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Finding the correct running shoe is more than how pretty the colors are. That is actually the very last thing that should matter.  When you are ready to get properly fitted for a running shoe, come to Good Sports. We will take care of you. There are a few things that you need to be aware of when choosing the correct running shoe.

1.Map your foot

Here at Good Sports Outfitters we have an Aetrex foot scanner that will read the pressure points of your foot. From there we can tell you the shape of your foot. How high your arches are, how wide your foot is, exact heel-to-toe length, etc.  Once we know the shape of your foot, we can more accurately place you into the right shoe.

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2. Get the correct type of shoe

Everyone’s foot is different. This also implies that everyone’s foot strike is different as well. The motion in which your ankle rolls with every step is a fingerprint that is unique to you. There are three types of shoes that will correctly align your entire body. If you would like a detailed explanation of how pronation works, this video below explains it very well.

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3. Find the right fit.

All different brands of shoes have different fits of shoes. They have rectangular, triangular, narrow, wide, high arches, medium arches, low arches. If you have higher arches, Brooks shoes are a good option to begin with. If you have medium to low arches we would start you off trying on some Asics. If you foot is a more rectangular shape we would start you out in a Saucony shoe. Each brand has its own personality. The point is to find a shoe that matches your foot shape, your foot’s personality.

4. Get the right size.

While this may seem like an overly obvious statement, we know from experience that too people are wearing the same sized dress shoe as their athletic shoe. Athletic shoes run smaller than dress shoes. You should not be wearing the same sized running shoe as you do when wearing a tuxedo shoe. You need to make up for the size discrepancy by going a half or full size larger than your dress shoe size (Typically).

The only way to truly know is to put the shoe on in the store. Of course! The best way to do this is to come into the store and we will properly fit YOU for the correct running shoe!

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Say “Sayonara” to the new shoe by Mizuno! Wait! No. What? Say goodbye to a new shoe?

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No, really what you are saying is goodbye to the Wave Elixir line and saying hello the the runner/trainer Wave Sayonara line coming this week at Goodsports!

Sayonara is Mizuno’s effort to bring you closer to Mezamashii Running. Finding your “Zen” in running, the high that we all strive for in our runs. Saying goodbye to all troubles we have in our daily world, and going for a run to simply get away and push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. We all have a friend that we need to vent to, or a hobby to keep our sanity, diverting all our stress in a positive direction. For those of us that channel our stress into a work out, come get fit into the newest from Mizuno and give Sayonara a test drive to see how well this trainer/Runner will locate your happy place, whether it be at the Gym or on the trail.

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The Low-Down

  • The Sayonara is an overall 30% lighter EVA foam coined U4ia (pronounced Euphoria) that will give you a “next to nothing” feel.
  • 8.1 ounces (men’s Size 9) and 7.1 Ounces (Womens Size 8)
  • 10mm Heel-to-Toe drop that encourages your toe-off with umcompromised support.
  • A nearly seamless upper that will hug your foot.

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The new iteration of the Asics Nimbus 15 has landed for both men and women here at Good Sports. We have a couple of colors for both and are already starting to see them fly off the shelf. Stop by the store or visit us Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters to get a pair while they last!

There are a few updates to the shoe that fine tune the fit and feel. The midsole is now a system that Asics is calling FluidRide, this is made up of a top layer of very plush EVA foam, a bottom later of EVA foam in a higher density, with super soft gel sandwiched in between. This multi layer cushioning system improves the ride for an even better ride on the road. The upper has panels of stretch mesh that allow it to form to the foot instead of having points that pinch or are loose.

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Stinson Tarmac Stinson Evo

The Brand

As the minimal shoe has evolved over the past few years, we’re starting to see new development in areas other than the extreme minimal world that Vibram Five Fingers live in.  Hoka One One is a company that took cushioning to a whole new level while still offering a minimal difference between the thickness in the heel and in the toe.  This means that you still have a natural gait being promoted in shoes that have a 32mm cushion under the heel.

