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Running shoe store with a focus on selection & service

By Phil Clark / February 13, 2021

Philadelphia Magazine included Run Shoe Store in an article about local running shoe stores. We are the running shoe store for people who live in Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Old City. But we get customers from as far away as Scranton. Here’s why: Selection The only shoe that you can trust is the…

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running coach

The story of a running coach

By Phil Clark / February 6, 2021

The folks at Philadelphia Magazine mentioned me in an article titled, “Running Coaches Around Philadelphia Who Can Help You Cross Your Next Finish Line.” This is the story of how I became a running coach. 1996 Atlanta Games After having some achievements in high school and more in college, I was invited to train with…

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wrong size

Wrong size shoes can’t be fixed by changing brands.

By Phil Clark / January 2, 2021

The great majority of our customers wore the wrong size before they came to Run Shoe Store. When shopping for shoes, they would pick something that looked cool and then would try it on in different sizes until it didn’t hurt. They would start with the size that matched their non-athletic shoe size, and then…

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sneaker store

Philly’s best sneaker store is back and safer than ever!

By Phil Clark / June 16, 2020

We want to get it right. Before now, that meant knowing when to leave you alone and when to offer help. It meant measuring, selecting, testing, and listening until we found the most comfortable shoe in the store for you. It meant never rushing and never selling. We still do those things because that’s what…

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forefoot

Forefoot striking does not extend a shoe’s life.

By Phil Clark / June 8, 2020

Weight on the midsole causes a shoe to die, whether the forefoot or the heel strikes the ground first. Midsoles are thin and pliable. They are commonly made from about 2/3 of an inch of a material called ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), which is soft enough to be completely rolled up. Standing on a midsole…

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increase width

Making running shoes wider

By Phil Clark / January 18, 2020

There are two ways to increase width in a technical running shoe. Go oversize! The first way is to buy a shoe that’s a little longer than usual. As the shoe gets longer it also gets proportionately wider. In our store, there have been many customers who were wearing shoes longer than necessary. They had…

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foot numbness

Zero-drop shoes are sometimes comfortable.

By Phil Clark / January 11, 2020

Comfort is the best reason to buy technical running shoes. Wearers find different things comfortable. For many, a comfortable sneaker has plenty of room to accommodate the length, width, and height of the foot. Others find relatively large amounts of cushioning to be comfortable. Some think that sneakers that allow the wearer to feel the…

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lacing

Why running shoes have extra holes

By Phil Clark / January 4, 2020

For more than 100 years, shoe manufacturers have been giving their customers ways to modify the way that shoes are laced. Just about all shoes come with a standard crisscross pattern. Additional loops, hooks, and related features allow us to modify that standard lacing, as necessary. The eyelets at the very top of the eyestay—the…

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slow you down

Do some running shoes slow you down?

By Phil Clark / December 28, 2019

We currently sell shoes by Asics, Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno, New Balance, Under Armour, Hoka, and Adidas. Not one of those manufacturers claims that any of their shoes will make you run faster—or slow you down. But that doesn’t stop consumers, especially track racers, from making the claim that the lighter the shoe, the faster you…

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cushioned running shoes

Is there a major difference between men’s and women’s running shoes?

By Phil Clark / December 21, 2019

Just about every shoe that we sell carries the same name in both men’s and women’s running shoes. The Saucony Guide ISO is called by that same name in both men’s and women’s, for example. But the same name does not mean the same shoe. Here are some obvious, but nonetheless very important differences.  …

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