Thursday, July 28, 2011

Choosing the Correct Marathon Running Shoe - Additional Tips

Once you have determined your foot type, here are other things to consider:

 Try the shoes on later in the day. By then your feet will have swelled to their maximum size and will give you a more accurate fit.

 In selecting the correct size of the shoe you need, be sure that there is approximately a 1/4 inch of space between the front of the shoe and your longest toe. You should get your foot measured every year to year and a half. Feet never stop changing in shape or in size. Measuring a 1/2 inch of space from the tip of your toe to the end of the shoe, as generally recommended, might be too long-- a 1/4 inch is a better indicator for marathon shoes.

 Bring the type of socks you plan to wear with your new running shoes to the store with you. Socks can make a difference –cotton or man-made. Consider your foot type when using socks with your shoes. Thin socks are better to be used with wider, bigger feet and thick socks are better to be used with skinnier feet because they help take up room. Following these suggestions will help the shoe fit better.

 Look at how far apart the shoe laces are as they can help determine how well the shoe fits. If the laces are pulled very tight so that they are almost touching, the shoe is too wide and will not fit correctly, especially once it breaks in. On the other hand, if the laces are so far apart that the shoe can barely be tied and kept tied, the shoe is too narrow and a wider shoe is needed. A running shoe should always fit snug on your foot to eliminate the chance of the shoe rubbing or cutting your foot and forming bad blisters.

 Analyze the need to purchase running shoes based on the number of miles your old pair has on them. Do not base your need for new shoes by observing how much tread remains on the outer sole. The mid-sole of many running shoes break down between 300 to 500 miles and offer little to no protection beyond that distance.

 Consider purchasing two pairs of running shoes. Switching shoes every other day increases the life expectancy of each pair. Moisture breaks down a shoe faster, so with two pairs-they are able to dry out fully. Your feet will fit differently in various shoe brands and this will lead to the forces in your feet being dispersed differently throughout your body. That means “chronic” injuries are less likely to occur. If it is determined you need a stability shoe, you should purchase two pair of the same shoes. Make sure to start the second pair a few weeks after the first pair.

 Purchase a new pair of shoes that you will use during the actual event approximately four to six weeks prior to the marathon. These shoes should be the same model that works well for you during your long runs. Make sure you have sufficient time to break the new pair in prior to your race. You should look to put about 60-70 miles on these shoes prior to your marathon.

Other things to consider:

 Wear your running shoes only for running. They will last much longer if you follow this important guideline. You create a different strike pattern for running compared to walking or using the gym machines.

 Do not machine wash or dry your running shoes. If your shoes become dirty, hand wash them with commercial shoe care products.

 When your running shoes become wet, stick bundled up newspaper inside to accelerate the drying time.
A Few More Marathon Shoe Suggestions

Neutral Running Shoes

Nike Pegasus Series

The Nike Pegasus Series provides enhanced forefoot flexibility and an improved overall ride. This shoe is made with premium Cushion foam for soft, yet responsive cushioning when you are going the distance.

Stability Running Shoes

Brooks Adrenaline Series

The Brooks Adrenaline Series features thermoplastic urethane arch shanks to help control movement occruing at the midfoot for control and support. The HPR Plus rubber outsole compound delivers ultimate abrasion resistance for long-lasting wear.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Choosing the Correct Marathon Running Shoe-Determine Your Foot Type

Every year there are lots of marathons and lots of runners participating, some for the first time. Training for a marathon is not easy. You have to be well prepared, and that includes finding the right footwear. So, what should you look for in choosing footwear? Well, it’s a multi-step process. Here are some things to consider when buying marathon shoes.

The first thing you should consider is what kind of runner you are. Consider whether you are a heavy pronator, a neutral runner, or an under-pronator. If you’re unsure of your foot type, you can either have your foot measured by a professional or you can do a simple test yourself called the “wet test”. For more information on measuring feet visit our blog post HERE.

The other thing to consider with your foot is your strike pattern, otherwise known as your gait You need to determine whether you are forefoot heavy, heel heavy or mid-foot heavy. The wet test is a great foot test, but it does not explain your strike pattern. That is where professionals, such as ourselves, can fully determine the combination of foot shape and gait roll you have and recommend the best choice for you.

For example, even though you have a high arch on paper, you may have a loose arch, which causes you to over-pronate. In this case, your best shoe option would be a stability rather than a neutral shoe which is normally recommended for a high arch. Your strike pattern can also influence your need for a shoe with greater cushion or less cushion, particularly in the heel. Again it all depends on your foot type.

Marathon Shoe Suggestions:

Depending upon your foot type and strike pattern, you may need either a neutral or more support-styled shoe. Because these shoes fit very different, we have broken down our recommendations for both neutral and stability runners. It is important to pick the right shoe by feel and not by price or color.

Neutral Runners

Asics Gel Nimbus

As a neutral shoe, the Asics Gel Nimbus 12 provides runners more support at the front of the outsole, which gives a forefoot to mid-heavy striker more shoe under the ball of the foot for takeoff.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero

The Vomero series includes zoom units in foot and heel to give you more support and provide a smooth transition from heel to toe

Stability Runners

Asics Gel Kayano

The Kayano series is Asics' top-of-the-line support series. The Solyte midsole and DuraSponge rubber outsole provide superior durability and cushioning with less weight. An Impact Guidance System enhances the foots natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.

Saucony Grid Hurricane

The Saucony Progrid Hurricane running shoes combine great comfort with good support for moderate to maximum over-pronation. The ride is well-cushioned and the heel-to-toe transition is is smooth, especially with the inclusion of memory foam.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Reebok Solar Vibe Running Shoes

Reebok is at it again with its new Reebok Solar Vibe running shoe. Comfort is always in mind when designing Reebok running shoes. The Solar Vibe running shoe is inserted with energy foam to help return energy and softly cushion your foot throughout the run. It offers a multidirectional friendly outsole with forefoot flex grooves that provide the ultimate in flexibility. The Solar Vibe sole also features a herringbone "wave-like" pattern to help your foot grip the surface below. Breathability and ventilation is no problem with a mostly mesh upper that allows air to flow freely in and out of the shoe, helping keep your foot cool and dry.

Reebok Solar Vibe running shoes are available at Rogan's Shoes Stores and coming to soon!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rogan's Promotion: Leaving Your Footprint

As we honor America for 4th of July week in the United States, Rogan’s Shoes wants to recognize the people that are currently helping make the world a better place. Whether its helping a local community or working toward a national or international cause, Rogan’s Shoes wants to hear your stories of giving back as a volunteer or through any organization.

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