Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rogan's Shoes Holiday Promotion: Winner



The Rogan's Shoes Holiday promotion is now closed.


We had 36 great stories that were shared with us, helping create a true holiday spirit to our blog page, and moving the grand prize to a $75 coupon from www.rogansshoes.com.


***********AND THE WINNER IS***********


Congratulations to Pamela:


"My favorite Christmas gift was one my parents gave me the Christmas after I had my first child. I had been an infertility patient for years. So that Christmas they framed in a shadowbox as a gift the dress I wore home from the hospital when I was born, my baby beaded bracelet with my name on it, and a gold plated diaper pin someone had given me as a gift. It's the only gift that has ever made me cry."


Thanks again to everyone who participated, and be sure to keep checking both our blog and our Rogan's Shoes Facebook page for more promotions coming soon! Rogan's Shoes: We've Got 'em All!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Asics Gel Kayano 16





The Asics GEL-Kayano 16 is the 16th remake of the popular GEL-Kayano series. Your smooth run just got easier with the ultimate blend of support and cushioning due to an expanded GEL Cushioning system in the heel and forefoot. The asymmetrical lacing design helps to reduce the potential for irritation and offers improved comfort and fit. The GEL-Kayano 16 hugs the heel and provides support without the irritation. The antimicrobial properties for a cooler, drier, and healthier foot environment are provided by the ComforDry sockliner. The gender specific Space Trussic System flexes to keep your arch supported where and when it matters. The flex panels allow seamless durability at key points. The Kayano 16 is designed for the runner who overpronates. The shoe runs true to size. Also available in WIDE width.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rogan's Shoes Holiday Promotion




The Holidays are upon us and tis the season for giving. We here at Rogan's Shoes would like to get into the giving spirit this season by offering you a Holiday promotion gift. So here is how it works. We would like to hear your favorite Holiday memory or story. It can come from Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or even Festivus. Once you hace decided on that favorite Holiday memory of yours, post it on our blog page. As long as you experienced it, it counts. We're not picky.

We then enter you into a drawing for a coupon code giveaway for Rogansshoes.com where the prize structure is as follows...

Up to 25 participants - $50 coupon code
26-40 participants - $75 coupon code
41-60 participants - $100 coupon code
61+ participants - $100 coupon code and Free next day air shipping

There will be one lucky winner, so tell your family, friends, and neighbors. The more people that get involved and participate, the bigger our gift to you!

I will get it started with my story: I can always remember back to Christmas mornings as a kid going to my Grandma and Grandpa's house. The food was plentiful and the whole family was always there. I always had my spot by the heat vent where I would open my presents. I was big into Legos then and would always build what I received right in that same spot. After that was done I would lay down, still in front of the heat vent, and take a nap only to wake up usually when it was time to go.

So there was mine. There is now one entry out there (but mine is not eligible to win...looks like the odds are stacked in your favor haha). You may submit a comment by using your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google account below. If leaving a comment below without signing into any account, forward a copy of your story to promotions@rogansshoes.com. We will keep your information private and only contact you should you win. This promotion will end December 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm CST. A winner will be announced and notified the following day, December 29, 2010.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rogan's Promotion: The Ultimate Hiking Trip



As fall approaches and summer fades away, Rogan's Shoes wants to get you set for the fall and winter seasons with a new pair of hiking shoes. But there's one thing we want to know first: What would you bring on your ultimate hiking trip? Besides food and water (which everyone needs unless your name is Chuck Norris) and a new pair of hiking shoes (which we'll take care of for you) we want you to list the three most important things you would bring on your ultimate hiking trip AND why. They can be people or objects. One winner will receive a $70 coupon off a new pair of hiking shoes from www.rogansshoes.com!

Example: I would bring my father for conversation, Steve Carrell to keep things funny and lively on a real hike, and a map because without one, I would be completely lost.

We want you to bring out the ultimate hiker in you and prove you deserve a new pair of hiking shoes!

Promotion ends 10/10/10 at 11:59 PM CDT. Submit a comment by using your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google account below or send us a "tweet" on Twitter including @rogansshoes in your "tweet". If leaving a comment below without signing into any account, please include your name and an email address in your comment so we may contact you should you win.

