Sunday, 7 August 2011

Did someone say shoe shopping?

If the shoe fits.


Unfortunatly on this occasion I will not be hauling box upon box of overpriced Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks back to my house, a la Sex and the City. No no, this shopping trip is slightly different, this shopping trip is for trainers!!!. Who would have thought it.

For the couple of days I have been rubbing my foot with all sorts of lotions and potions to try and mend what must be some kind of sports injury, even typing the word 'sports injury' makes me laugh because I had never considered, that I, a self -confessed couch potato would ever incur one. But here I am sitting on the sofa where I clearly belong, with a bag of Asda frozen peas on my foot. Life is very glamourous for me right now. How is it that I have managed to totter around on ridiculously high stilettos since I the age of 16, with no real problems apart from some nasty bunions, but what leaves me unable to train, miserable and hobbling around like Quasimodo are a pair of incorrectly fitted trainers.

Pronation is the way the foot rolls inward when you walk and run. It is part of the natural movement that helps the lower leg deal with shock. Some people pronate more (overpronation) or less (underpronation) than others. Though this is not bad in itself, it does affect the way you run and it may increase the likelihood of injury. This makes your pronation pattern an important factor in choosing the right running shoes.

Running shoes are designed today specifically for different pronation patterns. When you pick your next pair of running shoes, your pronation type is a very important factor in your choice. The best way to find out how you pronate is to consult an expert, who will perform a Gait Analysis and then advise you on the best type of running shoes for your pronation pattern. Many experts will ask to see your old pair of trainers, as their wear pattern gives an indication of the way you pronate. Of course, other factors than pronation, such as weight, also play a role in choosing the best shoe.


So off I went to my local sports shop. On this occassion I didn't have a Gait Analysis. I did want one but the shop in my town didn't have the necessary equipment, I will visit a flagship store in London around Christmas time when I buy my next trainers. I picked up a pair of ASICS running shoes. A nice pair of Gt-2160s to be precise. They had to be pink, didn't they?. I have heard many good things about Asics, so hopefully this pain will subside quickly and I will be able to test them out, instead of looking at them with detest.

Less 'Jimmy Choo' 
 more 'ASICS' and 'Nike'. No wonder
she looks miserable.