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New Shoes

September 17, 2010

I went to the Fort Worth Running Co store today and had my gait analyzed.  I ran on a treadmil while they recorded my feet landing and then based on what they saw, recommended shoes for me.  It turns out I am a serious overpronator and need a motion control shoe.

Overpronation: As with the “normal pronation” sequence, the outside of the heel makes the initial ground contact. However, the foot rolls inward more than the ideal five percent, which is called “overpronation.” This means the foot and ankle have problems stabilizing the body, and shock isn’t absorbed as efficiently. At the end of the gait cycle, the front of the foot pushes off the ground using mainly the big toe and second toe, which then must do all the work.
MOTION CONTROL: Recommended for runners with low arches who are moderate to severe overpronators and who need maximum rearfoot control and extra support on the medial (arch) side of their shoes. Also best suited for bigger runners who need plenty of support and durability.

I tried on a few pairs of shoes and ended up with New Balance 1012.  They are not cute but I can see a huge difference in how I run.

Official talk about the shoe: This is as stable as a shoe gets. There’s no way the tanklike 1012 would ever be mistaken for a racing shoe. It’s all about controlling the roll of an overpronator’s foot, but it does this as gently as possible. New Balance slimmed down the beefy support post of the previous version and added a lockdown liner that wraps the instep and firmly holds the middle of the foot in place. Testers were big fans of the shoe’s supersnug midfoot and open toebox. Recommended as a long-run shoe for serious overpronators.

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