*******AND THE WINNER IS***********

The Ultimate Hiking Trip Promotion is now closed. Congratulations to our winner:

Amy, -"I would take Bear Grylls because he can make anything from his shoe lace and a discarded water bottle. my camera to document the adventure. an extra pair of wicking socks because having wet feet sucks."

Thanks to everyone who participated and be sure to keep checking our blog page for more sales and promotions! Rogan's Shoes "We've Got 'em All!"




Monday, August 9, 2010

Extend the Life of Safety Shoes with Insoles

You can extend the life and comfort of safety shoes with replacement insoles. Most insoles of shoes are removable and can be taken out easily.
Once your safety shoes are worn for 6 months or more you probably have compacted and wore down the original insoles in your boots. You can restore comfort and support to the shoe or boot with purchasing new insoles.
There are a large number of replacement type insoles on the market. Most offer additional arch support and added cushioning. Spenco is a good choice and makes a number of different insoles.


Monday, July 26, 2010

New Balance NB Zip



NB ZIP™ is New Balance's responsive cushioning technology that is supported by strategically located shock-absorbing struts designed to absorb energy and quickly spring back with every step – delivering the ultimate in responsiveness from heel strike to toe off.

New Balance N-Grip System



N-Grip is New Balance's high performace rubber outsole compound and slip resistant thread. It was designed to help prevent slips and falls due to slippery surfaces. The rubber is designed with a high nitrile butadeine content that makes it both oil and slip resistant

New Balance Rock Stop


The New Balance Rock Stop system is embedded into forefoot and provides protection from sharp rocks and debris. As a flexible protective layer within the shoe, the Rock Stop system helps to minimize foot pressure and disperse shock absorbtion.

New Balance Stability Web



The New Balance Stability Web™ delivers superior support in the midfoot while also reducing the overall weight of the shoe. Made of thermoplastic urethane (TPU) and positioned under the arch, Stability Web allows for torsion and flexion control in the arch while maintaining flexibility in the forefoot.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Balance N-Lock


The term NLOCK is the New Balance brand's technology designed to provide structure in the upper midfoot and enhanced support through lacing. N-LOCK is the integrated webbing and lacing system that provides the optimal in support and fit. The lacing system ensures that the shoe adheres to the foot in the proper manner and will not slip from the foot while in motion. The lacing also helps to stabilize the upper midfoot so that the devices in the shoe can work to their highest ability

New Balance Sure Lace


The New Balance SURE LACE™ shoe lace system is designed to provide added midfoot support and keep the shoe snug around the foot. This 3D video helps to highlight the system and all that it offers.

New Balance Rollbar


The Rollbar is a stability/motion control feature on New Balance Shoes. This feature helps secure and stabilize rear foot movement. Several walking shoes and some running shoes contain this feature. People with problematic feet should look at New Balance Shoes with this feature.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

How To Fit Safety Shoes

Here is a guide on how to fit safety shoes and boots. Some very good information to make sure you get a good fit and comfort.
Before You Try the Boot On

1.) The best time to buy boots is in the afternoon or early evening when the foot is at its largest.
2.) Bring the socks you plan on wearing with you when you try on boots.
3.) Make your decision based on fit more than style.
4.) Get your foot measured. You need to know the correct length and width to get a proper fit.
5.) One foot is often larger than the other - size for the larger foot (get both feet measured).

When You Try the Boot On

1.) Try the boot on, push your toes to the front until they touch, your index finger should fit in behind your foot.
2.) Make sure that the ball (the area of protrusion at the base of the big toe) of your foot fits well at the widest part of the shoe.
3.) Steel toe boots need to be fit about a half size larger than normal footwear. Since there is a steel toe cap there is no stretch in the toe box area. You do not want your toes to the end of the boot!
4.) Lace the boot up, look at the laces, is there a bit of a bulge in the middle? There should be. If the laces progressively narrow the boot is to big or two wide.



5.) Are there any areas of the boot, which seem to be tight on the foot? Snug is good, tight is bad! Don't expect steel toe footwear to stretch to fit your feet. If it does not feel new, it probably will not later.
6.) Walk around the store and get a feel for how the boots feel. You should keep the boots on your feet for about 15 minutes. Flex the boots to make sure they bend in the correct place and do not dig into your foot. How much room is behind the foot? It should be close to the width of the finger. Are there any areas of irritation?
7.) If the boot does not fit comfortably and provide enough room to wiggle the toes then try another model. Size may vary between brands and styles, rely on fit not the size on the box. Footwear may even vary slightly within the same style.

