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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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Why run when you can walk?

By Phil Clark / July 27, 2017

Barry hopped of the treadmill and came over to my office.   “Hey, Phil. I’m trying to do more running. I’m really slow. But it’s still hard. I think my form is off.”   I had already taken a peek at his running and I said, “Well, Barry, you’re moving as if you’re running, but…

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