Some people wonder why we don't use a "foot scanner" that you can simply step on to determine what shoe or insole is right for you. These computerized scanners, which are used in drug stores, superstores, and other running stores, show your foot's pressure points and arch type. It's a fancy way of doing the "Wet Test": wet your feet and stand on a surface, like a brown paper bag, that leaves a visible footprint. The wider the band that connects your heel and ball, the lower the arch you have.
Your arch type effects your biomechanics and is an important component of choosing the right shoe for your foot, but it is only part of the FIT story since at least 20% of people's arches act differently than they "should".
At Fleet Feet Mahwah, our FIT Process has three main components that help us define your foot and make the best shoe recommendations for you: foot morphology, biomechanical assessment and "other".
Foot morphology is a fancy way of saying that we analyze your foot size, shape and arch type. This is done by visually looking at the foot standing still and in motion (important since you are in motion when you run!) and taking multiple measurements with an old-fashioned Brannock device. This helps us to choose the right size shoe and shoe brand since each shoe company fits a certain shaped foot better. That is why your friend may swear by his brand shoes, but they cause you pain.
Next, we examine your biomechanics by determining your arch flexibility and doing a video gait analysis. This tells us if you overpronate, supinate or are naturally efficient which in turn, governs what type of shoe you need. If you're injured, or under treatment, no need to worry. We will take multiple measurements of your foot and still be able to determine your gait characteristics without the risk of putting you on a treadmill.
Finally, we take your personal considerations into account like your gender, weight, training surface, weekly mileage, injury status, orthotics and characteristics in your foot like bunions. We take all of this and bring out 2-3 pairs of shoes that we think will fit you best. Don't be surprised if all of those shoes feel amazing - it means that we did our job right!
When you think about it, the foot is a complicated structure. It has 28 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels that work in unison to support, balance and propel your body. No two feet are exactly alike nor do they always fit into a specific category. Don't cheat your feet and let a computer scan recommend an orthotic or running shoe for you. An injury is going to cost you a lot more, monetarily and mentally, than a good pair of shoes. Invest in your feet.
Let our Fit Professionals teach you about your feet and help you find the perfect fit. You’ll be glad you did just as these folks have.
There's never an appointment needed! Come by our shop during regular business hours, and please allow 30 minutes time for a proper fit. We looking forward to helping you find your perfect shoe!