In Conclusion
Many of the problems with fitting safety footwear result from poor fitting! Take the time to get your foot measured and find a quality boot that fits your foot with comfort.

We hope this helps you get a good fit with your safety boots. If you have any other questions please feel free to Ask The ShoePro.






Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer's Here! What's Your Thing? WINNERS

Congratulations to the following two winners of the Rogan's Shoes Blog contest!

Hollie Mae Behrent
Linda Schuster Hake

Both are winners of $50 coupons off of a pair of shoes from Rogan's Shoes! Thanks to all who participated. There are a lot of awesome things people enjoy doing during the summertime! Make sure to keep checking back on Rogan's Shoes Blog page for new contests and promotions. Rogan's Shoes - Your #1 source for information on shoe trends and professional shoe advice!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer's Here! What's Your Thing?


July is here which means summer is in full swing. What's your favorite summer activity? Going for a run? Taking a hike? Maybe grilling out is your thing. Or maybe its simply lying on the beach.

Whatever it is, let us know by submitting a post below on what your favorite summer activity is and you can enter for a chance to win one of two $50 coupons off a new pair of shoes. Include a picture of you doing your favorite activity with your comment to double your chances of winning. It's Rogan's Shoes way of making sure you can get in gear for the summer of 2010!

Promotion ends 7/18/10 at 11:59 PM. Submit a comment using your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google account. If logging in another way, please include your name and an email address so we may contact you should you win.

When submitting a picture, please include your name with your picture. To submit a picture, email it HERE!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Skechers Shape-Ups

Check out the video on Skechers Shape Ups. They really do work!

Avi-Motion Exercise Shoe

Exercise shoes are in vogue. New models are coming out from a number of different manufacturers. One we just received is the Avi-Motion from Avia. And the feed back from our customers has been great. The fit and comfort is very good and the double rocker sole really seems to work the muscles in the legs and buttocks. The other great selling point is the price $84.99 about $15-$20 less than other brands. So if you want to try a pair of the Avi-Motion shoes click on the image below.
Features:
The iburn double rocker difference.

Avia Leaf Spring Archrocker™
Technology creates a Double-Rocker Sole.

Negative Heel Engineering

Promotes muscle activation and mimics sand-like walking.

Low density forefoot PU pod

Engages greater muscle activity during toe off that mimics sand-like walking.

Performance AIR MESH

For maximum breathability.

Light Weight

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rock & Tone!

Give your walking regimen an extra boost of energy and fashionable flair with rock&tone! The 1442's cutting-edge rocker bottom tones your muscles and burns extra calories while you walk, and the attractive and stylish synthetic and mesh upper is based on the ever-popular 442 lifestyle shoe. NB's rock&tone shoe helps you get fit and fabulous as you go through your day--you can even feel it working! Click below to check them out.











Here is a review of the shoe from Blogfully:
"I personally enjoyed the Rock and Tone Shoes by New Balance (a bunch). From the second I slipped my foot in each shoe I fell in love. There was a noticeable difference between these and other shoes I’ve worn in the past. The comfort level was remarkable and the arch; the high arch gave me the support I’d been missing from my other brands. I actually didn’t want to take them off at the end of the day. I loved how they made me feel. I loved that my feet felt no aches, no pains and most importantly, no discomfort. Only time will tell on the calorie burning. I intend to use them all the time so I’m hoping to see results in the future. For now, I’ll just go on how I felt on my very first day. It was a great feeling and I can’t wait to see where these shoes will take me."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Skechers Shape Ups!

New Shipment of Womens Skechers Shape Ups has just arrived! In stock in all retail locations and on our website www.rogansshoes.com Shop now while selection is still good. It's time to get in shape!

New Sale on Web!

Womens Dress and Casual Shoes are now 20% OFF. Check out the latest styles, fashions, and brands. Free Shipping and Easy Exchanges.








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Monday, May 24, 2010

New Crocs! Check Them Out.

Crocs has come out with some new styles for summer. Check these out they are Stylish, Cute, and Fun!

You'll flip for this easy-going sandal from crocs. The Modi Flip features the same lightweight construction that you've come to know and love from the brand, plus its textured footbed will massage your foot with each and every step.

