At Fleet Feet Sports we believe in quality shoes that fit you well, and offer a wide variety of shoes for your fitness needs. We carry the following types of shoes:
Running for Women & Men:
- Motion Control
- Minimalist and Barefoot-like
- Road Flats
XC & Track Spikes
Recovery/"Arch Support" Sandals
Boys & Girls Shoes starting in Pre-School sizes
Appropriate shoes for your foot type are the most important piece of equipment. In fact, operating in the wrong shoe can cause serious injuries. At Fleet Feet Sports we offer a special FIT analysis for every customer that is looking to purchase a pair of shoes, to ensure that every individual is in the correct shoe for their foot type. All of our FIT professionals are trained to determine your foot type, evaluate your needs, and recommend appropriate footwear.
During your fitting, we may discuss your level of pronation, as well as the shape of your foot, and how it all relates to your footwear options. Pronation refers to the inward rolling of the foot from initial heel strike to toe off. Pronation is a natural and necessary adaptation response; it is how your foot acts to reduce the stress of impact. An underpronated foot is typically rigid and does not roll inward sufficiently to absorb shock. Inversely, a foot that overpronates rolls inward too far and/or too quickly. Whether you are naturally efficient, overpronate, or supinate depends on the flexibility of your arch. A rigid arch needs extra cushioning to help attenuate the shock produced when the foot hits the ground at forces of 2-4 times body weight. Whereas, a flexible arch disperses shock better, but all that flexibility in the mid and fore foot can cause overpronation which stresses and torques your feet, shins, knees, hips and back causing its own host of problems.
Every footwear manufacturer designs shoes for a variety of foot types and biomechanical needs.
Neutral or Cushioned running shoes encourage natural foot motion, and are most often preferred by efficient runners. This type of shoe offers no additional medial support, such as a post or bridge, to control for overpronation.
Stability running shoes offer a good blend of cushioning, medial support, and durability. Stability features in this type of shoe may range widely from light, guidance footwear to those offering maximum stability.
Trail running shoes are designed to handle your most rugged off-road runs. Aggressive outsoles provide greater traction and underfoot protection than your road shoe.
Performance running shoes are generally light weight and highly responsive. As the name implies, they are designed for speed work and race day.
Minimalist footwear. The advent of the barefoot, or minimalist, running trend presents multiple footwear options. Designed to mimic the foot's contours, minimalist running shoes are extremely light and flexible. A minimalist shoe allows the foot to function as nature intended and, with time and patience, can help you train to run more efficiently. This type of shoe is best used as a training tool for occasional runs, speed work, and race day.
At the end of the day, your ideal shoe is one that fits both the shape of your foot and your biomechanical needs.
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