each. You can go a long way towards injury prevention in the proper shoe, rather than a good-looking style. Of course, sometimes those are one in the same!
Why do I need a technical workout shoe? Can’t I just run in my favorite sneakers?
The shoes we sell support and cushion your foot with the best, most comfortable technologies available in footwear. For example, while running, the impact of each foot strike is three to five times your body weight. Walking and other fitness activities also put a strain on the feet and body that a proper shoe can alleviate.
I walk. Do I still need a technical workout shoe?
Yes. In fact, we recommend it. Our selection of shoes offers a wider variety of cushioning and support features than can be found in most "walking" shoes.
Why is my workout shoe size bigger than the size of my dress shoes?
Workout shoes are just sized differently than other shoes, even other athletic shoes. You also need about a thumb’s width of room between your longest toe and the front of your workout shoe so it can function properly. Expect your workout shoes to be from 1/2 to 2 sizes larger than your other shoes. Sizing can also vary from brand to brand, as well as style to style within the same brand.