Kahki Sky Blue:













Black Bubble Gum:












Black Red:













The Crocband from Crocs features the iconic holes on top with a contrasting white stripe boarder around the sides. Molded Crocs crocodile logo on top and CROCS on heel round out the shoe's design. As with all Crocs shoes, the Crocband is made from fully molded Croslite, the unique material that makes all Crocs oh so comfortable.

Black:
















Navy:















Pink:














Red:

















Crocs Patricia slip-on sandal features: Odor and bacteria resistant Footbed circulation nubs stimulate blood flow Ergonomically certified and proven to reduce muscle fatigue Lightweight, shock-absorbing sole. 2" wedge platform .

Grey:



Black:




Safer than sushi, but just as fun. The new Crocs Blowfish shoe features a fun fishy inspired upper with a classic croslite comfort footbed. If you are looking for a fun summer shoe for your little one, look no further then the Crocs Blowfish clog.



















Have your little one be the envy of their friends at the pool with this Shark inspired design by Crocs. With a fun raised fin and teeth, this comfortable clog will be perfect for a day at the pool or beach. The croslite material footbed will also keep your little ones feet happy all day.


















The Crocs Gabby stylish little social butterflies gives another reason to talk, the new sling-back girls flats from Crocs shoes. With it's slim, supportive fit and vibrant butterfly pattern the Gabby will quickly become a favorite shoe for your little butterfly.

Black:

















Pink:


















Purple:



















Try some new Crocs today. Check out our entire selection of Crocs here.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

KSwiss Tubes. A Great Running/Exercicse Shoe Option!

K-Swiss is far better known for fashionable footwear than fitness gear, but now they’re offering both. Try giving the K-Swiss Tubes running shoes a try. They’re actually quite nice. Light, flexible, supportive and pretty good looking too! The new Tube Technology is a nice twist creating a super-cushiony sole. And the suggested retail price is only $75.

K-Swiss Tubes sole technology provides a regionalized cushioning system that works with the forces applied by the individual body type. The engineered cylinder mirrors the natural gait cycle of every wearer. Look at the Pictures below. They look cool and have great comfort! Try them; you will be very pleased with the comfort!













Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Cheer Shoe Site!

We have updated and launched our new Cheerleading Site. Check out all the great Cheer and Dance Shoes! Thank you.
http://www.cheerandpom.com/

Friday, April 23, 2010

Avi-Motion "New Exercise Shoe From Avia"

Exercise shoes are in vogue. New models are coming out from a number of different manufacturers. One we just received is the Avi-Motion from Avia. And the feed back from our customers has been great. The fit and comfort is very good and the double rocker sole really seems to work the muscles in the legs and buttocks. The other great selling point is the price $84.99 about $15-$20 less than other brands. So if you want to try a pair of the Avi-Motion shoes click on the image below.
Features:
The iburn double rocker difference.

Avia Leaf Spring Archrocker™
Technology creates a Double-Rocker Sole.

Negative Heel Engineering

Promotes muscle activation and mimics sand-like walking.

Low density forefoot PU pod

Engages greater muscle activity during toe off that mimics sand-like walking.

Performance AIR MESH

For maximum breathability.

Light Weight



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Great Shoes for Walking!

Need some new walking shoes so you can get outside and enjoy the weather? The folks at Rogan's Shoes show us what's in style and what's best. Check out the video link below.

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/living_ii/sponsors/great-shoes-for-walking

Sandal Sale!

It's that time of year for new sandals. Check out Rogans Shoes web site Sandals are on Sale. You can get name brand sandals for women, men, kids, and infants. Check out the site today!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Athletic Shoes Made In The USA!

Are there any athletic shoes made in the USA any more?
It does not seem like it. But there are still a couple that are made in the United States. We can thank New Balance for it's commitment to American workers.
New Balance has five American facilities:
Boston, MA
Lawrence, MA
Norway, ME
Norridgewock, ME
Skowhegan, ME
They produce a total of about 30,000 pair of shoes a day!
New Balance has proven that high quality athletic footwear can be made in America. Here are four examples of that quality and craftsmanship that have been become synonymous with the company.


Heritage Running Shoe 993, that runners have relied on for years. By using  Adzorb DTS and an Acteva midsole, it provides a stable platform and smooth transition, while delivering comfort  and performance.













The 1123 is a high mileage trainer for the athlete who requires maximum motion control and cushioning. It features a multi-density foot bed and full length Adzorb and Rollbar.













