wrong size

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

By Phil Clark / June 23, 2018

The great majority of our customers wore the wrong size before they came to Run Shoe Store. When they had shopped 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 typically start with the size that corresponded to their non-athletic…

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forefoot

Forefoot striking does not extend a shoe’s life.

By Phil Clark / June 16, 2018

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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Making running shoes wider

By Phil Clark / June 9, 2018

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.…

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foot numbness

Zero-drop shoes are sometimes comfortable.

By Phil Clark / June 2, 2018

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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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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wore-out sneakers

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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