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What's It Like: To be fitted for a running shoe

Instead of making a decision after going online and reading a few reviews, you'll have a pair of shoes that was made for someone with your gait, arch height and your level of pronation.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: November 25, 2012

/articleid/3731384/1/pictures/1891889">Photo - Katie Kramer runs on a treadmill Wednesday as Josh Lacan does a video analysis for fitting running shoes at Red Coyote shoe store in Oklahoma City. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Katie Kramer runs on a treadmill Wednesday as Josh Lacan does a video analysis for fitting running shoes at Red Coyote shoe store in Oklahoma City. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

This video helps the shoe fitter assess what's happening with the arches in your feet and also understand your running or walking form.

Next, based on all the information collected, you'll get a few recommendations of what shoes would work best for you. The fitting process doesn't generally cost extra and will take about 30 minutes from the time you begin to the time to pick out your shoes.

How long will the shoe last?

The average well-made shoe can last between six months to a year. Some experts estimate shoes can last from 300 miles to 500 miles, but sometimes a shoe can last even 1,000 miles. For example, if you're using a supportive insole, you might get more miles out of it. Also, if you're running on the treadmill or grass, your shoe will likely last longer than if you were running on concrete or asphalt.

How much do running shoes cost?

Running shoes can cost anywhere from $40 to $150.

Not all shoes are created equally. You can do your own research and read reviews, but it is generally recommended that a one-on-one consultation is the best way to know which shoes work best for you.

Source: Burke Beck, co-owner of Red Coyote; The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine; the American Podiatric Medical Association.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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