The 811 fitness walker. A performance walking shoe for those who need additional stability of the Rollbar system.
Mens 811:













Womens 811:















The industry leading  motion control walking shoe 926. This motion control walker offers superior comfort technology the Rollbar, Phantom Liner, Adsorb SBS and lightening dry lining.













New Balance has proven that high quality athletic footwear can be produced in America. So next time you go to buy an athletic shoe look for a New Balance that has the hang tag or box sticker that says made in America!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Shoe Promotions!

Spring is here! It's time for new athletic shoes. You can find the best selection of Walking and Running Shoes on SALE at www.rogansshoes.com and remember SHIPPING is FREE.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Different Types of Running Shoes - What One Do I Need? Cushioning

Go in to any shoe store and you will see the amazing selection of running shoes available to the consumer. With so many types of running shoes out there, it's hard to know which one you may need. So to make it easier, I have split them into 3 main groups; Cushioning, Motion Control, and Stability. This article will concentrate on Cushioning Shoes. I will talk about their construction and also what kind of traits you may have that would indicate you may need a cushioning shoe.

Cushion shoes are the most flexible of running shoes, compared to motion control and stability control ones. Cushioning shoes are built on a last that is curved inward. A runner with a normal to high arch and who's foot rolls towards the outside (under pronation) would need this type of running shoe. So by having a inward curving last the runner is allowed a natural motion (natural pronation) that they would not normally have. A cushioning shoe will allow the runner to gain more cushioning with their gait (motion of walking) by creating a natural pronation as they run.

Having a natural pronation absorbs shock that the legs would normally take. These shoes have nylon uppers and their soles are made entirely of phylon and/or blown EVA. Some may also have a plastic web underneath the arch of the shoe. There are many different levels of flexibility, and degrees of cushioning available to fit the runner's needs. Having a knowledgeable sales person measure and properly fit you is always recommended. By choosing the right shoe you will have a smoother and more enjoyable run, and also have less chance for injuries.

Shoes and feet are what Rogans Shoes know. For the best customer service from a family owned shoe company visit http://rogansshoes.com./

Here are some of our favorite Cushion shoes:
Asics Gel Cumulus 11




























Saucony Progrid Ride 2

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Different Types of Running Shoes - Stability Shoes

Go into any shoe store and you will see the amazing selection of running shoes available to the consumer. With so many types of running shoes out there, it's hard to know which one you may need. So to make it easier, I have split them into 3 main groups; Cushioning, Motion Control, and Stability. This article will concentrate on Motion Control Shoes. I will talk about their construction and also what kind of traits you may have that would indicate you may need this type of shoe.

Motion Control shoes are a special type of running shoe that needs some special attention. People who need this type of shoe make up about 12% of the running population. If you switch the words of motion control around, it explains the shoe, "Controls Motion."

Motion control shoes are made for runners that have flat arches or are a heavier build (180+lbs) and need extra control and durability. These runners have lost the natural cushioning that the gait roll provides with a runner's stride. They are the most rigid of the running shoes and limit the inward rolling of the foot and ankle. The inward motion of the foot is called over-pronation. These special shoes are built on a straight last and usually have a medial post for extra support.

To figure out if you need a motion control shoe, you can do a wet towel or brown bag test. To do this, you step in water the place your foot on the towel or brown paper bag. If your foot looks square in shape, then you have a flat arch. If you have curvature in the arch area then you need a neutral or stability shoe. Another indicator is the classic double ankle look in which there is another bump or swelling under the ankle bone. This usually is the result of ligaments which are loose which inhibits the ankle and foot to support the roll, causing over-pronation.

Traditionally people with orthotics have been told to use motion control shoes. The orthotics give the support of motion control shoes. Putting orthotics in this type of shoe is referred to as "doubling up." For someone smaller or lighter in weight, this might be too much support. A bigger, heavier person can still get a natural roll by doubling up. As long as you get fitted by a professional, doubling up should not be a problem.

Here are a couple of Stability Shoes:



Shoes and feet are what Rogans Shoes know. For the best customer service from a family owned shoe company visit http://rogansshoes.com.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bunions Symptoms and Treatment

A bunion is a type of structural deformity which is most generally associated with the joint between the big toe and the rest of the foot (metatarsal joint). This deformity is usually formed by some enlarge tissue or a bone mass. The mass tends to force the big toe to turn in toward the space occupied by the other toes.

