Something I'm musing on......a lot of new runners report aches and pains and it's difficult to tell whether they are just suffering the temporary consequences of going from Couch to Wk 1, or actually causing potential longer-term harm by running in shoes that aren't properly fitted for their running style.
The ideal is gait analysis and a properly fitted pair of running shoes (I know I love mine!) But there is a half-way solution, which is trying some sports insoles that correct for overpronation, which seems the most common problem that people have. It seems to me that for about a fifth of the price of a new pair of trainers, it gives a new runner a chance to test out whether or not they would benefit from gait analysis and changing their shoes.
I actually have some orthotic insoles that I use in walking shoes - I don't think I'd like to run with them, but because I know that I overpronate I always stick them in whatever shoes I use when I'm walking longer distances. So if someone bought a set of sports insoles they would only be 'wasted' if they found they didn't need to support their arches after all.
So has anyone actually tried running or sport insoles in 'neutral' shoes? Are they comfortable?