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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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Do running shoes make good walking shoes?

By Phil Clark / February 17, 2018

The technical running shoe is the best-researched and developed athletic shoe. It’s also the best all-purpose exercise shoe. This is good news for walkers. Because, while it may not be easy to find walking shoes, you can find technical running shoes in many places.   Running shoes are better than walking shoes for general exercise…

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Do running shoes loosen up?

By Phil Clark / February 10, 2018

No, running shoes don’t loosen up. But they do deform around the foot. And when they do that, it means that those shoes never did fit. A new pair of shoes should fit properly, right out of the box. If a pair doesn’t fit, you have two choices. You can wear them until they deform…

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Are expensive running shoes worth the money?

By Phil Clark / February 3, 2018

Absolutely. Because the technical running shoe may be the most comfortable shoe that you will wear. So instead of asking if expensive running shoes are worth the money, ask instead if really comfortable sneakers are worth the money. In-line technical running shoes can cost as much as $200. But they can cost as little as…

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How much should you pay for running shoes?

By Phil Clark / January 27, 2018

There are two categories of prices for technical running shoes: prices for in-line shoes and prices for close-out shoes. So when people ask, ‘How much should you pay for running shoes?’ it’s best to give two answers, one for each of those two categories. How much should you pay for running shoes that are in-line?…

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Why do running shoes have a drop?

By Phil Clark / January 21, 2018

Every shoe in Run Shoe Store—the largest selection of any Philadelphia-area running shoe store—has a drop. There are 7 drops currently (drops are measured in millimeters): 13mm, 12mm, 10mm, 8mm, 5mm, 4mm, and 3mm. That corresponds to .51 inches, .47 inches, .40 inches, .31 inches, .20 inches, .16 inches, and .12 inches. It seems that…

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How to make running shoes last longer

By Phil Clark / January 13, 2018

Of all the ‘how to…’ questions that I get, one of the most common is about ‘how to make running shoes last longer.’ Let’s begin by answering that question with this question: How do running shoes die? The most important part of the running shoe is the part that the runner stands on—the midsole. The…

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What’s the best gym shoe?

By Phil Clark / January 11, 2018

Before talking about the best gym shoe, we should talk about what happens in the contemporary gym. Here is a list of the most popular equipment, according to IHRSA: Treadmills Resistance machines Hand weights Dumbbells Stationary bikes Elliptical machines Barbells Ab machines Stair climbing machines Rowers Cardio cross trainers Kettle bells The best gym shoe…

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What’s the best shoe for heel strikers?

By Phil Clark / December 19, 2017

Here’s the important fact that should be considered when we talk about the best shoe for heel-strikers: just about every technical running shoe has been made to accommodate heel strikers. (This is beside the point but heel-striking is not necessarily a bad thing.) Sneaker manufacturers aim to make shoes that respond to the things that…

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Strength training for runners

By Phil Clark / December 4, 2017

Rebecca Qumon is one of the many runners who are members of The Training Station Gym. She normally laces up her sneakers, walks past all of the strength equipment, hops on the treadmill, does her run, and walks past all of the strength equipment on her way out the door. But she recently asked me…

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