Because of the thickness in the midsole, Hoka can use a softer EVA than what most companies use for a softer ride.  With the amount of cushioning under foot you also can go over just about any terrain and not deal with the usual fear of rock bruising or foot strain.  Hoka One One shoes have found that they are able to reduce the striking force with each stride which in turn reduced the chances for injury and recovery time.

The Shoes

What you see above are two different shoes, first is the Stinson Tarmac.  This is a road shoe with 32mm of cushion under the heel and 26mm of cushion under the metatarsal.  This leaves only a 6mm drop that is significantly lower than that of most traditional running shoes.  When you try the shoe on you can immediately feel the amount of cushioning with each step.  The laces are in a kind of speed lace design that allow you to secure the excess under an elastic band.  This makes taking the shoes on and off a ‘cinch’.

Next up is the Stinson Evo.  This is built on the Stinson platform, which means the same midsole, with a more trail oriented outsole and upper.  The outsole features direction spacific lugs that allow for traction across various terrain.  With the amount of cushion under the foot, you don’t have a rock plate in the shoe, but with 26mm to absorb each hit, a rock plate is pretty much a moot point.

We’ve got both of the Stinson models in the store and ready for you to come try on!  We’d love for you to stop by and try them on!

 

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Brooks Cascadia 8

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Alright Brooks fans, it’s time to update those old trail running shoes with the new Cascadia 8! This new update to the Cascadia line takes the cushioned trail runner you know and updates the upper for a more dialed in fit.
Brooks uses their BioMoGo with pockets of Brooks DNA in just the right places to maximize your cushion on the trail while giving you great traction over all types of terrain. Right now we have them stocked here at Good Sports! Stop by and try them on so you can hit your local trails with a whole new level of comfort!

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The new Brooks Pure Project shoes are finally being released and making an appearance here at Good Sports.  Starting with the updates for the Pure Cadence and the Pure Flow, and with the rest of the line updates as well as a new addition, the Pure Drift, to come early 2013.

As with any shoe update we can see some great cosmetic changes to the shoes, but it’s not just form changes with this update.  The Nav Band has been refitted to provide a better fit around the foot, but still wide enough not allow pressure points in any one spot.  One of the great feature updates is a connected tongue along the outside of the shoe, preventing it from finding the most uncomfortable place in the shoe and insistently staying there.

For those of you familiar with the Pure Project line, you still have the BioMoGo and Brooks DNA combination in the midsole that keeps it super lightweight while still nice and cushioned.  The updates that have been made are great and there are still more to look forward to with the release of the Pure Connect 2 and the new addition to the line, the Pure Drift!  Stop by Good Sports today and try a pair on!

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We now have custom-moldable insoles to offer here at Good Sports by the way of SOLE.  We already know that everyone has different feet,  different length, width, arch, instep, heel or combination thereof.  Finding the right combination of shoe and insole (whether it be after market or stock) can be a bit challenging.  SOLE attempts to make this process a little easier by offering insoles that will actually mold to the shape of your foot.  This means that you can alter the arch to fit how you need it without having to try to find that perfect insole for yourself.

We have the moldable insoles offered in two kinds, the Softec Ultra and the Signature DK Response versions.  The first has a thicker cushion that offers more than most stock insoles do. One of the great things about a good arch support is a reduced strain on the plantar fascia.  When you stand on your whole foot instead of just the heel and ball, you can reduce the strain in the high pressure points.  This insole also features a cupped heel for added support.

The second SOLE is the Signature DK Response.  This is a thinner insole, great for running shoes that you don’t want to add too much volume to.  It has a perforated foot bed that will enhance breathability and wicking as well as a built in odor control.  Because of the great arch you still have the reduced plantar fascia strain.  Between the two this will also be the more flexible, another great feature as a running insole.

We have them both in the store and offer in store molding.  This is a great addition to a new pair of shoes or a pair you already own.  Stop by the store to see how they feel!

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