insoles

Do I need insoles for my running shoes?

By Phil Clark / December 1, 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 / November 24, 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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Why do arch supports hurt my feet?

By Phil Clark / November 17, 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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Do high arches need arch support?

By Phil Clark / November 10, 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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Philadelphia Marathon Training

Check out The Training Station Gym’s exciting take on Philadelphia Marathon training!!

By Phil Clark / September 28, 2017

Their latest blog post describes a one-of-a kind workout being used to prepare runners for the Philadelphia Marathon.  

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We Won a Best of Philly Award!

By Phil Clark / August 13, 2017

Run Shoe Store and The Training Station won best gym in Philadelphia for 2017. We’re psyched to be on this list for the second time! http://www.phillymag.com/best-of-philly/awards/gym/

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Weightlifting shoes are the best

By Phil Clark / August 8, 2017

When I seriously started powerlifting, I was influenced by the publications of Pavel Tsatsouline. He persuaded me to lift wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers, because they are flat. For a while, I thought they were the best shoes to lift heavy barbells with. Later in my career, I prioritized Olympic Weightlifting over powerlifting. I learned from…

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Sometimes the right fit requires people-adjustments

By Phil Clark / August 6, 2017

Tina, a nurse, came in with painful feet. She told me that she wore size 8 ½ shoes. Then she pointed at the shoes that she wanted to buy.   I measured her feet and said, “The bad news is that we don’t have the shoe you want in 8 ½. The good news is…

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The number after the name

By Phil Clark / August 2, 2017

“Welcome to Run, how may I help you?”   “I’m looking for a comfortable pair of shoes,” she said.   “No problem,” I said, “Do you currently wear running shoes?”   “Yes.”   “Do you like them?”   “Sure, they’re pretty comfortable.”   “Ok, which ones are they?”   “They’re the ones on the wall…

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Soccer players love tight shoes!

By Phil Clark / July 29, 2017

I’m in the habit of asking customers what sport they played growing up. It’s not the question that you would expect to hear during a fitting for running shoes. If I hear “soccer” or “ice hockey” or “football,” I usually predict that the person is wearing shoes too small.  People who came of age playing…

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