Updated: Apr 4, 2019
Whether it’s pronation, supination, wide toes or high arches, runners’ feet come in all shapes and sizes.
That’s why choosing shoes should involve more than just picking your favourite colour or the latest trendy brand, says The Athlete’s Foot owner Sacha Facer.
Sacha and husband Jason own The Athlete’s Foot stores in Maroochydore, Kawana and Caloundra and are sponsors of Run Queensland events.
You may have seen their stand at the recent Rainbow Beach Trail Festival and they will pop up again at The Blackall 100 next month.
Sacha encourages runners to stop by for a chat about all things foot and shoe related.
“Runners love to talk to us and it’s usually about injuries, black toes, why am I getting calf issues or ITB issues,” says Sacha.
“Usually it’s related to footwear – incorrect footwear – and the majority of people are not educated on what shoes they should be wearing.
“We can give advice on what shoes runners should be wearing. It depends on length and width of foot, the width of arch and their gait.
“But a lot of people don’t do that; they just look at pretty colours or what shoes their mate wears.
“Every foot and shoe is totally different. We’ve had experiences where even elite athletes discovered they have been wearing wrong shoe for 20 years.
“One athlete was a supinator and had been wearing a shoe for pronation.”
The team at The Athlete’s Foot can undertake a full measure and fit, gait analysis and provide advice on the best shoes to suit a runner’s style.
Visit The Athlete’s Foot in Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore; Kawana Shoppingworld, Kawana; and 2/44 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.