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August 22, 2011

Web tool to find new running shoes

With fall racing season fast approaching, I'm reminded it's time to think about what shoes we'll be racing in. Shoes that you are training in now, for example, likely won't get you across the finish line if you're training for the Baltimore Marathon or Baltimore Half, according to Jim Adams, owner of Falls Road Running Store.

I'd seen this online shoe-finder tool before on the Runner's World website, but it was highlighted on my of my favorite blogs, Lifehacker, today, so thought I'd share their post.

The RW Shoe Finder asks you to answer a series of questions, then recommends shoes based on your answers.

If you know your foot type and what type of shoe you need, it can be helpful to see what else is out there if you're looking for something new. If you're new to buying running shoes, this interactive could help you create a list of shoes you might want to try on once you get to the running store. (If you're a newbie, I highly recommend going to a running store whether or not you have a handy web tool.)

If you test this out, let me know what you think. 


Posted by Anica Butler at 10:25 AM | | Comments (4)


I was not impressed. It recommended 4 pairs of discontinued shoes for me. I guess the website hasn't been updated in a while. It also didn't ask if you wanted a wide or narrow shoe.

As a lark I put in my specifics, and it actually suggested a shoe that I purchased just last week from Charm City Run.

As a lark I put in my specifics, and it actually suggested a shoe that I replaced just last week.

Another good resource is by the American Podiatric Medical Association. It has a shoe guide and other useful running information.

I'd not heard of this before. Thanks for the link! - anica

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Andrea Siegel, a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, covers mostly crime and courts in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, as well as legal issues. She wishes she was more physically fit, and, as she's more fond of chocolate than exercise, fitness is a challenge. Her partner on a one-mile-plus daily walk is the family dog, a mixed breed named Moxie, and she exercises at the gym where the D.C. snipers once worked out.
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