It is often recognized by redness and swelling or just general discomfort of the joint. It is a malady which is most often passed on through genetics or from an arthritic deterioration of the metatarsal joint (see pictures below). A person may also develop this issue as their foot becomes more flat footed which tends to put more strain on the big toe in general. It is often thought that ill fitting shoes may cause bunions but in reality it may actually just speed up the process.


There are many different ways to treat a bunion but you must remember that they are just that, a treatment, not a cure. There are bunion pads to provide cushioning for the joint; orthodics try to take the pressure off of the joint; toe spacers to try to straighten the joint along with a host of other remedies. Along with these treatments, regular icing of the joint also helps.

The only true corrective procedure would be surgery by a trained podiatrist. However, surgery is not always 100% effective. Typically this is only done in cases of severe deformity or discomfort. To surgically repair the joint, the doctor will either remove the bony mass or structurally realign the toe with the metatarsal joint. Recovery is normally 6-8 weeks accompanied with crutches and potentially a walking boot.

Shoes and feet are what we know. For the best customer service from a family owned shoe company www.rogansshoes.com




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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fitting Kids Shoes Tips

Getting your kids fit in the correct size and shoes can be a real challenge. First of all, trying to get the kids to co-operate can be a challenge. Once you get them ready to try on shoes here are some tips to make sure you get a good fit.

1. Get their foot measured. A Brannock device is used to measure feet. A special kids version is used to measure kids feet. Have them place there foot on the device with their heel all the way to the back (use left or right foot you can turn the device around to to adjust for either foot). Have your child stand up on the device. Move the adjustment for the ball of the foot to match the ball of the foot (the bump on the outside of the foot near the base of the big toe). You now can look where their toes go on the device to find the length, also check the length of the ball on the left. Now you can determine the proper length. Let's say the length said 12 and ball said 13. I would start trying on a 12.5. This is just a guide to start since all shoes fit different. Before you have your son or daughter take their foot off the device you need to also look at the width of the foot. There is a little slider on the right slide this slides in to the out side of the foot. This will give you a width. This is displayed in a letter width. A-EEE. A being very narrow and EEE being very wide. The C-D width would be a average. If possible get a sales clerk to help you as it will make the process easier. Ask questions and watch so that next time you can do it yourself.

2. Now it is time to try on some shoes. Remember we measured their feet and received an estimated size. I say this because all shoes fit different and you may wear different sizes in different styles of shoes. Pick out a couple pair to try on (I suggest trying on multiple shoes). Once you have the shoe on your son or daughter, have them stand up. Now we need to see where their toes are in the shoe. Press down on the front of the shoe and see where the end of their longest toe is (this may not be the big toe). You should have about the width of your thumb from the end of the toe to the end of the shoe. This may seem like a lot but kids grow in spurts and fitting a shoe smaller could result in the child out growing the shoe prematurely. If your son or daughter have narrow feet you may not be able to have this much space at the end of the shoe. You may have to fit them a little smaller to compensate for their narrow feet. Also if your child has wide feet you may need to go a little longer. This will give them a little more width in the shoe. Not many kids shoes come in widths. You can ask the clerk to show you what does come in wide or narrow widths, but your selection will be limited.

3. The next step after making sure the length of the shoe is good is to make sure the heel of the shoe does not slip. have your son or daughter sit down and take their foot, with the shoe on, and pull on the heel to make sure there is no slipping. Now have them take a stroll around the store and ask them if there is any part of the shoe that rubs or is to tight. The shoes should feel good before you leave the store! If you are not 100% sure of the fit take them home and have your son or daughter wear them around the house for a while to make sure they are comfortable before wearing them outside.
My final advice would be to go to a store where there is plenty of selection. Kids can be picky and having a good selection will help ensure that you get a pair that fits GOOD. Also make sure you go where their are clerks to measure your kids feet and help you fit the shoes correctly. You can use some of these tips to assist you in making sure the proper steps are taken to ensure a good fit. If you have any comments please post and sign up to follow our blog.



