Approximate cost of fitted running shoes?
I have been considering having my gait analysed and getting fitted for proper running shoes. Can anyone tell me how much I can expect to spend?
Mine were £90 and my husbands £85 but I noticed the other day that our local running shop has a sale on, that would have been good! We both love the running shoes that were recommended for us
Thanks ellerunner! I think its time I invest in a good pair of running shoes
mine were £82 but i got them at the shop open evening so after discount they cost £65, i had my gait analysed at the same time. i was expecting to have to pay around £80. though they might have some of last year/ season ones for reduced price.
Mine were $110 in the US. Get what feels most comfortable and don't feel pressured into buying a pair in the shop where you get your gait analysis done. Shop around - these are the most important shoes you will buy and there are a lot of bargains out there just now. Enjoy all the attention and the experience
I beg to differ. My running shoes cost about £90 and I bought them at the specialised running shop* where I got my gait analysed. I know that what I was paying for was the service and I was happy to pay for that. The staff member spent about 40 mins with me: sharing the video of me running on the treadmill, discussing my gait; advising me on which shoes to try, and anaylsing each video for each pair of shoes I tried.
If I had walked away with his recommendations and bought the shoes elsewhere, these knowledgeable staff (who are all runners themselves) will not be there when I need their advice next time.
*The one and only specialised running shop within 100 miles of home.
Daft question, but can you tell me the name of the shop - I'll have to do this in the UK in November, can't find any gait analysts here.
'Run 4 it' - it's a small chain with 7 shops in Scotland - nowhere else in the UK.
What a shame! Let's see if someone from England can come upp with advice!
There are shops in Brighton, Portsmouth and also in Southampton where the gait analysis is available. Just do a goolge search and I am sure you will find other places in England too
Great!! Now to find a running shop where I live
We have a Run 4 It in Aberdeen. I went in there to buy a Garmin they couldn't have been more helpful I was very impressed. Its a shop that I had never been in before as its quite expensive. I've since been back and bought a lovely Ronhill cap for wet days. Didn't buy the Garmin though as the staff agreed with me that it was too big for my child like wrist. They even contacted Garmin to see if they could come up with any solutions, now thats what I call service, will keep my eyes open for their sales from now on.
I went to Snow and Rock in London, I think it is a nationwide chain. They were able to video me running without shoes and then in various pairs and do a micro-analysis. It is a really thorough service. I reckon the shoes are about £40 cheaper on Amazon but, short of doing all the analysis and leaving, how would you know which ones to get?
Do all the analysis, try them on and say you'll sleep on it
I was upfront about looking to get the recommended shoes cheaper and thy were fine with that. Even wrote down the exact make and model of the shoe.
Mine are Brooks and cost £85 from Runners Need. After gait analysis it was recommended I get a pair with more support (I throw my right foot inwards). I later saw the shoes on Amazon for about £25 less, but what the heck?!
@swanscot - This is exactly what the specialist running shops want you to think. I had been through the gait analysis in the Run 4 It in Glasgow which was very thorough, but decided to wait until I was sure I wanted to keep running after the shock of the prices of the trainers that I was offered. I am very fortunate that I was able to go to the Delaware Running Co (USA) outlet while on a trip to visit my sister (an accomplished marathon runner who recommended them). My gait analysis there consisted of a barefoot walk away from and towards the adviser, then a very light jog. They are so well trained that they do not need all the high tech video gadgets that the running shops here seem to have. He explained to me exactly what my feet were doing - (which I already knew) and how various trainers will counteract it depending on what surface I will be doing most of my running on. He only recommended 3 pairs for me to try on and jog up and down the pavement outside the store. This was all done within 10 mins and I felt under no obligation to buy from that shop, but my sister said that the ones I felt most comfortable with are £35 dearer in the UK. Needless to say I bought them. What I am saying is that nobody should feel under pressure after all the high tech treadmill and video analysis that they should purchase their footwear from that shop. They offer it free - take it
I didn't feel under pressure to buy - I chose to do so - as I am willing to support local or specialist businesses where I can and where appropriate. I feel the same about this as I do for my LBS - local bike shop. When I go into these places staffed by people who regularly participate in the sports they work in, they are giving a service. Yes, it's free and I can walk away and buy their recommended products elsewhere, but what happens when they go out of business? I don't want to have to drive to Glasgow or Edinburgh to find something other than the large chain warehouse-style 'sports' shop.
You're fortunate that you are strong willed enough to have made that decision without pressure, and that you have a large city within a couple of miles to have a choice of specialist businesses to patronise. I don't, but I support all local businesses in my village whenever possible.
The point I was making is that many people feel uncomfortable about saying no after all the attention and information they get. Even I felt a little guilty in Run 4 It, but I was on a very tight budget and really was shocked at the prices.
I had gait analysis done (DW sports) and my trainers cost £65, i went to the shop and was honest about my budget and they were very helpful, I am in Scotland too and did phone Run 4 it as I have visited the shop a couple of times but they were honest and told me i would be looking at 90 to 130 staring price which was just too much for me unfortunately.
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