cushioned running shoes

Why EVA in running shoes is important

By Phil Clark / April 28, 2018

On our wall, just about every shoe is made with some kind of etheylne vinyl acetate (EVA). During the history of the technical running shoe, EVA has become the preferred material for midsoles and sockliners. EVA is the prominent material in most technical running shoes. It’s a foam that can compress without flattening under large…

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dirty running shoes

Don’t machine-wash dirty running shoes

By Phil Clark / April 21, 2018

I have a 1970’s memory of my mom using the washing machine to clean my shoes. (Don’t ask me what kind of shoes they were, I didn’t know if I was wearing dirty running shoes or basketball shoes or tennis shoes–as long as they weren’t the dreaded bobo shoes!) They didn’t fit exactly like before…

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Under Armour

Does Under Armour make good running shoes?

By Phil Clark / April 15, 2018

I have a high regard for the companies that manufacture technical running shoes, which are shoes made specifically for running. There are not many of those companies that are recognized around the world. Under Armour is now among their number. Making a durable technical running shoe is hard because running causes forces that punish shoes.…

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insoles

Do I need insoles for my running shoes?

By Phil Clark / April 7, 2018

Here are the three kinds of insoles that are commonly put into technical running shoes, in descending order of importance: manufacturer’s insoles, orthotics, and off-the-shelf insoles. The manufacturer’s insole is the most common type. Manufacturer’s put insoles into almost all technical running shoes. Of the 62 different styles of technical running shoes that we currently…

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HOKA

What makes HOKA ONE ONE shoes different?

By Phil Clark / March 31, 2018

HOKA ONE ONE, like every other shoe manufacturer, boasts a number of different technologies. HOKA shoes have one, very recognizable feature: a very large amount of cushioning underfoot. They also shape their midsoles to mimic a rocker, so that the shoe helps drive you forward.   The main advantage     But the technology that…

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foot numbness

Why do arch supports hurt my feet?

By Phil Clark / March 24, 2018

Arch supports probably don’t hurt your feet. Size and width explain much of what makes shoes comfortable and also explain much of what makes shoes painful. Pain, even in the arch, is most likely due to too little room, not to arch supports. A foot has three arches Biomechanists sometimes describe the foot as having…

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foot numbness

Do high arches need arch support?

By Phil Clark / March 17, 2018

Run currently stocks 31 different styles of shoes and each one of them supports the arch. Whether you have high arches, low arches, or something in-between, it’s practically impossible to buy a shoe that doesn’t give some kind of arch support. The construction of the upper, the materials selected for use in the midsole, and…

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blisters

What runners should do about blisters on the feet.

By Phil Clark / March 10, 2018

The best way to deal with blisters is to avoid them. The best way to avoid them is with a proper fitting sock, made from the right materials, designed for your activity, and worn inside a properly fitting shoe. Socks should fit Look for socks with sizes. Just like you want shoes to match the…

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running coach

Can I race in my training shoes?

By Phil Clark / March 3, 2018

You can race in training shoes, if they are still alive. Shoes don’t last forever. And when they’re dead, they’re done. That’s a fact that doesn’t occur to everyone. Those that do realize it, have some questionable ways of deciding when a shoe needs to be replaced. Some will look at the outer sole to…

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HOKA

How far in advance should I buy running shoes before a race?

By Phil Clark / February 24, 2018

Get help! If you have the help of a knowledgeable retailer, you shouldn’t be concerned about buying running shoes before a race. The shoes will fit right out of the box. Because special attention will be paid to the shoe’s length, width, and comfort. When those three things are correct, the shoe will be ready…

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