Check Out this Cute Video About a Shoeologist:

Fun Shoe Video

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How to Fit Running Shoes

The Start
It is very important to make sure your running shoes fit correctly. You will be investing a fair amount of money in your shoes so you need to make sure they fit correct. Most people fit their running shoes too small! Please read this article and if you have any questions please comment and I will answer them.
1.) Make sure you try on all styles of running shoes (even within the same brand)
Sizing can vary more than you think. It is not uncommon to see a difference of a whole size. Make sure you have at least a quarter of an inch of room from the end of your longest toe (may not be your big toe). Having room in the toe box is essential for comfort in shoes that you will be putting lots of miles on! Try both shoes on and walk and run a little in the store. Make sure there are no areas rubbing or pinching. Try multiple brands and styles to find the running shoe that fits your foot. Below are some more technical details for fitting specific types of running shoes and specific arch types.

2.) Wet Test for Arch Type:
1. Pour a thin layer of water in a shallow pan.

2. Wet the sole of your foot in the pan.

3. Step onto a shopping bag or a piece of heavy paper.

4. Step off and look down at the mark on the bag or paper.


3.) Determine Your Arch Type
Normal Arch (medium)
If you see about half of your arch, you have the most common foot type and are considered a normal pronator. Contrary to popular belief, pronation is a good thing. When the arch collapses inward, this "pronation" absorbs shock. As a normal pronator, you can wear just about any shoe, but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support (or medial stability). Lightweight runners with normal arches may prefer neutral-cushioned shoes without any added support.




Flat Arch (low)
If you see almost your entire footprint, you have a flat foot, which means you're probably an over pronator. That is, a micro-second after foot strike, your arch collapses inward too much, resulting in excessive foot motion and increasing your risk of injuries. You need either stability shoes, which employ devices such as dual-density mid-soles and supportive "posts" to reduce pronation and are best for mild to moderate over pronators, or motion-control shoes, which have firmer support devices and are best for severe over pronators, as well as tall, heavy (over 165 pounds), or bow-legged runners.



High Arch
If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot, you have a high arch, the least common foot type. This means you're likely an under pronator, or supinator, which can result in too much shock traveling up your legs, since your arch doesn't collapse enough to absorb it. Under pronators are best suited to neutral-cushioned shoes because they need a softer midsole to encourage pronation. It's vital that an under pronator's shoes have no added stability devices to reduce or control pronation, the way a stability or motion-control shoe would.
Shoe Types:
 Cushioning Shoes (neutral): A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with mid-sole cushioning. The mid-sole will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. Along with a runner who does not over pronate, Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for mid-foot and forefoot strikers.

4.) Determine Your Shoe Type
Cushioning Shoes (neutral)
A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with mid-sole cushioning. The mid-sole will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. Along with a runner who does not over pronate, Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for mid-foot and forefoot strikers.



Stability Shoes
Stability shoes are for runners who have normal or medium arches who are mild to moderate over pronators. These shoes have some medial support and good mid-sole cushioning. Because normal or medium arches are the most common foot type, most runners will need Stability shoes.

Motion Control Shoes
Motion Control shoes are for runners who generally have a low or flat arch and are moderate to severe over pronators. These shoes employ extra support devices on the medial side to slow excessive pronation and tend to have wider and flatter outsoles. Heavier runners who need extra support and durability may also want Motion Control shoes.

Trail Shoes
Trail shoes are for runners who desire better traction and durability for off road runs. These shoes tend to be more weather and water resistant. They also have a little stiffer construction for better stability on uneven terrain. Trail shoes can be neutral, motion control, or stability shoes.


More tips
1.) Focus on the ride. Once you know the type of shoe you need, whether motion-control or stability, then you need to be sure there is no pinching, or a seam that is pressing against your foot. Finally, we recommend people run or walk in the shoe and really focus on the ride, or how the shoe feels from the point when the heel hits the ground to when the toe lifts off it.

2.)Line up the ball. When you try your shoe on, the ball of your foot (the widest part) should line up exactly with the widest part of the shoe. If that fit is right, everything else should line up--from the toes to the heel.

3.) As for width, when you're standing in the shoe, your foot should rest gently against the sides of the shoe, rather than jamming up against them or not touching at all.

4.) Be sure your toes aren't being pinched from the side. Room in the toe box is essential in good fit for running shoes. Too many people fit their running shoes too SMALL! 
Do not go by your regular size! Running shoes tend to fit small, Some brands can fit up to a size or more small in length. If ordering online call and ask how the shoe fits. Get advice from customer service.

If you have any questions or additional information about fit please comment.