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Hello,

I'm very new to running- have only been running a couple of weeks, using my normal gym trainers but my feet really started to hurt in them so I decided to go into a specialist running shop and get my walk checked out (recommended by my running obsessed dad!) and buy some proper running shoes.

Anyway, in the shop, two of the assistants got me to walk up and down the length of the shop and had a look at my feet. I was told that when I walk my feet roll inwards ('overpronate'- the technical term for all you runner types!) to quite an extreme degree and after trying on all the supportive trainers in the shop, the guy said that I'd need shoes with the highest possible level of support and use orthopedic insoles with them, too, as my feet were still rolling in with the other support trainers. I bought them, but since then I've looked at the outside soles of all my shoes and they're all much more worn out on the outer edge rather than the inside, suggesting I lean outwards rather than inwards.... Do you think the professionals in the shop could have got it so wrong and I should switch the shoes for cushiony ones without all the support instead?

Confused!

(My first forum post- sorry it's so long! I'm a clueless newbie)
 

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My understanding is that they should have analysed your feet as you are running, not walking, as your feet will move differently. I would go for proper gait analysis at a place that uses a treadmill or has you run and films it to get a better impression of what you are doing. I would also suggest, if you over pronate a lot, is to try and learn to run more neutrally. When I started running I seemed to over pronate a bit, but I developed my technique and I am now a neutral runner.
 

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Is it just on the heel that you wear down the outside, or all the way along the shoe?
The vast majority of runners wear down on the outside of the heel, that is perfectly normal. What is more important is what happens after that? Just about everyone will roll inwards to a certain extent, it just depends how much.
 

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Hi MR,
Welcome to the forum, good to see another Scottish runner on the forum.
As has already been said, I would have expected the "pros" to ask you to run rather than walk. I would go to a different running shop and ask for a second opinion. If you haven't warn your new shoes outside then you should still be able to take them back to the shop if you find they are actually the wrong shoes for your running style.

Best of luck finding the correct shoes for you, it is worth the hassle :) Honest.

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Thanks people!

Yeah, the outside soles of my old shoes are more worn on the outer edge all the way up the sole.

I suppose I should go to another place to see if that initial analysis was wrong, since I'm having doubts! That is disappointing though as that shop had been recommended to me buy loads of people and the guys in the shop really seemed to know what they were talking about, were confident in their assessment and were really nice, too! Not that that matters but hey ho! Also, I used the trainers on my parents treadmill last night and they were very comfortable... I'm probably just overthinking!
 

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how did you do that JB?

I just concentrated on the way my feet were hitting the ground and adapted my technique to make sure everything was as symmetrical as possible. Took time getting used to, but worked for me. Then again, my over pronation was never that significant so it wasn't too difficult. I can pretty much run in any running shoes with no problem. Guess I was just one of the lucky few.
 

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So, the shop was recommended, the staff sounded confident and the trainers were comfy whilst running last night?

Yup, I think you might be overthinking. Give them a fair go and see how you get on :)
 

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Yip, sounds like you may well be over thinking. It would be a different story if they were really unconfy and/or causing pains in other places i.e. your knees or the backs of your legs. From what you have said it sounds like you have have the correct shoe after all :)

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Thanks for the reassurance!

I was just thinking/ worrying about it too much as I've never spent £70 on a pair of shoes that don't have high heels before!!
 
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